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21   Old Bill
How a much-loved early
UBC janitor became a
museum curator
12   Sex, Drugs, and Rocking Chairs
How will Boomers experience retirement?
24 Redefining
Professor Frank Tester
promotes a community-based
system of restorative justice.
28 Letter from
the Arctic
This summer, Professor
Michael Byers explored
the Arctic on a Canadian
20 Alumni Achievement Awards
Meet eight of UBC's finest.
30 UBC Travel Program:
Canada's Northwest Passage
32  UBC Starts an Evolution
54 The Last Word
Actor Camille Suffivan ioves her Toronto Transit coveraifs but woufd
prefer to travef by tefeporter.
16   Plight of the Honey Bee
What is causing the deciine ofhoneybeesinthe deveioped
worfd, and can it be prevented?
5    Take Note
UBC people are documenting
global access to morphine,
cleaning up the aftermath of
mining activities, and helping
youth to quit smoking.
34 Alumni Events
36 Class Acts
42 Book Reviews
45 T-Bird News
47 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Send us your caption for Trek designer Keith Leinweber's latest cartoon and you could win a rare and
coveted UBC Alumni travel mug. Send your captions (one per person) to trek.magazine@ubc.ca,
or to the address on the right, by December 31.
Brenda Silsbe, BEd'77, sent us the winning caption for our spring contest:
"You're last. I'll settle for a squall."
"What a happy surprise! Can't wait to get my mug," said the discerning
Brenda on hearing that she'd won.
EDITOR Vanessa Clarke, BA
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, BA'01, MET'09
CHAIR Judy Rogers, BRE'71
VICE CHAIR Dallas Leung, BCom'94
TREASURER Ian Warner, BCom'89
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
MarkMawhinney, BA'94
Carmen Lee, BA'01
Michael Lee, BSC'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Brent Cameron, BAMBA'06
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
Blake Hanna,MBA'82
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Jeremy McElroy, BASC'07
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Lesley Bainbridge, BSRP'82, MED'95
Stephen Owen, MBA LLB'72, LLM
Norma-Jean Thompson, BCom'08
Catherine Com ben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Jim Southcott, BCom'82
Barbara Miles, BA Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Stephen Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
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Regular readers are probably wondering where Chris Petty is. He's been
filling this editorial space with his musings about life and UBC for the past
22 years. Chris retired from our office in May, and at his leaving-do the
staff gave him a nice little golf package. My guess is he's been living it up
on swanky BC courses trying not to make too many divots.
I could talk about the large divot he has left here, but the seasoned
editor in Chris can't stand poor analogies (and the golfer in him can't stand
ones that are arguably insulting). He took over at The Chronicle in 1989,
and in 2001 expanded it into Trek, setting an emulated new standard for
alumni magazines and winning several awards from his peers. We miss
Chris, especially for his humour and his editorials. But I know he will
continue to be a generous mentor to the Trek team (or at least send
grumpy emails to the current editor). I'm even more grateful to him for
the handy segue he provides into this issue's contents, which include an
article on retiring boomers on page 12.
Trek also delves into the alarming decline of honeybee populations on
the UBC Farm and beyond; the life of early UBC janitor and scholar
William "The Old Bill" Tansley; an ancient-yet-novel approach to justice;
Camille Sullivan's love of the actor's life; and a UBC prof's experience of
the Arctic aboard the icebreaker and research vessel CCGS Amundsen (the
beautiful and otherworldly picture of this vessel featured on the cover was
generously provided by Canadian photographer Doug Barber). Itis only
fitting that UBC President Stephen Toope announce UBC's biggest
news - to learn more turn to page seven.
In September we launched Trek Online, which we plan to distribute four
times a year. The first issue included a slideshow of photographs taken by
George Van Wilby during his time as aUBC student (1917-22). The collection
provides a fascinating and candid glimpse into the social life of students
almost a century ago, but many of the subjects remain unidentified.
It was a long shot, but we hoped that matches might be made with old
family photos on mantelpieces, or that alumni might recognize in those
youthful faces an elderly relative from childhood. Archivist Erwin Wodarczak
was delighted to hear from William H. Turpin, BEd'69, who was able to
identify his great aunt and uncle (see below). Doug Sturrock was able to
tell him about some of the sporting events depicted. And an alumna
tweeted that the slideshow was much like the Vancouver riot photo lineup,
but with more pleasant content. We're putting that one in the Positive
Feedback folder. You can watch the slideshow from the September issue at
Ironically enough, our recent website poll showed a significant majority
of respondents prefer magazines in print format, and we will continue
to mail you issues in spring and fall. Hopefully, Chris Petty will put his
clubs down long enough to read them and send me his valued feedback.
He might even get his letter published in the next issue.
Vanessa Clarke, Editor
Alumnus Bill Turpin was able to identify the students
in this photograph from UBC's Van Wilby collection:
Helen Mary Turpin was the AMS Secretary during
UBC's Great Trek. Her future husband John (Jack)
Allen Grant was the AMS President. As a member
of the delegation that petitioned the BC Legislature
in UBC's successful bid to obtain the University
Endowment Lands, his eloquent speech earned
him the title of Jack The Giant Killer in one
Vancouver newspaper.
Take Note is edited from material that appears in other
campus communications, including UBC Reports. We
thank Public Affairs for allowing us to use their material.
Playing in a hi-tech sandbox
The second floor of Science World in Vancouver
is now home to the Living Lab, full of technology
that researchers will use to further our understanding of early childhood cognitive development.
Professor Andrew Baron's team finds consenting
families from among Science World's 500,000
visitors a year to take part in short studies in the
lab. Not only does the arrangement allow
researchers to collect plenty of data from a
ready supply of volunteers, it's an opportunity to
present science as fun activity for youngsters
and provides some fascinating insights for
parents, who are briefed about the research
before giving their consent. "Parents are
naturally fas cinated with how their kids
experience the world and their physical and
psychological development, so they really enjoy
watching them interact with researchers," says
Baron, who joined UBC's Department of
Psychology in 2010 from Harvard University,
where he completed his PhD.
The children interact with iPads, touchscreens,
and video displays and their responses are
captured on camera for later interpretation in
order to learn more about their cognitive
processes. A better understanding may help
explain how certain human perceptions and
behaviours develop. "One of the issues we
explore is how children and adults develop
unconscious prejudices that can lead to social
conflicts," says Baron. "By understanding how
preferences emerge, we can develop strategies
to improve tolerance and cooperation, and
ultimately create more productive and harmonious
schools, workplaces and communities."
Baron pioneered this approach with a similar
lab in the Boston Museum of Science and was so
encouraged by its success he approached
Science World even before his move to UBC.
Baron also plans to introduce a program of
interactive research to BC high schools and
Aboriginal communities to help engage young
people in science and encourage career
aspirations in the field. He is also introducing
touch-screen kiosks at Science World that
parents and kids can use by themselves to learn
more about the science of cognitive development and participate in some studies. Baron
would like to cast the net wider by placing kiosks
around the country. "Going outside the
university and into the broader community
provides us with a larger, more representative
pool of participants," he says. So far, the team has
conducted research with about 7,000 children.
NASA Eyes Goggles
Technology developed for ski goggles by three
Sauder MBA grads and a master's candidate in
engineering has caught the attention of NASA,
which is testing the head-mounted display system
for potential use in a new generation of spacesuit.
Recon Instruments was started in 2006 by
alumni Dan Eisenhardt, Fraser Hall and Darcy
Hughs, and post-grad engineering student Hamid
Abdollahi. The hi-tech ski and snowboard goggles
they have developed use GPS and motion sensors
to provide real-time displays of data - such as
speed, temperature, time and distance - that the
wearer can use to inform decisions. The technology
will also link to the user's smartphone, include
wireless video cameras, and boast navigation
and buddy-tracking abilities.
UBC students have been involved in the
development of the technology along the way.
"The calibre of students from the university has
been fantastic and they provide an integral part
in the R&D of our technology," says Abdollahi.
"We have so far had over 10 research projects
and internships with UBC in various research
areas. In some cases, students were hired after
completion of their research projects."
UBC Okanagan electrical engineering master's
student Fazle Sadi is currently helping to refine
the display system further. He has been working
with the Recon team on developing complex
algorithms to crunch data from sensors including
a GPS, accelerator, gyroscope and digital
compass. The aim is to create even smarter
goggles, providing skiers and snowboarders with
on-the-spot information they can use to
improve their jumping technique, for example.
NASA is testing the technology at its annual
fall research and technology studies.
Same old, same old tropics
What's so unique about the tropics? A UBC
researcher says: "Less than we thought." The
assertion, published in the journal Science, is
focused on the concept of beta-diversity- a
measure of the change in species composition
between two sites, such as neighbouring patches
of forest. Highbeta-diversitymeans thattwo
given sites have few species in common.
Typically, beta-diversity increases as you
move from the poles towards the equator,
often leading ecologists to conclude that there
is something inherently different about the
ecology of the tropics that leads to greater
turnover of tropical species from place to place.
But a group led by Nathan J.B. Kraft, a
postdoctoral fellow at UBC's Biodiversity
Research Centre, challenged this interpretation,
using an extensive dataset of tree inventories
from around the world and archived at the
University of Arizona.
Kraft and colleagues found that the crucial
factor in shaping beta-diversity at large scales is
how many species are present in the region in
the first place. Once they accounted for these
differences, the resulting beta-diversity patterns
were the same in forests at tropical and
temperate latitudes. They found the same
consistency between high and low elevations in
mountain regions.
"It was believed that something 'extra' must
be going on in the ecology of the tropics to
produce greater beta-diversity there," says
Kraft. "We now see that the patterns can all be
explained not by current ecological processes,
unfolding over one or two generations, but by
much longer-term historical and geologic events.
For decades now, ecologists have gone to the
tropics to try to explain the often incredibly high
diversity found there. But what our results show
is that the same ecological mechanisms might
operate in similar ways in Costa Rica and Calgary."
Uncovering the painful truth
The UBC Graduate School of Journalism has
launched an ambitious multimedia site, The Pain
Project (www.internationalreporting.org/pain),
which documents one of the greatest challenges
to treating chronic illnesses: severely constrained
access to morphine. The site results from a
year-long investigation by UBC's International
Reporting Program (IRP). Teams travelled to India,
Ukraine and Uganda to determine how these
countries manage the pain of patients suffering
from cancer and other terminal diseases.
Unlike many global health problems, pain
treatment is not about money or a lack of drugs,
since morphine - the gold standard for treating
pain - costs pennies per dose and is easy to
make. The IRP found that bureaucratic hurdles,
and the chilling effect of the global war on drugs,
are the main impediments to access to morphine.
The website features a color-coded map
showing the scope of the problem, which
extends beyond the developing world. Videos
from each of the three countries showcase the
stories of patients struggling with pain and the
caregivers who have gone up against intractable
systems in order to help them. They include a
former KGB agent in Ukraine who is dying of
prostate cancer and sleeps with a gun under his
pillow, in case the pain becomes unbearable; a
Ukrainian man who risks jail time by trafficking
narcotics to get patients access to morphine; an
Indian doctor, frustrated with drug laws, who
combines readily available analgesics to ease the
pain of local cancer patients; and a doctor who
led a successful movement to reform Uganda's
rules around morphine distribution and
palliative care.
This website is part of an ongoing project
about global access to morphine and includes a
documentary for Al Jazeera, Freedom from Pain,
which aired on July 20,2011.
start an evolution
Stephen J. Toope,
President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer." (Harriet Tubman)
What makes a university great? In forum after forum, we hear the same
answer: the university's endowment. World Bank economist Jamil Salmi
has said it; New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author
Thomas Friedman has said it; virtually all of my counterparts at universities
across North America have said it. After all, in public universities government
funding covers basic operating costs, but the university's endowment picks
up where that budget leaves off: funding scholarships and fellowships,
research chairs, and groundbreaking community-based programs such as
UBC's Learning Exchange.
So I could end my column right here, I suppose... except that I want to answer
the question differently. What makes a university great? Having benefitted
from study and work experience at Harvard, Cambridge, McGill, and UBC,
I am convinced that it is not the endowment itself but rather what stands on
either side of it: donors on the one side, and beneficiaries on the other. It is the
donors, individual and corporate, generous of spirit, visionary, willing to give
of themselves and their resources, who make our university great. It is the
beneficiaries - students, staff, faculty, and members of the wider community -
eager to learn, courageous in taking risks, and committed to making a
contribution themselves, who bring the gifts full circle, and who make this
university great. UBC's endowment consists not only of the financial capital
but also of the social, intellectual, and experiential capital that both donors
and beneficiaries bring to UBC and to the communities we serve.
Although the news has probably reached you by now, I'm excited to
announce for the first time in Trek magazine that UBC has just launched the
most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian
history. Our goals are twofold: to raise $1.5 billion and to double active alumni
engagement with the university to 50,000 members annually. We are calling
the campaign start an evolution, and our intention is simple and clear: to
increase UBC's capacity to change the world for the better.
A counterpart of mine in the United Kingdom was asked recently what makes
a university great, and his answer was very simple: "It is the difference we
make that makes us great."
I invite you to start an evolution with us, to become part of that circle of giving
and receiving, to change your own capacity to make a difference in the world
by joining forces with UBC. We will both be the greater for it.
Ready Mix Green Concrete
Shahria Alam sees a much more valuable use
for industrial waste than taking up space in a
landfill. The assistant professor of engineering
and his team at UBC Okanagan are finding ways
to use various types of waste for producing
new-generation concrete.
"In the BC region, there are more than 40
composite manufacturing companies," says
Alam, noting that in the BC Interior alone up to
1,000 metric tonnes of composite scrap are
produced every year that could potentially be
reused in construction projects.
Tighter regulations mean much of the current
waste cannot simply be dumped in the local
landfill, but must be hauled to specialty
facilities. This makes waste material expensive
to get rid of and increases its environmental
footprint because of the additional emissions
created by the trucks required to haul it.
During construction and demolition projects,
large volumes of waste are generated with concrete
being the largest component at about 52 per
cent by weight. Using crushed, recycled concrete
for aggregate material in producing new concrete
is nothing new, but Alam and his students are
broadening the scope by looking at other materials
such as crushed glass and even discarded paint.
Alam is blending the recycled aggregate and
traditional material with encouraging outcomes.
"We are mixing all sorts of waste and making it a
totally green concrete.... This project will focus
on formulating comprehensive guidelines to
assist the concrete industry to produce ready
mix green concrete."
Alam is testing various formulas of this
new-generation concrete under different
environmental exposures to determine its
long-term performance. "We have tested the
fresh and hardened concrete properties, but
there is little research on using a combination
of paint and other industrial wastes. Now we
have to test for the long term," says Alam.
Alam's tern members are undergraduate
research assistant Emma Slater and graduate
students Muntasir Billah and Rafiqul Haque.
The research is supported by OK Builders
Supplies Ltd. and the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada, which
provided a $25,000 grant. The City of Kelowna
facilitated the access to the Glenmore landfill
and collect recycled concrete aggregates. FRP
scraps were donated by FormaShape-Whitewater
Composites, Kelowna. Okanagan Testing
Laboratories Ltd, Kelowna provided experimental
facilities to conduct some testing of materials.
Time for a name change:
Fish found in "No-Fish Creek"
Britannia Beach residents are no doubt celebrating
the welcome news that pink salmon are returning
to their waters. In September, Global News
reported on the appearance of salmon in
Britannia Creek, once named "No-Fish Creek"
by First Nations and previously ranked by
Environment Canada as one of North America's
worst metal pollution sites. The mine closed in
1974, but a number of contributing factors led to
a chemical reaction that caused highly acidic
runoff containing large concentrations of
dissolved metals. The polluted water was being
deposited directly into Howe Sound.
So what happened to turn this all around? Over
the past decade, UBC's Centre for Environmental
Research in Minerals, Metals, and Materials
(UBC-CERM3) has conducted more than 50
projects directly aimed at solving environmental,
social, and sustainability issues resulting from
mining activities. One of them involved the
December 2001 installation of a concrete plug in
a horizontal mining tunnel located 2,200 ft from
the top of Britannia Mountain. This type of plug
can be designed to last for 1,000 years, is cheaper
to build than concrete, and entirely resistant to
the acidic water with which it might be in contact.
By January 2002, metal levels near the mouth
of Britannia Creek had dropped by two orders of
magnitude to levels below drinking water
requirements and the pH had risen from 5.0 to
6.5. About 18 months later, schools of salmon fry
were observed swimming in the mouth of the
creek, and blue mussels, a highly sensitive
species, were beginning to repopulate the
foreshore on either side of the creek along Howe
Sound. The total copper and zinc emissions had
each declined by about 20 per cent, indicating
metals were now significantly reduced. In 2005,
together with Epcor Utilities Inc., the BC
government opened up a water treatment plant
that removed virtually all the metals entering
Howe Sound.
New Nest for Legal Eagles
With powerful learning and sustainability
features, Allard Hall - named after donor and
alumnus Peter A. Allard - will advance legal
research and education in Canada, expand the
UBC Faculty of Law's presence in the community
and honour its ties to BC First Nations.
The four-storey, 141,000 square-foot building
includes a replica courtroom, technologically
enhanced learning spaces, and expanded space
for important public resources, including a
state-of-the-art law library, the UBC Law
Student's Legal Advice Program and UBC chapter
of Pro Bono Students Canada, where law
students provide more than 200,000 hours of
free legal services annually. UBC Law established Canada's first Aboriginal law program in
1970, and the new building has an Indigenous
Classroom and First Nations Student Lounge,
plus references to the Musqueam Indian Band
on whose traditional lands UBC is located.
Built to achieve LEED Gold certification,
Allard Hall's carbon footprint will be as much as
87 per cent smaller than that of an equivalent
conventional building. It features a geo-
exchange system that harvests the Earth's heat
through deep underground wells, high-efficiency
lighting and ventilation, passive cooling
strategies and end-of-trip cycling facilities.
The legal community, alumni and friends of
UBC Law donated nearly $35 million towards
Allard Hall. Major gifts include a $9.825-million
portion of Allard's recent $11.86-million
donation - one of the largest individual gifts to a
Canadian law school - and two grants from the
Law Foundation of BC totalling $12 million.
UBC committed the remaining $21 million of
the building's cost.
Detecting High-Stake Lies
It is a scenario that has played across television
screens too many times over the years: a tearful
plea for the safe return of a loved one. But in
some of these cases, the person making the plea
has eventually proven to be responsible for the
Forensic psychologist student Leanne ten
Brinke, who is studying at the UBC's Okanagan
campus, spent the last six years working with
psychology professor Stephen Porter to study 78
cases in Canada, the US, UK and Australia of
people pleading for the safe return of a loved one.
In half of the cases, the people were lying and
were actually the perpetrators. Through
extensive frame-by-frame study of the pleas, ten
Brinke and Porter established solid guidelines to
help ascertain if a plea is genuine. Ten Brinke
hopes the information they have developed will
help law enforcement in future cases.
This is the most comprehensive study of
high-stakes deception ever undertaken. "Most
previous deception studies have focused on lies
that are trivial relative to those about crime or
terrorism, and this study offers new insights into
high-stakes lies," says Porter. "The problem of
high-stakes lies cannot be over-stated, as they
occur in politics, business and criminal contexts."
"We looked at body language as well as verbal
and linguistic cues. Close attention to the face
can give lots of clues," says ten Brinke. While the
researchers cannot simply tell police outright
that someone is lying, they can point out
indicators and characteristics that could show
the person is not being truthful.
The same group recently found that psychopaths - who have a high recidivism rate and do
not benefit from treatment - are more than
twice as likely as their non-psychopathic
counterparts to be granted parole after the
parole interview. These researchers attributed
this pattern to the "Academy Award-winning"
performances of psychopaths in the parole
hearing, adopting the persona of the remorseful,
rehabilitated offender.
Porter says in another study, these researchers also found "psychopathic individuals are
able to mimic or fake emotions better than the
rest of us, at least to the untrained eye."
8   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011
PHOTO: DON ERHARDT "We construct new knowledge based on what we
already know and experience. Kids will better
understand universal principles if they can relate
it to what's about them"!
Spurning Rote Learning
Samson Nashon says that contextual learning
and using the principle of metacognition to help
develop critical thinking skills are increasingly
common approaches to successful teaching
and learning.
"We don't learn in a social vacuum," says the
associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy,
"we construct new knowledge based on what we
already know and experience. Kids will better
understand universal principles if they can
relate it to what's about them." Critical thinking
can be developed based on the principle of
metacognition - or thinking about thinking.
Self-awareness and self-directed learning
techniques are encouraged. "Students are
empowered to monitor, acknowledge what
works and what doesn't, and to direct their
learning processes so they can succeed," says
Nashon, a former high school math and physics
teacher. It's a principle he now applies in his
own classes for future teachers in UBC's Faculty
of Education.
Nashon recently conducted a study with high
school children in Western Kenya to assess how
contextual learning and metacognition would
affect their learning experience. The students
reported a clearer understanding of science when
concepts were illustrated using the familiar
context of the country's rapidly evolving
small-scale manufacturing and technology
sector. "Historically, science education was very
much about handing the student a package of
information. And that information didn't always
translate to a non-western or post-colonial
context," says Nashon. He set the students an
assignment to explain the construction and
improve the design of charcoal burning stoves,
used in most Kenyan households. "They get to
unravel the science embedded in their experience and draw on science to ask questions that
could advance the design," he says.
And the approach can be a lot more fun than
rote learning. A few years ago, Nashon and
professor of education David Andersen worked
with BC high school teachers on new physics
curriculum. An annual contest emerged, BC's
Brightest Minds, where physics students
compete to solve physics posers involving
Playland rides at the PNE such as the Hellevator,
which shoots riders about 200 feet straight upwards
at 75 kilometres an hour, before releasing them
into freefall. (Fun for some, anyway.)
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Picture me, smokefree
For years, cigarette packaging has been required
to carry in-your-face warnings about the
all-too-often lethal results of smoking tobacco.
These include images of diseased mouths and
cancerous lesions, as well as guilt-inducing
pictures of innocent children endangered by a
parent's habit. But many die-hard smokers seem
immune to such shock tactics. Perhaps something
more subtle and interactive might be more
effective at altering thinking patterns and
behaviour - especially among younger smokers
whose age might make them feel impervious to
the consequences of smoking.
Enter Rebecca Haines-Saah, a research
associate at UBC Okanagan's iTAG group
(Investigating Tobacco and Gender). The
Canadian Cancer Society has given her a
$125,000 grant for a campaign to stop smoking
aimed at Canadian youth. It involves using
popular social media platforms such as
Facebook and Flickr to build a supportive online
community and asks that participants who are
trying to quit take and post photographs on the
theme of what a smoke-free life means to them.
"In previous photography projects we've done
with smokers, we see that people - especially
younger people - create images that are strikingly
different from the ones we usually see in tobacco
control campaigns," says Haines-Saah. "A lot of
time and money is spent designing public health
messages and imagery that will motivate or
'scare' people into quitting smoking. Our project
is very different because it asks young adult
smokers to use photography as a tool to step
back and to reflect on why they smoke and why
it maybe hard for them to stop."
In Canada, the 18-24 year-old age group
accounts for the highest tobacco usage and is
becoming a priority group for targeted cessation
programs. Social media provide familiar
territory and plenty of opportunity for discussion
and collaboration. The Picture Me, Smokefree
program explores how smokers think, rather
than dictating what they should do.
"It's really important to access the smoker's
point of view, so that we make sure we design
cessation programs and messages that better
support people [who] may want to quit," says
She's a genius
Sarah Otto, a zoology professor and director of
the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC, is one
of 22 people to be picked for this year's round of
"genius grants" from the John D. and Catherine
T. MacArthur Foundation.
Otto, a theoretical biologist, has focused on
fundamental questions of population genetics and
evolution, such as why some species reproduce
sexually while others reproduce asexually, and
helped to make mathematical modelling a more
accessible tool for fellow biologists.
MacArthur Fellows receive $500,000 payable
over five years, no strings attached. Candidates
are selected for their "exceptional creativity,
promise for important future advances based on
a track record of significant accomplishment,
and potential for the fellowship to facilitate
subsequent creative work."
"At UBC, where I'm surrounded by so many
creative people, I've been able to go places
intellectually that I otherwise might not have
explored," Otto says.
She learned about her award two weeks
before the news went public, byway of an email
that she at first suspected might be spam.
"I was just about to delete it when I noticed
the email address: macfound.org," Otto recalls.
After some online investigating, she realized
that the email came from the MacArthur
Foundation. When she called, her first question
was: "Is this what I think it's about?"
"The MacArthur Fellowship gives people the
freedom to be creative, giving them room to
focus on what they do well," Otto says. "So I am
going to take that to heart and carve out more
time for the math and science that I love doing."
She is just starting to think about specific ways
she will use the stipends. ©
UBC Alumni Association Board of Directors 2011-2012
CHAIR '11-'12
Barbara Miles, BA,
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Carmen Lee, BA'01
Jeremy McElroy, BASC07
Norma-Jean Thompson,
Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Michael Lee, BSC'86, BA'89,
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
MA'92, LLB
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Stephen Toope AB, LLB & BCL,
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Ian Warner, BCom'89
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
Lesley Bainbridge, BSRP'82,
Jim Southcott, BCom '82
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
Sarah Morgan-Silvester
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Jeff Todd, BA
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Stephen Owen, MBA,
Engaging Alumni
Jeff Todd, Executive Director,
Alumni Association/AVP Alumni
"Every Great Movement Starts Somewhere" - that was the somewhat mysterious
message on an invitation sent to the Vancouver campus community asking
them to come to the War Memorial Gym on the morning of September 28.
A large and naturally curious crowd of students, staff and faculty turned up
to hear Professor Stephen Toope announce an extraordinary new effort - the
start an evolution campaign - and invite them to join forces with the whole
UBC community in making it a huge success, and it was clear that alumni
are a key part of these efforts.
The campaign has two key objectives - to raise $1.5 billion to enhance student
learning, research and community involvement at UBC and to double alumni
involvement in the life of the university by 2015. The dual campaign is unique
and historic in Canada and presents the opportunity for alumni and friends of
UBC to combine their energy and passion with the university to make a difference
in the world. If you haven't checked out the start an evolution website yet,
I encourage you to do so (startanevolution.ca).
There are approximately 270,000 alumni of UBC: 195,000 of you live in
Canada, and of those 170,000 live in BC. Another 75,000 live outside of
Canada around the globe. The university and your Alumni Association are
jointly endeavoring to welcome alumni into the life of the university. We
are actively seeking innovative ways to give you access to the university's
intellectual riches; increase programs that serve your interests and needs and
bring additional value to your lives; and identify new ways to communicate
with you and keep you abreast of the latest developments at UBC and within
your alumni community and networks. We are delivering these programs and
services to you online, on both campuses, and in your own back yards. In
short, we are absolutely committed to building a robust community of alumni
who have an interest in the university's ambitions and a stake in its success.
Of course, we want the relationship to be mutually beneficial. You can get
value out of your relationship with UBC for a lifetime and what we ask in
return is your own commitment to and interest in your alma mater. Keep
your contact information up-to-date (you can do so online); listen to a
podcast of one of our numerous program offerings; attend an activity near
you or at the Vancouver or Kelowna campuses; if asked by your faculty to
serve on a panel, talk with students, or take on a volunteer role, do it; share
your enthusiasm about UBC with your friends and colleagues; and, finally,
as you are able, please make a gift to support an important project of your
choice at UBC. There are so many people here passionately invested in
student learning and finding solutions to the world's many problems, and
together we can make a difference.
The Power
of Partnership
Judy Rogers, brevi,
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
When I was asked to join the efforts of the Alumni Association board in 2009,
it was an easy decision to accept the role. As well as the personal affection
I have for UBC (with many fond memories from student days that would
take up this whole column if I were to list them now), I am particularly keen
to support it as an organization that practices community outreach in order
to enrich the lives of citizens.
I was City Manager of Vancouver for 10 years and worked closely with UBC
at a time when it was expanding its capacity to serve the community through
innovative partnerships and programs. Initiatives such as The Learning
Exchange and the Humanities 101 program in the Downtown Eastside, for
example, are now thriving and making education accessible to those with a
passion for learning who might not otherwise have the opportunity. They also
create a space for dialogue around social issues affecting the area. Other
excellent examples of public service are the student-run health and dental
clinics that are not only valuable to community members, but also a hands-on,
real-life learning experience that impresses upon students the importance of
making a contribution.
Partnership and collaboration were key to making these and many other
ventures work. During my tenure at the City, the university was both ally
and asset in helping to develop impactful public programming. It provided
the expertise, research and assessment that underpin any successful social
endeavour to build the capacity of individuals and organizations.
One partnership leads to another, and for a number of years I have been serving
on the President's Strategic Advisory Council. It keeps me involved in the
administration's ongoing commitment to embrace the broader community,
including key groups such as UBC alumni. In fact, knowing the importance
placed on engaging alumni was a critical factor in my decision to serve the
Alumni Association board. My two volunteer roles at UBC are exceptionally
harmonious and I look forward to helping facilitate an even richer and more
productive partnership between UBC and its grads.
I'm confident in the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Alumni Affairs
staff team, and the commitment of the board. UBC is a valuable social asset
worthy of our attention and support. Helping to galvanize its considerable
alumni base into a sense of pride, ownership, and ultimately involvement in
its pursuits to improve society is, for me, time well spent. Committed people
fought to establish UBC in the first place. Now our university has had a century
to mature and prove its worth as a major community investment, it is even
more important to support its activities in any way we can.
FALL/WINTER 2011   TREK   11 Baby boomers account
for nearly a third of
Canada's population
and now they're starting
to retire. Arguably the
subject of more attention
than any other generation,
what makes boomers
different and how will
this influence their
experience of later life?
Remember peaceniks and protesters? Bellbottoms
and be-ins? For anyone whose senior moments
are mounting, these images have just triggered a
tsunami of nostalgia. Who could forget an era
shaped by the most influential demographic to
ever wear love beads - the babyboomers.
Commonly defined as those born between
1946 and 1964, boomers number almost a third
of Canada's population and are now hitting
retirement age with the first wave leaving the
workplace this year. But what will be the impact
of their departure? Pundits warn of pension
shortfalls and a healthcare system strained beyond
capacity. But there is as much disagreement
about the future for boomers as there is old vinyl
stashed in boomer basements.
Many predict tough times ahead. The 2008
economic crisis put a big dent in many a nest
egg and boomers are the first generation to
enter retirement with significant debt. A survey
released this year by CIBC showed 33 per cent of
respondents aged 55-64 had an outstanding
mortgage and 75 per cent reported having debt
of some kind. The golden years may well be
tarnished by financial strain.
And despite being the healthiest children
ever - thanks to improved nutrition, antibiotics
and vaccines - boomers are developing
obesity-related chronic disease earlier than
their parents did. This is the generation that
popularized the idea of healthy living, but stress,
sedentary jobs and fast food have gradually
gained the upper hand.
As for Canada's fiscal health, a 2010
Parliamentary Budget Office report said that
boomer retirements will slow labour force
growth, which in turn will slow economic
growth and government revenue. The number
of working-age taxpayers is forecast to shrink
significantly, leaving the government short of
cash to fund healthcare and pension programs.
Post-boomers are worried they will be saddled
with higher inflation rates, tax hikes and
spending cuts to pay for it all.
12   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 But boomer gloom is not shared by everyone.
UBC Economics professor Thomas Lemieux
is optimistic about the labour market in the
wake of boomer retirements. "It's important
to remember that more people were born
during the later phase of the baby boom than in
the early phase," he says. "Labour markets and
the economy in general have plenty of time to
adjust before people born at the peak of the baby
boom, 1959-60, start leaving the work force in
large numbers."
Boomers will be reluctant to give up the
pensions and healthcare to which they feel
entitled, predicts Doug Owram, deputy vice
chancellor and principal of UBC Okanagan.
A professor of history with research interests in
the history of popular ideas and their influence,
he wrote Born at the Right Time, an examination
of the baby boomer phenomenon. Owram says
boomers will "dig in" to realize the retirements
they envisioned.
But the current economic insecurity is taking
its toll. Financial worries, along with a sense of
global insecurity post-9/11 have brought a new
conservatism, Owram says. Boomers are
reconsidering the wisdom of early retirement -
almost gone are ads for Freedom 55 featuring
smug, attractive boomers having a swell time.
Owram agrees with predictions of financial
difficulties for retiring boomers and sees them
delaying retirement to their late 60s or early 70s.
But what makes boomers different and how
will that difference be reflected in their
experience, whenever they choose to retire?
As a group they were uniquely influenced by
the advent of television and marketing intended
specifically for them, even as children. As young
people they experienced new sexual freedom
and greater access to education. In addition,
"women's lib" brought huge numbers of women
into the workforce, making two-income families
commonplace and creating unprecedented
middle-class affluence.
Their crucible included the civil rights
movement, the moon landing, gay pride and the
Vietnam War. The spirit of the times challenged
and reinforced the values of democracy,
especially egalitarianism and social justice.
Although often referred to as a homogenous
demographic bulge, there is diversity within the
boomer generation, according to researchers.
Canadian Michael Adams, founder of marketing
research and communications consulting firm
Environics and author of Stayin'Alive, cites four
distinct "tribes." They include Autonomous
Rebels, the iconic poster children of the 60s.
These boomers were politically tuned in, idealistic,
critical and unafraid to protest. They were involved.
Connected Enthusiasts were the party
animals, keen to exploit the new sexual
permissiveness, youth culture and promotion of
love and peace, a.k.a. flower power. Another
group, the Disengaged Darwinists, did not identify
with the counterculture at all, preferring views
and values of the previous generation. The
Their crucible
included the civil
rights movement, the
moon landing, gay
pride and the Vietnam
War. The spirit of the
times challenged and
reinforced the values
of democracy, especially
egalitarianism and
social justice.
Anxious Communitarians were concerned
about society's issues, followed the rules and
wanted everyone to get along. Adams calls them
the "worriers of their generation."
The outlook and behaviour of these tribes are
reflected in their retirement pursuits. Adams
reports the Autonomous Rebels remain
experience-seekers interested in travel and
involvement. Anxious Communitarians, who
may have been stressed trying to keep everyone
happy at work, want to completely relax in
retirement. Disengaged Darwinists (who hail
hockey commentator Don Cherry as philosopher
king, says Adams) will carry on being disengaged
in retirement, feeling excluded as social changes
continue to leave them on the sidelines. The
creative and confident Connected Enthusiasts
believe they can build their own world and many
wantto startnewbusinesses in retirement.
There maybe diversity in the dreams but
there is also a unifying theme. Ask boomers
what they really hope for in retirement and
you'll hear an echo of the rallying cry that guided
a generation: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll.
Are babyboomers more sexually adventurous?
Drug company Eli Lilly (the people who brought
you sexual enhancement drug Cialis) asked the
question in a 2009 survey. You betcha, replied 41
per cent of the middle-aged Canadians surveyed,
as reported in a recent Maclean's series on the
well-being of boomers. More free time, no
pregnancy worries, not to mention finally
FALL/WINTER 2011  TREK   13 "Boomers use more
healthcare than any
other generation.
They are on more
and increasingly
expensive drugs, use
more diagnostic
technologies, see more
specialists, and have
more surgeries."
having the house to yourself, seem to have had a
salutary effect on boomers' sex lives. It's the
Summer of Love all year long.
The only problem is the free love generation
is being a bit too free. Researchers have found
that boomers are not using condoms, even with
casual partners. For many boomers, condoms
were phased out when the Pill was phased in.
Decades later, latex seems so 1950s.
But in 2008, the Public Health Agency of
Canada found that more than 12 per cent of all
reported AIDS cases occurred in people aged
50 or older. Incidence of HIV for the same age
group rose from about 10 per cent in 1999 to
more than 15 per cent in 2008. Sexually
transmitted infections are also increasing.
Dr. Eric Yoshida of UBC's Faculty of Medicine
warns that boomers having unprotected sex
should also be concerned about Hepatitis B.
"Just being older doesn't necessarily mean you
have natural immunity," says Yoshida. "Today,
there is universal vaccination at birth in BC
but the vaccine had not been developed when
boomers were children. This generation evaded
population-based protection and is at risk."
Acute Hepatitis tends to be more severe in
older people and can cause acute liver failure
and death, he adds.
So, maybe free love does come with a price
tag these days. Just add it to the bill - along
with huge amounts of cash attributed to boomer
drug spending. No, not the mind-expanding
kind. Boomer drug culture is now about
prescription medicines.
Boomers account for as much prescription
drug spending as the elderly in BC, according to
research published by Steve Morgan, associate
director at UBC's Centre for Health Services and
Policy Research. TheBritish Columbia Rx Atlas
showed medications for cardiovascular disease,
depression and ulcers top the charts in drug
spending. Morgan found that from 1996-2006,
per capita spending on prescription drugs rose
by 140 per cent.
But boomers pride themselves on being
healthier that the previous generation, so why
all the drugs?
"Boomers use more healthcare than any other
generation," says Morgan, who is also an associate
professor in UBC's School of Population and
Public Health. "They are on more and increasingly
expensive drugs, use more diagnostic technologies,
see more specialists and have more surgeries."
Part of the problem is boomeritis. That's how
healthcare professionals describe joint and
overuse injuries seen in middle-aged patients.
Unwilling to give up the high-impact, strenuous
pursuits of their youth, many boomers are
downing drugs like candy after hitting the track
or ski slopes, hoping pills can push back the clock.
It seems the Pepsi generation is in denial.
Former flower children are now using drugs to
help them stay forever young. In the sex
department, global sales of erectile dysfunction
drugs are reported at almost $500 million for
Pfizer's Viagra and about $460 million for Eli
Lilly's Cialis. For other aging body parts, the
magic medicine cabinet of rejuvenators includes
Botox injections, memory-building supplements,
diet and hormone pills and hair growth stimulants.
Despite this consumption, Morgan disagrees
with predictions that boomers will bust the
healthcare system. He has recently published
research that looks at population aging and
14   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011
PHOTOS: UBC LIBRARY ARCHIVES For many boomers, condoms were phased out
when the Pill was phased in. Decades later,
latex seems so 1950s.
healthcare spending. The findings showed rising
expenditures are not driven by the aging of the
population, but by factors that can be controlled
by healthcare providers or policy-makers, such
as public drug coverage plans.
Aided by great sex and drugs, it is expected the
Woodstock generation will resist the rest home.
But although most boomers know the ingredients
for healthy aging, some misconceptions do exist.
"Being physically active should not be defined
by how many times you go to the gym," says
Teresa Liu-Ambrose, UBC assistant professor of
Physical Therapy. "Even if you go to the gym for
30 minutes a day and then sit for the rest of the
day, you still have an increased risk of morbidity
and mortality. Instead, conceptualize being
physically active as constant movement
throughout the day - take the stairs instead of
the elevator or pull your own weeds instead of
hiring a gardener. Small amounts of activity
throughout the day truly do add up to significant
health benefits."
The boomers' need to control their health
may, in fact, drive healthcare innovations.
Having helped their parents navigate the
healthcare system, boomers know exactly
how they want to be treated when their time
comes. Their parents might have accepted pain
or incapacity as part of aging but boomers are
more likely to push for, and pay for, treatments
to maximize health. They will look for more
convenient services and co-ordinated teams
of health professionals to provide the most
effective care.
Healthy aging for boomers also includes
staying intellectually and socially engaged. They
want to retire in college towns or downtown
areas that offer activities and cultural amenities.
And many boomers want to keep working. In
Stayin 'Alive, Adams reports that half of boomers
intend to work at least part-time post-retirement.
Volunteer work that capitalizes on career skills
is also a popular goal. Many women, in particular,
see this phase of life as an opportunity for a new
career or community involvement.
So it seems boomers are not planning to slow
down any time soon but they might take a moment
to consider their own legacy. They will certainly
be remembered for their consumerism, high
expectations and self-absorption. But the glory
days did yield some important changes, as
Owram points out. "A sense of shared ideals and
purpose has helped create a significant legacy,"
he says. "Boomers were the generation that
challenged systematic discrimination and
fundamentally changed the discussion about
who is considered part of our society."
Nottoo shabby for a bunch of long-haired
rabble rousers. So boomers unite, hold your
heads high and get ready to rock 'n' roll right
into the grooviest retirements ever seen. ©
Writer Hilary Thomson is a UBC alumna
and Vancouver-based communications
consultant. A proud boomerette, she has
go-go boots in her closet.
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In early July, amidst the pungent peak of
blackberry blooms, a swarm of bees the size of a
baseball landed on a branch in a cottonwood
tree next to a research plot at UBC Farm. It was
soon captured and housed in a wooden-framed
hive, but a few weeks later the colony is still
small - nowhere near the biomass needed to
survive the winter. "So I will have to do something,"
says Allen Garr, the beekeeper who tends the
farm's six hives. Suited in a bee helmet and
leather gloves, Garr pries open the top super of a
neighbouring hive using a piece of metal that
looks like a boomerang. Inside the cells of the
frame he points out cap brood, which will
emerge as bees within the week, and larvae that
are four or five days old. But what he's looking
for are eggs, evidence of a queen. Depending on
her genetics and how much pollen she is being
fed by the worker bees, a good queen can lay up
to her weight in eggs every day - about 2,500.
"Okay, Tootsie, where are ya?" Garr asks, but
judging from the lack of eggs he suspects this
colony lost its queen a week ago. He decides to
combine the two colonies into one strong
enough to survive winter, but then he spots her.
"She just isn't laying very well," he sighs. The
smaller colony will have to fare on its own. "If
the [other bees] detect a queen that doesn't
smell like their own, they'll kill her," explains
Garr. He walks back to his truck, pulls off his
leather gloves, replaces them with a pair of
rubber ones, and gets out a bucket of pads like
the ones that come under the meat you buy at
the supermarket. Instead of blood, these have
been soaking up formic acid for an anti-mite
treatment he is about to apply.
"Beekeeping has become an extraordinarily
complex process of animal husbandry," says
Paul van Westendorp, British Columbia's
provincial apiarist. More than fifty years have
passed since van Westendorp became interested
in bees. He can still conjure the aroma of wax on
that warm summer day in Holland when his
grade three teacher took his class to a local
apiary. After keeping his own hives as a teen, he
moved to Canada for an undergraduate degree
in agricultural sciences at UBC. He has done
apicultural research in northern Alberta,
apicultural development in Africa and has been
the provincial apiarist in BC since 1990. Bees,
according to van Westendorp, are the spark plug
of agriculture. "Without them," he says, "we
simply cannot function." Approximately 25,000 species of bees have
been identified, with at least 40,000 still to be
catalogued, but our food system has become
entirely dependent on one species to pollinate
crops: the Western honeybee (Apis mellifera).
Ironically, this honeybee is not even native to
North America; it was brought here by European
colonizers. But over the last 40 years the total
acreage of crops in North America that depend
on this single pollinator has increased substantially
(think about the fruit now available year-round
- from strawberries to watermelons.) At the
same time, there has been a sharp decline in the
number of beekeepers, who in turn are noticing
an increasing number of pathogens affecting
their hives. "Whatwe have are two opposing
trends," says van Westendorp, "an increased
demand for crop pollination and a decline in
managed pollinators." Two questions follow that
observation: what has happened to the bees and
what can we do to fix it?
More than a third of current global agriculture
production depends on the honeybee for
pollination. While some plants, such as grapes,
are self-fertile, many others, such as apples and
blueberries, require an insect to reproduce.
Large-scale mono-cropping of pollination-
dependent plants means pollinators need to be
brought to the fields. And they don't get there by
beating their wings.
In the United States, colonies of honeybees
are shipped on flatbed trucks from the wintering
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^J* ARE THE SPARK     ■ * P t,
grounds of southern Texas, Florida and
Mississippi to California in order to pollinate
the sea of peach blossoms that will become
almonds. At an estimated $2 billion a year,
almonds are the most valuable cash crop in the
US. The bees then travel north to Oregon and
Washington State to pollinate blueberries and
cranberries, as well as apples in the Yakima Valley.
This is followed by a road-trip to the Dakotas for
clover and canola before being brought back to
Texas to pollinate the tiny two-centimetre
yellow blossoms on watermelon vines.
"We have a far more mechanized and highly
developed agricultural industry than anywhere
in the world," says van Westendorp. "We have
cranked up production to such a level that it is a
fine-tuned machine." In British Columbia,
where the first hives arrived by ship in 1858,
honeybee pollination is now responsible for
more than $160 million per year in agricultural
production. In comparison, the total market
value of hive products, including honey and
beeswax, comes in at a paltry $8 million.
Nationwide, pollination contributes an estimated
$750 million to agricultural production, and in
the US the number jumps to over $15 billion.
Globally, enhanced crop pollination accounts
for $285 billion of farm receipts. "As soon as one
component is missing," says van Westendorp, "a
whole bunch of other things go s equentially in
the wrong direction."
Worker bees started to decrease in number in
the spring of 2006. In early 2007 news broke of
Colony Collapse Disorder, and the public was
warned that honeybee die-off threatened food
security. Most of us became aware for the first
time just how much we rely on honeybees.
Canadian colonies were hit with a loss of about
35 per cent in the winter of 2008-2009. By 2010,
US colony losses were estimated at 50 per cent.
The number of missing bees has been equated to
the number of human deaths during the Black
Plague, and yet the cause of Colony Collapse
Disorder (a name and concept still contested
amongst scientists) has not yet been determined.
What we do know is that it has only been noted
in the most developed countries.
In less developed countries, there has not
been a substantial loss of colonies. The key to
this, for van Westendorp, is agricultural practice.
In Africa, subsistence farmers have mastered
the technique of inter-cropping, whereby tall
vegetation, like bananas, is mixed in with smaller
shrubbery, like yucasava, and the ground is
covered by plants like beans and peas. Most
importantly, there are wild pollinators.
By comparison, van Westendorp says to
imagine driving through the Fraser Valley in the
spring when the highbush blueberry, which
brings in $100 million annually, has started to
flower. Just one acre of these cultivated
blueberries produces 4.5 to 5 million flowers.
Relying on wild pollinators in this mono-cultural
setting is impossible. Densely repetitive crops
leave no space for fallen trees where a native
pollinator might rest or a swarm might make a
home. Intense production methodologies like
mono-cropping create unnatural environments,
and bees are simply not designed to be carted
about on the backs of trucks, feeding from
limited floral sources. Though it is hard to prove,
van Westendorp says it is widely accepted that
this type of management regime may result in
acute dietary or nutritional deficiencies.
Humans have been managing bee colonies for
more than 7,000 years, but in the 1850s an ample
understanding of honeybee reproduction and
genetics allowed beekeepers to start breeding
for desirable traits. Nowadays, beekeepers select
based on four criteria: honey production, disease
resistance, gentleness, and winter hardiness.
Over the years, this selection process has
changed the bee's exoskeleton, nervous system,
digestive tract, and collective social behaviour.
But breeding for desirable traits does not always
solve problems. Breeders maybe selecting from
an ever narrower pool of genetics, says van
Westendorp, and the question often raised is
whether we have narrowed down that genetic
pool to the point where it has become more
vulnerable to the onslaught of different climatic
regimes or pathogens.
"Hi, girls, me again," Garr says through the
respirator he has just put on to protect himself
from the fumes of formic acid. He opens a new
hive; a swarm flies up and hovers. He peels off an
old pad and applies a new one, the third in a
series of seven treatments. "When their bums
stick in the air it means they are pissed off," says
Garr, pointing to the bees still on the hexagonal
cells of the frame. "You can tell the moods of
bees even though they are little insects," he says,
squeezing the bellows of a blue tin smoke can to
calm them. The bees don't like the formic acid,
which has an assaulting scent. Through the
respirator, which makes him sound like a
soft-spoken Darth Vader, Garr says that he tries
to make sure the acid doesn't touch the bees. If it
does, it will kill them. As a rule, beekeepers try
notto kill their bees. Theytake care of them,
lovingly, attentively. Bees are the only insect of
the order hymenoptera that we cultivate instead
of kill. All other socializing insects get the
stomp, swat or spray. We destroy the hives of
ants and wasps with equal aggression. For bees
that bear honey, we build wooden frames and
wage war against pathogens using formic acid,
originally distilled from the body of ants (Latin
name: formica).
The formic acid on the pads Garr is using was
probably produced commercially, somewhere in
Germany or China. When it turns to gas, it
permeates the hive and kills two types of mites:
a tracheal mite, which causes the bee to
suffocate, and the varroa mite. Of the two, the
varroa mite is more serious. It causes all kinds of
stress on the colony and injects viral material
straight into the body cavity of either brood or
adult bees. These parasitic mites are complex
organisms and need to be fought with very
special tools.
With the sequencing of the bee genome in 2006,
researchers have been able to study the bee from
molecule to colony. Every organism has a
genome that contains all the biological information needed to build and maintain it, and
genome sequencing is the process of figuring out
the order of that biological information.
Proteomics is considered the next step in the
study of biological systems.
"Proteomics is to proteins what genome
sequencing is to genes," explains Leonard Foster,
an associate professor of Biochemistry at UBC.
Foster was recently awarded a grant by Genome
18   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 Canada to facilitate a three-year study applying
a selective breeding program to the honeybee.
The aim is to increase certain bee behaviours
that are known to coincide with better disease
resistance. Since there is a direct link between
these behaviours and the type and quantity of
protein present in cells, Foster will measure the
molecular fingerprints of 500 different bee
populations and compare them with those of
disease-resistant bees identified during a
previous study. Populations with the closest
match will be selected for breeding. His team
will use a technology called mass spectrometry
to analyze bee samples for the types and quantity
of protein present. Understanding which proteins
are involved in specific behaviours will allow
Foster to isolate beneficial ones.
The advantage of using molecular techniques
to select breeding stock is accuracy - leading to
bigger improvements in bee health following
each cycle - and also speed. "Without the aid of
molecular techniques it takes a year to go
through one breeding cycle," says Foster. "But
with them we might be able to do a few cycles
per year." By 2013, Foster will be ready to field
test the selectively bred bees to see if they are
less prone to disease.
With agricultural production at peak pitch and
pathogens attacking hives to the tune of the Black
Plague, the top speed solution offered by Foster
is invaluable. "At the end of the tunnel, he will not
give us the magic bee," says van Westendorp, "but
rather a tool that allows us to find that particular
strain of bee which is most resistant to disease."
Back at the farm, Garr is packing up and moving
on to one of the other locations where he keeps
bees. He takes care of about 20 hives, depending
on how many are lost over winter or whether he
catches a swarm and gains a colony. When Garr
had a broken leg and was at home recovering, a
friend caught a swarm on the west side. Instead
of trucking it back to East Vancouver where he
lived, he left it on the back porch of Garr's
Kitsilano home. Since then, two rooms in Garr's
basement have become overrun; one for the
honey extractor, jars and lids, the other for
building and storing the honey supers, standards
and wooden frames. Over the years, he has come
to recognize weather patterns and notice if his
neighbours are spraying pesticides. "It kind of
turns you into an environmentalist," says Garr.
"The girls showed me the way."
The girls may show many more people the way.
The economic heft of agricultural production
that this tiny insect bears weighs a lot more than
honey. While it is too late to turn the agricultural
clock back to a time when we didn't depend so
much on one species of bee, a survey of the
current situation helps us understand the
pressing sustainability issues in our food system.
"We often lose sight of the interconnectedness
between living components and all the parts that
fit together," says Paul van Westendorp. This
wisdom is not lost on Anelyse Weiler, a recent
graduate of UBC's Global Resource Systems
program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
Aside from being the communications coordinator
at the UBC Farm, she is working to help improve
bee forage by planting native and non-native
species that bloom throughout the growing
season. "One of the mottos we have for ecological integration at the farm is the idea that no one
thing does just one thing," says Weiler. "Bees are
a perfect illustration of that simple concept." ©
By Anelyse Weiler, BSc'll,
UBC Farm Communications Coordinator
At the farm, we manage a rich diversity of habitats
in order to support critical ecosystem services such
as pollination. This diversity ranges in scale from
entire landscapes to individual genes, thus
encompassing a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest,
250 varieties of organic crop, and the 70 types of
heritage apple pollinated by bees in our student-
initiated orchard. For the past several years we have
been establishing wildlife hedgerows and other
natural habitats, integrating them into areas of
intensive field production.
Habitat loss and urbanization have harmed bee
populations by reducing the abundance of flowers
for food. We have been working to expand
"insectary" plantings with the help of undergraduate
student researchers and community volunteers. Our
goal is to ensure that both the farm's honey bees
and indigenous bees have access to a suite of floral
nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing
season. We also keep the bees' needs in mind when
sowing cover crops in the fall. Cover crops are
primarily used to protect soil from rain, build organic
matter and add nitrogen, but flowering cover crops
such as clover species and phacelia also happen to
be excellent sources of food for bees and butterflies.
These efforts to improve bee forage don't need to
end at the farm; anyone with a garden can help. By
planting colourful and fragrant species of flowers
attractive to bees, gardeners can have a positive
impact on the health of local pollinators. It is
particularly important to include native flowers such
as goldenrod, Oregon grape, lupines and pearly
everlasting. This season, we established a community partnership with the Environmental Youth
Alliance through its Pollinator's Paradise program.
Local high school students built the farm two
"condos" for the native orchard mason bee. These
simple bee houses can be built or bought and affixed
to the outside of a building, meaning apartment
dwellers can do their bit, too.
flflfln        The UBC Farm welcomes members
_JIIIIII|a     of the UBC and broader community
\^^       who are interested in teaching, research
and volunteer opportunities. See the
website for details (www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm).
Updates on academic initiatives, farm markets and
quirky site happenings are posted on Facebook
(Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm)
and Twitter (@ubcfarm).
FALL/WINTER 2011   TREK    19 \[l
THE 2011
From groundbreaking medical research to far-reaching social
advocacy efforts, our 2011 Alumni Achievement Award recipients
have impacted the lives of those around them through their
leadership, discovery, and commitment to improving our world.
Their remarkable achievements will be celebrated on November 29.
To learn more about the recipients, please visit our website:
Nelly Auersperg,
Dr. Nelly Auersperg is a
pioneer of gynecological cancer
research who has focused her
career on advancing the medical community's
ability to detect ovarian cancer at its early stages.
In 1974, few others were studying the disease,
which meant she needed to develop many of the
tools used to study the cancer in vitro herself,
leading to promising new possibilities for
treatment and survival.
Rahim Moloo, LLB'05
With a list of achievements
^m ^k    longer than that of most people
twice his age and a CV that
I    could shame top executives,
Rahim Moloo, not yet 30,
epitomizes the enormous potential that UBC
graduates possess. Rahim specializes in issues
of international law and has advised governments
and multinationals in international disputes. He
recently joined the University of Central Asia in
Kyrgyzstan as general counsel and board secretary.
jw3±, George Bowering,
\ BA'60,MA'63,DLit'94
^^*      ^^^_     Dr. George Bowering is one of
; the most influential and prolific
I    writers in Canadian literary
history. A national historian, essayist, short-story
writer, novelist, editor and children's author, he is a
prime example of the artistic talent that UBC is
proud to foster. The quantity, originality and
relevance of his work have distinguished him as an
international artist, leading him to be honored as
the first poet laureate of Canada.
Jane Hungerford,
^f ^jA    Jane Hungerford's record of
fl        ji^J^B    volunteer service and
^^^^^^^^^    community leadership sets a
gold standard for civic duty. Over the past 40 years,
she has focused her efforts on education, conservation,
social services and healthcare, raising millions of
dollars for crucial research and services. She has
supported a wealth of causes, including the BC
Cancer Foundation, The Salvation Army, the Pacific
Salmon Foundation, and the UBC Rowing program.
^g^ Marie Earl
From 2005 to 2010, UBC's
jji^L alumni community had no
^^■uW^ib b|    greater advocate than Marie
{   f ' "^^    Earl. Her arrival on campus to
assume leadership of alumni
affairs marked a new era in alumni relations and a
determined push to engage one of the university's
largest constituent groups. Due in large part to her
dedication and hard work, the university's strategic
plan, Place and Promise, now includes alumni
engagement as one of its key components.
Meghan MacDonald,
As a decorated scholar,
community volunteer and
determined athlete, Meghan
MacDonald is an exceptionally
well-rounded individual and an inspiration to
her peers. Since her nomination and selection
for this award, Meghan has graduated from the
Faculty of Medicine. Her long list of honours and
achievements provides a small preview of the
bright future awaiting her.
Dr. FelixDurity, BA'58,
A _
emeritus in UBC's department
I    of surgery, was the first resident
to be trained in neurosurgery at UBC. He is not
only one of the most respected neurosurgeons in
Canada but also a renowned humanitarian who has
dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible
neurosurgical care for the people of British
Columbia and beyond.
j^b M. Hosny El-Lakany,
"~ .* ^. PhD'69
^^£\ Dr. M. Hosny El Lakany has
I    dedicated his life to pushing
the environmental agenda on
the world stage. During his
four-decade career, he has not only conducted novel
and award-winning research but also applied it to
shape policies addressing some of the world's most
imperative issues. These include deforestation,
land degradation, climate change, globalized trade
and investment, forest governance, poverty
reduction and natural resource conservation. M
A UB C j anitor, loved by
students and admired by
faculty, became curator
for one of Canada's most
nportant museum
/!\Erwin Wodarc
In its early days, UBC was as well known for
some of its characters as for its academic life.
There was "King John" Ridington, the first
university librarian, who allegedly instructed
students to walk only on the black tiles of
the library floors, as they were easier to clean
than the white ones; Lionel Haweis, who
officially worked as a library clerk but was a
self-described black sheep from a family of
eccentrics and was equally well known as a
writer, photographer, and patron of student
literary efforts; and Garnett Sedgewick, autocrat
of the English Department for manyyears and
arguably UBC's leading scholar, raconteur, and
wit, who would play both Romeo and Juliet
while lecturing on Shakespeare.
A lesser known character from those early
days - although one who would be instrumental
in the development of one of UBC's most
important programs - was William Tansley.
Known to students over the years as Old Bill, he
was born in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire,
England, in 1859. Apprenticed in a lawyer's office
at age 12, Tansley soon left that position for one
as a coach-builder's apprentice. After four years
he changed positions again, working in his
grandfather's warehouse. But Tansley's main
interest was art. He hoped to teach drawing and
was good enough to qualify for a tutorial
position. Unfortunately, illness prevented him
from accepting the job.
Tansley immigrated to Canada in 1903, living
first in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. The following
year he moved to British Columbia and worked
at a series of jobs before coming to the university
in 1916. Working at first as a janitor in the Fairview
campus'Arts/Administration/Library building,
he later assumed responsibility for general
maintenance and repairs and also served as a
night watchman.
PHOTO: UBC LIBRARY ARCHIVES Well-read and a natural storyteller, Tansley
was popular among students and faculty alike.
Professors who stopped to chat often found him
almost as knowledgeable about their subjects as
they were. Students called on him to open
jammed lockers, paint signs advertising a
campus event, or even just lend a sympathetic
ear. Every Christmas a collection was taken to
buy him a present - one year a set of books,
another year a gold watch.
Tansley was given another responsibility in 1927
when Dr. Frank Burnett donated his extensive
collection of artifacts and artwork from the South
Pacific to the university. Tansley and Burnett
were friends; supposedly, Old Bill knew the
collection so well that when it was donated to UBC
he was automatically given the position of curator.
Housed on the first floor of the library, the
Burnett Collection included weapons, tools,
items of clothing, idols and other religious
artifacts, human skulls and bones, and many
other curios. Numbering nearly a thousand
pieces, it was at the time one of the largest such
collections in the world. Tansley was responsible
for maintaining the collection in its display
cabinets, and for conducting tours for interested
students and staff.
Over the years, other materials were added,
including artifacts from First Nations groups
in BC. The combined collections became known
as the University Museum, and Tansley served
as curator until his retirement in 1941. He was
succeeded by Dr. Ian McTaggart Cowan of the
Department of Zoology. The museum continued
to evolve, and began shifting from the collection
of curios towards supporting serious research and
study - especially after 1947 when anthropologists
Harry and Audrey Hawthorn were appointed
director and curator, respectively.
William Tansley died in 1957. The museum
he helped establish was eventually renamed
the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA).
Since its transfer from the library to its current
site on Marine Drive in 1976, MOA has become
a world-famous centre for anthropological
research and education, and one of the university's
most important landmarks. ©
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The library functioned somewhat as the
campus social centre also, especially the
Smoking Room for men in the basement.
There the studious janitor Bill Tansley held
clinics on philosophy...
Dr. William C. Gibson
ding to his frie
Everyone knows "our Mr. Tansley." If you
want to open a stubborn locker, if you've
lost the only note book you ever valued, if
you must have a poster that will arouse
universal interest and curiosity, "Ask Bill,"
and your worries will vanish. But perhaps
everyone does not know that Mr. Tansley
found time to aid the French Red Cross by
painting several charming posters for their
recent entertainment. The Countess
d'Audiffret was so pleased with the
cleverness and skill displayed in his work that
she has taken the posters away with her...
The ubyssey, 26 October 7922
W. Tansley is perhaps the most erratic
gentleman around college (and that is
saying something). He may often be
heard waxing enthusiastic over some
extract from the classics, or seen brush
in hand, laying up a libel suit for himself
at some future date. His picture shows him
at one of his innumerable tasks - removing
some of the corruption from the Men's _^__
Common Room, l —
1978 Annual
22   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011
In His Own Words:
Although acting as janitor, part of whose duties are as a watchman and
the other part as sweeper and cleaner, in the long night and morning
hours my brain and imagination are at times very busy, especially as I
pass through the library and look on the seemingly endless rows ofbooks.
Here is Froissart, truly in every sense a chronicler, and as I
turn over the pages richly illuminated and illustrated in the quaint
mediaeval way, lam reminded forcibly of Sir John Fastolfand Caister
Castle in Norfolk....
I have many times visited the old castle, the first brick castellated
and moated structure erected in England. The outer walls and tower
still remain, also remains of the old staircase to the tower summit....
Another volume, Visitations of Norwich, brought a flood of
reminiscences to my mind of old Benet's Abbey, founded by Canute the
Dane, the monks of which, at Sir John Fastolf's death, were specially
barbered and shavedfor thefuneral obsequies.
Gray's Elegy -yes, with its pathetic lesson for all. "The rude
forefathers of the hamlet sleep" - and, wearied with the long and hard
night's work, as I seat myself among this vast array of history, romance
and philosophy, the severe modernity of the stacks seems to soften, the
old, old monastic arches take shape, and the narrow spaces resolve
into scriptorum, with the painstaking monks laboriously inscribing
those glorious pages on vellum. But this dreaming will never do-a
janitor'sjob is to clean and dust and make the place presentable when
the institution opens for the students in the morning.
William Tansley, The Ubicee, February 1917
The Frank Burnett Collection at MOA
The son of a sea captain, Frank Burnett's life was
bound for adventure. At age 14 he left his home
in Liverpool to begin an apprenticeship aboard a
sea vessel. Travelling as far as Egypt and South
Africa, he landed on Canadian shores in 1870. He
eventually lived in Winnipeg for a number of
years with his young family and worked
variously as a farmer, a grain dealer, a private
banker, and police magistrate. After 15 years
of mixed fortunes he packed up and moved west
to Vancouver, where he made his fortune.
By 1901, at the age of 49, Burnett was ready to
retire but he continued to explore many areas in
the South Pacific collecting more than 1200
objects from the people he met there. Along
with Inuit objects from the collection of Ian M.
Mackinnon, the 1200 pieces were installed by
Frank and his daughter, Nina, in a first-floor
room in Main Library, where they remained
for 20 years. The artifacts formed the base
collection for the Museum of Anthropology
when it was founded in 1947, but were placed in
storage until the museum moved to its current
premises in 1976.
Tester thinks a
system of restorative
justice is an effective
method for addressing
and reducing crime, and
restoring healthy social
On June 15, after the final game of the Stanley
Cup playoffs, Vancouver erupted into a full-
fledged riot. From burning cars and fighting in
the street to opportunistic looting, the rioters
seemed to show rampant disregard for societal
conventions. It was awake-up call for local
residents, who were left with a trail of destruction
along with a pervasive sense of intimidation and
outrage. The riots - or more specifically the
rioters - have lingered in the news and, as
charges start to be laid, opinions differ on
what should happen to those found guilty of
riot-related crime. Some angry critics are keen
to publicly name, shame, and punish through
the traditional legal system, while others favour
an alternative approach that might prove
more constructive.
In response to the outcry after the riots,
the Solicitor General's office, City of Vancouver,
and Vancouver Police Department jointly
commissioned an independent review to
examine what went wrong. The resulting report,
The Night the City Became a Stadium, included
a recommendation for a process known as
restorative justice for riot-related offences.
In order for the punishment to fit the crime,
it suggested a special community court to
consider individual motives, distinguishing
remorseful first-time offenders from career
criminals. Ideally, restorative justice would
reintegrate riot offenders through a process
that would teach them to recognize their
mistakes, accept responsibility, and make
positive reparation to the community.
PHOTO: MARTIN DEE UBC social work professor Frank Tester
favours restorative justice over the adversarial
legal system, with its complex definitions and
argumentative style. Not only would the riot's
massive scale clog the conventional court
system for years, but any underlying issues
would also go unaddressed. "We won't have
learned much. The rioters won't have learned
much - if anything," says Tester. "Some young
people could have their lives ruined by having a
record. Then we will pick up the social costs for
the decades they are unemployed and frustrated
in their lives and relationships. What kind of
justice is that?" For years, Tester chaired
Vancouver's Family Court Youth Justice
Committee, a civic group that reports annually
to the Attorney General and Vancouver City
Council. With a mandate to use community
resources for children and family matters, the
committee established the Vancouver Association
In order for the
punishment to fit the
crime, the report
suggested a special
community court to
consider individual
motives, distinguishing
remorseful first- time
offenders from
career criminals.
for Restorative Justice to promote use of the
process. The VARJ submitted a document
outlining its recommendations to the authors of
the riot report.
Through restorative justice, the people
directly involved in or affected by a crime, plus
other community members, become part of an
individualized and hands-on process intended
to bridge misunderstanding and dispute.
Offenders and the people impacted by their
crime communicate directly, something Tester
says can be a powerful and healing experience
for victims. He stresses that the process does not
let offenders off the hook; confronting the
consequences of their actions and facing their
victims is difficult and intense. "I have seen
offenders break down and, for the first time in
their lives, come to grips with their own history,
behaviour and what they have done to others.
This is anything but soft justice. It is a very tough
experience to go through." Offenders also have
to make amends in a way deemed appropriate
by the community. "The idea is to restore the
person to his or her community," says Tester.
"The idea is to heal wounds, not leave them
open and festering. The idea is to have people
better understand their own behaviour and
gain insight into the circumstances that
contributed to it. Through restorative justice,
people learn something."
Tester's travels and work around the globe
have strengthened his belief in restorative
justice and its application in vastly different
settings. From dealing with street youth in
Hamilton, Ontario, to former child soldiers in
Mozambique, the technique has been used to
facilitate social reintegration and healing. The
techniques can be successful even for serious
crimes. "At the same time, some offenders likely
should go to jail," observes Tester. "But I would
want to be convinced first that no other means
will do anything to change that person's
behaviour and that therefore, for the sake of the
safety of all of us, jail is the appropriate place."
Restorative processes can heal broken
communities like the ones Tester works with
in Nunavut. In fact, the approach shares key
characteristics with traditional Aboriginal
practices. In modern Nunavut, offenders -
particularly youth - are sent away to camps
where they must learn Arctic survival skills.
The separation is supplemented by dialogue
aimed at understanding how their behaviour
affects others.
Hugh Brock opened my eyes. His
legacy helped me to study in France and
expand my horizons. Before I won
the Hugh Brock Education Abroad
Scholarship at UBC my attitude to
education was very business-like. I just
wanted to get it done and find a good job
quickly. Now I look to the world for
opportunities, not just Vancouver, and
I have many international contacts. I
made friends with people from every
continent except Antarctica. Thank you
Mr. Brock. Your gift has created
educational opportunities for hundreds
of UBC students, both on campus and in
almost every part of the world. Most
importantly to me, now I appreciate
learning for its own sake. A lesson I hope
to spend the rest of my life pursuing.
- Aarondeep Bains
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"Someyoung people
could have their lives
ruined by having a
record. Then we will
pick up the social costs.
What kind of justice
is that?"
Tester works in Arviat, a remote community
formerly known as Eskimo Point on the western
shore of Hudson Bay. Originally a Hudson's Bay
Company post with several religious missions,
Arviat grew with the burgeoning white fox trade
in the early 1900s. After World War II, the fur
trade collapsed and the federal government
began paying family allowances, holding Inuit in
place just when living off the land became more
difficult. In the late 1940s, there was major
starvation in the interior of the Keewatin
Region. In 1957, the government moved Inuit
living at Ennadai Lake to new hunting grounds
near Henik Lake, but this proved disastrous and
more Inuit starved over the winter of 1957-58.
Survivors were evacuated to Arviat, where many
contracted tuberculosis. Farley Mowat's books,
People of the Deer and The Desperate People,
documented the devastating effects of relocation.
The rapid social change profoundly affected
physical and mental health, social relationships,
and culture. Steeped in new influences through
residential schools, and then television and
the internet, younger generations have often
drifted away from traditional ways and lo st
their Inuit identity. The bitter result is a
community struggling with many social
problems, including addiction, family violence,
abuse, and youth suicide.
"The difficulties that many Nunavummiut
face today have a lot to do with the history of
colonization," says Tester, who won the
Gustavus Myers Award for his contribution to
the study of human rights in North America.
"Colonization is about the use and abuse of
power. If you have been demeaned, put down,
degraded, portrayed as stupid, primitive and
pagan, it is bound to [negatively affect] self-
esteem - individually and collectively." He
points to the problems faced by Inuit youth, who
have one of the highest suicide rates in the
world. "Without a grounding in their history
and culture, Inuit youth are lost and vulnerable
to all the conflicting and often destructive
messages beamed at them from elsewhere."
To help heal the rifts, Tester developed the
Nanisiniq Arviat History Project, bringing
together Inuit youth and elders to rediscover
and document their history and culture. For
phas e one last year, a group of Arviat youth
visited Vancouver. At UBC they worked with
Tester's archival collection of 11,000 documents
detailing the social history of the eastern Arctic
- the largest of its kind in the world outside of
the government and church archives where the
records were found. The youth looked at
Arviat's history to trace what happened to
their elders and community. Phase two involves
using technology, including filmmaking and
interactive media, to document the process as
the youth re-learn Arctic survival skills from
their elders. In December, they are accompanying
Tester to Durban, South Africa, to participate
in the COP17 conference on climate change,
bringing what they have learned from their
elders to bear on the issue.
The resurgence of traditional skills and values
allows Arviat youth to reconnect with their own
history from an Inuit perspective. Working closely
with community elders brings the generations
back together. The principle is known as Inuit
Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ): rebuilding family ties,
26  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 "Without a grounding in
their history and culture,
Inuit youth are lost and
vulnerable to all the
conflicting and often
destructive messages
beamed at them from
intergenerational relationships, respect,
community support, adaptability, resilience, and
strength. It is a thoroughly restorative approach
based on individual and community engagement,
dialogue, and reparation. Hopefully, their
journey of discovery will provide the impetus to
move forward into the future, combining old
and new ways.
The lessons learned through restorative
processes can be applied even to a modern
multicultural mosaic like Vancouver. Community-
building should trump retribution. The current
legal system focuses on punishing offenders with
little view to true rehabilitation. Recognition,
forgiveness, and reparation can restore strained
relationships and hold a community together
after mistakes are made. Compare that with the
punitive approach, which marginalizes
offenders, fractures their social bonds, and
creates disenfranchisement. The resulting
effects can be devastating for small remote
communities, but perhaps larger societies are
not immune from the repercussions.
Both the federal and provincial governments
have historically promoted restorative justice as
a viable alternative to the current legal system.
Evidence shows that reoffending rates drop
after participation in restorative justice
programs. From Ucluelet to Williams Lake,
communities across British Columbia are
holding training sessions for restorative justice
practitioners and other organizations, preparing
them to address local problems, conflicts, and
issues. Perhaps the same approach could bring
closure to the issues raised by Vancouver's
Stanley Cup riot, moving past mindless
destruction to mend social relationships and
bring the community closer together. ©
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FALL/WINTER 2011  TREK   27 Pond Inlet, the "Switzerland of the Arctic," is
situated at the northern end of Baffin Island. Its
mostly Inuit residents, their colourful houses
almost touching the dark waters of Eclipse
Sound, look out at the ice-capped mountains
and glacier-filled valleys of Bylot Island's
Sirmilik National Park.
Eclipse Sound itself is littered with icebergs,
which calve off glaciers as they move towards
the sea. One particularly handsome specimen is
lodged on the bottom just offshore the hamlet;
its pinnacle stretches 50 metres high.
Climate change has made Pond Inlet a busy
place, full of tourists, prospectors, scientists and
bureaucrats. I've arrived on a chartered flight
from Iqaluit, 1000 kilometres to the south.
There are two other big planes already parked
on the small gravel apron, along with two
smaller turboprops and a pair of helicopters.
Together, the seven aircraft could hold 200
people; the tiny terminal, in contrast, has seats
for just 10.
It's busy offshore, too. The Canadian Coast
Guard icebreaker Amundsen is anchored
alongside a 20-metre motor yacht and a
10-metre sailboat. As we swoop overhead, the
Amundsen's helicopter pilot tells me that the
sailboat is from Australia. Its owners have come
to sail the Northwest Passage. Later this
summer, we might have to rescue them.
The Amundsen has rescued tourists before. Last
summer a Yugoslavian-built ice-strengthened
cruise ship, the Clipper Adventurer, struck an
underwater ledge in Coronation Gulf, 1500
kilometers southwest of here. Fortunately, the
seas were calm and the Coast Guard was just two
days sailing time away. Had the weather been
worse - and it usually is in the Arctic - hundreds
of lives might have been lost.
Just last week, two Inuit hunters died near
the hamlet of Arctic Bay after their six-metre
boat overturned in five-metre waves.
For this reason, our arrival on the Amundsen's
flight deck is followed by an hour-long safety
course. At one point, we have to strap ourselves
into one of the enclosed lifeboats. I'm seated
beside Julie Payette, the Canadian astronaut,
who smiles at my visible nervousness in that
tightly confined space. "Don't worry," she smiles,
"help will arrive within a week."
Although lifesaving takes priority, the
Amundsen's principal mission is science. In a
unique partnership with ArcticNet, a federally
funded consortium of researchers from 29
Canadian universities, the Coast Guard vessel
provides a mobile platform for the collection of
data and samples. As we sail towards Lancaster
(WWW.DOUGBARBER.CA): CANADIAN COAST GUARD ICEBREAKER THE AMUNDSEN Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and
International Law at UBC and is the author of Who Owns the Arctic?
He is a member of ArcticNet, a federally funded research network that
exists to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.
This summer, he explored the region in a Canadian Coastguard icebreaker.
Sound, we're constantly measuring the
environment, mapping the bottom with sonar,
slowing down to trawl for plankton and fish
larvae, and stopping periodically to collect water
and seabed sediments. We even have a small,
remote-controlled submarine on board, which is
deployed through a "moon pool" on the
underside of the ship.
Tomorrow, we'll be looking for sea-ice, and
particularly "multi-year ice." This is ice that
forms on the surface of the ocean during the
winter months and survives the following
summer's melt to become much thicker and
harder. It is this ice that provides the best
habitat for seals, narwhales, belugas and polar
bears. It is this ice that keeps foreign vessels
from entering the Northwest Passage and
challenging Canada's sovereignty claim. And it is
this ice that is disappearing at a phenomenal
rate, as rising air and water temperatures melt it
from above and beneath.
The VIPs on board - Payette, former French
Prime Minister Michel Rocard, British High
Commissioner Andrew Pocock - are hoping to
see a polar bear. These "charismatic carnivores"
stand more than three meters high and weigh
up to 600 kilograms. Seemingly invincible, the
bears are threatened with extinction by the
rapidly melting of the ice. As their scientific
name ursus maritimus indicates, polar bears are
a sea-going species that has evolved specifically
to hunt ringed seals on ice. The bears can survive
on land for months at a time, but they need to
catch seals to build up the vast fat stores that
enable them to nurse their young. The ringed
seals also need ice, as do the Arctic cod on which
the seals feed, and the plankton the cod eat.
Every visitor to the Arctic becomes acutely
aware of two things: the raw, awesome beauty
this place; and the fact that climate change is
advancing much more quickly than many peopl
in the "South" would believe.
What responsibility do we, the human
species, have to the Arctic? Is the planet ours to
exploit, to alter irreversibly?
It's "bar night" on the Amundsen, but I'm
feeling too meditative to join in the singing. I
retire to the top deck and watch the midnight
sun play across the water, snow and ice. Then, I
hear it - the ice-cube cracking in my drink.
Chipped off an iceberg earlier today, the ancient
ice is releasing molecules of atmosphere into my
drink. Molecules that might have been locked
inside a glacier since before modern man (homo
sapiens) appeared on Earth. ©
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Canada's Northwest passage
Compiled from the daily Ocean Notes provided to travellers, and personal observati.
from UBC trip host Karen Kanigan. Photos: Karen Kanigan and fellow passengers.
This summer, 41 UBC alumni and friends participated in expeditions to the Canadian Arctic and the
legendary Northwest Passage. Presentations, conversations and learning accompanied their exploration of
the great outdoors aboard the Russian-flagged Akademik loffe, designed and built in Finland as a scientific
research vessel in 1989. Her bridge was open to passengers virtually 24 hours a day. Experts on board
presented on topics including climate change, wildlife, Inuit culture and history, and early European
explorers. UBC professor Michael Byers (see page 28) presented on the issue of Arctic sovereignty, a
growing cause of debate as ice melts, new shipping routes open, and natural resources become accessible.
Recommended pre-trip reading was late UBC alumnus Pierre Berton's book, The Arctic Grail. Here are some
highlights from both legs of the voyage.
COMMUNITIES MEET    We were the first
tourists to spend time in the hamlet of Igloolik
all summer, and it seemed as if everyone living
there came out to meet us at the landing,
including dozens of kids who had a blast hanging
out in the Zodiacs and sharing stories with us.
We compared different forms of wet skins, theirs
being the natural variety and ours being bright
red high-tech expedition gear. We were greeted
with bannock and tea, shook hands with the
elders and enjoyed dancing, singing and
watching artisans work on their carving and
screen-printing. We explored on foot and by
van, and some hitched rides on the all-terrain
vehicles used to get around by most people
living there.
Hudson's Bay posts, and the Cold War radar
stations that formed a DEW line (Distance Early
Warning), are remnants of our not-too-distant
past. Our guides also pointed out what they
believed to be ancient Inuit sites - uninhabited,
but still used as hunting camps - with their
telltale inukshuks, caribou bones, and sources of
30   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 fresh water and berries. A highlight of the
western leg was tracing Franklin's last voyage,
gazing out across the sea and land towards the
final resting place of his crew. From the
gravesites on Beechey Island to the cairn
marking their last know location, each historical
site brought an increasing appreciation of the
despair faced by these unfortunate explorers.
WILDLIFE WATCH    Muskoxen: Once
threatened by overhunting, muskoxen have
rebounded in recent decades and are again
expanding into former ranges. Populations have
increased dramatically on Banks and Victoria
islands, hence the numbers of muskoxen hides
seen in Cambridge Bay. The small herd we saw
in Johansen Bay is typical of summer. One
dominant bull is controlling the herd's movements
and following the females, checking their
reproductive status. The calves and yearlings
spend much time at play, "rehearsing" the
aggressive behaviour of adult bulls by headbutting and chasing each other around the herd.
Bowhead Whales: Shortly after breakfast
one day, the Loffe found itself in the midst of a
pod of elusive Bowhead whales, and the count
was on. Even veteran polar naturalist Tony
Soper could not believe his eyes as it went into
double digits. The final number was 71.
... and bears, oh my: As if three polar bears
and three gyrfalcons at Beechey Island one
morning were not enough, we also experienced
a spectacular seabird feeding-frenzy the same
afternoon. Thousands of northern fulmars and
hundreds of black-legged kittiwakes and
glaucous gulls were feeding voraciously on sea
butterflies (a pelagic mollusk whose foot is
transformed into wings) and Arctic cod. The
frenzies were particularly animated each time
the cod pushed the sea butterflies to the surface,
where the hungry birds waited for both fish and
mollusks. Harp seals also joined the fray and a
hungry bear waited for a seal to swim close to
the beach. From mollusks to bear, the entire
arctic food chain was on display.
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very nearly gone. Spending time in a place of
such breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife,
and realizing this trip may not have been
navigable until recent years, made for many
moments of silence and contemplation. We
rarely saw an iceberg — the captain and
expedition leader would review ice charts
regularly in an effort to either track some down,
or avoid dangerous encounters. In the end, we
were fortunate to have one full day of "ice time,"
reaching it by Zodiac or kayak. O
What's Next: Onward to Newfoundland, Labrador
and Baffin Island (July 2012); and Antarctica
(February 2013). Contact Karen Kanigan
(karen.kanigan@ubc.ca / 604.822.9629 /
toll free: 800.883.3088) or our travel partners,
Worldwide Quest (www.worldwidequest.com)
with questions or for more information.
Check out our new UBC Alumni travel blog at
FALL/WINTER 2011  TREK   31 UBC generates ideas that start evolutions. Ideas that change the
way people think and the way the world works. We see this change
as an evolution, one that improves upon what has come before and
inspires the generations that follow.
You can help start an evolution through involvement and
investment. This can be as simple as reconnecting with UBC or as
generous as making a donation.
Why? To increase our capacity to change the world for the better,
through student learning, research and community engagement.
We invite you to get involved and combine your energy with
ours. Together with UBC, you can help create solutions for the
issues you care about. This is your opportunity to make a
contribution with long lasting effects. This is your chance to help
start an evolution and support thinking that can change the world.
Photos: In September, the start an evolution campaign was launched
at a series of events held in Vancouver and Kelowna. THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ALUMNI NEWS   I   FALL/WINTER 2011
This issue in Alumni News:
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Alumni Events
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Book Reviews
In Memoriam
The Last Word
We're here, we're there, we're everywhere!
No matter where you are in the world, chances are there are other UBC alumni living nearby. With more than 50 alumni branches, we make it easy to stay
connected whether you're living in Calgary or Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last three months.
• Attended a BBQ at the Consul
General's Official Residence in Seattle
• Discussed social sustainability
in the Okanagan
o Watched the UBC T-Birds take on
the Manitoba Bisons at Homecoming
• UBC launched "the most ambitious
fundraising and alumni engagement
campaign in Canadian university
history." (www.startanevolution.ca)
o Attended a performance of Sally
Clark's The Trial of Judith K. at the
Frederic Wood Theatre
• Got lost in a corn maze near Boston
• Discussed the value of art in
San Francisco
• Attended a wine-tasting and
architecture tour around the
Niagara region
• Attended an evening reception in Paris
• Discussed alternative medicine in
• Explored the city that tourism forgot
in Borneo
• Cruised the historical sites of the
Black Sea, a bridge between two
continents (Istanbul/Romania/
• Got an insider's perspective on Rome
• Explored the remote and unique
"islands of the people," Haida Gwaii
• Took a voyage of discovery into the
cradle of Western civilization:
• Explored the mysteries of the
Mekong River (Cambodia/Vietnam)
• Watched the San Francisco Giants
take on the Colorado Rockies
• Joined grads from other Canadian
universities for the ICAN Invitational
Curling Bonspiel near Ottawa
• Attended the All-Canada University
Association annual dinner in
Washington, DC
• Discussed diversity at UBC
• Learned about building strong
foundations for personal finances
• Attended the fifth annual Great
Trekker Luncheon in Toronto
• Watched some Canucks playoff
games in Austin
• Enjoyed Dim Sum in Orlando
• Joined Sauder Business Club of
Greater China for a breakfast
series with senior business
executives in Beijing
• Attended a discussion with Melissa
Fung, author of Under an Afghan Sky
o Enjoyed a rare sunny day for
Alumni Weekend
o Met new students at UBC Bound!
send-off events held across Asia and
North America (Thailand, Taiwan,
Singapore, Shanghai, Malaysia,
Japan, Hong Kong. Manila, Seoul,
New Delhi, Beijing, San Francisco,
Calgary, Toronto)
• Educated our palates with wine,
beer and whiskey in Gastown
o Joined Sydney-based UBC alumni
and exchange students for a
late-autumn mixer
• Went on a guided tour of the BMW
Museum in Munich
o Connected with Nicholas A.
Christakis, one of Time Magazine's
100 Most Influential People in the
World (Vancouver)
• Attended an evening reception
featuring WestJet CEO, Greg
Saretsky (Calgary)
• Joined the Hong Kong chapter of
Sauder Business Club of China to find
out what makes an entrepreneur
• Looked into the current state of
cultural diversity (Montreal)
• Picked sides in Toronto as the TFC
played the Vancouver Whitecaps
• Threw parties for Canada Day all
around the world (London, UK;
Austin; Bay Area)
o Participated in the UBC Amazing
Race around Vancouver
• Enjoyed a Jamie Travis Retrospective
at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.
• Had a summertime potluck picnic in
Regent's Park, London
• Enjoyed wine, hors d'oeuvres and
some business at the 94th Annual
UBC Alumni Association AGM
• Devoured some dim sum with other
alumni living in Toronto
34   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 Okanagan Event Highlights
Volunteering Highlights
To register or find out more, please visit the website www. ubcca/okanagan/alumnirelations/events
or contact Erica Triggs (erica.triggs@ubc.ca/250.807.9360)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? offers an
exceptional opportunity to break bread with
people you might not otherwise have the chance
to talk with one-on-one.
Community and campus leaders will host
dinner parties of eight in their homes. Tickets
are $100 and include a fabulous meal, wine
and engaging conversation. This is a great
way to support the students of the Okanagan
campus (proceeds go to the Okanagan Alumni
Endowment Fund).
UBC Community Curling Funspiel
Register as an individual or with a team for a
day of all-Canadian winter fun. Show your
UBC spirit and make this another successful
fundraiser for student leadership awards. The
cost ($45 for adults, $25 for current students)
includes an optional curling lesson, all equipment,
plus breakfast, lunch and prizes for everyone.
Space is limited.
To find out about more volunteering opportunities,
or to apply, please visit the website:
www.alumni.ubc .ca/volunteer
• The Crane Library offers audio versions of
printed academic materials for people with
visual impairment. Access & Diversity UBC is
seeking volunteer narrators.
• The UBC Botanical Garden has initiated a
volunteer program for people who wish to
make occasional contributions of time to the
• The School of Kinesiology is looking for
mentors. The school's mentorship program
matches senior Students (3rd or 4th year) with
KIN alumni mentors
This year, a record 167 Aboriginal students graduated from a wide range of UBC Vancouver
faculties and programs, including law, medicine, education, arts, and science. Are you an
Aboriginal alumnus interested in getting involved? Contact fnhlalumni@exchange.ubc.ca to
find out more, or visit www.aboriginal.ubc.ca/alu
Hansen meets Alumni Reps inBeijing
In May, Rick Hansen visited Beijing during the
25th Anniversary of his Man in Motion World
Tour and UBC alumni reps based in the city
were able to meet him.
"It doesn't get more Canadian than this," says
Richard Liu, BA'93, "he even twirled a towel on
the Great Wall! Go Canucks Go!"
vbc dialogues
UBC Alumni Affairs is coming to your community to
engage in a dialogue and knowledge exchange
about the issues that matter most to you.
Join us in your community and hear how UBC's
interdisciplinary research and teaching are
addressing some of these complex societal issues.
The following UBC Dialogues will take place in
the new year:
Body image: Is fat all in our heads?
JANUARY 24 ■ North Shore, Kay Meek Centre
Fountain of youth: How do we
live longer, and better?
FEBRUARY 7 ■ Surrey Arts Centre
Sustainability: Are you seeing
red in the push to "go green"?
MARCH 1 ■ Coquitlam, Evergreen Cultural Centre
For more information, or to find out about more UBC
Dialogues, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/dialogues.
Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Let your old classmates know what you've been up to since leaving campus.
Send your news and photographic evidence to trek.magazine@ubcca or UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1.
(Mail original photos or email high resolution scans   preferably 300 dpi.)
Please note that Trek Magazine is also published online.
On June 14,2011, the University of
Victoria conferred an honorary
doctor of science on Mary-Lou
Florian, BA'48. An internationally
recognized pioneer of conservation
science in Canada, Mary-Lou
Florian was the first biologist hired
by the Canadian Conservation
Institute before she joined the staff
of the Royal BC Museum in 1978.
Through an extended and distinguished career at the Museum, she
focused her expertise on artifact
conservation - especially First
Nations' totems, basketry and
wooden cultural objects recovered
from waterlogged archaeological
sites. She has consulted widely on
fungal damage in art collections, is
regularly called upon to identify
archaeological wood and plant
materials, and in 1989 served as the
conservationist on the Jason
Project, the Mediterranean
expedition led by Robert Ballard
(who would later lead the discovery
of the Titanic's final resting place).
Ms Florian has given numerous
mycology and museum-related
lectures and courses in North
America and Europe and is a past
recipient of the Governor General's
125 Commemorative Medal for her
contribution to community
heritage preservation.
John Hemmingsen, BASc'63
(Metallurgy), is back living on
Quadra Island after many years
in the steel industry. Go to
www.2000daysinChina.ca and read
about John's experiences living in
China. There is also a video of a
young Chinese singer, who was
assisted by John and his wife, Cherie,
with schooling, university and
voice lessons. John recently gave a
talk to students and faculty of
UBC's material science department
regarding China and his engineering
experiences. His family says: "Don't
get John going talking about China."
Former member of parliament
(1997-2004) and special advisor to
the Prime Minister (2004-06),
Sophia Leung, CM, BSW'64, MSW'66,
continued her public service for four
years as an elected member of the
board of the Canadian Association
for Former Parliamentarians
(CAFP). In June 2011, CAFP
presented her with a service award
for her contributions to the
organization. She is still active in
international business, serving on
the board of Canada GLG Life Tech
Corporation, which specializes in
producing high-grade stevia
extract, a natural zero-calorie
sweetener, in China. In 2010 she
became CEO of Key Venture
Capital, leading it to be listed on
the TSX-Venture exchange in July
2011. She also serves on the board
of advisors for the UBC Faculty of
Dentistry, which assists with
development and fundraising.
Robert Anderson, BA'65 (Hons),
is continuing his work as a
professor in the School of
Communication at Simon Fraser
University, and during 2011 is a
visiting scholar at the University of
Cambridge (as a member of Clare
Hall and Corpus Christi College).
He recently established the
Development & Sustainability
Program in the new Faculty of
Environment at SFU, and has been
building a network of young
environmentalists in Myanmar.
His recent publication is Nucleus
and Nation: scientists, international
networks, and power in India
(University of Chicago Press,
2010). This workbegan at UBC in
the 1960s, and the book acknowledges all the good support he got
from his undergraduate teachers
there. He lives in Vancouver with
his wife, Kathy Mezei, daughter
Robin and son Luc.
In 1968 James Anderson, MA71,
left teaching in Calgary to enroll in
UBC's School of Community and
Regional Planning. Helped by a
Parks Canada scholarship, James
shifted from a traditional career
path in urban studies to instead
specialize in natural resource
planning and, particularly, outdoor
recreation. Upon graduation,
James spent a decade with parks
branch at an exciting time when
there was both funding for park
development and support for new
parks. He started as a park system
planner, which meant that he and
his colleagues served as paid public
service tourists, exploring the natural
wonders of Beautiful BC. They
traveled by foot, boat, horse, canoe
and float plane, identifying
prospective new parks along the
way. Then he served for five years
as senior manager responsible for
land administration, acquisition
and natural resource management
policy in parks. From there, he
moved on to a 17-year career in
both agriculture and commercial
fisheries, and aquaculture. As 2011
marks the centennial of the
establishment of the first provincial
park in BC, Strathcona Park, James
recently completed a major
undertaking to document the
history of our provincial park
36  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 system. The resulting book, EC's
Magnificent Parks published by
Harbour Publishing, is meant to
remind British Columbians that
their province leads Canada and
indeed most of the world in
preserving the special places of
their province. Since retiring, Jim
and his wife, Diane, have been
world travelers, visiting the natural
and cultural treasures of Egypt,
Tanzania, Peru, Argentina,
Ecuador, Cambodia and Vietnam.
In June 2011, Gary Poole, BA'72,
presented a very well-received
lecture at the University of
Saskatchewan on the occasion of
receiving the Christopher Knapper
Lifetime Achievement Award from
the national Society for Teaching
and Learning in Higher Education
(STLHE). Gary is one of the most
well-known and respected figures
in the inter-related fields of
educational development and the
scholarship of teaching and
learning. In the 39 years since
graduating from UBC with a
double-major BA, this man -
described variously as teacher,
leader, coach, visionary, mentor,
role model, scholar, superhero,
friend, rock star, athlete and decent
human being - has been engaged in
many ventures, all aimed at helping
to improve the student experience.
He was the first director of Simon
Fraser University's campus-wide
teaching support centre, a post
he held for 12 years; he also
contributed 10 years to STLHE
(including four years as president).
Gary returned to UBC in 2000 to
serve for 10 years as director of the
then-named Centre for Teaching
and Academic Growth, and shortly
thereafter, became the founding
director of the Institute for the
Scholarship of Teaching and
Learning. Gary is currently
president of the International
Society for the Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning. He taught
large undergraduate psychology
classes at SFU and is now an
associate professor in the School
of Population and Public Health in
the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
At the end of May 2011, Roy
Christensen, BA'75 (Hons), retired
from the Delegation of the
European Union to Canada - the
EU's diplomatic mission in Ottawa.
Roy worked for the EU for nearly
35 years, the last 20 as a press officer.
He is co-founder of the Ottawa
Diplomatic Association and the
Canadian Committee for World
Press Freedom. In his retirement
he plans to research and write as
well as stay active in various
community organizations. He
and his wife, Vita, will stay in
Ottawa but plan to visit Europe
and BC often.
On May 25,2011, Dalhousie
University awarded Larry Beasley,
MA76, with a doctor of laws, honoris
causa, at the convocation ceremony
for the faculties of Architecture
and Planning, Computer Science
and Graduate Studies.
Suzanne M. Taylor, BEd'77, was
named the winner of the 2011
Rosemary Brown Award for
Women, which honours and
recognizes a BC woman or BC-based
organization that promotes the
values and ideals that Rosemary
Brown championed during her
lifetime. Suzanne is being recognized
for her extraordinary contributions
in the area of International
Development and for her admirable
work with the Canadian Red Cross.
As a primary health care specialist
and community development
expert, Suzanne has provided hope
and empowerment to people by
providing training, mentorship,
and sustainable solutions during
disaster recovery, and influencing
systemic development to regions in
crisis around the world.
After a long and rewarding
career at the University of Calgary
Library, Ada-Marie Atkins Nechka,
MLS'78, retired from her position as
associate university librarian for
collections and technical services
on June 30,2010. While attending
UBC from 1976 to 1978, Ada-Marie
was employed by the Alumni
Association as the editor of the
Spotlight (now Class Acts) section of
The Chronicle. At the University of
Calgary, Ada-Marie served in many
positions including English
literature, linguistics and philosophy
subject specialist; head of Reserve
Services; assistant head of Access
Services; and as acting associate
director of Information Resources.
In recognition of her many
contributions to the University of
Calgary during her 32-year career
there, Ada-Marie was granted
status as Librarian Emeritus,
effective July 2011.
Hugh (Hughie) MacKinnon,
BEd'78, MEd'84, has been a secondary
school teacher for 32 years and a
secondary school administrator for
27 years in Golden, Terrace,
Courtenay and Comox. He is
currently administrator in charge
of alternate programs in SD#71
(Comox Valley). He has coached
many high school teams and two of
his four sons ended up captaining
CIS Men's basketball teams. He was
also elected as a town councillor in
Comox in January and is donating
the councillor's monthly salary to
the children's trust fund of the
deceased councillor he replaced,
becoming the only politician
working for free in Canada. His
wife, Kathie, BEd'78, taught
elementary school and operated
her own daycare business. She also
sings in choirs and has volunteered
significantly in her communities.
John S. Clark, BCom'79, president
of Pacific Spirit Investment
Management Inc., was named a
2011 Five Star Wealth Manager
based on an independent survey
of one in four high-net-worth
households in Greater Vancouver.
Wealth managers were evaluated
based on nine criteria, including
customer service, integrity,
knowledge/expertise, value for fee
charged, quality of recommendations,
and overall client satisfaction.
Peers were also surveyed to evaluate
John's integrity, knowledge/
experience, and overall reputation.
He was among only five per cent of
wealth managers who were awarded
this high honour. The recognition
was announced in a special section
of the June issues of Business in
Vancouver and Vancouver Magazine.
Sheila Purves (nee Currie)
BSR'79, is to be awarded an honorary
doctorate by the Hong Kong
Institute of Education in recognition
of her 25 years of work in China
introducing modern physiotherapy
and occupational therapy to the
Chinese medical system. The
ceremony will take place on
December 2,2011. Sheila is currently
project director for the Hong
Kong Society for Rehabilitation, a
WHO Collaborating Centre for
Rehabilitation. This involves
directing training and disability-
awareness programs for rehabilitation personnel in China, as well as
responsibility for curriculum
development, planning, recruiting
and managing personnel, budget,
fundraising, project proposals and
reporting. The work also includes
extensive teaching and consultation,
as well as establishing and
maintaining partnerships with
Chinese organizations and
individuals involved in the health,
civil affairs, education and
disability sectors. More than
20,000 Chinese doctors, therapists
and community rehabilitation
personnel have participated in
these training programs over the
years. Sheila was included in the
Queen's Honours List in 2000
(MBE for services to child welfare
in China), and has been recognized
by the People's Republic of China
in 1996 (award for contributions to
Chinese rehabilitation medicine
education), UBC in 1990 (selected
as one of 75 outstanding alumni
of UBC's first 75 years), and by the
Hong Kong Institute of Occupational
Therapy in 2005 (award for
promoting the development of
rehabilitation medicine in
mainland China).
Derek Desrosiers, BSc'82 (Pharm),
has been recognized for his lifelong
commitment and contribution to
pharmacy in Canada with the 2011
Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy
(CFP) Pillar of Pharmacy Award.
He has become one of Canada's
foremost authorities in the
economic and professional practice
issues of pharmacy. He spent 13
years working in community
pharmacy as both a manager and
owner, and in 2004 became the
CEO of uniPHARM Wholesale
Drugs Ltd. During his career, he
served six separate terms as
President of the BCPhA board of
directors, and has been either a
staff or board member of BCPhA
for more than 20 years. Derek is
only the third Pillar of Pharmacy
award recipient to hail from BC. He
was formally recognized at a gala
dinner this fall.
Maureen Phillips, BA'84, left her
comfortable life in Vancouver in
September, 2010, and headed to the
University of East Anglia in
Norwich, UK, to study for a
master's in life writing. Her
38   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 dissertation is a biography of
Canadian artist Nancy Patterson,
who moved to the UK in 1959 after
graduating from the Vancouver
School of Art, now the Emily Carr
University of Art and Design. As
part of her research, Maureen visited
Ms Patterson at her guesthouse in
Morocco on the edge of the Sahara
Desert near M'Hamid, where the
artist now spends her winters away
from England.
In April 2011, Mark E. Neither-
cut, PhD'84, was selected to serve on
the professional development
committee of the Council on
Foundations. Mark was nominated
for the position by his colleagues
because of his leadership in the
field and his work as a trustee of the
Anna Paulina Foundation, a private
family foundation in Flint,
Michigan, which supports arts and
youth development.
Jennifer Mactavish, BPE'85,
has been appointed dean of
Ryerson University's Yeates
School of Graduate Studies. The
appointment is a five-year term
that began on September 1,2011.
The internationally-recognized
researcher in the field of disability,
leisure and sport will also become a
tenured professor in the School of
Disability Studies.
Amend Sharma, BSc '88, is
involved with Harmony House
CARES (Centre for Autism Research
and Education Society), a nonprofit organization that provides
alternative and augmentative
educational choices for parents of
children with Autism Spectrum
Disorder (ASD). For more information
on how you can provide support
or get involved, please visit
Arthur John Wolak, BA'go, Dip (Art
Hist)'94, MA, MBA, PhD, and his wife,
Anna Lizelle Wolak, MD, are
pleased to share the news of the
birth of their son, Jacob Edward
Wolak, who arrived on Sunday, July
24,2011, at BC Women's Hospital
in Vancouver. Arthur, Anna and
Jacob reside in Vancouver where
Anna is a family physician and Arthur
is abusiness consultant and writer.
Cornelia Halm Oberlander,
LLD'gi, has been awarded this year's
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, the
International Federation of
Landscape Architects' premier
award. As a female pioneer in the
field of landscape architecture, Ms
Oberlander has been producing
designs for a greener future for six
decades. Working initially with
low-income communities, her
attention has broadened to include
playgrounds and parks, and latterly
more global perspectives. She has
shown a deep commitment to
environmental sustainability not
only through her designs and the
quality of her work, but also through
sharing her knowledge and ideas by
writing books, preparing exhibitions and presenting lectures.
Christina Pao, BA'93 (International
Relations), and Elan Cohen are
delighted to announce the birth of
their fifth child, Asher Samuel Bers
Cohen, on December 30,2010.
Christina is northeast Asia sales
manager for Alfred Publishing.
Elan is a managing director at UBS
in private banking, covering India.
They've been living in Singapore
for the past 12 years.
Commitment to Caring: Chilliwack
Hospital Auxiliary's 100 Years,
1911-2011 by Andrea Lister, BA'94,
was published by the Chilliwack
Hospital Auxiliary. The book tells
the story of determined women, in
a time before they were considered
persons under the law, who
fundraised, sewed, canned, and
knitted to establish Chilliwack's
first hospital. All proceeds from the
sale of this book go towards the
purchas e of equipment for the
Chilliwack General Hospital.
Megan Gilgan, BA'96 (Rons, Poli
Sci), and her husband, Patrick
Fruchet, are proud to announce the
birth of their second son, Lucien
Dawson Fruchet, on May 3,2011, at
the Aga Khan University Hospital
in Nairobi, Kenya. Big brother,
Jacques, now three, assists his
parents in welcoming Lucien in to
the world. Megan continues to hold
a position with UNICEF as chief of
field operations for Kenya.
Since leaving UBC, Parnesh
Sharma, MA'96, worked for the
Immigration and Refugee Board
for several years before resigning
and returning to school to do a
second master's degree at Cambridge
followed by a PhD at Oxford (2010).
His newbook, The Human Rights
Act and the Assault on Liberty: Rights
and Asylum in the UK, which is a
revised version of his dissertation,
was recently published by
Nottingham University Press in the
UK. Find it on www.amazon.co.uk.
Gloria Tsang, RD, BSc'97, just
released her latest book, Go UnDiet:
50 Small Actions for Lasting Weight
Loss, which aims to help women
lose weight for good without
following a rigid diet plan or
counting calories. Encouraging
small, achievable steps, Go UnDiet
calls out highly-processed foods
(HPFs) as the real culprit for
obesity. Gloria is the founder of
nutrition network HealthCastle.
com, which was the finalist for
the 2010 Canadian Online
Publishing Awards.
Lisa Skakun, IIB'oi, received an
Association of Women in Finance
Rising Star PEAK Award. Lisa has
been Coast Capital Savings Credit
Union's general counsel and
corporate secretary since early 2010.
Debbie Roque, BA'02, started the
next chapter of her life as she and
her fiance exchanged vows on
August 20,2011, and went on a
once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon
journey to Africa. They met at Best
Buy Canada, where she worked in
the marketing department and he
worked in e-commerce.
Hugo Passarello Luna, BA'os,
was awarded the Wall Street
Journal's Daniel Pearl Prize for his
article "In a Buenos Aires slum,
dreaming of Paris". His article tells
the story of a teenage soccer team
in a slum of Buenos Aires, getting
ready and dreaming to participate
in the homeless World Cup in Paris.
Upon graduation, Russell
Ward, MA'05, left Vancouver to take
up employment with the Canadian
Federal Department of Public
Safety in Ottawa, where he spent
two years working with police,
intelligence and customs on issues
relating to mass transit security
and policing policy. In 2006, he
moved with his wife and two dogs
to Sydney, Australia (his wife's
home city), where he has been
working for the New South Wales
State Government for the past five
years in areas such as law enforcement and human services policy
and programs. He writes about his
expat experiences on his blog at
and regularly for the UK's Telegraph
newspaper. He and his wife were
recently featured on an episode of
the US television show House
Hunters International, which
recreated their move from Canada
to Australia and filmed their search
for a new home on Sydney's
Northern Beaches.
Jenny Ooi, BA'os, MA'08, is now
a mortgage consultant with
Mortgage Alliance.
Late this summer, Beth Snow,
PhD'06 - who is a sometimes UBC
sessional instructor - as well as
Tamaki Kano, BSc'oo, MSc'oe, and
students Josie Chow and Elysia Allen
were among the participants of the
Longest Game of Hockey for Cystic
Fibrosis (longestgame4cf.com).
The game, which set the world
record for the longest game of
hockey, was put together to try to
raise money and awareness about
Cystic Fibrosis. It involved 40
women playing hockey at Burnaby
8 Rinks for 243 hours and five
minutes, and raised over $125,000.
Wendy Kei, BCom'07 (Hon), MSc
(Bus)'n, was awarded the Joseph
Arm and Bombardier Canada
Graduate Scholarship from the
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada
(SSHRC) during her master's
program. This scholarship
supported her master's research -
exploring the linkages between
Open Skies agreements and
international trade development.
The SSHRC scholarship was one
of the highlights of her master's
program because only top-ranked
applications selected from the
university-wide competition
are forwarded to SSHRC (a federal
government agency) for a nationwide competition. Wendy started
her PhD studies at UBC in
September 2011. She is happy
that UBC has offered her an
attractive awards package for
her PhD program.
40  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 2010s
A new work by writer/director
Adrienne Paulson, BMus'09, breaks
the traditional roles of both theatre
and art song. Clara/Clara, which
ran from August 18-20,2011, at the
new VSO School of Music, is the
dramatization of Clara Schumann's
(nee Wieck) struggles throughout
her courtship and marriage with
Robert Schumann. Montreal soprano
Emily Forsyth plays Clara Weick,
while Vancouver mezzo-soprano
Debi Wong, BMus'08, performed as
Mrs. Schumann. Damien Jinks,
BMus'09, is the collaborating pianist.
Staff included set designer Amanda
Larder, BFA'11, assistant director
Hersie Init, BFA'11, and lightning
designer Alia Stephen, BFA'11.
Zul Kanji, BSc'03, MSc'lO (Dental
Science), has been appointed clinical
assistant professor and year 1 & 2
coordinator of the dental hygiene
degree program at the UBC Faculty
of Dentistry. His wife just gave birth
to their first child. Their daughter,
Niyah Kanji, was born on May 21,
2011, at BC Women's Hospital.
Dr. Jodie Rummer, PhD'10, has
been appointed as a Super Science
Fellow in the Australian Research
Council Centre of Excellence for
Coral Reef Studies, part of James
Cook University in Townsville,
Queensland. Dr. Rummer will be
investigating the physiological
effects of the stressors associated
with global warming on coral reef
fish, in order to predict their capacity
for acclimation and adaptation.
Kendall Titchener, BA'10,
graduated with a degree in modern
European studies. She is an active
member of the UBC Alumni
Association and is the reporter and
historian for the Alpha Delta Pi
Alumni Association of Vancouver.
Since graduating from UBC,
Kendall has been heavily involved
in the communications and social
media fields. She was the social
media coordinator for CRAVE
Vancouver, an editorial intern at
Vancouver Magazine, and helped
launch a brand new magazine in
the city. Through her social media
strategies and editorial work, she
has established herself as a
Vancouver social media maven.
Kendall is always around the city
attending and writing about
fascinating events. She now runs
her own Vancouver events guide
called The Cit Vancouver. Through
her writing and media work,
Kendall connects the citizens of
Vancouver to community events.
Having only graduated just over a
year ago, Kendall has already
established herself as the go-to girl
for Vancouver events.
Brian Fong, BHK'10, and his
sister, Gloria Fong, BMLSc'08, have
founded a new business venture,
72HRS, (www.72hours.ca) selling
emergency preparedness supplies
online and at the Richmond
Summer Night Market. ©
Prof seeks former students
Associate Professor Emeritus Garfield (Gary) Pennington
sends his best wishes to all his former associates at UBC,
from his woodland home in Roberts Creek, BC. Gary taught
in the Faculty of Education at UBC for just over thirty years.
That's a 20 year life sentence plus 10 for bad behaviour, he
jokes, admitting he enjoyed his time at the university
immensely. In addition to his work in education, he also
taught in the Arts One program, the School of Physical
Education and coordinated a community education
program. Along with students from education and landscape
architecture, he built the Scarfe Children's Garden adjacent
to the Faculty of Education. He misses the interaction with
the thousands of students that he had the privilege of
teaching and learning with over the years and would like to
hear from former students who recall their days together,
both on campus and out in the community doing what is
now called Community Service Learning. He hopes that
UBC alumni and faculty whom he had the pleasure of working
with will accept his sincere invitation to share memories.
He can be contacted by email at gazpen@gmail.com.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A
True Story of Resilience and Recovery
Andrew Westoll, MFA'04
Some issues are so polarizing and morally-
conflicting that they're nearly impossible to
discuss without argument. When emotions,
politics and personal values collide, hastily-
reached and immutable judgments usually
result. Animal experimentation is one such
issue, but The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary isn't
strictly about animal experimentation. It's
about what happens next; when the animals are
no longer needed.
In Chimps, Andrew Westoll details the
months he spent living at Fauna, a rural animal
sanctuary outside Montreal. He avoids taking
sides and instead simply tells the diverse but
invariably heartbreaking life stories of 13
chimps that have known horrors most people
could never imagine. To him, the animals take
on an increasingly human quality as their
feelings, fears and neuroses come into plain
view. Westoll's conclusions maybe clear, but he
wisely lets readers make up their own minds
about the morality of the issue.
Although Westoll was prepared for his
sanctuary experience (the founder told him
Fauna was "like a mental institution, a maximum
security prison, a Zen sanctuary, an old folks'
home, a daycare centre and a New York deli
during lunchtime rush") at times it seems too
much for him to take. But he continues to see
glimmers of hope in the chimps' eyes and
applauds the sanctuary staff for giving them the
opportunity to live out the rest of their lives
with dignity and peace. Ultimately, these chimps
were the lucky ones whose stories could be told.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is a gripping
and emotionally-charged read and should make
a lot of national top ten lists at the end of the
year. Westoll's previous book, TheRiverbones,
was reviewed in issue 24 of Trek, in 2009.
Reviewed by Michael Awmack, BA'01, MET'09
42   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 Under an Afghan Sky
Mellissa Fung, BA'94
CBC journalist Mellissa Fung was kidnapped in
Kabul, Afghanistan, in the fall of 2008. Under an
Afghan Sky is a breathtaking and deeply personal
memoir of her capture and confinement, and
her release a gruelling 28 days later.
The book is testament to Fung's passion for
storytelling and her enduring spirit. It tells of
the kidnappers' experiences as well as her own,
reminding the reader of this veteran journalist's
ability to captivate and hold an audience with
compassionate stories about people living in
difficult circumstances.
We learn about her time confined in a dark
hole in the ground, the hundreds of cigarettes
smoked, the tens of boxes of cookies consumed,
and the number of hail Marys said and sung. She
tells of leveraging the odd pleasantry from her
three kidnappers to engage them in conversations
about religion, relationships and their hopes
and dreams. Although her motive was trying to
understand what was happening to her, it was
clear that she was developing a relationship with
her captors.
Fung opens her life to readers on every page.
We learn of her tepid relationship with Catholicism, the relationships she had formed with
Afghans during her work, and the constant
concern for her family and loved ones. Fung's
moving memoirs provide a humbling perspective
and are a reminder of the uncertainty that exists
in Afghanistan for visitors and residents alike. A
beautiful read, Fung's story shares innocence,
curiosity, resilience and compassion.
Reviewed by Darran Fernandez, MEd'10
The Fundamental Things Apply:
A Memoir
Roy MacLaren, BA'55
Roy MacLaren - student of literature and
history, sailor, diplomat, businessman, writer,
politician, and cabinet minister - has led a good
life, and an interesting one, sometimes as a
witness, often as an actor. In The Fundamental
Things Apply, MacLaren recounts the details of
his varied life and career with wit and charm.
During the parliamentary years, from his first
election in 1979 to his appointment to London
in 1996, MacLaren draws on his diary to offer
impressions - at times devastating, at others
sympathetic - of those he encountered in his
several ministerial capacities and global travels.
Earlier, life in Saigon and Hanoi following the
French Indo-China war, the oppressions of the
Stalinist regime in Czechoslovakia, the erection
of the Berlin Wall, multilateral diplomacy at the
United Nations in Geneva and New York during
the Cold War are recounted with both insight
and humility. Of his business career, MacLaren
offers, for example, an insider's perspective on
the collapse of Massey-Ferguson and the
successes of his business magazine company.
A political memoir set in an autobiography,
The Fundamental Things Apply ranges widely
over Canadian economic and international
affairs, including NAFTA and deficit elimination,
during the latter decades of the twentieth century,
offering a timely and personal account of
how the public policies - both domestic and
international - pursued then were formative
in creating the country we live in today.
The Insatiable Bark Beetle
Dr. Reese Halter, BScF'9i
Academics and eminent scientists worldwide
are endorsing and supporting, with insightful
critiques on a truly broad scale, a tightly written
treatise on rapacious bark beetles. Collectively,
these amazingly adaptable insects have marched
into mountainsides of lodgepole pine, expanding
enterprisingly now into other pine species,
spruce even.
Author Dr. Reese Halter is well known and
respected as an academic and biologist. His
first chapters explaining the correlation of
beetles to climate change to the essential carbon
sink effect of this planet's forests are, indeed,
scholarly. Statistics and percentages stare out
from the pages of The Insatiable Bark Beetle's
second chapter, "Global Warming, A Climate
Disrupter." These pages take dedication to read,
digest, absorb.
When, though, the reader slides into the
forests themselves, Halter shape-shifts into
the true craft of wordsmithing. Lodgepole pine
forests can be sniffed, felt, mourned for their
demise, and are followed by descriptions of
hardier but still vulnerable spruce.
Halter draws us, still with immense articulate
detail, into pinon, whitebark and limber pines
and their elegant, tortuously interconnected
ecosystems. His final elaboration on these
ancient mountaineers and one very obviously
close to his heart - the tough and resilient
bristlecone pines - is perhaps one of his finest
pieces of writing.
Reviewed by Pam Asheton
Flowers for the Girl
Trelane Press, $5.95 (Kindle & Apple editions 99$)
Shane Kennedy, BA'91
Novella about peacekeepers in the midst of an
active conflict.
In the Eye of the China Storm:
A Life Between East & West
McGill-Queens University Press, $39.95
Paul T.K. Lin with Eileen Chen Lin
Memoir from a leading figure in the development of
Chinese-Canadian ties in the field of international
relations (who has a long-standing relationship
with UBC as a faculty member and senator).
The Sasquatch at Home: Traditional Protocols
& Modern Storytelling
University of Alberta Press/Canadian Literature Centre, $10.95
Eden Robinson, MFA'95
Award-winning storyteller's 2010 Henry Kreisel
Memorial Lecture in print.
Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel
University of Pennsylvania Press, $59.95
OdedHaklai, MA'99
Well-researched look at the rise of Palestinian
Arab political activism in Israel.
Afflictions & Departures
Anvil Press, $20
Madeline Sonik, MA'02, PhD'06
Collection of personal essays about the writer's
life through the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy
of the Global Environment
The MIT Press, $27
Peter Dauvergne, PhD'95, and Jennifer Clapp
Modern global environmental politics from a
political economy viewpoint. ©
Join us
MARCH 13 to
MARCH 15, 2012
With a tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum; a reception
with UBC President, Stephen Toope; the Sixth Annual Desert
Classic Golf Tournament and Dinner; and the opportunity to
attend a day of tennis at the BNP Paribas Tournament, UBC
Desert Days 2012 offers something for everyone.
For more information about the event, email UBC Alumni
Affairs at alumni.association a ubc.ca or call 800.883.3088.
If you spend part of the year in Palm Desert, please update your seasonal
address with us (visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/update) to make sure that you're on
the list when email invitations go out for this exciting week of events.
A J,
"The Saturday night dance —that was
my turn to shine."
At Tapestry retirement communities, we make sure you have
the freedom and support to do the things you love. Whether it's
dancing and staying fit, enjoying our great food or getting involved
in the local community. Because it's our belief that respecting your
personal choices and independence will bring out the best in you.
Call us today and see what kind of
individualized programs we can offer to help
keep your body, mind and spirit healthy,
vibrant and young at heart.
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still dancing
The Art of Seniors Living™
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village UBC
3338 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver BC
News from the Big Block Club
Athletes of the Year
A centrepiece of Canadian Interuniversity
Sport, the BLG Awards for the CIS Athletes of
the Year were held in Vancouver for the first
time this year. The prestigious two-day affair in
Maybegan with a luncheon for athletes, guests
and media at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel,
followed by a basketball game between the eight
awards finalists and founders of the awards. The
following night, the finalists were honoured in
front of more than 1,000 guests at The Centre in
Vancouver for Performing Arts. Veteran sport
broadcasters Vic Rauter and Lisa Bowes hosted
the 19th annual proceedings, which subsequently
aired on the TSN network. The Canada West
finalist for the Jim Thompson Trophy (CIS
Female Athlete of the Year) was Thunderbird
volleyball team captain Shanice Marcelle, the
2011 CIS Player of the Year who guided the
Thunderbirds to a fourth consecutive national
championship last spring.
Construction recently began on the Gerald
McGavin UBC Rugby Centre, thanks to an
$800,000 gift from the former UBC rugby
standout and national team member. Located
south of the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports
Centre, the new facility will be home to both the
men's and women's teams. It has shower and
locker rooms for home and visiting teams, a new
natural turf field, and a spectator seating area.
Pending a potential partnership with the BC
Rugby Union, the addition of training and sport
medicine facilities may follow. Anyone interested
in seeking further information about the new
facility and future plans are encouraged to
contact Steve Tuckwood, associate director of
Development for UBC Athletics, at 604.822.1972
or steve.tuckwood@ubc.ca.
Former Thunderbird Rugby team member
and UBC grad Tyler Hotson saw plenty of action
playing for Canada at the 2011 Rugby World Cup
in New Zealand. "I always look back on how I got
to where I am, and the UBC rugby program had
such an immense influence on me and helped
me progress to where I am today," said Tyler,
following Canada's win over Tonga in the World
Cup opener in Auckland. Tyler's UBC coach,
Spence McTavish, also made the journey south
to take in the action and meet officials from the
universities of Wellington and Auckland. He
hopes to create student exchange programs for
UBC rugby players.
In 1994, at the funeral of renowned UBC rowing
coach Frank Read, a group of UBC alumni
discussed the idea of constructing a boathouse
that would be a permanent home for UBC
rowing crews. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of
George Hungerford, Roy Mcintosh, the late
John Lecky and a number of other UBC alumni,
the John M. S. Lecky UBC Boathouse was
officially opened in September 2006. A lot of
good things have taken place as a result of the
facility since that time. In addition to forging
valuable partnerships with Rowing Canada and
St. George's High School, a community rowing
program was formed shortly after the facility
opened and has since introduced the sport to
many young athletes, one of whom entered UBC
this fall. Nick Djordjevic has become the first
UBC rower to have found his path through the
community program and others are sure to
follow. With a modern facility, an abundance of
boats, and a pair of seasoned head coaches in
Mike Pearce and Craig Pond, UBC has increasingly become a destination for aspiring
university and national team rowers. The recent
addition of alumnus and 2008 Olympic gold
medalist Ben Rutledge, who will specialize in
. Big Block continued:
recruiting UBC students and coaching novice
crews, will serve to widen the field of participants.
Back in the late 1990s Rutledge was a first-year
student who decided to try his hand at rowing,
as did another freshman named Kyle Hamilton.
Within a fewyears, both UBC rowers were named
to Canada's Eight and struck precious metal on
numerous occasions in international competition,
including their crowning performance in Beijing
in 2008.
Vanier Cup
This month the Vanier Cup, Holy Grail of
Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football,
will be awarded to the 2011 national champions
at BC Place Stadium, marking the first time the
competition has been played in Vancouver.
The cup made a surprise appearance at the
football home opener at Thunderbird Stadium
in September, where 29 members of the 1986
Thunderbirds football team - who helped clinch
an unforgettable last-second Vanier Cup victory
over Western Ontario nearly 25 years ago -
were in attendance as honoured guests of
UBC Athletics.
CFL Ironman Leo Groenewegen, a recent
inductee into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame,
and iconic former head coach Frank Smith were
also watching the game, as was UBC president
Stephen Toope. Their loyalty was rewarded
when the T-Birds defeated the Alberta Golden
Bears 40-30, registering their first home win
since 2008. Coached by former quarterback
Shawn Olson, UBC went on to defeat the
Manitoba Bisons 29-23 the following weekend
in the annual Homecoming Game, erasing any
doubt that the program is well on its way back to
the top of the national rankings.
As part of the Vanier Cup celebrations, UBC
football alumnus extraordinaire Dan Smith and
other active members of the recently formed
Thunderbirds Football Association (TFA) have
invited members of UBC's past national
championship football teams (1959,1982,1986
and 1997) to a reunion at the BC Sports Hall of
Fame in the newly renovated BC Place stadium.
Editor's Note: On November 11, as we go to press,
the Thunderbirds are preparing to play in the
Canada West Championship against the University
of Calgary. This is first time the team has competed
for the Hardy Cup since 1999. We wish them luck
on their quest for the National Championship.
The 26th World University Games wrapped up
at the end of August in Shenzhen, China, with
Canada's men's basketball team just missing its
first gold medal finish in 28 years after losing
68-55 to Serbia in the championship final.
Coached by UBC head coach Kevin Hanson and
consisting entirely of CIS athletes, including
UBC captain Nathan Yu, the Canadian team
stunned the heavily favoured defending
champions from Serbia in the second game of
pool play by handing them their first loss in the
last two World University Games. In what was
clearly the highlight of the tournament,
Hanson's scrappy team advanced to the gold
medal final with a convincing 83-68 win over
Lithuania in front of a crowd of 10,000. "It's been
an unbelievable journey," said Hanson in the
aftermath of the final. "These players have been
just tremendous. With only four days to work
together before this tournament started, I don't
think a lot of people back home thought we
would make it this far."
Yu posted a 14-point performance in the
final and made a solid contribution for
Canada throughout the tournament. Although
disappointed with the eventual outcome, he was
clearly moved by the experience to play in front
of enormous crowds in a city les s than an hour
from his father's birthplace. "I'm proud to have
been given this opportunity and I think our
performance here speaks volumes about CIS
basketball," said the 23-year-old Arts student.
UBC swimmer Tera Van Beilen was another
of the 17 current and former UBC Thunderbirds
taking part in the games. Guided by newly
appointed UBC head coach Steve Price, Tara
captured silver medals in 50- and 100-metre
breaststroke. O
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Lome Forster Swannell, BA'so, BASc'si
(Forest Engineering, Hons)
Lome died peacefully in Victoria on May 18,
2011, in his 103rd year. He was predeceased by
his wife, Grace, in 2004. Lome, with the help
of devoted caregivers, continued to live in his
own home, exercising daily and attending the
symphony, opera, ballet and charity events until
his death.
Lome was born September 2,1908, to Frank
and Ada Mary Swannell. Frank was a BC land
surveyor who for many years recorded BC
history in photographs.
Following Lome's early schooling in Victoria,
he left for UBC in 1927. Living in a boarding
house just outside the university gates gave
Lome and his house-mates ample opportunity
for cross-country runs, ingraining in Lome a
lifelong passion for exercise. His classes
developed in him a quest for knowledge in the
arts, history, music, and science that continued
to grow throughout his life.
After receiving his degrees, he began 41 years
of service in the BC forest industry, rising from a
survey crew rodman to chief forester of BC in
1963. After retiring in 1972, Lome travelled as a
consultant, taught at Camosun College and later
became a student at the University of Victoria
and Open University. Over the years, he received
many honours and awards. On his 100th birthday
in 2008, the province of BC created a bursary in
his name at the University of Northern BC in
recognition of his service to forestry.
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Lome joined the Armed Services in 1939,
arrived in England 1940, and then served in
France, Belgium, Holland and Germany until he
was discharged at the end of the war with the
rank of major (battery commander of the 2nd
Survey Regiment, Royal Canadian Army).
Returning to Canada, Lome rejoined the BC
Forest Service as assistant district forester at
Prince George and was promoted to district
forester in May 1947. In September 1949, Grace
Wisenden became Lome's bride and lifelong
companion. Strong believers in education in
Canada and internationally, both Lome and
Grace will be well remembered for their
generous donations to scholarships, charities
and educational institutions over the years.
Lome believed money was "no good" unless it
was being used to benefit society. Living this
statement until his death was a testament to a
life well lived with generosity.
Ruby Emma Evelyn Morris
(nee Williams), BA'34
Ruby was born December 30,1913, in Vancouver
and passed away on July 1,2010, at the age of 96
in White Rock, BC.
Ruby grew up in Vancouver, the youngest of
four siblings, with brothers Les and Ivor and
sister Iris. Having skipped several grades, Ruby
began attending UBC at the age of 15. She
graduated from Normal School as a teacher in
1934 at the age of 21. Ruby was not only an
excellent student but also fun-loving, dramatic
and charismatic. While attending UBC, she
enjoyed participating in the Drama Club.
In 1938, she married her "true love," Wilfred
Morris, in Vancouver, BC. Wilfred was also a
graduate of UBC, in civil engineering. They met
at a downtown mission church service where
Wilfred was playing his trumpet. In her words,
she "took one look at him and fell in love!" She
would call him "Lover" for the rest of her life,
even after he passed away in November 1994.
Ruby and Wilfred went to Peru as missionaries
in 1938, immediately after their marriage. They
would spend the rest of their working lives in
South America. Their four children, Marilyn,
Gail, David and Jeannie, were born in Peru, and
lived there in the town of Chosica until 1957.
Ruby's professional skills were put to great use
teaching her own children by correspondence as
well as her missionary teaching and pastoring
work. In 1957, Ruby and Wilfred brought Gail
and Marilyn "home" to Vancouver to attend
university at UBC. Upon their return to South
America in 1960, they relocated to Caracas in
Venezuela with the two youngest children -
David, who was then 15 years old, and Jeannie,
who was only six.
Everyone loved Ruby for her warmth,
charisma and her great love of people. It was
often said that she simply did not possess a
temper. She was the perfect complement to
the sometimes gruff Wilfred. Ruby was also
particularly known for her beautiful mezzo-
soprano voice and love of singing.
Ruby suffered from Alzheimer's in her later
years but continued to enjoy visits from her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
continued to love singing; and continued to pray.
Ruby is survived by her four children and their
spouses, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren as well as many, many dear friends and
extended family members.
Laurence Frederick Gray, BASc'38
Laurence Frederick Gray, 95, passed away
peacefully on the morning of May 3,2011, at his
daughter's home in Alfred, NY, where he had
lived for the past two years. He was born in
Victoria, BC, on December 15,1915, to Andrew
and Mae Gray. Laurie gained his US citizenship
in 1951. On March 26,1944, he married Ray
Thackray Gray from Winnipeg, who shared his
life until her death in 2007. He is survived by his
son, Robert Gray, of Silver Spring, MD, his
daughter, Andrea Gill, and her husband, John
Gill, of Alfred, NY, and his four grandchildren,
Flora Gill, Katie Gill, Linden Gray and Laurel
Gray. His daughter, Kathy of Beltsville, MD,
predeceased him in 2009.
Laurie was a pioneer in satellite communications. He received an electrical engineering
degree in 1938 from UBC and a master's degree
from George Washington University in 1977. He
joined the Canadian Marconi Companyin 1938
and worked on transmitter development. He
joined the Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1945. In
1945, he and Ray immigrated to the US. He
started working on the development of FM
transmitters at Federal Telephone and Radio,
which later became part of ITT. He then started
work on television transmitters. When satellites
became available, ITT was awarded a contract
for an earth station, which Laurie designed, for
a low-orbit satellite. In 1964, he joined the
Communications Satellite Corporation and was
the chief engineer of the COMSAT Lab for the
development of earth station equipment until
he retired in 1980.
Laurie was a member of Bradley Hills
Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, MD, the
Canadian Club and Saint Andrew's Society in
Washington, DC, and was docent at the Museum
of American History at the Smithsonian Institute
ham radio display. As a summer resident of
Eastham, MA, he was very involved the French
Cable Station Museum in Orleans, MA.
Roy HaroldElfstrom, BA'38, BASc'38, MASc'39
Born in Vancouver onAugust 27,1914, Roy was a
man who from the time he was a youngster
wanted to do something that would help his
fellow man. Though he wasn't able to enroll in
medicine, he ended up taking nine years of study
at UBC, surfing between arts and engineering
before getting degrees in both and a master's
degree in metallurgical engineering. He loved
this experience and, as he remarked years later,
it paid off in both his career and life; specifically
he developed an uncanny ability to blend the
simple, yet elegant, solution to any kind of
technical challenge.
His first job in the often dangerous business
of mining, in the Cariboo Quartz gold mine in
Wells, BC, introduced him to his future wife,
Vera Macdonald, a nurse at the local hospital.
Soon after marrying Vera in 1941, he joined
the federal government where an unusual
opportunity arose to take a crash course in
industrial hygiene at the Harvard University
School of Public Health.
Roy was a founding member and a president
of the Vancouver Industrial Safety Council;
president of the Greater Vancouver Health
League that fostered vaccination and inoculation;
and the first president of the Poison Control
Council. For years, he unfailingly supported
Vera in a passion of her own: the Canadian
Diabetic Association.
In 1969, after almost a quarter century
working with BC Hydro, Roy was recruited by
the federal Department of Labour to help
introduce Part IV of the Canada Labour Code,
enacted to promote the occupational safety
and health of persons employed in federal
industries, Crown Corporations, and the federal
public service.
During this same tenure, Roy was instrumental
in setting up the Canadian Centre for Health
and Safety in Hamilton, ON. Roy also conducted
a Commission of Inquiry into the Glace Bay coal
mine disaster under the authority of the federal
Enquiries Act, which led to the controversial
closure of the mine.
In the years following his retirement, Roy and
Vera became avid cruise ship aficionados,
frequently dashing off to the far corners of the
world. A love of painting in oils and waterco-
lours was a trademark of Roy right up until he
passed away peacefully in Tsawwassen on April
9,2011, just shy of his 97th year. He is survived by
his three sons, Gary, Kerry and Peter Elfstrom.
48   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 Sidney Flavelle, BA'46
Sidney was born on December 12,1924, and
passed away on May 9,2011. She grew up in
Vancouver and had her early education at Prince
of Wales High School before going on to gain her
bachelor's degree, majoring in chemistry.
She found time to become active in UBC
affairs having been elected as secretary of the
Alma Mater Society in her final year. Social life
was not neglected - she joined the Gamma Phi
Beta sorority and gained many lifelong friends
from her activities on campus as well as from
her earlier school years.
Her degree gave her the requirement needed
to become a technician at the Atomic Energy
Establishment at Chalk River, ON, in 1947.
Sidney met her future husband, William H.
Hardwick, an English scientist seconded to the
Chalk River Establishment. They married in
1949 before moving on to England in 1950,
where Bill carried on his work at The Atomic
Energy Establishment, Harwell.
While the three children were growing,
Sidney's interest in chemistry took another
turn; she had become interested in pottery. This
led to teaching pottery in the local high school,
while developing her own unique style. Her
granddaughter, Anna, summed up her grandmother's work during the service in the lovely
12th century church in nearby Blewbury:
"When Iwas a lot younger, I remember my
whole class from primary school trudging across
the fields to learn about pottery. As she showed us
round I remember feeling rather smug that it was
my gran we were visiting. After all there were not
many grans who were worth a school trip!"
And as her son, Gordon, put it:
"On the afternoon of May 8 she was welcoming
visitors to her pottery at Cedarwood as part of
Arts Week. Her Alzheimer's was developing, but
there she was, talking lucidly and enthusiastically
to complete strangers about different aspects of
glazing pots, and selling them."
On the evening of May 8, Sidney had her two
children, daughter-in-law and her youngest two
grandchildren for supper. Upon their leaving,
she went to bed, from which she did not awake.
Hers was a long and happy life, marred by the
death of her daughter, Katie, at age nine in 1966,
and her husband, Bill, in 1988. She leaves son
Gordon, daughter Sarah and seven grandchildren.
Man passes and pottery remains
It remains to evoke, to bear witness,
To recall those who are no longer here,
At times to reveal some jealously
Guarded secrets, that man's face,
His gaze, his voice were tenaciously hiding.
Alberto Savinio, of Andres di Chirico,
Tutta la vita, 1945
Dr. Kenneth Sherriffs Morton, BA'46, MSc'53
His family is extremely saddened to announce
that Ken died suddenly on Saturday, August 13,
2011, at age 86.
Ken lived in Burnaby and frequently commuted
to UBC by inter-urban, streetcar and bus. He
was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, which
he represented in athletic and musical activities.
He received his MDCM from McGill University
in 1950. Upon returning to the west coast, he
interned at Vancouver General Hospital and did
his residency in orthopaedic surgery. One year of
his training was spent in Dr. Sydney Friedman's
Anatomy department, leading to his MSc. He
received his FRCS(C) in 1955. For 40 years, in
addition to his private practice, he taught
orthopaedics in the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
For 11 years he was the head of the Division of
Orthopaedic Surgery and after retirement, he
became a member of the professors emeriti. For
the past 18 years, he enjoyed living in Gibsons on
the Sunshine Coast.
He was a wonderful husband and father.
Though his work life was very demanding, he
protected time to spend on family activities,
especially in cottages on Howe Sound islands.
His wide range of interests was contagious,
enriching family and friends. Ken had a strong
involvement with art and artists. Other interests
were music and all aspects of nature. He was
also a prolific reader and writer on numerous
topics. As well as innumerable medical articles,
he wrote biographies, journals and poetry for
personal satisfaction and family information.
Ken was always modest, never accepting the
limelight. It has been, therefore, extremely
gratifying for the family to hear from so many
people what a wonderful and amazing man he
was. He deeply touched many people, even some
who knew him only briefly
Roy William Archibald, BASc'47
Roy died on December 30,2010, in Medicine
Hat, AB, in his 87th year. He grew up in Point
Grey, Vancouver, and represented the ninth
generation of Archibalds born in Canada. Roy
was a member of the first Air Cadet Squadron in
Canada. He attended UBC in the engineering
faculty before enlisting in the Royal Canadian
Air Force, serving as a pilot, flight instructor and
navigator until the end of the Second World War
in 1945. He returned to UBC and graduated from
chemical engineering in 1947. He worked in the
fertilizer industry with Cominco in Calgary,
Trail, and Kimberly before leaving to start a new
fertilizer operation in Medicine Hat in 1956
called Northwest Nitro Chemicals, where he
became vice president and plant manager. Roy
was a dedicated Rotarian, and was twice
honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a life
member of the professional association APEGGA.
Roy was an avid swimmer and boater, traveller
and retained a keen interest in flying, maintaining his pilot's license until the age of 80. Roy is
survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggy, his son,
Donald, daughter Leslie and their families.
John V. Zacharias, BSc (Agr)'48
John was born on a prairie farm in Herbert, SK,
on March 8,1923, and passed away peacefully in
Victoria, BC, on April 25,2011. In 1934, John
ventured west with his family to start a new
family farm in Chilliwack. He was a veteran, a
graduate of UBC Agriculture, and enjoyed a
career as an agriculturist in Smithers, Prince
George, Abbotsford, Courtenay and Victoria.
John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years,
Alex (nee MacKay), children Mary (Paul),
Robert (Lisa), Alan (Jacquie), and Tom
(Corinne), and grandchildren Jeff, Kari,
Katherine, Alison, Graeme, Colin and Alexa.
One of 10 children, John is also survived by
siblings Anne, Helen, and Raymond.
Eugene Manuel Johnson, BASc'49
Eugene Manuel Johnson passed away at his
home on the Sunshine Coast on February 16,
2011, after a courageous and dignified six-month
battle with pancreatic cancer.
Gene was born on October 25,1925, in
Revelstoke, BC, where he lived until he enlisted
in the army in 1942. In September 1945 he
enrolled at UBC and graduated in 1949 as
president of his graduating class. Happy
summers during those years were spent as a
fishing guide at Painter's Lodge in Campbell
River. He enjoyed a successful 30-year career
in management at Canadian General Electric
until his retirement in 1982.
After the sudden and tragic loss of his wife,
Norma, in 1971, Gene found love again and
married Christel in 1973. Gene and Christel
enjoyed many happy years together sharing
their passion for travel, yoga, tennis, gardening
and bridge. An avid golfer, he was able to
spend countless hours in retirement at the
Sunshine Coast Golf Club with his friends
and family. He loved to read and in his last
few months he enjoyed revisiting his favourite
classic novels and poetry. Gene served for
many years on the board of St. Mary's Hospital
in Sechelt, BC.
Gene is survived by his loving and devoted
wife, Christel; his adoring children, David,
LLB78, (Dorothy), Karen, Gordon, BASc'si,
(Joanne), Rob, BSc'86, (Wendy); and beloved
grandchildren Eric, Colin, Quinn, Cameron and
Clara. Predeceased by brother Alan, he leaves
behind sister Vivian Osing (Herb), brother-in-
law Gerhard Klodner (Alicje), sister-in-law
Myrtle Piercy and several nieces and nephews.
Gene had many cherished friends, touched so
many lives, and leaves a legacy of love, countless
stories and memories that testify to his
extraordinary intelligence, integrity, compassion
and humour.
A. Andrzej (Andrew) Endelman
(Professor Emeritus)
Andrzej, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, on
June 6,1928, passed away on April 27,2011. After
a happy early childhood came World War II and
the hell of Nazi occupation. Somehow, though,
Andrzej and his parents managed to survive it.
In 1946, he left Poland to join his family in
London, England. There he learned English and
passed his matriculation exams. He was then
accepted to the Royal College of Surgeons in
Dublin, Ireland, where he finished his medical
studies. In 1950, he married Krystyna Gorska,
his lifelong love and companion.
On graduation from medical school, he began
his internship in Dublin before coming to
Vancouver to continue his training. Once he
finished the internship, he and Krystyna joined
his parents in Sydney, Australia. There, Andrzej
established a very successful general practice.
Seven years later, the couple and their new baby
returned to Vancouver. By that time Andrzej
decided to specialize in internal medicine, and
eventually became a gastroenterologist.
He spent a year of his specialization training
at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. After their
stay in Detroit, Andrzej and his family returned
permanently to Vancouver where he opened
his practice. He was appointed by the UBC
faculty of medicine as clinical instructor, later
on as assistant clinical professor and still later
as associate clinical professor. In 1986, due to his
ill health, he was forced to retire from both the
practice and the teaching.
Andrzej leaves behind his wife, Krystyna, and
loving daughter, Kathy, as well an extended
group of close and devoted friends and honorary
family members. By his request there was no
service or memorial. Should anyone wish to
celebrate his memory and life, gifts sent to
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans
Frontieres) would be gratefully appreciated.
50  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 Dolly Kennedy (nee Pearl
Alberta Sinclair), BA'50, MLS'62
Born on January 23,1915, Dolly died on April 10,
2011, at Qualicum Manor in Qualicum Beach,
BC, after a three-day illness with pneumonia.
She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas
Alexander Kennedy, and her brother, Robert A.
Sinclair. She had two children - David M.
Kennedy, MD'62, and Roberta (Robin) Robinson,
BA'62. She had four grandchildren and two
Dolly was born in To field, AB, where her
father was a CNR station agent. She attended
school in Edmonton. She married in 1935, living
in Powell River and Port McNeill in the days of
high lead logging and donkey steam engines. In
1945 the family moved to Vancouver, where her
husband eventually became manager of the
Pacific Coast Pipe and Tank Co. She began
taking courses from UBC by correspondence in
1942, and graduated with her BA in 1950 - a long
process while raising her children. Immediately
on graduation she joined the Vancouver
University Women's Club, which featured
prominently in the rest of her life. She was
active in many interest groups and committees
ranging from creative writing to important
social advocacy. When she was president of the
club it co-hosted with the UBC Continuing Ed
Department a conference on The Royal
Commission on the Status of Women in Canada,
which was a benchmark for the place and rights
women have in Canada today. In the 1980s she
was western vice president of the Canadian
Federation of University Women, and helped
establish many new clubs. Latterly, she was a
member of the Parksville/Qualicum University
Women's Club.
In 1956 she graduated from Vancouver
Normal School, and was a member of UBC's first
class of library science, graduating in 1962 at the
same time as her son graduated in medicine. She
worked for a time as a school librarian, and then
was very active with the Vancouver Public
Library Board. She helped establish the BC
Library Trustees Association, travelling widely
on their behalf. Education, art, music, books,
travel, CFUW and libraries were dear to her
heart. Always gracious, she brought inventiveness,
enthusiasm and fun to whatever she did - a full
and long life indeed.
John Raymond Banks, BCom'51
John passed away peacefully in New Westminster,
BC, on October 5,2010. He is survived by Lois,
his beloved wife of 57 years, daughters Susan
Dicken (Gary) of Naramata, BC, and Nancy
Banks of Ottawa, ON, and granddaughter
Emily of Naramata, BC. Lois now resides in
Summerland, BC.
John was born on May 18,1926 and spent an
idyllic childhood in Kimberley BC, with his
parents, sister, brothers and treasured friends.
He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and
the Canadian Army during the Second World
War and was demobilized in September 1945.
He studied commerce at UBC, returning to
Kimberley each summer to work in the mine.
While at UBC he joined Phi Delta Theta and
remained in touch with his fraternity brothers
throughout his life.
Upon graduation John began a life-long
professional association with the mining
industry. He was knowledgeable about every
facet of the industry, from the mining of the
ore to its ultimate treatment. This work took
him all over Canada, including the Northwest
Territories, an experience he spoke of with
great affection.
John joined the Canadian Institute of Mining
and Metallurgy in Winnipeg in 1956 and served
it in a variety of capacities, including chairing
the Vancouver branch. He was made a life
member of the Institute in 1990 and in 1993
was awarded a fellowship for outstanding
contribution to the Canadian mining industry, an
achievement of which he was immensely proud.
Johnjoined the Variety Club (later Variety) in
the mid-1960s and served in a number of roles.
In 1965 he was a founding member of the
Engineer's Club in Vancouver, serving as an
officer. He was a member of the Board of
Governors of Douglas College and of the
Douglas College Foundation Board.
John had immeasurable patience with
children and animals.
He loved golf, tennis,
the outdoors, playing
cards and games of all
kinds. While in
southeastern BC he
became an avid skier,
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John Banks
New Westminster he became very active in his
church, singing in the choir. He had a beautiful
voice and loved to sing.
Once he retired, John and Lois travelled. A
cruise through the Panama Canal, another
cruise to Alaska and a train trip across Canada to
celebrate John's 80th birthday were particular
pleasures. Wherever they went, John would
make new friends.
John liked people, and people liked John. He
is fondly missed.
Kenneth Berry, MD'56
On February 8,2011, a reading room in the
pathology department at Vancouver General
Hospital was dedicated in the memory of Dr.
Kenneth Berry, who passed away in 2006. At the
time of his retirement from the VGH, he was
neuropathology section chief. The memorial
reading room was proposed by Dr. Berry's
long-time colleague and current chief of
neuropathology, Dr. Katarina Zis. Donations
from friends and colleagues were made to the
VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, which
organized this event. Dr. Michael Allard,
professor and head of the UBC Department
of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, opened
the presentation, which was attended by about
50 of Dr. Berry's friends, family and colleagues.
He was followed by Allison Berry, who gave
personal recollections and thanks from the family,
and finally by the presentation of the current
leading text book on neuropathology from the
Canadian Association of Neuropathologists.
Ken was born in Calgary, AB, in 1932, and
moved with his family to Vancouver at 15 with
an eye to studying medicine (unbeknownst to
his parents, UBC had no medical school at that
time). But by the time he was ready, so was UBC
and Ken was a member of the university's
third graduating class. His post-graduate
studies were completed in Vancouver, Ann
Arbor, MI, and Toronto, after which he filled
the neurology position requested by Dr. Joe
Cluff to complement the new neurological
surgery unit at St. Paul's Hospital.
In 1973, he pursued further studies in
neuropathology in New York at the Albert
Einstein Hospital. After this year of study, he
returned to VGH as a neuropathologist, finding
the work extremely satisfying. Facing mandatory retirement at 65, he returned to St. Paul's
for another six years of consultative practice,
complaining mildly: "now that I'm finally
beginning to know something, I've got to quit."
In his retirement, he took up studio arts,
completing classes at Emily Carr University of
Art + Design and in Italy. Having tried various
techniques, his final collection consisted of a
series of mono prints, one of which is on
permanent display in the pathology department's memorial reading room at VGH.
Geoffrey Hume Pincott, BA'60, BLS'62
Geoff was born April 27,1937, in Grand Forks,
BC. He spent most of his childhood in Vancouver
and attended Kitsilano Secondary before moving
to Castlegar and graduating from Stanley
Humphries Secondary in 1955. It was here that
he first met Barbara Dower, his future wife.
After high school, he returned to Vancouver to
attend UBC and became reacquainted with
Barbara, by then in nursing training at VGH.
They married in August 1961.
Upon completing his library sciences
degree, Geoff went to work for the Vancouver
Public Library, where he stayed for 33 years,
most of it at the old main branch on Burrard
Street. He worked in cataloguing and was
instrumental in the conversion from card
system to computerized cataloguing.
Geoff and Barbara were founding members of
the De Cosmos Village Housing Cooperative in
1970, the first in Vancouver. Geoff was active in
many facets of the operation of the co-op
including serving a term as president of the
board. He continued his quiet contribution to
the ideals of cooperative housing to the end of
his life.
Two magnificent BC lakes loomed large in
Geoff's life. His maternal grandparents'
property at Christina Lake was a family hub and
gathering place from the 1920s until Nana
Ritchie's death in 1974. Nearly 20 years later, he
and Barbara were able to purchase a house at
Anderson Lake, near Lillooet, and Geoff again
had his "lake" where family could gather and he
could spend hours puttering and tinkering.
Geoff died rather suddenly, after a brief
illness, on June 23,2010, at Royal Inland
Hospital in Kamloops. He is survived and
missed by Barbara, his wife of 49 years; son
Kieron, daughter-in-law Zoe, and their
daughter, Miranda, of Powell River; son
Christopher, BSW '90, daughter-in-law Karla and
their children, Ethan and Erin, of Kamloops;
and daughter Kendall of Vancouver.
David Elliott, BCom'69
Sadly we announce that David passed away
peacefully at home on July 21,2011. He was
surrounded by his family. He is survived by his
loving wife of 44 years, Anne, brother Robin
(Eleanor), children Patrick (Lori), Kelly (Justin)
and Dan (Kate), and was a proud Papa to
grandchildren Beckett, Lachlan and Keefer
Elliott, and Katie, Zoe and Noah Brown.
David was predeceased by his walking buddy,
Angus, in 2006.
Born and raised in Vancouver, David attended
Prince of Wales High School and UBC before
attaining his Chartered Accountant designation
with Thorne Riddell in 1973. He joined BC Sugar
in 1976 and enjoyed a very successful 22-year
career culminating in his appointment as
president and chief operating officer of Rogers
Sugar in 1995. In 2006, David was honoured to
be made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants
of BC in recognition of his service to the
profession and the community over 30 years.
In recent years, David has served as a
corporate director of four public mining
companies and as a board member with the BC
Cancer Foundation and the UBC Alumni
Association. David was highly regarded in the
corporate world for his integrity and expertise.
His many friends will remember him for his
spirit of adventure, good humour and wicked
card sense. But family was of prime importance.
He cherished the times they had together,
especially in recent years with the lively
addition to the household of the grandchildren.
His beloved wife, Anne, cared greatly for him, as
he did her. He will be missed by all.
John R Dickson, BA'71, MEd'95
Born in Calgary to George and Janet Dickson,
John grew up in Vancouver's Dunbar area, where
he attended Lord Byng Secondary School. Some
of his early activities were Scouts and family
vacations up to Bridge Lake in the Cariboo.
He went to UBC and earned a Bachelor of
Arts and a diploma in special education.
While attending university, John worked at a
paper mill on Annacis Island, and summers
took him in search of employment far from
Vancouver, including work in mines and
construction in the Yukon.
In 1972, John moved to Terrace, BC, where he
worked on the greenchain for Skeena lumber.
This was short-lived as he soon accepted a
position as a social worker and did this until he
returned to Vancouver in 1975 to finish his
bachelor's. He then settled into teaching in
Terrace, first for Thornhill and later Cassie
Hall. While in Terrace, his three children,
Cathy, Leslie, and Mike, were born. In 1983,
John moved to Prince Rupert, BC, for a position
with Skeena Broadcasting, before returning
to teaching.
John took the motto "lifelong learner" to
heart, devoting most of his professional life to
education. He embraced his teachingjob at
Prince Rupert Senior Secondary for the special
education department and facilitated many
work experience opportunities for Prince
Rupert youth with disabilities. His dedication
was evident when he took his entire class to the
Calgary Olympics in 1988 (financed by John's
school pop machine proceeds). After completing
his master's in education, John became a vice
principal, then a principal, first in Port Simpson,
then in Prince Rupert, where he met and
married Carole.
After retiring, in 2003 John and Carole
moved to Comox, BC, a place they both grew to
love. His retirement was short-lived as John
became a professional volunteer. He gave his
time to many local groups, including Elder
College, CFYC and Meals on Wheels, and was
52   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2011 one of the founders of the Comox Dinghy Sailing
School. An enthusiastic amateur athlete, John
loved to play baseball, tennis and even basketball
when he could convince his family to play. He
doggedly worked on his golf swing and perfected
his turns on many ski hills over the years.
Family was incredibly important to John.
He was a wonderful husband, a supportive and
engaged father, a caring brother and a true
friend. He will be missed tremendously.
Inga Radosevic (Randilnga Hvam),
BSc (Pharm)'90
Inga passed away on the evening of January 20,
2011, at Lions Gate Hospital with her loved ones
by her side. During her more than four-year
journey dealing with ovarian cancer, Inga
constantly demonstrated the courage, strength,
and grace with which she lived her whole life.
Inga's unshaken faith gave her absolute peace
and understanding, and she had made all the
preparations necessary to close this chapter of
her life without fear or regret. Just as she did in
her 43 years, Inga's passing has inspired us to
believe in the power of love and grace, the
importance of family, and the need to live with
gratitude and patience.
Inga was a wonderful and loving mother to
Kristen and Lauren and best friend to husband
Chris, with whom she shared 25 wonderful
years. Inga lost her sister, Sonia, and father,
Helle, to cancer in recent years, and she deeply
missed their presence in her life. The love she
shared with her mother, Ellen Hvam, her
brother, Norm Hvam, and nephew, Alexander
McGuigan, was unwavering, and these relationships meant the world to her. Chris's family has
been a constant source of support and love over
the years, and especially at this difficult time.
Everyone who met or knew Inga instantly knew
howblessed she felt to have such a close and
loving family.
Inga was always kind and warm, and very
generous with her time; she had a glowing smile
that lit up any room she entered. Inga was a
calming presence to everyone, yet she had a
great sense of social responsibility and justice,
supporting many worthy causes without fanfare
or the need to be recognized. Inga was a special
and amazing woman in all her roles: wife,
mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to so
many. Her gift to the world lives on through her
beautiful daughters, and through everyone who
carries her spirit in their hearts. Inga made
many great friends in her life who will continue
to be a source of strength and comfort to her
Inga graduated from the pharmacy program
at UBC in 1990 and truly enjoyed and flourished
in that field. She was always friendly and helpful to
all the patients she assisted over the years and her
expertise was appreciated by her colleagues. ©
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our In Memoriam materials. Please send
obituaries of 400 words or less (submissions
will be edited for length where necessary) to
trek.magazine@ubc.ca or:
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Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1
(Mail original photos or email high resolution
scans -preferably 300 dpi.) Please note that
Trek Magazine is also published online.
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching
through the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Up to six (6) prize
winners will be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2012.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years
of teaching at UBC. The three years include 2011 - 2012.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all
levels; introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision,
and any combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may
suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the
School, or Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These
suggestions should be in writing and signed by one or more students,
alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the
basis for the nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick
up a form from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan A240.
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 13,2012. Submit nominations to the
Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee teaches.
Winners will be announced mid-April, and they will be identified
during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your
Department, School or Program office, or Dr. Geraldine Pratt,
Associate Dean of Arts at 604.822.6703.
^SSfUdbniUe Sullivan
Camille Sullivan studied acting at UBC and returned to town this fall for
the Vancouver International Film Festival and the premiere of Sisters &
Brothers, in which she co-stars alongside actors such as Glee star Cory
Monteith and Canadian theatre icon Gabrielle Rose. She also made time
to visit UBC and talk with current theatre students about her experiences
as a working actor.
On TV, Camille was most recently seen as Detective Jo Rosati in
season two of ABC/Global's hit series Rookie Blue and as an army chaplain
on the networks' popular new series Combat Hospital. Previously she
played the lead role of Detective Amy Lynch on the series Shattered for
Global Television.
Camille was nominated for a Canadian television Gemini Award for her
portrayal of Francine Reardon, the volatile cocaine- and alcohol-addicted
ex-wife of a west coast crime boss in the critically acclaimed Intelligence.
Other television credits include three seasons of Da Vinci's Inquest,
recurring roles on Hellcats, Reunion and Taken, andmultiple others.
Camille's past film projects include Carl Bessai's award-winning
dramatic feature film Normal. Her performance won her a Leo Award for
Best Actress in a Feature Length Film. Other starring roles include those
in Mount Pleasant, written and directed by Ross Weber; Mothers and
Daughters, an improvised film directed by Carl Bessai - for which she
earned another Leo Award nomination; and the Gary Burns film A
Problem with Fear. For more information see www.camillesullivan.ca
Who was your childhood hero?
I'm not sure. But I once wrote a letter
to Pierre Trudeau when I was five or
six. He replied and I was quite smitten,
I think.
Whatwas the last thing you read?
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to
Work by Paul Babiak, PhD, and UBC
psychology prof Robert D. Hare. It's a
fascinating book about psychopaths in
the workplace.
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
To be a working actor all my life.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
"Wherever you go, go with all your
heart." (Confucius)
Describe theplaceyou most like to
spend time.
It's probably my apartment. Not sure
if that's good or bad.
What's your idea of the perfect day ?
Working on something great, with
people I respect and love. That's perfect.
What or who makes you laugh
out loud?
Cursing. Not aggressive or mean-
spirited cursing, but cursing for the
fun of it. For some reason I love it!
What would be the title of your
If I could steal this from the novel Me
Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, I
would: "You might can f ^ k him up
sometimes, but, bitch, nobody kills the
motherf j§j ing Rooster." This is
because everyone gets beaten down
sometimes by life, but I would like to
be someone who keeps getting back
up with enthusiasm. (And because it's
fun to say.)
What item have you owned for
the longest time?
A pair of Toronto Transit Commission
coveralls. I bought them used when I
was 16 and still wear them out much
more frequently than I probably should.
What is your latest purchase?
Luggage. I seem to be on the road a
lot lately.
If you could invent something,
what would it be?
What are you afraid of?
Being a coward
Whom do you most admire
(living or dead) andwhy?
I'm just gonna pick one, but I can't
commit to "most." It's L. Gen. Romeo
Dallaire. Reading his book, Shake
Hands With The Devil, I was really
moved by his courage and compassion
and generosity of spirit. True heroism.
Whatwouldyou likeyour epitaph
to say?
"she' mad but she' magic, there' no lie
in her fire." (from "An Almost Made
Up Poem" by Charles Bukowski)
In which era would you most like
to have lived, andwhy?
Right now or the future. I already
know how the past turns out.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
I would have loved to be a dancer -
really athletic modern dance, like La
La La Human Steps.
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
Buena Vista Social Club, Tom Waits'
Beautiful Maladies, and The Hives'
Black and White Album
Which famous person (living or
dead) do you think (or haveyou
been told) you most resemble?
I have been told Jessica Lange. Lots of
others too, but that one is my favourite.
What is your pet peeve?
Excessive decorum. O
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