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Date: October 23, 2000

UVic Awards Two Honorary Degrees at Fall Convocation

A well-known B.C. community leader and Canada's Supreme Court Chief Justice will be awarded honorary degrees at the University of Victoria's fall 2000 Convocation ceremonies on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Ron Lou-Poy and Beverley McLachlin and will share the spotlight with more than 1,300 students graduating from UVic this fall. Lou-Poy will receive a doctor of laws degree at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, while McLachlin will be granted a doctor of laws at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony.

The first ceremony, at 9 a.m., will feature the official installation of Dr. David Turpin as UVic's new president. Turpin assumed his duties on Sept. 1.

A distinguished member of the B.C. legal profession and a graduate of Victoria College, Lou-Poy has dedicated his free time to community service, especially in the areas of arts, culture and education. His involvements have included the McPherson Foundation, the Victoria Kiwanis Club, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and UVic, where he served on the board of governors and was instrumental in the creation of two law student scholarships.

McLachlin is at the peak of a long career as one of Canada's leading jurists and legal scholars, and her Supreme Court judgements have had a significant impact in the areas of equality rights, evidence, trusts and damages for personal injuries. She is co-author of the biannually updated book, British Columbia Practice, and continues to contribute to legal education through lectures and published articles. She was appointed Canada's first female Chief Justice in January.

All three fall Convocation ceremonies will take place in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium.

Media contacts:
Valerie Shore (UVic communications) at 721-7641.

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