The Ring

UVic Japanese students organize and respond with support

Tue, 2011-04-05 13:20

Students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota.
Child and Youth Care students (L-R): Nozomi Kido, Keiichi Otani and Hiroko Ota. Photo: Christine McLaren

The waters have receded and the tremors have diminished in Japan, but amidst unstable nuclear reactors and the rubble of a starkly redefined landscape, communities begin to face the challenge of rebuilding and coping with the loss. Here at UVic, separated by an ocean of uncertainty, we watch and wait, wondering how this disaster will affect us all. For two Japanese students in the School of Child and Youth Care, watching was not enough.

New centre focuses on early childhood research

Wed, 2011-03-09 11:53

What does it take to raise a healthy and happy child? That’s just one of the questions the 60 faculty members and 50 grad students who make up UVic’s new Centre for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CECRP) strive to answer.

Annual awards program lauds local heroes

Wed, 2011-03-09 11:49

Photo of Prince and Pauly
L-R: Prince, Pauly. Photo:Marc Christensen.

On Feb. 16, nominees of the 2011 Victoria’s Leadership Awards (VLA) were celebrated as exceptional community champions, including this year’s recipients of the University of Victoria Community Leadership Awards—Bernie Pauly and Michael Prince.

Free Food...No Foolin'!

Wed, 2011-03-02 17:13

The UVic Family Centre is getting ready for its 8th annual "No Foolin’" event on Friday, April 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will take place outside the family centre in the student family housing complex on Lam Circle. No Foolin’ is an opportunity for UVic student families, community supporters and local businesses to come out and celebrate the energy and diversity that families and their children bring to campus life. The annual event is an opportunity to highlight UVic’s vibrant family community and help raise awareness about the challenges and barriers that some student families face. Parachute games, relay races, ethnic food, pizza and ice-cream are all part of the free program. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact

Sandborn, Pauly, honorary citizens

Tue, 2011-02-08 15:08

Victoria city council has selected Environmental Law Centre legal director Calvin Sandborn (law) and Bernie Pauly (nirsing, psychology) as two of the city's 14 honourary citizens for 2011. The award was presented on Jan.19 by Mayor Dean Fortin, in recognition of Sandborn's contributions to environmental protection and sustainability education on Vancouver Island and Pauly's community work on social issues, including homelessness.

Dr. Lenora Marcellus

Fri, 2011-01-14 12:28

Dr. Lenora Marcellus (nursing) and members of Vancouver Island’s Safe Babies Program have been awarded the 2010 Rotman Award for Pediatric Home Care Innovation. The program provides education and support for foster families caring for infants with prenatal substance exposure and is the result of years of partnership between the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Foster Parents Support Services Society. The $100,000 award will be used to further expand the program across BC and roll out a new training curriculum.

In memoriam: Elias Chaboud

Tue, 2011-01-04 13:07

Dr. Elias Cheboud (1959–2010) was a remarkable colleague and friend who died very suddenly on Dec. 12 while working outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, doing what he loved: working for peace alongside colleagues from around the globe. A memorial service for colleagues, alumni, family and friends took place on Dec. 20 at the Interfaith Chapel. 

Lau awarded

Thu, 2010-12-09 15:37

Dr. Francis Lau (health information science) is the recipient of the 2010 Canadian Health Informatics Award for outstanding leadership in the field of health informatics. Lau's work was recognized at a gala event in Toronto hosted by the Canadian Health Informatics Association and the Information Technology Association of Canada. Lau heads up the eHealth Observatory, a national research initiative, jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and Canada Infoway, to monitor the impact of health information system deployment and electronic records adoption in Canada. He holds the Applied Health Services and Policy Chair in eHealth. More info:

Stajuhar, Funk awarded

Thu, 2010-12-09 15:34

Dr. Kelli Stajuhar (nursing and Centre on Aging) and post-doctoral student Laura Funk recently received the Anselm Strauss Award, a prestigious research honor from the US National Council on Family Relations—a professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. They were acknowledged for a cutting-edge article critiquing methods used in research on families. They claim that one downfall of basing research on interviews alone is that sometimes what people say and what they do are very different. They recommend addressing this by repeating interviews over a long period of time and combining them with observation.

Every picture tells a story

Mon, 2010-12-06 11:02

Sandy Riddett, grandson Simon Riddett and cousin Benjamin Riddett reading at the bookstore.