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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley in Toronto for Bring On The Spring 2023!

Barbados Canada Foundation is pleased to present its annual spring fundraiser, “Bring On The Spring 2023.” This annual fundraising event supporting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023. Funds raised will be used to donate 4 slit lamp microscopes to the hospital’s Ophthalmology Department. Entertainment will include comedian Jay Martin and the live auction, silent auction, and raffle will include two return airline tickets to Barbados and Barbados resort hotel accommodations among the many attractive items available. The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, will attend in person and will be the featured speaker, and the event will be live-streamed to accommodate those unable to attend the dinner.

ABOUT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is the main public hospital in Barbados. It provides various medical and surgical services, including emergency care, maternity and neonatal care, cancer treatment, and dialysis. It is funded by the Barbadian government and provides free healthcare services to Barbadians and medical services to patients from other Caribbean countries.

ABOUT MIA MOTTLEY

The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley is a Barbadian politician who has served as the country’s Prime Minister since 2018. She grew up in a political family. Her father was a politician, and her grandfather was one of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) founders, which Mottley herself would later lead. Mottley studied law at the University of the West Indies and then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Law at the London School of Economics. She was called to the bar in 1987 and worked as a lawyer before entering politics. Mottley first entered Parliament in 1994 as a member of the BLP and served in various ministerial positions in the Barbadian government, including Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs. In 2008, she became the Leader of the Opposition and held the position until 2010, when her party lost the general election.

In 2013, Mottley was re-elected as the Leader of the Opposition, leading her party to victory in the 2018 general election, becoming the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Barbados. Her government has implemented various policies to strengthen the country’s economy and address issues such as climate change and social inequality. Mottley has been recognized for her leadership and contributions to public service, receiving numerous awards and honours, including the Order of the Caribbean Community and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies.

ABOUT BARBADOS CANADA FOUNDATION

Established as a not-for-profit corporation and registered as a charitable organization in August 2013, The mission of the Barbados Canada Foundation is: “To help our youth create their future and improve the lives of those in need.” Operated entirely by volunteers, Barbados Canada Foundation is committed to contributing the maximum amount of each donation received to the charitable causes it supports.

Barbados Canada Foundation (BCF) raises funds primarily:

· To advance education by providing publicly available scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance to students of Barbadian heritage to be used for post-

secondary education.

To promote health by providing medical equipment and supplies to Barbados hospitals and public health facilities for the public’s benefit and use.

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