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Annual Fundraising Banquet

The St Jago Alumni Association Toronto Chapter's annual fund raising banquet was held on June 4, 2011 at the Woodbridge Banquet Hall, 4000 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto.

 

A Most Memorable Evening

It is being dubbed as the St Jago Alumni Association Toronto's best yet.  The evening was led by MC Marcia Brown with live music by the Northern Comfort Caribbean Diaspora band. The audience was entertained over dinner by jazz selections from the band with a live PSL (patois as a second language) session delivered by Marcia Brown et al, for the benefit of the many alumni members heading down to Jamaica for the All Batch reunion.

Special guest

Victor Edwards, former principal, was the honored guest at this year's banquet and he was recognized with fitting tributes by the Alumni Association's Norma Grant and Claude Pike, the latter to the theme of the Inuit Inukshuk. Mr Edwards was also presented with the actual Inukshuk sets depicted in the picture.  Please see the publications page for copies of Mr Edwards' message to the Toronto Chapter and the tributes.

 

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Sheila Sealy-Monteith, Jamaican High Commissioner to Canada in her message urged the members to continue to foster the spirit of giving back.  High Commissioner Sealy-Monteith commended the St Jago Alumni Association and noted the significant contribution the school has made, and continues to make to the development of Jamaica and the world at large.  The contributions made by Jamaicans in the education systems in a number of the Canadian Provinces was highlighted and while identifying the negative effect this migration trend might have on the Jamaican economy, the high commissioner spoke to alternate concepts of human capital development and exchange from which Jamaica and Canada could mutually benefit. High Commissioner Sealy-Monteith invited members of the local Jamaican Diaspora to join in the Jamaica 50 celebrations being organized in nine (9) Canadian cities for the commemoration of Jamaica's 50th year of independence. In concluding her address, alumni members were urged to grow where they are planted.

 

Entertainment

The entertainment was kicked off by Marcia Brown and the Northern Comfort Caribbean Diaspora band with Jazz, R&B and Reggae selections much to the delight of the audience.  The band provided entertainment throughout dinner and backed a stellar performance by Jakki James. Jakki reaffirmed her alumni status by sharing with the audience that she had spent her first four high school years at St Jago then migrated to Canada.  This undoubtedly contributed to her demonstrated talent as the fine songstress that thrilled us in such memorable way last Saturday!

Pictorial Review

The following slideshow provides a review of the evenings moments for those in attendance and for those who could not join us on this occasion.

 

 

Event Sponsors

The Association thanks our sponsors for making this event possible and looks forward to working with them for our future events. Click on the images below to view our sponsors' websites.

 

   
AKB2 Golf  LadyAvon
Balsam Basket My Friend's Restaurant
Balchen Chiropractic Room Service Restaurant
Commercial Marketing Serenity Now Spa
Jade's Jem DJ Laffie (New York)
Prayz Kidz Kingsley Richards

 

 

 

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