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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 & Banquet Dinner

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 & Banquet Dinner
  • DATE:
    May 11 2018
  • TIME:
    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Mattamy Athletic Centre, Coca Cola Court (2nd floor),
    50 Carlton St., Toronto, Ontario
  • OPEN TO:
    The Office of the Vice President, Equity and Community Inclusion is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please contact Marietta Clement at 416-979-5379 in advance of the event if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

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Registration for The 10th annual Viola Desmond Awards & Banquet Dinner is now closed.

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

  • Paulina Bleah, third-year nursing student Recipient of Mary Ann Shadd Award
  • Kay Sealy, Enrollment Services and Student Records Recipient of Portia White Award
  • Professor Carole Chauncey, Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management Recipient of Carrie Best Award
  • Bai Rashid, high school student who is part of Ryerson’s First Generation project Recipient of Viola Desmond Award

Viola Desmond Award Nomination Deadline

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

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