The Ring

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.

Grad promotes social entrepreneurship

Mon, 2010-11-01 00:00

A photo of Gupta and Governor General Michaëlle Jean.
Gupta and Jean. PHOTO: MCpl Jean-Francois Néron, Rideau Hall.© 2009 Office of the Secretary to the Governor General of Canada

From an early age Master's of Public Administration (MPA) graduate Kanika Gupta learned the importance of commitment to community. In high school she started a club to promote volunteering as a way of meeting new people, discovering the community and having fun. Today, she continues to use innovative ways to engage youth around social responsibility.

Social Justice Studies annual lecture

Fri, 2010-10-01 00:00

Dr. Janet Conway (Brock University and Canada Research Chair in Social Justice) will deliver a free public lecture entitled "Is the Global Justice Movement Colonial? A Troubling Tale of Indigenous Peoples at the World Social Forum" on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman 105.

My journey from Rwanda to UVic and the UN

Fri, 2010-10-01 00:00

John Nsabimana and Dr. Sibylle Artz (child and youth care).
John Nsabimana and Dr. Sibylle Artz (child and youth care). Photo: UVic Photo Services

I was born in Rwanda, and at the age of seven I experienced the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Without the care and guidance of an adult, I escaped death by walking day and night with my two younger brothers. For over half of my life I lived in a refugee camp in Uganda characterized by food shortages, lack of drinking water and violence. I was unable to envision a future where these basic needs were not the central focus of my life.

Day in the life: Mick Scow

Mon, 2010-09-13 10:53

Photo of Mick Scow.
Mick Scow. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A day in the life of Mick Scow—administrative assistant with Indigenous Governance Programs—isn't greatly different from his days as a master's student in the same program just a few short months ago.