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Date: November 17, 2008

Flickr Co-Founder Among UVic Legacy Awards Recipients

Flickr.com co-founder Stewart Butterfield will be among four members of the university community to be honoured at this year’s University of Victoria Legacy Awards on the evening of November 24 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

Butterfield, who graduated from UVic in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, will receive the Legacy Award for Alumni for his role in co-founding Flickr.com, the online photo-sharing community. Flickr, formed in Vancouver in 2004 and later purchased by Yahoo!, became one of the leaders of what is known as the Web 2.0 revolution (denoting websites that enable user-generated content). The university will also present three other Legacy Awards in the categories of research, sport and teaching.

“The Legacy Awards span the broad spectrum of ways in which the University of Victoria touches the lives of many,” says UVic President David Turpin. “It is important to recognize such an impact and to pay formal tribute to the members of our community whose unique talents bring honour to our institution and our region.”

Faculty of Law Professor Emeritus John McLaren, a leading law historian, will be recognized with the first Legacy Award for Research. McLaren’s writing on law and moral regulation, racism and law, ethnicity and religion, and judicial independence and the rule of law in the British Empire have helped to define the fields of Canadian and imperial legal history.

The Legacy Award for Teaching will be presented to Dr. Catherine Gaul, whose students in two separate programs consistently praise her teaching skills. Gaul has taught for 20 years in the Faculty of Education’s School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. In the Island Medical Program at UVic—created in 2004 as one of three distributed learning sites for the UBC medical school—she implemented the foundations of medicine curriculum.

In the sport category, Margaret Todd, Victoria College ’36, will be honoured for a golf career that included three consecutive BC amateur titles and two Canadian seniors championships. She also represented Canada in five international competitions. Todd, a life member of the Victoria Golf Club, is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. She is the first recipient of the Legacy Award for Sport.

The University of Victoria Legacy Awards gala is now in its seventh year. For ticket information, contact the UVic Ceremonies and Events office at 250-853-3226 or ceremony@uvic.ca.

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

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