The Ring

Tla-o-qui-at student shares knowledge in Ghana

Mon, 2012-09-10 09:30

Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians
Wenstob, in traditional hat, at a cultural performance with Ghanaians

Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies (minor) student Hjalmer Wenstob went to Ghana this summer as a First Nations research apprentice under the mentorship of geography professor Dr. Phil Dearden. Wenstob, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, whose traditional territory is around Tofino, was interested in learning about eco-tourism and community-based conservation practices in other parts of the world.


UVic and Island Savings team up for families

Mon, 2012-09-10 08:40

See article for captioningIt really is a gift that will keep on giving. The Univ
See article for captioning

It really is a gift that will keep on giving. The University of Victoria and Island Savings have recently announced a partnership between the two institutions, as part of Island Savings’ Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program.


In memoriam: Roberta Taylor

Thu, 2012-07-05 11:12

Roberta Taylor, senior instructor in the School of Social Work, passed away on June 25. “Robbie,” as her friends called her, was diagnosed in late March with an aggressive non-treatable form of cancer. In true “Robbie” fashion, she and her children organized a celebration of life, which wove together a rich tapestry of people involved in the many facets of her life and where stories, music and readings were shared with Robbie and her family present. Taylor’s academic family has been the School of Social Work since the 1980s when she earned her BSW and then MSW at the school. She started teaching full-time in the school in 1993 and received the Faculty Teaching Excellence award in 2000.


Child and Youth Care grad helping 1,000s of HIV/AIDS-affected children

Fri, 2012-06-08 11:51

Nyeko with one of the thousands of children her organization helps.
Nyeko with one of the thousands of children her organization helps.

Jolly Nyeko loves children. For over three decades Nyeko—graduating from UVic with her PhD in child and youth care this month—has worked to provide programming for and inspiration to countless young people in her native Uganda. She gives regular talks to fellow mothers, leads fundraising efforts for primary education centres and, in 1995, founded Action for Children, a non-profit group that cares for more than 20,000 children and families vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and poverty across the country.


Dispute Resolution grad helping First Nations

Thu, 2012-06-07 12:55

Dickson. Photo: Rob Kruyt
Dickson. Photo: Rob Kruyt

When Calgary native Jessica Dickson was a political science undergraduate at the University of British Columbia after starting her BA in humanities at the University of Calgary, like a lot of poli-sci students, she thought the natural progression of her education pointed towards the bar. Consequently, upon receiving her BA, she took a job at a law firm.


Top honours for down-to-earth graduate

Thu, 2012-05-31 12:15

Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle
Payne with his wife and UVic graduate Danielle at Muncho Lake in northern BC

Paul Payne is firmly planted in a profession that excites him thanks to an undergraduate program that he describes as a perfect fit. This multiple award-winning grad has chosen a career in health informatics where rapidly expanding opportunities abound in the field of health care and information systems. Payne is graduating with a combined major in computer science and health information science with a near perfect grade point average garnering him Outstanding Academic Distinction in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.


Residential school resistance narratives: Video project

Fri, 2012-05-11 12:05

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) regional event in Victoria Apr. 13-14 included the premiere of seven videos produced by seven young Indigenous researchers for the UVic Centre for Youth and Society (CFYS)’s project, “Resistance Narratives: Strategies and Significance for Indigenous Youth.” Using digital storytelling, the youth identified and celebrated strategies of resistance that enabled family and community members to survive the Indian Residential Schools of Vancouver Island.


Craigdarroch Research Awards 2012

Wed, 2012-05-09 10:05

Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Lorna Crozier. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Passion, enthusiasm, a commitment to making a difference in our lives—these are the qualities that are shared by all winners of the Craigdarroch Research Awards, and this year’s “class” is no exception. The 2012 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievement in research at UVic, were presented at a celebration event on May 1.


The spirit of aloha: Indigenous Governance exchange

Wed, 2012-05-09 09:58

IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson i
IGOV and UHIP students and faculty on the island of Kaho’olawe (Jessica Benson in front row at left)

Having never been to Hawai’i before, I had a typical vision of the tropical paradise: sandy beaches lined with palm trees, a coconut drink decorated with a miniature umbrella in hand, the occasional hula dancer in sight, and a plethora of tourists. This distant, magical place seemed breathtakingly beautiful, but it also seemed a little too conventional for my liking. But when the opportunity came for me to complete an elective course in Hawai’i, I jumped at the chance not knowing that a transformative, life-changing experience awaited me.


Course pairs up grad students and BC ministry and everyone benefits

Mon, 2012-05-07 13:44

Nine students brought their graduate program to life this past spring by adding a crash course in knowledge mobilization to their schedules. GS 505: Research and Evaluation in Children, Youth and Family Services Policies is a multi-disciplinary internship, spearheaded by UVic Knowledge Mobilization Services and instructed by Dr. Gord Miller, (child and youth care). The program paired graduate students with practitioners and policymakers in British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to produce research that is immediately applicable to the world around them.