Grenadian-born technology innovator, Nicholas Earle Brathwaite is among honourees for the University of West Indies fourth annual Toronto Benefit Gala scheduled for May 11, 2013.
Brathwaite, co-founder of PETNA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organisation and the son of Sir Nicholas Brathwaite, former Prime Minister of Grenada, was among the list of honourees announced last week Tuesday.
Following a successful and rewarding career in the technology industry he co-founded the PETNA Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organisation he started with his wife Janice.
PETNA is committed to impacting lives and improving communities. It has provided financial support for students, funds to rebuild homes lost to natural disasters and donated supplies and service.
The other honorees includes Dr. Budhendranauth Doobay – renowned cardiologist, community leader, and philanthropist, Dr. Lennox Lewis – boxing legend, Dr. Upton Allen – physician and Division Head at Sick Kids Hospital, Dr. Mary Anne Chambers – former Ontario Cabinet Minister, Dr. Professor Jamal Deen – McMaster University, Douglas Orane, non-Executive Chairman, GraceKennedy Limited; Brigitte Shim – celebrated Canadian architect and the University of Toronto.
The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will be held on May 11 at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto,
and hosted by Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and renowned motivational speaker, Michael “Pinball” Clemons and CTV anchor and Arts & Entertainment reporter, Andria Case.
Under the theme Light, Learning and Liberty and the patronage of G. Raymond Chang, OJ (Order of Jamaica), the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala raises funds for scholarships for outstanding academic achievers in the Caribbean, who are in great need of assistance.
Since the inaugural gala three years ago, 75 scholarships have been awarded.
The event also recognises the outstanding and tireless work of community leaders.
Past honorees include: award winning author Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Harry Belafonte, Michaelle Jean, Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police, Keith L. Forde, David Rudder; Michael Lee-Chin OJ, Olympian Donovan Bailey, leading professor of medicine, Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Ryerson University and the University Health Network.
Awards in three categories will be presented during the evening to outstanding leaders of Caribbean and Canadian heritage.
In addition to the awards ceremony, silent and live auctions, guests attending the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala will enjoy live performances by internationally renowned Canadian jazz and blues artist Shakura S’Aida, Harpist Elizabeth Asuncion and Panman Pat’s Strolling Band, SwizzleStick Theatre Moko Jumbies and Michie Mee.