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Help build UVic’s community green map
The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, in partnership with a number of UVic departments and a local non-profit society called Common Ground, is developing a community green map of the university. Community green maps are locally created themed maps that use a universal symbol set to highlight features and assets of a place. The first stage of the project, which is providing hands-on student learning opportunities, will be on the themes of transportation and travel choices and health and wellness. The map will be built up over time, with the first layers slated to be showcased at the CUExpo conference on community-based research in May. If you’re interested in finding out more or getting involved, contact Sustainability Co-ordinator Sarah Webb at or 721-6678.

Atlas shows Southern Vancouver Island is tops in wellness
The Southern Vancouver Island health services delivery area leads the province in overall wellness, according to the recently published BC Atlas of Wellness, co-authored by Drs. Les Foster (geography, child and youth care) and Peter Keller (geography). The atlas project compiled a broad range of 120 health and wellness indicators, presenting the data in more than 270 maps and supporting tables. Funded by the provincial government, the atlas is the first such initiative in Canada and will help government and community planners establish policies that further encourage healthy, active lifestyles. The atlas can be obtained through UBC Press and is available online at

UVic picks the best of the city—senior style
Which business provides the best service to seniors in the CRD? According to UVic’s Centre on Aging (COAG), it’s the Thrifty Foods Store in Sidney. Last month the store received COAG’s inaugural Senior Friendly Business Award, an annual award that honours businesses that provide the most friendly, high-quality services and facilities to customers 55 years of age or better. “The entrance is well marked, there’s plenty of parking, the aisles are wide, the staff is courteous and helpful, and it has bathroom facilities for its customers,” says Elmer Berlie of the selection committee. Of the 13 nominations the committee received, three were for Thrifty Foods outlets.

Talking military history
The value, collection methods, and influence of military oral history will be discussed at the upcoming international conference, “Between Memory and History,” at the Marriott Victoria Hotel Feb. 20–23, sponsored by the history department and the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver Island (RUSI). For the past three years the department has offered students a veterans oral history project course in partnership with RUSI—the only such university course in Canada. UVic faculty members and history students will be among the presenters, discussing oral history and the role of Aboriginal servicewomen in Canada’s military in the Second World War, the not-so-easy life of Canadian military families in the Cold War, and the formative experiences of Canadian bomber crews in the Second World War. The conference is open to members of the public. To register or for further information visit

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