The Ring

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.

Virtual UVic researchers to go “on call”

Thu, 2011-04-28 12:21

UVic is participating in a pilot program for the BC Year of Science known as Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC). VROC links researchers with BC students in Grades 5–12 through video conferencing. The goal is to help teachers communicate scientific discovery and academic research to their students by connecting them—in real-time—with scientists, researchers and experts within the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health.

“Well-being is not an economic term”

Tue, 2011-04-26 14:49

Waring. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Human rights activist, lecturer and author Dr. Marilyn Waring visited campus in mid April at the invitation of UVic’s Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy (CCCBE). Having served throughout her life as a politician, an internationally respected academic and consultant, and a passionate activist for women and the environment, Waring is uniquely positioned to offer insight into the making of public policy. On April 14, she shared reflections on her career with an audience of students, faculty and community members who filled the Bob Wright Centre auditorium to capacity for her public lecture “What Does Progress Mean for our Society and our Communities?”

Nursing students help with the RJH Patient Care Centre Tower move

Thu, 2011-04-07 09:23

Nursing student Jumana Tubeishat and instructor Carolyn Hammond.
Nursing student Jumana Tubeishat and instructor Carolyn Hammond. Photo: Robbyn Lanning

On Sunday, March 13, over 200 UVic Nursing “Students on the Move” helped transfer nearly 300 patients from the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s old inpatient units to its new Patient Care Centre (PCC) Tower in just under eight hours. Teams of nursing undergrads volunteered their time, working four- and six-hour shifts, to help Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) staff receive patients relocating from the old hospital.

Humanitarian award to Paralympian law student

Wed, 2011-04-06 13:07

Vliegenhart. Photo: UVic Photo Services

UVic Law student, wheelchair athlete and community volunteer Jessica Vliegenhart is this year’s recipient of the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award. Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Law and the Victoria Bar Association, it acknowledges her outstanding and selfless contribution of time and effort to the well-being of the law school, individuals within the school, and people in the community at large.

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.