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Fine art that changes lives

- Amoryn Engel PHOTOS BY ADAM BORNSTEIN

Michael McCain, along with his mother Margaret McCain, hosted the fifth annual Nyota Wezesha Art Auction in Toronto. All funds raised will support Speroway, a Canadian charity that empowers highachiev­ing youth living in poverty in Kenya.

The Nyota Wezesha Education program supports young people whose families cannot afford their education. It provides scholarshi­ps and support so that they can successful­ly complete their secondary and university education.

The auction included jury- selected works from some of Canada’s leading, emerging and establishe­d artists, auctioned off by Waddington’s Stephen Ranger, one of Canada’s best-known auctioneer­s. Bright lights lending support to the great cause included Michael Adamson, Canadian artist; Jos Schmitt, CEO, Aequitas Innovation­s; Judith Richardson and Charles Le Pièrres, owners and founders, Judith & Charles; and David Dal Bello, managing director, Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets.

Millions of young people in Africa lack access to quality education. Education is one of the most effective ways to move families out of poverty.

“This year’s auction was a tremendous success, raising funds to provide 100 scholarshi­ps to gifted, destitute students in Kenya,” said Lynda Kuhn, Nyota Wezesha Art Auction committee chair. “Our goal is to build leaders through education; to empower these inspiring young people with the skills to help their families and communitie­s. The generosity of sponsors, artists and many supporters is making this all possible.” Sponsors included Scotiabank, BMO Capital Markets and Maple Leaf Foods.

 ??  ?? Tanya Schmitt, TD Bank, Jos Schmitt, Aequitas Innovation­s and Natalie Ribkoff, TD Bank.
Tanya Schmitt, TD Bank, Jos Schmitt, Aequitas Innovation­s and Natalie Ribkoff, TD Bank.
 ??  ?? Margaret McCain, CC ONB, with Lynda Kuhn, Maple Leaf Foods and Nyota Wezesha Art Auction chair.
Margaret McCain, CC ONB, with Lynda Kuhn, Maple Leaf Foods and Nyota Wezesha Art Auction chair.
 ??  ?? John Lederer and Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods, and Patrick Coulter, Patrick B. Coulter and Associates.
John Lederer and Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods, and Patrick Coulter, Patrick B. Coulter and Associates.
 ??  ?? Tess McLean, principal, Tess McLean Consulting, with artist Michael Adamson.
Tess McLean, principal, Tess McLean Consulting, with artist Michael Adamson.
 ??  ?? David Dal Bello, RBC, Martha Grant, PUBLIC Inc. and Dr. Michele Farrugia, Mount Sinai Hospital.
David Dal Bello, RBC, Martha Grant, PUBLIC Inc. and Dr. Michele Farrugia, Mount Sinai Hospital.

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