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Perspectives on Leadership Lecture featuring Wayson Choy

The Department of Student Life, University of Toronto Scarborough,


The Perspectives on Leadership Lecture Series




Wayson Choy


Social Activist, Order of Canada Recipient,

and Award-winning author of Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying,

The Jade Peony, Paper Shadows, and All that Matters


In 2001, Wayson Choy suffered a combined asthma-heart attack. As he lay in his hospital bed, slipping in and out of consciousness, Choy heard the voices of his ancestors warning him that he would one day die alone. And yet through his ordeal he was never alone; men and women, young and old, from all cultures and ethnicities, stayed by Choy’s side until he was well. When his heart failed him a second time, four years later, it was the strength of his bonds with these people, forged through countless acts of kindness that pulled Choy back to his life.


The Perspectives on Leadership Lecture Series features high-profile, award-winning, guest speakers whose perspectives, experiences, and messages reinforce and articulate the learning outcomes of the Department of Student Life’s programs and initiatives, and gives individuals the opportunity to hear and be inspired by some of Canada’s most dynamic leaders.


Join us for this exclusive engagement:

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

University of Toronto Scarborough

Arts & Administration Building, AA 112

1265 Military Trail, Toronto

Free Admission. Seating is limited.


To reserve tickets, please visit


This event is presented in partnership TD Meloche Monnex Insurance, MBNA Canada Bank, and Manulife Financial.





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