UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 2 | Jan.
Sex educator, volunteer to be among honorees
Honorary degree recipients recognized for public service
An alumnus and former lieutenant-governor of B.C., a sexual health
educator, a chief of Vancouver Island's Hesquiaht Band, and one
of UBC's most tireless volunteers are among the 13 individuals who
will receive honorary degrees from UBC this year.
Prominent in the professions and the community, honorary degree
recipients are recognized for distinguished achievements and for
their contributions to the life of the university and the betterment
Garde Gardom became B.C.'s attorney general in 1975 after serving
as a member of the legislative assembly from 1966-83. An advocate
for public accountability, Gardom participated in measures such
as televising debates and establishing the offices of the ombudsman
After serving as agent-general for B.C. in the United Kingdom and
Europe, Gardom was B.C.'s lieutenant-governor from 1995-2001.
Meg Hickling has advanced sex education as a health-care initiative
in B.C. for more than 25 years. A registered nurse, Hickling has
worked with families and children as a practitioner and mentored
a generation of health-care professionals to provide sex education.
A leader in policy-making on issues such as violence against women
and pornography, Hickling has received numerous awards including
the Order of Canada in 2001.
An elected chief of the Hesquiaht band for 30 years, Simon Lucas
has been a national and international spokesperson on environmental
issues that affect fisheries and aboriginal people. An executive
member of the B.C. Aboriginal Fisheries Commission since 1983, Lucas
has worked to raise awareness of the need for clean water and healthy
Involved in social issues such as health improvements, drug and
alcohol abuse and family violence, Lucas has also co-chaired the
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council for six years.
Douglas "Buzz" Moore has been involved with UBC's Athletics and
Recreation Dept. for more than 50 years. While operating his own
bakery in Kerrisdale, Moore also served as business manager for
the department and since his retirement has volunteered in a variety
of roles including rallying alumni support for university fund-raising
Other honorary degree recipients include Dr. Donald Calne, former
director of the Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre at UBC; alumnus
and diplomat Maurice Copithorne; communications industry leader
Philip Lind; internationally recognized oceanographer Timothy Parsons;
pediatrician and inherited disease specialist Dr. Charles Scriver;
educational multimedia expert Gerri Sinclair; Oolichan Press publisher
Ronald Smith; geneticist and Princeton University President Shirley
Tilghman; and alumna and participant in the 1922 Great Trek, Harriet
The degrees will be awarded during UBC's Spring Congregation in
May and Fall Congregation in November.