Toronto: York University Spanish Lecturer Pastor Valle-Garay will be awarded for his academic and his outstanding community accomplishments
THE Association of Hispanic Canadian Professors is pleased to announce that York University Spanish Lecturer Pastor Valle-Garay and York graduates Camilla Esther Beniluz, Sara Kun and Helen Mayer, Spanish Majors in York’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, will be awarded Merit Plaques and Diplomas in recognition of their scholarship and their outstanding academic and community accomplishments.
Camilla Esther Beniluz, now pursuing a Masters degree in Spanish at the University of Guelph; Sara Kun, studying for a Masters degree in Humanities at York and Helen Mayer about to enter Law school, are being honoured for their scholastic achievements. According to their York University Professors, all three students consistently earned the highest marks in Spanish and graduated either Magna Cum Laude or with Honours from York.
Valle-Garay, now a Senior Scholar, has had a long and distinguished career as a York Spanish Lecturer, a Diplomat, a published writer and a volunteer in Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community. He has taught Spanish at York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics for the past 39 year, and during the last 16 years he has also taught Business Spanish in the International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) program at the prestigious Schulich School of Business, also at York University. Between 1979 and 1989 he held the Diplomatic posts of Charges d’Affaires A.I. and Consul General of Nicaragua in Toronto.
As a political analyst Valle-Garay has published extensively in newspapers and magazines in Toronto, GRANMA International and La Jiribilla in Cuba, as well as Latin America and Europe newspapers and made numerous appearances as an education and political panellist on radio and television. Valle-Garay is listed in the Who is Who in Toronto and Who is Who in Canada. In honouring Professor Valle-Garay the Association of Hispanic Canadian Professors also wishes to recognize his outstanding services to numerous venues in Toronto’s Spanish-speaking community and his commitment to volunteer work on behalf of the less fortunate in Canada and in Central America.