Crozier Named to Order of Canada

Lorna Crozier, the acclaimed professor of poetry with the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston.

One of Canada’s most beloved and talented poets, this latest honour comes on the heels of Crozier being recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009, and her winning of UVic’s Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression in 2010. With 15 books of poetry behind her and a number of awards—including the Governor General’s Literary Award—as well as a pair of honourary doctorates for her contributions to Canadian literature and her designation as a Distinguished Professor at UVic, Crozier is in the enviable position of being highly regarded by her peers and universally loved by the students and writers she has mentored over her 20 years at UVic.

She will be honoured at a special celebration at Rideau Hall in Ottawa this fall, alongside a select list of other notable Canadians, including the celebrated likes of novelist Nino Ricci, comedian Eugene Levy, science broadcaster Bob McDonald and musician Valdy.

The Officer of the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large. Over the last 40 years, more than 5000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order, including UVic President Dr. David Turpin and School of Music professor emeritus Ian McDougall.

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She’s the Top

Lorna Crozier knows research can be poetic

Department of Writing professor Lorna Crozier was named one of UVic’s top seven researchers for 2011. Crozier, a much-loved poet, essayist and public speaker, picked up the Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression at the 2011 Craigdarroch Research Awards on May 3.

“Our university continues to be ranked nationally and internationally as a top research institution because of the talent, creativity and passion of our faculty and students,” noted Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “The accomplishments of these award recipients exemplify that excellence and clearly demonstrate how new knowledge is being applied to improve the world around us.”
Crozier was lauded for her position “at the forefront of Canadian literature,” with the Craigdarroch panel noting how “the arresting, lyrical honesty for which she is best known infuses her 15 verse collections, as well as her 2009 memoir, Small Beneath the Sky.”

Other award recipients included engineer Dr. Andreas Antoniou, chemist Dr. Alexandre Brolo, engineer Dr. Reuven Gordon, physical anthropologist Dr. Eric Roth, historian Dr. Eric Sager and biochemist Dr. Caren Helbing.