June 5, 2001

Eight lifetime achievers will become honorary UVic graduates at this week’s convocation ceremonies. They are:
Eight who are making a difference

Cathy Crowe
Communty health advocate

The fact that homelessness has cracked the national political agenda is due, in large part, to the tenacious work of Toronto street nurse Cathy Crowe. Since moving from an uptown medical practice to an inner city community clinic 20 years ago, Crowe has been a passionate advocate for the poor, the marginalized and the homeless and persistent in comparing homelessness in Canada to a national disaster. In 1985, Crowe co-founded Nurses for Social Responsibility, an advocacy group to address social justice and peace issues as they relate to health, and she works within her profession to reawaken the social activist tradition in nursing. (Doctor of Science in Nursing, June 6)

Dr. Fraser Mustard

His research work in cardiovascular medicine led to his election to the Royal Society of Canada in 1976, but Dr. Fraser Mustard’s impact on Canadian health goes far beyond his initial medical specialty. His early recognition of the impact that social and economic factors had on population health led to the establishment in 1982 of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research — a university without walls that links scholars throughout Canada and around the world in research programs vital to human well-being. Mustard has received numerous awards, is a Companion of the Order of Canada and is a long-standing advocate for children, healthy public policy and social reform. (Doctor of Science, June 7)

Che-Woo Lui
Businessman and philanthropist

A prominent member of the Hong Kong community, Che-Woo Lui’s business interests range from construction materials to property development. But it is his remarkable career in public service for which he is best known, from his work as general director of the Kai Fong (Neighbourhood) Welfare Association to his accomplishments as chairman of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, which provides free medical service to less fortunate members of Hong Kong society. He is equally passionate about education, and is the honorary principal of Wuyi University, a board director of Fudan University, and honorary vice president of the City of Guangzhou Education Foundation. (Doctor of Laws, June 8)

Louise Rose

Exuberant choir leader, accomplished jazz musician, ordained Baptist minister, dedicated community activist — Louise Rose is all these things, and more. Born in Pennsylvania, Rose grew up in an atmosphere of music and was conducting her grandfather’s church choir at age eight. She studied arranging with Duke Ellington and worked with many of the jazz greats. Twenty-five years ago she arrived in Victoria and quickly became an integral part of the city’s arts community. Rose is an influential volunteer at several area schools, encouraging and nurturing young musicians. She’s also the musical director of the Victoria Good News Choir and is host and musical director of Vision TV’s popular Let’s Sing Again. (Doctor of Fine Arts, June 8)

Antonine Maillet

One of the most illustrious French-language novelists in Canada, Antonine Maillet has established herself as the doyenne of Acadian writers, putting Acadian culture on the world map of literature. Born and educated in New Brunswick and a descendant of the original Acadians, she has produced nearly 50 books encompassing several genres — fiction, non-fiction, drama, children’s literature, translation. Her countless literary awards include the Governor-General’s Award for Don l’Original (1972), and the Grand Prix de la Ville de Montréal for Mariaagélas (1975). In 1979 Maillet became the first and only Canadian to win the Prix Goncourt — the most prestigious literary prize in France — for her epic novel, Pélagie-la-Charrett. (Doctor of Letters, June 8)

Carol Shields

One of Canada’s finest writers, Carol Shields was born in Illinois and earned a BA at Hanover College before moving to Canada with her Canadian husband following graduation. Her first collection of poems and novels didn’t attract much attention but Swann: A Mystery won the 1987 Arthur Ellis Award as that year’s best Canadian crime novel. But it was The Stone Diaries that turned Shields into an international literary celebrity. The novel won the 1994 Governor General’s award, the National Book Critics Circle award, the 1995 Pulitzer Prize, and was nominated for England’s Booker Prize. Larry’s Party followed in 1998 to further acclaim. Shields now lives in Victoria. (Doctor of Letters, June 7)

Dr. Alan Morton
Sports physiologist

Holder of a prestigious Academic Chair at the University of Western Australia, Alan Morton is internationally recognized for his research on exercise-induced asthma, as well as several other aspects of preventive medicine and sports medicine. His team is now studying overtraining, currently considered one of the most important research areas in sports physiology. Morton has more than 270 publications to his credit on topics related to exercise in health and disease (with emphasis on exercise and asthma), osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and training for elite sport participation. He’s also a former world-class rugby player and helped establish the sport at UVic while teaching here from 1967–69. (Doctor of Education, June 6)

Dr. Sidney van den Bergh

One of the world’s most prolific and original astronomers, Sidney van den Bergh has had an immense impact on our understanding of the nature of the universe, galaxy evolution and morphology, stellar populations, and supernovae, among many other topics. He has published more than 600 research papers and has received virtually every scientific award that Canada has to offer, along with many international honours. From 1978 to 1986 van den Bergh headed the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, where he established its reputation in several new avenues of research while maintaining its strengths in stellar astrophysics. He remained there as principal researcher until retirement in 1998. (Doctor of Science, June 6)

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