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February 20, 2003 · Vol 29 · No 4

Six honorary degrees to be awarded in June

B.C.’s former Lieutenant Governor, a veteran broadcast journalist and a world-renowned ethnobotanist are among six lifetime achievers who will be awarded honorary degrees at the University of Victoria’s spring convocation, June 3–6.
The six honorary degree designates (in order of ceremony) are:

 

Mark Starowicz, architect of many of the most innovative and defining reforms in Canadian radio and television. As head of CBC documentary programming, he is responsible for many of the network’s most successful programs, such as As It Happens, Sunday Morning and The Journal. Most recently, he completed the largest documentary production in Canadian history, Canada: A People’s Choice/Le Canada: une histoire populaire. (Doctor of Laws, June 3, 2:30 p.m.)

 

Dr. Norma Mickelson, an educator and administrator who has played a key role in UVic’s evolution for more than three decades. She was Canada’s first female dean of education and UVic’s first female chancellor (1997–2002) and is known to many as a mentor and pioneer in the area of employment equity, human rights and the advancement of women in the academy. She is also a prolific researcher, writer and lecturer on children’s literacy issues. (Doctor of Laws, June 4, 10 a.m.)

 

Dr. Wade Davis, one of the most influential ethnobotanists in the world, who coined the term “ethnosphere” — the sum total of human thought, language and stories — as a conceptual counterpart to the biosphere. Currently explorer-in-residence for the National Geographic Society, he continues to inspire and educate the general public about ethnic diversity through books, lectures and documentaries. Davis was raised in Victoria. (Doctor of Science, June 4, 2:30 p.m.)

 

Howard White, poet, author and a driving force within B.C.’s publishing industry for the past 30 years. He has devoted his life to the unique culture of B.C., with special attention to the literature and history of the West Coast. His publishing house, Harbour Publishing, and his magazine, Raincoast Chronicles, are widely credited with changing the way British Columbians see themselves, their history and their culture. (Doctor of Laws, June 5, 10 a.m.)

 

Garde Gardom, whose term as Lieutenant Governor of B.C. (1995–2001) capped a long and distinguished career in public service. He served as an MLA from 1966–1987, holding two cabinet portfolios and becoming the longest-serving Government House Leader. He is probably best remembered for his strong advocacy for public accountability. Gardom also served as Agent General for B.C. in the UK and Europe from 1987–1993. (Doctor of Laws, June 5, 2:30 p.m.)

 

Antonio Leaño Alvarez del Castillo, lawyer, teacher, rancher and activist, who has dedicated his life to education and social advancement in Mexico. He was instrumental in founding the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), and is credited with shaping it into one of Mexico’s leading universities. He also helped create a community college-style system in Mexico and a Latin American association dedicated to educational reform. (Doctor of Laws, June 6, 10 a.m.).

 

 

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