UVic salutes outstanding education grads
UVics faculty of education on Oct. 22 bestowed
its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards on three outstanding educators:
Frank Conibear (BEd88, MA01), Joseph Lott (VC42,
MA73), and Judi Warrington (BEd82, MEd 88).
As a teacher and counsellor in the public schools,
Frank Conibear (or Tul qwe muwlt and Chigajaymixw) has taught both
native and non-native students to respect First Nations cultures.
He helped develop a First Nations leadership course that evolved
into a career preparation program for native youth, and has confronted
issues of racism in popular drama workshops involving both native
and non-native students.
Conibear has served for six years as elected band counsellor
for the Lyackson First Nation Band. Frank has been a board member
and vice-president of Esquimault Neighborhood House, and an active
member of the B.C. Teachers Federation, providing leadership
to its First Nations Provincial Specialist Association and First
Nations Task Force.
For the defence of his thesis, Speaking and Living
What it Means to be a First Nations Educator in the Public School
System, he invited members of the university and his own community
to a gathering at the Lekwammen Big House. The event artfully wrapped
university protocol within a traditional Big House ceremony.
Joseph Lott served the Saanich School District for
33 years as a teacher and administrator. As principal of Claremont
Secondary and later Parkland Secondary, he was responsible for the
planning, development, and opening of these schools. He was a Saanich
school trustee from 198190, eventually serving as chairman
of the board.
Lott was a prime mover, in collaboration with UVic,
in the development of the internationally acclaimed secondary internship
Lott was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the
Saanich Peninsula Community Association. His committee work with
the Peninsula Credit Unions helped establish generous student scholarships.
The standing ovation Lott received from 1,000 former
students and staff at the Parkland School 25-year reunion spoke
movingly of the esteem in which hes held.
Judi Warrington has taught students in almost every
type of school and setting imaginable, from Richmond Elementary
and Esquimalt Secondary to Wilkinson Road Jail, the West Indies
and the Amazon jungle. From 1986 to 1991 she was a district itinerant
teacher for the Greater Victoria School District where she was responsible
for program coordination, assessment and service delivery for gifted
and talented students.
Warrington has served on provincial committees for
gifted education, secondary accreditation, and evaluation of learning
resources. She has developed courses and programs in social studies,
English, philosophy, and integrated studies. She has presented numerous
workshops to teachers, parents and administrators in Canada and
abroad. She has edited anthologies of childrens art and literature
and produced videos with the Knowledge Network.
One of her students writes [Judi] is someone
who really loves kids ... she is a person who still likes to play
... she encourages us to have a better understanding of what the
world is like ... she was an inspiration to me ... she taught me
to never give up and to never let go of your dreams.