1999 • 3rd
Annual SAWW Awards
came from far and wide to celebrate the annual South African Women for
Women awards at a gala function held at the Sheraton
Hotel in Toronto - a day that is significant in South African history,
the day that women, of all colours, stood up for their rights. There
messages from the Queen's representative, the Prime Minister
Canada and the
High Commissioner for South Africa. There was singing
and dancing and speeches that touched at the heart. It was truly a reflection
of what women the world-over stand for today. MC for the evening was
the adorable Noelle Richardson, the well known CBC and CTV news anchor.
It was a glorious occasion. And, all the money raised went towards the
betterment of women and children in South Africa.
Tandie Klassen was this years recipient of the prestigious Woman of Distinction
the guests of honour were Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah; the Hon.
Jean Augustine, MP and patron of SAWW; Alvin Curling,
MPP, representing TWI Inc; Jackie Richardson, vocalist, actress and TV
host; John Vasey of De Beers, Canada; Paul Milbourn, Ministry of Environment
representing the Canadian Bar Association; Mary-Anne Chambers, Senior
Vice -President, Electronic Banking Business Service, The Bank of Nova
Scotia; Leila MacKenzie, Hon Consul General of Senegal;
Phyllis Jordan, author and veteran activist; Carol Abrahamse, President
of the South Peninsula Alumni Association; Geoff Belchetz, Canada, South
African Chamber of Business; Yvonne Blackwood, Royal Bank Community Bank
Advisor and Hope Sealy; Member, Immigration and Refugee Board.