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.

Past Macebearers

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

June 2022Tim Goater, Les Malbon, Steven Purse
June 2021Tina McComb
September 2020Sheila Cooper
January 2020Steve Lane, Donald Noakes, Janet Sinclair
June 2019Kate Challenger, Janeane MacGillivray, Carol Desilets, John Lepage, David Witty, Debbie Shore
February 2019Tracy Gillis, Graham Pike
June 2018Patrick Carpenter, Andrea Smilski, Janina Hornosty, Dave Twynam, Harry Janzen, Gordon Buzzard
February 2018Neil Macmillan, Bernie Krynowsky
June 2017Brenda Sully; Patrick Konkin; Katharina Rout; John Black; Dana Collette; Stephanie Richards
January 2017Jim Ketelsen; Richard Dunstan
November 2016Ruth Kroek
June 2016Philomena Williams; Virginia MacCarthy; Don Cohen; Brock Dykeman; Jane Watson; Tricia Abbott; Gary Doolin
January 2016Bryan Stovell; Patricia Eagar
June 2015Linda Byrnes; Dr. Ken Hammer; Don Tillapaugh; Dr. Frances Sprout; Stu Seifert
January 2015Keith Harrison; Wayne Hiles
June 2014Janet Allan; John Anderson; Liz Haamond-Kaarremma; Darrel Mansbridge; Rick Rollins
January 2014Steve 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 2008Patrick Ross
June 2008Roger Prior; Erika Blakeman; Ron Bonham
December  2007Wendy Kellet
June 2007

Allan Hawryzki; Jamie Brennan; Kathryn Barnwell


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


Joanne Whiting; Rob Jeacock; Anne Erickson


Bill Juby; Norman Duncan; Andra Thakur


Ray Peter; David Smith; Sue Benoit


Mike Matthews; Greg Link; Chuck & Geri Reamer


John Dennison; Sheila Colbert-Kerns


Gwyneth Evans; Jim Slater; Les Dickason; Ross Fraser

1999Carol Matthews
1998Gary Bauslaugh
1997Ed Hong

Catherine Whiteley; Gordon Squire

1995 Stan Fukawa
1994  John Charnetski