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Date: April 19, 2004

Victoria Teacher Earns first UVic Alumni Volunteer Award

Wendy Gedney—a teacher at Gordon Head Elementary School and a tireless supporter of the university—has been named the first recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Volunteer Appreciation Award.

The award will be presented at the association’s annual general meeting 7:00 p.m., June 8 at the University Club. The meeting is open to all alumni.

Gedney is a 1983 graduate of the faculty of education and has been teaching since 1970. The time and energy she has devoted to the alumni association —including terms as president and board member—helped to create many of its key programs.

She was instrumental in establishing the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Howard and Linda Petch Scholarship in Education. She also presented, on behalf of the association, $250,000 in capital funds for the UVic Centre for Global Studies and student residences.

She established a history and archive committee and was key in getting retired faculty member Dr. Peter Smith’s book, A Multitude of the Wise: UVic Remembered, published. She also helped to initiate the alumni pin presentation to graduates during convocation ceremonies, a small but meaningful token of alumni membership.

“I am very honoured,” Gedney says about her award. “I feel so strongly about the university, the work the alumni association does, and my involvement.”

The UVic Alumni Association depends on the dedication of 700 volunteers who govern the association, participate in events and programs, offer mentoring services to current students, and organize alumni branches, chapters and affiliated groups.

National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, recognizes the 6.5 million volunteers in Canada.

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Media contacts:
Mike McNeney (UVic Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642 or mmcneney@uvic.ca

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