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Stories, profiles and interviews with UVic alumni and features from the UVic Torch magazine.

A matter of privilege

February 12, 2024

In his upcoming webinar, UVic sociology grad and education professor Gerald Walton explores privilege and how it can be used to help create a more equitable society.

2023: UVic alumni in the news

December 20, 2023

This year, our alumni were moving, shaking and generally making a difference in the world, whether through art, public service or innovation in business. Here are just seven of our grads who were...

An app of prevention

November 20, 2023

UVic alumna Lauren Hodges created the new app, Kula Empowered, to help parents and caregivers communicate with children about body safety.

Seven questions with Kathleen Bellamano

October 19, 2023

Kathleen Bellamano is the current president of the UVic Alumni Association (UVAA). We caught up with Bellamano to ask a few questions about her volunteer work in the UVAA and her busy career.

Nordic state of mind

October 16, 2023

Business graduate Jason LaTorre, BCom ’95, is ambassador of Canada to Sweden, a role that might include building ties between Indigenous peoples, bolstering critical trade and defence...

Land loved

October 4, 2023

UVic Humanities grad Jess Housty brings love of their rainforest home and Heiltsuk culture to a debut poetry collection, Crushed Wild Mint, that opens the heart and awakens the senses.

Comic relief

September 20, 2023

Richard Van Camp reflects on the comic book that saved his life, then inspired his writing career—and the ever-growing garden of Indigenous literature.

Smarter streaming

August 8, 2023

UVic Writing alumnus and tech innovator Daniel Sieberg wants to make the remote obsolete with a new tool that harnesses the magic of AI to help take the stress out of deciding what to stream.

Lending a lifeline

May 29, 2023

University of Victoria researchers across disciplines are teaming up to staunch the loss of lives from toxic-drug poisoning, including forging state-of-the-art techniques to check drugs

Bringing Haida home

May 26, 2023

Distinguished alumna Lucy Bell Sdahl Ḵ’awaas is a leader in repatriating Haida Ancestral remains, cultural artifacts and art.

My business

We profile enterprises run by UVic alumni.

Creating planet-positive solutions

September 6, 2023

Science grad Parmjot Gill co-founded Kite, a venture studio that helps work through problems to create world-class companies and a cleaner, more sustainable resource industry

Leading the charge

July 24, 2023

BCom grad Andrew Johns is helping drivers go electric with a new network of charging stations

Distill my beating heart

April 20, 2023

Mechanical Engineering grads Darcy Lane, BEng ’06, and Brandon Fry, BEng ’10, are helping fuel the craft distilling revival with their custom-made stills

Ask an expert

We learn useful tips and life hacks from UVic alumni.

For the thrill of it

June 19, 2023

Bestselling author and Writing alumna Gail Anderson-Dargatz delivers some need-to-know tips to start up a literary novel or a fast-paced thriller

Alum shares tips on mental wellness

April 20, 2023

UVic triple grad and campus counsellor Adam Tran offers up some life hacks on caring for your health and well-being.

Cyber security expert offers life hacks

April 19, 2023

UVic double grad Nav Bassi shares his dos and don'ts when it comes protecting yourself online. 

Change-up

We profile UVic alumni who recently made a bold life change.

Fits to a tea

November 8, 2023

Business grad Zet Le gave up a corporate job to make his dreams come true by starting Y Not Today, a unique Bingsu ice-cream and bubble-tea business in Calgary.

A kind word for social workers

April 20, 2023

Social worker Amy Pinnell left public service to start her own business, sharing messages and products to ease the load of her colleagues in the field.

Vox alumni

Alumni share stories in their own words.

Different fires

May 24, 2023

How a return to wildfire fighting in BC helped Writing grad Kelly Bouchard reboot from the stress and exhaustion of his work with Toronto’s homeless.

Wheels, words and healing

April 20, 2023

Martin Bauman discovered the life-changing power of stories during a cross-country bike ride for mental health.