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Raymond Chang, former director of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation always said that he was Chinese in heritage, Jamaican by birth and Canadian by choice. (Photo: Innoversity.com)

Raymond Chang died yesterday, months after having a bone marrow transplant from his brother. The Toronto Star published a profile today about Ray, talking about his skills and abilities, his philanthropy and his commitment to Canada.

I had the privilege of knowing Ray as he was a Director of the Toronto General and Toronto Western Foundation for over a decade. He will be sorely missed as he was an extraordinary and kind person. He always said that he was Chinese in heritage, Jamaican by birth and Canadian by choice.

Canada is so fortunate that he chose us because he represents everything a citizen of this country could possibly be. He was kind, intelligent, generous and a thoughtful philanthropist. He shared his good fortune and his talents with many charities. His passion as a philanthropist was supporting education and he was our Board Champion for education at UHN. Ray was a pioneer in many of the projects that he funded at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital.

I think the ​project that gave Ray the most joy was establishing and supporting the Herbert Ho Ping Kong Centre for Excellence in Education Practice at the Toronto Western Hospital.

Ray always responded when we needed help. His ideas, his advice, his many kindnesses will be sorely missed. It is fitting that he received the Order of Canada before his death because Canada owes Ray Chang a huge thank you for all he has done to make our country a better place.​

Written by Tennys Hanson, President and CEO, Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation​

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