The University of Toronto presented Farley Flex with an achievement award at its 15th anniversary Black History Month luncheon on the downtown St. George campus recently.
Flex was the guest of honour at this year’s luncheon.
The humanitarian, mentor and social activist is best known for his role as a judge on the hit reality TV show, Canadian Idol.
During his speech to the audience of approximately 200, Flex spoke about his Trinidadian heritage, his upbringing in Scarborough, and his work in Africa.
Co-chair of the event, Deborah Simon Edwards, said that Flex was honoured with this award because of his “outstanding contributions to so many areas of Canadian Society”.
“These annual lunches are a great way to share the achievements of Black Canadians and celebrate this country’s diversity,” said organizer, Glen Boothe.
The guests, comprised of U of T faculty, administrators and staff, were treated to Afro/Caribbean food and performances by steel pan player Vince Cato, singer Michelle Bennett and the AfroLatino Dance Company.