Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Leigh Joseph standing outside

2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards announced

From the far reaches of outer space to the intersection of Indigenous plant science and self-care, this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are making an impact around the world and beyond.

Meet this year's recipients
Animated still of Indigenous woman crying.

Heart of a poet

Poet, musician and Indigenous law researcher Tara Williamson (JD ’10, MA ’10) has her words brought to the screen with the animated film Heart like a Pow Pow.

Q&A with Tara Williamson
CBC radio host Laura Lynch in studio

Law and the land

CBC journalist Laura Lynch (LLB ’88) uses her legal knowledge to tackle the most pressing stories of our time, from Supreme Court cases to climate change to the devastation of war.

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CBC producer Manusha Janakiram in a radio studio

Team player

UVic grad Manusha Janakiram, BA ’04, applies lessons learned on the rugby pitch to the award-winning programs she produces for CBC Radio.

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UVic Crookes professor Sean Holman leaning against a tree

Hope and story

UVic social sciences grad and Crookes professor Sean Holman works long hours trying to bring
a human face to the way the media covers climate change—and build communities of action.

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CHEK television anchor Stacy Ross volunteering at convocation.

Making news

CHEK television anchor Stacy Ross, BFA ’97, is a fierce proponent for local news. In 2009, she and her colleagues made a bold and risky move, buying the station to save it from closing.

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Filmmaker Trevor Dixon Bennett with his camera in front of a river.

Nature in focus

UVic Environmental Studies alumnus Trevor Dixon Bennett (ES ’12) explores the cultural connection to environment through his production company, Kingtide Films.

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Trauma specialist Tim Black

Learning about trauma

UVic’s Tim Black says exposure to disturbing influences does not mean a person will be traumatized. And how we all respond can help or hinder.

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Connect. Learn. Remember.

The important role of alumni in the life of the University of Victoria can be expressed in a lot of ways. By maintaining connections, taking advantage of opportunities to learn, and by keeping our UVic memories close to our hearts, alumni are part of the past, present and future of the university.

The UVic Alumni Association, with the help of Alumni Relations staff, help to keep strong bonds between UVic and its the worldwide community of graduates by offering an exciting and growing program of services.