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2006 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement, Constance Isherwood, VC ’47.
Photography by HÉLÈNE CYR

2006 Legacy Awards honour the best of the best.

IN EQUAL MEASURE A CONSUMMATE LEGAL PROFESSIONAL AND A GOOD CITIZEN, Constance “Connie” Isherwood (née Holmes) is the 2006 recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement.

After studying at Victoria College from 1947-49, she became one of eight women admitted to the UBC law school (in a class of 208). She graduated at the top of that class, returned to Victoria, and for 55 years has been providing legal services in the areas of wills, estates, mortgages and family law. She is the senior practising female lawyer in the province.

Colleagues who endorsed her nomination cited Isherwood’s “quiet self-confidence that comes from intellectual equality.” They also draw attention to her community involvement. As Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of BC, she provides legal advice. She was president of the Family and Children’s Service of Victoria and she authored the original consitution of the UVic Alumni Association.

A remarkable woman, energetic and enthusiastic, Isherwood is—as a nominator put it—“legendary” in Victoria for her “sense of fairness and integrity.”

The 2006 Legacy Awards, under the co-chairmanship of Mel and Carmela Cooper, will be presented Nov. 21 at a gala dinner at the Victoria Conference Centre. Along with Isherwood, here are the night’s other honorees:


Andrew Weaver, Bachelor of Science 1983

Since earning his PhD from UBC in 1987, Andrew Weaver has emerged as one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the science of climate change. Apart from his advanced contributions to climate modelling, he has frequently contributed to the public discourse surrounding climate science. Raised in Victoria, he is a co-founder of a network of educational weather stations in Vancouver Island schools. At UVic, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis.

David Garrison, Bachelor of Engineering 1994 and Shannon Hunt, Master of Arts, 1993

David Garrison and Shannon Hunt are the creators and publishers of YES Mag (The Scientific Magazine for Adventurous Minds) for ages 9 to 14 and KNOW (The Scientific Magazine for Curious Kids) for ages 6 to 9. Simple but accurate, intelligent and fun, the magazines have inspired thousands of young scientists. Garrison and Hunt are past recipients of awards from the Science Council of BC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.


Prof. Ed Ishiguro, Biochemistry & Microbiology

Ed Ishiguro, this year’s winner of the Harry Hickman Award (for regular faculty members) is known for love of teaching—even when it meant juggling countless administrative duties during his eight years as department chair. Now, even though he officially retired on July 1, he continues to handle teaching duties, curriculum matters as well as giving public talks through the UVic Speakers Bureau.

Kelli Fawkes, Chemistry

The second recipient of the Gilian Sherwin Award (for non-faculty instructors), Kelli Fawkes has, in a few short years, earned the respect of faculty, graduate students and undergrads with her enthusiasm, organizational skills and eye for detail. A UVic graduate (BSc ’97), she has led the complete overhaul of courses, and introduced the concept of team teaching in the department.


Kirsten Barnes (Rowing)

A two-time Olympic gold medalist (fours and eights) at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Kirsten Barnes has become a leading sports psychologist. After earning her undergraduate degree in human performance she completed her doctorate in sport psychology at the University of Bristol. Most recently she has been the lead psychologist with the English Institute of Sport.

Gerald Kazanowski (Basketball)

A key member of four national championship Vikes teams (1980-83) and a 10-year national team veteran (including the 1984 and 1988 Olympics), Gerald Kazanowski is among the best to have ever played Vikes hoops. A seventh-round selection in the 1983 NBA draft, “Kaz” is a member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame and the Basketball BC Hall of Fame. He completed an economics degree and continues to be involved with youth basketball in Victoria where he works for an investment firm.

Luanne Krawetz (Basketball)

A pivotal part of three national championship teams at UVic, Luanne Krawetz (née Hebb) was named the country’s most outstanding player in the 1982 season. She also named a CIAU tournament all-star team that same year. She completed a bachelor of education and returned to UVic for her master’s, graduating in 1993. She currently works for the Faculty of Education and is the sister of fellow Hall of Fame basketball player Chris Hebb.

Howard Petch (Builder)

As president of UVic from 1975-90, Howard Petch set the foundation for the university’s athletics program. Among other initiatives, he created a task force that set the criteria for selecting the sports upon which UVic would focus, aided by funding from new student fees negotiated with student representatives. He approved the National Coaching Institute and National Training Centres at UVic and was a key proponent of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Varsity teams earned 25 national championships during his term.

1975 Men’s Soccer Team

Winners of UVic’s first national university sports title, the 1975 men’s soccer squad earned the championship banner with a defeat of Concordia. Team members were: Michael Armstrong, Brian Barraclough, Ernie Carson, Vic Escude, John Gage, Gord Horth, Wolfgang Lachmund, Danny Lomas, Gord Manzini (deceased), Peter Mason, Paul Peterson, Douglas Puritch, Ken Ross, Mike Sails, Peter Saunders, Scott Taylor and John Turnbull. They were coached by Brian Hughes and managed by George Smith.

Nomination forms for the 2007 Legacy Awards are online at alumni.uvic.ca/legacy awards.

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