Program descriptions

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Day 1 - Wednesday, May 22

Aren't we all the same? Reflecting on culture, you and me

The word "culture" is used almost daily within our campus. However, our individual understandings of what we mean by it and why it is so important for all we do at this educational institution might vary significantly. This session hopes to start a longer-term organizational and personal reflection on how each of our unique backgrounds might play a role in achieving some of the long-term strategic goals of our university.

Presenter: Ricardo Flores

Dr. Ricardo Flores joined Gustavson School of Business in mid-2017. Before moving to Victoria, he studied, worked and lived in multiple countries/continents. His research focuses on how individuals and organizations cope with significant differences (e.g., dissimilarities in the environments they encounter when crossing national borders, transformations created by the emergence of new technologies and ventures, and changes needed when working and leading individuals that differ from ourselves).

Buses, bikes and walking shoes

How can we make our best sustainable transportation choice when commuting to and from campus? What would work for you? What do you envision for UVic? These are the kinds of questions that we will discuss–interactively–amongst other UVic staff who want share their ideas and offer solutions in making sustainable transportation choices over single occupant vehicles. Be prepared to move around the presentation venue and get involved!

Presenters: Susan Kerr, Matt Greeno and Eleri Davies

The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability team strive to model sustainability–while animating ingenuity–by finding new and creative solutions and practices that can serve as examples for others.

Susan Kerr, Sustainability Coordinator
Matt Greeno, Sustainabiilty Coordinator
Eleri Davies, Communications and Projects Coordinator

Community mural art project (activity)

This is a hands-on activity to collaboratively paint a sustainability/cycling/community-themed mural on a designated wall in the Campus Bike Centre. The mural will be a “paint-by-colours” of a simple yet vibrant design for Connect U staff conference participants to paint. The mural will be designed, stencilled and facilitated by a Faculty of Fine Arts student. The mural will be a legacy public art display in the Campus Bike Centre, celebrating the interconnection between art, sustainability and community.

Facilitator: Meaghan Crow

Meaghan Crow is a third-year student in UVic’s visual arts program. Her primary focus is investigating utopic landscapes and their relationships with colour through acrylic painting.

Dance lesson (activity)

Have you ever wanted to learn a few basic hip hop moves to impress on the dance floor? Join us for this high energy and fun hip hop class for beginners. Bring your running shoes and your attitude! Suitable for all dance levels and ages.

Facilitator: Abhilasha Vyas

Abhilasha Vyas took her first dance class at the age of seven in Nanaimo and instantly fell in love. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and classical Indian dance at a young age; however, during high school, a spark was ignited when she took her first hip hop class at Dansko studios in Victoria. Ever since then she has pursued various styles of hip hop, including popping, waving, house, street, funk, afro and dancehall, at studios in Victoria and Vancouver. Abhilasha pursued her passion for movement and health at the University of Victoria, and graduated with her bachelor's degree in Recreation and Health Education in 2017. She taught her very first hip hop class in 2017 and found a deep fulfillment in passing on her passion to others. Since then she has been teaching a variety of hip hop classes that take inspiration from dance hall, afro, house and even contemporary and lyrical styles. Abhilasha believes movement brings a sense of oneness, which creates a deeper connection within ourselves and with others.

Experience Cube - communication

Ever wish you had a way to communicate just a little better? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple process you could follow the next time you needed to give some feedback or enter into a sticky conversation? Come learn about the Experience Cube and how to use it to plan and conduct conversations that help you get clear with others. This tool is great for any kind of positive or difficult message, and can actually help you to build relationships with others through clear conversations.

Presenter: Cara Jones

Cara works as the organization development consultant with the Organization Development and Learning Services team in UVic Human Resources. This team serves employees through a wide range of consulting, leadership, engagement, learning and development programs. Cara has over 19 years experience in Human Resources, a master's degree in leadership and a bachelor's degree in education. Cara dedicates herself to building positive, genuine relationships with people from diverse backgrounds throughout the community. A values-based leader, she takes a collaborative approach to the creation of engaging change and learning solutions for individuals, teams and organizations. Outside of work, Cara loves to travel as well as hike, kayak, take motorcycle trips with her partner and find great places for her dogs to play outdoors.

Exploring our oceans in virtual reality

Virtual reality prototype technology developed at the University of Victoria is allowing researchers to learn from Port Alberni’s devastating 1964 tsunami and could eventually help us prepare for the next big wave.

Presenters: Derek Jacoby, Matthew Richardson

Dr. Jacoby is a post-doctoral researcher in computer science who currently works on artificial intelligence approaches to satellite imagery analysis. His prior work has been in virtual and augmented reality, automated speech recognition in a 12-year career with Microsoft, and electroencephalography data analysis.

Matt Richardson is a master's student in computer science and on the board of the Victoria Makerspace. He builds electronics devices for the Internet of Things and does research in virtual and augmented reality and in data visualization.

Farm-to-table and food-to-human cells

The nutrients in food and the culinary methods used to prepare food both shape how the cells and systems of your body function. In this session, your instructor will review key aspects of how food is grown and prepared for consumption to illustrate the nutrition concepts and controversies that surround modern food.

Presenter: Greg Mulligan

Greg Mulligan has spent more than a decade teaching human anatomy and nutrition courses in the kinesiology program at the University of Victoria and shares a lifelong passion for all things food.

Finnerty Gardens (walking tour)

A walking tour guided by staff of Finnerty Gardens. Come enjoy some stunning gardens and learn about the history of the gardens, and some of the native and exotic plants the gardens hold.

Tour facilitator: Peter Roberts

Games in the classroom

Given the influence of games on student lives, universities need to take them seriously, as both a subject and a mode of learning. When used in a compelling way, games can motivate students, help them to think critically and creatively, and even promote social good. This session will survey some examples of games in the UVic classroom and then invite discussion about concerns, opportunities and possible next steps.

Presenters: David Leach and Jentery Sayers

David Leach is the chair of the Department of Writing, with research and teaching interests in creative nonfiction, digital culture, interactive storytelling and teaching with technology. Jentery Sayers is an assistant professor in the Department of English, with research and teaching interests in comparative media since the 19th century. Both have worked with UVic’s Technology & Society program.

Has "busy" become the new fracking? Applying a sustainability lens to the scarce resource of time

What if we thought about our time in the same way we think about other scarce natural resources?  There is only so much, once it's gone we can’t create more, and there are many different ways we can use it with varying returns on investment. As a society we are moving away from fossil fuels to more renewable sources of energy to power our planet. What if we could stop lamenting the scarcity of time, and start being more efficient with what we have, and look to alternative energy sources such as discernment, strengths and focus? In this fast-paced one hour session, Sarah will introduce three concepts to help you unearth alternative energy sources that may not save the planet, but might save you!

Presenter: Sarah Hood

Sarah is the director of Organization Development and Learning Services at the University of Victoria.  She combines a commerce degree from UBC with a Masters in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and an executive coaching certification to specialize in developing and facilitating programs for leaders at all levels. Having spent her career in the field of Human Resources, Sarah has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by leaders and employees, and she is always thrilled to see people develop new skills or insights that make it easier to meet the demands of their role. Sarah is a skilled facilitator of large and small groups and has developed her unique style over 25 years of facilitating and coaching leaders, employees and teams.

The high cost of substance use in Canada

In 2014 alone, substance use cost Canadians $38 billion—roughly $1,100 per person, regardless of age—and almost 70% of those costs were due to completely legal alcohol and tobacco. Representatives from UVic’s Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research will discuss the continued economic and social impact of substance use.

Presenter: Adam Sherk

The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) is a UVic-based network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in Canada and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. 

Ideal team player

From the book by best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, the Ideal Team Player presents a powerful framework and easy-to-use tools for identifying, hiring, developing and becoming ideal team players in any context. Learn abut the three virtues that are present in thriving team members. Whether you’re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork, a hiring manager looking to hire real team players or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, this model provides a practical and compelling way to move.

Presenter: Karissa Sovdi

Karissa works as a program and project manager with the Organization Development and Learning Services team in UVic Human Resources, serving employees through a wide range of mentorship, leadership, recognition, engagement, learning and development programs. She admits to being a lifelong “leadership junky” and loves to geek out over a book, podcast, conference or conversation about personality, leadership, communication and change. Karissa is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters in Counselling from City University of Seattle. Her facilitation style draws on her varied background to bring together a practical, research-supported and strengths-based lens of learning alongside her natural humour and charm. In and outside of work, Karissa enjoys playing with words and can often be found dabbling in the production and performance of written, spoken, musical and comedic arts.

Ivy pull in Mystic Vale (activity)

Join community members from the Greater Victoria Green Team and the UVic sustainability office to restore a section of forest in Mystic Vale. We will provide tools and instructions. You don't need to have experience to participate! Bring gardening gloves if you have them. Have a fun experience and meet new people removing invasive plants in a beautiful park. Rain or shine.

Facilitator: Amanda Evans

Amanda is a UVic alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, as well as a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems. During her time the UVic, she co-founded the Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network, a student-run club that connects students to local ecological restoration work parties. Since August 2014, Amanda has been successfully running the GVGT and through this work she has been awarded the Vancity Social Innovation Award (2016), Volunteer Victoria Volunteer Engagement Award (2016) and Volunteer Program award from the District of Saanich, Environmental Services (2017).

Living cultural diversity: Students share local and global experiences

Story is powerful. Story allows us to connect with each other. Story gives us an opportunity to learn from another’s experience, to glimpse a view of the world that may be different from our own. Story gives us a chance to better understand our culturally diverse community. 

Performed as woven stories and still images, a group of UVic students share snapshots of their personal journeys of diversity, culture and inclusion, both on campus and abroad, highlighting unforgettable memories, insights and visions for the future.

Presenter: Anne Cirillo

Anne is the manager of international exchange and student programs for International Student Services at UVic. In 2014, Anne launched the UVic Global Community Initiative in support of UVic’s strategic objectives to build strong intercultural connections, both on and off campus. She works collaboratively with students, staff and faculty to develop partnerships, community connections and programs that celebrate diversity, advance intercultural competency and cultivate an inclusive, globally minded campus. She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Theatre and is passionate about working with students to devise and create performances and presentations that give voice to their experiences, challenges, successes and visons for the future.

Music and dementia and the Voices in Motion choir

Discover the joy-filled experience of Voices in Motion, an intergenerational choir launched in January 2018 for people with memory loss, their caregivers and high school students. Voices in Motion believes that music is transformative in fostering connection and growth, challenging stereotypes and improving quality of life, and hopes the choir will reduce the stigma of dementia and contribute to research on the impact of choirs on people living with dementia. The choir is part of a current UVic research study exploring the impact of how participating in an intergenerational choir can affect social connections and quality of life.

Presenter: Stuart MacDonald and Andre Smith

Stuart MacDonald (psychology) is an associate professor of lifespan development and aging at UVic, and his programmatic research focuses on cognitive aging and early identification of those at risk for cognitive decline and disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Andre Smith (sociology) is an associate professor affiliated with UVic’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, whose research program reflects a desire to understand the intersectionality of health and health-related behaviour and their wider socio-cultural, institutional and familial dimensions.

Our Culture Matters (OCM) drumming and singing

Join Scott Sam on a learning and singing journey as he shares his own songs and stories with you, including: the celebration song, the dog catcher song, welcome song, the journey song and more!

Presenter: Scott Sam


Scott Sam from T’sartlip First Nation started singing and creating his own songs when he was young.  Eventually he brought singers and drummers together and formed a group called OCM drumming. Scott provides facilitated musical experiences where people hear the songs, learn the meanings and discover more about the teachings through narration. He shares his songs and encourages people to join in the fun!

Picking up the pieces: Carey Newman and the Witness Blanket

Order of BC winner and internationally recognized Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist Carey Newman will screen scenes from his 2018 documentary, Picking Up The Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket, and discuss the origins and inspiration of the project (which was unveiled at UVic in 2014), as well as the responsibility that comes with community engagement, and how all of this has informed the unique agreement that has led to its long term placement at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. He will also reflect on the role of art in the journey towards reconciliation.

Presenter: Carey Newman

Carey Newman is a local Kwagiulth and Coast Salish artist and advocate who received international recognition with his creation of the "Witness Blanket," an art installation described as “a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolize ongoing reconciliation.” He is currently the Audain Professor of Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest with UVic’s Department of Visual Arts.

Responding to a cybersecurity breach

Are you worried about cybersecurity breaches? Of course you are. They’re in the news and you may have already experienced one. As university employees, we have both a personal and professional interest in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our data and the data entrusted to us by other members of the university community. But what can go wrong? And what do we do when it does? This session will set the context for cybersecurity risks, and then explore an interactive breach scenario. If you’d like to participate (strictly optional!) then bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone as we’ll be using The best way to prepare for a breach is to practice, so come and see what can happen…

Presenter: Nav Bassi

Nav Bassi is the Director of Academic & Administrative Services for University Systems at the University of Victoria. Nav holds a BSc in computer science and an MBA (Service Management) from UVic, as well as a Master’s Certificate in project management and the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, and is also a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). He has taught for the Gustavson MBA Program and the Division of Continuing Studies at UVic. Nav was previously an elected member of the University of Victoria Board of Governors and Senate, and a Presidential Appointee to the University Human Rights Committee.

The power of storytelling in organizations and teams

Storytelling dates back millennia and spans across the globe in human culture. Just as our bodies respond to nourishing food, our hearts and minds respond to nourishing stories. And yet in our constantly moving modern world it seems there is little time for storytelling. This session takes the time to explore the critical human importance of storytelling and will allow us to reconnect to our humanness through story.

Presenter: Guy Nasmyth

Guy is a consultant, trainer and educator working in the areas of leadership and human systems. He is also an associate faculty member working at Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria as well as the School of Inspired Leadership in India. The programs he works with include the MA in Leadership, MA in Global Leadership, MA in Community Development and graduate certificates in Leadership as well as Strategic Human Resources Management. Guy has been studying leadership since the late 90s, first exploring the various theories and more recently contributing with his own theories and publications. Guy’s most recent research including his doctoral studies has focused on collaboration and leadership as a shared or distributed phenomenon. His most recent publications include "Transforming Healthcare through Systems and Stories," published in the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership and "The Dance of Joyful Leadership," which appears in the edited book, Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity. He has worked in a variety of locations around the globe including Cambodia, Thailand, India and across the US and Canada. Clients include healthcare, retail, industrial, military and not-for-profit organizations and municipal, provincial and federal governments.  Guy lives in Victoria and spends as much time as he can on the water racing sailboats.

Time, talent and treasure...raising the bar at UVic

The panel will discuss the role philanthropy can play on campus, how alumni and donors can impact the student, staff and faculty experience, how fundraising can bring an extra edge to implement our new Strategic Framework, and why everyone should care.

Presenters: Cheryl Hebb, Tamas (Tom) Zsolnay, Susan Lewis and Moses Mukasa

Cheryl Hebb, CFRE, is currently director of fund development at the University of Victoria.  Starting her career as a journalist at a daily, metropolitan newspaper in New Jersey, Cheryl transferred her communication skills to the non-profit arena, where she has specialized for 30 years in major gifts, planned giving, and non-profit management, raising millions of dollars for both healthcare and academe.

In addition to being a public speaker, Cheryl is an award-winning writer and producer of non-profit marketing films, and has been involved with numerous professional boards and organizations, including the Association of Healthcare Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.  She has an MBA in Non-Profit Management from American Jewish University and a BS in Communications from Syracuse University.  She and her husband, Brian, founded and manage the Victoria Urban Sketchers. She currently serves on the board of Craigdarroch Castle.

Tamás (Tom) Zsolnay is currently the associate vice-president for Alumni and Development at UVic. Tom is responsible for the design and implementation of fundraising and alumni strategies to support the University of Victoria’s academic mission.

A seasoned fundraising professional, Tom has directed or supervised projects that have raised nearly $350 million over the past 30 years. He has counselled a variety of social service, educational and health care institutions across Canada. Tom has developed and executed strategic long-term fundraising plans that include annual appeals, capital campaigns, major gift, endowment and planned giving programs. Tom led the fundraising and alumni relations efforts at both Concordia and Laurentian universities.

Tom is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and holds an MBA from Laurentian University and a BA (Economics) from Concordia University.

Susan Lewis is currently dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at UVic. Fundraising and development play a big role in supporting the faculty’s mission of excellence in research and creative activity, teaching and student success. As dean, she works directly with donors to create opportunities for student travel, state-of-the-art equipment, field schools, scholarships, bursaries and more. She recently formed an external advisory board to assist with these efforts and connect the faculty to the Victoria arts community.

Susan is a dynamic arts administrator and professor with over fifteen years of creative engagement, research and leadership in the higher education industry. As dean of British Columbia's only free-standing Faculty of Fine Arts, she builds relationships and collaborations across the arts, in industry and in the community. As an active researcher and author of three books, she knows the value of arts and culture in building intercultural understanding and contributing to our economy, health and well-being. Having studied and conducted research in the United States, the UK and across Europe, she brings an international perspective to her work and recognizes the importance of partnerships. She holds a BMus and BA from Queen’s University, MMus from the University of Arizona, and MFA and PhD from Princeton University.

Moses Mukasa is currently a development officer with the Faculty of Social Sciences. As a development officer, Moses is charged with the oversight of fundraising and partner relations through managing key relationships, engaging with alumni, corporations, foundations and potential partners to increase philanthropic efforts both locally and globally.

Moses formerly served as director of development and partner relations for an international not-for-profit organization, where he provided leadership for advancement programs and was responsible for major gifts, planned giving and raising millions of dollars for philanthropic campaigns. Over his career, he has generated revenue for higher education and the non-profit and private sectors, nationally and internationally. Moses also co-founded Safeworld Inc., a charity that advances education, promotes health and community development.

Moses received a BSc in Economics from Makerere University. He is actively engaged as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serves on the board directors of Safeworld Inc., and is a volunteer member for various community organizations, including Let’s See Change Victoria,  YMCA Victoria and the Castaway Wanderers kids' rugby program.

Underwater noise in the Salish Sea and its impact

This session will describe the importance of underwater sound to humans and marine animals. It will also cover the extent of man-made underwater noise and its impact to species such as the endangered southern resident killer whales and the threatened humpback whales.

Presenter: Kristen Kanes

Kristen is a Jr. Staff Scientist at Ocean Networks Canada specializing in passive acoustics. Their work includes analyzing passive acoustic data to assemble and publish curated data sets, assisting scientists and community members with accessing and working with acoustic data, and helping coordinate research activities and deployments. Prior to her current role, Kristen worked as a research assistant with several BC-based cetacean research organizations and in various other capacities at Ocean Networks Canada. Kristen has a B.Sc. in Biology and studied the vocal behavior of Pacific white-sided dolphins near the continental shelf break during their M.Sc. in Earth and Ocean Sciences.

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Day 2 - Thursday, May 23

Behind the scenes with Printing Services (experiential tour)

Come behind the scenes to learn more about how your printed and bound materials are produced. The tour of UVic Printing Services will engage your senses: listen to the press crank as you learn the value of offset printing in the digital era, see the brilliantly coloured posters as they land hot off our digital press, smell the ink as we give live demonstrations of our binding and finishing equipment. This tour will give you an appreciation for how our department impacts your day-to-day operation.

Tour facilitators: Sean Guildin & Kirsty Senior

Coast Salish art in the Cornett Building (walking tour)

Did you know that art by some of the best-known contemporary Coast Salish artists is right here on campus? Learn more about the art that adorns the walls of the Cornett Building. This tour promotes awareness of the art and artistic practices of the artists rooted in Coast Salish culture.

Tour facilitator: Lorilee Wastasecoot

Lorilee Wastasecoot is Cree from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She is a recent political science graduate from UVic. Lorilee is a BC Arts Council Curatorial Intern at the Legacy Art Gallery and working on an Indigenous basketry exhibit that will open in fall 2019 at the downtown Legacy Art Gallery location. Lorilee respectfully acknowledges the SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking people of the WSÁNEĆ, Songhees and Esquimalt Nations on whose territory she lives and works.

Cooking with Executive Chef Tony Heesterman (experiential tour)

Chef Tony Heesterman will demonstrate how to prepare fresh local seafood ceviche. This incredibly tasty, cold hors d’oeuvre is typically made with raw fish* cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with aji, chili peppers or other seasonings including chopped onions, salt and cilantro.

*Contains seafood

Tour facilitator: Tony Heesterman

Executive Chef Tony Heesterman attended and graduated with honours from the Vancouver Culinary Institute. His professional experience includes stints as Chef de Partie at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, followed by positions as Executive Chef at Finn’s Waterfront restaurant in New Westminster, Holiday Inn Metrotown, BC Place Stadium, and Coast Hotels in Chilliwack and Prince George Coast, before coming to UVic.

Chef Heesterman was an active member of the culinary team of Centerplate, Volume Services America’s Canadian division from 1991 to 2010 at BC Place Stadium. In addition to providing high quality culinary services during sports events, trade and consumer shows, he was a key member of the catering team, which hosted events including the 2010 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Heesterman has been awarded gold medals at the Culinary Art Show in Victoria, BC and in Seattle, WA, as well as a series of silver and bronze awards in Victoria and Vancouver. He joined UVic's University Food Services as Executive Chef and Associate Director in December, 2016.

Discover UVic's new digital music studio (walking tour)

Discover UVic’s brand new recording studio, tucked away on the ground floor of the MacLaurin B-wing. The new Creation Studio acts as both a functioning recording studio, a resource for the School of Music’s popular music and technology program, and the site of music professor Kirk McNally’s own research, exploring the multitude of ways that recording engineers and producers communicate with musicians (both verbally and via technology).

Tour facilitator: Kirk McNally

Kirk McNally is a sound engineer and School of Music professor who specializes in popular/classical music recording, and new music performances using electronics. As a recording engineer, Kirk has worked with the likes of Bryan Adams, REM, the Foo Fighters, the Lafayette String Quartet and others. As a musician, he’s part of the live electronics trio The Krells. His research has been supported by SSHRC, DAAD, the Canada Council, the Banff Centre, UVic’s Learning & Teaching Centre and a UVic Research/ Creative Project Grant.

Enterprise Data Centre 2 (tour)

Ever wonder how UVic manages all of its computing data behind the scenes? Come and see how the data centre infrastructure supports our computing services while also helping to reach UVic’s sustainability goals. UVic commissioned Enterprise Data Centre 2 (EDC2) in Spring 2009 as the primary site to house it's central computing infrastructure. Since commissioning, EDC2 has provided a critical service in support of institutional goals related to teaching, learning, research and administrative data needs.

Tour facilitators: EDC2 staff

Exploring Indigenous art on campus (walking tour)

This informal walking tour will take participants to various locations across campus. The group led by a Connect U volunteer will work together to discover the pieces and engage in conversation about their thoughts, reactions and experiences of the art.

Tour facilitator: Cara Jones

Cara works as the organization development consultant with the Organization Development and Learning Services team in UVic Human Resources. This team serves employees through a wide range of consulting, leadership, engagement, learning and development programs. Cara has over 19 years experience in Human Resources, a master's degree in leadership and a bachelor's degree in education. Cara dedicates herself to building positive, genuine relationships with people from diverse backgrounds throughout the community. A values-based leader, she takes a collaborative approach to the creation of engaging change and learning solutions for individuals, teams and organizations. Outside of work, Cara loves to travel as well as hike, kayak, take motorcycle trips with her partner and find great places for her dogs to play outdoors.

Ocean Networks Canada at Queenswood (experiential tour)

Ocean Networks Canada is a University of Victoria initiative that operates the NEPTUNE and VENUS cabled ocean observatories in the northeast Pacific Ocean and the Salish Sea.  The observatories provide unique scientific and technical capabilities that permit researchers to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in realtime. Data is collected on physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of the ocean over long time periods, supporting research on complex Earth processes in ways not previously possible.

Presenter: Dwight Owens
Tour facilitator: Geovany Trejos

Dwight holds a B.A. in Chinese and an M.A. in Educational Technology, both from the University of Colorado. He has over 25 years experience in design and development of rich media and interactive education. Much of this work has been science-related. Since joining Ocean Networks Canada in 2008, Dwight has been immersed in the fascinating world of ocean science, rubbing elbows with geophysicists, marine ecologists, oceanographers, seismologists and tsunami modellers.

Roadside remedies for your bike (experiential tour)

In this workshop we will go over some easy improvements you can make to your bicycle from the side of the road. Topics may include how to fix a flat, chain maintenance, and how to use barrel adjusters to fine-tune your brakes. Just in time for Bike to Work Week! Participants are welcome to bring their own bikes, use an old SPOKES bike, or just watch and learn. Learn more about SPOKES: 

Tour facilitator: Lucas Milroy

Lucas likes bikes. Which is convenient, for as the SPOKES Resource Coordinator and bike mechanic he gets to spend a lot of time around them.

Student-based community development in UVic's Residence Services (experiential tour)

Residence Halls are the largest classroom on campus! While this is a bit cliché, the truth is that Residence Services' staff have the chance to interact with students from every corner of campus. In doing so, we aim to create an atmosphere where students are able to gain just as much from their time in residence as they do from their time in class.

The aim of this session is to provide an overview of how the Residence Education team creates diverse learning opportunities throughout our residence halls. Residence Services' goal is to provide numerous opportunities for students to engage with learning in their homes through programs, workshops, and activities, and we hope to show you how we do that in this session.

We will begin with information about various initiatives that the Residence Education team has worked on and then give a tour of our HUB spaces in residence, where we deliver much of our programming.

Tour facilitators: Mason Margotta, Terry Forst, Katie Bartel & Kalenne Thors

Terry Frost, Manager Education and Training, Katie Bartel, Coordinator Student Development, Kalenne Thors, Training and Assessment Specialist, and Mason Margotta, Residence Education, comprise the Residence Education Team. We work as part of the Residence Life and Education team to provide experiential learning opportunities for the more than 2,000 students living in residence. Katie, Kalenne, and Mason have all started here at UVic within the past two years, and Terry has been a part of the Residence Services team in one capacity or another for over 10 years now.

UVic Campus Community Garden (walking tour)

The UVic Campus Community Garden is a 1.5-acre allotment garden on campus that supports local food access. May is one of the best months to tour a garden and participants will enjoy learning about all the native and edible plantings, as well as seeing lots of annual food growing. This is a great urban agriculture site showcasing what UVic students, staff and faculty have created to build a community of passionate gardeners and food growers!

Tour facilitator: Stephanie Enevoldsen

Stephanie is the UVic Campus Community Garden Coordinator. She has a background in permaculture and food gardening in Coast Salish Territory and at the Bullock's Permaculture Nursery and Homestead on Orcas Island, Lummi Territory (Washington). Since starting at this site, she has implemented various permaculture principles and projects to add resiliency to the site, such as rainwater harvesting, native plant nursery propagation boxes, edible shrub and tree propagation and a grey-water system. Stephanie also works with Lifecycles Project Society in Victoria to teach homeowners how to prune their own fruit trees, and is passionate about improving the ecology and diversity of local food producing gardens.

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