Giving back to the Canadian community was the
overarching theme at the University of Guyana’s (UG) 12th annual
reunion dinner and dance, last Saturday.
And in keeping with the theme of the evening, keynote
speaker Mr. Dhaman Kissoon announced a new scholarship his family will
offer at UG in the name of his mother Latchmin Kissoon. Mr Kissoon
estimates a total of $10,000 will be offered in scholarships over the
Saturday's event was put on by The UG Guild of
In his address to the over 175 UG alumni and guests,
the well known Toronto Barrister & Solicitor urged his audience to
be mindful of the benefits of being a Canadian.
"This is a great country, we came here with
hopes and aspirations and each of us has done well […] the
opportunities that this country has afforded us should not go
Kissoon added that members of the alumni have a
unique obligation to show young people the right way.
Kissoon, who teaches Law at Queens University in
addition to running his law practice, did not attend UG. In fact, his
application was turned down. He nevertheless felt "quite
gratified" to have been asked to speak at the dinner. He has been a
supporter of the alumni group ever since its establishment in 1993.
The Guild was formed when it was learnt that UG
needed financial assistance. Some past graduates then got together for
the purpose of giving back to the University.
Harry Hergash, long standing president of the Guild
said they wanted to raise money for the UG endowment fund, "so we
held a dinner that was intended to be a one time thing." Due to the
success of the event, the guild members continued to hold the dinner
year after year.
Hergash said it has been hard seeing older members of
the Guild pass away, and added, "I encourage younger graduates to
The evening's MC, Mr. Edwin Yhap, one of UG’s first
graduates, kept the audience entertained with his sharp wit.
"It is regarded as a pleasure and an honor to
give back to UG," he said.
Dedication Personified: Jay
Brijpaul, President of The Caribbean Children Foundation (TCCF) and the
main architect behind the establishment of this charity, along with Vidyia
Persaud, TCCF Vice President were going at full throttle as usual at the
4th Anniversary Dinner of TCCF held on September 25 at the Taj Convention
Centre in Mississauga.
The dinner was one of several fundraising activities of
TCCF which has so far brought 19 kids from the Caribbean to Toronto where
they were successfully treated for ailments not treatable in their home
countries. Another four are presently being processed for medical help.
The indefatigable Jay and Vidyia (seen in picture at right
after the busy evening) simply go beyond the call of duty to ensure that
funds are in place to meet the heavy medical bills for the young charges
undertaken by TCCF.
The two officials would like to thank the many sponsors who contributed
to the financial success of the event, as well as all volunteers and