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, 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
She established a history
and archive committee and was key in getting
Peter Smith’s book,
A Multitude of the Wise: UVic Remembered, published.
She also help 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.
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