Community stories

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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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Seven years strong: Ideafest returns, March 5–10

February 28, 2018

Ideafest, UVic's popular week-long festival of research, innovation and creative activity, runs March 5–10, with 40-plus outstanding events for you to choose from. This year's festival features exhibits, performances, a video night, tours and a wide range of speakers on topics ranging from climate change and chamber music to Indigenous law and antibiotic resistance. All events free and open to the public.

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Passion for people

February 28, 2018

Geographer Jutta Gutberlet and psychologist Jim Tanaka have devoted their careers to helping others—especially children and families and those who live in poverty. As the 2018 recipients of the Provost's Engaged Scholar Award, their commitment to communities locally and internationally will be celebrated at a March ceremony.

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