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Source: University of Victoria

Legacy Awards Spotlight Alumni

November 9, 2006

BC’s senior practising female lawyer, a leading climate change scientist, and the creators of innovative science publications for young people are the 2006 recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards from the UVic Alumni Association. The honours will be presented at the fifth annual Legacy Awards dinner Nov. 21 in the Victoria Conference Centre.

Constance Isherwood, Victoria College ’47, will receive the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A lawyer and active volunteer, Isherwood has been practising in Victoria for 55 years. She graduated at the top of her class at UBC law school in 1951, becoming the first woman to earn the school’s gold medal. Isherwood is chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of BC and has served in a variety of leadership roles in community organizations, including the former Family and Children’s Service of Victoria.

Andrew Weaver, BSc ’83, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his research and public outreach efforts in the field of climate studies. The Canada Research Chair holder in Climate Modelling and Analysis at UVic, Weaver is also chief editor of the Journal of Climate. He is known internationally for his studies of past, present and future climate. In the community, he is co-founder of the UVic School-based Network of Weather Stations at more than 75 Vancouver Island schools.

David Garrison, BEng ’94, and Shannon Hunt, MA ’93, are winners of the Distinguished Young Alumni Award for their work in creating the popular science magazines for young Canadians, YES Mag and KNOW. The couple worked together at the UVic student newspaper, The Martlet, when they arrived at the idea for YES Mag. They were previously recognized with awards for their work from the Science Council of BC and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

A special one-time scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to UVic students in areas of study chosen by the award recipients.

The Legacy Awards are UVic’s annual recognition of outstanding achievement. Also to be honoured are winners of the Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching as well as inductees into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame. A crowd of more than 550 university supporters is expected to attend the Nov. 21 event. All tickets have been sold.


Media Contacts: Mike McNeney (Alumni Communications) at (250) 721-7642 or



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