Awards

 

Alumni Who Made a Difference

The UVic Alumni Association, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria in 2013, recognized the leadership of individual alumni
and couples who contributed to the successful growth of the university. Read about them here.

Alumni Legacy

Alumni Legacy Award

The Alumni Legacy Award is the most prestigious award presented by the UVic Alumni Association to alumni who have made exceptional achievements on a local national or international scale.

Formerly known as the UVic Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Alumni Legacy Award is presented annually at the Legacy Awards Gala held in November of each year at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Beginning in 2009, the Alumni Legacy Award will be presented to one individual each year. To be considered for this honour the alumnus or alumna must be a University of Victoria graduate (including degree-holders and graduates of diploma and certificate programs). Graduates of Victoria College and Provincial Normal School are also eligible.

The recipient will be an individual who brings honour and prestige to the university and who will be a source of inspiration to current students and fellow alumni.

A selection committee will be struck in the spring of each year to consider candidates who are known to the university, the alumni association, or who are recommended by someone external to the university.

The Alumni Legacy Award recipient will be recognized with an appropriate gift presented at the Legacy Awards event. The UVic Alumni Association also contributes a $1,000 (one-time) scholarship in the name of the recipient to a deserving student in a faculty, department or school chosen by the award recipient.

Alumni Relations may share information with individual faculties for consideration in that faculty’s own awards program.

Distinguished Alumni awards selected by the participating faculties are presented at a Distinguished Alumni event as part of Alumni Week held in the first week of February of each year.

For general inquiries, contact Marlene Bergstrom at 721-6000 or by e-mail.

Distinguished Alumni Honour Roll

2012-13 UVic 50th Anniversary Recognition
Alumni Who Made a Difference

2011 Alumni Legacy Award
Hon. Lance Finch

2010 Alumni Legacy Award
Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey

2009 Alumni Legacy Award
Don Drummond

2008
Stewart Butterfield
Bob de Faye
Edward Harvey
Tamara Vrooman

2007
Murray Farmer
Jim Hunter
Michaela Tokarski

2006
Constance Isherwood
David Garrison and Shannon Hunt
Andrew Weaver

2005
Richard Flury
Brad Forth
Sheridan Scott
Jeremy Smith

2004
Allen Halverson
Eric Jordan
Ian McDougall

2003
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Victoria College and the 40th anniversary of the founding of UVic, in 2003 the Alumni Association awarded 10 Distinguished Alumni awards (one for each decade of the past century).
Ira Dilworth
Olive Heritage
Lawrie Wallace
James Oldfield
Albert Cox
Lorna Marsden
Nancy Turner
Andrew Petter
Mark Hill
Gail Anderson-Dargatz

2002
Eve Egoyan
Walter McLean
Erich Mohr

2001
Kirsten Barnes
Tim Price
Eden Robinson

2000
Eliza Chan
Peter Ciceri
Miles Richardson

1999
Linda Hughes
Marshall McCall
Gareth Rees

1998
Ric Careless
Ronald Gamey
Carole Sabiston

1997
Barbara Hall
Dulcie McCallum
Alison Sydor

1996
Peter L. Smith

1995
Norma I. Mickelson

1994
Ray Gillis Williston

1993
W. Harry Hickman

Faculty Alumni Awards

Faculty/Division Distinguished Alumni Awards

2014

Photos and mini-bios

Eric Akis, Business Admin. Cert., ’96
Journalist, Author, and Chef
(Continuing Studies)

Roderick Allen, MA ’93
Assistant Deputy Minister/Superintendent of Learning
(Education)

Brian Butler, BA '71
CEO, Butler Brothers Supplies (Humanities)

Marilyn Copes, MBA '99
Executive Director, Island Health (Business)

Mary Mouat, LLB '87
Lawyer/Community Builder
(Law)

David Naysmith, BSc '71
Medical Humanitarian
(Medical Sciences)

Qimin You, PhD '93
CEO, Ustar Biotechnologies Hangzhou (Science)

Chris Reid, MASci '95
Executive Chair, Hydrexia
(Engineering)

Jan Ross, BFA '76
Curator/Community Activist
(UVic Libraries)

Michael J. Whitfield, BA '67
Stage Lighting Designer
(Fine Arts)

Evan Wood, BSc '97
Investigator, intravenous drug use prevention/treatment
(Social Sciences)

Jennifer Zelmer, BSc '93
Executive VP, Canada Health Infoway (Human & Social Development)

2013

50 Alumni Who Made a Difference (bios/photos)

2012 (bios/photos)

Gustavson School of Business
G. Andrew Work, MBA '02, Exec. Dir., Can. Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

Division of Continuing Studies
Margaret Lucas, Cert. '95, business leader

Faculty of Education
Simon Ibell, BA '02, founder, iBellieve Foundation

Faculty of Engineering
Lauren Woolstencroft, BEng '05, Multi-gold medalist, Paralympic skiing

Faculty of Fine Arts
Esi Edugyan, BA '99, Giller Prize-winning novelist

Faculty of Human and Social Development
Lise Haddock, BSW '88, Executive Director, Cowichan Tribes Child and Family Services

Faculty of Humanities
Jody Wilson-Raybould, BA '96, Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Faculty of Law
Thomas Crabtree, LLB '83, Chief Judge, BC Provincial Court

Libraries
Robert J. Wiersema, BA '93, author/reviewer

Division of Medical Sciences
Bruce Crawford, BSc '65, medical educator and researcher

Faculty of Science
Mark Lewis, BSc '87, mathematical biologist

Faculty of Social Sciences
Marion Buller Bennett, BA '75, LLB '87, Provincial Court judge and first female First Nations member of the BC judiciary.

2011

Elton Pereira, BCom ’98 Co-founder, ParetoLogic software, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Barbara Wilson Kii’iljus, Dipl ’99, Cultural resource specialist, Division of Continuing Studies

Robert (Bob) Young, Victoria College ’48, Leading physician, Division of Medical Sciences

Bronwyn Taylor, MEd ’95, Educator, Faculty of Education

Gerry Douglas, BSc ’95, Founder, Baobab Health Trust, Faculty of Engineering

Paul Beauchesne, BMus ’88, Musician, Faculty of Fine Arts

Lynn Stevenson, PhD ’03, Executive Vice-President and Chief Nurse, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Faculty of Human and Social Development

Charlayne Thornton-Joe, BA ’83, Community leader, Faculty of Humanities

Sharon McIvor, LLB ’86, Legal scholar and activist, Faculty of Law

Robert Young, BSc ’67, Pharmaceutical scientist, Faculty of Science

Chris Fibiger, BSc ’66, Neurological scientist, Faculty of Social Sciences

2010

Jiang Nan (Jane) Zhu, MBA ’06, Faculty of Business

Sandra Richardson, Certificate in Public Relations ’00, Division of Continuing Studies

Betty Clazie, BEd ’73, Faculty of Education

Catherine Roome, BEng (Electrical) ’90, Faculty of Engineering

Deborah Willis, BA ’06 (English/Writing), Faculty of Fine Arts

Catherine Claiter, BSc (Health Information) ’00, Human and Social Development

Ron Greene, BA (Japanese/French) ’89, Faculty of Humanities

Allan Seckel, QC, LLB ’83, Faculty of Law

Robin Harkness, PhD (Biochemistry) ’85, Faculty of Science

Tracy Redies, BA (Economics/Pacific & Asian Studies) ’84, Faculty of Social Sciences

Excellence in Teaching

Note: The nomination period has now closed for this year's awards. Join us on Feb. 6 – during Alumni Week 2014 – when the Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching will be presented.


Since 1989, the UVic Alumni Association has been pleased to honour the outstanding level of teaching offered by the university's faculty and instructors. We are proud of our role in recognizing UVic teaching of the highest calibre.

In 2005, the award began to be granted in two categories: The Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is for faculty members, artists-in-residence and librarians. The Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching is for sessional lecturers, lab instructors and senior lab instructors.

Harry Hickman had a distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, principal of Victoria College, acting president of the University of Victoria, and head of the Modern Languages and French departments. The Harry Hickman Building houses the university's Learning and Teaching Centre.

Gilian Sherwin was a senior lab instructor in the Geography department for 21 years. She was a supporter of better teaching at the university, an active member of the advisory committee of the Learning and Teaching Centre, and a regular participant in the training of teaching assistants.

Each award includes a $2,000-cash prize and photo portraits of award winners are displayed in the main stairwell of the McPherson Library.

If you have questions about the nomination process, contact UVic Alumni Relations at (250) 721-6000 or the director of the Learning and Teaching Centre at (250) 721-8571.

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

Since 1989, the UVic Alumni Association has honoured the outstanding level of teaching offered by the university's faculty and instructors.

2013
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Mark Colgate, Gustavson School of Business
Prof. Jin-Sun Yoon, Child and Youth Care

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Kristin Semmens, History

2012
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Annalee Lepp, Women's Studies

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Alex van Netten, Physics & Astronomy

2011
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Gary MacGillivray, Mathematics and Statistics

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Andrew Wender, Political Science and History

2010
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mary Sanseverino, Computer Science

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Ranald Donaldson, Anthropology

2009
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

No recipient.

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Stefan Scott, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

2008
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Catherine Gaul, Faculty of Education/Island Medical Program

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Barbara Currie, Biochemistry and Microbiology

2007
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Michael Webb, Political Science

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Professor Glenn Gallins, Faculty of Law

2006
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Biochemistry and Microbiology

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
Kelli Fawkes, Chemistry

2005
Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Martin Smith, Psychology

Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
David Clenman, School of Music

2004
Dr. Gweneth Doane, Nursing

2003
Professor John Kilcoyne, Law

2002
Dr. David Lai, Geography

2001
Dr. Susan Elderkin, English
Dr. Reg Mitchell, Chemistry
Professor Deborah Yaffe, Women Studies

2000
Dr. Edward Berry, English
Professor Elsie Chan, Sociology
Dr. Richard King, Pacific Asian Studies

1999
Dr. A.R. Elangovan, Business
Dr. Gerry Poulton, Chemistry
Professor Juliana Saxton, Theatre

1998
Dr. Philip Dearden, Geography
Dr. Alison Preece, Education
Professor Jamie Cassels, Law

1997
Dr. Joan Backus, Music
Dr. David Berry, Chemistry

1996
Dr. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, English
Prof. Barbara Whittington, Social Work

1995
Dr. Aaron Devor, Sociology
Dr. Antoinette Oberg, Communication & Social Foundations
Dr. Terry Wuester, Law

1994
Dr. William E. Pfaffenberger, Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Ron Podhorodeski, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Christine St. Peter, Women's Studies

1993
Dr. James C. McDavid, Public Administation
Dr. Hiroko Noro, Pacific & Asian Studies

1992
Dr. Anthony Jenkins, English

1991
Prof. Pat Martin Bates,Visual Arts
Dr. Thomas R. Cleary, English
Dr. Wu-Sheng Lu, Engineering

1990
Dr. Howard A. Wenger, Physical Education

1989
Dr. Elizabeth Tumasonis, History in Art

Scholarships

Alumni Legacy Award Scholarship

An award of $1,000 is made each year in the name of the Alumni Legacy Award winner to a graduate or undergraduate student in a faculty or department designated by the award recipient.

Dr. David F. Strong Scholarship

A scholarship of at least $2,000, established by the Alumni Association of the University of Victoria, is awarded to a student entering the third or fourth year of a program in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies.

Howard and Linda Petch Scholarship

A scholarship of $4,075 is awarded to a Bachelor of Education student with skills in art, drama or music education entering 5th year and who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and the potential to become an exemplary teacher in elementary or secondary school.

Meloche Monnex Scholarship

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to a student entering third year, who is a child or grandchild of an alumnus/alumna of the University of Victoria. (Note: An alumnus/alumna is a graduate of a UVic undergraduate, diploma or certificate program.)

University of Victoria Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded to students entering one of the final two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria. Students may receive this award only once. Recipients may not have received this award previously.

W.H. Hickman Alumni Scholarship

Harry Hickman (1909-1997), professor emeritus (French) at the University of Victoria, was the university's first acting president. Born in rural Alberta, he began his teaching career at Victoria High School in 1932. After earning his doctorate from the Sorbonne, he taught French at Victoria College and at the University of Victoria until his retirement in 1974. In his role as principal, he oversaw the college's transition into the University of Victoria.

The University of Victoria Alumni Association Graduate Award

An award of $2,000 is made annually to a graduate student who holds a University of Victoria Fellowship and is preferably in the Humanities.

Bursaries

Alumni Association Visual Arts Graduate Bursary

One or more bursaries are presented to graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.

Peter L. Smith Bursary in Theatre History

One or more bursaries are awarded to students who display ability in Theatre History and who are continuing studies at the University of Victoria. Students are advised to discuss their potential eligibility with representatives from the Department of Theatre.

Alumni Bursary for Mature Students

One or more awards will be made to mature students in any discipline at any level of study. The awards are made available through annual donations by alumni of the University of Victoria.

Applications forms are available from the office of Student Awards and Financial Aid, University Centre Building, Room A202.

The Senate Committee on Awards will select recipients on the basis of financial need and meeting the specified criteria.

For more information and the application deadline, visit UVic's Student Award and Financial Aid Office.

W.D. West Alumni Bursary Fund

Bursaries from this fund are to be awarded annually to continuing students in the Department of Theatre primarily according to need. Preference will be given to students specializing in Design. Recipients should have demonstrated promise, industry and a reasonable academic standard.

Applications are required and are to be returned to Student Awards and Financial Aid.

The Senate Committee on Awards will select recipients upon the recommendations of the Department of Theatre.

For more information and the application deadline, visit UVic's Student Award and Financial Aid Office.

Other UVic Scholarships and Bursaries

Volunteers

Volunteer of the year

Each year, the UVic Alumni Association recognizes one outstanding volunteer with the Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes the invaluable contributions that volunteers make to the association and the university. Recipients must:

  • Be members in good standing of the UVic Alumni Association;
  • Have performed their service on a voluntary basis and not as part of employment at the university;
  • Have performed volunteer activities as defined by the Alumni Association;
  • Have made an identifiable, exemplary contribution, which benefits the Alumni Association;
  • Have served as a current volunteer for a minimum of three years.

The award will not be given to the same individual more than once or made posthumously. Active members of UVic Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible.

Download a nomination form (PDF).

For more information about the award, contact UVic Alumni Relations at 250 721-6000 or by e-mail.

Past recipients

2013 Kathleen Barnes
BFA '98
Kathleen was president of the alumni association from 2007 to 2009 and served for eight years on the alumni board, participating in a variety of committees. She was a frequent presenter of the traditional greeting from alumni at UVic Convocation ceremonies. The university has benefited from Kathleen’s service on the UVic Senate – six years in all.
2012 Katherine Wu
BCom '97
An alumni volunteer with the Hong Kong Alumni Branch since 2001, Katherine Wu's activities have included setting up the branch's first Facebook page, planning and organizing branch events, liaising with other alumni organizations and recruiting and managing volunteers.

When UVic administration or other university staff are in Hong Kong, Katherine never fails to go out of her way to connect with them and assist with their advice.
2011 Jennifer Kroeker-Hall
MPA '00
Jennifer Kroeker-Hall has been the driving force behind the Master of Public Administration Alumni Chapter. She was an original member of the volunteer task force that created the MPA Alumni Chapter and she was a board member in its first year, in 2005. She was later the vice-chair, and chair from 2008 to 2010. Jennifer has also been an integral part of the School of Public Administration Alumni Board for many years, providing leadership and creativity.
2010 Margie McLellan
VC '45, PNS '46
In her 22 years of activities on the board of the Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle Alumni Association (from 1986 to 2008), Margie McLellan demonstrated enthusiastic initiative along with a keen sense of responsibility and humour in preparation of the VCCCAA newsletter, plus management of the college archives.
2009 Moreno Stefani, BA '84 Moreno Stefani has been key to the success of the Vikes Men’s Soccer Alumni Chapter since 2000. He has been a member of the organizing committee for the annual Vikes Soccer Alumni Game and Dinner and he has been a long-serving member of the University of Victoria Golf Classic committee, helping to raise nearly $400,000 for financial awards for varsity athletes. Moreno’s ability to foster a strong alumni connection to the university makes him most deserving of the Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Award.
2008 Peter Forster, BSc '74 Peter became the Beijing alumni branch representative in 2004 and has since become a tireless advocate of UVic in China and an instrumental organizer of many alumni events in Beijing.
2007 Jack Rowe, VC '44 A long-serving member of the association, Jack joined the Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle Alumni Association (VCCCAA) in 1988 and has been a key organizer of reunions and other events.
2006 Megan Howell-Jones,
BEng '01
She joined the Ottawa alumni branch in 2002 and in 2003 became the branch rep. Her duties have included maintaining a branch web site; planning and organizing branch events; and recruiting and managing volunteers.
2005 Shirley Tucker, VC '33 Shirley was an original founder of the VCCCAA, starting with its first board in 1982. She was secretary for the alumni association board and was a member for 10 years, volunteering on countless committees and assisting with UVic projects.
2004 Wendy Gedney, BEd '83 Wendy was the driving for behind many projects that have become central to the alumni services program at UVic. She helped establish the prestigious Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She served as alumni association president and helped to establish the Distinguished Alumni Awards. She was instrumental in the decisio to publish the campus history book, A Multitude of the Wise: UVic Remembered. More recently, she served as chair of the Faculty of Education Alumni Chapter.