The 7th Daughters for Life Gala Dinner 2019

Every year, the Daughters for Life Gala brings together leaders in education, business and philanthropy to honour scholars and extraordinary individuals that have made a lasting impact on the international community. The gala also recognizes brilliant DFL scholars by providing them with a platform to share their stories and how the Canadian registered charity has helped them in pursuing their educational dreams.

The Seventh Annual Daughters for Life Gala will be held at the Carlu, Toronto on Friday, October 18th, 2019. 

2019 Award’s Recipients

The Trailblazer Luminary Award 
Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE

The Trailblazer Luminary Award will honour the Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE, for creation large waves of change in her local communities and nationally as the first African-Canada woman to be elected to the house of commons. Jean continues to help and create opportunities for her community through many initiatives such as the Jean Augustine scholarship that aids single mothers and young entrepreneurs access post-secondary education.

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The Leadership Luminary Award 
Dr. James Orbinski

The Leadership Luminary Award will honour Dr. James Orbinski. Dr. Orbinski is the inaugural Director of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. As a medical doctor, humanitarian practitioner and advocate, best-selling author, and a leading global health scholar, Dr. Orbinski believes in actively shaping our world so that it is more just, fair, and humane. Prior to joining the Dahdaleh Institute, Dr. Orbinski provided medical humanitarian relief in situations of war, famine, epidemic disease, and genocide with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). For this and other work, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.

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The Gala MC

The world-renowned Carol Off will be the MC for this year’s Gala. Off is an award-winning documentarian, award-winning author and radio host. Her reporting expertise is unparalleled and extremely versatile.

She has covered a multitude of different environments as she has covered such places as the Middle East, the Balkans, Afghanistan, the United States and the former Soviet Union. She is a best-selling author of multiple non-fiction books depicting her unique journeys in the reporting world. She has won multiple awards for her outstanding achievements, include the Gemini award which recognizes outstanding achievements in Canada’s television industry. Currently, Ms. Off is the host of As it Happens on CBX’S Radio One.

2019 Gala Sponsors

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