Community stories

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Evolution of community-university engagement at UVic

July 10, 2018

Community-university engagement is one of the core values at UVic and one of the top six priorities identified in UVic's Strategic Framework for 2018-23. In order to promote more effective interactions with communities and partners, the decision has been made to transition from the Office of Community-University Engagement to a new institutional approach as part of the evolution of community-university engagement at UVic.

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Biology grad builds community with STEM

June 4, 2018

In her past four and a half years, UVic biology undergraduate student Yamila Franco has developed an impressive list of accomplishments: achieving fluency in French, completing four co-op terms and an Honours project, learning how to code, blogging for MyUVic Life, pursuing her passion in photography and becoming a board member with the BC Chapter of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.

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Diploma by distance enables new perspective

June 4, 2018

Sabrina Curtis graduates this spring with an online Graduate Diploma in Evaluation through the School of Public Administration. As the director of planning and evaluation for the Columbia Basin Trust. Curtis is applying her learning directly to her complex work of measuring the performance of many diverse community programs and strategic initiatives supported by the trust.

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Chisasibi group’s mission to help Cree language and culture flourish

June 4, 2018

Margaret Fireman understands that language upholds her culture. Without language, oral traditions and wisdom passed down from her Cree ancestors would be lost. Language, she says, is closely tied to the land. And so when Fireman, a residential school survivor and then-manager of Chisasibi Heritage and Cultural Centre in northeastern Quebec, was searching for a program to bolster the preservation of her community's language of James Bay Cree, she chose carefully.

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Singing to fight the stigma and social isolation of dementia

April 25, 2018

"Voices in Motion" is an intergenerational community choir for persons with dementia, their family caregivers and high school students. It's also a UVic research study looking into how participation in an intergenerational choir might foster social engagement and caregiver well-being, improve quality of life for persons with dementia, and reduce some of the stigma surrounding memory loss.

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A passion for bones

April 13, 2018

UVic's "bone lady" retires after more than 30 years of student and community engagement. For more than 30 years, Becky Wigen has built one of the largest and most extensive collections of animal skeletons in the Pacific Northwest.

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