The Ring

Government funding boost for assistive technology projects

Wed, 2011-07-13 11:05

BC Premier Christy Clark and CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior
BC Premier Christy Clark looks on as CanAssist researcher/writer Luke Melchior demonstrates CanConnect technology.

On June 27, BC Premier Christy Clark visited campus and announced a $3.5-million grant from the Ministry of Health for two innovative projects involving technology that will help seniors and people with disabilities remain as independent as possible. One partner in the projects is CanAssist, a University of Victoria organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and promoting the independence of those with disabilities.

Board gives green light to CARSA facility

Wed, 2011-07-13 10:18

UVic’s Board of Governors has approved funding for the construction of the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities and the renovation of the McKinnon Building. Among other features, the $59-million project will include a performance gymnasium, field house and a state-of-the-art fitness and weight-training space. It will greatly enhance UVic’s health-related research and educational programs by providing room for teaching and research for the Department of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

Breath-controlled gears help cyclist bring home gold

Wed, 2011-07-13 09:54

March with CanAssist engineering team
March with CanAssist engineering team (L-R): Greene, McGuire, Von Schilling, Fry. Photo: Tanya Switucka

In 1988, Karen March was in a car accident that changed the course of her life—suddenly the bright, active 20-year-old was facing life in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic. Yet the path she chose, through an incredible triumph of determination, was the racetrack. Over the years, the Victoria resident has become a highly accomplished athlete who has competed in wheelchair sports all over the world, including the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

The eye of history--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 10:36

UVic undergraduate Jason Michaud at permanent exhibition in Oskar Schindler’s factory in Krakow, Poland. Photo: Lauren Petersen

Mounds of leather trunks. Thousands of prosthetic limbs. Streets dotted with brass stones carved with names.

These are some of the images now part of the personal history of nearly two dozen University of Victoria students after a visit to Central Europe in May 2011. The I-witness Holocaust Field School, launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies as a three-unit course this year, was held in Germany, Poland and Austria.

Student I-witness Blog--Holocaust Field School

Tue, 2011-07-12 09:24

What follows are excerpts from the student blog for the inaugural I-witness Holocaust Field School, which took place in Central Europe from May 8 to 28, 2011. The field school was launched by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies this year, and is the only course of its kind being offered to undergraduate students at a Canadian university.

Click here for a special visual essay of the sites described below and click here for a related article including photos of the same.

Volunteers the building blocks of community at Family Centre

Tue, 2011-07-05 09:00

Garth Homer Centre volunteers
From left: Scott Young, Edmond Choy, Brenda Crawford Photo: Bryna Hallam

After years on the job, the UVic Family Centre’s volunteers are definitely part of the family. Once a week for eight years, a group with the Garth Homer Society Community Access Team (CAT), which sets up volunteer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, comes to the centre to wash the toys.

United Way and UVic: Building a strong and caring community

Tue, 2011-07-05 08:32

The United Way of Greater Victoria (UWGV) has announced more than $95,000 in funding to support four initiatives undertaken at UVic.

“The work that we are doing with UVic is ground breaking, and other universities and United Way programs across Canada are looking at this partnership as a blueprint for establishing partnerships with universities” says UWGV Director of Community Investment and Collaboration Chris Poirier-Skelton.

Staff and students take steps to end global poverty at World Partnership Walk

Thu, 2011-06-23 13:48

Karima Ramji presents the University and Colleges Team Trophy to Dr. Reeta Tremb
Karima Ramji presents the University and Colleges Team Trophy to Dr. Reeta Tremblay

Five kilometres, positive team spirit and a shared goal of fighting global poverty—these were the key ingredients to UVic’s participation in the 2011 World Partnership Walk (WPW), held May 29 at Beacon Hill Park.

More than 25 UVic staff, students and their families took part in last month’s WPW event, which is Canada’s largest fundraiser aimed at fighting global poverty.

Organic farmer grad brings higher learning down to earth

Fri, 2011-06-10 11:11

Tunnicliffe. Photo: Jo-Ann Richards/Works Photography

Robin Tunnicliffe is passionate about locally grown food, sustainability and food security on the Saanich Peninsula. Compelled by her passion, she returned to school and studied an interdisciplinary program that combined sociology, women's studies and business. She graduates this June with a master's degree.

Distinguished lawyer and senior public servant named Lam Chair

Tue, 2011-05-03 14:09

McHale. Photo: Anne McHale

For as long as individuals and organizations have had disagreements with one another, they have tried to find just and cost-effective ways to resolve those issues. Although many cases end up before the courts, other innovative techniques exist to deal with profound differences of opinion. Public administrators and members of the legal profession are more frequently turning to a range of dispute resolution methods, including mediation, as effective procedures for resolving conflicts.