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By Hamar Foster*
HEATHER RAVEN RETIRES AFTER 25 YEARS AT UVIC LAW
“It’s still fun,” says Heather, when asked about being a faculty member here
at UVic for all those years. Walking up to the entrance of the Fraser Building
each morning finds her smiling.
So, apart from the fact that she turns 70 in 2018, why retire? She attributes
her decision mainly to some sage advice that her friend and former colleague
John Kilcoyne gave her some time ago: quit at the top of your game,
when you are still enjoying it.
Heather will be sorely missed, and not just for the excruciatingly bad
puns that she and colleague Mark Gillen have inflicted on their luncheon
companions over the years. Her contributions to school administration, to
teaching and to the community as a whole have been enormous. And hers
has been a career marked by many highlights, most of which have taken
place since her appointment as a faculty member in 1992 and have therefore
reflected well on the faculty as a whole.
Heather is a member of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, located in what
is now the province of Manitoba, and she is the first member of her immediate
family to attend university (she has a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University
of British Columbia). She is the first Indigenous person to be
appointed to the B.C. Police Commission (1992–1994) and the first Indigenous
person to be chair of the board of the Law Foundation of British
Columbia (2004–2005), a board she was on from 2000 to 2005.
And this is just a part of the community involvement that has characterized
her life and career. Volunteering, she says, is a great way to give
* Hamar Foster was a member of the UVic Faculty of Law between 1978 and 2015 and served as associate dean between
1998 and 2000.