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Former Ontario judge to be honoured at University of West Indies Toronto Gala

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 1:37 PM | By John Chunn


The University of the West Indies will host its 10th annual Toronto Gala on April 6, 2019, benefiting its scholarship fund and honouring Caribbean and Canadian leaders and organizations.

Justice Gregory Regis is one of three leaders who will receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award. This award is presented to individuals of Caribbean-Canadian heritage, who have attained success in their field of endeavour.

Justice Regis is a former regional senior judge from the Ontario Court of Justice and a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University.

Also receiving the Vice Chancellor’s Award are Dr. Joy Spence, a UWI alumnus and master blender at Appleton Estate Rum, and Dr. Juliet Daniel, associate professor in the Department of Biology, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She is also actively involved in the Afro-Caribbean community in Hamilton and Toronto.

Four-time Grammy Award winning Jamaican reggae recording artist Damian Marley will receive the Luminary Award a the Gala alongside Canadian recording artist Deborah Cox at the event to be held at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton.

Cox and Marley are the fifth and sixth acclaimed musical artists to receive the Luminary Award. The Luminary Award is given to people of Caribbean Heritage who are outstanding achievers on an international scale in their respective fields or people who have brought prominence to the Caribbean or to issues which affect the region.  

The G. Raymond Chang Award will be presented to Lebanese-Canadian businessman and philanthropist Dr. Mohamad Fakih. Fakih is the CEO of Paramount Fine Foods.

Sandals Resorts, a Jamaican operator of all-inclusive resorts for couples in the Caribbean will be presented with the Chancellor’s Award. This award is presented to Caribbean organizations/institutions that have achieved outstanding success, or Canadian organizations/institutions that have contributed significantly to the Caribbean (West Indies) or brought to prominence issues which affect the region.