Jane Goodall brings her stories to Victoria

Fundraising event celebrates 50 years of Goodall's groundbreaking chimpanzee research

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

A worldwide household name synonymous with pioneering research on chimpanzees is coming to Victoria.

Jane Goodall will be sharing her stories from the field where she did much of her groundbreaking research, beginning in 1960.

The Oct. 15 fundraising lecture, Reason for Hope: Exploring the Challenges of Science and Soul, will support the Toronto-based Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, which she founded in 1993.

Victoria is one stop on a tour Goodall is on, marking the 50th anniversary of the beginning of her pioneering research into chimp behaviour.

“We just think it’s a perfectly timed event for this critical time in our history,” said Hilary Leighton, director of continuing studies at Royal Roads University, which is sponsoring the lecture.

Goodall’s dedication to her work led to many discoveries that changed the way we understand our connection with chimpanzees, and that they make and use tools and eat meat.

When the institute contacted Royal Roads University about hosting Goodall, the news caused a stir at the school.

“We absolutely said yes,” Leighton said, adding that the connections between the university and the institute run strong since graduates have gone on to work and volunteer at the centre, which supports wildlife research, education and conservation.

Tickets for the special evening were quietly launched Aug. 22, and already the response has been incredible, Leighton said.

It’s no wonder.

The global environmentalist is also a United Nations Messenger of Peace, as well as a highly regarded author, having published several books which will be signed and sold at the upcoming lecture.

“Her work is pivotal in terms of human behaviours and our impact on our planet,” said Leighton. “She’s the person who brings feeling into this work in a rigorous and constructive way. She’s quite an amazing woman.”

Premium ticket holders will have the chance to meet Goodall on Oct. 15 and enjoy wine and cheese in Wood Hall at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The main lecture is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Premium tickets for the reception and lecture are $125.50 plus taxes. The cost of the lecture, depending on seating location, is $45.50 or $65.50.

Tickets are available at the Royal & McPherson Theatres Society box office by calling 250-386-6121 or visiting www.rmts.bc.ca.

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