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Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary

The annual Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Ceremony celebrates the outstanding achievements of self-identified Black women who in their roles as students, staff, faculty and alumna, demonstrate that they are positive role models and advocates of the Black/African-Canadian community. 

Nominations now closed

Thank you to all who submitted nominations for the 2021 awards!

Save the date: March 22 

The 13th annual Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony will take place online March 22, 2021. Stay tuned for more details!

2020 award recipients 

Faculty award in honour of Senator Rosemary Moodie
Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel

Staff award in honour of Trey Anthony
Olanike (Nikki) Waheed 

Student award in honour of Joan Jones
Latoya Powell

Alumni award in honour of Angela James
Namugenyi Kiwanuka

High school student in honour of Viola Desmond
Huda Nur 

Bursary in honour of Viola Desmond
Yanique Brandford

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For the past 12 years, the Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary program has recognized the contributions of outstanding Black Canadian women in the Ryerson and greater Toronto community. Make a donation today and help us keep the legacy of Viola Desmond alive.