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EDITOR Christopher Petty, MFA'86
ASSISTANT EDITOR Vanessa Clarke
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Adrienne Watt
ART DIRECTION Tandem Design Associates Ltd.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
5   Take Note
16   Recovering the Lost Voices of Pacific Canada
Henry Yu and students want to ensure the historical record is accurate
and inclusive. By Brandy Lien Worrall
22   Rooting around Vancouver
A student finds out about BC's early history by asking his
great-grandfather. By Trevor Quan
24  The Power of Secrets
Sometimes it's better to keep special things to yourself.
A short story by Richard Van Kamp, MFA'03
27   UBC Elections 2008
Have your say. Who will become UBC's 17th Chancellor?
30   UBC Centenary
Join us — it's yours to celebrate
34   Books
36   T-Bird News
40 A Day in the Life of a Dean:
Engineering Success
41 Erich W. Vogt:
Four Decades of First Year Physics
42 Alumni News
46   Class Acts
48   In Memoriam
< Chinese loggers and steam donkey, location
unknown. (Early 1900s, Philip Timms). Vancouver
Public Library (VPL 78316).
Cover: Head tax certificate issued to Lee Don,
age 22, who arrived in Victoria, BC, on July 23, 19U
Vancouver Public Library (VPL 30625).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIR Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
VICE-CHAIR Gayle Stewart, BA'76
TREASURER Ian Robertson, BSC'86, BA'88, MBA, MA
MEMBERS AT LARGE '06 - '09
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
Samantha Ip, BA'91, LLB'94
MEMBERS AT LARGE '07 - '10
Don Dalik, BCOM, LLB'76
Dallas Leung, BCOM'94
MEMBERS AT LARGE '05 - '08
Raquel Hirsch, BA'80, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
APPOINTMENTS '07 - '08
Louise Tagulao, BA'02
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
PRESIDENT'S DESIGNATE
Barbara Miles, BA, Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION REPRESENTATIVE '07 - '08
Stephen Owen, MBA, LLB'72, LLM
Brian Sullivan, AB, MPH
FACULTY REPRESENTATIVE
Sally Thorne, BSN'79,MSN'83,PHD
AMS REPRESENTATIVE
Mike Duncan
PARTICIPANTS
Kevin Keystone, Student
Tim Louman-Gardiner, BA'04, LLB'07
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Marie Earl, AB, MIA
TREK EDITORIAL COMMITTEE
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Vanessa Clarke
Marie Earl
Sid Katz
Scott Macrae
Christopher Petty
Angela Redish
Herbert Rosengarten
Robbin Simao
Gayle Stewart
Adrienne Watt
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Spring 2008    Trek    3 FAMILY,
CHINESE IMMIGRATION AND
THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
Family is an odd thing. In literature it's often depicted in less than
glowing terms, as in Tolstoy's famous opening line to Anna Karenina,
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in
its own way," the obdurate family dynamics of Romeo and Juliet and
the dysfunctionality of The Sopranos and Arrested Development. A
version of hell has us all living out eternity as teenagers grounded in our
bedrooms while our parents have a screeching row in the living room.
Modern wisdom tells us that when we decide to move out of
the family home, we move just as far away as we need to. Close enough
to come home for holidays, talk on the phone or ask politely for
money, but far enough away to discourage meddling. As George Burns
said, "happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family
in another city."
But unless one's family is a certifiable disaster, there is no greater
source of succour, strength or serenity than in the arms of family during
times of great happiness or great sadness.
A few weeks ago, I travelled back to rural Manitoba to attend the
funeral of my wife's 81-year-old mother, who died suddenly and
unexpectedly. My wife and her siblings put their despair and differences
aside and did all those things a good family does in such situations:
organized events, sorted through clothing and artefacts and hosted a
steady stream of friends and relatives who brought condolences,
hugs and trays of food to the door of their mother's suite.
It was a sad affair, for sure. Her mother was well-loved in the
community, and very active: the stroke that killed her showed its first
symptoms at a meeting where she was reading aloud the minutes
of last month's Seniors' Centre coordinating committee. The church was
packed for her funeral, as was the community hall located a mile
or so down the road from the farm where she and her husband had
brought up three girls and a boy.
The sadness was tinged with a wry levity, a tearful jocularity that
both honoured her passing and acknowledged that we all carry on.
The oldest sister promised to answer the phone, "Hello, Orphans Are
Us," but of course never did. It was one of many laughs, though.
I watched as my wife and her siblings revelled in the warmth and intimacy of their family and the strong community and saw them all
gain the strength to move forward. In the end, family is all that matters.
Imagine, then, the sense of isolation faced by early Chinese
immigrants to Canada. Beginning around the gold rush in the 1850S,
thousands of impoverished Chinese left their towns and village—
and their families—to try their luck in a land where the streets were
paved with gold. Many moved on to build the CPR, work in factories,
do odd jobs or start businesses to earn enough to bring their families
here to join them. Many never saw their families again.
This isolation was made even worse by the open hostility that
came from the local white communities. From the casual discrimination
and segregation meted out on the street to formal declarations of
alienation from the government of the day, these scattered souls had to
fend for themselves, making family-like connections where they could.
To paraphrase David Crosby, if you can't be with your family, make a
family where you are.
Enter the Law of Unintended Consequences. After 1885, Chinese
immigrants were forced to pay a head tax when entering Canada.
During this process they were required to give details of the town or
village they came from, physical characteristics such as height and
weight and sit for a photograph when they registered. Now, decades
later, our UBC Library is digitizing this information and opening
it to researchers. Descendants of Chinese immigrants from this period
now have an incredible resource that links them back to their
ancestral communities.
Hopefully, when they go back to look up their old relatives,
they won't get grounded for being away so long. See page 16 for our
coverage of the Chinese head tax and its aftermath. ■
Chris Petty, MFA'86, Editor
Trek    Spring 2008 take note
Battling the Beetles
□ You could squash one to death between
your fingers: they're only 5mm long. But en
masse the Mountain Pine Beetle has been
responsible for the destruction of approximately
40 per cent of BC's pine forests over the past
ten years, about 13 million hectares. Western
Canada's forests are now patch worked with
stands of discoloured dead and dying trees.
Because the wood from these specimens is typically stained blue from a fungus produced
by the beetle, it is difficult to salvage anything
from the destruction. The tiny pest has left
the ecosystem weakened, profits lessened and
foresters stumped.
In 2006, associate professor loerg Bohlman
was one of a team of international experts on
forest health genomics that mapped and
sequenced a tree genome. It was the third plant
ever to be sequenced. Further UBC research
into tree genetics is now shedding light on the
natural defense systems of pine and spruce,
such as their ability to protect themselves from
insects and disease. This knowledge will help
foresters decide on the best breeding practices
to improve the long-term health of forests.
Bohlman and research associate Christopher
Keeling have been investigating a substance
found in spruce known as Oleoresin. They
discovered that it continuously changes
its chemical makeup in response to altering
conditions and threats to the tree's health.
They published a study on how this molecular
activity interacts with bark beetles on a
genomic level, as well as the fungal pathogens
they can produce. The work was featured
in a lanuary edition of the Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.
"Conifers are some of the oldest and
longest living plants on the planet," says
Bohlman, who is based in the multidisciplinary
Michael Smith Laboratories. "We've opened
the book to understanding how they can
survive in one location for thousands of years
despite attacks from generations of insects
and disease," he says. Bohlman recently agreed
to co-lead a $4 million project funded by
Genome BC and Genome Alberta aimed at
tackling the Pine Beetle infestation.
Not Just Pie in the SkyTrain
□ With the second highest number of commuters in the Lower Mainland, UBC's
Vancouver campus has undertaken a number
of green initiatives to help staff, faculty and
students find responsible transport alternatives
to single-occupant vehicles. Persuading the
most reluctant commuters should become
a lot easier after the provincial government's
recent announcement on transit expansion.
The budget is $14 billion, which includes $2.8
billion for a new SkyTrain line to Point Grey
as well as a pumped up bus service.
Both the university's administration and the
student Alma Mater Society welcomed the
news. "This investment helps us continue our
shift from being a car-oriented campus to
a transit-centred one," says professor Stephen
Toope, UBC's president. "We are also pleased
that RapidBus service will be expanded to
Kelowna, thus providing sustainable choices
for our UBC Okanagan community."
Translink will work with the university on
incorporating the SkyTrain line into
the University Boulevard Neighbourhood
and proposed underground transport hub
that will include a new bus terminal.
Cheers for Daniel Pauly
□ Professor Daniel Pauly, director of UBC's
Fisheries Centre, has been recognized for his
contributions towards the protection of
the oceans at a star-studded award ceremony
held in Los Angeles. The Ted Danson Ocean
Hero Award is given annually to professionals
whose work is dedicated to preserving and
improving the health of our oceans. Previous
honourees include lean-Michel Cousteau.
A second award, the Partners Award, acknowledging personal commitment to the same
cause, was presented to Al Gore. Previous
honourees include Hillary Rodham Clinton
and Ted Danson. Pauly also received
an honorary doctorate in February from the
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
Is a House a Home?
□ In Vancouver, where affordable housing is
becoming an oxymoron, many people may
be wondering whether or not they can afford
to have children. If you can barely manage
the mortgage on a condo, let alone a house,
where the heck are you supposed to keep
them? Is the housing market driving people's
decisions on whether or not to start families,
or are there other factors at play, such as
L-R: DANIEL PAULY, Oceana CEO ANDY SHARPLESS, ANJELICA HUSTON, AL GORE, MARY STEENBURGEN
and TED DANSON.
Photograph: Eric Charbonneau
Reproduced with permission from Oceana
Spring 2008    Trek    5 ta ke note
unrealistic expectations and an inability to let
go of the picket-fence mentality?
"When you feel like you need to have a
detached house to really start a family, to feel
like you're a good father, or a good mother,
and that housing is really unaffordable,
then people get a kind of stage fright. They're
not willing to take on these kinds of roles
because they don't think they can perform
them properly," says Sociology professor
Nathaniel Lauster.
Lauster has received a $54,000 grant
from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council to support his study
of Canadian, Swedish and United States
housing markets over the past 60 years,
and any correlation between price rises and
reluctance to form families.
While housing markets in all three
countries have seen similar patterns of steep
price climbs, one variable is the social
context in which this has occurred, in particular the extent of social inequality. Sweden
has the least income inequality, the US the
most, and Canada is "in a median position."
Lauster thinks Vancouver, Seattle and
Stockholm will make for an interesting
comparison to see if differing levels of
inequality affect cultural change in similar
market conditions. He will use census and
housing market statistics, together with information gathered from interviews with buyers
and renters, as well as with realtors, planners
and developers from all three countries.
Lauster also plans to investigate the effect
of a post-war change in people's expectations
of family-living in affluent countries. "There
was a cultural change," he says, "where,
basically, elites began saying that the way to be
a good parent, or a good spouse, is to have
a really nice house, to own your own house, to
have that house be a detached house rather
than a condo, to have lots of rooms, your own
picket fence, to have all these symbols that
are associated with middle class suburban families." By comparison, before the war many
people didn't own detached houses. "Detached
housing in suburban development seems to
be associated, in some of the family changes
we've seen, in a weakening of family ties."
In cities like Vancouver, where rocketing
house prices mean this post-war ideal has
become out of reach for many, he wants to
know how people will react and how cultural
ideals might shift. "Are they saying 'Okay,
we're going to think about this in a new way.
We're going to create our own scripts, write
our own understanding of what the role
of fatherhood and motherhood should be,
and we'll accommodate to living in a condo, or
living in a cooperative.'?"
It's not just isolated pockets like Vancouver.
Other market forces, such as the unfolding
sub prime mortgage crisis in the US, can
increase financial barriers and burdens for
people buying, or continuing to shoulder the
expense of a detached family home. Will
the housing situation have a negative bearing
on decisions to form families? Or will it lead
to an adjustment of social ideals?
Ethical Victory
□ Never mind the Super Bowl, a UBC team
flexed its mental muscle to great effect at
the United States' annual Intercollegiate Ethics
Bowl last November. This was the first
time a Canadian university has competed, after
a chance encounter between UBC's head of
Philosophy and one of the Ethics Bowl's emcees
led to an llth-hour invitation. Despite having
half the time their competitors had to
prepare, the UBC team of three undergraduates,
with professor and coach lohnna Fisher,
tied for first place out of about 100 entrants
from across the US, securing themselves
a chance at the national title in San Antonia.
Their task was to impress the judges with
the clarity, thoughtfulness and ethical soundness
NATHANIEL LAUSTER is exploring a link between the housing
market and people's willingness to start families
JOHNNA FISHER coached her team to the winning spot in an ethics debate
6    Trek    Spring 2008
Photographs: Nic Fensom A Doig River elder is interviewed and filmed by anthropologists and local youths interested in
preserving their people's oral history and language
of their arguments. They would be expected
to discuss all sorts of issues, from bio-medical
ethics to biological warfare. Duncan Steele
is a Philosophy student, Mike lerowsky is a
Psychology/Philosophy student and third team
member Yashar Keramati is an International
Relations/Political Science student. "We have all
the bases covered," says Keramati. "We've
got philosophy, which is the theoretical stuff,
and political science, which is the practical
stuff. Once you mesh those two, you get a
pretty unshakeable answer."
The application of ethics to real life issues
has been eye-opening for the students. "I didn't
take business ethics that seriously," says Steele.
"I didn't even take ethics and philosophy that
seriously. But as you see this applied in real
life, it becomes important, applicable: the rules
that you live by to make society flourish, or,
you could say, co-exist."
Although ambitious to win, they allowed
their ethical sense to take precedence
over competition strategy, such as trying to
appeal to anything they perceived about
the opinions of panel judges. "We decided that
we would argue for what we believed. That
strengthened us and gave us confidence,"
says Professor Fisher, who is based in UBC's
department of Ethics.
Doigital Nation
□ The Dane-zaa people of the Doig River First
Nations spent summer 2005 working with a
team of researchers to preserve their traditional
language, stories and history by recording
videos to be made accessible online. "Often
museums and exhibits have to do with
material culture," says PHD candidate Kate
Hennessey, BA'96, a 2006 Trudeau Scholar.
"It's a shift to think of cultures as knowledge
carried in people's minds, and not on
their backs." She and Anthropology professor
Patrick Moore are part of a group of
eight anthropologists involved in the project,
which has received $400,000 in funding
and involves partnership with the Virtual
Museum of Canada.
Many people in the Doig River community
do not speak the Dane-zaa Zaage language,
and it was important to capture it before it
was lost. So much spiritual culture is tied up
in the traditional stories. "Stories are the
best ways people learn, so let's adapt this by
using technology," says Gary Oker, a consultant
on the project and former Doig River chief.
The project involved six local youth interviewing and recording elders from eight areas
close to Doig River, who were eager to tell
stories that have been passed down through so
many previous generations. They were able to
describe the pre-reserve days and the remnants
of more traditional ways of life. The project
also helps to address what is missing in the
official record, and from classrooms. "It tells
an alternate story of the region that competes
with settler history," says Hennessey, who
suggests the project may have legal importance
for the community and points to a lack of
aboriginal historical content in BC's elementary
school curricula. Learning guides for
teachers have been developed for teachers
to use along with the website resources.
The virtual exhibit can be explored at
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/
Danewajich/english/index.html
Thinking Without Borders
□ More than 9,000 scholars are expected to
hit campus for nine days in May and lune
to attend the world's biggest interdisciplinary
conference, the congress of the Canadian
Federation for the Humanities and Social
Sciences. The federation is comprised of
nearly 80 scholarly organizations representing
students, academics and policy-makers. Its
mandate is to promote research, scholarship
and teaching.
Photograph: Courtesy of Peter Biella and the Doig River First Nation
Spring 2008    Trek    7 ta ke note
What will be the largest-ever gathering
at UBC is being hosted by the faculties of Arts
and Science and will be a key part of the
celebrations to mark UBC's centennial. "What
this conference will do, I hope, is orient the
larger community toward the idea of the
importance of culture—of the humanities and
social sciences—within the broader field
of the sort of research that universities do,"
says Richard Cavell, Academic Convenor
for the conference.
The conference theme is Thinking
Beyond Borders: Global Ideals/Global Values.
Scholars and policy-makers from a variety
of backgrounds will collaborate to tackle some
of the ethical issues that arise with globalization and advances in science and technology,
from a humanitarian perspective.
Two keynote speakers will address the
delegates: Economics professor Richard
Florida from the University of Toronto is an
economics and urban studies theorist. He
posits a correlation between creativity and a
robust economy: a population requires a
high concentration of the creative class for the
generation of wealth. "He argues that in the
new knowledge-based economy, it's people like
us, people in the humanities and social sciences
who are at the core of that economy," says
Cavell. "We are the people who are constantly
thinking outside the box, constantly thinking
beyond borders." Margaret Somerville is
a professor of Law and Medicine at McGill
University. She has published a number of
books addressing the subject of ethics. She
will address advances in medical science and
technology and accompanying social issues.
As well as panel discussions, presentations
and plenty of opportunities for delegates to
discuss topics and exchange ideas, the conference will feature musical performances, art
exhibits and theatre productions. The hosts
are also concerned that the conference be
as green as possible. Waste will be reduced by
avoiding disposable plates and cutlery, as well
as plastic water bottles. The delegates will
also be invited to opt for carbon-neutral flights.
The Happy Lab
□ Does money make you happy? According
to Mark Holder, associate professor of
Psychology at UBC Okanagan, money accounts
for one per cent of happiness. Spirituality,
on the other hand, can account for five times
that much. He has recently completed new
research to explore whether there is also a connection between spirituality and happiness
in children. But what exactly does he mean by
spirituality? And how can it be measured?
"Spirituality is easiest to describe as
having an inner belief system," says Holder's
graduate student ludi Wallace. "Spirituality
is not religiosity, which is often more organized
and may be church-based." Holder and
Wallace conducted a study involving 315
children between the ages of nine and 12.
They were surprised to find that spirituality
accounted for 6.55 to 16.5 per cent of
children's happiness. "From our perspective
it's a whopping big effect," says Holder. "I
expected it to be much less. I thought their
spirituality would be too immature to
account for their well-being."
The children were asked to rate statements
and answer questions designed to indicate
their level of spirituality. Parents and teachers
were also asked for input in assessing the
children's level of happiness and spirituality.
The researchers hope their findings can be
RICHARD CAVALL will be academic convenor for UBC's biggest
gathering of scholars
RUTH MARTIN wants to improve health outcomes for women prisoners
Trek    Spring 2008
Photographs: Nic Fensom (left), Martin Dee (right) used to find new ways of promoting childhood
well-being, and believe that relatively simple
adjustments need be made in classrooms
and homes to help nurture happy kids. "A
program in elementary schools promoting
positive psychology might involve giving
students cameras to take pictures of things
they think are beautiful or give meaning
to their life," says Wallace. Appreciating simple
pleasures and finding enjoyment in making
positive contributions to the community may
promote a child's sense of well-being and
increase the likelihood of them becoming
tolerant, creative and productive adults.
The study findings were recently presented
at the World Congress on Psychology and
Spirituality in India, garnering much interest.
With funding from the university and
the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research, Holder heads a research group
that is continuing to investigate the psychological
and biological basis of happiness. It is
affectionately known as the Happy Lab.
Keeping the "Ex" in Ex-inmate
□ Work for prison inmates often consists of
kitchen chores, gardening duty or laundry.
In one correctional centre for women situated
in Maple Ridge, the choice of task was made
dramatically more rewarding when Dr. Ruth
Martin hit on the idea of involving the women
directly in conducting research to address
what the inmates identified as their most pressing health and social concerns. The initiative
was given the go ahead and ran for two years.
It was enthusiastically received and enjoyed
a high level of participation from the 140-
capacity Alouette Correctional Centre for
Women, whose inmates serve sentences of
up to two years.
From 2005 to 2007, more than 200 of them
helped to identify research priorities via
surveys, forums and interviews. Also attending
the forums were prison administrators, funders,
academics and provincial health authority
representatives. Uppermost issues included
addiction, chronic illness, living with disability,
fetal alcohol syndrome, methadone use,
parenting skills and the parole process.
Martin, a clinical professor in Medicine's
department of Family Practice, has many
clients who are prisoners. She is cognizant of
100 Years of Foresight
Stephen Toope, President, UBC
In 1908, the provincial government proclaimed the University
Act to establish British Columbia's first institution of higher
education. From this act of foresight, UBC has grown into one
of the world's best public universities by richly serving its
provincial, national and global communities through its core
mission of teaching and research. A century later, UBC
represents a promise fulfilled, with more promise to come.
A milestone like this invites us all to ask: How far have we come? Where are we now?
And, what are our next steps?
UBC has undergone dramatic changes over the last 100 years. What began as a university
with a modest—and primarily provincial—aspiration to influence its community, has become a
player on the world stage in fields as diverse as genomics, opera, infectious disease, fisheries
conservation, and Japanese philosophy and religion.
The centenary is an opportunity for us to celebrate our rich history and to recognize that we
have become a national and international resource. But it also presents an equally important
opportunity: to further advance our teaching and learning programs. The Carl Wieman Science
Education Initiative, the new Arts Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow program, the Learning Exchange,
the reformed History and Pharmacy curricula and our Centre for Teaching and Academic
Growth are just some of the truly groundbreaking initiatives that we will celebrate this year.
We will continue to pursue outstanding research that addresses the fundamental cultural,
social, economic, ethical, scientific and health challenges facing our world. UBC has the best
record in Canada—and one of the best in North America — in facilitating the translation of fundamental research into applied knowledge, including public policy and commercial applications.
The centenary celebrations also offer an opportunity to showcase the cultural precinct of
UBC (which includes the Belkin Gallery, the Freddy Wood Theatre, the Museum of Anthropology
and the Chan Centre), which has become a hub for stimulating artistic engagement. For example,
renowned baritone Bryn Terfel will perform at the Chan on April 12th.
At 100, UBC can attract great world leaders like Professor Muhammad Yunus who will deliver
the first annual Michael Smith Memorial Nobel Lecture on March 14. Professor Yunus is the
recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and renowned for conceptualizing and building the field
of microcredit.
On June 22, a restored version of Edward Curtis's 1914 silent film, In the Land of the Head
Hunters, coordinated by UBC Killam Fellow Dr. Aaron Glass will be screened. This was
the first feature film to star an exclusively indigenous cast, made up of Kwakwaka'wakw nonprofessional actors. Descendants of the original actors will present Kwakwaka'wakw songs
and dances and discuss their relation to the film at the screening.
Come and help celebrate a century of UBC achievement. As alumni, you are a big part of
the success. This is an ambitious place, filled with smart people with heart who really want
to make a difference in the world. The real currency of any university is ambition matched with
brainpower and heart. At UBC we are blessed with all three.
Spring 2008    Trek    9 ERIKA ELIASON is turning up the heat on fish
higher rates of HIV, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases and other infections.
The women have shed light on some of
the factors contributing to their incarceration
and patterns of reoffense, and made policy
recommendations. As well as issues like
poverty and abuse, they pointed to a lack of
resources—such as adequate housing and
job training—on offer to inmates reentering
the community after serving sentences.
More than three quarters indicated homeless-
ness as a factor in their reoffense.
Participation in the study alone did much
to improve the self-esteem and sense of
hope for the inmates. They learned computer,
communication and presentation skills at
the same time as contributing valuable research
work, which they hope will ultimately help
improve health outcomes for female prisoners
and a sound basis for effective policy
to facilitate their successful integration with
society. "Dr. Martin helped us break the
code of silence that's in the prison and on the
street," said project participant Jennifer
McMillan. "When you're just released from
prison you're terrified. You feel hopeless
and helpless, that you'll just end up doing what
you were doing before. But if you see other
women doing well, it really helps." She was a
repeat offender and drug addict, but claims
the programs helped her stay clean. She and
some of the other ex-inmates who participated
in the project have maintained active connections and recently established an office in
Vancouver. They have also established a website
that advocates for the resources to support
ex-offenders in society and promotes positive
contributions to society. Martin hopes to
continue her research with the women, and to
secure funding that will allow her to pay
the women for their work. See
www.accwalumniresearch.org for more details.
Fish Feeling the Fahrenheit
□ Could the Fraser River's rising temperatures
be responsible for the increasing number
of salmon deaths? Over the past 50 years, the
mean temperature at Hells Gate on August 6
has risen by 1.3°C. The summer of 2004 was
particularly hot, and death rates that year were
as high as 70 per cent for some fish stocks.
Research from the department of Fisheries and
Oceans shows that years of high temperatures
coincide with a significant percentage of
fish entering the Fraser failing to reach their
spawning grounds past Mission.
Fish are particularly sensitive to environmental temperature change, since they
are unable to regulate their body temperature.
Erika Eliason, a PHD candidate in Zoology,
is using facilities at Cultus Lake to investigate
a possible connection between global
warming and an increase in fish deaths. Her
experiment involves fish from various
stock swimming through a 15 foot-long tunnel
that allows her to control water speed
and temperature. She is trying to establish the
optimum temperature for swimming and
cardiovascular activity in salmon, measured
via a flow cuff around the heart. Oxygen
levels in both the fish and surrounding water
are measured to gauge metabolism.
10    Trek    Spring 2008
Photograph: Martin Dee She's discovered that temperatures above
18°C can adversely affect cardiovascular
performance. In the past five years, the mean
temperature in some areas of the Fraser
has been above 19°C. When Eliason increased
experimental temperatures to 20-22°C, the
fish's ability to function was clearly impaired.
"We think that the fish's heart is no longer
able to cope with the high temperature and
oxygen becomes limited. The high temperature
makes it harder for the heart to get oxygen
to the muscles," she says.
Returning to spawn is a tough enough
job for the fish, with a fifth of them failing in
normal conditions. They fall prey to disease,
exhaustion and predators and some species
are faced with a 1000 km journey upriver.
Higher temperatures may be affecting their
ability to fight disease or reserve enough
energy for the task at hand. Eliason is working
in collaboration with the department
of Fisheries and Oceans, the Pacific Salmon
Forum and UBC colleagues including
Professor Tony Farrell.
HAART Kicks AIDS
□ After decades of research on HIV and AIDS,
there still isn't a cure, but effective treatments
have been developed that greatly increase life
expectancy and reduce the risk of transmission.
Dr. Julio Montaner thinks that highly active
anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) holds the key.
"I really believe that by expanding HAART, a
therapy proven to work, we can finally control
this epidemic," he says. Anti-retroviral drugs
greatly reduce the amount of HIV in the
blood, thereby lessening the risk of transition
to another party, even in the case of pregnant
woman passing the virus on to her child.
Life expectancy and quality of life both
improve. "We have proven that among those
who engage in care, 90 per cent show a
vast improvement and transmission almost
disappears," says Montaner.
But proper adherence to the treatment is
required. One of the main challenges in
fighting this disease—perhaps even eradicating
the transition of HIV in Canada, says
Montaner—is in making sure effective treatments reach all the people who need it.
Many of society's more vulnerable members,
such as the mentally ill, drug addicts and
prostitutes, may escape the health system.
A lack of diagnosis and risky behaviours
compound the problem.
"When HAART was introduced as a
treatment, the incidence of HIV was reduced
by 50 percent. But since 1998 these figures
have reached a plateau," says Montaner, who
has been researching treatments for AIDS
since 1981. "When you put all the facts together
a new model for prevention and treatment
is required." He refers to his suggested model
as the "seek and treat" approach: a comprehensive and pro-active approach to finding and
treating vulnerable HIV carriers, as well as
providing accessible education and prevention
programs. "It's not unlike what we did for
tuberculosis in the past," he says. The BC
Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, of which
Montaner is director, estimates that as
many as 2,000 people in BC who are HIV
positive are not seeking out care.
One of the world's leading experts on
HIV/AIDS, and well known for his groundbreaking research on the potential of
HAART, Montaner is president-elect of the
International AIDS Society. He is a UBC
professor and chairs the AIDS research division.
Edie and Graham Fishlock think so. Their planned gift will create the Graham and
Edie Fishlock Scholarship and Bursary Fund to support Aboriginal students.
"As teachers, we see kids who, if given extra support, could go a long way," say the
alumni couple. "We chose UBC for this bequest because the university opened so
many doors for us." And that's the legacy they hope to make with their planned gift:
opening doors for promising students.
To establish a planned gift supporting valuable programs like student awards, please
contact UBC Gift & Estate Planning at 604.822.5373 or heritage.circle@ubc.ca.
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□ More office space, a healthier budget,
a happier staff and clientele: a busy campus
office is enjoying all these benefits after
deciding to rid itself of paper and trust in the
digital. The process has taken two years but
produced an impressive model for emulation.
The undergraduate advising office in the
faculty of Land and Food Systems used to
have filing cabinets and in-trays stuffed with
information on 1,200 students. It was time-
consuming to keep them updated, which
cut into the time advisors could spend with
students. Paper-pushing has never been
fun, even less so as our eco-consciences are
increasingly provoked into action.
When the university made improvements
to its Student Information System, advisors
could digitally record interactions with students
as well as other information such as grades.
"That was the crossroads for us," says
the faculty's assistant dean of students, Lynn
Newman-Saunders. "It was time to start
creating hard-copy files for our students and
we decided to really change paths and
explore the paperless possibilities of the online
system." Once they were satisfied with the
security and reliability of the system, they went
ahead full throttle, with student advisors
Winnie Pang and Joshua Robertson in the
drivers' seats.
As well as doing away with paper files
(other than those required in hard copy
by law), the staff has introduced other initiatives. They use wipe-clean acetate boards
as an illustrative aid in their interviews with
students, and send information via email
rather than snail-mail. They make themselves
more accessible to students via Facebook,
and an online student-teacher evaluation program is being piloted to cut more paper out
of the picture. Savings from paper-reduction
alone already amount to $4,000 per year.
The students are very appreciative of the
resulting improvements in service. Ironically,
the introduction of technology has given
the undergraduate advising office a more
human face. "Before I came to UBC, phoning
advisors meant getting an answering
machine, and appointments—made a week
12     Trek    Spring 2008
Photograph: Martin Dee or more in advance—meant filling out
forms," says LFS student Stephen Ford. "If
my experience is any indication, less paper
means more human. The advising staff is
ultra-accessible and there are no forms to fill
out or hide behind. My friends in the
faculty unanimously agree that we are a part
of something special."
Trading Chemicals
Although scientists often only require small
amounts of a chemical substance for a
given experiment, suppliers' minimum unit
limits can sometimes leave them with more
than they require. Some chemicals have
a limited shelf-life and can be expensive to
dispose of.
A new online system at UBC is helping
scientists avoid waste. The Chemical Exchange
Database allows researchers to post surplus
chemicals and search for the ones they need,
which are supplied at no extra cost. The
system is helping to reduce waste and avoid
unnecessary expense, plus the chemicals
are onsite and more immediately accessible.
Launched in 2004, to date it has saved an
estimated $74,500 in disposal and purchase
costs for the campus community.
The database was created by Burdena
Shea, senior manager in the university's
Health Research Resources office, and colleague Andre Liem in collaboration with
the Sustainability office and the department
of Health Safety and Environment (HSE).
The idea of chemical exchange is not new, but
moving from the slow and laborious paper-
laden system of the '90s to a fast and highly
efficient one is a welcome achievement. "UBC
is one of North America's greenest universities,
and the chemical exchange allows researchers
to play their part," says Shea.
Noga Levit of the HSE wants to
maximize the system's potential. "New science
students, staff and faculty hear about the
exchange during the extensive lab orientations
that they receive, she says. "We think it's
an important program and are working to
increase participation."
Other strategies UBC employs to avoid
chemical waste is the annual recycling of more
than 8,000 litres of solvents and 5,000 litres of
photographic waste. To learn more about
the university's other sustainability initiatives,
visit www.sustain.ubc.ca.
Graduate student JONATHAN CHONG saves money and prevents waste by using the Chemica
Exchange Database
Bone Health at Risk
□ A UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health
Research Institute (VCHRI) study has found
that a popular class of osteoporosis drugs
nearly triples the risk of developing bone
necrosis, a condition that can lead to disfigurement and incapacitating pain. The research
is the largest study of bone necrosis and bis-
phosphonates, a class of drugs used by millions
of women worldwide to help prevent bone
fractures due to osteoporosis. It is also the first
study to explore the link between bone
necrosis and specific brands of bisphosphonates,
such as Actonel, Didrocal and Fosamax.
Bone necrosis, a relatively rare disease
diagnosed in approximately 1 in 20,000 people
annually, leads to permanent loss of blood
supply to the bones. Without adequate blood
supply, the bone tissue dies and causes the
bone to collapse. The disease primarily affects
shoulders, knees and hips at the joints,
causing severe pain and immobility.
"The message for women taking these
medications is to pay attention to your pain,"
said principal investigator Mahyar Etminan
of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology
and Evaluation at UBC and VCHRI. "Given the
widespread use of these drugs, it is important
that women and their doctors know the risks
that come with taking them."
The epidemiological study, a collaboration
between UBC, VCHRI and McGill University,
is based on the health records of 88,000 Quebec
residents from 1996 to 2003. The team undertook the research after academic papers began
linking necrosis of the jaw with the use of
bisphosphonates. "This is particularly important work," said John Esdaile, professor
and head, Rheumatology, UBC, and scientific
director of the Arthritis Research Centre
of Canada, located at VCHRI's Centre for
Hip Health.
"Although the osteonecrosis side-effect is
rare, the use of the bisphosphonates is
very common," Esdaile adds. "People taking
bisphosphonates are now hearing about
the potential side-effects, and this study result
will permit physicians to better inform
them what the order of magnitude of the
risk may be." To view the study, visit:
www.jrheum.com. ■
Photograph: Martin Dee
Spring 2008    Trek     13 Alumni Engagement:
Connection and Communication
MARIE EARL, Associate Vice President,
Alumni Affairs; Executive Director,
UBC Alumni Assocaiation
The Alumni Association was established in 1917
by a group of graduates who wanted to
keep in touch with their classmates and with the
university. UBC was a topic of hot debate
in those days—the Great Trek was only a few
years away—and the establishment of a
Point Grey campus was on everyone's minds.
Then, as now, the UBC Alumni Association
was an independent body, registered under
the BC Society Act. The Association has its own
board, its own rules of governance and
operation, and its own goals. The Board of
Directors signed a Letter of Agreement
with the university four years ago to establish
a formal working relationship, and in 2005
the Association and the university jointly hired
Marie Earl to serve as Executive Director and
Associate Vice President, Alumni.
As of January, 2008, the Alumni Affairs unit
moved from the Vice President, Students
portfolio to that of the newly created Vice
President, Development and Alumni
Engagement (see the profile of Barbara Miles
on the next page). The combination of
alumni and development (aka fundraising)
DOUG ROBINSON, BCOM'71, LLB'72
under one administrative roof is the norm in
American and Canadian universities.
The mission of Alumni Affairs is to engage
alumni, and students as future alumni, in the
life of the university in its broadest sense.
Our goal is to keep you interested and engaged
in your university. Of course, if we do our
job well, the university's fundraisers will be
that much more successful.
Alumni Association Board Chair Doug
Robinson (our chief volunteer) and Marie Earl
joined in conversation recently to discuss
the new administrative relationship, and to
reflect on the value the university places
on alumni.
MARIE EARL: We should probably start
by talking about the perception that our hand
is always out for money. A lot of grads tell us
the only time they ever hear from UBC is when
we want money.
DOUG ROBINSON: It's true. I met with some
new business colleagues recently, and in the
general introductions I told them I was Chair of
the Alumni Association. Three of the group
were UBC grads and one threw up his hands,
laughed and said, "I don't have my cheque
book with me!" They all joined in, claiming they
all left their cheque books at home.
ME: Did you set them straight?
DR: I did I But it points out that we've still
got a long way to go in getting out the message
that we're about involvement, not fundraising.
ME: One of our real challenges is to show
people why UBC should be part of their lives,
why UBC is still important to them. Companies
use all the advantages of UBC—our great
education, our leadership in the economy.
I'd bet that your three UBC grads benefit from
UBC every day.
DR: I'm sure they do. There isn't a part of
our lives in BC that isn't affected by UBC,
from education, law and technology to the
theatre, music and the arts.
ME: UBC is a compelling place intellectually
and culturally. And as UBC's reputation gets
better nationally and internationally, a UBC
degree gains more value in the marketplace.
Grads should want UBC to become even
better than it is today.
DR: That has implications for fundraising, and
presents an interesting dilemma. I think grads
do have an obligation to support UBC with their
time and talent as well as their treasure.
Our degrees open doors for us, and we all have
a responsibility to help advance the institution.
UBC's endowment recently topped $1 billion, and
that might give people cause to think we're
rolling in money.
ME: There are a lot of misconceptions about
endowments. One billion dollars isn't a staggering amount of money, particularly given the fact
that UBC's student population is nearing 50,000.
Harvard's endowment is $36 billion, Stanford's
is $17 billion, and the University of Toronto's is
$2.5 billion. A healthy endowment is an investment in the future health of the institution.
DR: Stephen Toope talks a lot about UBC
being an economic driver, but he also points out
that it's one of the province's most important
social drivers. Real change in sustainability, social
equality and population growth with all its
associated benefits and ills, will only happen
in a community that produces and attracts
the world's best thinkers.
ME: And it's those areas that interest our
alumni most. All our surveys tell us that the
14    Trek    Spring 2008 thing grads want most from UBC is access to
intellectual activities that stimulate them
and inform them. Attending university was a
transformational experience for many people.
They remember university as an intellectual
awakening and they see it, quite rightly, as
an exciting place.
DR: Which brings us back to how we can
re-engage alumni in the life of the university.
Alumni want more personalized communications—we have to learn more about our
individual grads. What do they care about,
what do they want us to do for them?
Even if we're partners with Development
in the new portfolio, our purpose is still
to offer opportunities. Alumni have to be
our focus.
ME: Right, and it works both ways.
A highly engaged alumni community is
extremely valuable to the university as
advocates for higher education, volunteers
on essential policy-making university
committees, mentors for students and any
number of other ways they can give of
their time and talent.
DR: We give alumni a chance to find
their niche.
ME: And we give alumni a voice. Now
we have someone at the vice president
level who has "alumni" as part of her title.
That's a first for UBC. We will be able
to educate our colleagues in the art of
alumni engagement, and we will have access
to more resources—both financial and
human—to do our work. For instance,
we're already working on moving to a
new database system that will allow more
personalized outreach.
DR: Stephen Toope genuinely appreciates
the idea of alumni engagement in and
of itself, rather than as a means to an end.
It's just three years into our relationship
with UBC, and we've developed a lot of trust.
ME: We've made real progress in so
many areas, and we have both the metrics
and the anecdotal data to back that up.
We've also introduced some best practices
from other American and Canadian
schools to the work we do and, I should say,
we've established some best practices that
other universities have adopted.
DR: Volunteer engagement is at the top of
the list of how we measure success.
ME: It is. We're putting a lot of energy into
it. We're building relationships with the
faculties, senior administration and with students
to uncover and develop opportunities for
volunteer participation.
DR: Volunteer service at the highest level
is the Chancellor. Allan McEachern really raised
the bar in terms of helping people understand
the value of the chancellor. He dedicated a
vast amount of time and wise counsel to the
university during his term.
ME: And one of the simplest ways alumni
can participate in their university is by voting
in the Chancellor election being held at UBC
right now.
DR: That would be a good start. ■
BARBARA MILES
Vice President Development
and Alumni Engagement
Barbara Miles comes to UBC with 13 years of successful
leadership and fundraising experience at the University
of Florida. She will be UBC's first Vice President Development
and Alumni Engagement.
As Associate VP for Development at UF, Ms Miles has most recently co-directed that institution's
third capital campaign, with a goal of raising $1.5 billion.
Ms Miles will oversee UBC's highly successful development arm, which annually attracts $120
million in support for teaching and research. She will also direct the university's growing local
and global engagement initiatives with its 250,000 alumni. Both areas will play a pivotal role in the
university's pursuit of the Trek 2010 strategic vision.
"The opportunities at UBC are unique in North America," Ms Miles said. "With ranking among
the world's 40 best universities, tremendous local, national and international fundraising potential
and significant new alumni outreach, UBC is pursuing excellence on all fronts. I am proud to join
such an accomplished team whose values and aspirations so closely match my own."
Miles, 52, is British-born and has lived in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and the US.
She has worked as a high school teacher of music and French and has been a marketing, public
relations and fundraising manager for leading performing arts organizations in the Miami area.
At the University of Florida she directed regional campaign programs in 16 cities and led development for the UF College of Journalism and Communications. She initiated UF's international
fundraising and alumni relations program and supervised the development programs of four of
the university's largest colleges.
Ms Miles is a graduate of the University of Southampton and the University of London,
Goldsmith's College.
She comes to Vancouver with husband Mark Monroe, a former real estate investment banking
and development executive. He has served as director of the Center for Real Estate Studies at
UF and lecturer in Real Estate at the UF Warrington College of Business Administration. They have
two daughters and two grandsons.
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Chinese immigration to Canada began
around 1858 in response to the gold rush in
British Columbia. During the construction
of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Chinese
workers were brought in to help build it.
Between 1881 and 1884, more than 15,000
Chinese people came to Canada. About 6,500
of them were employed directly by the CPR.
As soon as the CPR was completed, the
federal government moved to restrict the
immigration of Chinese people to Canada.
The first federal anti-Chinese bill was passed
in 1885, imposing a $50 head tax, with few
exceptions, upon every person of Chinese
origin entering the country. No other group
was targeted in this way.
This tax was increased to $100 in 1900
and to $500 in 1903, which at that time,
was equivalent to two years wages for a
Chinese labourer. In all, the federal
government collected $23 million from the
Chinese through the head tax.
Despite the tax, Chinese immigrants
continued to come to Canada. In 1923,
Parliament passed the Chinese Immigration
Act excluding all but a few Chinese
immigrants from entering Canada. Between
1923 and 1947 when the Chinese Exclusion
Act was repealed, fewer than 50 Chinese
people were allowed to come to Canada.
During the exclusion era, Chinese
immigrants were not allowed to bring their
family, including their wives, to Canada.
As a result, the Chinese Canadian community
became a "bachelor society." The head
tax and Exclusion Act resulted in long periods
of separation for families. In fact, some
families were never reunited.
Because of years of anti-Chinese immigration legislation, today the Chinese Canadian
community exhibits many characteristics of
first-generation immigrants, despite its history
of close to 150 years in Canada.
16    Trek    Spring 2008
Photograph: Vancouver Public Library (VPL 30625) recovering the Lost Voices
OF   PACIFIC  CANADA
by BRANDY LIEN WORRALL
"Even though Chinese Canadians have lived continuously in BC since 1858,
they still only enter our historical consciousness as gold miners and railroad
builders," says Professor Henry Yu. "The question I ask of myself in my
research and of my students in my classes is: What were they doing the
rest ofthe time?"
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of British
Columbia as a Crown Colony. It is a time when people will reflect on
the social, economic and political history of the province. Professor
Henry Yu, who grew up in BC and attended UBC as a History
major, wants to ensure the official record is complete, accurate, and
reflective of all the peoples whose labours, social ties, backgrounds
and experiences formed the origins and fuelled the evolution of BC.
He wonders, for instance, how many British Columbians are aware
that the province's 150-year milestone is shared by the first permanent
Chinese settlement in Canada. "The Chinese were here when migrants
from both Asia and Europe came to lands inhabited by First Nations
societies," he says. "The Gold Rush of 1858 brought people from all over
the world. The engagement of trans-Pacific migrants with First Nations
peoples shaped the history of British Columbia and continues to do so,
even if many people now arriving in Vancouver don't realize it."
Five years ago, Yu joined UBC's faculty to develop a pilot history
program that aims to recover the long-ignored voices of Chinese
Canadians: the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese
Canadian Studies (INSTRCC). Yu and colleagues saw the need to build
teaching and research programs that would focus on Pacific Canada
and address what Yu describes as the long neglected reality that BC
has been connected from the very beginning with a larger Pacific world.
"Recovering the neglected voices of Chinese-Canadians is important
because they helped build and feed this province," says Yu. "Chinese-
Canadian farmers grew the produce that Chinese-Canadian grocers sold
and Chinese-Canadian restaurant owners and workers fed to everyone
else." The Chinese did not just live and work in Chinatowns. They were
all over the province in every small town and scattered throughout
our cities. Yu says education is crucial to help build an awareness of this
forgotten history. "If citizens do not know the history of this place,
then they cannot make good judgments about how to repair the damage
of the past and what we need to do to move forward."
Last year marked the 100th Anniversary of the 1907 anti-Asian riots
in Vancouver, something Yu describes as one of the darker moments
in our collective history. The riots were spawned in September 1907
when Punjabi Sikh workers were driven out of their jobs in Bellingham's
lumber industry. Several days later a mob attacked Vancouver's Chinese
and Japanese businesses, causing extensive damage.
"The riots symbolized how late arriving European migrants to BC
re-invented its history," Yu says. After the riots, immigration legislation
essentially cut off further migration from India, Japan and China,
fulfilling the demand of the rioters for "a white Canada forever." A
world that had included extensive engagements between Chinese
migrants and First Nations communities throughout the rural areas of
Spring 2008    Trek     17 First Nations stevedores and Chinese laundry
workers on dock at Moodyville Sawmill in BC
(1889, Charles S. Bailey).
18    Trek    Spring 2008
Photograph: City of Vancouver Archives, CVA MI.P2.n26 the province, for instance, was ignored and
forgotten. The official history of BC would
belong only to the later migrants who arrived
on the railroad the Chinese built. "It had
always puzzled me growing up in BC why the
Chinese were always seen to be the late
arrivers, when in reality my great grandfather
and his sons were here long before the
families of the people calling me names and
telling me to go home to China. I found
it ironic and sad," says Yu.
In 1885, the year the Canadian Pacific
Railroad connecting BC to Canada was
finished, an onerous head tax was demanded
of Chinese migrants to Canada, generating
a major source of revenue for both the
BC provincial government and the federal
government of Canada. Discrimination
against Chinese and other non-white workers
became widespread.
In 2007, Yu was a part of a broad-based
group of community organizations, universities
and labour unions that came together to
heal the divisions between workers created a
century ago. The Anniversaries of Change
network celebrated progress made since the
period of anti-Asian violence, but in the
knowledge there was much work left to do
to overcome the injustices of the past. "Not
only were Asian workers targeted, leading
to the expulsion of non-white workers from
canneries, lumber mills and mines," says
Yu, "but First Nations people were removed
from their lands and saw the destruction
of their ways of life."
Yu argues for the need to reconcile the
inequities that still exist as direct result of our
past, with the settlement of First Nations
land claims first and foremost. "But in order
to move forward," he says, "we also need
to recover the voices of those who were erased,
and that includes Chinese-Canadians,
Japanese-Canadians, South Asian-Canadians
and other trans-Pacific migrants from Korea,
the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
and all the societies around the Pacific region."
Yu believes that the INSTRCC program
is a crucial step in creating an awareness of
our past and future in Pacific Canada. "Even
though Chinese Canadians have lived continuously in BC since 1858, they still only enter
our historical consciousness as gold miners
and railroad builders," he says. "The question
I ask of myself in my research and of my
students in my classes is: What were they doing
the rest of the time?"
The INSTRCC pilot project was designed
to involve students directly in the research
needed to recover and record this neglected
history, and to empower them to be the
voices of change. In one series of projects
called Eating Global Vancouver, students are
involved in a unique form of community-
based learning, making films about Vancouver
restaurants run by families who have
Chinese produce store on Commercial Drive, (1932)
Photograph: Vancouver Public Library (VPL 7921)
Spring 2008    Trek     19 Chinese men working with a barrel machine at
Sweeney Cooperage Ltd., early 1900s. 49 Smithe
Street, Vancouver, BC. M. Leo Sweeney, donor.
migrated from all around the world. "These
restaurants are like miniature community
centres, capturing a microcosm of the global
nature of Vancouver at this moment," says
Yu. Students interview not only the families
that own and run the restaurants, but also
the workers, and the customers, as well as
conducting historical research on the location
and the neighborhood.
Yu wishes he could have taken his
own course when he was an undergraduate
two decades ago. "Students get to eat their
way across the city, getting them off-campus
and into the larger world, but they learn a
great deal about how this city has been built
out of migration and just how complex the
daily cultural interactions between people of
diverse backgrounds can be," he says.
Besides eating some of the great varieties of
cuisine to be found in Vancouver, students in
the INSTRCC program are learning how to
use the powerful media of digital video and the
Internet to showcase their work. "A decade
ago," says Yu, "it took tens of thousands
of dollars just to make a short film. Now anyone with a cell phone and a laptop can
make a video clip that can be uploaded to the
Internet with the potential to reach hundreds
of thousands of people around the world.
Learning how to tap that kind of potential
is like learning to write an essay. It's a
new grammar for speaking about and to
the world."
Digital technology offers tremendous
promise for preserving the life stories
of common people. INSTRCC students have
worked with the Asian Library at UBC, the
Vancouver Museum, the Vancouver City
Archives, the Vancouver Public Library and
community organizations such as the
Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC
and the Nikkei Heritage Centre to help
record, preserve and popularize the history
of trans-Pacific migrants to Canada.
Digitization has become a tool not only for
historical research, but also for public engagement with our history. Yu and his colleague,
Peter Ward, currently the University Librarian
at UBC, collaborated on a three-year project
to digitize the more than 96,000 records of the
Chinese Head Tax Registers. Meticulously
detailing every Chinese Canadian who paid
the Head Tax between 1885 and 1923,
20    Trek    Spring 2008
Photograph: Vancouver Public Library (VPL 3542) Chinese farmer works the land (1939, James Crookall)
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these registers provide unparalleled information about the Chinese migrants who helped
build Canada.
In late 2008, as part of the 150th anniversary
of the settlement of Chinese in British
Columbia, Yu and Ward hope to see a searchable version of this database made accessible
to the public through UBC and Library
and Archives Canada websites. Descendents
of these Chinese-Canadian pioneers will be
able to search for their ancestors online. "It
is one of the ironies of racism that anti-
Chinese discrimination produced such detailed
records of Chinese migrants. In comparison,
a migrant at the same time from Scotland getting off a ship in Halifax walked into Canada
leaving nary a trace in governmental records,"
says Yu.
Yu's students record the family histories
of trans-Pacific migrants whose families have
lived in BC for five generations, as well
as those of Asian migrants who have recently
arrived. "Historians looking back a century
from now will recognize that the 1990s was
a watershed moment in Vancouver and
Canadian history, when the tide turned in the
history of Pacific Canada and the great
promise of our location and the unique mixtures
of our peoples was finally fulfilled. We need
to record the stories of this moment in time
before they are lost, and we need to do a
better job of doing that in the languages that
people speak other than English," say Yu.
"We're wasting such a tremendous amount of
human capital in this city right now. Migrants
come speaking three, four, five languages,
and by the time their children reach UBC
they often can only speak English. It's a
tragedy on a personal level when children
cannot communicate effectively with
their parents because of language barriers,
but for our society as a whole we are
frittering away such potential."
Life stories are not the only kind of
stories that engage Yu's students. One of his
colleagues, English Professor Christopher
Lee, points out that literature is a fundamental
part of his classes. "The goal of literary studies
is to understand how language mediates our
experience of the world, how words—and
the ways in which they are put together—
affect how we understand ourselves" he says.
Photograph:  City ofVancouver Archives, CVA 260-126
Spring 2008    Trek    21 "Consider, for example, the perennial
question for many Chinese-Canadians: "are
you Chinese or Canadian?" What astounds
me about this question is just how inadequate
these terms are for describing the complex
identities we all carry. We are, after all, never
just Chinese and/or Canadian." Lee is in the
midst of his first year of teaching at UBC, but
his classes are filled with students grappling
with the complexities of language. In his own
research, Lee studies both Chinese and English
texts, and he wants his students to understand
how in global cities like Vancouver, the rich
array of languages is producing a unique kind
of literature and sensibility.
Professor Lee is one among many new
faculty hires at UBC who are remaking the
university from the classroom up. The
same year that Lee joined UBC, the English
department hired Larissa Lai, who wrote
the novel When Fox is a Thousand.
"Since I came back to UBC five years ago,
we've hired some wonderful people who
have become core faculty in engaging with the
subject of Pacific Canada," says Yu, who
also points to Renisa Mawani and Jennifer
Chun in Sociology, Miu Chung Yan in
Social Work, Lyren Chiu in Nursing, and
Jennifer Chan in Education.
INSTRCC is sponsored and housed within the
faculty of Arts. It is generously supported
by seed funding from Dr. Peter Eng of Allied
Holdings, Inc., Mr. Terence Hui of Concord
Pacific, Inc., Mrs. Patsy Hui, of Patsy Hui, Inc.,
and Mr. Caleb Chan of Burrard International,
Inc. For more information on its programs,
please visit http://www.instrcc.ubc.ca. To see
samples of the student films on YouTube,
visit http://www.youtube.com/instrcc and for
information about the Anniversaries of
Change visit http://www.anniversaries07.ca.
For information on how to donate to
student fellowships in INSTRCC, please
contact instrcc@interchange.ubc.ca.
Yu notes the importance of the relatively
new First Nations Studies at UBC as a
partner for INSTRCC and for future efforts
to build on the history and future of
Pacific Canada. "Professor Line Kessler,
director of the First Nations Studies
program, has really pioneered the use of
digital video for oral history at UBC,
and he and his students have been an inspiration for us." Yu points out that despite
the initial emphasis on Chinese-Canadians,
who make up nearly 40 per cent of
Vancouver's population, his students come
from diverse backgrounds and many
choose to pursue research projects focusing
on other Asian migrant communities.
"When I was an undergraduate at
UBC, there was a handful of professors from
whom a student could learn about these
under-explored histories: Edgar Wickberg
in History, Graham Johnson in Sociology,
Jean Barman in Education, just to name a
few. They have since retired, but now
we have a young group of faculty to move
forward into UBC's second century with
our students. I'm tremendously excited." ■
Rooting around
Vancouver
Brandy Lien Worrall is an MFA student in
Creative Writing at UBC. She is editor
of Eating Stories: A Chinese Canadian and
Aboriginal Potluck and Finding Memories,
Tracing Routes: Chinese Canadian
Family Stories, both published by the
Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC.
by TREVOR QUAN
UBC student Trevor Quan used
Professor Yu's history course
to uncover his family's history and
record it for posterity.
From the beginning, Professor Henry Yu told
us that his was not a typical history course, and
that both scared and excited his students.
Instead of the familiar rounds of lectures and
research papers, we were to use multimedia
and our imaginations to record history straight
from the source. That was exciting enough
by itself, but I was eager to engage in capturing
the history of Vancouver's Asian immigration.
As a third-generation Chinese-Canadian, here
was an opportunity to study something close
to my heart. Both my parents' families have
fairly long histories in Canada but on my father's
side, I had one relation who had lived and
breathed much of Vancouver's early history.
My family has been blessed with the longevity
of my paternal great-grandfather Charlie
Quan (my Bak Goong), who has witnessed the
changes of the twentieth century first hand.
We didn't know how much time we had to
record his story before it was lost forever.
Professor Yu's interview project struck me as
a perfect opportunity to learn more about
my family while preserving an important part
of Vancouver's history.
Last year marked several important anniversaries for the Chinese Canadian community:
the anti-oriental race riots of 1907; the 1947
22     Trek    Spring 2008 Chinese Enfranchisement; immigration reforms
in 1967 that allowed heavy Chinese immigration;
and the 1997 Hong Kong switch-over. It seemed
appropriate that it was the also the year
we celebrated my Bak Goong's 100th birthday.
But no anniversary is as important to him
as those that have marked his reunion with his
wife and children many years after his arrival
in Canada. He was a teenager when he arrived
in Vancouver in 1923 to work and send
money back to his family in China. During his
infrequent trips back home, he married
and started a family. But after a crackdown on
Chinese immigration and the further complications of World War II, it would be years until
he was able to see his wife and children again.
My own research proved to be a liberating
experience. I was able to use my own contacts
for fact-finding, rather than the usual secondary
research through academic journals and libraries.
While it is important to know the notable
dates and facts and figures, such as the number
of immigrants that came each year, it is
also necessary to look at the human details, the
personal stories that make up real history.
I was able to learn about my great-grandfather's
emotional turmoil of having a wife, son,
and daughter in China while working eleven-
to twelve-hour shifts every day of the week.
I also learned of his struggles against discrimination, which he still remembers vividly. As a
proud man, he was sensitive to slights. He
remembers the discrimination from an employer
who spoke happily to the Caucasian waiters
at the restaurant, but never said anything to the
Chinese ones. While he wanted to quit, the
owner wouldn't let him, and gave him a raise
to stay. At first he made $40 a month, and
then after 2 years, he made $60; Charlie Quan
was proud as, "not many Chinese could
make that much." He lamented the inability
of the Chinese to become doctors or
lawyers: "Restaurants, gardens, or laundry.
That's all they do."
Now, after years of campaigning, Charlie
Quan has finally received both an apology
and compensation from the Canadian government. At his age, he certainly doesn't need
the money, but it is a symbolic reparation of the
wrongs done and he hopes that it will serve
as a reminder of what the Chinese had to go
through in those days. Ultimately, no amount
of money can make up for those lost years
of separation from his wife and children. Issues
of identity and whether he regards himself
as Canadian, Chinese, or Chinese-Canadian,
remain sensitive to him and I doubt that
anyone will truly understand his complicated
relationship with his home of 85-odd years.
Last summer, thanks to INSTRCC and a
partnership between UBC and the National
University of Singapore, I learned more
about Chinese migration, but from a completely
different perspective. Professor Henry Yu and
Professor Graham Johnson led a mixed group of
students from UBC and NUS across Southeast
Asia, stopping in Hong Kong, China, Singapore
and Malaysia to trace the path of Chinese
migration. It was an amazing experience to
compare the patterns of migration through
Asia to the Chinese migration experience in
North America. It meant a lot to me to be
able to retrace the epic southern Chinese
migration and to see what it was like for my
ancestors before they came to Canada.
I never learned any Cantonese, so I have to
admit that it was a novel and challenging
experience to navigate through Asia for the
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first time. But it was certainly worth it to
be the first person in my family in two generations to return to our ancestral land. After
studying my family's history in Vancouver,
I felt a sense of completeness to go back to
the province in China where it all began.
Through my work with Professor Yu, I was
able to hear personal tales not recorded in
any archive, existing only in the memories of a
rapidly disappearing generation. Unfortunately,
many of the stories are being lost.
The INSTRCC program provides the
opportunity, direction, and expertise to develop
practical skills for Arts students to put their
learning to good use. It serves as a unique
teaching tool that grants freedom and responsibility to students to further both their academic
and professional careers as well as providing
new information in the field of Chinese-
Canadian studies. Personally, I feel that the
initiative provides fresh inspiration and
imagination in a field that is often neglected.
The focus on multimedia and oral histories
allows us to study history from a different
angle and ultimately allows students to
pursue the study of people rather than simply
archived records. ■
Trevor Quan is a fourth year history student
at UBC. He is hoping to attend graduate school
in business next year.
CHARLIE QUAN (right) received an apology and
compensation from the Canadian government for
hardships imposed by the Chinese Head Tax.
CHARLIE AND TREVOR QUAN
Spring 2008    Trek    23  THE  POWER
OF  SECRETS
Sometimes it's just best to keep special things to yourself.
That includes kissing and not telling.
A short story by RICHARD VAN CAMP, MFA 03
This one guy told me of a time in his life when
he would go out with his flute to play in
the forest and a little porcupine would come
out on a branch of a tree and would only
watch him with one eye as the man played
his heart out. I think this was in northern
Ontario. This man told me he played for this
little guy every day, and each day the porcupine would come out on the same branch.
It was a little game for them, hey. Well, one
day this man was showing off and took a
bunch of kids and the kids were very loud
and rowdy and so the porcupine came
out but was very scared. He looked at the
man only once with both eyes and what
the man saw was so sad, as if the man broke
something special.
The porcupine never came back.
The man felt such loss.
And that got me thinking that if you
have something special that sometimes it's
best to just keep it for yourself. Like if
you fool around with someone, that's a good
secret, hey? What you shared together was
magic, special, fun. That's a good one. Your
secret is held in two hearts. This will give
you strength for the tough times ahead and
when you see each other it's okay if you
can't stop smiling. That's a good life, when
you have few of those. Not too many,
though. I think if you fool around with too
many honeys then you'll have weak kidneys.
I think I heard that once. Weren't there
some priests somewhere that thought if you
don't ever fool around once that when
they dig you up one hundred years from now
that in between your rib bones there will
be a pearl? It lets everyone know you were the
patron saint of something. Well, I think that's
a hard road, myself. Aren't we here to have
a good time and help each other through the
night? I think so.
Someone told me that Indians can only
keep a secret for five years tops and then
everyone spills the beans. Well, maybe that is
true for all the races in our atmosphere:
a five year moratorium on the goods, hey.
My friend "Freddy" told me one night
that he was painting a drum and one of
his co-workers called him.
"Hi, Freddy," Stella said.
It was late. He glanced at the clock. It was
after 11.
"Hi," he said. His son was asleep and it was
a work day tomorrow. "Is everything okay?"
"Um, yeah," she said. "What are you doing?"
"Oh," he said. "Having tea, painting a
new drum."
"Oh," she said. "I was wondering if you
could come over and help me out."
"Help you out?" he said. "Everything okay?"
"Well...," she said.
"Is Sam giving you a hard time? Want me to
come over there and tune him up?"
(Stella had been having problems with her
ex, eh. The whole town knew about that.)
"Oh..no...no...Sam's outta town."
"What's wrong?" he asked. "Is your
power out?"
"No...I was just wondering if you could
come over and help me out?"
"Help you out," he repeated, putting his
paintbrush down. "With?"
"Well," she said. "You know..."
And that's when it hit him: she was asking
for help in the Love Me Tender Department.
"OH!" he said. "Oh. Oh! Oh...."
"Well?" she asked with a smile that he could
hear over the line.
"Oh, ah...whoah...Whew!"
:'So?':
"So?" Freddy stood up. "So, ah, well,
ah...my boy's asleep."
"So what? He can sleep on my couch."
"Oh well, ah, it's a school day tomorrow.
I think they're taking pictures or something?"
"That's next month," she said flatly.
"Oh, well, ah...this is a bit sudden, isn't it?"
Freddy asked. "I mean, well..."
"Sudden?" she asked. "For who?"
"Well, come on," Freddy said with his low
secret voice. "We work together."
"So?" she said. "Just come over and help
me out."
Freddy shook his head. He'd worked with
Stella for over a year and, yes, they enjoyed
each other's company. Yes, they shared a few
good laughs, but he was so surprised.
"So?" she asked.
Photograph: Getty Images
Spring 2008    Trek    25 "I can't," he said. "Really..." he tried hard to
think of what to say. "This is very flattering,
but I don't think of you this way." This wasn't
necessarily so. Stella had been hitting the
gym pretty hard and was letting her hair grow
out, so he'd had his cross over thoughts these
past few months...
"Oh come on," she said. "It'll be our secret.
No one has to know."
"Ah," Freddy started pacing. "Ah. Ummm.
Ah..."
"Please?"
"Oh that's so sweet," Freddy said. "But I
have to say no. My son's sleeping."
"I could come over there," she said.
"Ho la," he said. "You're a brute, eh?"
"I can be," she giggled.
"No," he said with his whiny voice. "My son
could wake up."
"I'll be quiet if you will," she giggled.
Freddy blushed. "Holy!"
"Come on," Stella said. "I could come over
there and help you "
At this, he started laughing and she started
laughing, too. "Come on," she urged. "You've
been on your own for how long now?"
"Oh," he thought about it. "Eight
months now?"
"And?"
"And what?"
"Don't you need a little help?"
Freddy's face flushed with embarrassment.
He secretly called Stella "The Hickey Monster"
as Sam's neck was always covered in "monkey
bites" or "passion bruises" when they were
still married. And Freddy was no fashionista,
but he knew that he was all out of turtlenecks.
"Well, ah..." What could he say to that?
"Well, I..." What could he say? "I, ah, am
taking some time to take care of me..."
"And I could help," she said. "I could help
you take care of you very nicely..."
"I'm sure you could," he grinned.
It had been eight months all right. Eight
months of learning to bake cookies for
his son's fundraising events. Eight months of
meetings with teachers and the optometrist
to get glasses for his boy. Eight months of
learning to cook supper and prepare sandwiches
for his son's lunch every day. Eight months of
waiting for his wife, to see if she'd ever return.
"Stella," he said. "I want to thank you for
calling me. It's been a tough go."
"I can tell," she said.
"I'm really honoured that you called. Can I
think about this?"
"You may," she said and she said it sweetly.
Sometimes a woman can be tough on a man
in a moment like this, but she could tell she'd
disarmed him in a good way.
"I really need some time to think," he said.
"I've been so focused on being a single dad
and taking care of my boy that I've just gotten
in touch with me."
"I'm really proud of you," she said. "You're
a great dad."
"Thanks," he said. Because of his son's
swimming lessons, Freddy had gotten over his
own fear of the water. Because he was a
single parent, he was now learning new recipes
from his aunties. He could now cook a mean
stir-fry and prepare salmon and halibut just the
way his boy liked it.
"You're a real catch," she said. "I wanted to
make my intentions clear."
"Well, they're greatly appreciated," he said.
"Thank you."
"So?" she said. "Will you call me sometime
when you know what you want?"
"I will," he smiled. "I will. I really want to
thank you for the call."
"Okay, good night. It's nice to hear
your voice."
"Yours, too," he said.
And she hung up softly.
And that was when Freddy decided that
he wasn't waiting for his wife anymore. That
was the night he decided that it was time to
move on, that any woman who would leave
her family behind without any explanation
was a woman he could no longer trust for
himself or for their boy, and that was the night
Freddy went from being a passive good
hearted guy to an active participant in his life,
a real mover and shaker.
So, did they ever get together? That's a
secret. We just have to mind our own beeswax
on that one.
But let's get back to the spirit of this story:
the medicine of secrets.
My buddy Trevor told me once that a long
time ago the Crees used to go into the forest
with a spear. And what they had to do was
they'd sneak up on a bear and tap him on the
bum with it. Not the sharp side, but the flat
side, I guess, and the bear would scoot away in
fear. Then you would come out of the forest
and never tell anyone about it. But that's what
made you a man. If you could do that then
you were a man. But the key was to never tell
anyone, not even your wife. You keep it
inside and you know it yourself, that you did
that, hey.
So, my question to you all is do you have
any secrets that you haven't ever told anyone?
Good. Keep them inside you. If not, you
better run out and start gathering some so they
can keep you warm inside when you're in
your golden years. The bad secrets should be
talked about, I think, but the sacred ones,
the special ones, the good time ones, I think you
should keep them inside. Not all, but some.
Because they are medicine. They'll get you
through the hard times. Plus, no one wants to
fool around with you if they think you'll tell
all your buddies and coworkers, hey!
And what ever happened to kissing but
not telling? Now that's a dying art (right up
there with flirting, the four-hour make out
session and French kissing, in my opinion).
Me? I don't think I have too many
secrets. Every five years I spill the beans to
somebody about something, I'm sure, but
I live a good life: I'm not out to hurt or take.
The only secrets I have are my PIN numbers
and the love songs that I sing into the wind
for someone I haven't even met yet, but I
know I shall meet one day...
Mahsi cho! Thank you very much! ■
Richard Van Camp is a proud member of
the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith,
NWT, Canada. A graduate of the En'owkin
International School of Writing, the University
of Victoria's Creative Writing BFA Program,
and the Master's Degree in Creative Writing at
the University of British Columbia, Richard
currently teaches Creative Writing with an
Aboriginal Focus at the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
26    Trek    Spring 2008 M UBC ELECTIONS 2008
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DR BIKKAR S LALLI
Statement
I am a proud alumnus of UBC (PhD, 1966),
and after a successful academic career at
University of Saskatchewan, I have served as
a Convocation Senator for UBC since 1999.
I have worked closely with other Senators to
enable UBC to fulfill its role in the areas of
teaching, research and community outreach.
The focus of my other volunteer work has
been the welfare of vulnerable societal
groups, including senior citizens, women
and young people. This work has provided
me with an opportunity to contribute for all
the benefits that I have derived from having
received a higher education. In this global
economy, higher learning is key to achieving
success for individuals and for nations. It is
essential that we provide equitable access,
attract quality students and collaborate
internationally with other institutions to
solve urgent global problems. If elected
Chancellor, I will support these types of
initiatives at UBC, and work to proudly
represent this prestigious institution.
Biographical Information
DEGREES
Doctor of Philosophy (Brit. Col.), 1966;
Master of Arts, 1949; Bachelor of Arts
(Honours), 1948 (Punjab)
OCCUPATION (BEFORE RETIREMENT)
Professor of Mathematics and former Head,
Department of Mathematics and Statistics,
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
OFFICES HELD/HOLDING
Convocation Senator, University of
British Columbia, since 1999.
Member, Board of Directors, Coalition to
Eliminate Abuse of Seniors (BC CEAS).
Patron, BC Seniors' Summit (Nov. 6-7, 2004).
Member, Board of Directors of VIRSA:
Sikh Alliance Against Youth Violence.
Member, City of Surrey Committee on
Elder Abuse.
Chair, Analysis Session. World Congress
of Mathematicians, Vancouver, 1974.
Committee work at the University level
and with University Council committees
and committees of the College of Arts
and Sciences.
Chair, Appeal Panel for Promotion and
Tenure of the University of Saskatchewan.
Member, Action Committee for Mobilizing
South Asian Community for Diabetes
Prevention & Management.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND
BUSINESS INTERESTS
Invited lectures, conference presentations,
visiting scholar, and research collaboration
with scholars from around the world.
Supervision of PhD and MA theses.
External expert at theses defence.
Research grants from National Science and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC) from
1967 to retirement in 1995 and from University
of Saskatchewan President's Fund.
Visiting Scholar at: Institute of Mathematics
Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (1993,
1988), Department of Mathematics Flinders
University at Adelaide, Australia (1990),
Department of Mathematics. King Fahd
University of Petroleum and Minerals at
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1988), Advanced
Institute of Mathematics, Punjab University
at Chandigarh (1988), Department of
Mathematics Punjabi University Patiala (1982),
Indian Institute of Technology (LIT).
Madras (1982).
Invited guest appearances on TV-Channel M,
regarding importance of education.
Volunteer, Progressive Intercultural Services
Society (PICS).
Volunteer, Neighbourhood House and
Sunset Seniors (Vancouver).
Teaching "computer basics" to seniors and
"mathematics" to needy high school students.
Grant - Industry Canada, Community Access
Program (CAP). Set up a computer lab
for seniors.
Grant - Health Canada's International
Year of Older People (IYOP) - Grant applicant and Project Manager for a survey of
health issues among Indo-Canadian seniors
- Report: "Wellness Model for Indo-Canadian
Seniors" (1999), 93 pp. Work recognized by
Government of Canada.
PUBLICATIONS
Expert in the area of "Analysis." Over
150 research publications in reputable
national and international scholarly journals.
Most recent paper accepted for publication,
in Mathematics and Computer Modelling,
April 2004.
MS SARAH MORGAN SILVESTER
Statement
I am honoured to be nominated by the
Alumni Association for the volunteer position
of Chancellor. The time I spent as a student
at UBC was pivotal in my development, both
personally and professionally, and provided
exceptional training for my current business
and community activities. I have maintained a
strong connection to UBC over the years, and
have served on the Sauder School of Business
Faculty Advisory Board since 2002 and as a
student mentor, advisor and guest speaker.
My diverse experience as a community
and business leader will serve me well as
Chancellor, as will my ability to achieve results
through collaboration and teamwork. UBC
is a great university on its way to becoming
a global leader. As Chancellor, I will focus
on engaging UBC's wider community -
and our students, faculty, staff and alumni -
in our University's exciting future.
Biographical Information
DEGREE
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Brit. Col.),
1982
CURRENT OCCUPATION
Corporate Director and Community Volunteer
OFFICES HELD
Chair of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority -
Canada's largest port (2008 - present)
Chair of BC Women's Hospital and Health
Centre Foundation - Canada's busiest
maternity hospital (2002 - present)
Member ofthe Sauder School of Business
Faculty Advisory Board; student mentor,
adviser and guest speaker (2002 - present)
Various positions leading to national responsibility for retail banking, brokerage, asset
management, trust, insurance and private
banking businesses as Executive Vice President,
HSBC Bank Canada (1987-2006)
Numerous corporate board and committee
appointments including:
28    Trek  Spring 2008 Director and Member, Audit and Finance
Committee, ENMAX Corporation
(2007-present)
Member, Independent Review Committee,
Inhance Investment Management Inc
(2007-present)
Chair (2007) and Director (2004-2007),
Vancouver Port Authority
Chair and Director, HSBC Securities (Canada)
Inc. (2003-2006)
Chair and Director, HSBC Investment Funds
(Canada) Inc (2000-2006)
Chair and Director, HSBC Trust Company
(Canada) (2000-2006)
Chair and Director, Canadian Direct
Insurance Inc (2000-2004)
Member, David Suzuki Foundation National
Business Advisory Council (2007 - present)
Director and Member, Executive Committee,
CD. Howe Institute (1999 - present)
Director, Women in the Lead Inc.
(2002 - present)
Chair, Blue Ribbon Council on Vancouver's
Business Climate, City ofVancouver (2007)
Chair, Communities for Kids Fundraising, BC
Children's Hospital (1996-1998)
Director and Education Chair, Credit Grantors
Association ofVancouver (1994-1995)
OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND
BUSINESS INTERESTS
Diverse business background with leadership
roles in the transportation, financial services
and energy sectors.
Achieved results through collaboration as
Chair of the committee responsible for the
successful merger of the three ports in the
Lower Mainland, including Canada's largest
port. This was the first merger of ports to
take place in Canada.
Gained an international perspective through
employment as a senior executive with one
of the world's largest banks. Responsibilities
included the retail banking network throughout North America and Panama.
Active community volunteer experienced
with health, environmental, and economic
organizations.
Frequent interaction with local, provincial
and federal levels of government through
volunteer positions (i.e.. Chair, Blue Ribbon
Council on Vancouver's Business Climate) and
board appointments (i.e.. Chair, Vancouver
Fraser Port Authority).
Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award Recipient
(1998)
Fellow ofthe Institute of Canadian Bankers
CONVOCATION
SENATORS
OKANAGAN SENATE
The following persons are acclaimed as
re-elected as Convocation Senators for
UBC Okanagan from September 1, 2008 to
August 31, 2011:
Mr Gary August, BComm (Brit. Col.)
Ms Lesley Driscoll, BA (Brit. Col.)
VANCOUVER SENATE
The following persons are acclaimed as
elected or re-elected as Convocation Senators
for UBC Vancouver from September 1, 2008
to August 31, 2011:
Mr Gavin LI Dew, BA (Brit. Col.)
Ms Andrea A Dulay, BA, BEd, MEd (Brit. Col.)
Mr Christopher L Gorman, BA (Brit. Col.)
re-elected
Ms Deborah Herbert, BA (Carleton),
MA (Brit. Col.)
Dr Stanley B Knight, BEd (Brit. Col.),
MEd (W. Wash), PhD (Oregon) re-elected
Dr Bikkar S Lalli, BA (Hons), MA (Punjab),
PhD (Brit. Col.) re-elected
Mr Dean Leung, BASc (Brit. Col.) re-elected
Mr William McNulty, BPE, MPE, MA (Brit. Col.)
re-elected
Mr Clinten F Meyers, BComm (Brit. Col.)
Mr Gerald W Podersky Cannon, BA, MA
(Brit. Col.)
Mr Des Verma, BSc, BSc (Hons) (Punjab),
MEd (Brit. Col.)
Dr Ronald Yaworsky, BASc (Windsor),
MEng, PhD (Brit. Col.) re-elected
BALLOT
Please select one (1) candidate for Chancellor:
O   LALLI, Bikkar S
O   MORGAN-SILVESTER, Sarah
Name (please print):
Student/employee number (if known):
Degree(s) and year(s) of graduation (if faculty
member, please write "faculty"):
Date:
Signature:
If you wish to vote via secret ballot, please vote
online at www.students.ubc.ca/elections , or ask
that a paper ballot be mailed to you by emailing
elections.information@ubc.ca or phoning 604.822.9952.
This ballot must be received before April 4, 2008 at:
UBC
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Elections, UBC Enrolment Services
2016-1874 East Mall, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1
or fax to 604.822.5945
Spring 2008  Trek    29 UBC'S CENTENARY:
Join us—it's yours to celebrate!
Are you curious about UBC's
history and how it all started?
March 7, 2008, marks 100 years
since the signing of the
University Act to establish and
incorporate a university for the
province of British Columbia.
Many events are being planned
throughout the year to mark
this milestone. Come and help
celebrate a century of UBC
achievement—as alumni, you're
a big part of the success.
ALUMNI WEEKEND 2008:
Spring Back to Campus
May 23-25th, 2008, UBC Point Grey Campus
Alumni Weekend has moved to the spring to
coincide with graduation celebrations, and
this year many of the events and activities will
include a centenary theme.
Not sure what Alumni Weekend is? It's a
weekend full of events on or around campus,
celebrating UBC's alumni. It's a chance
to reconnect with your alma mater and old
friends. There are several classes holding
reunions over this weekend, but we are
including an exciting program full of activities
for everyone to attend. Bring your friends
and family!
Events include receptions, open houses, BBQ's,
tours, classes without quizzes, athletic events,
family events and more! We already have some
events confirmed including:
1 Breakfast of Champions with UBC President,
Professor Stephen Toope
1 Tour the new Biodiversity Canopy Walkway
at the Botanical Garden
1 Opera 101 Reception with Nancy Hermiston,
UBC University Marshall, Professor school of
Music and Head of the Opera Division
1 The Art of Wine Tasting with Dr. David
McArthur, BSCA'83, MSC'87
1 Spring Back Alumni and Friends BBQ
1 Museum of Anthropology: Treasures of the
Tsimshian exhibit, from the Dundas Collection
Registration opens March 17 and the full schedule
of events will be available soon, so check the
website often for updates. We will be sending out
invitations via email, so please make sure we
have your up-to-date email address. Email
alumni.weekend@ubc.ca for more information.
CAMPUS TOURS
When you return to campus, do you feel overwhelmed and a little disoriented? Rediscover
the spectacular and ever-changing Point Grey
campus as you bike or walk your way around
your old stomping ground. Revisit your
favourite spots, brag about your university heydays to your family, and discover what has
changed and what has stayed the same. Tour
maps are available at the Alumni Affairs office
or online at www.alumni.ubc.ca/100.
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Visit 15 landmarks around campus,
view archival photos displayed at
each location, and use your cell
phone to listen to narrations about
each location's history. The fun and
fact-filled audio tour is narrated
by local entertainer Jane Mortifee,
BA'75. You can also download an MP3
version of the tour and an
accompanying map from
the Alumni Affairs
website before you tr^Bi
set out.
30    Trek    Spring 2008
Photographs: All centenary images from UBC Historical Photograph Collection, courtesy of UBC Library Archives Student sit-in at Faculty Club, October 25, 1968
Brock Hall Fire, 1954
Mobile Muse Tour Stops:
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War Memorial Gym
Longhouse / First Nations House
of Learning
Great Trek Cairn
Main Library
Faculty Club
Old Auditorium
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MAR 14
PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD YUNUS
Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, Professor Yunus will accept an
Honorary degree and deliver the first annual Michael Smith Memorial Nobel
Lecture
Honorary Degree Conferral and Colloquium
on Social Corporate Responsibility- 10am
Michael Smith Memorial Nobel Lecture - 8pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free with registration
Visit website for details www.100.ubc.ca
JUN22
EDWARD CURTIS MEETS THE KWAKWAKA'WAKW
"IN THE LAND OF THE HEAD HUNTERS."
Screening of the restored version of Edward Curtis's 1914 silent film, "In
the Land of the Head Hunters, coordinated by UBC Killam Fellow Dr. Aaron
Glass. In live performance, descendants of the original actors will present
Kwakwaka'wakw songs and dances and discuss their relation to the film.
Original musical score performed by the Turning Point Ensemble.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 7:00pm
Details to follow: www.100.ubc.ca
100 Years of FORE
1922 Great Trek: Students march to build UBC campus
www.100.ubc.ca.
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32     Trek    Spring 2008
UBC: 100 YEARS
(A FILM VIGNETTE)
Created by filmmaker Clancy Dennehy, this
vignette looks back at the last 100 years
at UBC. With archival photos and film footage
that span the century and an up to the
moment intimate look at student life, UBC:
100 Years shows off our university with
humour and heart. View the vignette online
at www.alumni.ubc.ca/100.
UBC CENTENARY
WEBSITE
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/100 for the full
centenary events calendar. There is also
a place to share your UBC story. Did you
fall in love at UBC or participate in an
engineering prank? Maybe you have a funny
story from an overindulgent night at
the SUB. We want to hear about your
university experience. ■
UBC engineers hoist VW in honour of Open House
on March 19, 1987.
Facing page
Main Library Entrance Hall (Leonard Frank, 1935)
Photograph: UBC Historical Photograph Collection,
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By the Secret Ladder
A Mother's Initiation
Frances Greenslade, MFA'92
Penguin Canada, $24.00
Frances Greenslade turns her eye
to motherhood, and renders it
new in this moving memoir that
explores its dark side. Based upon
her own childbirth experience,
Greenslade captures the nuance of
her emotional state throughout
the first year of her son's life.
By The Secret Ladder articulates
with candour the fear, trauma, and
unsurpassed joy that all women
undergo, but few talk about, on
their journey to motherhood,
a journey Greenslade envisions as
nothing less than transforming.
Greenslade weaves tales
of mythology into her reflections,
contrasting timeless and universal
beliefs with contemporary
bizarreness surrounding mothering.
Blue Valley,
An Ecological Memoir
Luanne Armstrong, MFA'01, PHD'06
Maa Press, $23.00
How does the ecology of a place
shape a life? In Blue Valley: An
Ecological Memoir, well-known
novelist and young-adult writer
Luanne Armstrong illuminates and
expands our understanding of
what it means to belong to a place.
Armstrong's memoir about
a lifetime relationship with a farm
on the shore of Kootenay Lake
in British Columbia is grounded in
her belief that ecological restoration is dependent upon writing
language back into land. Through
contemplation of the ties that
bind us all to place and home,
Armstrong creates a work that
embodies the distinctiveness
of her home.
Armstrong lives on the heritage
farm where she grew up and she is
the author of numerous books
both for the youth and adult reader,
many of them set in the Columbia
Mountains. She teaches creative
writing at UBC.
Conceit
Mary Novik, BA'66, PHD'73
Doubleday, $29.95
Conceit brings to life the teeming,
bawdy streets of London,
the intrigue-ridden court, and the
lushness of the 17th-century
English countryside. It is a story
of many kinds of love—erotic,
familial, unrequited, and obsessive—and the unpredictable
workings of the human heart. With
characters plucked from the pages
of history, Conceit is an elegant,
fully-imagined story of lives you
will find hard to leave behind.
It is the Great Fire of 1666.
The imposing edifice of St. Paul's
Cathedral, a landmark of London
since the 12th century, is being
reduced to rubble by the flames
that engulf the City.
In the holocaust, the heroine
and a small group of men struggle
to save the effigy of her father,
John Donne, famous love poet and
the great Dean of St. Paul's.
34    Trek    Spring 2008 MURDER
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Murder at the Universe
Daniel Edward Craig, BA'92
Midnight Ink, $16.95
How does someone work as the
general manager of the trendy
Opus hotel in Vancouver, stay in
great shape and write a novel?
To learn more I suggest you read
Daniel Edward Craig's, Murder
at the Universe. I confess to having
some scepticism at the outset but
it quickly turned to a convincing
page-turner as Craig pulled
me into the murder and intrigue
that lies bellow the surface
of a glamorous New York hotel.
This is a must read for
people who regularly stay at hotels
because of the great insight it
gives to the inner workings of a
these well-oiled machines. And
with dozens of twists and turns
and many plausible motives for
murder, this is a great book for
those seeking the escape that only
a luxury hotel can offer. The
main character Trevor Lambert,
the inspirational Director
of Rooms, is our guide in this
rarefied world. He is a uniquely
drawn character, hard to get to
know at first but by the halfway
point you realize he is human
after all with all the passions and
shortcomings of a Shakespearean
character. He and his fellow
managers are all viable suspects
and their complicated interpersonal relationships make this
a hard book to put down.
Lucky for us this is the first of
a series of five hotel based murder
mysteries. The second novel is
excerpted at the end of the book
and this reader is eagerly waiting
its release. Barney Ellis-Perry, BA'87
Travel Best Bets: An
Insider's Guide to Taking
the Best Trips Ever
Claire Newell, BA'92
Whitecap, $19.95
Traveling can produce some of
life's most exciting and rewarding
experiences. Without the proper
knowledge and preparation,
however, it can also be frustrating,
expensive and even disappointing.
Claire Newell's Travel Best Bets:
An Insider's Guide to Taking the
Best Trips Ever offers warm and
engaging insights that can make
every journey—from family
vacations to honeymoons—
memorable, safe and seamless.
Travel Best Bets is packed with
insider tips, from best travel values
to obtaining tourist visas. Whether
you're a first-time traveler or seasoned adventurer, Travel Best Bets,
covers every aspect of travel.
Claire Newell is the host
of Global Television's "Travel
Best Bets" and the founder
of Jubilee Tours and Travel Ltd.,
one of Canada's largest
independent travel agencies.
The Silk Train Murder
Sharon Rowse
Carroll & Graf, $27.50
Like all good murder mysteries,
Silk Train is about much more
than solving a crime. It's about a
time, a place and a collection
of characters—each suspicious—
that create a world we're tickled
to inhabit for 313 pages.
And the world it creates is
both strange and familiar:
Vancouver, 1899. The gold rush
has slowed down, and failed
miner John Granville is looking
for new adventures. He discovers
the Silk Train—which takes
silk from Vancouver's waterfront
and delivers it across the
continent—and sets to work
protecting it from the thieves
and brigands who gather
wherever wealth and criminal
opportunity thrive.
But murder takes a hand,
and we work with Granville as
he sifts through the levels of
Vancouver's frontier society—
from opium smokers and prostitutes to politicians and social
pillars—to find the killer.
The Silk Train Murder is full
of wit, authentic characters and a
great sense of the times. You can
almost smell the horses. It's also
fun to spend a few hours walking
the streets of a Vancouver that is
lost in time. ■
Spring 2008    Trek    35 Men's Soccer champs, chew on their 11th CIS title
Record-breaker Erica McGuinness sets up for
another two-pointer.
Men's Soccer Claims
11th National Title
The host UBC Thunderbirds added to their
record number of CIS men's soccer titles
on November 11, capturing their 11th Sam
Davidson Memorial Trophy with a 2-1
gold-medal win over the first-time national
finalist Laval Rouge et Or.
The T-Birds, who were also crowned
in their last CIS tourney appearance in 2005 in
Charlottetown, have reached the title game
in each of their 14 trips to the nationals since
the first championship was held in 1972.
Playing in his final match as a Thunderbird,
fifth-year striker Steve Frazao broke a 1-1 tie
in the 82nd minute to lead UBC to victory.
Frazao took a pass from Canada West rookie
of the year Jorge Angel-Mira on the open
wing and struck home the game-winner.
With a pair of CIS titles under his belt prior
to the 2007 final, head coach Mike Mosher
was confident that this team had what it took
to win another banner.
"We kind of flew under the radar during
the regular season, but I never doubted this
team even with some of the injuries and
hardships we faced throughout the season.
We really grew as a team over the year, and
I think our character is what gave us the
edge this weekend. We struggled at times this
year, but we were only stronger for it."
UBC, which beat Montreal 2-0 in the opening round and York 2-1 in overtime in the
semi-finals to reach the championship match,
placed Graham Smith and midfielders Mike
Elliot and Niko Marcina on the all-tournament
team. Smith was also named tournament MVP.
UBC's Stephens-Whale
Tops New York
UBC track athlete Shaun Stephens-Whale was
the top Canadian in the 31st Annual Empire
State Building Run-Up which took place
February 5th in New York. Competing against
an international field of 230 competitors,
Stephens-Whale finished 11th in a time of 12:17
after climbing 86 floors and 1576 steps to
the observation deck overlooking Manhattan.
"I got a good start, and was through the
stairwell door in about 10th place, but I was
disappointed with my finish," said Stephens-
Whale. "I worked my way up into fourth place
by the 20th floor and then fell back from
that position around the 35th floor. The last
35 floors were tough and I ended up walking."
The 18-year-old first-year UBC student
was also the youngest competitor in the field.
The winning time of 10:08 was posted by 34-
year-old Australian Thomas Dold.
Mighty Mason Hits New Heights
Not since 1970s era high jumping quartet of
John Beers, Rick Cuttell, Dean Bauck and
John Hawkins has UBC had a competitor like
Mike Mason. The 21 year-old Human
Kinetics student recently turned heads with a
2.30-metre high jump at the University Of
Washington's Dempsey Indoor meet in Seattle,
which qualifies him for the IAAF world indoor
championships March 7-9 in Valencia, Spain.
It topped his records of 2.27 set last year,
and is the highest indoor jump by a Canadian
since Mark Boswell set a national record of
2.33 in 2002.
"I never would have thought we'd be
thinking about the indoor worlds," said
Mason, who is currently ranked seventh in
the world. "The training has always been
around performing well into Beijing. It means
a lot to hit 2.30."
Mason's leap also sets a new UBC record, a
new Dempsey Indoor meet record, achieves
the 2008 Olympic qualifying standard, and is
one of the top-five in the world in 2008.
36    Trek    Spring 2008 McGuinness Makes
Records Again
In her final regular season home game as
a Thunderbird, fifth-year guard Erica
McGuinness quietly took over another spot
in UBC's women's basketball record books.
With 2,381 points, the Commerce student
from North Vancouver eclipsed the career
scoring total of former team mate Kelsey
Blair, who graduated in 2007 with 2,342
career points. Team mate Leanne Evans also
made an impression on team history as
the new single-season conference rebounding leader. Evans grabbed 234 this year,
surpassing the mark of 213 set by Cheryl
Kinton in 1991-92. Her per-game average
of 10.4 rebounds also edges out Blair's 10.3.
Not to be outdone, fifth-year guard Cait
Haggarty's 48.5 per cent three-point shooting percentage surpasses Raj Johal's 1988-89
mark of 45.8 per cent. The T-Birds finished
conference play ranked second in the nation
behind cross-town rival SFU.
Another Jones for Rugby
In rugby news, 18-year-old freshman flyhalf
Harry Jones was named to the Canadian
Sevens Team for its February tournaments
in Wellington, NZ and San Diego, California.
The North Vancouver native got his first
taste of international competition a couple
of years back when he represented Canada
at the U-17 level, and is currently on
the Canadian U-20 side. Elite rugby is very
much a family affair in the Jones household, as older brothers Ben and Charlie are
team mates on the Varsity XV and are
former members of Canada's U-20 team.
Coach and former T-Bird legend Spence
McTavish takes his charges south for game
one of the annual World Cup series against
Cal-Berkeley February 20. Game two of
the home-and-home series goes March 26
at 2:30 pm at Thunderbird Stadium.
Honouring T-Birds of the Past
On the evening of April 2 at downtown
Vancouver's Hyatt Hotel, UBC Athletics and
Recreation will induct four more all-time
greats to the UBC Sports Hall of Fame before
a charged ballroom of 1,000 students, alumni
and supporters at the annual Big Block and
Athletic Awards Banquet.
These 2008 inductees, together with those
athletes, teams and builders previously
enshrined, can be viewed complete with bios
at www.ubcsportshalloffame.com and on
the west side of the foyer in War Memorial
Gym on the Wall of Fame display area.
Friends and alumni wanting to attend
this 15th induction evening should
contact Jennifer Wong at 604-822-6183 or
jenwong@interchange.ubc.ca.
ATHLETE: JEFF FRANCIS
From 1999 through 2002 Jeff was UBC's
dominant pitcher, achieving pre-season
Ail-American status while at the same time
showcasing UBC's baseball program to
the baseball world. He set 11 UBC career pitching records, was an NAIA first-team
Ail-American, a three-time Academic All-
Canadian and the 2002 winner of the
Bobby Gaul Award. A first-round draft pick
of the Colorado Rockies, he was in 2004
named baseball's Minor League Player of the
Year. In 2007, after a 17-9 season, the Delta,
BC native was named starting pitcher
in Colorado's inaugural World Series game.
BUILDER: MARTY ZLOTNIK
Perhaps the most strategic fundraiser in all
of Canadian university sport, Marty's initiatives
to encourage investment in UBC Athletics
include the Thunderbird Golf Society, the
Thunderbird Council and the most successful
fundraising event in Canadian university
sport, the TELUS Millennium Breakfast, which
raises over $500,000 annually for student-
athlete scholarship endowments.
One of Vancouver's most active and
influential community members, Marty's allegiance to his university and his vision and
energy for university sport underpin much of
the success of Thunderbird teams in recent
years. He was recently awarded Volunteer of
the Year by the National Association of
Athletics Directors of Development, a US-based
organization that recognizes fundraising
and volunteer efforts on behalf of university
athletic departments in the United States
and Canada.
BUILDER: NESTOR KORCHINSKY
A true builder at UBC, it was Nestor's creativity,
passion and ability to motivate that resulted
in UBC's intramural program achieving the
standard of excellence to which other universities aspire. He arrived at UBC from Alberta
in the summer of 1967 as an instructor in the
School of Physical Education and an assistant
football coach. During the better part of four
decades on campus he influenced and shaped
the future of thousands of students through his
coaching, teaching and mentoring and helped
countless students to launch careers. Renowned
as someone who had time for everyone,
he strove for intramurals to be accessible to
all and became, as was frequently reported,
a legend at UBC.
Marty Zlotnik at the 2006 Millennium Breakfast
Spring 2008    Trek    37 t-hird
TEAM: 1972/73 UBC WOMEN'S
BASKETBALL TEAM
One of the dominant teams in the history
of Canadian university women's basketball, the
Norm Vickery coached team won the Canada
West championship with a 24-1 record. In the
three-game national championship tournament,
the Thunderbirds won the title, outscoring
the opposition by a combined 167-79 score.
The roster boasted seven national team
members including four future Olympians.
Extraordinary talent, combined with
dedication, conditioning and teamwork
resulted in one of the best teams in the
country and UBC history.
Hockey Birds Bid Farewell to
Father Bauer Arena
A number of former T-Bird hockey players
were on hand February 9 to watch UBC
play its last regular home game of the season
and, more importantly, the last game
the Thunderbirds are expected to play in the
Father Bauer Arena that has been their home
since 1963.
The arena, which is part of the Thunderbird
Winter Sports Centre, was built shortly after
the arrival of Father David Bauer in 1962 as
the chaplain at Saint Mark's College. One of
Canada's legendary hockey and humanitarian
figures, Bauer coached the Thunderbirds
in 1962-63 and the following year took over
as head coach of Canada's new national
hockey team that used UBC as a training centre
for the 1964 Winter Olympic Games.
"There is a lot of hockey history in that
building," reminisced former men's athletic
director Rick Noonan, who served under Bauer
as a trainer and general manager. Noonan
also correctly recalled the first game ever played
on the rink. On October 3, 1963 a packed
house of fans that paid a dollar each witnessed
Father Bauer's team defeat the Seattle Totems
3-1. Mickey McDowell scored the first
goal, followed by goals from Terry O'Malley
and Marshall Johnston, with future NHL
goaltender Ken Broderick coming within a
hair's breadth of earning a shut-out in the
inaugural contest.
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games next season in the new 5,000-seat arena
currently nearing completion on the same site.
Thunderbird Alumni
Golf Tournaments
Speaking of Father Bauer, the usual flock
of former friends and players will gather once
again June 25 for the Father Bauer Golf
Tournament at South Surrey's Hazelmere Golf
Club. The featured guest this year will be
Arnie Brown, who played on Father Bauer's
1961 Memorial Cup Team at St. Mike's in
Toronto and went onto a pro career with the
New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings.
The tournament is a perennial sell-out so
interested golfers are encouraged to contact
Rick Noonan at rnoonan@shaw.ca.
Friends and alumni of UBC football are
reminded that July 9 is the date of the
Frank Gnup Coaches' Classic at the University
Golf Club. Participants can register by
contacting head football coach Ted Goveia
at tgov@interchange.ubc.ca.
The Thunderbird Golf Society holds its
annual fundraising tournament on September
26 at the University Golf Club. For more information or to register contact Jean Forrest at
cjforrest@shaw.ca. And finally, the Friends of
Thunderbird Baseball tournament is tentatively
slated for September 23 at the Mayfair Lakes
Golf Club in Richmond. For more information,
contact: Briony Reid at brionyreid@telus.net.
Neil Retires
After 18 years on Canada's National Women's
Soccer Team and four World Cups, team
captain Andrea Neil recently decided to hang
up her cleats after a stellar career. The former
Thunderbird and All Canadian defender
has endured through a rash of injuries that
would have sidelined mere mortals. Instead
she battled back from a lacerated knee
suffered in a motorcycle accident that turned
to gangrene, as well as ACL reconstruction
and a fractured femur to finish her career with
a record 132 appearances in international
games. The iron woman of Canadian soccer
should be a shoo-in for a spot in UBC's Sports
Hall of Fame. ■
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ENGINEERING SUCCESS
by ERINROSE HANDY
More than 30 years may have passed since
Michael Isaacson came to UBC, but time
hasn't faded his dedication to the faculty of
Applied Science. In fact he hasn't slowed
down since his arrival on campus as an assistant professor of Civil Engineering in 1976.
He has been dean of the faculty since 1997.
A typical day in his calendar during his
term as dean shows him returning to
Vancouver from an alumni event in Toronto,
meeting with the six department heads
and three school directors representing the
faculty, chairing a UBC Senate committee
meeting and speaking with the Engineering
Student Advisory Council.
Mid-afternoon, he flies to Kelowna for
meetings with the UBCO deputy vice chancellor
and school of Engineering faculty members.
He finishes his day with a dinner meeting with
engineering professionals in the community.
In one week, he averages 20 meetings:
that's more than 11,000 meetings over the
course of his eleven-year term.
Exhausting? Perhaps. But Dean Isaacson
only gains momentum as he advocates
for the faculty of Applied Science, UBC and
the engineering profession at large.
As dean of UBC's only dual-campus
faculty—with engineering programs at both
Okanagan and Vancouver campuses—
Isaacson heads the UBC Okanagan school of
Engineering, and a diversity of schools and
departments at UBC. The faculty of Applied
Science is unique in BC for providing
engineering programs and research across
the full range of engineering disciplines.
Throughout his career, Dr. Isaacson has
been active in teaching, research, university
administration and professional service.
He has authored more than 200 technical
papers and co-authored two textbooks,
MICHAEL ISAACSON
including Mechanics of Wave Forces on
Offshore Structures, one of the most widely
referenced and definitive works in the field.
He has been a specialist consultant on more
than 100 engineering projects and is one
of the most cited experts on the topic of wave
forces on coastal and offshore structures.
Dean Isaacson plans to step down June 30,
2008. The university and its related
professions have benefited tremendously
from his efforts. We wish him all the best
in his future endeavors.
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40    Trek    Spring 2008 ERICH W.VOGT:
Four Decades of First Year Physics
by JESS H. BREWER
Anyone who took first year honours Physics at
UBC in the past four decades will remember
Erich Vogt's words in the first week of classes,
after introducing the basics of Mechanics
and Calculus:
"Now you can do anything!"
Well, almost anything. But the point is, with
a combination of general mathematical tools,
well-understood physical principles and good
habits of procedure and reasoning, one can
easily make a decent guess as to the outcome
of any physical situation. Eugene Wigner
wrote famously of "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences,"
but Erich conveys this important philosophy to
new students in terms that no one can forget.
Last year, Vogt published a guest editorial
in the American Journal of Physics entitled
The special joy of teaching first year physics
[Am. J. Phys. 75, 581 (2007)] in which he
explained what it takes to make a good first
year Physics course. Here is an excerpt:
The general goals of any undergraduate
physics course are to impart knowledge of the
physics content; to enhance the students'
sense of wonder; ... to develop the students'
analytical skills; to describe how science
works and how effective mathematics is for
this purpose; to contribute to life-changing
experiences; ... and to make the course a
challenge to the intellect and an enjoyable
learning experience.
Why first year Physics in particular?
The students enter the university with great
expectations, they are not jaded and their
sense of wonder is largely intact, they respond
to good teaching, and their learning ability
appears to be at a maximum. The usual first
year fare ... allows them to quickly reach
great heights in science. In first year physics
there are endless opportunities to excite
wonder and to make the students' eyes light up.
Vogt so loves teaching that he has done
it well into his retirement. He is still at it, to
the delight of new generations of budding
physicists. For nearly two decades, off and on,
I have had the privilege of teaching first
year honours Physics with Erich Vogt. In his
inimitable fashion, Erich often reassured
me that the sprinkling of "Very Dissatisfied"
teaching evaluations I received was a positive
sign that I was setting higher standards
than some wanted to meet. Of course the fact
that he got no such negative votes, and
yet his students seemed to do just fine, was
never mentioned.
Taking a leaf from professor Vogt's
science notebook, the department of Physics
wants to help students tap their full
potential. By introducing the First Year
Student Research Experience (FYSRE) Awards,
it is offering budding academic stars in first
year physics courses the opportunity of paid
work experience in physics or astronomy
research at UBC or TRIUMF, Canada's national
laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
For more than thirty years Erich Vogt has been
teaching bright and eager first-year students
who have not been afforded access to federal
funding to support summer research. The
FYSRE Awards will change that.
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Spring 2008    Trek    41 ALUMNI NEWS
Events
Spring Back to Alumni Weekend!
Friday, May 23—Sunday, May 25, 2008:
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/alumniweekend
This fun-filled weekend is moving to May to
line up with graduation events in UBC's first
Centenary year. There'll be something to pique
the interest of everyone, including your
friends and family. Make a point of coming
back to campus and seeing what it still has
to offer you.
Registration opens in March. To find
out more about the weekend, make sure
we have your email address as updates
will be sent electronically. Contact us at
alumni.weekend@ubc.ca to make sure
you're on the mailing list!
Check out some of the not-to-be missed events:
OPERA 101 —with University Marshall and
Music Professor Nancy Hermiston
They sing without a microphone, dance, act,
and communicate in several different languages.
Their training encompasses as many years
as a doctor's and their passion for their work
carries them through feast and famine. Who?
Opera Singers! Join Nancy Hermiston to
learn more and hear dazzling performances
from the School of Music's Opera Division.
WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY? —
with assistant professor of psychology Liz Dunn
For many centuries, thinkers have been trying
to unravel the sources of a happy and fulfilling
life. Is it Family? Sex? Money? Chocolate?
How can we find contentment? Join Professor
Dunn to learn what truly makes us happy.
DOCUMENTARY: HARM REDUCTION IN THE
DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE—A film by Journalism
Professor Peter Klein & Dan Rather.
Vancouver is tackling urban problems like
drug addiction and prostitution through some
innovative programs that aim to reduce
harm while working on long-term solutions.
The documentary examines one such
program, the InSite safe injection experiment
in the Downtown Eastside, along with efforts
by sex workers to establish a co-op in the city
where they could practice their trade in safety.
Watch the film, and then hear from Professor
Klein about the making of the documentary
and his experiences working with Dan Rather.
TOUR THE TREETOPS—
at the UBC Botanical Garden
Be one of the first to tour the new Biodiversity
Canopy Walkway. Spanning 308 meters,
rising 17.5 meters into the tree canopies and
featuring nine tree-top platforms, it will
provide professors, students and visitors with
an in-depth view of the upper layers of a
second growth coastal rainforest eco-system, as
well as vegetation on the forest floor
below. Learn about the Greenheart Tree
Hugger patented technology that ensures
suspended platforms and bridges are
constructed without bolting or damaging
trees, thereby allowing radial expansion
during normal tree growth.
THEATRE PRODUCTION: THE PRODUCERS (in
partnership with the Arts Club Theatre Company)
Join Director Bill Millerd, BA'65, for an
exclusive UBC alumni reception before the
show and receive 20 percent off the regular
ticket price! Hear about his UBC experience
and savour the intimate details behind
the making of this exciting production.
BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Pancake Breakfast with UBC President.
Professor Stephen Toope will be in conversation
with a panel of UBC Olympic athletes. Join
alumni, friends and families for an inspirational
start to the day. Everyone welcome!
FAMILY FUN GARDEN ADVENTURE
Forget about staying indoors on Alumni
Weekend. Step outside and enjoy an interactive,
family-oriented tour of UBC Botanical
Garden, while creating crafty keepsakes to
commemorate your visit. You'll see
fabulous flora and other spring surprises.
SPRING BACK ALUMNI AND FRIENDS BBQ
Bring your friends and families to this fun
outdoor BBQ. Face painters, balloon makers
and live music will keep everyone entertained,
including the kids. Wear your UBC colours
and enter a draw to win fun prizes.
SECRETS OF AGEING WELL: TOUR THE UBC
WINE LIBRARY
Established in 2001, the Wine Research Centre
at UBC studies the aging of young wines
produced in BC. Based on organoleptic and
chemical analysis, researchers are establishing
42     Trek    Spring 2008 correlations between viticulture and
enology practices in BC and the ability of
wines to age well.
THE ZAJAC INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING MEET
Bring your Blue and Gold spirit and come
down to the Aquatic Centre to cheer on your
Canadian Olympic Swim Team before they
head off to Beijing!
BRAND NEW YOU: DEVELOPING YOUR
PERSONAL BRAND
Companies already understand the importance
of brands, but what about branding for people?
This session goes into depth about what it
takes to stand out and prosper in work and in
life, and how to develop your personal brand.
To find out more about Alumni Weekend,
or to register in March, check out our
Alumni Weekend webpage at:
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/alumniweekend.
Regional Events
Over the next few months, UBC president
Stephen Toope will be taking the opportunity
to meet UBC alumni living outside Vancouver
at a series of events. Confirmed dates are
as follows. Keep an eye on our website for
the details as they unfold.
New York: April 22
Prince George: June 19
Mexico: August 25-26
Seattle: October 9
Reunions
Want to find out if your class is planning a
special celebration? For the most up-to-date
reunion information, we are going live on
the web! Unless your faculty is listed below,
you can find the most up-to-date reunion
information on the Alumni Affairs website at:
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/reunions.
Looking to plan your reunion but don't
know where to start? Look no further! Check
out the reunion toolkit on our website at:
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/reunions or contact
your reunion representative. Many faculties
and departments have reunion coordinators
that can help you every step of the way and
Alumni Affairs can offer support too.
Please find contact information below for
your reunion coordinator.
If your faculty or department is not listed
above, please contact Marguerite Collins at
Alumni Affairs to get started:
marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or 604.827.3294.
APPLIED SCIENCE —Visit the Applied Science
alumni website at www.apsc.ubc.ca/alumni/events
or contact Tracey Charette directly at
alumni@apsc.ubc.ca or 604-822-9454
DENTISTRY—Visit the Dentistry alumni
website at www.dentistry.ubc.ca/alumni or
contact Jenn Parsons directly at
dentalum@interchange.ubc.ca or 604-822-6751
FORESTRY—Visit the Forestry alumni website
at www.forestry.ubc.ca/Alumni or contact
Jenna McCann jenna.mccann@ubc.ca or
604-822-8787
LAW—Visit the Law alumni website at:
www.law.ubc.ca/alumni/reunions or contact
alumni@law.ubc.ca or 604-827-3612
MEDICINE—Visit the Medicine alumni
website at: www.med.ubc.ca/alumni_friends
or call 604-871-4111 ext. 67741.
SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Visit the
Sauder alumni website at:
www.sauder.ubc.ca/Alumni/Reunions/
default.htm or contact Kim Duffell directly
at alumni@sauder.ubc.ca.
Network News
You can be part of UBC's Alumni Networks
(aka alumni groups) via your old faculty,
student club, or the place you call home. If you
want to revel in your experiences from
those good ol' days at university, why not get
together with your old student club members
and form an affinity network? Or you could
find out if your faculty or department has an
active alumni group.
If you live outside the Lower Mainland,
the regional networks are the place to connect
with your fellow alumni. There are now
more than 50 contacts and networks around
the globe, and the list continues to grow.
Check back often to see if there is a network
in your area—or plan to start one!
Your Alumni Relations Manager can help:
Brenda at UBC Okanagan:
Brenda.tournier@ubc.ca
Tanya at UBC Vancouver:
Tanya.walker@ubc.ca
Mei Mei at the Asia Pacific Regional
Office (Hong Kong): meimei.yiu@apro.ubc.ca
Spring 2008    Trek    43 Comings and Goings
NEW ALUMNI REPS:
North and Central Island
Courtenay:
Zoe Jackson, BA'03, LLB'06
Port Alberni:
Jacob Tummon, BA'03, LLB'07
Contact Zoe or Jacob by email at
ubcalumvanisland@gmail.com. They are interested in starting a North and Central Island
UBC Alumni Association and would like to get
a sense of what local alumni would be
interested in doing and how they would like
to connect with one another. They think
an annual barbecue would provide a good
opportunity to meet other UBC graduates and
have some fun. A more serious component
could consist of encouraging North and
Central Island high school students to consider
post-secondary education. Other ideas for
activities are welcome—the ultimate shape of
the association will be up to its members.
If you are interested in receiving further
correspondence about this intiative, please
respond to UBC Alumni Relations Manager
Tanya Walker at twalker@exchange.ubc.ca.
Chicago
Alexandra Yeung, BASC'94 at
alexandra_yeung@earthlink.net
GET INVOLVED
You can be part of the excitement no matter
how far away you are from the UBC campus.
Join your fellow grads at an upcoming
event or get involved as a volunteer. Do you
have a flair for event planning? Writing
web content? Organizing book clubs? Fielding
questions from and sharing experiences
with new students or relocating alumni? If so,
why not contact the alumni rep for your
region and share your talent. Networks are
always looking for volunteers.
Past Events
Opera 101: Toronto
Close to 300 alumni came to learn about opera
at the Fairmont Royal York on January 14.
This fabulous event featured a cocktail reception, an insightful Opera class taught by
UBC's Nancy Hermiston (University Marshall,
Professor at the School of Music and Head of
Opera Division), spine-tingling performances by
UBC alumnae and Canadian Opera Company
performers Teiya Kasahara (BMUS'07) and Erin
Fisher (BMUS'07), and hosted by entertaining
emcees, eTalk Daily reporter Zain Meghji
(BA'OO) and MuchMusic VJ Hannah Simone
(BA'02). What a lineup
Hong Kong Christmas Dinner
The annual Hong Kong Christmas dinner
party had 102 guests in attendance, including
honourable guest professor Stephen Toope.
The party was a blast and included a magic
show. Support for the Hong Kong alumni
group's Operation Christmas Child initiative
was strong with nearly 60 gifts being sent to
underprivileged children in the remote village
of Kunming City, China. ■
eTalk Daily reporter Zain Meghji, BA'OO and
MuchMusic VJ Hannah Simone, BA'02 were emcees
at the tremendously popular Opera 101 event held
in Toronto this winter
Is it the Jack of Spades? UBC President Professor
Stephen Toope joined alumni in Hong Kong for
Christmas dinner and participated in a magic show.
Toronto's Opera 101 event was a classy affair
featuring a cocktail reception, an insightful opera
class taught by professor Nancy Hermiston (centre),
and spine-tingling performances by UBC alumnae
and Canadian Opera Company performers (I) Teiya
Kasahara, BMUS'07 and (r) Erin Fisher, BMUS'07,
accompanied by pianist Brett Kingsbury, BMUS'00,
MMUS'02, DMA'06.
The Hong Kong alumni network is one of our most active. Stephen Toope is surrounded by grads from al
years including Anthony Cheng (back row, third from right), who founded the network nearly 20 years ago
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50s
Hilary Yates Clark BHE'52, MED'90 was
thrilled to be named the Arts category winner
in a recent Women of Excellence award
ceremony sponsored by the North Shore's
The Outlook newspaper. Clark founded
the Ambleside Orchestra of West Vancouver in
1992, organized a series of free concerts at
the east end Carnegie Centre and initiated the
first reviews of student and semi-professional
opera performances all over BC to be published
in Opera Canada magazine. She plays timpani,
percussion and flute and submits music reviews
to the North Shore News.
70s
Martin Aller-Stead (formerly Martin Stead)
BA'76 has been awarded the annual prize as
Best Secondary School Teacher in Ontario
after being nominated by teaching friends,
students and parents. The award is given
annually through the offices of the Ontario
Teachers Insurance Plan. "There's a cash
award, and unlimited fame and frenzy. (Just
kidding about the fame)," says Martin.
This is the second time his work with students,
mostly 'at risk' kids, has been recognized.
The previous award was in Alberta. For
more information about the award and
Martin's work, see www.teachingawards.ca/en/
honourees.php ... Arun Garg MD'77 has been
awarded the BC Medical Association's (BCMA)
Silver Medal of Service for his long and
distinguished service to the association and for
his outstanding contributions to medicine.
He is the medical director of Laboratory
Medicine and Pathology Services for the Fraser
Health Authority and Royal Columbian
Hospital, and a partner in the medical practice
of Dr. C. J. Coady and Associates. He has
a PHD in Biochemistry and holds a fellowship
from the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada in Medical Biochemistry.
Dr. Garg has been very active in both professional and community organizations having
served as president of the BCMA and as chair
of the Policy and Economics Councils for the
BCMA and the Canadian Medical Association.
He is past board chair of the BC Institute
of Technology and current member of UBC's
Board of Governors ... Valerie Hennell
BA'70, MA'72 (Creative Writing) produced the
first children's CD for veteran BC folk trio
Pied Pumkin (Rick Scott, Joe Mock and Shari
Ulrich). The CD won Outstanding Children's
Recording in the 2007 Western Canadian Music
Awards, Parents' Choice and North American
Parenting Publications Honor Awards, and is a
nominee in the Canadian Folk Music Awards
and US Independent Music Awards. Hennell
previously produced six award winning
CDs for her husband, internationally acclaimed
children's entertainer Rick Scott, including
three Juno nominations. For more information
see www.piedpumkin.com ... Dr. Nasir Jaffer
MD'75, FRCPC was one of 37 Canadian
amateur climbers who climbed to the summit,
Uhuru peak (5,895 meters or 19,340 ft), of
Mount Kilmanjaro the tallest free-standing
mountain rise in the world. They were
raising funds through Axis Pharmacy for Save
the Children Canada for the organization's
AIDS work in Kenya. "The view was awesome,"
says Nasir. "Returning home after some 33
years was even more exhilarating and raising
awareness among Canadians to help raise
funds was most satisfying." Nasir is associate
professor in the Department of Medical
Imaging at the University of Toronto's Faculty
of Medicine ... Dr. James Thorsell PHD'71
has been presented with the prestigious James
B. Harkin Conservation Medal (Canadian
Parks and Wilderness Society) for his outstanding contribution to conserving wilderness and
national parks around the world. The ceremony
took place in November in the Canadian
Museum of Civilization. Past recipients include
the Honourable Jean Chretien, Dr. Stan
Rowe and Elizabeth May. Dr. Thorsell's distinguished 45 year career began with pioneering
academic research on parks and wilderness
in Canada. He moved on to work for Canadian
park agencies, and in 1984 became executive
officer of World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Commission on National Parks and Protected
areas based in Switzerland and subsequently
the senior advisor to IUCN's World Heritage
Committee. Dr. Thorsell was responsible for
naming Canada's Nahanni National Park
Reserve as UNESCO's first natural World
Heritage Site. He evaluated more than 150
natural sites for the IUCN, resulting in
more than one million square kilometres of
land being brought under the World Heritage
Convention. He also helped to inspire the
global Peace Parks movement that has been
instrumental in resolving border disputes
and protecting nature in southern Africa and
elsewhere. Dr. Thorsell continues to serve
on the board of the BC chapter of the Nature
Conservancy of Canada and the Charles
Darwin Foundation, which is dedicated to
conservation of Galapagos National Park ...
Lyall Knott QC, BCOM'71, LLB'72, LLM(Lond),
a senior partner at Clark Wilson LLP in
Vancouver, has been appointed chair of the
Rick Hansen Foundation. The Foundation
works to create more accessible and inclusive
communities for people with a spinal cord
injury, and supports the search for a cure.
Lyall has also been elected to the Board of
Directors of SUCCESS. Founded in 1973,
SUCCESS is a multi-service, multicultural
agency with a mandate to promote the
well-being of Canadians and immigrants. The
organization assists new immigrants with
settlement; provides counselling and support
DR. NASIR JAFFER MD'75, FRCPC at the edge
of Kilimanjaro crater, shortly before reaching Mount
Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak
46    Trek    Spring 2008 LYALL KNOTT
to families and individuals with personal
issues; promotes personal development of
children and youth; facilitates social
participation of parents and seniors in the
community; helps the unemployed in job
and career development; facilitates entrepreneurs in business development; delivers
education and employment related training;
and promotes social change through
community development and advocacy.
80s
Susan Biali MD'98 is a wellness expert,
writer, speaker and life coach. She recently gave
a presentation to a group of BC physicians,
encouraging them to "Make Someday Today"
and improve the quality of their personal
and professional lives. Dr. Biali has pursued her
own life dream: she now lives part-time in
Los Cabos, Mexico, where she performs as a
professional flamenco dancer. Off-stage, she
practices medicine part-time and dedicates her
life to helping others live their dreams and
create better balance, health and satisfaction in
their lives. Susan has been featured in Fitness,
Chatelaine, Hello! The Medical Post, and other
print, radio, and television media across
North America, including Mexico. She is an
expert for HealthyOntario.com, and the
author of upcoming book From Your Cells to
Your Soul: A Prescription for Your Best
Life. Find out more at www.susanbiali.com ...
Tracy Urban BA'89 (English), BED'92 recently
moved back to Vancouver from Brooklyn,
where she taught English. Prior to moving to
New York City, she completed an MA in
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE/UT
(2005). Tracy's research focused on the oral
histories and lived experience of non-traditional
students who overcame tremendous odds to
achieve their goals. After returning to Vancouver,
Tracy created StoryHeart Productions
(www.storyheart.com), a service that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind memoirs for
people wishing to capture their life stories in
print. As well, she recently became the
regional coordinator for the BC chapter of the
Association of Personal Historians, a position
she shares with journalist Pattie Whitehouse.
Members of the Association of Personal
Historians (www.personalhistorians.org) are
dedicated to helping individuals and groups
record and preserve their life stories, memoirs,
and histories.
Tracy lives with her husband, Robert
Duncan, the Director of BCIT's Applied
Research Liaison Office. Robert is also a
keynote speaker and the author of Haul Away:
Teambuilding Lessons from a Voyage
Around Cape Horn. He is currently pursuing
a doctorate in Business Leadership through
the University of South Africa.
90s
Fran Wilson BSW89 is pleased to announce
the marriage of her son, Oliver Ludlow
Wilson BA'99, LLB'04 to Wendy Rafuse on
September 2, 2007, at Centennial Pavillion
in Vancouver.
OLIVER LUDLOW WILSON BA'99, LLB'04 married
Wendy Rafuse on September 2, 2007, at Centennia
Pavillion in Vancouver.
00s
Jimmy Sunaryo BASC'05 and fellow alumnus
John Marco, both based in Indonesia, have
been chosen to serve on the board of directors
for the Calindo organization (Canadian
alumni in Indonesia). Jimmy is volunteer
representative for UBC's alumni network
in Indonesia ... It is with great pleasure that
Fereydoon and Shahla Dilmaghani-Tabriz
announce the graduation of their son, Darah
Dilmaghani-Tabriz BSC'04, MD'08 from the
4-year MD program of the Uniwersytet
Medyczny im. Karola Marcinkowskiego w
Poznaniu, Poland. Equally delightful is
Darah's completion and graduation a full
semester sooner than expected. ■
Did you know that Cecil Green Park House
at UBC offers preferred booking privileges
to people with a UBC affiliation? The house
is a great setting for weddings, business
meetings, retreats or other social events.
Visit www.cecilgreenpark.ubc.ca for more
information.
Spring 2008    Trek    47 IN MEMORIAM
THREE UBC CHANCELLORS
WILLIAM L. SAUDER BCOM'48, LLD 90
William Lawrence Sauder passed away in
hospital on December 19, after suffering a heart
attack. He was 81. His involvement with
UBC started with his undergraduate experience
in the 1940s, but in later years would expand
as he took on the roles of benefactor, advisor
and friend.
He married fellow UBC student Marjorie-
Anne and the couple had eight children.
He joined the family business, Sauder
Industries, and helped shape it into a leader in
the manufacture and distribution of wood
products. Later, he founded International Forest
Products (Interfor).
Business flourished and the couple contributed back to the community by becoming
(often low-profile) philanthropists, most
notably in the areas of health and education.
Sauder believed it important to provide
opportunities for young people and UBC
benefited greatly from the couple's generosity.
An alumnus of the Faculty of Commerce
and Business Administration, in 2003 Sauder
donated the sum of $20,000 to fund its
growth. This gift, the largest single private
donation to a Canadian business school,
inspired the provincial government to increase
WILLIAM L. SAUDER
annual funding by $1 million to support 125
new student spaces. The faculty was named the
Sauder School of Business as a mark of
gratitude and its new namesake joined the
faculty advisory board. "I am very proud
to be able to give something significant back
to UBC—the institution that provided me
with the knowledge to help me establish my
business career—and to British Columbia,
which I have called home all my life," Sauder
said at the time. He and Marjorie-Anne also
endowed a number of research chairs at UBC
to boost medical research in the areas of
Pediatric Diseases, Viral Diseases of Children,
Stroke, and Cardiology.
As well as being a generous financial
benefactor, Sauder was also giving of his time
and talent, serving on the UBC Board
of Governors (of which he became chair) and
then as chancellor from 1996 to 2002. He
remained actively involved in his business enterprises, a keen businessman with a hands-on
approach. He was chair and CEO of both Sauder
Industries and Interfor. As a respected leader
in the forestry industry, particularly in the area
of secondary manufacturing, Sauder also
served on the Board of Directors of the Toronto
Dominion Bank and the British Columbia
Development Corporation, and on the executive
committee of the Board of Directors of BC
Hydro. In 2005, he was named an Officer to the
Order of Canada.
THE HON. ALLAN MCEACHERN BA'49,
LLB'50, LLD'90
Allan McEachern died on January 10, 2008. He
was 81 years old. He was a proud local, born
in Vancouver in 1926, where his mother taught
and his father ran a sawmill. He worked in a
number of physical labour jobs before enrolling
at UBC's law school, which opened shortly
after the war.
He was called to the bar in 1953 and
practiced with the Vancouver law firm Russell
and DuMoulin until being appointed to the
bench in 1979 following a scandal involving the
ALLAN MCEACHERN
upper echelons of the BC Supreme Court.
He served the people of British Columbia as
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and,
from 1988, of the BC Court of Appeal (the
province's highest judicial office).
This was his period of greatest influence.
Of all rulings he made over this period, the more
controversial ones received the most attention.
Perhaps most criticism was directed to his 1991
ruling on the Delgamuukw VS British Columbia
Aboriginal lands claim case, which determined
that the law did not allow for land claims based
on ancestry and oral history. The ruling was
overturned six years later by the Supreme Court
of Canada.
McEachern was admired for his court
reforms, which were designed to hasten legal
processes and made them less costly. He
introduced an online presence that provided
the public with access to court decisions
and allowed them to pose questions directly
to the court. He was also the driving force
behind the Inns of Court program, a series of
educational seminars for young lawyers that
began in 1984. He served his profession as a
Law Society Bencher, as president of the Legal
Aid Society and as an elected representative
of the Vancouver Bar Association and the
Canadian Bar Association.
On retiring from the Bench aged 75, he
returned to his old law firm, now Fasken,
Martineau, DuMoulin. He left again in 2002 to
become UBC's 16th chancellor. He had
48    Trek    Spring 2008 remained involved with his alma mater,
returning the previous year as a visiting Law
professor and accepting an honorary doctor
of laws degree in 1990.
Much of Mceachern's leisure time was taken
up with sport. A keen athlete with a special
interest in rugby and football, Mceachern was
involved in establishing the Vancouver Kats
Rugby Club in 1953, over which he presided for
15 years. In the mid 60s he was president of the
BC Lions for a three-year term, and commissioner then president of the CFL until 1969. More
recently, he was Ethics Commissioner for VANOC.
He predeceases his wife—Appeal Court
Justice Mary Newbury—and leaves two
children from a previous marriage to Gloria,
who died in 1997, and six grandchildren.
W. ROBERT WYMAN BCOM'56, LLD'87, OC
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1930,
W. Robert Wyman passed away June 11,2007,
in Vancouver, BC. He began his career as
a security analyst with the investment firm of
Pemberton Securities, of which he became
president in 1982. He was the former chairman
of Finning International, the largest Caterpillar
dealership in the world. From there, he would
become chairman of Suncor Inc., a major oil
producer in the Athabasca tar sands in northern
Alberta. Prior to his time with Finning and
Suncor, he served as chair and CEO of BC Hydro,
at the time the third largest public electrical
utility in Canada. He was also a former Vice-
Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities Limited
and served on the board of a number of
public companies dealing in energy, construction
and communications.
In addition to his business career, Wyman
served as chancellor of UBC from 1984
to 1987, and chaired the university's World of
Opportunity fundraising campaign that raised
more than $262 million, making it one of the
most successful such campaigns in Canadian
university history. He was also the chairman of
the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and
the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
As an avid believer in the value of higher
education for the well-being of the nation,
he was made a trustee of the Killam Trust.
Established in 1965, the trust is a $425 million
fund offering scholarships and prizes at
the pre- and post-doctoral level to several
Canadian universities. Wyman received
a University of Alberta honorary degree at
a special conferral ceremony held the
month before his death, and was celebrated
posthumously at a ceremony held at U of A
in honour of the Killam trustees.
In 1995 the W. Robert Wyman Plaza was
built on the Vancouver campus' Main Mall
to commemorate his service to the university.
Its construction forms an echo chamber.
Wyman was awarded the Queen's Golden
Jubilee medal in 2002, and two years later was
appointed to the Order of Canada. Both
awards were bestowed in recognition of the
significant contributions he has made to his
community and the nation.
His wife, Dorothy Alma, and his daughter,
Leslie Anne, predeceased him. He is survived
by his wife, Donna, son and daughter-in-law
Tim and Susan, daughter and son-in-law,
Robyn and Greg, and his grandchildren, Joel,
Alannah, Graeme and Melissa.
W. ROBERT WYMAN
ALAIN ALBAGLI PHD'69, MBA
November 21, 1941- April 24, 2007
Alain arrived in Vancouver from Paris in 1965
and completed his PHD in physical-organic
chemistry in 1969. His time at UBC was a very
happy period in his life. He thrived in the
academic milieu and, with a TA worth all of
$3,000, he felt he lived like a prince, with
intellectual stimulation, decent food and even
the occasional bottle of wine—all dear to
his heart. Many of the friendships Alain made
at UBC he cherished lifelong.
Like too many new PHDs of his generation,
Alain was obliged to go south to find
work but was fortunate in being one of the
last young professionals to get the chance
to return to Canada under "Operation
Retrieval." He went on to have an illustrious
career with the federal government in
Ottawa, and particularly as Director of
International Relations with the National
Research Council of Canada.
Scientist, philosopher, historian and traveler,
Alain Albagli will be much missed by his
family: wife Michelle, daughter Jasmine, son-
in-law Peter and many friends.
J. J. R. (JACK) CAMPBELL BSC(AGR)'39
Jack Campbell, a native of Vancouver, was
born in 1918. He obtained a Bachelor of
Science in Agriculture from the University of
British Columbia in 1939. The composite
photograph of his graduating class hung for
years in the MacMillan Building. His PHD
was obtained at Cornell, where he was the
first graduate student of I. C. Gunsalus, who
later became a leading bacterial physiologist
and the discoverer of cytochrome P450.
Subsequently Jack worked for a time at
the Canadian government laboratories
in Suffield.
Jack returned to Vancouver in the late 1940s
to take up a position in the Department of
Dairying in the Faculty of Agriculture at UBC.
He rose rapidly to the rank of professor
and became head of the department. In 1965,
C. E. Dolman stepped down as the head of
the department of Bacteriology and
Immunology and Jack was appointed in his
place. The name was changed to the
Spring 2008    Trek    49 IN MEMORIAM
department of Microbiology. He remained
in this position until stepping down in 1982.
He retired in 1983.
Jack's scientific interests were focused
mostly on the aerobic metabolism of
Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He worked on
oxidative phosphorylation when a major
aim of the field was the identification
of a high-energy phosphorylated intermediate
(subsequently shown not to exist by the
work of Peter Mitchell). Perhaps his most significant achievement, with his MSC student
Robert A. Smith, merited no more than a note
in Biochimica Biophysica Acta. It described
the first experimental evidence for what came
to be known as the glyoxylate cycle, the
first anaplerotic pathway to be discovered.
Unfortunately, Jack did not follow up on
the observations, allowing Smith to take
the project with him when he went to Illinois
as a PHD student with Gunsalus. Jack later
became interested in endogenous respiration
in P. aeruginosa. This work was, in effect,
some of the first on what is now known as
the starvation response.
In the later stages of his career, Jack
focused exclusively on his administrative
responsibilities. There can be no doubt
that his greatest achievement was the department he built from the one he inherited.
He had a remarkable eye for talent, bringing
into the department Barry McBride, Doug
Kilburn, Bob Miller, Gerry Weeks, Bob Hancock,
George Spiegelman, Hun-Sia Teh, Tom Beatty
and John Smit. He was also instrumental in
establishing the Biochemical Discussion Group
in the 1950s, when it would meet in the houses
of some of the members.
Jack was a confidante and adviser to people
outside his department, including Gobind
Khorana, Mike Smith, Gordon Tener, George
Drummond and others. Beyond all this, Jack
was first and foremost a family man, devoted
to his wife Emily and his children, Sheila,
Merle, Anne and Ross.
MARGARET COOPE BA'30
Margaret died in San Francisco on March 2,
2007. Born on June 26, 1909, she was ninety-
seven years old. She had been a high school
language teacher in the San Francisco United
School for many years before her retirement.
After retirement, she was involved with
many public and charitable organizations.
EMERSON H. GENNIS BCOM'48
Emerson Gennis of Hunt's Point passed away
peacefully on February 1, 2008, in Queens
General Hospital, Liverpool, NS. He was 81.
Emerson was born in Vancouver in 1926
the only child of the late Ernest and Emma
"Gem" (Burns) Gennis. After earning his
Commerce degree, most of Emerson's business
career was in the fishing industry on the
Pacific and Atlantic coasts in administrative
and managerial positions. Emerson is
survived by Margaret (Rice), his loving wife
of 55 years; sons Eric and Arthur; six
grandsons; a granddaughter; and a great-
granddaughter all of Charlottetown,
PEL Online condolences may be made at
www.chandlersfuneral.com.
EDWARD T. (TED) KIRKPATRICK BASC'47
Edward T. "Ted" Kirkpatrick, PHD, a resident
of Weston, Massachusetts, died on November
25, 2007, after a year-long battle with renal
cancer. He was born in Cranbrook, BC,
on January 15, 1925, to Thomson and Pauline
Kirkpatrick of Mission, BC.
After graduating with his degree in
Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Kirkpatrick
worked in the industry for seven years
then attended Carnegie Mellon University
where he received his master's and
doctorate degrees. In 1958 he began teaching
at the University of Pittsburgh, and then
went to the University of Toledo as the head
of the Mechanical Engineering Department.
In 1964 he joined the Rochester Institute of
Technology as dean of Engineering and
helped them move their campus from an
urban to country setting.
In 1971 he joined Wentworth Institute of
Technology as president. During his 19-year
presidency he transformed the institute while
preserving the hands-on style of engineering
education known as the "Wentworth Way." In
1972 he opened the door to female students
and faculty, in 1975 he ushered in a cooperative
education program, and in 1977 he merged
Wentworth Institute with Wentworth College
creating "two plus two" as the educational
model that characterized the last quarter of the
20th century at this school.
During this time, the enrollment and the
size of the campus doubled, and the endowment tripled. He embraced many foreign
educational programs to sow the Wentworth
Way in overseas soil. During the 1970s
institutions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria,
Iran, China, Egypt and Kenya would all
benefit from the influence of Wentworth
and Kirkpatrick.
J. J. R. (JACK) CAMPBELL
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MARGARET COOPE
EMERSON H. GENNIS In 1989 he received the American Society
of Engineering Education Society's James H.
McGraw Award, the foremost national
honour for engineering technology educators.
The award citation noted he was considered
"the leading engineering technology educator
in the United States."
His love for aviation started in Rochester,
NY, where he earned his pilot's license
and later his instrument and seaplane ratings,
which led to his hobby of building full-size
airplanes in his garage. His wife, Barbara,
also earned her pilot's license and they flew
together to Oshkosh, WI, many times for
the EAA annual fly-in and to British Columbia
in 1975.
After retiring in 1990, he enrolled at
East Coast Aero Technical School and earned
his federal license as an aircraft mechanic.
During his retirement, he also enjoyed traveling, building, vegetable gardening, chopping
firewood, and spending time in Maine.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years,
Barbara, and their four children, Allan (Susan)
of Fort Collins, CO; Karen Kirkpatrick
(Stephen Wyman) of Acton, MA; Ann Tucker
(Scott) of Ithaca, NY; and Keith (Corky
Binggeli) of Arlington, MA. He is also survived
by his sisters, Mary Turland of Vancouver,
BC, and Sybil Grissom of Portland, OR; and
seven grandchildren.
JOHN JAY MCNEE BSC'87, PHD'97
Born March 1, 1963, Jay died peacefully at
home on December 3, 2007, surrounded
by his family after a courageous battle against
cancer. He is survived by his wife, Shelagh,
sons Connor (16) and Declan (13), and his
large extended family.
Jay grew up in Vancouver, spending
many happy hours in the Gulf Islands and
winters at Whistler with his family and
friends. After graduating from University Hill
Secondary School, Jay studied Geochemistry
at UBC graduating with a PHD in 1997. During
his often joked-about decade at UBC, Jay
met and married Shelagh and became a dad.
He made many deep friendships with
EDWARD T. (TED) KIRKPATRICK JOHN JAY MCNEE
his lab and beer garden mates. He began
his professional career as an environmental
consultant, later forming Lorax Environmental
Services with partners David Flather,
Ali Sahami, and Tom Pederson in 1996.
Jay had a passion for music and looked
forward to Friday jam sessions at Lorax,
which were often a mix of jazz/blues riffs and
debate on obscure scientific notions. Jay
had a unique ability to create music compilations, and took to carrying his Ipod to
all parties because he was so often requested
to "plug in and play."
Jay's approach to life, with all its vagaries
of opportunities and challenges, was to
meet everything with positive acceptance.
He cared deeply and passionately for
his family and friends, gracing them with his
humour, intellect, and thoughtful actions.
He was a personal confidante to many and
was known for his non-judgmental advice
and counsel. His most important role was as
Dad to the boys and husband to Shelagh,
and his preferred place to be was anywhere
they were.
In memory of Jay and his contributions
to science and society, Lorax Environmental
Services and Jay's family, friends, and
colleagues have established an endowment at
the University of British Columbia: The
John Jay McNee Memorial Scholarship in
Geochemistry. Contributions in building the
endowment will be gratefully received by
Lorax Environmental Services, 2289-Burrard
Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 3H9. Please make
cheques payable to the University of British
Columbia and note in the memo of the
cheque: "The John Jay McNee Memorial
Scholarship in Geochemistry."
ROBERT ROGERS BA'57
The UBC School of Music and the Canadian
music community are mourning the death
of Robert G. Rogers (September 15, 1936-
January 16, 2008). As well as being a UBC
alumnus, Bob Rogers was professor of Piano
at UBC from 1966-1998.
He is warmly remembered for many
contributions to musical life, notably his committed service to new music, particularly
that by Canadian composers. Bob frequently
premiered works by his UBC faculty colleagues
including Eugene Wilson's Cello Sonata,
Piano Trio, and Viola Sonata, Elliot Weisgarber's
Fantasia a Ire, and several major works
by Jean Coulthard. Composers came to count
on his sympathetic understanding of their
work: whether a composition's style was
cautiously traditional or brashly experimental,
Bob's performances and broadcasts on
radio were invariably meticulously prepared
and elegantly performed.
Spring 2008    Trek    51 IN MEMORIAM
Bob was an advocate of, exponent
of, authority on, and, perhaps most important,
steadfast friend of Barbara Pentland. Though
her music was always recognized by a small
coterie of listeners who understood its quality,
Bob worked tirelessly to bring it to a larger
audience. He recorded the Three Duets after
Pictures by Paul Klee with the composer in
1965, and prepared a definitive recording of
her solo piano music in 1985 for CBC. While
many found Pentland's work austere, even
forbidding, Bob's relaxed charm could make
Pentland's supposedly intellectual writing
brim with refined lyricism and dance with
rhythmic vitality.
Bob is fondly remembered by all his
students and colleagues for his special talents
and generosity as a pedagogue, for his
brilliance as a performer in hundreds of concerts, and for his extraordinary kindness,
charm, and wit. The Robert G. Rogers Prize
in Piano was established in his honour
upon his retirement from UBC, and is offered
annually for the best piano performance of
twentieth-century music by an undergraduate
student in the School of Music.
Memories and messages from students,
colleagues and friends are being posted on
the School's website www.music.ubc.ca.
A memorial service was held on February 3
in the School of Music's Recital Hall, with
performances by former students,
colleagues and members of the Vancouver
music community.
JANE RULE DLITT'94, CM, OBC
Jane Rule died from liver cancer at her home
on Galiano Island, BC, on November 27,
aged 76. She wrote several novels (including
Desert of the Heart, which many years later
was made into a movie) depicting lesbian
relationships. She lived with partner Helen
Sonthoff for nearly 50 years, a relationship
that began when homosexuality was still
deemed criminal behaviour in Canada. Her
openness led to her becoming the media's
choice of spokesperson on the subject of
homosexuality and she used the spotlight to
try and educate and enlighten people. When
Desert of the Heart was published in the
mid 60s, it was received negatively by many
colleagues as well as some critics. Over the
decades, she had the satisfaction of seeing
such attitudes coming to be considered increasingly socially archaic and obsolete. After
it was released in 1986, the film Desert Hearts
became a cult classic and a new generation
of people were introduced to the novel
that inspired it. As well as being an advocate
for the social acceptance of homosexuality,
Jane Rule helped to bring Canadian literature
into international consciousness. She wrote
12 books in total.
Ms Rule was born in New Jersey, moved
to Vancouver during her 20s, and became a
Canadian citizen (along with Helen) in the
1960s. As well as being a well known novelist,
Jane Rule was the inaugural Assistant Director
of UBC's International House in 1958-59
and sometimes lectured in English Literature
or Creative Writing. The couple had an active
social life at UBC, mixing with many other
writers and poets. They were considered generous hosts and friends. In 1976, they moved
to Galiano Island. Helen died in 2000, aged 83.
Jane Rule received an honorary degree from
UBC in 1994.
CHARLES RUSSELL DOUGLAS SAVAGE BED'71
Charles Russell Douglas Savage was born in
Vancouver on December 5, 1941, to Doug
and Rhoda (Morris) Savage. He attended King
Edward High School, worked for Toronto
Dominion Bank for six years and then attended UBC to attain his Teaching Certificate. He
later returned to the university for his bachelor
degree. Russ' career with the Mission School
District took him to several schools, first as a
music specialty teacher and later as a classroom
teacher. He loved to learn and throughout his
teaching career returned to school for a variety
of courses and workshops. Last summer, he
was planning to renew that interest with some
courses at UBC. Russ was involved in choral
groups throughout his life. On 13 occasions he
took local choirs to compete and tour in
England and Europe. He sang with both the
Gallery Singers and the Bach Choir. Russ
was an organist, most recently for the Anglican
Catholic Church of Canada in Vancouver,
Matsqui, and Pitt Meadows. In past years he
enjoyed playing the organs at St. James'
Church in Vancouver, the Abbey in Mission,
St. Alban's in Richmond, and St. John's,
Shaughnessy. Circling the world in his travels
ROBERT ROGERS
52     Trek    Spring 2008 over the years, Russ had a particular love of
the cathedrals he saw along the way. He sang
with the choirs of St. Alban's, Holburn,
during a year's teaching exchange in London,
England. Russ was an avid train enthusiast
and loved to study the statistics and history
of rail and early ship transportation. He
belonged to the World Ship Society, the Heritage
Railway Society and was an avid model
train builder. He leaves to mourn his church
family, friends and neighbours, and also
his sisters, Mary (Phil Severy) Savage and
Elizabeth Higginbottom; nephew Matthew
Rocksburough-Smith; nieces Laurie (Ho)
Seto, Kathryn (Brandou) Gorin, and Naomi
Rocksborough-Smith; great nephews Bailey
and Dakota Gorin; great nieces Samantha
and April Gorin and Kendra Seto; honourary
niece Becky Severy; great nephew Jaden
Severy, and all the Severy young people and
extended Bell families.
MARTIN SIKES BASC'92
Martin died suddenly on Christmas Eve, aged
39 years. At UBC he was president of the
Electrical Engineering student club and went
on to forge his career in the video game
industry. He was a founder of Black Box
Games, United Front Games and the
Soundproof deejay collective. Black Box flourished into a company with a 100-strong
workforce before being sold to Electronic Arts
Canada. Martin leaves a daughter, Brooklyn, a
sister, Belinda, and his parents Rita and John.
PETER SMALL BSF'51
Peter Small of Victoria, BC, passed away on
September 12, 2007. He was born in Smithers,
BC, on April 25, 1923. Peter served in the
Royal Canadian Air Force during "WWII. He
became a registered member of the Association
of BC Forestry Professionals in 1955 and
worked for the BC Forest Service. In retirement, Peter enjoyed his family, the outdoors,
golfing, gardening, and fly-fishing on the
Bulkley and Skeena rivers. He will be lovingly
missed by his wife, Jean, son Greg (Jane),
Daughter Janet (Doug) and grandchildren
David, Lisa and Andrew. ■
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Whose Life Can You Celebrate?
A loved one. Dr. Grant Ingram spent summers on research icebreakers and in tents on the
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