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Date: October 19, 2004

UVic Legacy Awards Celebrate Great Alums, Teachers, Vikes

The 2004 UVic Legacy Awards, November 16 at the Victoria Conference Centre, will honour eight outstanding recipients, including: a high school teacher whose classroom is the great outdoors; a leader in the Victoria software industry; and the first women’s field hockey team to claim a national title for the university.
Tickets are now on sale for the third annual awards dinner, which helps raise support for student scholarships, bursaries and athletic awards. More than 400 people attended last year’s event.
The Legacy Awards—co-chaired by UVic supporters Murray and Lynda Farmer—will formally recognize three new recipients of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the winner of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. As well, the department of athletics and recreation will welcome four new members to the UVic Sports Hall of Fame.
The Distinguished Alumni Award winners are:
Allen Halverson, Bachelor of Education ’77, is a physical education teacher at Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville who created an outdoor adventure tourism program that offers more than 200 student work placements every year in the recreation industry—including skiing, sailing, and cave exploration.
Eric Jordan, Bachelor of Fine Arts ’93, is the chief strategy officer with Victoria’s PureEdge Solutions, a provider of secure software for transferring legal documents. The company got its start while Jordan was a student at UVic along with co-founder David Manning.
Ian McDougall, Victoria College ’56, is one of Canada’s great jazz trombonists. His professional career began in Victoria at the age of 12. He performed with Rob McConnell’s award-winning Boss Brass band, and he was the director of the UVic jazz program until retiring in 2003.
Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Gweneth Doane, a school of nursing professor who is known for her classroom teaching, curriculum development, and her creative ability to link theory with professional practice.
UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductees:
Jon Kelly, Bachelor of Arts ’90, (athlete’s category) was one of the most successful swimmers to compete for the university, with seven gold medals at national university swim championships during the 1980s. He was the 1986 Canadian University Swimmer of the Year and was named UVic Male Athlete of the Year twice.
Al Morrow (coaching category) is the accomplished coach of the national women’s rowing program. Between 1978 and 1988 he played a major role in the rapid growth of the successful UVic rowing program from a club to varsity level sport.
Debbie Scott, BEd ’87 (athlete’s category) emerged from Claremont High School to become one of the greatest female middle-distance runners in Canadian cross-country, road and track running history. She won 26 Canadian titles, went to three Olympics, and had a stunning victory in the famed New York Mile in 1982.
1984 Women’s Field Hockey (team category) captured the 1984 Canadian university championship, the first UVic national championship in a sport previously dominated by the University of Toronto, York and UBC. The team now has 10 women’s field hockey championships, making it the most successful program in any Canadian university sport.
Legacy Awards tickets are available from the UVic Alumni Services office at (250) 721-6000 or online at www.alumni.uvic.ca/events.

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

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