The University of Victoria is awarding honorary degrees to five outstanding leaders in the arts, human rights and the environment at the eight convocation ceremonies this month.
The honorands are:
The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, who became became B.C.’s 27th lieutenant governor in 2001 after careers in broadcasting and public service that were distinguished by her dedication to human rights and social justice.
Musician and social activist Bruce Cockburn, who has recorded 20 gold and platinum albums and is widely regarded for his work for the welfare of the less fortunate, expressed through decades of activism around the world.
The Honourable Miria Matembe of Uganda, member of the Pan-African Parliament, who has confronted widespread corruption in Ugandan society and urged her culture to come to terms with human sexuality and disease in light of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Author, educator and human rights activist Mary Okumu, who trains African women in mediation, conflict resolution and survival skills, has held executive posts with key international aid organizations and is best known for her work with Women Waging Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating conflict in Africa.
Conservationist William (Bill) Turner, who revolutionized the preservation and restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of BC when he co-founded The Land Conservancy in 1997.
Honorary degrees are awarded by the Senate of the University of Victoria based on nominations received from the university community. Criteria include distinction in scholarship, research, teaching, the creative arts or public service.
When permission is granted, honorary degree recipients’ inspiring addresses to convocation are available via podcast at http://communications.uvic.ca/podcasting.
Read more about the MP3s »