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is* ^i        ft 5     |  Take Note
14  |  To Punjab With Love
The School of Nursing is changing traditions, and healthcare, in the Punjab. By Vanessa Clarke
17   |   Slow Food
Can local farms supply all our food needs? Do we want them to? By Michelle Cook
20      Simple Recipes
Family tensions, family love and simple rituals. A short story by Madeleine Thien
27   |   Freddy Wood Turns 50
The Freddy Wood has entertained generations and produced stars.
32   |   Letters About Freddy
Letters to the editor about Frederic Wood, the  man, the teacher.
48   |  Alumni Achievement Award Recipients
Presenting this year's collection of stellar talents, UBC style.
34  |  The Arts
36   I   Books
38   |   Class Acts
41   |   In Memoriam
44      Alumni News
Cover. Oenone Baillie, BA'26
Promotional photograph for a production
of You and I, 1925. See page 27 for
coverage of the 50th anniversary of the
Freddy Wood. Photo by Charles West
FALL    2002
The Magazine of the University of British Columbia
Editor Christopher Petty, mfa'86
Designer Chris Dahl
Assistant Editor Vanessa Clarke
Board of Directors
President Gregory Clark, bcom'86, LLB'89
Senior VP Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Past President Linda Thorstad, BSc'77, MSc'84
Treasurer Tammie Mark, bcom'88
Members at Large '00 - '02
John Grunau, BA'67
Darlene Marzari, msw'68
Colin Smith, BASC'65
Members at Large '01 - '03
David Elliott, BCOM'69
Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Billy Wan, BCOM'82
Executive Director
Agnes Papke, bsc(agr)'66
Editorial Committee
Vanessa Clarke
Chris Dahl
Sid Katz
Scott Macrae, BA'71
Christopher Petty
Herbert Rosengarten
Trek (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle) is
published three times a year by the UBC Alumni
Association and distributed free of charge to UBC alumni
and friends. Opinions expressed in the magazine do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Alumni Association or
the university. Letters to the editor are welcome. Address
correspondence to:
Christopher Petty, Editor
UBC Alumni Association,
6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, BC, Canada  v6T 1Z1
or send e-mail to cpetty@alumni.ubc.ca
Letters will be published at the editor's discretion
and may be edited for space.
For advertising rates and information, contact
the editor at 604-822-8914.
Contact Numbers at UBC
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the roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd
Doing some research for this issue a few
weeks ago, I happened to walk across the
stage of the Frederic Wood Theatre. The
unusual and brilliant Norman Young was
taking me back into the bowels of the
theatre to look at some old photos of the
Players' Club and the early years of theatre
at UBC. .Around centre stage I was struck
by an olfactory presence and I stopped.
Greasepaint? Canvas? White glue? Latex
paint? The crowd? Fear? Joy? None, or
rather, all of the above.
Like supermarkets, which have a constant
background smell of floor cleaner, detergent
and rotting vegetables, theatres have an
unmistakable odour, an amalgam of smells
mixed from everything that happens inside
them. I suspect backstage at La Scala, the
Schubert and the little theatre space in any
small town in the world would, to a blind
person, smell the same.
As Norm walked on, I stood rooted,
filling my lungs with the memories of sfu's
Concrete Theatre where I acted and directed
in the '70s; of the old Capital Theatre in
Nelson where, as a teenager, I rehearsed the
part of Tatlow in "The Browning Version"
for a Little Theatre production; even of the
theatre at Robson Square where, years ago, I
played in "Measure for Measure."
I remember noticing the same smell in
1984 in an old rehearsal space at UBC.
It was a couple of old army huts glued
together, rickety and drafty but filled with
the unmistakable scent of theatre. We did
readings of plays written by other MFA
students, and a couple of shows of short
plays. A year or two later it was damaged
by fire, then burned to the ground in an
exercise by the campus fire department. I
only learned recently that it was the original
Freddy Wood Theatre, the first dedicated
theatre space on campus, the love child of
Dorothy Somerset. The memory of those
days is made richer by the knowledge.
This is all just a longwinded way of
saying that there's something mysterious
about the theatre. Think of the magic of the
curtain call. There stands Stanley Kowalski
with Blanche DuBois, sweat still glistening,
eyes still crinkled with the emotion of the
last moment, holding hands and bowing to
applause. A moment ago they gripped us by
the throats with their intensity, then suddenly,
there they are bowing, ready to remove their
makeup and wander off into the city for a
late night pizza and their own, real, lives.
This magic happens in the movies, too,
but never with the same power. Movies are
one step removed by the flickering light; live
theatre is one step closer by the presence of
flesh, blood and real emotion. It's no wonder
that theatres so often feel haunted.
That's what it is. It's the smell of ghosts.
Trek Magazine was recognized by the
Canadian Council for the Advancement
of Education as the best alumni/university
magazine in Canada. Trek won gold at the
ccae conference in June of this year, as well
as silver awards for writing and design.
- Chris Petty MFA'86 Editor
Vanessa Clarke is assistant
editor of Trek Magazine. She
was born in the United Kingdom,
came to Canada in 1994 and
became a citizen. She has been
based in Vancouver since 1998,
and is a graduate of the Douglas
College Print Futures program.
Her writing has been featured in a
number of local publications. She
plays a mean game of tennis, but
remains useless at golf in spite of
all the lessons she's paid for.
Michelle Cook MJ'OO works in the
Public Affairs office of UBC. She was
a consumer reporter for the Province
newspaper, and her writing has appeared
in many local and national publications.
She first developed a taste for locally
grown food while living on a small island
in southern Japan where she consumed a
lot of sweet potato, papaya, pumpkin and
taro root. Since moving to Vancouver, she
has subsisted largely on salmon, Fraser
Valley blueberries and Okanagan Valley
Pinot Gris.
Madeleine Thien BFA'97, MFA'01
was born in Vancouver. Her work has
appeared in many literary journals
and anthologies. Simple Recipes, her
first work of fiction, won many awards
including the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
and the City ofVancouver BookAward.
In 2001, Thien won the CAA Air Canada
Award for the most promising Canadian
writer under the age of thirty. She is
at work on her first novel, tentatively
entitled Pieces of Map, scheduled for
publication in Spring 2004.
Frederic Wood was one of UBC's
first faculty members, part of the
two-person department of English. He
founded the Players' Club, which he
directed until 1932. He is responsible
for the development of theatre at
UBC and, for establishing a strong
theatrical tradition throughout BC.
He retired from teaching at UBC in
1950, and died in 1976. The first
Freddy Wood Theatre was opened at
UBC in 1952, replaced 10 years later
by the current facility.
4   Trek   Fall 2002 UBC
Deep in the Forest
QDUntil recently, First Nations people
have had little control over the
management of provincial forests.
Ongoing negotiations over aboriginal
rights and title has underlined this
problem, and highlighted a serious
shortfall in numbers of professionally
trained First Nations foresters.
Currently, First Nations people
account for only 10 of 3,000 registered
foresters in bc. Gordon Prest, First
Nations Forestry Coordinator in UBC's
faculty of Forestry, is addressing this
critical shortage and hopes to calm
adversarial relationships between First
Nations communities and the forestry
industry through a new faculty initiative.
Prest plans aggressive recruitment of
First Nations students, programs more
reflective of a First Nations curriculum,
and promotion of greater awareness of
First Nations issues and perspectives
among all students and faculty. "My
primary role," Prest says, "is to develop
a recruitment plan to increase the
participation of First Nations students in
undergraduate degree programs. They'll
become professional foresters, working
in the best interests of First Nations,
government and
industry." Gordon Prest hopes
With his First
Nations ancestry and
25-year career history with bc's forest
service, Prest is well placed for bridging
gaps, and he believes education builds
the strongest bridges. "I see education as
a common ground where we can learn
more about First Nations and forestry
issues, and about how we're going to
live together in this province," he says.
Prest is a member of the Sto:lo Nation in
more First Nations foresters will calm adversarial relationships in British Columbia's forests.
Used Books
QDA 125-year-old, handwritten Anglican
church service book, produced in Lytton,
has recently been acquired by UBC
Library's Special Collections. The book is
unique in that it contains the traditional
Anglican psalms and hymns in the local
Thompson language. Scholars in various
disciplines will gain fresh insight into
First Nations history and the development
of bc's interior with the book, and,
according to librarian Ralph Stanton, it's
the kind of acquisition that distinguishes
university libraries from one another.
Stanton, who recently joined UBC from
SFU, wants to increase the amount of space
and money allocated to maintaining and
expanding UBC's collection. Currently,
the collection is made up of 100,000
antiquated books, maps, manuscripts
and other archival materials, including
a notable collection of Stravinsky
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
Fall 2002   Trek   5 } TAKE NOTE
One of the reasons I was attracted
to UBC in 1997 was the strong research
ethos that permeates all levels of the
university. Over the last ten or twelve
years, UBC has made remarkable
advances in research capacity and
achievement. In terms of grant monies
received, numbers of research projects
funded and faculty members engaged
in active research, our growth has
outstripped that of every other university
in Canada. I am proud of the gains we
have made and of the people all over
campus who have made those gains
But strong research is only one part
of a great university. At some institutions, so much focus has been
placed on building the research component that other areas have been
neglected. All too often that area is learning. This is emphatically not
the case at UBC.
One of the main components of Trek 2000 - our vision for UBC in
the 21 st century - and its complementary Academic Elan, is a learner-
centered curriculum, and the integration of research into the classroom
experience. The principle stated in Trek 2000 is unambiguous:
"All undergraduate students . . . will have a research-based
learning experience that integrates the many research opportunities
at UBC into undergraduate learning."
This note is echoed in the Academic Elan, which observes that
many students are drawn to UBC because of its reputation for high
standards of research and scholarship:
"Undergraduate students have a right to expect that this
scholarship will have an influence on, and be integrated into, their
The integration of scholarship and learning is not new to UBC. Our
best teachers have always brought the fruits of their research into the
classroom. What is different today is that this integration pervades
the whole system, in the form of seminars, assistantships, research
projects and research based inquiry and problem solving.  Our faculty
researchers are encouraged to build their course plans around their
research, to involve their students in appropriate aspects of their
research, and to use their research as real world examples in their
As the research-learning connection grows stronger, so does the
quality of education; and as our students develop their research skills,
they contribute to the process of discovering and disseminating new
knowledge that constitutes research. It is out of the present generation
of students that future Nobel prizewinners will emerge, researchers
who may well have developed their skills in the undergraduate and
graduate programs offered at UBC.
Good research underpins an optimal learning environment, and
we are committed to providing our students with the best learning
environment in the country. Thanks to the quality of research at UBC,
we are well on the way to achieving that goal.
memorabilia, Japanese navigational maps and BC-region
Stanton's first challenge will be to review the current
collection and establish future directions for procurement.
He has to please both scholars and collectors: scholars want
the library to purchase manuscripts that reflect their needs,
while collectors making decisions about bequeathing or
selling their collections will assess the unique quality of the
library's rare holdings. The new acquisition, Stanton feels,
will please both.
UBC's Classical Musicians Rock
]DThe talent in UBC's faculty of Music has been recognized
with several nominations for major national music awards.
Professor Rena Sharon plays piano on her CD, Salon
Varisien (recorded with violinist Scott St. John), which
was nominated for Best Classical Album at the Canadian
Independent Music Awards, held in February.
Professor Andrew Dawes (violin) and Jane Coop (piano)
won recognition for their CD of Beethoven Violin Sonatas,
nominated for Best Classical: Solo or Chamber Ensemble
album at the Juno's. Coop scored double for her recording
with the CBC Radio Orchestra, English Piano Concerti,
nominated for Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble or
Soloist) s) with large Ensemble Accompaniment category.
Dawes (along with poet Carl Leggo) is also recipient of
this year's Somerset and Black Award, which acknowledges
teaching excellence in performing and visual arts.
Big Bank Bucks
QDUBC has received its largest ever single donation from a
bank. A cheque for $1.4 million was presented to Martha
Piper by hsbc President Martin Glynn, MBA'76, at UBC's
Robson Square campus. Glynn is a past president of the
UBC Alumni Association.
"1.4 million dollars. Isn't that a nice number?" said Piper,
on receiving the cheque. The donation will be matched by
A generous slice of the money has been allocated to UBC's
Learning Exchange. The exchange offers first year courses to
low-income members of the Downtown Eastside community
and Director Margo Fryer hopes to expand the program
to reach even more people than the 200 who have already
benefited from (and enthused about) the courses. Funds will
also be used for improvements to UBC at Robson Square, an
hsbc Visiting Lecture Series at the Liu Centre for the Study
of Global Issues, and for UBC scholarships and bursaries.
6   Trek   Fall 2002
Dhotograph by Martin Dee New Chancellor
Former Chief Justice Allan McEachern
began his three-year term as UBC
chancellor on June 25, taking over from
William Sauder, who has been in the role
since 1995. The chancellor confers degrees
and is a member of the Senate and Board
of Governors. The electorate is made up
of alumni, faculty and members of the
McEachern graduated with a BA from
UBC in 1949, a law degree in 1950 and
was awarded an honorary doctor of Laws
degree in 1990. He practised law with
one of Vancouver's top firms, Russell and
DuMoulin (now called Fasken Martineau
DuMoulin). In 1979, he became Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court of British
Columbia and in 1988, Chief Justice of
the Appeal Court of British Columbia,
a position he retired from last year. He
recently returned to his old firm to resume
While Chief Justice, he adjusted court
procedure to make it more efficient and
less costly. He also served for six years
as vice-chair of the Canadian Judicial
Council, a group that Allan McEachern,
promotes efficiency,
uniformity and quality
in the performance of federally appointed
judges in Canada. He is credited with
making the legal system more open to the
public by hosting his own website on the
subject and inviting questions.
McEachern joined UBC last year as
Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Professor
and Peter Wall Distinguished Fellow in
Law faculty.
Delivering Midwives
QDFollowing in the pioneering footsteps
of Quebec and Ontario, British Columbia
has become the third province to offer a
degree in midwifery. UBC's department of
Family Practice in the faculty of Medicine
admitted the first 10 students into its four-
year program this September. Graduates
from the program will ease doctor
shortages, especially in rural and northern
BA'49, LLB'50, former Chief Justice of the Appeal Court of British Columbia, is UBC's new chancellor.
Students will be based at the Point
Grey campus and at Lower Mainland
training sites for the first two years of
the program. Third and fourth year
work includes a few weeks of intensive
theory and lab work, together with
clinical placements alongside practising
midwives. Students will get a taste of
both home and hospital birth settings
and will remain inside the province in
order to build knowledge of BC's unique
communities, cultures and associated
health issues. The new program will make
use of non-traditional teaching techniques
with web- and teleconference-based
The department of Family Practice will
hold a workshop on midwifery in the
fall. The workshop will debate emerging
policy, practice and the effects of change
on the maternity care environment,
and examine the sustainability of the
profession and strategies for strengthening
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
During your years at UBC, you
were likely involved in some way
with the Alma Mater Society. The
AMS collected a fee from you every
year, and used that money to develop
programs to make your life on
campus more satisfying. You may
have joined a special interest club
like the Radio Society or the Music
Society, attended AMS sponsored
movies and concerts, or ran for
office on the AMS executive. You likely picked up the odd copy
of the UBYSSEY, or, at the very least, ate lunch at sub.
As alumni, many of our fondest memories of UBC are
connected to activities organized or sponsored by the AMS.
Why? Because AMS events and programs were developed and
executed by fellow students who understood your needs and
appealed to you as peers. University administrators, though
filled with good intentions, are often too far removed from the
student experience to design programs that "feel right" to the
generation of students they are trying to serve.
Alumni services at UBC have evolved in a similar manner.
From reunions and regional networks to young alumni
activities, mentorship programs and even this magazine,
alumni have guided the development of services designed
to keep your connection to UBC alive. As peers, we are
more likely to share the same vision of UBC, understand
its eccentricities and hidden treasures, and enjoy a genuine
affection for it.
As a group of active volunteers, the Association's Board
of Directors is constantly looking for ways to improve our
services and expand them to include as many alumni as
possible. To that end, we developed a new vision for the
delivery of alumni services to UBC grads, one that will help
centralize the organization and execution of those services to
you. The resulting document, which is available on our website
in PDF form, describes the constitution of a full-service alumni
office on campus, complete with costs and programs. It is an
ambitious plan, and one that will take a few years to bring to
fruition. I invite you to view the document and send comments
to papke@alumni.ubc.ca.
We are also looking for a few good alumni to serve on
the Board of Directors. Elections will be held early in 2003,
but nominations can be entered at any time up to the second
Thursday of February. The next few years will be an exciting
time for this Association, and I encourage you to get involved.
The Alumni Achievement Dinner will be held on November
25 this year. Details are available on our website, and a full
list of this year's award recipients are contained in this issue of
Trek. I look forward to seeing you at the dinner.
- Greg Clark bcom'86, LLB'89
Eresident, University of British Columbia Alumni Association
Breath of Fresh Air
DDUBC's Clean Energy Research Centre (cerc) received half
a million dollars from Methanex Corp. The centre explores
alternative fuels for transportation and develops technology for
lowering vehicular emissions.
cerc Director Dr. Bob Evans, well known for his work to
reduce emissions from internal combustion engines, will be
the first Methanex Professor. He will lead investigations into
sources of renewable energy including hydrogen and natural
gas for internal combustion engines, fuel cell system integration,
bioconversion of wood wastes to fuel and advanced hydrogen
production methods.
Methanex chose cerc for its donation because of the centre's
research reputation and the potential for the development of
commercially viable technology. UBC's research strength was also
a factor. The university's multidisciplinary approach to research
means cerc can bring together engineers to perform full systems
research. Methonex senior vice president for emerging energy
applications, Ron Britton, said, "Academic researchers will take a
longer-term view of the process of innovation, which can lead to
some interesting and unanticipated results."
Currently, 17 UBC faculty members are involved in research at
the centre, cerc was established last year and has also attracted
funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Universe Unfolding as it Should
QDA new way to measure the age of the universe has shown
that the old way was just as good. They both tell the same time.
The older method was based on the rate at which the universe
is expanding, while the new one uses temperature comparisons.
The fact that two different methodologies should produce such
comparable results is good news to cosmologists, whose field can
sometimes be fraught with inconsistency and disagreement.
Scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at an ancient
star cluster 6,000 light years away. They determined that its
faintest (and therefore oldest) stars were 12-13 billion years old.
The calculation was based on the stars' temperature, which had
cooled to 2500°c. "These stars are wonderful cosmic clocks,"
says principal investigator Harvey Richler of UBC, "because they
get cooler and fainter in a very predictable way." Since current
thinking purports that the first stars were produced one billion
years after the Big Bang, Richler's group estimated the age of the
universe to be 13-14 billion years, which fits with the more recent
of those estimates based on expansion rate.
Overall, estimates of the age of the universe based on expansion
rates have varied from as few as eight to as many as 20 billion
years. The discrepancy was largely due to the difficulty in
measuring cosmic distances. "This new observation short-circuits
Trek   Fall 2002 getting to the age question, and offers a
completely independent way of pinning
it down," says Richler. "Everything we
know about the universe depends on the
age we assign it."
Spinal Tape
QDPrevious medical thinking had it that
nothing much could be done to reverse
the paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Nerve cells in the brain, it was thought,
died or stopped functioning entirely after
an injury. It was such an article of faith
that little research was ever carried out
in the area. But a discovery in the labs of
the International Collaboration on Repair
Discoveries (icord) at UBC has given
cause for hope.
Now, UBC researchers have shown
in animal models that this is not the
case and that the nerve cells are capable
of regeneration. Rick Hansen Man in
Motion Chair Wolfram Tetzlaff and
Vancouver Hospital orthopedic spine
surgeon Brian Kwon used a nerve growth
factor to revive brain cells that had
shrunk and, in turn, the cells were able
to regenerate the nerve fibres required
for carrying the body's current. The
researchers' next step will be to find a
way of helping these messages bridge
the gap of a spinal cord injury. The
challenge lies in improving the molecular
environment of the scarred injury site to
facilitate new growth. Tetzlaff estimates
that regenerating the spinal cord in
chronic paralysis cases will take another
io years to achieve.
Rick Hansen, president of the Rick
Hansen Institute, who gained fame and
respect raising funds for spinal cord injury
research by traveling around the world
in a wheelchair, says: "For the first time,
people living with paralysis have some
concrete evidence that a cure is possible.
It's tremendously exciting news."
Look Out, Tom
QDA genetic mutation in mice can make
them extremely violent, dangerous to even
their siblings and intended mates. The link
between genes and pathological aggression
has been discovered by Elizabeth Simpson,
an associate professor of medical genetics.
The mutation is also associated with other
abnormalities such as less body fat, brain
defects and abnormalities of the eye.
Holder of the Canada Research Chair
in Genetics and Behaviour, Simpson has
also discovered that other genes can have
an impact on the original mutation and it
is in this area that future research efforts
will be focused. She says that her approach
"is to develop mouse models of mental
diseases and use what we learn from mice
to accelerate the understanding of human
abnormal behaviour and to develop gene-
based therapies to treat inherited mental
illness." Simpson is the only Canadian
researching genes and extreme aggression.
She is the principal investigator for
this research, in collaboration with Johns
Hopkins University and The Jackson
Laboratory in the us.
A Vote for Democracy
□D Producing a working definition of
democracy is not as easy as it sounds:
it means different things to different
people. A peasant in i8tn century France
might see it as his salvation; an Afghani
mother cowering with her children in
a cave during a bombing raid carried
out "to defend democracy" might see
it as the work of the devil. Democracy,
like Christianity, Islam or communism,
fosters righteousness, oppression, poverty
and bloodshed as often as it does peace,
prosperity and human development. It
can be used as an instrument of torture as
often as an instrument of hope.
The practice of democracy has changed
with globalization, immigration and
borderless investment. How can modern
democratic institutions absorb these
changes and still remain relevant? What
happens when the democratic rights and
freedoms of the citizens of one nation are
challenged or limited by the rights and
freedoms of citizens in another?
These and other questions will be
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examined in a new centre for the study of
democracy to be established at UBC.
"There is an urgency to this situation,"
says Anne Martin-Matthews, dean pro tern
of UBC's Arts faculty. "We need to generate
research and international discussion on
the importance of individual rights and
effective democratic structures. The collapse
of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe
and Latin America has strengthened the
claim of democrats. But at the same time,
democracy as it has been practised in many
older regimes is fatigued. The time is ripe
for UBC to sharpen its focus on democracy
theory and practice."
The centre will focus the activities of
scholars on campus already immersed
in the study of democracy, and will link
academics, entrepreneurs and policy
makers. It will attract scholars from other
institutions, encouraging interaction
through biennial conferences and a fund for
visiting fellows.
The centre will be funded by a
$1.25 million gift from the Jarislowsky
foundation, and will feature an endowed
chair, the Harold and Dorrie Merilees
Chair, named for Gail Jarislowsky's parents
in recognition of their contribution to
politics and democracy, especially in British
Columbia. The chair remains to be filled,
and will carry a modest teaching load to
allow more time for fostering relations
with government and non-governmental
Send Us Your Best Vintage
QDlf you happen to have a spare bottle
of Petrus and Chateau Margeaux lying
around, Prof. Hennie van Vuuren would
be very pleased to hear from you. As
director of Agricultural Sciences' Wine
Research Centre (wrc), van Vuuren is
seeking donations from the wine industry
and private collectors to fill the shelves of
Canada's second wine library (the first is
What Does BC Need?
More Doctors.
How Do We Get Them?
We all know the cost of medical school is high. No one knows that more
than UBC's Faculty of Medicine alumni. They've been there.
That's why 548 doctors, along with students and friends, have committed
$1,000,000 to bursaries and scholarships for students in the Faculty of
Medicine. That total, matched by a private donor, means an additional
$120,000 each year for student aid.
Encouraging more bright students to become great doctors helps us all.
Thank you, UBC Medicine Alumni, for your leadership.
If you are interested in helping more students in the Faculty of Medicine,
please call 604.822.0374.
50TH Anniversary
Student Endowment Campaign
based at Brock University and was also
founded by van Vuuren). Through the
generosity of the industry,  he has already
managed to procure some of the world's
finest wines, but the Petrus and Chateau
Margeaux from France would really make
his day.
The purpose of the wine library is to
conduct extensive research in collaboration
with other universities located in winegrowing regions. The research will focus
on how wine ages and will influence
wine-growing practices in the Okanagan
to encourage production of optimum
cool-climate wines with improved aging
potential. "We'll use science to help
growers find the right sites to plant certain
grape varietals," says van Vuuren. He can
also analyze the wines to find out what the
best wines have in common, then set about
to reproduce those qualities in future
The library's facilities reflect the
value and delicacy of its contents. It is
temperature and humidity controlled and
features a sophisticated security system. It
has two sections: one will house 20,000
bottles of locally produced wine and the
other 8,000 bottles of some of the finest
wine the world has to offer. There is, of
course, a tasting room close by. The wines
stored in the library will be opened and
analyzed over time.
The centre tried to launch a Chardonnay
of the Century contest this year, and
had commitments from wineries around
the world to enter their best wines. The
contest was cancelled, however, because
of the difficulty of obtaining enough
sponsorship during soft economic times.
But many of the goals of the competition
were achieved, says van Vuuren. "We
heightened awareness of the centre and of
the quality of Ontario and bc wineries."
Francis Joins the Show
]DThunderbird pitcher Jeff Francis has
gone big league. The power left hander
was picked ninth overall in this year's
National Baseball League draft, and was
the Colorado Rockie's first round draft
10   Trek   Fall 2002 choice. Francis spent the summer playing
in the Rockie's minor league system,
and went to Phoenix in September for a
month-long instructional stint.
Francis is a UBC success story. He
recently became the first player from
a Canadian institute to be named to
Baseball America's pre-season All
American Team and in March, he became
the 3 6tn athlete to win the annual title
of Sport bc University Athlete of the
Year. The recognition follows a successful
2001-2002 season, during which Francis
was named the naia Region Player of
the Year and a naia All American after
going 12-3 with a 0.92 era. He went on
to play in the Alaska Baseball League,
becoming that league's Player of the Year.
He also played for the Anchorage Glacier
Pilots during the National Baseball
Congress World Series, was named MVP
and won the Top Pro Prospect Award.
He topped off the season winning a
gold medal with Team bc at the Canada
He played with the Rockie's team in
Asheville, NC, this summer, but in August
he received a concussion when he was
struck near the left temple by a line drive
foul ball. He fell and struck his head on
the dugout's concrete floor, where he
remained unconscious for more than 10
seconds. Results of CAT scans on the head
and neck were negative, and he has
made a full recovery. He continuted     The
practising with the T-Birds before
leaving for Phoenix.
Painless Dental Tool
QDA new teaching tool developed by
two UBC dental students has put bright
smiles on the faces of students, faculty
and practitioners alike. Jordan Catherall
and Peter Luu started work on an online, interactive learning program last
year, having just completed their first
year as dental students.
Students work on a computer studying
3-D images of teeth, which they are
able to rotate and view from a number
of different angles. They can click on
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power left hander Jeff Francis winds up to start a new career as a pro baseball pitcher with the Colorado Rockies.
links which will take them to detailed
information about what they are looking
at. "Instructors can take students to
a computer bay in the clinic to view
images and prepare for a procedure. It's
a student-centred tool that complements
our problem-based learning format,"
says Babak Chehroudi, clinical assistant
professor of Oral, Biological and
Medicinal Sciences.
UBC students started to use the program
last September and it was very well
received. The idea also won Catherall and
Luu second place in a poster competition
held by the American Dental Education
Association and abstracts appeared in
the Journal of Dental Education. UBC's
Dentistry faculty hope to market the
program to other dental schools.
One of the main barriers encountered
Dhotograph by Martin Dee
Fall 2002   Trek   11 Sustainability director Freda Pagini has saved nearly $2 million in energy and water costs at UBC.
by the two students was in finding
perfect examples of human teeth to use
for creating the 3-D computer image.
Artificial teeth are not exactly the same
shape or colour as human teeth and so
were unsuitable for the task. They had
to rely on local dentists and teaching and
research labs. They will do so again when
they try to find children's teeth to create a
computer image of primary teeth.
The program has great potential for
expansion. Eventually, students will be
able to examine entire dental procedures
while sitting in front of a computer screen.
Sustaining Success
If the success of UBC's sustainable
development policy were dependent only on
the energetic Freda Pagani, then everyone
else in the campus community could
relax. But as Canada's only director of
campus sustainability, Pagani knows that
success also depends on the hundreds of
staff, faculty and students whose everyday
attitudes, decisions and actions form a
cumulative effect on our environment. "My
biggest challenge is to get every member
of the community to include sustainability
in day-to-day decision making," She says.
"We usually know what we need to do
- like refraining from driving and using less
paper. But the difficulty in actually doing
such things lies in challenging our mindsets
and habits."
To tackle this, Pagani has launched
several programs designed to modify
behaviour. Most of UBC's departments and
faculties have been persuaded to delegate
a sustainability coordinator in an initiative
that will bring Pagani more far-reaching
influence on campus activities. Another
idea, running since January, is seeds
(Social, Ecological, Economic Development
Studies), which involves students and
staff in addressing campus sustainability
issues through research projects. Staff gain
valuable knowledge about operating issues
within their departments and students
gain academic credits for their research.
More than 200 members of the campus
community have been involved so far.
Pagini doesn't go around preaching
and carrying a big stick; she helps people
understand the benefits to be gained from
minor changes in behaviour. Her work to
cut energy and water use has already saved
UBC nearly $2 million since 1998. She was
also a major player behind the campus's ck
Choi building, which opened in 1996. The
building used recycled beams from the old
Armouries, incorporated composting toilets
and a host of other sustainability features.
Pagani's success means she is more likely
to be given the go ahead for other projects:
she recently won approval for a $35-million
project, ECoTrek,  for mechanical and
electrical upgrades to campus buildings
- the viability of the expenditure resting
on the project's long-term savings. Pagani
is confident the project, the largest
undertaking of its kind in Canada, will pay
for itself within 15 years. ECoTrek could
reduce co2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes per
year, water use by 30 per cent and energy
use by 45 per cent.
The rewards aren't only environmental,
social and financial. There is also a positive
bearing on the university's reputation, and
UBC is rapidly becoming acknowledged as
a role model in addressing sustainability
challenges. "The community should be very
proud of itself," says Pagani.
A brain is a sad thing to lose ...
UBC is losing one of its top scholars to
12   Trek   Fall 2002 Princeton. Maria Klawe, dean of Science,
will join Princeton University next year
as dean of the School of Engineering and
Applied Science.
"We are truly sad to be losing a scholar
of Maria's rank," said Martha Piper, "but
we take some consolation in knowing
that she will be joining one of the world's
most prestigious research institutions."
Klawe has had a successful career at UBC.
She was head of the Computer Science
department for six and a half years,
before becoming vice-president, Student
and Academic Services, and then dean of
Science in 1998. As a researcher, she is
well known for her work on the use of
interactive multimedia tools for teaching
math, reading and science. Her various
contributions to the fields of math and
computer science have earned her many
awards including the 2001 Science and
Technology Champion of the Year award
from the Science Council of bc.
in the international scene - they could
go anywhere," says Indira Samarasekera,
vice-president, Research, of this latest
brain gain. UBC conducted 4,000 research
projects and was awarded nearly $200
million in research funding in 2000/01.
Professors Honoured
JUThe only two Canadian scientists to be
elected to the Royal Society of London this
year are both based at UBC. Professors
David Dolphin (Chemistry) and Anthony
Sinclair (Zoology) join the ranks of the
world's most eminent scientists with their
membership in the society, which was
established in 1660.
Dolphin works in the field of
photodynamic therapy and is best known
for his research into porphyrins. These
are organic proteins containing nitrogen
and are used in photodynamic therapy
for treating cancer, diseases of the eye and
autoimmune and cardiovascular disorders.
Dolphin is vice-president, Technology
Development, at the Vancouver-based
biotech company QLT Inc. His research
findings have been developed into a top-
selling ophthalmology product called
Visudyne™, used to treat age-related
macular degeneration, a leading cause of
blindness in the over 50s.
Sinclair directs the Centre for Biodiversity
Research at UBC. He is an expert in
the ecology, population dynamics and
community structures of large mammals.
He studies the effects of human activity on
biodiversity, the processes that lead to the
extinction of small populations and the
rebuilding of damaged eco-systems. His
research, including a 30-year study of hoofed
mammals in East Africa, has been valuable
in shaping management and conservation
approaches for large herbivore populations
the world over. 0
... but it's great to get new ones
UnUBC is drawing top researchers from
around the world. Recent appointments
to Canada Research Chairs based at UBC
include scholars from the United States,
Australia and Mexico.
Among them are Assistant Professor
Weihong Song from Harvard. He
researches the role of mutant genes in
causing Alzheimer's Disease and examines
how the disease is impacted by stress
and stroke . . . Colin Campbell from
Georgetown will set up Canada's first
comprehensive us Studies program at
UBC . . . Archeologist Zhichun Jing joins
us from the u of Wisconsin . . . Electronic
engineer Vikram Krishnamurthy comes
from the University of Melbourne and
Rita Eder, an expert in Latin American
visual art history, comes from Mexico.
The federally funded Canada Research
Chair program will invest $900 million to
fund 2,000 chairs across Canada by 2005.
Approximately 14 per cent of those chairs
already allocated have gone to scholars in
universities outside Canada.
"These researchers are all very active
Do You Recall an Excellent Teacher
From Your Past?
The University is again recognising excellence in teaching through the awarding of teaching
prizes to faculty members.  Two prize winners from the Faculty of Applied Science will be
selected for 2003.
ELIGIBILITY: The prizes are open to full-time tenure-track faculty in Architecture, Engineering
or Nursing who have five or more years of teaching experience at UBC.
CRITERIA: The awards will recognise sustained teaching accomplishments at all levels at
UBC, and will focus on those faculty who have demonstrated that they are able to motivate
students and are responsive to students' intellectual needs, or have developed innovative
laboratory or lecture materials.
NOMINATION PROCESS:  Students, alumni or faculty members may nominate candidates to
the Head of their department, the Director of their School, or the Head ofthe unit in which the
nominee teaches. Letters of nomination and supporting information may also be sent directly to:
Prof. Pamela Ratner
Chair, Killam Teaching Prize Committee 2002-2003
School of Nursing
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5
E-mail: pam.ratner@ubc.ca; Tel: 604-822-7427
DEADLINE: January 13, 2003
WINNERS: Winners will be identified in Spring 2003, and will be honoured during the
Congregation in May.
For further information about the awards, please contact the Dean's Office, Faculty of Applied
Science, your Department or School office, or the Killam Teaching Prize Committee Chair.
Fall 2002   Trek   13 A program to upgrade nursing education in India faces cultural
challenges, resource shortages and the logistical problems
associated with large numbers. Dedication, leadership and UBC
nursing faculty are winning the battle, by vanessa clarke
"Our faculty lunches tend not to be
simple sandwiches, these days," says Dr.
Sally Thorne, director of UBC's school
of Nursing. "They tend to be rice and
curry." She is reflecting on some of the
outcomes of a partnership the school
shares with a society in Vancouver's South
Asian community. More important than
the lunch menu is that the partnership has
presented the school with an opportunity
to help advance levels of education and
healthcare in rural Punjab, India.
The Canada-India Education Society
was established by Budh Singh Dhahan,
who came to Canada from India in 1959,
raised a large family and prospered. All
his children were educated at UBC, and
Dhahan wanted to give something back
to the university and to his homeland in
Punjab, especially to uplift women and the
Working with a partner non-profit
organization in India, Dhahan and the
society have already established a girls'
elementary school and high school, a
hospital, an addiction-treatment centre
and the Guru Nanak College of Nursing.
The society approached the school of
Nursing for faculty expertise and advice in
developing nursing practice, education and
research at the Punjabi college. It wanted
to elevate nurse education from diploma
level to an internationally recognized
The timing was right for the school to
accept the offer, which it did in 1998. "It
was stunning to meet a group of people
who didn't have much expertise in medical
education or hospitals but who could see a
piece of dry land and say: 'we should build
a hospital.' From their point of view, the
world is full of possibilities," says Thorn."
An advisory committee was formed,
chaired by Thorne, with other faculty
members, Punjabi-speaking nurses who
work extensively in the Indo-Canadian
community (mostly UBC grads), and
members of the society.
Throughout the partnership, UBC
Nursing faculty have travelled to the area
for two to four weeks at a time to teach
and advise Indian faculty. Nurses from
Vancouver's Indo-Canadian community
also visited Punjab to advocate and model
western nursing practices for Indian
students and healthcare practitioners. The
going hasn't always been smooth and the
project has faced a few culturally-based
speed bumps, ranging from immigration
issues to physical touch to women's rights,
but all of these have been tackled openly,
and a  philosophy of frankness, tolerance
and respect has emerged.
The school was involved in supporting
the recently completed first phase of a
project, partially funded by the Canadian
International Development Agency, to
establish acceptable levels of primary
healthcare in the Dhahan-Kaleran region
of Punjab. The bulk of the work involved
conducting a health needs assessment by
visiting approximately 70 villages in the
area to determine healthcare shortfalls and
In Punjab, there are many barriers to
health. Pollution is a major deterrent,
negatively affecting the quality of soil,
air and water. Industrialization and a
rapidly growing population exacerbate the
problem. Living conditions are crowded
and basic requirements such as sanitation
cannot be taken for granted. The need to
provide primary health care is recognized
by India's government but programs
can be haphazardly implemented with
inadequate facilities. Figures on TB,
malaria and diabetes are all worsening
and aids is becoming a growing menace
- with the potential to rob the area of a
large chunk of its workforce.
As well as these considerable practical
problems, there are also culturally
embedded barriers to health. One of the
partnership project's main goals is to
create authority for nurses and produce
community leaders who can improve
conditions in the area. But traditional
prejudices make this task harder, especially
because of the low status of nursing in
Indian society. The vast majority of nurses
in India are female and the low status of
the profession goes hand-in-hand with the
low status of women. Suki Grewal is a
community nurse who sits on the advisory
council and has travelled to Punjab several
times. She was born in India, raised in
England and has lived in Canada for a
number of years.
14   Trek   Fall 2002 US
Two student nurses and a staff nurse in a Punjabi hospital. The school of Nursing is helping train nurses in the region
"When I was very young," she says,
"nursing wasn't a choice career, mainly
because taking care of someone or doing
any kind of job like that is related to
lower castes. When I told my mother I
was going to be a nurse she didn't like it.
It's a patriarchal society where men make
the decisions. Women, I hate to say it, are
looked on as second-class citizens and sons
are preferred over daughters."
This imbalance is well illustrated by
the use of ultrasound. When Grewal
first went back to India six years ago,
she saw an ultrasound clinic "on every
corner." Many women were going for
early ultrasound not to find out about the
health of the baby they were carrying, but
to determine its sex. Despite the Indian
government outlawing the practice of
using ultrasound for this purpose in 1994,
there have still been alarming increases
in abortion of female fetuses. According
to one obstetrician Grewal spoke with,
considerable social pressure to have male
children meant some women were having
up to 13 abortions and their cervices
were damaged as a result. Census results
are telling; 2001 figures for the Indian
population as a whole showed there
were 933 females for every 1,000 males,
an overall improvement since the 1991
census. But broken down, the figures
revealed that in Punjab the ratio was just
874 females per 1,000 males, down from
1991. For the 0-6 age group, the figures
are more alarming; ratios are lower than
for the general population, and again
Punjab's was one of the lowest at just 793
girls per thousand boys.
Ironically, although they provide most
of the care, it's women that have the least
access to it. "That's the way we were
brought up: to look after everyone else
before you look after yourself," Grewal
says. "I think it's a societal barrier that we
have. And, of course, money. If you have
money you can afford any level of care.
Poorer people can't, and women are the
poor people. I think India is trying, but
I'd like to see UBC really push for these
projects where we can empower nurses and
teach them how to do things properly."
Other cultural differences affect the
nature of nursing itself. "Nursing has
Fall 2002   Trek   15 > TO  PUNJAB WITH  LOVE
so much to do with basic physical care
and this is a culture in which dignity,
privacy and separation of the sexes is an
important part of the heritage," Thorne
says. "Physical touch, particularly across
genders, is a hard issue to work out."
Because there are no Punjabi speakers
on the school's faculty, Punjabi-speaking
community nurses like Grewal go out
into the rural communities to model
practices; although the students are taught
in English, most patients don't speak it.
"We demonstrated how we do a practical
assessment of a patient, how we do patient
history, how it's okay to touch the patient,
or smile at them," says Grewal. "I think
my culture is the type
that learns visually, so
to show them rather
than read to them out
of books, to take the
nurses from the college
into the world and show
them, works best."
It is a collaborative
process. The community nurses' language
ability and cultural understanding is vital,
and the school would like to sponsor
more of them to spend time working
closely with the staff nurses and faculty
in India. Equally vital is UBC's academic
influence. "The way they learn there is
all memorization, and we're trying to
get them to think critically and question
what they're doing. I think that's where
UBC faculty has had a great impact," says
The Indian faculty make reciprocal
visits to Canada and earlier this year, a
group of Indian students came to UBC
for the first time to see western models
of nursing being carried out in a western
context. It was a powerful experience;
the students were temporarily immersed
in a culture where nurses are confident,
respected, show initiative and are actively
engaged in the profession. Grewal, who
is driven by her desire to see a better lot
for Indian women, is very encouraged
by the progress that has been made in
such a short time. "The very first time
I went to Punjab, the girls were so shy
and didn't want to talk, and now they're
questioning us and having the courage to
say: 'Why is this not being done?'"
One of the principles on which
the partnership is based is that all
participants should stand to gain
something. Although the nursing
expertise flows mainly in one direction,
learning occurs on both sides and
everyone stands to benefit. "I think the
most important thing the school has
gained is the capacity to think about
health in a global way, in contrast to
the way we usually think about health
in this country: as resource, as the
the implications of multiculturalism and
diversity, and economic, structural and
system disparities," she says. "You're not
only going to be nursing a population
that was born and bred (and will die)
in Kitimat. The world of healthcare is
no longer local. The implications of any
epidemic anywhere in the world can
influence us; the structural economic-
political implications have to be things
of concern to nurses nowadays." The
partnership has been an opportunity for
the advancement of international nurse
relations and networking, and in fact this
was one of the principles on which the
partnership is based. Some of the faculty
and community nurses who have been
involved in the project are increasingly
called upon to speak at conferences and
"You're not only going to be nursing a population that was born and bred (and
will die) in Kitimat. The world of health care is no longer local. The implications
of any epidemic anywhere in the world can influence us; the structural economic-
political implications have to be things of concern to nurses nowadays."
medicare system, as hospitals," says
Thorne. "Recent issues revolve around
money and resources. We forget how
narrow a view that is in the broader
context of global health, thinking that
another dollar an hour would make a
difference. That is counterproductive to
making a contribution locally or globally.
Many of our faculty who have been
involved in the project have opened up
their thinking. They may have realized
concepts intellectually but the partnership
brings them to life."
As a result of the Indian students
visiting UBC, the university's nursing
undergraduate society decided it wanted
to take a far more active role in the
project; the school hopes to start a
formal student exchange scheme. Thorne
acknowledges that a comprehensive
scheme would have many advantages.
"We fully recognize that anyone working
in healthcare today has to appreciate
conduct workshops.
The first phase of the primary health
care project that the school has supported
has been a success and cida has funded it
for three more years. The next stage will
be program implementation based on the
assessments. Grewal would love to see a
women's health clinic in India. "Cervical
and breast cancers are rampant," she
says. There is also a desperate need
for sanitation and access to qualified
medical personnel and medications. Much
has already been accomplished. "Mr.
Dhahan's vision was to uplift the poor
and the women in rural Punjab and I
think he has achieved that in many ways,
"says Grewal. "When I went back in
January, there were already tremendous
changes since my last trip. Girls are more
accepted in education, and even some
boys are starting to go into nursing. It's a
nice change." n
16   Trek   Fall 2002 S L O W  FOOD  Can local growers supply all the food we need? Can they supply all we want?
If you've eaten organic goat cheese
made at a nearby dairy, sipped a local
microbrew or gathered your own
strawberries at a U-Pick operation,
you've supported a community-based
food system. While frequenting farmers'
markets may seem like the latest middle
class preoccupation, there's evidence that
operations like these offer more than a
nostalgic glimpse at the past. They may
be a viable way for us to diversify our
food supply by reducing our dependence
on large-scale agricultural operations and
international food distribution networks.
One of my great joys is going to the East
Vancouver Farmers' Market to buy fresh
vegetables and fruit. On market day,
I arrive early to jockey with the other
customers for fingerling potatoes, saffron
zucchini blossoms, plump blueberries and
yellow beets. For someone who loves to
cook but who was reared, for the most
part, on a diet of supermarket fare, it's
thrilling to choose from dozens of varieties
of fruits, herbs and vegetables mere hours
after they've been picked. I like to pester
the growers with questions about their
produce. How and where do they grow it?
What's the best way to prepare it? And,
most importantly, what crops will they be
harvesting next week?
Fall 2002   Trek   17 SLOWFOOD
I've never considered my inquiries
anything more than the curiosity of an
avowed foodie, so I was surprised to learn
that my forays to market are contributing
to a growing international community-
based food movement, dedicated to
reviving an old concept: obtaining what
we eat directly from those who grow it.
But whether or not this movement
will have any sizeable impact on North
American food-buying habits is a big
"We used to know where our food came
from; now most of what we eat is shipped
from up to 2,000 kilometres away," says
Derek Masselink, program coordinator
for UBC Farm, a fledgling centre for local
food production in Vancouver. "If you
know your farmer, you know what you're
eating. People have been missing that
connection with the land, and that's really
the movement's foundation."
To many, fresh supermarket produce
is symbolized by big, bland strawberries
hauled long distances in ethylene-gas filled
trucks. Community-based food supporters,
these efforts. There are also real security
concerns about how we would feed
ourselves if a global crisis cut our current
international supply chain.
the idea
of reviving local food
production began gaining momentum
around the globe in the late '80s and
early '90s. Communities concerned about
quality and the increasing corporate
control of the world's food production
and distribution systems began looking for
alternate sources of fresh produce closer
to home. In Japan, housewives frustrated
by high prices for inferior milk and
vegetables banded together to buy directly
from nearby farmers. The idea spread to
the United States where more than 600
similar initiatives exist nationwide. In
1993, people in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a
city of 2.5 million, lobbied the municipal
government for more access to fresh food.
The city legislated that every citizen had
a right to food security and launched a
series of programs that included opening a
public restaurant serving local produce. It
also linked hospitals and other big buyers
to organic growers in the region, and
encouraged people to plant community
them. The movement has spread to 45
countries, attracting 65,000 members with
its philosophy of "eco-gastronomy."
Choosing locally grown food over
imported goods may seem to echo the anti-
globalization sentiments of g8 protesters,
but Farm Folk/City Folk founder Herb
Barbolet is quick to define the movement
as pro-global in nature.
"It is not advocating an end to trade.
We will always have coffee and bananas,"
Barbolet says. "It's a movement that says
the North American way of producing
and shipping food doesn't have to be
homogenized all over the world."
The success of UBC Farm is an example
of the growing acceptance of the model.
Two years ago, a handful of students took
over 40 hectares of land on the southern
fringe of campus with the idea of creating
a working landscape where people could
learn about the connection between land,
food and community.
Today, with the help of 50 volunteers,
the farm grows 60 crops and yields enough
to serve 250 customers a week from June
to October at its own farmers' market. It
supplies several campus outlets, including
Green College, with organically cultivated
Because vegetable production today is a global business, consumers expect access to products from all over the world year round.
however, see their concept embodied in
neighbourhood food gardens tucked into
back alleys; home-delivery services that
shuttle produce directly from growers
to customers; cooperative farms whose
owners share in the harvested produce;
and small, convivial farmers' markets like
the one in East Vancouver.
These small-scale efforts to diversify
our food supply are an attempt to regain
some control of where and how our food
is grown at a time when access to food
is largely controlled by multinational
corporations, says Masselink. Fears
about food quality and safety in the
wake of high-profile catastrophes like E-
coli contamination and foot-and-mouth
disease have added a sense of urgency to
and school gardens. Around the same
time, organizations like FoodShare in
Toronto and Vancouver's Farm Folk/City
Folk began promoting sustainable local
food sources through advocacy work,
public education and celebrations like
Farm Folk/City Folk's Feast of Fields.
The annual fundraiser gives participants
a chance to sample dishes using locally
grown ingredients prepared by bc chefs
and drinks made by local vintners, brewers
and juice makers.
In spirit, the community food movement
is most strongly influenced by Slow
Food, formed in Italy in 1986. Slow
Food champions indigenous crops and
traditional ways of growing and preparing
produce, and contributes to the Good
Food Box program to supply low-income
earners with fresh, low-cost vegetables.
It all sounds good. In the Lower
Mainland, more than 60 direct market
growers, a dozen weekly farmers' markets,
and nearly two-dozen home-delivery
produce suppliers operate in the Lower
Mainland. One of them, spud, is the
region's largest local buyer of organic
produce. Adding to this, the use of local
ingredients by several well known chefs
has contributed to the city's growing
international reputation as a Mecca for
regional cuisine.
But in spite of the successes, and the
fact that bc has the climate to produce
18   Trek   Fall 2002 250 different crops, can the community-
based food movement ever reach beyond a
romantic notion to influence mainstream
food buying and eating habits?
Moura Quayle is the dean of UBC's
Agricultural Sciences faculty. She supports
the concept of community-based food
systems but says it's unlikely we'll ever get
all our food from local sources.
"What do you do in Churchill,
Manitoba?" she asks. "It's hard to
implement the movement everywhere.
There are places where you can really
make this work, other places where you
can do it a few months of the year, and
others where you will always have to ship
food in."
Quayle says more research is needed to
determine the scale of farming necessary to
supply a community with local produce,
and how communities engaged in large-
scale agricultural production would fit into
the model. For these reasons, Farm Folk/
City Folk's Herb Barbolet says community
food systems need better coordination. He
also thinks more government support for
research on small-scale food production
is needed if the movement is going to
amount to anything more than piecemeal
great. Even factoring in transport, they're
able to produce efficiently at a lower cost
than we can, and at times of the year we
For bc farmers at least, the current
food supply system seems to be working.
Murray Driediger is general manager of
the bc Vegetable Marketing Commission,
an association representing 250 registered
producers in the province. While he sees
growing consumer support for locally
grown food, and more
farmers opening up on-
farm retail outlets, he says
direct farm-to-customer
sales are still very much a
niche market. Transactions
at farmers' markets, for
example, only represent
about five per cent of the
vegetable purchases in
bc annually. Half of the
province's farmers have
producer/vendor licences
allowing them to sell direct
to consumers, but off-farm
sales account for only 10 per
cent or less of the province's
agricultural industry sales
and low interest rates continue, Driediger
thinks bc farmers will continue to operate
this way.
Seasonal producers are also at a
disadvantage when dealing with the large
retail chains. To ensure a constant supply
of fresh produce, the chains must contract
with producers who can ship year round.
Often, it's contractual commitments that
dictate that large, pulpy strawberries from
California are on supermarket shelves in
In order to ensure a consistent supply at competitive prices, supermarkets have to source produce from all over the world.
Simple economics, too, may have a
determining effect on how widespread
community-supported farming becomes.
Tim Beatty is a food market analyst and
professor in UBC's faculty of Agricultural
Sciences. He suspects that the people
supporting community-based agricultural
initiatives are those who can afford to, not
those looking for the lowest cost produce.
"I think there are limits to how far this
(movement) can go in terms of the cost
differentials of producing a head of lettuce
in California versus producing one here,"
Beatty says. "It's no coincidence that a lot
of our food is grown in central California
where the soil and growing conditions are
"Small farms can and do survive on
direct sales, in a community-based system,
but this is a very small percentage of bc
farms. It's not economical for larger farms
producing on a volume basis to sell direct
to customers," says Driediger.
Because vegetable production today is a
global business, consumers expect access
to products from all over the world year
round. In order to ensure a consistent
supply at competitive prices, supermarkets
have to source produce from all over the
world, bc farmers can make more money
specializing in products they can supply
consistently to large customers. As long
as the current favourable exchange rates
the summer, rather than the luscious, juicy
ones from the Fraser Valley.
"It's the same consumers who demand
fresh, locally produced veggies in the
summer who are going to be demanding
fresh stuff they can't get locally in the
winter," Beatty says.
While Masselink argues that a little
willpower is all that's needed to return
to more regional diet, the realities of
agribusiness and the global marketplace
may make such a switch impossible.
Just the same, bringing more local
produce home for dinner isn't such a bad
idea. Moura Quayle says more small-scale,
community-centred agricultural activity
would provide a balance to the global,
Fall 2002   Trek   19 SIMPLE
There is a simple recipe for making rice.
My father taught it to me when I was a
child. Back then, I used to sit up on the
kitchen counter watching him, how he
sifted the grains in his hands, sure and
quick, removing pieces of dirt or sand,
tiny imperfections. He swirled his hands
through the water and it turned cloudy.
When he scrubbed the grains clean, the
sound was as big as a field of insects. Over
and over, my father rinsed the rice, drained
the water, then filled the pot again.
The instructions are simple. Once the
washing is done, you measure the water
this way - by resting the tip of your
index finger on the surface of the rice.
The water should reach the bend of your
first knuckle. My father did not need
instructions or measuring cups. He closed
his eyes and felt for the waterline.
Sometimes I still dream of my father, his
bare feet flat against the floor, standing
in the middle of the kitchen. He wears
old buttoned shirts and faded sweatpants
drawn at the waist. Surrounded by the
gloss of the kitchen counters, the sharp
angles of the stove, the fridge, the shiny
sink, he looks out of place. This memory
of him is so strong, sometimes it stuns me,
the detail with which I can see it.
Every night before dinner, my father
would perform this ritual - rinsing and
draining, then setting the pot in the
cooker. When I was older, he passed this
task on to me but I never did it with the
same care. I went through the motions,
splashing the water around, jabbing my
finger down to measure the water level.
Some nights the rice was a mushy gruel.
I worried that I could not do so simple
a task right. "Sorry," I would say to the
table, my voice soft and embarrassed.
In answer, my father would keep eating,
pushing the rice into his mouth as if he
never expected anything different, as if
he noticed no difference between what
he did so well and I so poorly. He would
eat every last mouthful, his chopsticks
walking quickly across the plate. Then he
would rise, whistling, and clear the table,
every motion so clean and sure, I would be
convinced by him that all was well in the
My father is standing in the middle of the
kitchen. In his right hand he holds a plastic
bag filled with water. Caught inside the
bag is a live fish.
The fish is barely breathing, though
its mouth opens and closes. I reach up
and touch it through the plastic bag,
trailing my fingers along the gills, the soft,
muscled body, pushing my finger overtop
the eyeball. The fish looks straight at me,
flopping sluggishly from side to side.
My father fills the kitchen sink. In one
swift motion he overturns the bag and the
fish comes sailing out with the water. It
curls and jumps. We watch it closely, me
on my tiptoes, chin propped up on the
counter. The fish is the length of my arm
from wrist to elbow. It floats in place,
brushing up against the sides of the sink.
I keep watch over the fish while my
father begins the preparations for dinner.
The fish folds its body, trying to turn or
swim, the water nudging overtop. Though
I ripple tiny circles around it with my
fingers, the fish stays still, bobbing side-to-
side in the cold water.
For many hours at a time, it was just the
20   Trek   Fall 2002 ^*ra
Fall 2002   Trek   21 SIMPLE RECIPES
two of us. While my mother worked and
my older brother played outside, my father
and I sat on the couch, flipping channels.
He loved cooking shows. We watched Wok
with Yan, my father passing judgement
on Yan's methods. I was enthralled when
Yan transformed orange peels into swans.
My father sniffed. "I can do that," he
said. "You don't have to be a genius to do
that." He placed a sprig of green onion in
water and showed me how it bloomed like
a flower. "I know many tricks like this,"
he said. "Much more than Yan."
Still, my father made careful notes
when Yan demonstrated Peking Duck.
My father was born in Malaysia
and he and my mother immigrated to
Canada several years before I was born,
first settling in Montreal, then finally in
Vancouver. While I was born into the
persistence of the Vancouver rain, my
father was born in the wash of a monsoon
country. When I was young, my parents
tried to teach me their language but it
never came easily to me. My father ran
his thumb gently over my mouth, his face
kind, as if trying to see what it was that
made me different.
My brother was born in Malaysia but
when he immigrated with my parents
of shining minerals. I want to prod it with
both hands, its body tense against the
pressure of my fingers. If I hold it tightly, I
imagine I will be able to feel its fluttering
heart. Instead, I lock eyes with the fish.
You're feeling verrrry sleepy, I tell it.
You're getting verrrry tired.
Beside me, my father chops green onions
quickly. He uses a cleaver that he says is
older than I am by many years. The blade
of the knife rolls forward and backward,
loops of green onion gathering in a
pyramid beside my father's wrist. When he
is done, he rolls his sleeve back from his
right hand, reaches in through the water
Beside me, my mother sprinkles garlic onto the fish.
She lets me slide one hand underneath the fish's head, cradling it, then
Very carefully, I turn the fish over. It is firm
He chuckled heartily at Yan's punning.
"Take a wok on the wild side!" Yan said,
pointing his spatula at the camera.
"Ha ha!" my father laughed, his
shoulders shaking. "Wok on the wild
In the mornings, my father took me to
school. At three o'clock, when we came
home again, I would rattle off everything
I learned that day. "The brachiosaurus," I
informed him, "eats only soft vegetables."
My father nodded. "That is like me.
Let me see your forehead." We stopped
and faced each other in the road. "You
have a high forehead," he said, leaning
down to take a closer look. "All smart
people do."
I walked proudly, stretching my legs to
match his steps. I was overjoyed when my
feet kept time with his, right, then left,
then right, and we walked like a single
unit. My father was the man of tricks, who
sat for an hour mining a watermelon with
a circular spoon, who carved the rind into
a castle.
to Canada the language left him. Or he
forgot it, or he refused it, which is also
common, and this made my father angry.
"How can a child forget a language?" he
would ask my mother. "It is because the
child is lazy. Because the child chooses
not to remember." When he was twelve
years old, my brother stayed away in the
afternoons. He drummed the soccer ball
up and down the back alley, returning
home only at dinner time. During the
day, my mother worked as a sales clerk at
the Woodward's store downtown, in the
building with the red revolving w on top.
In our house, the ceilings were
yellowed with grease. Even the air was
heavy with it. I remember that I loved the
weight of it, the air that was dense with
the smell of countless meals cooked in a
tiny kitchen, all those good smells jostling
for space.
The fish in the sink is dying slowly. It has
a glossy sheen to it, as if its skin is made
and pulls the plug.
The fish in the sink floats and we watch
it in silence. The water level falls beneath
its gills, beneath its belly. It drains and
leaves the sink dry. The fish is lying on its
side, mouth open and its body heaving.
It leaps sideways and hits the sink. Then
up again. It curls and snaps, lunging for
its own tail. The fish sails into the air,
dropping hard. It twitches violently.
My father reaches in with his bare
hands. He lifts the fish out by the tail and
lays it gently on the counter. While holding
it steady with one hand, he hits the head
with the flat of the cleaver. The fish falls
still, and he begins to clean it.
In my apartment, I keep the walls scrubbed
clean. I open the windows and turn the
fan on whenever I prepare a meal. My
father bought me a rice cooker when I
first moved into my own apartment, but I
use it so rarely it stays in the back of the
cupboard, the cord wrapped neatly around
its belly. I have no longing for the meals
22   Trek   Fall 2002 themselves, but I miss the way we sat
down together, our bodies leaning hungrily
forward while my father, the magician,
unveiled plate after plate. We laughed
and ate, white steam fogging my mother's
glasses until she had to take them off and
lay them on the table. Eyes closed, she
would eat, crunchy vegetables gripped in
her chopsticks, the most vivid green.
My brother comes into the kitchen and his
body is covered with dirt. He leaves a thin
trail of it behind as he walks. The soccer
ball, muddy from outside, is encircled in
one arm. Brushing past my father, his face
Inside the cooker, the rice is flat like a
pie. I push the spoon in, turning the rice
over, and the steam shoots up in a hot
mist and condenses on my skin. While my
father moves his arms delicately over the
stove, I begin dishing the rice out: first
for my father, then my mother, then my
brother, then myself. Behind me the fish
is cooking quickly. In a crockery pot, my
father steams cauliflower, stirring it round
and round.
My brother kicks at a table leg.
"What's the matter?" my father asks.
He is quiet for a moment, then he says,
something, and then shuffles away from
the table. As he moves farther away, he
begins to stamp his feet.
Shaking her head, my mother takes her
jacket off. It slides from her shoulders.
She says something to my father in the
language I can't understand. He merely
shrugs his shoulders. And then he replies,
and I think his words are so familiar, as if
they are words I should know, as if maybe
I did know them once but then I forgot
them. The language that they speak is full
of soft vowels, words running together so
that I can't make out the gaps where they
pause for breath.
bending it backwards so that she can fill the fish's insides with ginger,
and slippery, and beaded with tiny, sharp scales.
is tense.
Beside me, my mother sprinkles garlic
onto the fish. She lets me slide one hand
underneath the fish's head, cradling it, then
bending it backwards so that she can fill
the fish's insides with ginger. Very carefully,
I turn the fish over. It is firm and slippery,
and beaded with tiny, sharp scales.
At the stove, my father picks up an old
teapot. It is full of oil and he pours the oil
into the wok. It falls in a thin ribbon. After
a moment, when the oil begins crackling,
he lifts the fish up and drops it down into
the wok. He adds water and the smoke
billows up. The sound of the fish frying
is like tires on gravel, a sound so loud
it drowns out all other noises. Then my
father steps out from the smoke. "Spoon
out the rice," he says as he lifts me down
from the counter.
My brother comes back into the room,
his hands muddy and his knees the colour
of dusty brick. His soccer shorts flutter
against the backs of his legs. Sitting down,
he makes an angry face. My father ignores
"Why do we have to eat fish?"
"You don't like it?"
My brother crosses his arms against his
chest. I see the dirt lining his arms, dark
and hardened. I imagine chipping it off his
body with a small spoon.
"I don't like the eyeball there. It looks
My mother tuts. Her nametag is still
clipped to her blouse. It says Woodward's,
and then, Sales Clerk. "Enough," she says,
hanging her purse on the back of the chair.
"Go wash your hands and get ready for
My brother glares, just for a moment.
Then he begins picking at the dirt on his
arms. I bring plates of rice to the table.
The dirt flies off his skin, speckling the
tablecloth. "Stop it," I say crossly.
"Stop it," he says, mimicking me.
"Hey!" My father hits his spoon against
the counter. It pings, high-pitched. He
points at my brother. "No fighting in this
My brother looks at the floor, mumbles
My mother told me once about guilt. Her
own guilt she held in the palm of her
hands, like an offering. But your guilt is
different, she said. You do not need to
hold on to it. Imagine this, she said, her
hands running along my forehead, then up
into my hair. Imagine, she said. Picture it,
and what do you see?
A bruise on the skin, wide and black.
A bruise, she said. Concentrate on
it. Right now, it's a bruise. But if you
concentrate, you can shrink it, compress it
to the size of a pinpoint. And then, if you
want to, if you see it, you can blow it off
your body like a speck of dirt.
She moved her hands along my forehead.
I tried to picture what she said. I
pictured blowing it away like so much
nothing, just these little pieces that didn't
mean anything, this complicity that I could
magically walk away from. She made
me believe in the strength of my own
thoughts, as if I could make appear what
had never existed. Or turn it around. Flip
Fall 2002   Trek   23 SIMPLE RECIPES
it over so many times you just lose sight
of it, you lose the tail end and the whole
thing disappears into smoke.
My father pushes at the fish with the edge
of his spoon. Underneath, the meat is
white and the juice runs down along the
side. He lifts a piece and lowers it carefully
onto my plate.
Once more, his spoon breaks skin.
Gingerly, my father lifts another piece and
moves it towards my brother.
"I don't want it," my brother says.
My father's hand wavers. "Try it," he
says, smiling. "Take a wok on the wild
reaches across, grabbing my brother by the
shoulder. "I have tried," he is saying. "I
don't know what kind of son you are. To
be so ungrateful." His other hand sweeps
by me and bruises into my brother's face.
My mother flinches. My brother's face
is red and his mouth is open. His eyes are
Still coughing, he grabs a fork, tines
aimed at my father, and then in an
unthinking moment, he heaves it at him. It
strikes my father in the chest and drops.
"I hate you! You're just an asshole,
you're just a fucking asshole chink!" My
brother holds his plate in his hands. He
Outside my brother's bedroom, I crouch
against the wall. When I step forward and
look, I see my father holding the bamboo
pole between his hands. The pole is
smooth. The long grains, fine as hair, are
pulled together, at intervals, jointed. My
brother is lying on the floor, as if thrown
down and dragged there. My father raises
the pole into the air.
I want to cry out. I want to move into
the room between them, but I can't.
It is like a tree falling, beginning to
move, a slow arc through the air.
The bamboo drops silently. It rips the
skin on my brother's back. I cannot hear
My father stands in the middle of the kitchen, unsure.
Eventually, my mother comes downstairs again and puts her arms
whispering something to him, words that to
My father sighs and places the piece
on my mother's plate. We eat in silence,
scraping our spoons across the dishes. My
parents use chopsticks, lifting their bowls
and motioning the food into their mouths.
The smell of food fills the room.
Savouring each mouthful, my father eats
slowly, head tuned to the flavours in his
mouth. My mother takes her glasses off,
the lenses fogged, and lays them on the
table. She eats with her head bowed down,
as if in prayer.
Lifting a stem of cauliflower to his lips,
my brother sighs deeply. He chews, and
then his face changes. I have a sudden
picture of him drowning, his hair waving
like grass. He coughs, spitting the mouthful back onto his plate. Another cough. He
reaches for his throat, choking.
My father slams his chopsticks down
on the table. In a single movement, he
smashes it down and his food scatters
across the table. He is coughing and
spitting. "I wish you weren't my father! I
wish you were dead."
My father's hand falls again. This time
pounding downwards. I close my eyes. All
I can hear is someone screaming. There is
a loud voice. I stand awkwardly, my hands
covering my eyes.
"Go to your room," my father says, his
voice shaking.
And I think he is talking to me so I
remove my hands.
But he is looking at my brother. And my
brother is looking at him, his small chest
A few minutes later, my mother begins
clearing the table, face weary as she
scrapes the dishes one by one over the
I move away from my chair, past my
mother, onto the carpet and up the stairs.
any sound. A line of blood edges quickly
across his body.
The pole rises and again comes down. I
am afraid of bones breaking.
My father lifts his arms once more.
On the floor, my brother cries into the
carpet, pawing at the ground. His knees
folded into his chest, the crown of his head
burrowing down. His back is hunched
over and I can see his spine, little bumps
on his skin.
The bamboo smashes into bone and
the scene in my mind bursts into a million
white pieces.
My mother picks me up off the floor,
pulling me across the hall, into my
bedroom, into bed. Everything is wet,
the sheets, my hands, her body, my face,
and she soothes me with words I cannot
understand because all I can hear is
screaming. She rubs her cool hands against
my forehead. "Stop," she says. "Please
stop," but I feel loose, deranged, as if
24   Trek   Fall 2002 everything in the known world is ending
right here.
In the morning, I wake up to the sound
of oil in the pan and the smell of French
toast. I can hear my mother bustling
around, putting dishes in the cupboards.
No one says anything when my brother
doesn't come down for breakfast. My
father piles French toast and syrup onto
a plate and my mother pours a glass of
milk. She takes everything upstairs to my
brother's bedroom.
As always, I follow my father around
the kitchen. I track his footprints, follow
unsure. Eventually, my mother comes
downstairs again and puts her arms
around him and holds him, whispering
something to him, words that to me are
meaningless and incomprehensible. But
she offers them to him, sound after sound,
in a language that was stolen from some
other place, until he drops his head and
remembers where he is.
Later on, I lean against the door frame
upstairs and listen to the sound of a metal
fork scraping against a dish. My mother is
already there, her voice rising and falling.
She is moving the fork across the plate,
offering my brother pieces of French toast.
around him and holds him,
me are meaningless and incomprehensible
behind him and hide in the shadow of his
body. Every so often, he reaches down
and ruffles my hair with his hands. We
cast a spell, I think. The way we move in
circles, how he cooks without thinking
because this is the task that comes to him
effortlessly. He smiles down at me, but
when he does this, it somehow breaks the
spell. My father stands in place, hands
dropping to his sides as if he has forgotten
what he was doing mid-motion. On the
walls, the paint is peeling and the floor,
unswept in days, leaves little pieces of dirt
stuck to our feet.
My persistence, I think, my
unadulterated love, confuse him. With
each passing day, he knows I will find it
harder to ignore what I can't comprehend,
that I will be unable to separate one part
of him from another. The unconditional
quality of my love for him will not last
forever, just as my brother's did not. My
father stands in the middle of the kitchen,
I move towards the bed, the carpet
scratchy, until I can touch the wooden
bed-frame with my hands. My mother is
seated there, and I go to her, reaching my
fingers out to the buttons on her cuff and
twisting them over to catch the light.
"Are you eating?" I ask my brother.
He starts to cry. I look at him, his face
half hidden in the blankets.
"Try and eat," my mother says softly.
He only cries harder but there isn't
any sound. The pattern of sunlight on his
blanket moves with his body. His hair
is pasted down with sweat and his head
moves forward and backward like an old
At some point I know my father is
standing at the entrance of the room but I
cannot turn to look at him. I want to stay
where I am, facing the wall. I'm afraid
that if I turn around and go to him, I will
be complicit, accepting a portion of guilt,
no matter how small that piece. I do not
know how to prevent this from happening
again, though now I know, in the end, it
will break us apart. This violence will turn
all my love to shame and grief. So I stand
there, not looking at him or my brother.
Even my father, the magician, who can
make something beautiful out of nothing,
he just stands and watches.
A face changes over time, it becomes
clearer. In my father's face, I have seen
everything pass. Anger that has stripped
it of anything recognizable, so that it is
only a face of bones and skin. And then,
at other times, so much pain that it is
unbearable, his face so full of grief it
might dissolve. How to reconcile all that
I know of him and still love him? For a
long time, I thought it was not possible.
When I was a child, I did not love my
father because he was complicated,
because he was human, because he needed
me to. A child does not know yet how to
love a person that way.
How simple it should be. Warm water
running over, the feel of the grains
between my hands, the sound of it like
stones running along the pavement. My
father would rinse the rice over and over,
sifting it between his fingertips, searching
for the impurities, pulling them out. A
speck, barely visible, resting on the tip of
his finger.
If there were some recourse, I would
take it. A cupful of grains in my open
hand, a smoothing out, finding the
impurities, then removing them piece by
piece. And then, to be satisfied with what
Somewhere in my memory, a fish in
the sink is dying slowly. My father and I
watch as the water runs down. □
Reprinted courtesy McClelland & Stewart
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through the awarding of prizes to faculty members.  Five (5)
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Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at
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26   Trek   Fall 2002 anniversaries
occasion, the Theatre department has organized
a three-week long celebration, beginning
with a display of historical photos, costumes,
scrapbooks and memorabilia at UBC at Robson
Square. The celebrations end December 7 with
a reunion party for anyone ever involved in
Theatre at UBC (Players' Club, mussoc and even
audience members), and a gala fundraiser to be
held later in the evening.
Plays, musicals and operas have been a feature
of university life since 1916, so the department
expects a reunion turnout that represents
the whole history of UBC theatre. Celebrity
alumni will be on hand, and theatre types will
have a chance to renew old acquaintances, see
historical exhibits with lots of old (and recent)
photographs, listen to play readings, score great
items at a silent auction, drink, eat and have fun.
Plan to join in as UBC theatre proudly toasts the
plays and players who have graced our boards.
If you ever participated in theatre on campus in
any capacity, the reunion committee wants to
know about it. Please visit www.theatre.ubc.ca/
and follow the links to the Anniversary website.
Sign in, and let us know that you are coming!
Or call 604-822-0050 or email fwtS0@
interchange.ubc.ca for more information.
And please pass along this message to your
A poster for You and I by Phillip Barry, a Players' Club presentation at the Orpheum Theatre in 1925, starring Oenone Baillie, who also appears on our cover.
Fall 2002   Trek   27 FREDDY WOOD  turns
Nov. 18                 12:15
Robson Square
President Martha Pipe
' opens the
UBC Theatre display
Nov. 18~Dec. 5   Ongoing
Robson Square
Historic display of the
Frederic Wood Theatre, Players' Club scrapbooks and more
theatre memorabilia
Nov. 18~Dec. 5   Ongoing
UBC Campus
Graduates and others
in classes within the Theatre program.
Nov. 22~Dec. 5   Ongoing
Robson Square
*Forums given by Freddy Wood a
umni and friends.
Dec. 7                  1:00-6:00    Freddy Wood Theatre
Reunion Party for all UBC Theatre people.
Dec. 7                  8:00
Freddy Wood Theatre
Frederic Wood Theatre Fundraisin
g Gala and reception with readings and performances by
some of UBC's theatre
Alumni and others share their experience . .
Theatre Architecture
Bing Thorn and Richard Archambault
The X-Files
Tom Braidwood and Bruce Harwood
A Career in the Theatre I
Nicola Cavendish and Goldie Semple
A Career in the Theatre II
Nicola Cavendish and Arthur Hill
Pioneering TV in Vancouver
Daryl Duke and Philip Keatley
Criticism and the Theatre
Richard Ouzounian and Colin Thomas
Design for the Theatre
UBC Theatre alumni wr
ose names you may recognize. An uninclusive
Doug Welch and Robert Gardiner
Educating for the Theatre
Gary Basaraba
Jane Heyman
Eric Peterson
Ian Fenwick, Jane Heyman and Bill Murdoch
Thomas Braidwood
Scott Hylands
Arthur Hill
Philip Keatley
Camille Mitchell
Jane Mortifee
Betty Philips
Sarah Rodgers
Patrick Rose
Laara Sadiq
Tom Scholte
Props Management
Sherry Darcus and Janet Bickford
Children's Theatre
Dennis Foon and Joy Coghil
Norman Campbell
Brent Carver
Nicola Cavendish
Philip Clarkson
Dennis Foon
Ray Michal
Goldie Semple
The Actor's Voice
Ian Forsythe
John MacLachlan Gray
Robert Hamilton
Bruce Harwood
Larry Lilio
Ruth Nichol
Elizabeth Nickson
Eric Nicol
Pia Shandel
Richard Side
Douglas Welch
Norm Young
Peter Haworth and Betty Philips
Writing for the Theatre
Morris Panych and John MacLachlan Gray
Peter Haworth
Richard Ouzounian
Theatre in Vancouver: A History
Pamela Hawthorn
Morris Panych
Jerry Wasserman and Norm Young
Joy Coghill and Walter Ma
rsh in The Visit, 1964-65. Overture, curtain, lights:
This is it, the night of nights!
And, oh, what heights we'll hit.
On with the show, this is it."
- Bugs Bunny
The lights went up at the first Frederic Wood Theatre on
December 6,1952. The first production was a reading of
Earle Birney's Trial of a City, a mordant look at Vancouver. The
theatre was the brainchild of Dorothy Somerset, an English
and Dramatics professor who was, at the time, the heart
and soul of theatre at UBC. She is the one who convinced
President Mackenzie of the need, and she was the one who
spearheaded the capture of two WWII army huts, then in
use as the Totem Coffee Bar, for conversion into a theatre.
The Board of Governors came up with some money, as did
the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, while the Alumni
Association launched a fundraising drive to raise the rest.
No one had to be convinced to name the theatre after
Frederic Wood, an English professor, original faculty member
ofthe university and theatrical genius.
The whole UBC community got behind the project,
donating furniture, costumes and advice, and while the
theatre lacked a curtain or enough lighting, it was an
immediate hit. Its 123-seat capacity (133 if you counted
the 10 cushions) was filled for virtually every performance.
Even before it was completed, it was in demand. Before its
official opening it was used as a venue for classes in the
summer session of 1952, and in November it was host to six
performances of Shaw's Candida, part of the curriculum of
English 101.
The need to build a theatre grew out of the strong theatrical tradition
at UBC. Five weeks after the university admitted its first students in 1915,
Professor Wood founded the Players' Club for students interested in acting and
the theatre. It, too, was immediately popular: 40 of UBC's 379 became members
the first year.
The Players' Club's first performance opened at the Avenue Theatre on
Main Street. Fanny and the Servant Problem by Jerome K. Jerome was a hit and
prompted President Wesbrook to encourage more performances farther afield.
The show was launched in New Westminster and Victoria. By the 1930s, the
Players' Club routinely took its shows around the province, and the last play
under Wood's direction, Noel Coward's The Young Idea, played in Kamloops, the
Kootenays and as far away as Fernie.
The touring Players' Club was extremely popular: it brought full-scale
theatrical productions to people in outlying areas who rarely had the chance
to see live theatre. Sometimes these productions shocked their small-town
audiences. A performance of Shaw's Pygmalion met with the following criticism
in an interior newspaper: "Such a production might be excusable in a third
or fourth class Bowry theatre, but to have the guttersnipe language of lower
London flaunted from the stage in the name of Art by a
group of university players passeth understanding."
But such criticism was rare, and Frederic Wood is
credited with doing much to influence and advance the
development of theatre in the province. By the 1950s,
communities all over BC had active Little Theatre groups,
stimulated largely by the visits the Players' Club made over
the years.
Frederic Wood assumed many ofthe behind-the-scenes
roles himself: producer, director, set and costume designer. He
demanded professionalism in production and performance,
and is credited, as well, with increasing Canada's pool of
dramatic acting talent. The Players' Club lasted until 1965,
when the expanding Theatre Department took over the role
of training students. Wood was awarded the Canadian Drama
award in 1941 for his work with the Players' Club, and for his
lectures in drama and playwriting.
The original theatre became a much-loved fixture with
a growing off-campus reputation. In June 1962, Saturday
Night wrote of the original Freddy Wood, "A tiny theatre on
the campus of UBC continues to provide our best and most
stimulating theatrical experiences."
But the theatre was becoming an inadequate showcase
for such talent, and in spite of the critical shortage of
rehearsal and storage space, the demand for the use of the
Freddy Wood continued to grow. Saturday morning classes in creative dynamics
for children and teens was routinely over-subscribed, and in the afternoons, the
Holiday Theatre, Joy Coghill's brainchild, performed plays for a younger audience.
Students in summer and winter drama courses filled the theatre, as did English
classes using it as a workshop space. By 1960, the need for a fully functioning
theatre, built for the purpose, was clear.
The university received a grant from the Canada Council to build a new
centre for the Fine Arts. On September 19,1963, President Mackenzie opened
the new 411 seat Frederic Wood Theatre in the northwest part of the campus.
The Koerner Foundation and the Alumni Association again contributed to the
The old Freddy Wood survived for a number of years as a studio theatre
for classes, rehearsals and experimental productions, but succumbed, as did the
rest of the huts, to expansion. Now, ironically, the site of the theatre is occupied
by the Ponderosa, a huge cafeteria that recalls the old Totem Coffee Bar, not its
more illustrious successor.
- Vanessa Clarke and Chris Petty with files from The Chronicle.
Fall 2002   Trek   29 Waiting for Godot, 1983-84, with Michael Robinson, Patrick Blaney, Bruce Dow and Luc Corbeil
Below, left, Moon for the Misbegotten, 1976-77, with Barry O'Sullivan and Judy Freiman. Right, Sempre Fidelis, 1991-92, with Laara Sadiq and Tom Scholte
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Left, Lysistrata, 2001-02, with Jessica Clements.
Below, The Glass Menagerie, 1958-59, with Ken
Kramer and Pamela Hawthorn
Reprinted from The Chronicle, Spring 1975, in response to a
newspaper report that 40 per cent of first year students at UBC had
failed a test of English composition.
Reprinted from The Chronicle, Autumn 1975, on the occasion of
Frederic Wood's death in June of that year.
Those Were The Days
Years ago when I was a freshman at UBC, the luck of the draw placed me in
Freddy Wood's first year English class. Unlike many present day instructors,
he took one look at the class, arranged us in alphabetical order-Bell, Benson,
Bertram-glared at us through his spindly lens, smiled a superior smile, and
announced that we were unwashed freshmen. Unwashed, uneducated,
unthinkably callow youths with whom, unfortunately, he had to spend three
hours a week.
Unwashed? Covered with muck from a noon hour initiation fracas, sporting
green fingernails and a large sign with my name and telephone number on
my back (no girl ever phoned, I still regret) I knew I was dirty. Uneducated?
Perhaps so. After all I had never taken a girl to a tea dance even though I had
experienced the heady thrill of an unchaperoned daylight cruise to Newcastle
Island where I had chased the prettiest girl in my church young peoples' society
twice around the island's rugged shores. But I had passed grade 12, and even
ranked first in grade three. Half-educated, I decided. Callow? A word no one in
my household ever used. An unpleasant word, I gathered. I must look it up in my
Highroads Dictionary after I'd taken one bus and four streetcars home to Cedar
Obviously he was right, because when my first paragraph came back marked
in his nervous penmanship "not good enough," I knew I had a long way to
travel before I could receive his approbation or even pass his course.
But the thing that strikes me as odd now is that Freddy Wood never blamed
anyone but me. He may have thought that my home was bookless (it wasn't), my
teachers in public school inadequate (they weren't) or my high school teachers
semiliterate (certainly not). Nor did he blame their training institutions or the
radio and the racy style of Foster Hewitt.
I wonder why. Freddy Wood, the scourge of freshmen, the sophisticated
theatre goer, novel reader and play producer perhaps remembered one thing.
He too had been 17. He too had felt unfinished, unfulfilled, even callow. Not
as callow as we beardless youths, but callow still. And whether he enjoyed us
or simply put up with us, he still knew that his job was to help uncallow the
callow, educate the uneducated, tidy up the unclean. He may have wished to
flail our mentors, instead he flailed us. He condemned no schools, he condemned
us. He wasted no time on an analysis of the ills of our society and its baneful
effect on our written and spoken style. He analyzed our faults and catered to our
needs. He wrote no letters to the paper bemoaning current illiteracy nor joined
a political movement directed at the poor devils who had taught us before. He
taught, he marked. He understood.
Frank Bertram, BA'42, BED'55
Frank Bertram was an associate professor of English at UBC.
Freddy Wood Remembered
What is one to say of more than 50 years of friendship with Freddy Wood? He
possessed exacting standards of scholarship, a wondrous appreciation of the
force and the niceties of language, a never-failing curiosity, a smouldering sense
of humor that could be sardonic but also compassionate and encouraging.
Behind all these accompaniments of a long professional career were equally high
standards of fairness and fair play, sustained throughout his whole life.
Freddy was an authentic living link with the earliest teaching days of UBC at
Fairview. He had been a member of the first class ('03) of Victoria College; was
a student at McGill and at Harvard; taught for a time at Victoria High School
before joining the UBC faculty more than 60 years ago. One knew also that in
the last year of his life he had been able to join in the 50th and 45th reunions of
classes of which he had been honorary president; and that he and the devoted
Bea had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary surrounded by children and
grandchildren. One rejoices that the Frederic Wood Theatre enshrines the interest
in experimental drama that was one of his great avocations, an interest he
handed on to many generations of thespians. One is also glad that the university
conferred on him an honorary degree.
My closest Point Grey connection with Freddy was through the Players' Club.
I experienced try-outs, one-act plays, the Spring Tour of 1930, and one year as
treasurer. Some of my liveliest recollections are of reading sessions, through
which I was introduced to Noel Coward. Then there was the day when I and
some helpers, using gas pipes instead of brass, were trying to simulate minute-
bells announcing the death of George II. A stentorian and slightly pained inquiry
came from the darkness out front: "What is this supposed to be? The Relief of
As he had not gone on the Spring Tour in 1929 because of illness, the
welcome that greeted Freddy in several communities was doubled in 1930. It
emphasized how persuasive an ambassador he was for UBC.
On tour Freddy was supposed to be a demanding disciplinarian, but one could
not help smiling as he wondered out loud, at Woodward's Landing, whether the
color of the ferry tickets had changed since 1928. He had one in his wallet.
Overseas, Freddy was a committed theatre-goer. One would meet him in
London, already holding tickets for evenings and matinees for an entire week.
One would occasionally join him and Bea at one of these performances and the
index of enjoyment would be reflected in the crinkly lines at the edges of his
searching eyes.
In more recent years, dividing his time between California and Vancouver,
Freddy continued as a mild observer of events and human foibles, still intensely
interested in ideas, books, drama and the careers of students he had known
over the years. Every remembrance of him is bound up with the sense of useful
achievement which he encouraged in hundreds and hundreds of students.
Perhaps UBC has no more vivid memorial of long and distinguished service.
]antes A. Gibson, BA'31
President Emeritus, Brock University
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Celebrate Their Lives
September 28, 8:00 pm
A benefit concert for children living with
Dogwood: UBC MFA Graduate Exhibition
September 13 -22, 2002
Five emerging artists: Sean Alward, Gavin
Hipkins, Tim Lee, Natasha McHardy and
Ann Shelton.
Where are the Children? Healing the
Legacy of the Residential Schools
Through December 31, 2002
Historical photographs depicting the history
of Canada's infamous residential schools.
The curator hopes to create understanding
and healing.
Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars
October 5, 8:00 pm
The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
October 27, 3:00 pm
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
February 2, 2003, 3:00 pm
Phoenix Chamber Choir
November 7, 8:00 pm
A Tribute to Cortland Hultberg
Cortland Hultberg, director of the Phoenix
Chamber Choir (1983-1995) and professor
at the school of Music, died in January at
age 70. He taught theory and composition
and directed the UBC Chamber Singers for
more than 30 years. His humour, passion
for 20th century music and thirst for
learning touched his students. He is famous
for his John Cage lecture demonstrations
in the classroom; unlocking the secrets
of Schoenberg's choral music at choir
rehearsal; and his legendary Chamber Singers
Christmas Concerts, to name a few. The
November 7 concert will include works by
Barber, Carter, Ravel and Luis de Victoria
which Hultberg conducted with his UBC
Chamber Singers and Phoenix Chamber
Choir, plus some of Hultberg's arrangements.
> Aboriginal Child, Ft. George Catholic Indian
Residential School, Quebec, 1939. From the MOA's
Where Are the Children? through Dec. 31
Photo courtesy Archives Dechatelets
34   Trek   Fall 2002
Rebecca Belmore
October 4 - December 1, 2002
First Nations contemporary art addressing
issues from the empowerment of women to
the environment.
555 Hamilton Street
Suggestive Line
September 7-29,2002
An exhibition of figurative drawings
featuring some of Vancouver's most
innovative contemporary artists. The
artwork will be sold to support the gallery.
My Ancestors are Still Dancing
Through September 22, 2002
A living exhibition featuring Tsimshian
weaver William White. He is weaving a
child's Chilkat robe at his loom in Gallery
Other examples of weaving are on diplay.
Dempsey Bob: The Art Goes Back to the
Through December 31, 2002
An exhibition on the work of Tahltan-Tlingit
artist Dempsey Bob, featuring three of his
most recent bronze sculptures. The exhibit
is complemented by a sourcebook developed
by Dempsey's daughter, Tanya Bob, in 2000.
Viewpoints: A Student Exhibition
Through March 31,2003
Exhibits by students studying Anthropology
of Public Representation.
El Corazon Del Mundo (At the Heart of
the World): La Sierra Nevada de Santa
Marta, Colombia
October 23, 2002, through March 30, 2003
El Corazon Del Mundo: At the Heart of
the World is an exhibition of extraordinary
images, words and soundscapes by well
known Colombian photographer, naturalist,
and educator Diego Samper. Together, they
produce a powerful evocation of one of
the most ecologically and culturally diverse
regions in the world.
Virtual Museum of Canada "Respect to
Bill Reid Pole" Online Exhibit
Ongoing, www.moa.ubc.ca
A virtual exhibition developed to document
the carving and raising of "The Respect to
Bill Reid Pole" by Jim Hart, which took
place at moa on October 1, 2000. * H
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Launch of "The Spirit of Islam"
Educational Website
October 20, 3:00 pm, Lower Lobby
A new website based on the exhibition The
Spirit of Islam: Experiencing Islam through
Calligraphy (closed May 12, 2002). The
website includes images, text, audio and
video from the original exhibition, enhanced
by interactive features only the web can
offer. (After Oct. 20, the site may be viewed
at www.moa.ubc.ca.)
Repatriation News
September 24, 7:00 pm
Representatives of the Haida Repatriation
Committee will speak about ongoing
repatriation efforts. They will also report
on the most recent repatriation of ancestral
remains from the American Museum of
Natural History in New York.
Healing the Legacy: Two Talks
October 6, 1:00 pm
December 3, 7:00 pm (free)
In conjunction with the exhibit, Wh ere are
the Children? Healing the Legacy of the
Residential Schools, Kwakwaka'wakw Chief
Robert Joseph, Executive Director of the
Indian Residential School Survivor Society,
will speak on two occasions about the history
and impact of residential schools, and the
initiatives taking place to support the healing
< Koji Man La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta,
Colombia, from the MOA's At the Heart of the
World, from October 23. Photo by Diego Samper.
Doctors Without Borders: Letters from The
October 8, 7:00 pm (free)
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans
frontieres) is an independent medical relief
organization that provides healthcare,
assistance and supplies to people around the
world, msf volunteers will read letters sent
from abroad, revealing the profound insight
and experiences gained by these workers. A
slide show of relief sites, aid workers and
images from the field will accompany the
Diego Samper: Three Talks
In conjunction with the exhibit El Corazon
Del Mundo: At the Heart of the World, the
museum hosts photographer/curator Diego
Samper on the following dates:
Curator's Tour
November 3, 1:00 pm
From within the exhibit, Diego Samper offers
his perspective on the indigenous peoples'
connection to the land of Colombia's Sierra
Nevada de Santa Marta.
Land and People
November 12, 7:00 pm (free)
Diego Samper explores the connection
between the cultural and natural history
of the diverse topological regions at the
periphery of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Photo-Documenting People, Culture and
Sun November 24, 1:00 pm
Diego Samper discusses the use of
photography as a vehicle to document the
evolving relationship of people to land. -*
Fall 2002   Trek   35 BOOKS
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Happy and Healthy in a Chemical World
W. Alan Sweeney BASc'49
QDOrganic chemist W Alan Sweeney
examines the role of chemicals and
their impact on human health and the
environment. With a no-nonsense scientific
approach aimed at non-specialists, he
questions the popular cynicism directed at
synthetic products and chemical additives.
Sweeney covers subject matter from toxicity,
synthetic forms of natural products,
pollutants, chemicals found in food and risks
arising from natural products. He believes
that the chemical industry has improved
since its sloppy past and has faith that the
future is not so bleak as others would have
us believe. More information is available at:
www. 1 stbooks.com.
Seven Strategies of Master Negotiators
Brad McRae EDD'75
DDWhat makes one negotiator more
successful than another? Brad McRae
uses examples from 21 of Canada's most
successful negotiators to illustrate his seven-
step strategy for striking successful deals
and partnerships. These persuasive people
include Major-General Lewis MacKenzie,
who reopened the Sarajevo airport to bring
supplies into war-torn Bosnia; Frank King,
whose efforts brought the Winter Olympics to
Calgary in 1988; and Janet Conners, who was
successful in bringing compensation to those
who became secondarily infected with HIV
through tainted blood. McRae believes that
negotiating skills have to be kept up to date
to remain effective in increasingly complex
working environments. He was trained in
negotiating and influencing through the
Harvard Project on Negotiation and has been
teaching on the subject for 16 years.
Chasing the Comet: A Scottish-Canadian Life
Patricia Koretchuk BED'78
DDPatricia Koretchuk writes the life story
of family friend David Caldow, a Scot who
emigrated to Canada. The 98-year-old's
earliest childhood memory is that of his family
watching a comet in 1910. "I then had two
dreams that seemed at odds," he says in the
prologue, "travelling like the comet to alien
places, and becoming a farm manager like my
father, attached to the land. In a time before
passenger flight or freeways, achieving both
ambitions seemed impossible, but the chasing
of those dreams became the story of my life."
An historically interesting documentation that
takes the reader from life in a small Scottish
village in the early 20     century to present-day,
multicultural British Columbia.
The Sudden Weight of Snow
Laisha Rosnau mfa'oo
]DThose who came of age in the 1960s
had an unusual experience of life. As the
first modern generation that knew casual
affluence, they rebelled against it, revelling
instead in hedonism and self-righteousness.
Many of their children, seeing their parents'
disillusionment, had a hard time finding a
moral centre. This novel portrays brilliantly
that struggle from the point of view of a
young girl born to a '60s couple, and uses
flashbacks, humour and passion to show the
universal need to find identity, belonging and
family. It evokes the '60s with an uncanny
accuracy, recalling its ecstasies and its
Dead Girls
Nancy Lee BA'94, mfa'oo
]DThese stories lurk around the edges of
murky relationships, then thrust to their
centres with chilling accuracy. A woman
who makes her living as a hand model goes
through an inventory of her own body parts
as a way of examining her relationship with
her father. A boy arranges for his best friend
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to have sex with his girlfriend, then shows his
anger at her betrayal.
The stories portray reality from the points
of view of disjointed, searching characters,
flawed by life, but understandable,
recognizable. We see unexpected similarities,
sometimes shockingly, with our own lives and
the lives of people we know. These stories
are raw and, sometimes, uncomfortable, but
extremely compelling.
Simple Recipes
Madeleine Thien BFA'97, mfa'oi
Subtle, powerful and clean, Thien's stories
deal with the challenges of relationships:
their responsibilities, their joys, their
disappointments. A young woman searches
back in time for the moment when her family
lost faith in itself. Two sisters keep a vigil
outside their former house, hoping their
mother will appear. A daughter remembers a
simple ritual she shared with her father, and
the moment her unconditional love for him
came into question.
Thien's book won the Ethel Wilson
Fiction Prize at this year's BC Book Prizes,
and the City of Vancouver Book Award. She
is currently working on a novel.
Michael V. Smith MFA'98
DDMichael V. Smith is a novelist, playwright, poet, video artist and cabaret performer.
He has published fiction in many anthologies, his poetry has won recognition and
national competitions, and his plays have been performed on the Toronto stage.
Cumberland, he says, came from a desire to "write about the kind of small town life
that I never saw in fiction. I was interested in this millworker and the people around
him, each with their hidden lives. My hope is that the reader will begin to care for, and
possibly understand, these people - that the reader will experience lives other than his
Cumberland is set in an industrial town on
the St. Lawrence, and explores the lives of five
characters caught in the undertows of changing
economic and social tides. The novel explores
the depths of their lives in intimate detail,
allowing the reader to enter their world as if
entering a vivid dream. It's real, involving and
enlightening. The desperation the characters
feel is palpable, but so is their desire to build
possibilities and find stable ground. Smith has
achieved his goal, and the goal of all good
fiction: to let us live, for a moment, another
person's life.
Cumberland is his first novel. He is
currently at work on a one-woman cabaret
Michael V. Smith
Spring 2002   Trek   37 CLASS ACTS
Find out who's doing what and where they're doing it
Class Acts are submitted by UBC alumni of all
years who want to stay in touch with former
classmates. Send your information to vanessac®
alumni.ubc.ca or mail it to our offices (see page
3 for the address). Include photos if you can, and
remember, we'll edit your submission to fit the
space available.
Art Gordon basc(civil)'2.7, MASc'35
celebrated his <}8tn birthday on April 13.
A great lover of tennis, he only gave up
playing three years ago. He also enjoyed
daily dips in the ocean at Jericho long
into his 90s (but he gave up the Polar
Bear Swims at a stripling 90). Art is one
of the original Great Trekkers, those
intrepid UBC students who, in October
1922, marched from an overcrowded,
makeshift campus on the Fairview Slopes
to the present-day Point Grey site and
demanded that the government build them
a new university. Unfortunately, Art was
hospitalized early in 2001 and is now a
resident at UBC Purdy Extended Care
Pavilion. Many friends come to visit him
in the hospital cafeteria, where he holds
court daily.
Gerald A. Klassen MD'57 has been elected
to Johns Hopkins University's Society
of Scholars. He is an emeritus professor
(Physiology and Biophysics); emeritus
university vice president (Research); and
emeritus department chair (Physiology
and Biophysics) at Dalhousie University
... D.J. McEachran BCOM'58 joined the
Canadian Foreign Service after graduating
from UBC. Postings included Hong Kong
(covering China, Laos, South Vietnam,
Cambodia and Macau) and South America
(covering Peru and Bolivia). Based largely
in Ottawa since the 60s, David worked in
various government departments and spent
the last years of his career working for the
Treasury Board, reaching the position of
deputy secretary. He retired early in 1992
to care for his wife, an Alzheimer's sufferer
who died in 1997.
Leslie Barneby ba'6i recently became
principal of Westmark School in Encino,
California, a progressive educational
community for students with learning
difficulties. Barneby's expertise in the field
of special education, based on 40 years
of experience, is held in high regard by
peers and she has acted as a consultant
for various school districts, advising on
policy, management procedure and staff
development. Westmark School provides
challenging instruction to high potential
students with language-based learning
difficulties using a team approach that
incorporates innovative techniques and
technology validated by current research
... Robert Amedee Cantin ba'6i has retired
after 40 years in the aerospace industry.
During this period, he has worked for
many of the aerospace giants: Honeywell,
Hughes Aircraft Company, Allied Signal
and Lockheed Martin in Southern
California. He plans to do volunteer
teaching at local Los Angeles private
schools - mostly personal computer
classes for seniors and students ... Robert
Barnett Mackay BCOM'64 has received a
Caring Canadian Award from Governor
General Adrienne Clarkson for his many
years as a volunteer in British Columbia
and Canada. He is currently the national
president of the Duke of Edinburgh's
Awards, Young Canadians' Challenge, the
first westerner ever to hold this position.
Bob practises law with the firm Gowlings,
Lafleur, Henderson in Vancouver ...  Mark
Mealing ba'6o completed his MA in '69 and
a phd in '72 (Folklore & Folklife Studies,
University of Pennsylvania) ... Hugh J.
McLean, professor in the department of
Music between 1969 and 1973, retired
to central Florida to become minister
of music at All Saints Episcopal Church
in Winter Park ... Danton H. O'Day
BSc'67, Msc'69, professor of Zoology at
the University of Toronto at Mississauga,
has recently discovered a novel nuclear
protein, nucleomorphin, that may provide
an answer to an age old question among
scientists concerned with such things:
"Why do cells typically have one nucleus?"
This work was published in the May 31
issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry
... After 28 years in the Canadian foreign
service, Hugh Stephens BA'67 nas been
appointed senior VP, International	
Relations and Policy (Asia-Pacific region),
for AOL Time Warner, based in Hong
Kong. Hugh's last position with the federal
government was as assistant deputy
minister of the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa,
responsible for Communications and
Policy Planning. During the course of his
diplomatic career he served at five missions
abroad: he was representative to Taiwan as
head of the Canadian Trade Office, served
as political counsellor at the Canadian
embassies in Seoul and Islamabad, and
was also based in Beijing, Hong Kong and
Beirut. His new responsibilities include
working with the various company brands
in the region (aol International, Time Inc,
CNN, Warner Bros) to advance corporate
public policy interests and pursue corporate
objectives with governments in the region.
38   Trek   Fall 2002 Hugh Stephens, BA'67, has joined AOL Time
Warner asVP International Relations and
Policy, based in Hong Kong.
Laurence James Street BSc'74 has
completed his first book. A Guide to
Patient Care Technology: A Review of
Medical Equipment was published by
Parthenon Publishing/cRC Press on January
4 ... The City of Saskatoon has appointed
Darrell Noakes BA'79 to its Leisure
Services Advisory Board for a three-year
term, through 2003. He is board chair
for 2002. His term on the Adventure
Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Advisory
Board has been renewed for another year.
He has also been elected to his second
term as president of the Saskatchewan
and District Safety Council ... Robert
Oldham BA'74 is a reference librarian
at Hamilton Public Library and has
completed the adult/young adult novel
Saving the King: An Alternative Novel
of World War Two. It shows what might
have happened during wwn if Germany
had occupied Great Britain. A young
Canadian commando helps save princesses
Elizabeth and Margaret, with the help
of Montrealer Felicity Le Meseurier.
Then they are ordered to rescue Edward
vill and Queen Wallis from the tower.
Copies can be ordered from roldham®
sympatico.ca/905-577-0587 ... Edwin
Searcy BA'76 is minister of University
United Church in Vancouver. He received
his Doctor of Ministry degree from
Columbia Theological Seminary. During
commencement exercises in May, he
received the Lyman and Myki Mobley
Prize in Biblical Scholarship.
Kim Feltham (Hartmann) BSc'83 moved
with husband Steven from Alberta to
the West Coast, eventually settling in
Fall 2002   Trek   39 CLASS ACTS
Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, and
having their two boys, Graham and Ryan.
Kim worked as a surficial geologist for
Madrone Consultants in Duncan. Steven
was killed in 1996 in a helicopter accident.
This year, Kim and her boys felt ready for
the adventure of returning to Vancouver,
where Kim is taking her Masters in
Library and Information Studies ... Tony
Fogarassy BSc'83, MSc'89, LLB'92 is
practising oil and gas law and technology
law with Clark, Wilson in Vancouver ...
Dan Lloyd Johnson msc'8o, PHD'83 is the
subject of the
cover story
in the May/
June edition
of Canadian
Dan is an
methods of
dealing with
species of
deemed pests,
the varieties
that don't
cause harm
... Praveen
and his wife
Anuja welcomed their second child into
the world on April 27, a boy, Aneesh
Kumar. Their two-year-old daughter,
Jaiya, now has a little brother. Praveen's
company, Varshney Capital Corp. provides
venture capital, merchant banking and
corporate advisory services to early-stage
companies in a variety of industries. Two
projects recently funded are Carmanah
Technologies Inc. and Kronofusion
Technologies Inc. ... Don Williams BASc'84
and Heather Bennett BA'90 were married
in New Westminster in October 2001.
They now reside in Kelowna, bc, where
Don is regional manager for environmental
engineering services for eba Engineering
Consultants Ltd.
90s I OOs
Maria Francesca Adriano basc'oo and
Alan C. Good BASc'98 were married
on June 30 at Horizons Restaurant
in Burnaby Mountain Park ...  Aaron
Bishop BCOM'98, Kevin Hawryluk
^^^^^^^^     BCOM'98, Andrej Nemcek
bcom'oo, Travis Penno
BASc'oi(Mech.Eng) and
Gregg Sayer BCOM'98
are UBC alumni who
started Pointstreak.com
Inc. Pointstreak created
the Electronic Gamesheet
System, a streamlined
service for hockey
organizations that replaces
paper gamesheets with
touch-screen terminals
and delivers real-time
game information over
the internet. Website:
... G. Garvin Brown IV
MA'96 has been appointed
director, Office of the
Chief Executive Officer
at Brown-Forman
Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky.
Prior to this, he worked in Corporate
Development as a business analyst. He left
the company for two years between 1999
and 2001 to pursue an MBA at the London
Business School ... Claire Fogal BA'96 and
Thrasso Petras BA'93 co-founded a new
theatre company, Cor Departure, that
specializes in physical theatre based on
corporeal mime and Grotowski-derived
acting methods. Their next production,
directed by Adina Hildebrandt BA'93 anci
commencing in the fall, is Lady Macbeth.
Cor Departure has also designed and
introduced Shakespeare in the Schools
with great success ... Jennifer Hutcheon
Bsc'02 is the recipient of this year's $750
Dieticians of Canada Undergraduate
Award sponsored by the Hobart Food
Equipment Group Canada. While a
student majoring in Dietetics, Jennifer
coached a teenage girls ringette team,
volunteered with St. Paul's Hospital's
Renal Nutrition Program and worked at
a shelter for street children in Guatemala
... Tania (Nelson) Jones BASc'94 had her
first child, Nissa Sivia Jones, on June 25,
2002 ... Anne McLean dma(piano)'9o is
professor of Piano and Music History at
Stetson University, Florida's oldest, and
plays professionally with the Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra ... Max Nelson
ba'oi is an assistant professor of Classics
at the University of Windsor, Ontario.
He is presently preparing for publication
a book on the history of beer in ancient
Europe ... Professor emeritus, Community
and Regional Planning, H. Peter
Oberlander LLD '<)8, has been elevated
to the rank of Officer of the Order of
Canada. During the award ceremony,
the Governor General paid tribute to
Oberlander's advocacy of sustainable
urbanization and his service "as a
senior advisor for the UN Commission
on Human Settlements and Canada's
Ministry of the Environment" ... Atma
Persad md'oo and wife Karen Persad
md'oo are celebrating the birth of their
first child. Isaiah William was born on
May 6 at St. Paul's Hospital. Karen and
Atma are both nearing completion of
their family residencies at UBC ... Jane
J. Vermeulen bsc(agr)'98 graduated
from the Western College of Veterinary
Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, as a doctor of
veterinary medicine.DD
40   Trek   Fall 2002 IN MEMORIAM
Robert G Craig bsc(agr)'48 on February 8, 2002
... Paul Thomas Truant BSc'67, Msc'69 on January
11, 2002 ...  Til Nawatzki LLB'72 in August 2000.
Sylvia Ablowitz BA'21
In April, the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver's English
Bay lowered its flag to half staff in honour of
its namesake, Sylvia Ablowitz, who died aged
102. Abraham Goldstein commissioned the
building and named it for his first daughter in
1912. Although the family was forced to give
up the Sylvia when the boom years surrendered
to the First World War, the name stuck. At eight
storeys, it used to be the tallest building on
English Bay, but along with its namesake, the
Sylvia has witnessed many changes in Vancouver
over the years.
Sylvia Ablowitz spent her childhood in the
West End. A strong swimmer, she sometimes
practised her strokes in English Bay and once
won a race between the bay and Kitsilano
Beach. (Later, she would attract the attention of
her future husband, Harry Ablowitz, by diving
into False Creek from a boat carrying Jewish
singles on a cruise.) After Sylvia completed a
degree at UBC her family moved to Los Angeles,
where she worked for a labour union. She
returned to Vancouver in 1928, and met Harry,
marrying him within a year and settling in North
Vancouver. Together, they founded a realty
In the meantime, the Sylvia had changed from
apartment block into an apartment hotel. In the
'50s, famous clientele and a new cocktail lounge
(Vancouver's first) lent swank to the joint. It was
perhaps with some satisfaction
that Sylvia watched her
father's old building develop
into a fully-fledged hotel
by the 1960s. This was
the purpose her father had
envisaged for the building
before the first stone was
laid, but he was thwarted
by city bureaucracy.
Sylvia and her husband
were very committed to Jewish
seniors. Sylvia worked with Jewish community
groups, and she and Harry helped set up a rest
home and hospital, now in operation for nearly
60 years. In her 90s, Sylvia was still volunteering
for a telephone home-check program to help
out other senior Jews. She died on April 12 at
University Hospital. The Sylvia Hotel joined the
ranks of Canada's heritage buildings in 1975.
James Drynan Aitken BASc'50
Jim died June 3 at his home on Denman
Island, BC, at the age of 73. He grew up
in Scarborough, Ontario, and received his
UBC degree in Geological Engineering. He
graduated from UCLA in 1952 with a doctorate
in Geology. Jim enjoyed a 3 5-year career as a
research scientist with the Geological Survey of
Canada, mapping in the Northwest Territories
and Yukon. He often said he had the best job in
the world.
Jim loved the outdoors, skiing, gardening,
hunting and fishing and, while at university,
was an active member of the UBC Varsity
Outdoor Club. He also made many friends on
the ski slopes of Lake Louise, where he worked
as a volunteer ski patroller
for 25 years. In 1991, he
retired to Denman Island,
where he built a home and
spent his time gardening
and fishing.
He leaves his wife of 19
years, Roxanna, daughters
Tenley (Brant) and Sally
(Jim), son Scott (Melissa),
grandaughters Elsa, Alison
and Nora, brother Al (Eleanor), first wife Anne,
several nephews and nieces and many friends
and colleagues. He will be sadly missed by one
of his best friends, his yellow lab Baynes.
A celebration of Jim's life was held Sunday,
June 9, on Denman Island. In lieu of flowers,
Jim's wish is that donations be made to the
Denman Island Conservancy Association or
to the BC Cancer Foundation. A scholarship
in Jim's memory has been established and will
be presented to a Denman Island student who
is pursuing post-secondary education and has
demonstrated academic success. Donations to
this scholarship can be made to School District
71 (Comox Valley).
Leyanne Marie Burchell bed'66
After a valiant fight with cancer, Leyanne Marie
Burchell passed away on June 26, 2002, aged
57. She faced the disease (as she had the many
challenges in her life) with courage, optimism
and determination. Leyanne had a great zest for
life and many passions: hiking, cross-country
skiing, theatre, reading, spending time with
family and friends, and travel. Her ambition
was to become a global nomad.
At Leyanne's request there was no memorial
service. However her spirit will live on amidst
all of those who knew and loved her. In lieu
of flowers and cards please send donations to
Hope House. She will be greatly missed by her
family and many friends.
Peter William Chappell BMus'79
Peter was born in Dawson City, Yukon, on
April 10, 1937. He was the son of Rev. and
Mrs. L.G. Chappell. All his life Peter enjoyed
playing the organ and in 1979 he received his
BMUS from UBC. After that he moved to San
Antonio, Texas, to be a partner in the Ballard
Pipe Organ Company. He died in San Antonio
on June 18, 2001.
James Davidson basc(civil)'49
Jim is survived by Vera, his wife of 5 8 years,
children John (Eileen), Richard, Allan, Wendy
(Collin), Victoria (Michael), foster son Ted,
seven grandchildren, and brother Douglas.  He
graduated from UBC in 1949 as a Professional
Engineer. During the war, he served overseas for
five years in the RCAF.
June Vivian Grantham (Collins) BA'47, Msw'48
One of six siblings, June was born and raised
in Vancouver. She received her secondary
education at UBC, achieving a Masters in Social
Work in 1948. As a professional in that field,
she practised with the Children's Aid societies
in Vancouver, BC, and Boston, MA. While at
UBC, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi
Her family remember her as an elegant,
loving, generous and distinguished person,
occupying a special place in the lives of those
who knew her. Married to Ron for 50 years
and mother to David, Susan, Laura and Nancy,
she was a devoted companion and a loving
parent. She also doted on her five grandchildren,
who knew her as Grandmajune. All five of her
children received a university education, the
eldest one deciding to follow her mother's lead
into the field of Social Work, even living in
Boston for a spell.
June died peacefully at home on October 29,
2001, surrounded by her
family, after coping with
cancer for 32 years. Her
faith gave her courage.
Donations in her memory
may be made to the
Cross Cancer Institute,
c/o The Alberta Cancer
Foundation, 11560
- University Avenue,
Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z2.
Fall 2002   Trek  41 >  IN  MEMORIAM
Emily Mee-Lee Lee
(Chan) med, LLB'69
Emily was born
in Hong Kong on
January 5, 1933, the
first of four children.
After graduating
from the University
of Hong Kong in her
early 20s, she won
a scholarship and
came to Edmonton,
AB, ostensibly for
two years,  but would stay in Canada for more
than 40. She completed her Masters in Education
at the University of Alberta and met her future
husband, Jim, whom she married on March 18,
They moved to Vancouver, BC, in 1966,
where she became one of the first Asian women
to graduate from Law at UBC. She articled in
Victoria, the second woman in BC history to
be carrying a child while doing so. Thereafter,
she established a legal practice in Victoria,
fashioned to deal with "everything to do with
honest money." She earned great respect from her
peers and loyal clients for her legal acumen and
She had a son, Emil, in 1969, to whom she
was singularly devoted. One of her great joys was
community involvement. She was a founder of the
University of Hong Kong Alumni Association BC
Chapter, member of the Board of Governors of St.
Margaret's School and the Board of the Greater
Victoria Music Festival, and was active in the
St. Michael's University School Auxiliary. More
recently she was coordinator of the Jane Austen
Society of North America, Victoria Region. She
loved her fellow Janeites. Their support and
prayers (alongside those from countless other
friends) heartened and sustained her through her
long battle with cancer.
She enjoyed creating origami, peppering
everywhere she went with her paper creations,
and also loved English country dance. She keenly
followed the news and was always ready to
debate the latest issues.
Belying her small stature, she had a brilliant,
huge presence accompanied by a tenacious spirit
that will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves behind husband Jim, son Emil and
daughter-in-law Anita. They are very grateful
for the time they had with her. Emily died on
November 2001, aged 68.
Archibald Dean MacGillivray basc(engphys)'55
Dean was a professor in the University of
Buffalo's department of Mathematics for 3 7
years, serving as its chairman between 1977
and 1978, and was a recognized expert in
asymptotic expansion theory.
He was born in Vancouver, BC, in 1929,
and later graduated from UBC with a major
in Engineering Physics and a minor in
Mathematics. As a student, Dean spent his
summers working in bc's copper mines. He was
also known to volunteer for dyke-building duties
when the swollen Fraser River put farmland at
risk. Youthful adventures included a motorbike
journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, during
which Dean was eager to meet people and take
in the countryside.
As a Math professor, he was particularly
concerned that his students be successful in their
professional endeavours and he was awarded the
Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching
in recognition of his high levels of support and
involvement. Beyond his role as Math professor,
he was also a willing mentor for student
athletes. He ran every day, and participated in
several marathons, believing mental clarity and
creativity to be by-products of regular exercise.
He also loved to be in the countryside. Aside
from his other abilities, Dean was a talented
pianist and very knowledgeable about classical
music. Historic figures he admired include
Winston Churchill, Michael Faraday, Albert
Einstein and Beethoven. He died, aged 71, in
August of last year, after a brief illness.
James L. McKeever BASc'30
James died in May
at Vineland Station,
Ontario, where he
had resided since
retirement and was
a much respected
neighbour in the
community. He
was a partner in the
Owl Foundation, one
of the most important
conservation enterprises in
the province. The Owl Foundation has dealt
with injured raptors (mostly owls) for more than
20 years, and has also been active in breeding
certain endangered species, notably Burrowing
After graduating from UBC, James Lionel
was employed for many years by General
Electric in Peterborough. He received an
honorary degree from McMaster University
in 1998,  and a certificate of merit from
the Association of Professional Engineers in
recognition of his
conservation efforts.
John H. Murdoch BA'56
John died on December
10, 2001, in hospital
in Ottawa, aged
70. John (known
as Jack) enjoyed his
years at UBC and
upon graduating, he
began a career with
the RCAF.  Retiring
from service after 3 5 years, he started a second
career in public service in Ottawa. He leaves his
wife, Elizabeth, daughters Dana and Dawn, son
Dru, and four grandchildren. He will always be
remembered for his wonderful sense of humour.
Lionel Pugh UBC Track and Field coach 1964/65
- 1986/7
Lionel's 20-year contribution to the Athletics
department spanned UBC's most prolific era of
Track and Field success. Sporting performances
improved under his mentorship and UBC
progressed from Track and Field mediocrity
to producer of some of Canada's best known
During his tenure as coach of the university's
Track and Field and Cross-Country teams,
UBC won four national titles and 25 Canada
West championships. Athletes he helped
include Thelma Wright (the mighty atom), John
Hawkins, Patti Loverock, Tom Howard, Simon
Hoogewerf, Debbie Brill, Rick Cuttell, Bill Smart,
Anne Mackie-Morelli, Ian Newhouse, Ann
Covell, Ken Elmer, John Beers and Brenda Eisler.
All of them represented Canada at the Olympics,
and Lionel was at the 1972 and 1980 games as
Pugh (I) and Rick Cuttell coach highjumper Debbie Brill
42   Trek   Fall 2002 a coach.
He graduated in Physical Education
from the University of Wales and Carnegie
College. As a young man, he competed at the
international level. Prior to settling in Canada,
he coached at the national level in Britain and
was a BBC sports commentator for a spell. He
wrote several books on the subject of coaching
and was inducted into UBC's Sports Hall of
Fame in 1997. For more info on Lionel Pugh's
career, please visit www.ubcsportshalloffame.
Sam Roddan BA'37
Sam Roddan was born
on January 29, 1915,
in Winnipeg. He came
to live in Vancouver in
1929, where his father, the
Reverend Andrew Roddan,
ran the mission church.
The Downtown Eastside
always held a special spot
in Sam's heart. He was
well known and loved in the Crescent Beach
community and the Downtown Eastside of
Vancouver. A writer, artist, soldier, teacher
and master story-teller, Sam was a friend to
all. He had a friendly, robust presence that
encouraged just one more story. His cabinlike home in Crescent Beach was filled with
bits and pieces of a life well-lived, and his art
covered the walls. He was one of those people
described fondly as "larger than life." After a
brief illness, he left quietly on June 8 at the age
of 87.
James Arthur Shelford bsc(agr)'66, Msc'69,
Jim was born into a pioneer ranching family
based in Francois Lake, BC, in 1944. After
studying to doctorate level at UBC, Jim became
a professor in the faculty of Agricultural
Sciences, specializing in ruminant nutrition.
Jim enjoyed the years he spent teaching at
UBC and was available to students as an
academic advisor  throughout his career.
Latterly, he was involved in the establishment
of the Dairy Education and Research Centre
in Agassiz, BC, a partnership between UBC
and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.
The faculty of Agricultural Sciences has
established an endowment scholarship in Jim's
memory, available to students studying dairy
Jim leaves wife Helen, mother Margaret,
sons Timothy, Jeremy and Mark, sister Bee
and nephew Steven. The
family is grateful for the
compassion and care Jim
received from health
professionals over a
four-year illness.
Robert Harris Shewan
The family of Robert
(Bob) Harris Shewan is
sad to announce his passing
on the morning of January 27,
2002. Bob was born January 22, 1921, to Dr.
Douglas Robert and May Martha Shewan in
Vancouver, BC. He spent his youth in Burnaby
and attended UBC in 1939. His university
education was interrupted in 1942 when he
entered flying school for the RCAF,  achieving
the rank of flying officer. That same year Bob
met his friend, companion and soulmate, Betty
Jean Hoover and they were married on August
11. Bob and Jean were joyously married for 59
years, six months short of their 60tn wedding
After WWII, Bob completed his Bachelor of
Science in Agriculture and the couple moved to
Langley. He was a successful business man and
real estate broker/owner until his retirement in
Bob is survived by loving wife, Jean, sister
Agnes of White Rock, daughter Cathy and her
husband, Don, from Port McNichol, ON, son
Douglas of Langley, grandchildren Richard,
Jessica, Stacey and Ali, and family pet Farley.
He will be missed by countless loving nephews,
nieces and friends.
Bob was a long-time member of the Rotary
Club of Langley and was a Paul Harris
Fellowship recipient. During the 1960s he
served on the Langley Memorial Hospital
Board, including one year as chair. During his
tenure, the board successfully secured provincial
funding to build the new hospital.
During his university days, Bob was a
member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and
served as its chapter president in 1941. He
was also a member of Kinsmen, Masons, and
Probus and Sigma Tau Epsilon, Fraternity of
He was three-time club champion at
Newlands Golf Club and shared many
enjoyable rounds with family and friends.
Above all, Bob enjoyed life and loved his
family, friends and community. He will be
deeply missed by those he touched but always
remembered as a loving husband, devoted father
and caring friend. He will be missed, but never
H.G. (Paddy) Topliss basc (civil)'5i
Paddy attended UBC in 1946 after discharge
as Fit. Lieut. DFC from the RCAF. He served
overseas as a pilot on Lancasters with 100
squadron (raf) 6tn Bomber Group. After
graduation, he worked for Aero Surveys Ltd
as a pilot. Later, after obtaining his BCLS, he
became a partner in the firm Matson, Peck
and Topliss, BC Land Surveyors and MPT
Engineering Co. Ltd.
David Bryson Young bsc (agr)'47
On graduating from UBC, Dave was promptly
hired by the Federal Department of Agriculture
as livestock fieldman for BC. He served the
province for several years in this capacity before
being transferred to Edmonton, AB, and then to
Ottawa, ON, where he stayed until retirement.
When based in BC, he was significantly
involved in setting up artificial insemination
centres in the Fraser Valley for the dairy
industry. In Ottawa, he was in charge of
livestock production for Canada and enjoyed a
term as president of the 4H Council of Canada.
In his earlier days, Dave was a competent dairy
cattle judge, often invited to judge at fairs in BC
and Alberta.
Dave always had a close relationship
with UBC. When a herd of Ayrshires were
donated to the university by the late Capt. J.C.
Dunwaters in 1929, Dave's father brought them
over to BC from Scotland and they became
the foundation herd for the UBC Farm. He
stayed on as herdsman for 22 years. Dave
co-founded the Kappa Sigma Fraternity while
studying at UBC, and kept in touch with fellow
members over the years. His university career
was interrupted by wartime years serving in
the RCAF, during which he completed 34 flights
over enemy territory in Bomber Command as
a bombardier, and received the Distinguished
Flying Cross.
Dave was beloved husband to Vere for 5 6
years; dear Opa to grandchildren Stephanie,
Jesse, Jonathan, Bryson
and James; loving father to
Sandra (Allan), Margaret,
Valerie (Henk) and
Daphne (Michael); and
brother to Archie, Andrew,
Grace, Isobel and Jean.
He was a past president
and honorary life member
of the Granite Curling
Club of West Ottawa.
Memorial donations can
be made to Friends of Schizophrenics or other
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charities. □
October 4-6, 2002
Friday, October 4, 2002
Murder Mystery Night at Cecil Green Park House. $20 per person includes a
dessert buffet, cash bar and prizes. Call our offices for information and tickets.
Shrum Bowl Thunderbirds take on SFU Clansmen. Call 604-822-BIRD
Saturday, October 5, 2002
Alumni Reunion Weekend Kick-Off. Pancake breakfast at Cecil Green Park
House. Registration, The Christina Raquel Trio from the School of Music, and
welcome by President Martha Piper.
Friday and Saturday events require reservations. Please call 604-822-3313 or
info contact
Reunions aren't confined to Reunion Weekend in October. The Alumni Association
helps to plan and coordinate get-togethers year round
Aggies '90s
Oct. 4-5
Applied Sci '52
Oct. 4-5
Architecture '51-'64
Oct. 5
Arts '52
Oct. 5
Civil Eng '52
Oct. 5
Commerce '52
Oct. 5
Dentistry '92
Oct. 4
Forestry (all years)
Oct. 5
Law '92
Oct. 5
MBA '82 & '83
Oct. 5
Medicine '92
Oct. 4-5
Nursing (all years)
Oct. 5
St John's College
Oct. 5
ApSci '62
ApSci '72
Frederic Wood Theatre
Law '72
Law '62
Mech Eng '57
Mech Eng '57
Medicine '62
Medicine '82
Oct 7
Oct 9
Dec 7
Sept 27-28
Oct 19-20
Sept 27 (Vancouver)
Sept 7 (Ottawa)
Sept 20-22
Sept 20-22
Oct 3
Fort Campers can reunite online! Go to www.alumni.ubc.ca/reunions/fortcamp.
See you online on October 5
For more information or to plan your own class reunion, contact Jane Merling at
604.822.89r8, toll free 800.883.3088 or merling@alumni.ubc.ca
44   Trek   Fall 2002
News and Events
Murder at the Mansion
Friday, October 4, 2002, 7:30
Who dunnit? Join alumni and friends to solve a Murder at the
Mansion. Enter as a team of 6, or come on your own to a murder
mystery night at Cecil Green Park House. This exciting event kicks
off Alumni Reunion Weekend. Invite your classmates and start
the weekend with a bang! Tickets are $20 per person and include
a dessert buffet, cash bar and prizes. Special thanks to Roger
Haskett ba'86, BFA'91, MA'92 and Murder Unlimited for staging and
sponsoring this event for the past eight years.
Young Alumni Upcoming Events
Octoberfest Networking Night
Thursday, October 17, 2002
Special Networking Night at Legends Grill and Tap Room (608
Dunsmuir Street) on Thursday, October 17, after 5:30 pm, for an
evening of social and business networking and Octoberfest beer
specials! Bring your business cards and enter to win prizes. Light
snacks provided.
Professional Development Seminar
UBC at Robson Square (Check website for details)
November 2002
Remember searching for your first job after graduation? We need
alumni mentors to participate in our fall and spring events! Sit on a
panel or join us for a networking lunch and share your experiences
with current students.
Regional Networks
President Martha Piper has had a busy schedule. On May 2, more
than 120 alumni thronged Canada House in London, England, to
greet her, and on June 20, she was in California, updating San Jose
area alumni on UBC research and the university's partnerships in the
Silicon Valley.
UBC graduates from 2002 were feted by local alumni colleagues
at welcome parties in July in Toronto and New York City. New UBC
students were sent on their way to campus at informative student
send-off sessions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Calgary and Toronto in
July and August.
Upcoming Regional Events
October 11
Washington State
Grads are invited to meet fellow alumni at the third annual
Thanksgiving Gala hosted by the Canadian Consulate. UBC will
host a reception for grads prior to the dinner at 6 pm. For more
information, contact Kevin Cook in Seattle, kevin.cook@dfait-maeci.
gc.ca. October io
Singapore alumni are invited to meet
President Martha Piper and VP Research
Indira Samarasekera at the Singapore Regent
October 23
Martha Piper will headline this alumni and
friends event. Chateau Laurier, 5:30 - 7:30.
Future alumnus Noel Clendenin,
pictured here with his mom
Wendy (BSC'91) and dad, Brian,
attended the Regional Network
at Consul General Colin
Robertson's digs inLos Angeles,
June 19. Noel clearly thought the
speeches rather long
November 4
Grads are invited for cocktails
with Martha Piper at the
Intercontinental Hotel.
December 3
Martha Piper will speak to members of the
Kelowna Canadian Club. UBC alumni in the
Okanagan will have an opportunity to meet
the president before she speaks.
January n, 2003
San Jose/San Francisco
Third Annual Vancouver Canucks-San Jose
Sharks duel at the Shark Tank.
Illuminating Achievement
8th Annual Alumni Achievement Dinner
Celebrate with us as we recognize UBC's best and brightest
Fairmont Waterfront Hote
November 14, 2002
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Greg Clark, bcom'86, LLB'89
General Counsel, Academex Systems
Senior Vice President
Jane Hungerford, BED'67
Past Chair, BC Cancer Foundation
Tammie Mark, bcom'88
Senior Consultant, Westech
nformation Systems
Members at Large
2000 - 2002
John Grunau, BA'67
Darlene Marzari, msw'68
Former MLA, business owner
Colin Smith, BASc'65
CFO, Rapid Transit Projects, Ltd.
2001 -2003
David Elliott, BCOM'69
President & COO, Storage Flow
Systems Corp
Martin Ertl, BSc'93
Managing Director, Navarik
Billy Wan, BCOM'82
CFO Venturex Global Investment
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named after the best volunteers of them all, Jan
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was awarded to Jo Robinson, who volunteers with
the Faculty Women's Club. The new award, given to
super-volunteers on campus, was presented on April
25 at Cecil Green Park House. Chuck Slonecker and
his wife, Jan, were the first recipients of the Volunteer
Leadership Award last year. They agreed to have the
award established in their name, and have minted
a 10-year supply of attractive medals featuring First
Nations original artwork by Bert Cook. More than
2,500 UBC staff, faculty and students volunteer for
various campus programs every year.
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Fall 2002   Trek  47 ^€POEWM™T AWARD WINNERS 2002
Alumni Award for Research
Dr. Ling's groundbreaking
work into how cancer cells
become resistant to drugs used
in chemotherapy has gained
him recognition and respect
in the international medical
research community. His research
concentrates on molecular
mechanisms that can change the
cells and render drug therapy
ineffective, and it continues to
provide vital understanding for
developing counteractive measures.
Ling's research has helped establish BC as
a world-class contributor to the fight against
cancer. He is vice-president, Research, of the BC
Cancer Agency and was instrumental in securing
funding for the province's planned Cancer
Research Centre, which will attract further
funding and scholarly talent to the region.
He has worked closely with other research
giants, among them Nobel Laureates Drs.
Fred Sanger and Michael Smith. Thirty years
ago, Ling was a post-doctoral fellow based
at Cambridge working alongside Sanger, who
pioneered a method for rapidly sequencing
DNA. The first Genome Sequence Centre to
concentrate solely on cancer research was
brought into existence largely through the
collaborative efforts of Ling and Smith.
Ling is assistant dean, Cancer Research,
in UBC's faculty of Medicine, as well as a
professor in the departments of Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology, and Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine. Among his many other
involvements, Ling is co-director of the Centre
for Integrated Genomics (a partnership between
the BC Cancer Agency and UBC) and serves on
cancer-related committees and boards at both
local and international levels. He is the recipient
of numerous awards, including the National
Cancer Institute's Robert L. Noble Prize and the
Order of British Columbia.
Victor Ling
lumni Award of Distinction
The Honourable Roy MacLaren
has enjoyed a distinguished
career as a politician, diplomat,
kvriter, publisher, corporate
director and entrepreneur.
During r2 years with
the Canadian Foreign Service,
MacLaren's postings included
Hanoi, Saigon, Prague and the
United Nations in New York
and Geneva. From r996 to
2000, he was High Commissioner for Canada
in the UK and Northern Ireland. His published
writing reflects his personal and professional
experience, much of it concentrating on
Canada's international history.
At the national level, he was first elected
Member of Parliament in r979 and has served
as Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, Mines
and Resources, Minister of State (Finance) and
Minister of National Revenue. As
Minister of International Trade
he negotiated the final stages of   \
NAFTA and the Uruguay Round
of GATT, which created the World
Trade Organization.
MacLaren is a proponent
of multilateral free trade.
When in r998 he stood as
Canada's candidate for the
directorship of the WTO, he
stressed the disadvantages faced
by developing countries in the
global system and the need Roy
for fairness. He is presently
Canadian Chair of the Canada-Europe Round
Table, the Canada-India Business Council and
the Canadian Institute for International Affairs.
He has also provided leadership in the
private sector. He has been Director of Public
Affairs for Massey Ferguson Ltd., President of
Ogilvy Mather (Canada), and President and
part owner of CB Media. He has been a director
of Deutsche Bank (Canada); London Insurance
Group; and Royal LePage. He is currently a
director of Standard Life in the UK and of
Brascan, Canadian Tire, Algoma Central and
Patheon in Canada.
He currently sits on the advisory council
for the faculty of Graduate Studies. He has
a Masters degree from the University of
Cambridge, a Master of Divinity and honorary
Doctor of Sacred Letter degrees from the
University of Toronto, another honorary degree
from the University of Alabama, and he attended
Harvard University's Advanced Management
Program in ^73. He is also the Honorary
Colonel of the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal
Canadian Artillery.
HAIG FARRIS, ba'6o, LLD'97
Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award
Mr. Farris has maintained a consistently high
profile in the community as an advocate for UBC
and as a champion of science and technology. In
the latter role, he has been chair of the Science
Council of BC and member of the founding
Board of Directors for Science World, heading its
first two capital campaigns.
He practised law with Farris
and Company for 5 years, then
moved into financial consulting,
co-founding two companies. He
is currently President of Fractal
Capital Corp, a private venture
capital company specializing in
I   hi-tech start-ups and resource
industry technology companies,
n 200 r, along with several other
BC graduates, Farris was named
Pioneer of Innovation by the
ancouver Board of Trade. Also
MacLaren last year, he was awarded
the Bill Thompson Career
Achievement Award by the British Columbia
Technology Industry Association.
Farris speaks at many conferences, most
frequently on the topic of science awareness,
venture investing and the management of high-
tech companies. He also shared his accumulation
of knowledge through an adjunct professorship
48   Trek   Fall 2002 at UBC, encouraging entrepreneurship
among his students. He currently finances
several former students with new technology
companies. He was nominated for a UBC
Commerce Graduate Teaching Excellence Award
in r996.
His UBC degree is in English and
Economics, perhaps a reflection of his lifelong
interest in the arts as well as in business and the
economy. He has served on many community
boards, among them the Vancouver Foundation
and The Waterfront Theatre. In ^89 he was
awarded with the Commemorative Medal of
Canada in recognition of his
service to the community. Friends
laud Farris's sense of vision and
leadership: he leads by example
and is living proof that individual
attitudes and behaviour can make
a difference.
On campus, Farris served
as president of the Alumni
Association (1996 - r999), is
current chair of the President's
Library Advisory Committee
and sits on the Dean of Science
and Cecil Green College
advisory committees. In r997,
the university awarded him an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Faculty Citation Community Service Award
Dr. Harris encountered breast cancer first-hand
in r994 and again in r998. Today, she is a
survivor who continues to battle the disease
on many levels. Her community activities and
academic focus are reflective both of the impact
the disease has had on her, and she on it.
As a popular public speaker and an
advocate for women living with breast cancer,
she provides understanding and hope as well as
practical help with fundraising. Her column in
the quarterly breast cancer newsletter, Abreast
in the West, promotes active lifestyle choices.
She has published more than roo articles in
peer-reviewed health journals and also channels
her advice to others through membership on the
boards of various journals including Physical
Haig Fa
Therapy and Infants and Young Children.
She chaired the Advocacy Committee of the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Be/Yukon
chapter) and is currently patient representative
to the BC Cancer Agency's patient education
Harris was a major participant in Abreast
in a Boat, a project involving the first dragon
boat team made up of breast cancer survivors.
The women, aged between 3 r and 63, reached
their preliminary goal of participating in the
Vancouver and Seattle races, and surpassed it
with entry into many national and international
competitions. Now, there are
20 similar dragon-boat teams
n Canada and more than 40
worldwide. Abreast in a Boat
kvon the David Lam Community
inspiration Award in 1996. As
^vell as finding an invaluable
source of support in her team
pnembers, Harris looked upon
the experience as research,
successfully challenging the
conventional view that repetitive
ovements of the upper body
left a woman more susceptible
to development of chronic
Her list of awards in recognition of
her achievements in pediatrics and physical
therapy is impressive. They include an honorary
Doctor of Science degree from the University of
Indianapolis and the Catherine Worthingham
Fellow Award, the highest honour granted by
the American Physical Therapy Association.
Honorary Alumnus Award
Dr. Chung was the only Canadian of Chinese
descent to graduate in Medicine from McGill
in r953. By r958, he was chief resident
at Vancouver General Hospital (vgh).
Professionally, he is perhaps best known for the
introduction of innovative techniques in stroke
surgery, and for the advancement of vascular
surgery as an officially recognized specialty in
Canada, overseeing its evolution into a separate
surgical division at both VGH and UBC. He
led the Department of Surgery at University
Hospital for nearly ro years and did much
to enhance its international reputation as an
important academic facility.
He is very much involved with the UBC
Library, serving on the President's Library
Advisory Council (chair ^93-97) and,
more recently, donating 25,000 books and
printed materials and r,750 artifacts from an
extraordinary private collection. The collection
reflects his personal fascination with the CPR
and its fleet of steamships. From bedpans to life
preservers to pamphlets aimed at new European
settlers to a first edition of Captain Cook's
Voyage to the Pacific to an incredible, r 3-foot
model of the The Empress of Asia steamship,
the collection is an invaluable assortment of
tangible history from BC and western Canada.
Chung's donation is a generous but
unsurprising act from one who strives to
promote and preserve Chinese culture in
Canada. Chung is commissioner of the
Vancouver Museum and past president of the
Chinese Cultural Society. He is a member of
the Canadian Multiculturalism Council   (he
played a role in drafting the Multiculturalism
Fall 2002   Trek  49 Wallace Chung
Act), the International Dragon Boat Festival
Society, and the BC Heritage Trust's board
of directors. He is holder of a Canada r25
Medal and is an Honorary Life Member of the
Canadian Association of General Surgeons
UBC awarded him an honorary
degree in 1994.
Honorary Alumnus Award
For many years, Dr. Piper has
demonstrated dedication to
the advancement of research
in Canada; as UBC's r 1™
president and vice-chancellor,
she is determined that
the university should be
recognized as a role model and
leader in research excellence.
She is well known in the research
community, and her perspective and input
are sought from many quarters. The Prime
Minister appointed her to the National
Advisory Board on Science and Technology
in r994 and two years later to the Board
of the Advisory Council on Science and
Technology. In r997, she was made one of the
first six members of the Canada Foundation
for Innovation, a federal fund earmarked
for updating research infrastructure and
encouraging innovation in health, environment,
science and engineering research. In r998, she
was appointed to the board of directors for
the Association of Universities and Colleges in
Canada and became a member of the Canada
Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Her other
research board service credits are simply too
numerous to mention. Piper was the deserving
recipient of the Leadership Award in Science
and Technology from the Alberta Science and
Technology Foundation (1996) and has been
awarded honorary degrees from the universities
of McGill and Dalhousie.
Piper's own research concerned early
identification of the developmentally delayed
infant and assessment of existing treatments for
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handicapped children, and she has published
extensively in her field. On completion of her
doctorate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
from McGill in r979, the university made
Piper director of its School of Physical and
Occupational Therapy. A few years after
that, she joined the University of Alberta,
progressing to vice-president, Research, by
r993. External funding for research increased
by 25 per cent under her leadership.
The University of Alberta soon
increased her responsibilities to
include External Affairs. She
became President of UBC in July
LLB'49, lld'o2
Lifetime Achievement Award
Following graduation, The
Honourable Garde Gardom
practised as a barrister and
solicitor in Vancouver until
entering politics in 1966. For 22 years, he
represented the riding of Vancouver-Point
Grey, becoming the Attorney General of
British Columbia in r975 and following
that, bc's first Minister of Intergovernmental
Relations. He was the province's Agent-
General for the UK and Europe from ^87 to
1992 and became a Freeman of the City of
London before serving as bc's 2,6™ Lieutenant-
Governor from r995 to 200 r.
As a member of the cabinet of Premier
Bill Bennett, Gardom mandated processes
for peaceful resolution of the Doukhobor
issues, was part of the team that settled the
Skagit Valley dispute with the United States
and spearheaded bc's position leading to the
patriation of the Canadian Constitution from
the UK in r982. He was Government House
Leader from r977 to r986 (the longest serving
in provincial history) and in ^85, he became
responsible for the official Visits Program for
EXPO '86 - effectively becoming bc's host for
international vips.
Gardom has always been an outspoken
proponent for government accountability,
volunteerism, community involvement and
good citizenship. He introduced the office
of the Ombudsman and advocated that
of the Auditor-General. He supported the
introduction of Hansard in BC, and later, the
broadening of its concept to include televised
He introduced the Family Relations Act,
and supported Wheelchair Access and Riding
for the Disabled, and the Vancouver Crisis
Centre. He was a proponent of Legal Aid, the
Right to Sue the Crown, and Compensation for
Victims of Crime before these measures became
part of provincial law. In r978, he initiated
COUNTERATTACK against drinking and driving,
the first and most successful program of its
kind in North America.
Since leaving Government House in
Victoria, Gardom continues to be active and
involved. He is honorary patron of St. John's
Ambulance, the Nature Conservancy of Canada
in BC and the British Columbia Museum, and
continues to support the Boys and Girls Clubs
and Rotary. All of his life he has been an avid
promoter of British Columbia and Canada and
a strong supporter of the military, police and
firefighters, and his alma mater, UBC.
Martha Piper Garde Gardom
\Outstanding Student Award
f you want to get something
one, ask a busy person. This
^observation could easily be
[proven if the person asked
[happened to be Miranda
Lam. A recent Law graduate,
Lam's student record is
exemplary and her life on
Campus has been crammed to
Never one to shirk
responsibility, Lam was
involved with several committees in the school
of Law, chairing the Law Students' Faculty
Council Student Caucus and the Law Grad
Committee. The former involved working with
faculty to ensure the efficacy of administrative
and academic procedures and representing
student concerns. She was also vice-chair and
treasurer of the Law and Business Society and
led this year's Class Act fundraising campaign,
which raised $3,500. She was also involved in
establishing a fundraising committee for the
Law school, to centralize and better organize
all of its fundraising activities.
Lam's involvements within the school
are only one facet of her activities. She sits
on the board of directors for Volunteer
Vancouver and was an active member of bc's
Youth Parliament, for which she served as
Deputy Speaker, House Leader and Deputy
Premier. The Youth Parliament selected her
as Outstanding Parliamentarian
of the Year in r998. Last year,
Lam was named the YWCA Young
Woman of Distinction.
The measure of a true leader
and outstanding contributor is
not how many committees they
sit on, but how others perceive
them. To many of her peers, Lam
personifies strength of character,
leadership, hard work and
patience, and sets an inspiring
example. Her classmates let their
collective opinion be known by
voting her their valedictorian in Miranda Lam
November last year.
Spreading her talents around has diluted
neither Lam's efforts nor her impact, and she
maintains high academic standards. Attesting
to this are her place on the Faculty of Arts
Dean's Honour List for the top two per cent
of students in r998 and her status as best all-
round grad from the faculty of Law in 2002.
Outstanding Young Alumnus
An assistant professor in the
school of Rehabilitation Sciences
since r997, Dr. Eng researches
impairments of posture and
locomotion associated with aging
and neurological conditions. Her
work holds promise for those
suffering from stroke, paralysis,
spinal injury, traumatic brain
injury and Parkinson's disease.
She is already well
published in the fields of Physical
Therapy and Rehabilitation
Medicine, with numerous peer-
reviewed articles either in the
offing or featured in journals
such as Experimental Brain Research, Physical
Therapy and Stroke.
She has been a BC Health Research
Scholar since r998 and is the recipient of
research funding from organizations including
the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the
Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Canada, the Paralyzed Veterans
of America, the Rick Hansen
Neurotrauma Initiative and
the Canadian Space Agency.
■Colleagues and students alike
have faith that her research will
increase knowledge of human
movement and lead the way for
improving function in the elderly
and in those with neurological
disorders. She has already
made significant headway in
the development of innovative,
community-based exercise
Janice Eng
programs for individuals with stroke.
Students are grateful for her mentorship
and the bridge she provides between academic
and clinical settings. They are encouraged to
deliver new academic knowledge to the public
sphere through conferences and publication. Eng
is also admired by clinicians who respect her
facilitation of research in clinical settings.
Interdisciplinary collaboration and
innovation are Eng's hallmarks. A recent
paper involved one physical therapy grad, one
occupational therapist, one physician and two
physiotherapists and it was featured as the lead
article in Physical Therapy in August last year,
he was chosen to represent the
ehabilitation profession during
he International Collaboration of
epair Discoveries presentation in
bronto, which resulted in a $r2
illion grant from the Canada
bundation for Innovation that
ill be matched by provincial
Isources. She has been research
dvisor for the Neuroscience
Division of the Canadian
Physiotherapy Association since
r999 and was secretary treasurer
for the Canadian Society of
Biomechanics from r996 to
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Phone: 604.822.9629 or 800.883.3088
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2002-2003 Alumni Travel
Education, exploration and adventure.
Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
November 27-December 5
Explore the natural splendour of the
tropics and cruise the Panama Canal.
Belize and Honduras
January 25-February 1
Rain forests, beaches and Mayan temples.
Machu Picchu to the Galapagos
March 5-18
From the heart of the Inca Empire to
Darwin's great laboratory. See p. 54.
Under the Southern Cross
March 5-18
Discover Australia, New Zealand and the
world 'down under'
Rome Escapade
March 8-14
Extraordinary travel value at the perfect
time of year to visit Rome.
Alumni College, Italian Lakes
May 13-21
An enchanting idyll in one ofthe most
beautiful landscapes in the world.
Route of the Old Wine Traders
May 17-28
Cruise the coasts of Portugal, Spain and
France. End your journey in Paris.
Waterways of the Scottish Glens
July 24-August 4
Cruise the Highlands from the Isle of Mull
to Loch Ness.
Alumni College in Scandinavia
August 26-September 3
The art of living, Danish style, with a
touch of Sweden on the side.
Alumni College, English Lakes
September 1-9
Ramble through the English countryside
with UBC host Judy Newton. (See p. 54.)
China and the Yangtze River
September 25-October 19
Ancient treasures alongside modern
Inland Waterways of N. California
October 11-16
Cruise the San Francisco Bay and visit the
Napa wine country.
For more information call
toll free 800.883.3088
Fall 2002   Trek   53 MAGICAL MACHU PICCHU and the
An adventure in Machu Eicchu and the Galapagos Islands. BY EDWARD THRALL
Coming upon Machu Picchu
early in the day strikes you
like a scene out of Brigadoon:
the morning mist thins, then
rises to reveal a little town,
lost in time and space.
We were the lucky ones.
Intrav had booked our rooms
in the only hotel on the site,
so we were the first visitors
for the day. The magic of
Machu Picchu enveloped
our small group and made
us quiet, almost reverential.
The impossibly straight lines, the huge
blocks of boulders nestled together with
joinery as meticulous as fine carpentry, the
polished-smooth altars with stone detailing
lined up with absolute accuracy to once-
a-year astronomical events: this is where
the mystery of the Incas is at its most
inexplicable, and even now, centuries later,
modern science can only speculate about the
technology they used.
But as much as Machu Picchu is a man-
made marvel, the Galapagos Islands stand
out as nature showing off its amazing,
effortless diversity. Cut off from the
mainland of South America by 600 miles of
Pacific Ocean, this small group of islands
has produced creatures with evolutionary
traits unknown and unheard of elsewhere
in the world. Our sixty-cabin luxury ship
spent four days and nights visiting this
fascinating chain, and our guides took us
on walks over beaches covered with iguanas
and blue-footed boobies so unused to human
contact that we were warned to watch our
step constantly lest we step on one. From
unspoiled tropical paradise to barren,
volcanic destruction, we walked where few
people have ever walked before.
Blue-footed Boobies underfoot and busy in the Galapagos Islands.
Our trip to Machu Picchu and the
Galapagos also took in cities and towns of
Peru and Ecuador, and while we saw firsthand the extremes of poverty and opulence
both those countries possess, we stayed in
the finest hotels, sat at magnificent tables of
traditional feasts, and shared the experience
of a lifetime with local guides who knew the
history, culture, hopes and dreams of the
people who lived there.
Of the 60 people on our tour, 15 were
UBC grads, and we found an instant
camaraderie in our mutual experiences. The
others were graduates of universities across
North America, intrepid travelers all who
yearned to see the world and enjoy the best
services. Our Intrav hosts took care of all the
details: they collected our luggage, organized
bus tours, arranged our rooms, helped us
get taxicabs to out-of-the-way restaurants in
larger cities. They even arranged a tour of
a Paso horse ranch, and laughed along with
us when we tried our hands at riding the
unique Paso horses, or danced like fools to
Ecuadorian pipe music.
A great, memorable trip. The next Machu
Picchu/Galapagos trip is scheduled for March
5-18, 2003. □
Imagine strolling through the English
countryside on a sunny day in late summer.
Hedgerows, deep woodlots, pastures, wild
flowers and ancient villages pepper your
walk. You're filled with questions about
the odd plants sticking out from between
the rocks, or the fine, yellow flowers that
intermingle with the grass.
Wouldn't it be great to be able to turn
to an expert horticulturalist and get all the
The tour of the English Lakes District
in the fall of 2003 provides just such a
delight. Judy Newton
(right), well-known
horticulturalist, speaker
and author, will be
walking beside you,
ready to answer
your questions, and
prepared to tell you, in
detail, everything there is to know about
what you see. Judy appears regularly
on local TV, presents to Seattle's huge
Northwest Flower and Garden Show and
to garden and flower shows all over the
Those who have seen Judy in action are
impressed with her knowledge of plants.
But it's her enthusiasm and personality
that make her a favourite with green-
thumbs around the Lower Mainland,
Seattle and the rest of BC.
The Alumni College in England's Lake
District tour takes you through one of
Great Britain's most scenic areas. Centred
in Bowness, overlooking the shores of Lake
Windermere, your tour will include a visit
to the homes of Beatrix Potter and William
Wordsworth, a cruise on a steam yacht,
a ride on a narrow gauge railroad and a
chance to talk with the locals at the locals.
The trip is scheduled for September 1-9,
54   Trek   Fall 2002
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