Gladstone Raymond Chang, Ryerson University’s third chancellor and the namesake of The Chang School for Continuing Education was honoured and remembered in Jamaica on Monday.
The Mustard Seed Communities, a Jamaican NGO for children with developmental disabilities, hosted a breadfruit tree planting ceremony in memory of the Jamaican-born, Chinese-Canadian who was a benefactor of the MSC.
Chang, a businessman, donated tens of millions of dollars to institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and, of course, Ryerson University.
According to an MSC news release, the leaders of several Canadian rotary clubs were present to plant 60 breadfruit trees in honour of Chang’s philanthropic activities.
The organization did not respond to The Ryersonian’s request for comments.
All trees were donated by the Trees That Feed Foundation, whose co-founder, Mike McLaughlin, went to St. Georges College with Chang in the 1960s, said the news release.
The breadfruit is recognized worldwide as a “Wonder Food” — a fitting tribute to the man many described as wonderful.
Chang received the Order of Jamaica in 2011 and last year, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Chang passed away from leukemia on July 27. He was 65 years old.
By Nitish Bissonauth