By Gerald V. Paul
Pride of Toronto Chapter 12, which will present their 37th Charitable Reception and Charitable Presentation May 9, paid a courtesy call on new Jamaican Consul General Lloyd Wilks.
Under the jurisdiction of the Independent Order of Solomon Inc. Canada, Pride of Toronto’s event will be held at the Masonic Temple, 2040 Weston Rd.
Lloyd Seivright of Pride of Toronto noted that “We have presented 129 scholarships since 1989 to 10 Caribbean countries and beyond. And Consul General Lloyd Wilks is conversant with the work we do in Toronto and Jamaica.”
Wilks said the Jamaican government is interested in the contributions of nationals in the Diaspora. He served as director of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs department in 2012.
Seivright, a recipient of the Order of Ontario, praised those who are assisting them, including the War Amputations Toronto branch and Alpha District Grand Lodge of Toronto.
He said he and his wife Madaine and team send more than a million dollars annually and donate medical supplies to hospitals in Canada, the Caribbean and around the world.
Seivright said they are making arrangement to continue help in St. Catherines, Jamaica, for needy children and those who need a wheelchair or cane.
Tax deductible donations can be made to: The Independent United Order of Solomon Trust Association, c/o Lloyd Seivright, 2420 Coppersmith Court, Mississauga, ON L5L 3B5.