By Gerald V. Paul
Priceless service, creating unity and goodwill while extending the hand of charity is the lifestyle of the Pride of Toronto Chapter No. 12 Inc. under the jurisdiction of the Independent United Order of Solomon Inc.
On Saturday, September 28, at 3100 Keele St. (North of 401/South of Sheppard) Pride of Toronto will be celebrating its 35th anniversary with a dinner gala. Keynote speaker at the event will be editor of The Caribbean Camera, Raynier Maharaj.
Among the Pride of Toronto’s stellar work is handing out annual scholarships with a total annual value of $35,000 to students studying medicine at the University of the West Indies (UWI). So far 117 bright students in need of financial assistance have benefited from scholarships .
The group also donates and provies medical equipment to institutions in Canada and abroad, including The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; the Easter Seal Society; The War Amputations of Canada; The Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Montreal; The Cana Place and hospitals and other institutions in CARICOM countries and Africa.
Leading this compassionate team is Lloyd Seivright, President of Pride of Toronto, the recipient of The Order of Ontario and the Order of Distinction, Jamaica, and the University of the West Indies, UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award, among others. He told The Camera, “The first medical scholarship was given to Marcia Graham of the UWI, who is now pursuing her PhD in Public Health and is the Acting Regional Chronic Diseases Programme Co-ordinator of the Western Regional Health Authority in Jamaica.”
Dr. Graham continues to give back to the community by running a free clinic in Jamaica.
For tickets or more information on the upcoming event, please call 905-607-9700/ 905-828-5128