Serve Liv­ing to others

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

EAL JOY comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from do­ing some­thing worth­while.”

That is the mantra by which Don­nette Chin-Loy Chang has lived her life. She has had ex­ten­sive careers in me­dia, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and public re­la­tions, both in Ja­maica and Canada. And for all both coun­tries have given her, she has tried to show even her grat­i­tude.

She is co-chair of Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC); is a mem­ber of the dean’s ad­vi­sory for com­mu­nity ser­vices at Ry­er­son Univer­sity; and co­pa­tron and ma­jor bene­fac­tor for the past seven years for the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) Toronto Ben­e­fit Gala (the largest fundraiser for the univer­sity in Canada).

She’s also a ma­jor donor to the UWI, Mona and gives sup­port to sev­eral Ja­maican high-school alumni projects. But she doesn’t like the word ‘phi­lan­thropist’. Her late hus­band, Ja­maican-Canadian busi­ness­man G. Raymond Chang, was peren­ni­ally termed as such. She prefers an­other term.

“To my mind, he was one of the world’s great­est ‘do-good­ers’,” she said. “To­gether we shared a vi­sion of how we saw the world. And that vi­sion was al­ways about mak­ing sure that the peo­ple around you were com­fort­able. When you can as­sist, you do. And you don’t talk about it.” To­gether they em­barked on var­i­ous ini­tia­tives, fo­cus­ing on mostly health, ed­u­ca­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment (the lat­ter mostly in Canada).

“They (these sec­tors) are crit­i­cal to the life of any hu­man be­ing,” she said. “We al­ways be­lieved that ed­u­ca­tion lev­els the play­ing field. It is the spring­board for peo­ple. It’s not just about get­ting a de­gree ... it’s about learn­ing how to think crit­i­cally.”

GIV­ING MIND­SET

Chin-Loy Chang heav­ily sup­ports the Univer­sity Health Net­work, a group of four hos­pi­tals in Ontario, in part­ner­ship with the Dr Her­bert Ho Ping Kong (an­other Ja­maica-born Canadian) Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence in Ed­u­ca­tion. She cred­its her par­ents with in­still­ing the ‘giv­ing’ mind­set. “I’ve al­ways watched how my par­ents treated peo­ple ... and not just to help fi­nan­cially, but to sup­port their en­deav­ours and to give en­cour­age­ment,” she said. “My

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