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Viola Desmond Awards and Bursary Ceremony

As part of the Black History Awareness series at Ryerson, the Viola Desmond Awards showcase talent from students, staff and faculty while raising awareness of the diverse and little-known stories and contributions of past and present Women of African descent in the building of Canada.

The annual event recognizes the contributions of outstanding Black Canadian Women to the Ryerson campus and in the community. Named after Ms. Viola Desmond, this event celebrates the catalyzing efforts she made towards achieving human rights for Black people in Canada.

For more information about Viola Desmond, the application process, deadlines and recipients, visit the Viola Desmond Day Awards and Bursary page.


Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony

Join us in celebrating the work and achievements of accomplished Black women from Ryerson University and the greater Toronto community at the annual Viola Desmond Awards ceremony.
  • WHAT:
    Viola Desmond Awards Ceremony
  • DATE:
    March 04 2019
  • TIME:
    5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Podium (POD) 250
  • OPEN TO:
    The Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact Angelo Robb at 416-979-5379 in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

The 2019 awardees and honourees:

Stephanie Croisiere
Recipient of the Dr. Beverly Mascoll Ryerson Alumni Award

Christina (T.NA) Smith
Recipient of the Dr. Sylvia D. Hamilton Ryerson Student Award

Mrs. Amanda (Amiga) Taylor Wheatle
Recipient of the Ms. Violet King Henry Ryerson Staff Member Award

Brianna Glanville-Forrest
Recipient of the Ms. Viola Desmond High School Award

Dr. Karline Wilson-Mitchell
Recipient of the Dr. Dorothy Wills Ryerson Faculty Award

Anny-Aysel Ineza
Recipient of the 2019 Viola Desmond Bursary

2019 - Viola Desmond Awards & Banquet Dinner
2018 - Viola Desmond Awards & Banquet Dinner
2017 - Viola Desmond Reception with special guest Wanda Robson

Viola Desmond Award Nomination Deadline

  • WHAT:
    Viola Desmond Award Nomination Deadline
  • DATE:
    February 14, 2016 - February 15, 2016
  • TIME:
    All Day