The Ring

Building leaders for the social economy and civil society

Thu, 2010-07-01 18:00

Photo of instructor and students
L-R: Instructor Sabine Lehr and MACD students Carolyn Fast and Stacy Chappel. Photo: Christine McLaren

“Communities and societies are grappling with many challenges in a rapidly changing world,” says Lynne Siemens, professor and graduate advisor in the School of Public Administration. “Addressing them requires new leadership and ways of working with individuals, communities, organizations and governments.”


Convocation: Philippe Lucas

Tue, 2010-06-01 14:00

A picture of Philippe Lucas
Lucas at Victoria City Hall

Victoria City Councillor and Vancouver Island Compassion Society founder Philippe Lucas has had his share of life experiences. Lucas was exposed to hepatitis C through the tainted blood supply at age 12, but the condition was only diagnosed in 1995, the same year that his father committed suicide. “Sometimes life makes choices for us, and with the benefit of a little longevity we can see that even the most adverse event or situation can lead to some positive outcomes,” says Lucas, whose personal experiences with medical cannabis led him to conduct a number of research projects on this topic over the last 15 years.


Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis re-appointed

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

Dr. Mary Ellen Purkis has been reappointed dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development for a term of five years, commencing July 1, 2010.


Dr. Marilyn Callahan: Award for Excellence

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

Dr. Marilyn Callahan (social work, emeritus) has been awarded the 2009 Canadian Association for Social Work Education Award for Excellence, given annually to a Canadian academic in social work.


Dr. Abdul Roudsari: Appointed director

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

Dr. Abdul Roudsari is the new director of the School of Health Information Science.


Dr. Michael Prince: Human Rights

Sat, 2010-05-01 14:00

Dr. Michael Prince, Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, participated in a panel discussion in Ottawa in March to advise the Canadian Human Rights Commission on how to reduce the number of complaints it receives from people with disabilities.


Students supporting students

Mon, 2010-03-01 15:00

A picture of Nursing students Chris Bigelow, Nicolle Rushton, and Dehab Haile
(L-R): Nursing students Chris Bigelow, fourth year; Nicolle Rushton, second year from Camosun College; and Dehab Haile, fourth y

Starting on a new campus, meeting new people, navigating the demands of a new program all pose some level of anxiety for new students. The nurse mentorship project, initiated by nursing students, has helped relieve some of the stress and made the transition easier.


Building bridges with Africa

Wed, 2010-02-24 15:22

Photo of Brown, Parisian, Tang and Cheboud.
L-R: Brown, Bruce Parisian of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Tang and Cheboud. Photo: Jo-Ann Richards

What began as a sightseeing tour of a small community in Ethiopia has resulted in a life-saving project establishing a unique model for local and international partnerships.


New MA prepares community leaders worldwide

Tue, 2010-02-09 01:00

Photo of Hall and Tandon.
Hall and Tandon Photo: UVic Photo Services.

The School of Public Administration is launching a unique online program in community development. Designed for working professionals, the Master of Arts in Community Development (MACD) aims to prepare leaders for the challenges of today’s global issues in communities around the world.


Street smarts

Tue, 2009-12-01 01:00

A sleeping bag in a car, an unpadded perch on a cold piece of cement, a nylon shell at a local park—this is no place like home. Yet this is the reality for an estimated 1,500 men and women who live on the capital region’s streets.