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The Mace

During the Middle Ages, the metal-clad wooden mace was an effective weapon in battle. As newer and more powerful arms were developed, its military significance diminished, and it was transformed into a symbol of authority. Today, the ceremonial mace is used in many government assembly locations, such as the British and Canadian Houses of Parliament, and is carried before ecclesiastical dignitaries and in university ceremonies such as this.

The mace used for VIU’s convocation was designed and created by retired art instructor John A. Charnetski in 1994. The metre-long mace is made of stainless steel and gold-plated cast bronze. It features four guardian eagles and enameled medallions bearing VIU’s coat of arms and arbutus emblems. At the convocation ceremonies, the mace is carried by a retiring member the VIU community to honour his or her contribution to the University.

VIU's Mace

 

Past Macebearers

The following Vancouver Island University employees have carried the mace in past ceremonies:

June 2017 Brenda Sully; Patrick Konkin; Katharina Rout; John Black; Dana Collette; Stephanie Richards
January 2017 Jim Ketelsen; Richard Dunstan
November 2016 Ruth Kroek
June 2016 Philomena Williams; Virginia MacCarthy; Don Cohen; Brock Dykeman; Jane Watson; Tricia Abbott; Gary Doolin
January 2016 Bryan Stovell; Patricia Eagar
June 2015 Linda Byrnes; Dr. Ken Hammer; Don Tillapaugh; Dr. Frances Sprout; Stu Seifert
January 2015 Keith Harrison; Wayne Hiles
June 2014 Janet Allan; John Anderson; Liz Haamond-Kaarremma; Darrel Mansbridge; Rick Rollins
January 2014 Steve Jones; Jane Kelly
June 2013

Allan Warnke; Diny van Beers; Jean Tonski; Linda McDonell; Fred MacDonald

January 2013

Vanessa Oltmann; Mike Armstrong

June 2012

Stephanie Buckingham; Rhonda Bailey; Maria Gomes

February 2012

Gary Tunnell; David Drakeford

June 2011 

Carolyn Bowles; Robert Pfister; Glenda Sharpe

January 2011

Pam Montgomery; Malerie Meeker; Barbara McLeod

June 2010

Mike Mann; Bill McMillan; John Neville

January 2010

Marshall Soules; Nancy Randall

June 2009

Helen Brown; Neil Smith; Rick Monaghan

December 2008 Patrick Ross
June 2008 Roger Prior; Erika Blakeman; Ron Bonham
December  2007 Wendy Kellet
June 2007

Allan Hawryzki; Jamie Brennan; Kathryn Barnwell

2006

Ron Apland; Bill Pennell; Marianne van Toor; Robin Field

2005

Joanne Whiting; Rob Jeacock; Anne Erickson

2004

Bill Juby; Norman Duncan; Andra Thakur

2003

Ray Peter; David Smith; Sue Benoit

2002

Mike Matthews; Greg Link; Chuck & Geri Reamer

2001 

John Dennison; Sheila Colbert-Kerns

2000

Gwyneth Evans; Jim Slater; Les Dickason; Ross Fraser

1999 Carol Matthews
1998 Gary Bauslaugh
1997 Ed Hong
1996

Catherine Whiteley; Gordon Squire

1995  Stan Fukawa
1994   John Charnetski