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2014 Honorary Doctor of Letters Recipient

Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi Cavoukian
Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi is a singer, writer, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children's entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America includes his classic song, ‘Baby Beluga’.

Once called "the most popular children's singer in the English-speaking world" (Washington Post) and "Canada's all time children's champion" (Toronto Star), Raffi is also a recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations' Earth Achievement Award. His commitment to honouring his young fans changed society's outlook on music made for children.

In 2010, Raffi founded The Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC. With the motto ‘Respecting Earth & Child’, the Centre is at the heart of a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking societies.

Recently, Raffi published a new book for adults, Lightweb Darkweb, about the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users. As well, he co-founded the Red Hood Project, a grassroots movement for consumer protection for children online.

This July, Raffi will release Love Bug, his first new album of original material in over a decade. A collection of 16 songs, this thoughtfully crafted body of work engages children in a broad range of fundamental topics including love, nature, playtime, chores, and teamwork—music to charm the whole family.