An astronaut, a pharmacologist and a human rights advocate will receive honourary doctorates from Vancouver Island University.
Julie Payette, the second Canadian woman to fly in space, will receive an honourary Doctor of Technology degree. Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, a world-renowned pharmacologist, will receive an honourary Doctor of Science degree and Roberta Jamieson will receive a Doctor of Laws degree for her work promoting the right of First Nations people.
Payette, a spacecraft Communicator for NASA’s mission con-trol centre fulfilled her lifelong dream with two space shuttle missions in 1999 and 2009. Kelsey was instrumental in the decision to refuse use of thalidomide, a drug used for sleeping pills, in the U.S. It was developed in the 1950s by a German pharmaceutical company and later proved to cause thousands of severe birth deformities in Germany, Great Britain and Canada.
Jamieson, president and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Indigenous Peoples’ Council Award from the Indigenous Bar Association.
Ceremonies take place June 4 and June 5 at the Port Theatre.