The Westmont Prize Judging Panel
Mr. Housser brings 20 years experience in radio and television broadcasting and an extensive knowledge of BC and national media. He is a poised, articulate and persuasive communicator with a proven ability to gather, analyze and convey information in clear, concise manner. He has top writing, editing and public speaking skills.
Dr. Andrew J. Weaver
Dr. Andrew J. Weaver is a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He was also the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis until he was elected as a BC Green Party MLA in the 2013 BC Provincial Election representing the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. In 2015 Dr. Weaver assumed leadership of the BC Green Party, leading them to an historic election result in the 2017 provincial election with three elected MLAs holding the balance of power in an NDP minority government. He returned to UVic after completing two terms as an MLA.
Dr. Michelle Church
Dr. Michelle is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and British Columbia. Her expertise is with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, disordering eating, weight-related issues, chronic health conditions, and relationships distress.
Dr. Church is passionate about helping people and meeting them where they are at. She has a PhD and MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. Michelle completed her doctoral residency in Los Angeles, California.
Leslie is a member of the Kwagiulth First Nation, one of several bands within the Kwakwaka’ wakw territory, located on the northeast part of Vancouver Island and she is grateful for the generous hospitality of the LƏḱᵂƏŋƏn (Songhees), Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and WÁSANEĆ Nations.
Ms. McGarry provides opportunities to enhance and/or develop awareness and appreciation for the cultural diversity within Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. In her current capacity as the Cultural Programmer for the Capital Regional District’s Parks, Leslie relays information that reflects an Indigenous perspective from pre-contact to post-contact history with cultural authenticity and integrity.