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.
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.
The Courage and Inspiration Luminary Award
An entrepreneur and former CEO of a successful wealth management firm. After reaching the pinnacle of her professional career and in the middle of raising two talented boys, tragedy struck. Mindy’s father and oldest son were murdered by a white-supremacist intent on killing Jews. She took action. Mindy started the Faith Always Wins Foundation and a community-wide event, SevenDays® Make a Ripple, Change the World. She formed high school programming for productive interfaith dialogue and now helps companies create healthy workplace environments so healing can occur after life’s tragedies.
Master of Ceremonies
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.
A special performance by the fusion between oriental and occidental music, Forte Band will take place during the dinner.