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
Alumni award in honour of Angela James
High school student in honour of Viola Desmond
Bursary in honour of Viola Desmond
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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.