Teachers, alumni, athletes honoured at inaugural
UVic celebrates achievement at all levels at its first
annual Legacy Awards night on Monday, Nov. 4.
The gala event combines award presentations that had
previously been held on separate nights at various campus venues.
This year, alumni, professors and athletes will all share the spotlight
at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Presentation of the Alumni Award for Excellence in
Teaching, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, and the first inductions
into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame will be the feature events of
The winner of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching
is geography professor Dr. David Lai who, for more than 34
years, has shared his knowledge of Asian culture and history with
countless students. He sees himself as a transformer,
helping students examine cultural issues from Western and non-Western
Lai has establishedwith the help of the Chinese community13
awards, scholarships and travel grants to promote the further study
of China, Chinese emigrants and Chinatowns. In this way, his students
are encouraged to adhere to the Chinese saying, To travel
10,000 miles is better than to study 10,000 volumes of books.
The 2002 Distinguished Alumni Awards go to:
Eve Egoyan (BMus 85) who began
piano lessons at a neighbours house when she was 11, studied
at UVic, and is now among Canadas finest pianists. Egoyan
specializes in modern compositions. I want to be in the present
and I want to re-invent the instrument, she says.
Walter McLean (Victoria College 55), who
has built a distinguished career as a pastor, politician, diplomat
and corporate executive. Global thinking is his motto
and its a view he traces to his formative years in Victoriahis
father was a church minister with African and Asian contactsand
the multicultural environment at Victoria College.
Erich Mohr (MSci 80; PhD 82),
an expert in experimental therapeutics for central nervous system
disorders and the Victoria-based chief scientific officer of PRA
International. Says Mohr of his time at UVic: It was a very
academically stimulating environment. We were always pushed to the
The five inaugural inductees into the UVic Sports Hall
of Fame are:
Gareth Rees (rugby, BA 91), considered Canadas
gift to rugby by one writer. Twice named UVic athlete-of-the-year,
hes the countrys all-time leading point-scorer and led
Canada to four World Cup tournaments. Hes currently executive
director of Rugby Canada.
Kathy Shields (basketball), whose coaching record
speaks volumes. In 22 years with Vikes womens basketball,
shes compiled a regular season record of 339 wins and only
57 losses, including eight Canadian Interuniversity Sport national
Ken Shields (basketball), who from 1978 to 1989,
coached the Vikes mens team to seven consecutive CIS Championships
and earned four CIS Coach-of-the-Year awards. He was instrumental
in establishing the National Coaching Institute at UVic.
Lorne Loomer (rowing) winner of gold at the
1956 Olympic Games and the 1958 Commonwealth Games, and silver at
the 1960 Rome Olympics. Loomer built the UVic rowing program that
today reflects his determination, competitiveness and success.
Wally Milligan (soccer), now deceased, who was a member
of the 195152 Victoria United Soccer Club that captured the
Pacific Coast Soccer League championship. He later served as the
founding coach of the UVic mens soccer team from 1964 until
Tickets for the 2002 Legacy Awards event are sold-out.
Net proceeds will support student scholarships and athletic awards.