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Magazine of The University of British Columbia
SUMMER 2008 *w Trel@
5    Take Note
14  Binocularless in Galapagos
Zoology professor Chris Harley gets up close to the creatures of the Galapagos.
16 When I Was a Student
Alumni from the '30s, '50s, '70s and '00s recall their student days.
20 The Show Runner
Profile: Hart Hanson, Hollywood hit maker.
23 The Four Pots of Gold
Selling screenplays in Hollywood.
24 Sarah Dodd Expands Her Borders
One of the screenwriters for CBC's The Border discusses her craft.
26 Thank You...
To all alumni volunteers who have given their time and talent to UBC.
28  UBC's New Chancellor
Sarah Morgan-Silvester started her three year term on July 1st.
30  UBC Generations
Richard Liu's connections to UBC in Canada go back a long way.
32  Alumni Weekend Hits the Mark
A pictorial salute to good times at Alumni Weekend.
34 Alumni News
36 Artistic Aspirations
Two UBCO grads plan their futures.
38  Class Acts
43  T-Bird News
47  In Memoriam
Cover: The Beauties of Flora: Polyanthuses
by Robert John Thornton
Valentine's Day - Labour of Love
by Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway
These images are part ofthe UBC Vault
Collection. See more at www.ubcvault.ca.
EDITOR Christopher Petty, mfa'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber
CHAIR Doug Robinson, BCOM'71, LLB'72
VICE-CHAIR Gayle Stewart, BA'76
TREASURER Ian Robertson, bsc'86, ba'88, mba, ma
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Brent Cameron, ba, mba'o6
Robin Elliott, BCOM'65
Marsha Walden, bcom'8o
Don Dalik, bcom, LLB'76
Dallas Leung, BCOM'94
Raquel Hirsch, ba'8o, MBA'83
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
FACULTY REP ('07-'08)
Sally Thorne, BSN'79, MSN'83, phd
Stephen Owen, mba, LLB'72, llm ab, mph
Brian Sullivan, ab, mph
AMS REP ('07-'08)
Mike Duncan
Chris Gorman, BA'99
Louise Tagulao, BA'02
OKANAGAN REP ('07-'08)
Catherine Comben, BA'67
PARTICIPANTS fo7-'o8) Kevin Keystone
Stephen Toope, ab, llb and bcl, phd
Barbara Miles, ba, postgrad certificate in ed.
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCOM'82
Marie Earl, ab, mla
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Summer 2008    Trek    3 OLD CLASSROOMS,
A few weeks AGO I took a stroll around campus after lunch with a
friend. Sunny day, good chat. We hit on an engrossing topic, and I lost
track of where we were walking. We turned around a corner and I had a
sudden sense of complete disorientation. If I had been whisked to this
spot, blindfolded, by abductors and then freed (an unlikely but interesting scenario), I wouldn't have had a clue where I was. Couldn't see the
mountains, couldn't see a landmark (building or otherwise) of any kind. I
could have been in Calgary, Toronto, Cleveland or Budapest, Hungary.
It got me to thinking: UBC has changed a lot in the last few years. I've
been around campus in one form or another since 1986, and I can say with
some authority that the statement - "UBC has changed a lot in the last
few years" - could have been uttered by me any time thereafter. It's a place
in constant flux. Admonitions to "come see UBC again for the first time,"
while admittedly hokey, can nonetheless be repeated on a regular basis.
Still, there's a good chance you will find something on campus that
reminds you of your time here, whether it's the Old Auditorium from
1925, the Buchanan classrooms from the '50s, the David Lam building
from the '90s or even one of the old huts (updated, of course) surviving
on West Mall. You just may not recognize anything around it.
When you walk around campus now, you'll bump into some new and
very interesting spots. Places like Ike's Cafe in the new Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre (which you may have known under its old name, Main
Library), Caffe Perugia at the Life Sciences Centre, Reboot Cafe at the
iocs building (where the heck's that?) or a dozen other comfortable
nooks where students hang out to study, socialize or just relax between
classes. It's fun to wander around and imagine which of these places you
would have gravitated to as a student.
But it's not just places that change at UBC. The old school has evolved
into a world player academically, and esoteric concepts like "institutional
mission," and "vision for the future" have changed over time as well.
Over the past few years, the operating vision of UBC became:
"The University of British Columbia, aspiring to be one of the world's
best universities, will prepare students to become exceptional global
citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society and
conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia,
Canada and the world."
Not bad as vision statements go, and it contains oblique references to
a set of values that the university (as an institution) wants to represent.
Becoming "global citizens," for instance, implies values that encourage
students to approach issues and problems from a broad perspective;
promoting "a civil and sustainable society" implies buy-in of ideas like
neighbourliness, environmental awareness and electoral responsibility,
and so on.
Over the next few months, you will be hearing from various offices of
the university soliciting your opinion on what you think UBC should
stand for in the world. What is the vision you would like to see your
university adopt as we move forward into unknown territory? What are
the values you think a university like UBC should promote?
Why not come up to campus, find yourself a new spot to hang out,
and think about that. We want to know.
For more information about UBC's vision and mission, visit
Chris Petty, mfa'86, Editor
4    Trek    Summer 2008 take note
Power and Glory
UBC has emerged as a leader in campus
sustainability. Green building technologies and
several ongoing projects to reduce waste,
energy consumption, and pollution have led to
the early attainment of Kyoto targets, and as a
result UBC is the only Canadian university to
have earned the World Wildlife Foundation's
Green Campus award. Much of this success is
due to an organizational thrust (spearheaded
by the university's Sustainability Office) to
adopt campus-wide green policies and
practices, but a student marketing project has
discovered that, at the individual level, there is
still room for improvement.
The project was conducted by three students
from the Sauder School of Business as an
applied marketing assignment. Their task
was to present BC Hydro with an innovative
marketing plan to help colleges and universities
reduce energy consumption. Aisha Tejani,
Sara Fan, Cici Gu and Christine Lin took
second place (and $3,000) in the BC Hydro
Power Smart Innovation Challenge. Their
plan address es the lack of awareness about
energy conservation they uncovered through
surveys and focus groups with nearly 100
undergraduate students.
"We found that many students lack basic
awareness around saving electricity," says
Tejani. "Students know about switching off
lights, computers and monitors, but it really
drops off after that." For example, their
research concluded that 70 per cent of the
students did not realize an electrical appliance
plugged into the wall still consumes power even
if it is switched off.
Their investigation also indicated that
students desired more information on energy
efficiency. The team looked into students'
online habits to come up with a more
effective means of informing students and
encouraging them to adopt habits to limit
their use of electricity. "Students said they
visit Facebook and the university's Web Course
Tools (WebCT) site every day," says Tejani.
"These sites present a great opportunity to
get sustainability messages out to students."
(WebCT is a site for UBC students to download
course content and assignments.)
In their marketing plan, Tejani and her team
recommended that BC Hydro post daily
conservation tips on the two websites, and to
have green household items, such as compact
fluorescent lightbulbs, available for purchase in the
Student Union Building. BC Hydro was also
impressed by their idea to run a contest for the
8,000 students who live on campus, challenging
them to reduce their energy consumption. "They
thought it was a great way to form good habits
early, like turning off power bars," says Tejani.
As a result of the project, Tejani says her
own awareness has increased along with her
interest in sustainability issues. She is now
involved in a project to reduce energy consumption in the Sauder School of Business'
Henry Angus building.
The Sound of Music
it This January, five students from UBC's
School of Music were lucky (and talented)
enough to hear their orchestral compositions
performed by the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra (vso). Iman Habibi, Daniel York,
Lesley Hinger, James Wade and Timothy Corlis
were among nine young BC composers selected
for the honour as part of a vso educational
program known as the Jean Coulthard
Readings. Coulthard taught composition at
UBC from 1947 to 1973 and is credited with
blazing a path for female Canadian composers.
Although composition students may have
opportunities to hear their small-ensemble
pieces performed live, or use software that
allows them to listen to their work on a
computer, having a fully-fledged orchestra at
their disposal encouraged a whole new level of
musical ambition. "Writing for small-sized
Bright sparks: Sauder School of Business students Aisha Tejani (L) and Christine Lin
are helping reduce energy consumption.
Photograph: Martin Dee
Summer 2008    Trek    5 take note
ensembles is one thing, but an orchestra is just
this big monster. You develop a lot of understanding when you're trying to score a
beautiful sound," says Habibi. "It's like playing
with a box of 250 crayons," adds York.
"The different combinations of colours,
sounds, textures and instruments you can have
is far greater than some other types of music."
vso conductor and music director Bramwell
Tovey led the orchestra as it performed the nine
premiere works in front of 60 friends, relatives,
and members of the public. For the students it
was a rich learning experience, and the ultimate
reward for their creativity and months of
diligence fine-tuning the orchestral scores.
The orchestra provided the students with
invaluable feedback, as did a workshop the
following day with former vso composer-in-
residence Jeffery Ryan.
The students gained fresh perspectives on
their compositions as a result of hearing them
performed. "I learned a lot about what works
well and what to avoid," says Habibi. "I definitely
feel like I've taken a big step forward. It's like a
summation of all my studies. I've learned so
much in this one experience."
The Pleasure is in the Giving
life "Retail therapy" has become a popular
expression in the modern era, but buying
yourself stuff as an antidote to the blues may
not deliver the anticipated levels of happiness.
According to new research from UBC and
Harvard, a more positive bearing on your state
of mind might be achieved by spending the
money on others instead of yourself.
Assistant professor of Psychology Elizabeth
Dunn led the study, which also involved
assistant professor of Commerce at Harvard
Michael Norton, and UBC master's candidate
Lara Aknin. The team conducted a series of
tests on a group of more than 630 American
male and female subjects, who were asked to
provide details on their general happiness,
annual income, and monthly spending. The
results suggest that donating to charity or
buying a gift (or "pro-social" spending) led to
greater levels of reported happiness. "Regardless of how much income each person made,"
says Dunn, "those who spent money on others
UBC Music students heard their compositions performed by the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra: (L-R) Daniel York, Iman Habibi, and Lesley Hinger.
reported greater happiness, while those who
spent money on themselves did not."
The pattern continued in more tests. When
employees at a Boston firm received profit-
sharing bonuses of varying amounts, their level
of happiness was determined more by how the
bonus was spent than how much it was.
Another experiment involved giving participants $5 or $20 bills and instructing them to
spend the money on either themselves or
someone else. At the end of the day, those
buying for other peoples reported greater levels
of happiness. "These findings suggest that very
minor alterations in spending allocations - as
little as $5 - may be enough to produce real
gains in happiness on a given day," says Dunn.
The research was featured in the March edition
of Science journal.
Fuelling the Problem
it To counter its troublesome reliance on
foreign oil supplies, the us recently announced
its goal of producing 36 million gallons of
ethanol annually by 2022. About 15 billion
gallons of this is to be produced from cornstarch.
But the new energy policy has received criticism
on a few fronts, including from environmentalists
who are concerned about its likely impact on
the Gulf of Mexico.
Assistant professor of Geography Simon
Donner and the University of Wisconsin's Chris
Kucharik have conducted the first study to
quantify the effect of biofuel production on the
problem of nutrient pollution in a waterway.
They considered the area of land and the
amount of fertilizer needed to produce the
required amount of corn (three times the
production for 2006). "This rush to expand
corn production is a disaster for the Gulf of
Mexico," says Donner. "The us energy policy
will make it virtually impossible to solve the
problem of the Dead Zone."
The Dead Zone is an area of water in the
gulf that lacks oxygen, and is therefore unable
to support aquatic life. The zone has been
growing in area and in recent years has been
comparable to the size of New Jersey. It is
caused by the run-off from fertilizers that
contain nitrogen. The nitrogen stimulates the
growth of algae in waterways, and when these
break down much of the water's oxygen
content can be used up. At present, cornfields
in central states are the prime culprits behind
nitrogen pollution in the Mississippi River,
which drains into the Gulf of Mexico. The
researchers warn that the us's proposed plans
will lead to a 10-19 Per cent increase in
nitrogen entering the gulf from the Mississippi.
6    Trek    Summer 2008
Photograph: Kellan Higgins Hamburger helpless: Dietetics instructor Gary Klassen fears that
packaged convenience foods are behind a lack of culinary know-how.
Hamburger Helpless
Supermarket freezers are chock-a-block
with packaged foods that can be ready-to-eat
in a matter of seconds at the push of a button.
TV dinners, instant potatoes, microwave munchies
are all at our service to rescue us from increasingly jam-packed lives. There's no need to cook,
and no need to waste time looking for the
ripest fruit, freshest vegetables or best cut of
meat. At least that's what the manufacturers
would have us believe, according to UBC
dietetics instructor Gerry Kasten.
"We are told over and over by advertising
campaigns that we're too busy to cook for
ourselves, that frozen or packaged meals are
fast and convenient," he says. "They are also
increasingly being claimed to be equally
nutritious - good enough to serve to your
family." Kasten says a meal cooked from
scratch with fresh ingredients, that does not
rely on additives to maintain appearance and
taste, is a more nutritious option but fears that
people are becoming less skilled in the kitchen
thereby losing some control over their food
options. In theory, they may know what
constitutes a healthy diet and what doesn't, but
lack the skill to turn that knowledge into practice.
"It concerns me when I hear nutritional
advice dispensed without food advice to go
with it," says Kasten. "If I tell you to take more
iron, that's not giving you much information.
But if I tell you to eat clam chowder with an
extra can of clams in it (clams have almost nine
times more iron that beef) that gives you
nutritional advice that's also delicious." He is
making sure that this type of practical advice is
available to third year Dietetics students, and asks
them to use what they've learned about nutrition
to create recipes for dishes they then create in a
kitchen classroom. "Dieticians work with a
wide range of clients, from individuals seeking
better control of their weight to hospitals
planning nutritious meals for patients. We feel
it's vital that our students can use their expertise
to help clients choose everyday grocery items
and show them how to prepare them."
Those students who previously didn't know
their way around a kitchen often express surprise
at how easy cooking can be, and how cheap if
you start from scratch. "We as a society have
this idea that the value of food lies solely in its
nutrition," says Kasten. "What that neglects is
all of the things food does for us that contribute to our health but have nothing to do with
nutrition. Eating isn't just about counting
calories. Cooking for yourself and enjoying the
fruits of your labour should evoke as much
satisfaction as choosing nutritious foods."
UBC Theses Available On-line
(Submitted by Christopher Hives, University Archivist)
Beginning last fall, UBC graduate students
were able to submit their theses electronically
to the university. Developed jointly by the UBC
Library and the faculty of Graduate Studies,
the UBC Electronic Theses and Dissertation
(etd) initiative allows graduate students to
deposit and share their research results in
full-text searchable PDF files in cIRcle (UBC's
institutional repository). From cIRcle, the
content of the theses will be accessible through
various search engines. These files are then
harvested and added to the Library and
Archives Canada's Theses Canada Portal. This
summer the number of UBC theses available
electronically will exceed 500.
The ETD program promotes efficiency in the
submission process while also providing a
platform to ensure the broadest and most
timely dissemination of research work being
carried out by UBC graduate students. It
removes physical and financial barriers in that
students no longer have to come to campus to
submit theses, nor will users with internet
access have to come to the Library to access the
information. The content of UBC theses will be
fully and freely available for consultation in
days if not hours of deposit.
As with other Library activities in the area of
scholarly communications and promotion of
open access, the ETD program helps transform
the traditional role of the Library from a
relatively passive repository of physical
volumes to an increasingly active agent in the
dissemination and exchange of information.
The ETD site in cIRcle can be found at:
Recognizing the value of providing on-line
access to contemporary UBC theses, the Library
is now investigating the digitization of older
theses. Up until this fall, UBC graduate students
have written and submitted approximately
33,500 theses dating back to 1919. Historically,
the Library has housed and provided access to
UBC theses in bound paper volumes or on
microfiche. This, however, generally presupposed that users consulted the Library
catalogue and were able to come to campus to
consult the work.
Photograph: Martin Dee
Summer 2008    Trek    7 take note
This summer the Library is undertaking a pilot
project to digitize approximately 1,000 theses
from the mid-1990s. This will help determine
the feasibility of digitizing and providing access
to all UBC theses. The goal of this project is to
ensure that research conducted by UBC graduate
students gets maximum exposure and perhaps
enjoys a second life in helping support future
studies. Theses will be made available to support
research and private study while the author
retains full copyright. Contact information will
be provided on the project website to allow
authors to request that their theses be removed.
Digitization and associated technologies
allow the university to provide much greater
dissemination of the information to a much
larger potential audience. Enhancing access to
the theses will be of considerable interest to
modern researchers looking to build upon or
repurpose prior research in their areas of
interest. Beyond the value of their content, the
theses also will be instructive in helping
understand the historical evolution in teaching
and research within various disciplines as well
as within individual academic units on campus.
Moving On/ Motion Detectors
it Humanoid robots that walk, talk and
interact with their surroundings can seem like
they have a will of their own. But in reality
machines are still poor simulations of people.
That's because when it comes to human
movement, the complicated dynamics involved -
from neuron to tendon and muscle - are still
little understood.
"Current robots have as much in common
with human movements as helicopters do with
seagulls," says Computer Science professor
Dinesh Pai. "The challenges are similar, but
they use completely different solutions." He
should know since he is leading an international project to build a computational model
of human movement. "Essentially, we are
reverse-engineering the brain to produce the
first working computational model of the
complex interplay between our minds and our
bodies. Our research is really guided by a desire
to determine and model exactly what is
happening under our skin."
In creating the model, Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (mri) is used to capture body parts,
their functions and related brain interactions.
The work is still in its early days, but the
researchers hope their work will help deliver
more accurate medical intervention. "There is an
amazing amount of variance between humans.
Skeletons, organs and muscles can all differ in size
from person to person," says Pai. "That means
there is always some guesswork involved in
surgery. But if you can give someone an MRI and
create a personalized computer model, suddenly
a doctor has more information to work with."
The team also hopes its efforts will lead to
exciting developments in the field of neuropros-
thetics (artificial devices that replace or improve
lost function as a result of a damaged nervous
system, a cochlear implant, for example). "With
a better understanding of mind-body connections,
we hope to be able to use electrodes in the brain
or spinal cord to restore some functions in
people who have experienced strokes or other
disability," says Pai. The work is likely to impact
other areas as well as healthcare provision. Also
pricking up their ears are digital animators, who
anticipate the work will help them create even
more lifelike images. The international team
includes experts based in Canada, the United
States, Japan and Italy, specializing in Computer
Science, Mechanical Engineering, Human
Kinetics and various areas of health research.
Their research is funded by $500,000 awarded
by UBC's Peter Wall Institute.
Get a grip: "Current robots have as much in common with human movements as
helicopters do with seagulls," says Computer Science professor Dinesh Pai.
Trek    Summer 2008
Photograph: Martin Dee Law of the Lands
llife In an increasingly overlapping world, legal
transactions are often complicated by the
requirement that they satisfy more than one
country's rule of law. As a result, law schools
are beginning to produce grads able to
operate in more than one legal jurisdiction,
and they are in hot demand for their skills.
Over the past decade, for example,
institutions on the east coast of the United
States have established a number of joint law
programs with European-based institutions.
Now UBC has become the first Canadian
institution to initiate a trans-Pacific joint legal
education program with the University of
Hong Kong. Grads of the program (the first
intake of five is planned for next year) will be
able to practice their profession in both
countries. They will need to study for an extra
year in order to qualify, four years in total for
UBC students and six years for hku students.
"We're extremely pleased to partner with
the University of Hong Kong," said UBC
president Stephen Toope. "This program will
equip students with the cross-cultural legal
knowledge and professional contacts to foster
even greater exchange between Canada and
Asia." UBC has the highest number of
academics concerned with Asian legal issues
and its law school includes a centre for Asian
Legal Studies. Ties between UBC and hku will
soon be more evident on campus. In 2006
plans were announced for the creation of the
Simon K. Y. Lee HKU-UBC House, a residential facility that will provide a home for 100
students from UBC and 100 international
students from hku, and encourage cultural
and academic exchange.
Work Permits and
International Students
In April, the government of Canada
announced changes to work permits for
international students who graduate from
eligible programs at some post-secondary
institutions like UBC. Under the Post-
Graduation Work Permit Program, international grads would be able to work in Canada
for three years (up from one) with few of the
former restrictions. For instance, they are no
Partners in Education:
Our Governments
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
Throughout this centennial year you have heard about our
many accomplishments over the past century: our incredible
discoveries, world renowned faculty, inspiring students and
you, our alumni, and the enduring impact you have had in your
communities, this province and our country. BC's provincial
government, in 1908, showed foresight and leadership when
it established the legislative framework creating UBC, and
subsequently our sister institutions throughout the province.
From the beginning, governments at all levels have been integral partners in our development as
a leading research-intensive university. Legislation and policy decisions drafted in Victoria and Ottawa
have a direct impact on our teaching, research, operations and governance. Local and regional
government influence how we grow and contribute to the province's major urban centres. And
yes, funding. In the past fiscal year, approximately half of the university's revenue came from either
the provincial or federal governments.
Within our federal system, the provincial government has formal authority over education,
including post secondary education. Successive provincial governments have sought to maintain
the highest standards of K-12 and post secondary education while grappling with the myriad factors
that influence policy and budgets. Recent events within the sector have posed challenges and we
continue to work closely with Victoria to ensure we maintain our province's legacy of post secondary
excellence and UBC's role as an internationally influential research-intensive university.
Over the last decade, the federal government has had a growing impact on UBC, especially as it
relates to our research enterprise. Federally sponsored research councils (the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canada Research Chair
program, and many other agencies and initiatives have provided funding and facilities for some of
Canada's and indeed the world's most important research endeavours. This funding is most often
based on a competitive, peer-reviewed selection process and it is a true measure of our collective
excellence that UBC has continually ranked in the top three universities in securing this funding.
Recently, the federal government announced a number of new programs aimed at enhancing
federal support of graduate students. The Vanier Scholarship program is designed to keep some of
our most talented doctoral students working at Canadian universities. Canada lags behind most
other G8 countries in training doctoral students. This initiative recognizes that challenge and begins
to address it in a forceful way.
The federal budget also announced a number of investments in university based research including
the new Canada Global Excellence Research Chairs, an $80 million increase in the budgets of the
research granting councils and a $1 5 million increase to support the institutional costs of research
through the Indirect Costs Program.
We are grateful for the government's continued support of research universities. Investments
such as these will ensure Canada remains internationally competitive and well-equipped to address
some of our greatest challenges, such as the growing productivity gap with competitor nations,
spiralling health care costs and environmental sustainability.
All too often we take the day-to-day functioning of government for granted. While scandals and
disappointments monopolize our national discourse, good government decisions are often ignored. As
active citizens we must take government to task when we perceive shortcomings or misguidance. At
the same time, it serves us all to acknowledge legislators today when they build on a legacy of foresight.
Summer 2008    Trek    9 take note
longer required to find work related to their
educational program, nor are they expected to
have a job lined up in advance. The idea is to
make Canada a more attractive option for
students from abroad. Experience in the
Canadian job market would also count
favourably for those students who decide to
apply for permanent residence.
"The government of Canada wants more
foreign students to choose Canada and we
want to help them succeed," said minister of
Citizenship and Immigration Diane Finley.
"Open and longer work permits provide
international students with more opportunities
for Canadian work experience and skill
development. This will, in turn, help make
Canada a destination of choice, and help us
keep international students already studying in
Canada." Preliminary 2007 data indicate that
63,673 international students came to Canada
that year, representing a 4.6 per cent increase
from 2006.
A Position of Trust
The results of a study by two Sauder
School of Business professors suggest that the
extent to which an employee believes she is
trusted by her employer has a strong link with
work performance.
Professors Sandra Robinson and Sabrina
Deutsch-Salamon conducted a study involving
8 8 outlets of a major retailer. They examined
records of employee sales and customer service
performance and also the results of anonymous
surveys that asked staff to indicate how trusted
they felt by their employer. Results showed that
the perception of being trusted translates into
greater cooperation with the company. "Much
has been written about how management
needs to win the trust of its employees," says
Robinson, "but this study is quite different in
that it suggests that management showing trust
in their employees - regardless of whether
employees trust them - may make the biggest
Robinson and Deutsch-Salamon are now
investigating methods that management might
use to increase this perception of trust among
employees. Robinson says those methods may
include policies such as involving the staff in
Petri Appiani' s Cosmographia features
intricate wheel charts to measure latitudes,
___l   longitudes and even the time of day.
I   Antonio Zatta's map illustrates the
tracks of Captain Cook's first voyage.
decision-making, or decreasing levels of
supervision and monitoring.
Irving K. Barber Centre Opens
m One of the oldest icons at UBC has been
transformed into a cutting-edge facility at the
heart of campus. It offers lifelong learners,
including UBC alumni, an array of opportunities.
In April, guests gathered to celebrate the grand
opening of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
The building was begun in October 2002.
Three years later, phase one opened, consisting
of beautiful study spaces, homes for UBC
Library divisions and everyone's favourite
machine, the library robot - aka the automated
storage and retrieval system. The second and
final phase recently opened to the public, and
the entire facility features about 250,000
square feet of new and renovated space for users
at UBC, throughout the province and beyond.
A highlight of the building is the refurbished
core of the 1925 Main Library, one of the first
buildings on the UBC campus. The core has
been restored to its original glory, with the
centrepiece being the Chapman Learning
Commons, a hub of learning support that
offers research and writing assistance, workshops and more.
ft"   ^
I   A Warwick Goble piece demonstrating
I   Japanese watercolour techniques. From Green
I   Willow and Other Japanese Fairytales (1910).
Phase two hosts a range of interdisciplinary
arts and science programs, the School of
Library, Archival and Information Studies, new
homes for Rare Books and Special Collections
and University Archives and more. A mix of
flexible classroom and study spaces is sprinkled
The Learning Centre is also a gateway to the
vast collections of UBC Library, which exceed
10 million items. UBC Library offers free
community borrower privileges to holders of
an Alumni Association A-card, a $120 value.
This means alumni can borrow books or use
fee-based Library services, such as interlibrary
loans or document delivery. For more information, please visit www.library.ubc.ca/home/
In the meantime, don't forget to check
out the award-winning UBC Library Vault
(www.ubcvault.ca), which brings the magic of
the Library's special collections and rare books
to your fingertips. Beautiful images are posted
on the site regularly, along with their stories.
10    Trek    Summer 2008
Samples from the UBC Vault Collection (www.ubcvault.ca) The Chapman Learning Commons form the centrepiece of the refurbished Library core.
Valuable Collection Finds
Permanent Home at UBC
life A designated national treasure has found a
permanent home at the Ike Barber Learning
Centre at UBC. The Chung Collection is made
up of thousands of artefacts that shed light on
the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway and
the west coast and the Asian experience in
North America. It has been valued by the
national Archival Appraisal Board at more than
$5 million and now enjoys its own display
room in the Rare Books and Special Collections
division at the centre, a space large enough to
display 1,000 items from the 25,000-piece
collection at any one time.
The collection represents the passion and
diligence of Wallace B. Chung, who started
collecting memorabilia as a young boy. He
remembers the pull of a picture that hung in his
father's barber shop in Victoria. It was of the
Empress of Asia, a luxury liner that had carried
his mother from China to Canada. A four-
metre model of the Empress of Asia, painstakingly refurbished by Chung, claims pride of
place in the collection's new home. Other
items include documents, books, maps,
posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass
and ceramic ware.
Chung and his wife, Madeleine, donated the
collection in 1999, where it was temporarily
displayed in the heritage core of Main Library.
Chung, whose grandfather came to Canada
more than 100 years ago, is a vascular surgeon
and was made an honorary alumnus in 2002.
"We're delighted there's a beautiful, permanent
space to house this collection," he said. "This will
allow many more people to honour the struggles
and joys of those who have come before."
A Remedy for Haida Gwaii
The average ratio of pharmacists to
patients in BC is 1 for every 1,000. The 5,400
residents of Haida Gwaii, however, rely on
just one. Some of the islands' communities
rely on a courier service to receive medications and there is a lack of direct contact
between patient and pharmacist. That's why
assistant professor Judith Soon wants to
establish a pharmacy clinic on Haida Gwaii.
"The current system works but there is a
real need to connect with the community
and provide additional hands-on health
care services to these residents," says Soon.
"There are high rates of chronic diseases and
a patient-centred pharmacy clinic can help
improve quality of life by optimizing the safe
and effective use of medications." Health
services would be developed with knowledge
of context, taking into account Haida
traditions and culture. A patient-centred
model would include the patient perspective
in the planning, delivery and evaluation of
care. "We want to be able to integrate
traditional methods of healing with
pharmaceutical medicines," says Soon.
"By implementing culturally sensitive
strategies, we believe we can improve
health related outcomes."
The initial impetus for the project came
from bc's Ministry of Health, which in 2006
had requested public feedback on the province's
healthcare. "First Nations communities are
concerned with overall poor health, higher
rates of diabetes, arthritis, hiv/aids and
tuberculosis, as well as lower life expectancy,"
says Soon. The ministry invited UBC to
submit ideas for closing these health gaps.
Soon worked with colleagues in UBC's
Collaboration for Outcomes Research and
Evaluation group (core) on a proposal they
have presented to the provincial government.
The clinic would be a collaborative initiative
between UBC and The Queen Charlotte
Islands Pharmacy, run by lone pharmacist
Daryl Regier. The plan involves 5-10 Pharmacy
students lending their assistance on Haida
Gwaii each year. A hoped-for outcome is that
more qualified pharmacist will set up practice
in rural areas.
Photograph: Martin Dee
Summer 2008    Trek    11 take note
Professor Judith Soon wants to
remedy the lack of pharmacological
services on Haida Gwaii.
Health programs delivered by the clinic
would likely include post-hospital counseling,
self-management counseling for people with
chronic diseases, and monitoring of medication
management. "Some patients experience
adverse drug reactions," says Soon. "We have
noticed that if patients do not respond well to
the prescribed medication and they do not have
immediate access to a health care professional,
oftentimes they will abruptly stop taking the
medication. This can lead to potentially
preventable complications related to their
illnesses Patients will be able to discuss
drug-related therapeutic concerns, more
specifically how the medications are working
for them. If we know how patients are reacting
to their medications, we can work with them,
family members and other health care professionals to optimize their health outcomes."
Cultural Evolution
Hfc How has human culture evolved and what
is its destiny? Archaeologists have borrowed
computer modeling used in biology for
examining the evolution of species and applied
it to examine the changing characteristics of
human culture. But cognitive psychologist
Liane Gabora thinks that Archaeology needs its
own software and methodology.
"For one thing, artefacts do not change solely
through random, mutation-like processes,"
she says. "Humans innovate strategically and
intuitively, taking advantage of the ability to
group items that go together, like mortar and
pestle, or use analogies." She is developing
software designed to help fathom how human
culture has evolved. "I'm interested in what
sense culture constitutes an evolutionary
process," she says. "These computer models of
cultural evolution will not only offer insight
into the minds of those who came before us,
but also make predictions about the direction
of human evolution."
One of the reasons Gabora thinks the
evolution of culture is profoundly different
from that of organisms is the inheritance of
acquired characteristics. A rat that loses its tail
will not pass on the acquired characteristic to
its offspring, but in the cultural realm acquired
change can remain embedded and influence
future cultural direction. "That is another
Cognitive psychologist Liane Gabora wants to predict
the evolutionary direction of human culture.
reason you have to take cognition seriously in
modeling how culture evolves. The changes
that one mind makes to an artefact are passed
on to others who in turn put their own spin on
it. Acquired change is not lost, as it is in
biology," says Gabon
For human evolution to qualify as a
Darwinian process, acquired change should be
insignificant compared with natural selection.
When certain characteristics prove an advantage in competing for scarce resources get
passed on to subsequent generations. In a 2006
paper, Gabora argued that the evolution of the
earliest living organisms - structures that
self-replicated - was not Darwinian. "They
replicated and evolved by generating, regenerating and exchanging webs of chemical
reactions," she says. "It was a sloppy way of
going about it, but it got the job done. And
interestingly, this kind of evolution allowed for
inheritance of acquired characteristics, just like
we see in cultural evolution."
According to Gabora, every individual
has a role in shaping human culture. "Even
if you don't bear children and contribute to
biological evolution you contribute to cultural
evolution," she says. "Everything you do
touches the world and can have an impact on
someone else, potentially causing a chain
reaction of little cultural changes that add up
to something big."
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Photographs: Martin Dee Alumni Ambassadors: Our Voice for Support
Doug Robinson, Chair
UBC continues to be a source of
ground-breaking news. Hardly a day
goes by without mention in the
local and national media of a
UBC research project or scholarly
study, and our university has taken
its place as the go-to institution
when members of the media need
clarification on topics of the day.
UBC has become one of Canada's
universities of record.
As UBC advances from being a strong regional university to one of
the most influential research institutions in the world, all of us - alumni,
students, faculty, staff and members of the general community - benefit
by association. Our degrees increase in value and prestige as our university
grows in stature.
UBC's success also has a major impact on our provincial economy.
News about companies spun off from discoveries and inventions made
on campus has become almost commonplace; expansion of UBC's
physical plant has generated thousands of newjobs in the community;
and our alumni, trained to take on the challenges and opportunities
that face our world, are making an ever-increasing contribution to our
country's economic, social and culture fabric.
As alumni, we have a responsibility to be enthusiastic advocates of
UBC's success. We all know the value and impact that our education
has had in our lives. Therefore, in our day-to-day lives or in our travels
abroad for work or pleasure, we have an opportunity to let others
know we are lifelong members of one of the world's top universities.
We can also be sure that governments at all levels know UBC's value
by communicating regularly with MPs, MLAs and local councillors
about the university's successes, and also its needs.
At the same time, it is important to recognize government when it
does respond to the needs and challenges of higher education. The
federal government has recently announced increases in funding for
Canada's research councils and has established new scholarships and
research chairs (see Stephen Toope's column, page 9 for details) to
encourage advanced research at Canadian universities. This kind of
investment by government signals an understanding of the importance
of universities like UBC, and encourages us all to continue our support
- including our time, talent and treasure - of higher education.
To learn more about our advocacy program at UBC Alumni Affairs,
call our offices at 604.822.331 3.
Favourite Places
Marie Earl, Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs; Executive Director, UBC Alumni Association
Pedaling along Spanish Banks en
route to my Cecil Green Park House
office on UBC's Point Grey campus
this morning, I revel in the early
morning quiet and the glorious
sea and mountain landscape. I'm
reminded of writerWallace Stegner's
"Wilderness Letter," in which he
describes the salutary effect of wild
places as "reassuring ourselves of
our sanity as creatures, a part of the
geography of hope." And I'm reminded of UBC alumni, so many of whom
offer up the physical beauty of the place first among fond memories.
Of course, landmarks as well as landscapes shape our UBC experiences.
We polled alumni to learn just which spots on campus had been most
important to alumni throughout the ages. As part of UBC's centenary
celebration, we've launched a "Dial and Discover" tour using mobile
muse technology to allow you to experience the UBC Vancouver
campus anew. Signposts at fifteen locations around campus display
archival photographs. Using your cell phone, you can listen to local
entertainer Jane Mortifee, BA'75, describe the "then" and the "now"
of the given venue. The fun- and fact-filled narratives can be accessed via
the Alumni Affairs website - www.alumni.ubc.ca/100/-or downloaded
onto an MP3 player as well.
The archival audio clips of a spirited student protest speech and
faculty rebuttal during the Jerry Rubin-inspired, October 24, 1968
takeover of the Faculty Club make that stop my personal favorite.
That day, Rubin spoke to a crowd of more than 1,000 students and
encouraged them to "cast off the shackles of society" and to question
authority, particularly that of the university. At the end of his speech he
said, "Is there any one place on campus that needs liberating?" A group
of students from the crowd yelled, "The Faculty Club," and the rebellion
known as the 1968 sit-in was underway. The crowd then proceeded to
the Club where they raided the kitchen and liquor cabinet, smoked
their cigarettes and skinny-dipped in the patio pool. Be sure to bring
your cell phone for your next campus visit to hear more.
We hope you'll make a point of dropping by during our UBC
Homecoming festivities September 6th to watch the UBC/University
of Alberta football game and check out a stop or two. But the tour
will be live throughout 2008 and you are always welcome back to
"Dial and Discover."
Summer 2008    Trek    13 inOCUlar/eSS in Galapagos
From the Galapagos to
Galway, UBC's Alumni
Travel program offers a
range of trips. This past
winter Chris Harley,
assistant professor in
UB C's department of
Zoology, was a study
leader on a UB C alumni
trip to the Galapagos.
Read his focused
account here.
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/rewards/travel.php
to start planning your 2009 travels.
There is an unwritten rule that field biologists
are required to own a fancy pair of binoculars.
I have such a pair, but I rarely use them because
they are bulky and I'm always worried that
I'll drop them off a cliff or into a tidepool.
However, it seemed like a trip to the Galapagos
Islands was about as good of a reason as I'd
ever have to bring the big binoculars along.
As it turns out, I never used them. There
was more danger of tripping over the iguanas
and sea lions lounging on the paths than there
was of not seeing something because it was
too far away.
This visit to the Galapagos was the second
leg on a UBC alumni trip through Ecuador.
My wife Christina was the trip's alumni host,
and I was asked to put my training as an
ecologist to use as the study leader. The trip
began in the city of Quito high in the Andes.
Quito has a very European feel, complete with
cobble-stone plazas, gothic style churches, and
gourmet restaurants. Still, the city is distinctly
South American, with markets full of colorful
Giant tortoise
blankets and local art. From Quito, we also
explored some of the smaller surrounding
towns, including Otavalo where natural dyes
are still used in making fine wool textiles.
From Quito we flew west along the equator
until we reached the Galapagos Archipelago.
The small size and remoteness of these islands
makes them a crucible of evolution, and many
of Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution began
to emerge after his visit there. The group of
finches that bear his name are now one of the
most famous examples of speciation. Beginning
with a small group of birds blown west from
South America, there are now more than a
dozen finch species, each with a beak specialized for a specific task. One species of Darwin's
finch has evolved a large beak to crack large
seeds, another has a small beak to more nimbly
handle small seeds, and yet another fulfills the
role of a woodpecker by using cactus spines
to dig insects out of wood. We now know
that the evolution can even be witnessed over
the course of only a few generations, with
14    Trek    Summer 2008 tropical cave
larger beaks becoming more common in dry
years, when only large seeds are available, and
smaller beaks becoming more common during
wet years which produce copious quantities
of small seeds. To my nerdy delight, it was
Darwin's finches that first greeted us when we
got off the plane. Apparently, their beaks are
also suitable for cleaning up the crumbs in the
airport's open-air dining area.
We spent our first day in the archipelago on
the island of Santa Cruz. We drove from the
very dry, cactus-filled lowlands on the north
side of the island up to the lush highlands for
lunch. We then continued on to the southern
shore where we spent the afternoon at the
Charles Darwin Research Station, which
features wildlife and interpretive exhibits. Just
before sunset, we embarked on the m/v Santa
Cruz, the boat that would be our home for the
next four nights.
Our itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz involved morning and afternoon stops at several
different islands. To get ashore we would take
a panga (a smaller inflatable boat) for either a
dry landing (as in stepping onto a dock) or a
wet one (as in jumping into knee deep surf). I
was impressed at how easy the crew made it
for travelers of all ages to navigate their way
ashore. Once on land, we were accompanied by
professional naturalists - as is required for all
tourist travel through the Galapagos - whose
knowledge greatly enhanced the experience.
My favourite stops usually involved snorkel-
ing. The Galapagos are unique among tropical
shores because they intercept a cold-water,
sub-surface current that flows along the equator. This current helps bring cool, nutrient rich
waters to the surface, which turbo-charges the
food chain. The abundant food helps feed some
of the more charismatic residents: the sea lions,
marine iguanas, and penguins. Snorkeling with
all of those animals at the same time was the
treat of a lifetime, but there were also colourful fish, pencil urchins, and the aptly-named
chocolate chip seastars to keep us entertained.
Of course, we spent most of our time above
the surface of the water. On one island, we
walked along the shore with nimble Sally
Lightfoot crabs and seemingly lazy marine
iguanas and sea lions. On another, we visited
a conservation park for giant tortoises. On a
third, we explored a seabird breeding colony in
which we walked within a few meters of frigate
birds and blue-footed boobies, the former
showing off their bright red throat sacs, and
the latter engaging in their absurd, check-out-
my-feet mating dances.
On the last day, we said goodbye to the
Galapagos and flew to the coastal city of
Guayaquil. After a few hours of exploring the
waterfront and the historic part of town, the
group parted ways. Some lucky souls went on
to further adventures in Machu Picchu, while
the rest of us returned to Canada to unpack
our unused binoculars.
Chris Harley is an assistant professor in UBC's
department of Zoology. His wife, Christina, is the
Senior Events Manager with UBC Alumni Affairs.
Summer 2008    Trek    15 when i
David Crawley ba'39
David Crawley has lived in Los Angeles since
1960. Starting with The Ubyssey and The
Totem (the former university year book), he has
spent a lifetime in the field of communications.
Back in 193 5 there was not much nearby
choice other than UBC. Besides, the reputation
of UBC was excellent, and pretty well equaled
that of its eastern rivals, McGill, Toronto and
Queens. Assuming equal quality, the saving in
transportation, housing, etc. was substantial.
I lived at home, in Point Grey. I can not remember
if my parents bought or rented, but the locality
was chosen because of its proximity to the
university. Besides, just down the hill was the
Beach. Transportation was convenient - bus to
school and street-cars elsewhere. Not many
students had cars.
My social life on and off campus was heavily
centered in the fraternity (Zeta Psi). We had
our 'own' table in the student cafeteria and the
fraternity house was close to my home. My
campus life also centered around the publications office (The Pub) and off-campus socializing in the Georgia Hotel beer parlor.
Two professors stand out - Sedgwick and
Freddy Wood. I remember the professors more
than their subjects.
We were unencumbered compared to contemporary students - not even today's ubiquitous
backpack and certainly no cell-phones or other
Most of David's UBC memories revolve
around the Publications Office. For The
Ubyssey's 70th anniversary issue in 1988, he
penned the following article recalling some of
his fellow newshounds, and the "questioning
irreverence" they developed as fledgling writers
for The Ubyssey:
Heroes of the Golden Age
OCTOBER 5, 1988, PG. 9
My involvement with The Ubyssey and the
Publications Board doesn't go back 70 years.
But it does go back half a century. Exactly 50
years ago I was named editor of the 1938
Totem, at that time the UBC student year
book. When I look at the photographs in The
Ubyssey section of my falling-apart copy of
that ancient volume, I realize how deceptive
they are. We all, men and women, look so
serious, so conventional. Almost without exception, the men are wearing jackets and ties, even
three-piece suits. The women appear equally
formal, equally buttoned-up. It isn't that we
had dressed up to have our pictures taken.
That's how we dressed, every day. Without a
second thought, we conformed to the dress
code of the period. But that's just about the
only manner in which we did conform. And
most of us were less than serious about our
studies or our futures.
What we did find important was The
Ubyssey and its tireless effort to deflate
pomposity and authority. With an unquenchable sense of humor, the paper's columnists
parodied B C government officials, Vancouver
dignitaries and corporate benefactors (of
whom there were very few!). The attacks,
however, were not very dangerous. Our idea of
humor was derived from the Marx Brothers.
We relished yarns about strangely hooded
figures resembling leading officials of the UB C
administration caught rifling the cafeteria
cashbox. Thinly-disguised villains, bearing
names suggestive of prominent deans, were the
material for innumerable columns. Today's
young people, inured to Eddie Murphy and
Robin Williams, would label our attempts at
satire hopelessly childish. But in those days
Vancouver was far from the mainstream. We
16    Trek    Summer 2008 From street-cars to the SkyTrain, from bobby socks to
nose-piercing, from chaperoned dances to Arts County
Fair - how has the student experience changed over the
decades? We asked alumni from different eras at UBC
to tell us what it was like for them.
were a distant, simple culture, just recovering
from the trauma of the Great Depression. The
excitement and economic hype of World War II
was yet to come. The social revolution of the
'60s was not only unthinkable, but more than a
generation in the future. In an environment
dominated by uncertainty, bleak economics,
unemployment, and depression level wages,
The Ubyssey's columns were a message from
another, less somber world. These were not
times of investment bankers, corporate lawyers,
superstars, or front-page athletes. Careers after
graduation were as dubious as they had been
for our fathers before us. But at least around
The Pub (as The Ubyssey office was known)
there was room for fantasy and time for play. It
was a crazy way to prepare for life, but
amazingly, it seemed to work out. So powerful
were The Ubyssey's subtle teachings that most
who graduated from those pages stayed
successfully in journalism, making full use of
the questioning irreverence they learned on
campus. Some became national figures in Canadian communications - Norman DePoe, for
example, in TV, ]im Beveridee in film, Zoe
Browne-Clayton in print. Many others stayed
in or near the business: Reg Jessup, Dick Elson,
Norman Hacking, Frank Perry, Jim Macfarlane,
and, I am sure, others of whom I have lost
track. Three whose lives were cut short I would
like to especially recall. Dorwin Baird, the
consummate professional (in the 1938 Totem
he is the only one in shirtsleeves, cigarette in
hand, bent over a typewriter), Ken Grant, with
his uncanny insight into the psyche of BC's
loggers and fishermen, and Norman DePoe.
Dorwin made an immense contribution to the
evolution of radio news, and Ken, had his life
taken a different turn, might have been a
Canadian StudsTerkel. These two need to be
remembered; Norman cannot be forgotten, his
life burned out at the culmination of a
spectacular career.
I am glad I had a chance to know and work
with all three.
Charlotte Warren bcom'58
Charlotte is now happily retired and lives a
life of travel and volunteer work. After
graduating in 1958, she spent nearly a year
with Canadian Pacific Airlines, two terms
teaching business at the National College of
Food Technology in London, a year at the
University of London Institute of Education,
seven years teaching with the Vancouver
School Board, eight years in the travel business,
and 20 years with the federal government's
Department of Transport. Her current project
is helping organize a SOth anniversary reunion
in Kelowna (Junel 8-20) for fellow members of
the Commerce class of 1958.
When I graduated from high school in June
1953,1 was not really keen on going to
university. However my job as summer relief at
the csr (Central Supply Room) at the Vancouver General Hospital folding sheets, towels,
gowns and various other linens - standing all
day - convinced me that there must be a better
way to make a living and that could only come
through education. Besides my pals were nearly
all going to UBC.
I suppose you could say that I had a silver
spoon in my mouth! I stayed at my parents
home five minutes walk from the Campus - in
the first home occupied on the University
Endowment Lands in 1925. It was built as a
wedding present for Prof, and Mrs. Freddy
Wood and sold to my parents in June 1939.
The social scene was one of chaperoned dances
(Frosh, Homecoming etc.), activities such as
Frosh Week, Varsity Revue (a 12-act Blue and
Gold satire), Clubs' Day, Blood Drive, Mardi
Gras, the Engineers Ball and the Tri-Service Ball
to name a very few. Personal entertainment for
me was sports (badminton and field hockey)
and joining the rcaf urtp (University Reserve
Training Plan). In further years these activities
Summer 2008    Trek    17 We set off in
"bobby socks,"
saddle shoes or
loafers, skirts,
crisp blouses or
sweaters and
usually long
led me to two years on the Student Council and
my summer months posted to Ontario, Quebec
and France.
My favourite class was Transportation given by
Donald K. Bell. It led me to a life-long interest
in "moving people and machines."
We set off in "bobby socks,"saddle shoes or
loafers, skirts (never even dared contemplate
slacks!!), crisp blouses or sweaters and usually
long raincoats (as opposed to jackets). The men
usually wore ties and neatly pressed trousers.
Our equipment included a stack of texts piled
on a binder, inside of which were pens, a ruler,
and an eraser.
I "hung out" in either the Common Room
(most of the time one could barely see across it
for cigarette smoke!) or the Women's Athletic
Directorate Office - both in the "Women's
Gym" (on the site of where the Buchanan
Building now stands) or the Armories. I usually
walked home for lunch so didn't really have
much time to hang out as such.
During Frosh Week in September 1953,
freshmen were obliged to do chores!! For me
and a lot of my friends, ours was to grab a
bucket and hand pick up stones, rocks, and
pebbles from the newly created cricket and
hockey field immediately to the east of Brock
Hall. In part, because of our efforts, the
ultimate reward was to help produce one of the
two best pitches in the Lower Mainland - flat
and well drained. In the mid-sixties it was so
good and playable that the University in its
wisdom decided to build the Gage Towers on it!!
Nasir Jaffer md'75
Nasir lives in Toronto with wife Naaz, a family
Physician. They have two children: Son
Hussein, who graduated from McGill University this year, and daughter Zahra, who is
studying Medicine at St. Andrews in Scotland.
Nasir was an interventional radiologist for 24
years and now performs Abdominal Imaging at
the Joint Mount Sinai Hospital/University
Health Network/Women's College Hospital. He
is also an associate professor at the University
ofToronto in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Imaging. He has enjoyed
teaching medical students and residents and has
received six awards for excellence in teaching.
Nasir has volunteered teaching radiology to
residents and physicians in East Africa, and at
Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, over
the past 14 years in person and via internet. He
has developed a love of hiking and climbing
mountains whilst raising funds for charity. He
climbed to the Kilimanjaro Summit this January.
It was UBC that picked me. I was one of many
the fortunate Ugandan refugee medical students
that Canada accepted in 1972 to complete their
studies in Canada, being admitted as a second
year medical student.
Having arrived in November 1972,1 stayed on
campus for six months at the Salish House
Totem Pole residence. Then I shared an
apartment near Vancouver General Hospital.
My time at the Salish House was a memorable
one. I was on the sixth floor, oblivious to the
notoriety of the NAD Gang that haunted the
floor with their antics of gently terrorizing
anyone who had a birthday - by messing with
them, and sending them off to be washed at the
girls' residence before being brought back. I
was spared the agony. I vividly remember
eating the same old food for breakfast, taking
bag lunches (dry beef sandwiches in a brown
paper bag) with me for later on. The campus
life was wonderful. I loved the bus ride back
from hospital to campus, walking at night to
the residence and enjoying the breeze from the
ocean (my room faced Wreck Beach).
We watched hockey games, especially during the
playoffs. There were parties held during weekends,
and we would also spend time in Gastown
munching on cheap smorgasbord meals or
Hungarian pizzas, which were really spicy.
My favourite class, held at Vancouver General
Hospital, was Second Year Pathology with Dr.
David Hardwick. His gregarious smile upon
entering class wearing a colourful bowtie, and
his constantly bright peering eyes keeping us all
attentive, made my day then. His class was
never boring.
I carried a briefcase with notebooks and a
pencil case (containing eraser, sharpener,
pencils/pens etc.) with which I constantly wrote
notes and drew diagrams. They were sometimes
half-baked, requiring us to compare notes with
classmates later, or go to the library and read
the text books. I had to walk to the library and
find or ask the librarian for the best text book/
article using the large Medline search books.
Carrying text books home sometimes was a
challenge, especially on buses. During my move
to Dalhousie University for an internship, my
I carried a
briefcase with
notebooks and
a pencil case
with which I
constantly wrote
notes and drew
18    Trek    Summer 2008 roommate Alnoor HK and I decided to split
our belongings. We shared medical text books,
so I took the orthopedic and clinical methods
ones and he the others.
During my time in the residence we hung out at
the Student Union Building cafeteria, and the
hockey arena watching varsity games. We also
played squash.
I spent my first Christmas in 1972, when a
family doctor invited me to spend a cosy and
wonderful weekend with his family of six
children. They took me to a midnight mass at
their church, where a band played merry tunes
and I remember watching midnight mass from
the church balcony, having hot cider upon our
return, and waking up to snowflakes on the
ground the next morning to open my first
Christmas gift. I remember getting a couple of
candies, a few notebooks and novels, and some
stationary - a valuable educational tools for the
then generation. I had the opportunity to eat
my first Christmas turkey dinner with a family
that felt like mine.
Patty Lai ba'04
Patty recently moved to Toronto and is working
at a mid-size advertising agency. Despite her
efforts to hate Toronto, she's actually falling in
love with the city.
I would love to say that after intense research
of post-secondary education, UBC was the
ultimate choice for me. But honestly, there were
not a lot of options for a girl who grew up with
a fairly traditional Chinese family. For my
parents, going to university is the only
acceptable option. And for mom and dad, the
word "university" holds prestige. They did not
know of any other way. College? No. Trade
school? No. And who the heck is Simon Fraser
and why does he have a university? No. But the
University of British Columbia... That, they
thought, is something to brag to their friends
about. Having said that, I have to admit that I
am always proud to say that I am a UBC
alumna. I have never cringed nor apologized
when interviewers have asked where I did my
I always had a
notebook, a pen,
my cell phone
and my MP3
player, which I
later upgraded
to an iPod nano,
for the long bus
ride to and
from school.
schooling. And their usual response is a couple
small nods of approval.
Cringe. I lived at home. I grew up in suburbia
Richmond which is a 30 minute drive and a 50
minute bus ride to UBC so it was not necessary
for me to move on to campus. Don't get me
wrong, I would have loved to live on campus,
or better yet, lived near campus but minus the
communal bathrooms. The problem of living at
home was the lack of effort I made to meet new
friends or join extra curricular activities. I lived
in my comfortable little bubble where I woke
up in the same bed I had been waking up in for
17 years. I had cable television, high speed
internet, a stocked fridge, and I still had my
friends from high school who lived five minutes
away from me. I never bothered to look for new
friends. I'm not saying that I was completely
anti-social. I made friends in all my classes but
I never considered them as anything more than
a classroom buddy. The funny thing was, it was
after I graduated from UBC that I moved close
to campus. I do wish I had lived on campus,
there is always something happening there. But
hey, I avoided catching pink eye and I never
had to wear flip-flops in the shower.
All year long, there was one event that every
student looked forward to and it did not matter
whether you lived on campus or off campus.
That event was called Arts County Fair. It was
amazing. Always held on the last day of class, it
drew in thousands of students, v had a couple
of decent bands, and always had an abundance
of beer (bzzr) and cider. During the school year,
there was always the Pit. No one wanted to go
there but there was the lack of options
available on campus. If I were feeling ambitious, I'd wander down Broadway and hang
out at The Fringe. And once in a while, we
would attend one of many house parties near
the UBC area. With nicknames like "The Dirty
House" or "Superpad," these houses usually
housed about 5 to 10 students and were only
bearable to be in at night...in the dark...when
you don't notice the other smaller habitants
that also shared the kitchen and bathrooms.
My favourite class was a Chaucer Lit course I
took in third year. I have forgotten the name of
my professor but he was amazing. He was
completely passionate about what he was
teaching. Our syllabus for that course included
reading the Princess Bride, listening to Chaucer
rap songs, and of course, in depth discussion of
the Canterbury Tales. I learned a lot in that
class and it kept my interest even after months
of sitting through lectures and study groups.
That was definitely my favorite course...that is,
if you don't count that philosophy class I had
in 4th year with an extremely attractive prof.
He shall remain anonymous. I never missed a
day in that class. OK, maybe THAT was my
favorite class. It's really a tough call.
I always had a notebook, a pen, my cell phone
and my MP3 player, which I later upgraded to
an iPod nano, for the long bus ride to and from
school. I spent at least half of my college years
in sweats. No umbrella, even though it was
raining half the time.
For the first couple of years, I would spend my
lunch hour with my friends in the "womb"
which is the swimming pool or the sub. Other
than that, I rarely hung out on campus outside
of classes. When I was finished with my
lectures, I'd rushed home as soon as I could.
Summer 2008    Trek    19 The Show Runner
Breaking into the ranks of tv's Hollywood hit-makers
seems an impossible task from above the 49™.
The brains behind Bones, Hart Hanson, MFA'87,
makes it look easy.
American comedian Gilda Radner compared
Los Angeles to a coal town. The whole place is
geared to the needs of one industry. Everyone
either digs coal, works to support the coal
diggers or is waiting for an opportunity to do
one or the other.
As I started my week in Los Angeles, that
observation came to life. The guy who drove
the shuttle between lax and the car rental,
Danny, was in his late 50s, totally buff, spiky
grey hair, tight black jeans, short-sleeved shirt
with the sleeves rolled up a couple of notches,
and a sparkle in his eye for every person
boarding the bus.
"Hi, how are you today? Lemme put those
bags up for ya. First time in LA?"
You never know who the next big break will
come from.
I have come to LA with my nephew, and we
are here for two reasons: to learn how to sell
our screenplays (or, at least, how to get them
read by someone, anyone) and for me to
interview Hart Hanson, MFA'87. He and I were
classmates in the Masters of Fine Arts, Creative
Writing program. He has become a significant
player in this little coal town.
Our itinerary in Los Angeles has been set by
the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, an
odd little institution that has been operating
since the 1970s (see Four Pots of Gold, page
23). So we travel all over town to talk to agents
and managers of all sorts, from the big agencies
to the little independents. Ultimately, we learn
that there's no easy answer to the question of
how to sell a script, but we come away, a week
later, with one extremely important piece of
advice: Get an agent. Close analysis of that
advice, however, brings one back to the
beginning of the riddle. Without a sold script,
it's nearly impossible to interest an agent in
your work and the aspiring screenwriter,
pondering his options over a couple of glasses
of bar scotch at the Hopeful Hotel, understands
again Heller's wry insight in Catch-22.
But I put that all away on my last day in
town, check out of the hotel, drive my nephew
to the airport, then make my way to Century
City and Fox Studios to interview Hart
Hanson. He is the creator, executive producer
and the show runner for the popular TV series,
Bones, about a forensic anthropologist based in
a backwards sort of way on the characters
created by novelist Kathy Reichs. The main
difference is that Kathy Reichs produces novels
about the fictional forensic anthropologist,
Temperance Brennan. In Bones, forensic
anthropologist Temperance Brennan produces
novels about a character named Kathy Reichs.
Hey! This is Hollywood.
You enter 20™ Century Fox Studios just like
people have been doing since forever: you drive
up to a gate and a guard stops you. You give
him your name and who you're going to visit,
and he looks on a clipboard. "Yes sir, Mr.
Petty," he says, giving me a map. "Go straight
ahead to the parking garage. Mr. Hanson will
meet you in the News Cafe." I drive forward,
leaving behind the hum-drum world of Los
Angeles and enter the real magic kingdom. If
LA is a coal town, this is two miles down the
shaft where the vein is richest.
I'm a bit early, so I wander around a while,
20    Trek    Summer 2008 David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones
trying to look arty and part of the scene. It's
like a small town all to itself: streets, buildings,
little parks and benches to relax in, flowers,
hedges and people going from here to there,
some on cell phones, one pushing a wardrobe
dolly and a couple of guys in a converted golf cart
transporting a very large ape head. I don't ask.
I come across the News Cafe quite by
accident, and, right on time, go inside. It
doesn't look at all like the commissaries I've
seen in movies, and aside from two tables of
extremely glamorous young men and women,
the place is empty. As I ponder my options, the
door behind me whooshes open and Hart
Hanson comes in at speed. He doesn't look
much different from the guy I last saw 20 years
ago, and although he claims to have put on 25
pounds, I can't see it, and the bugger hasn't lost
a strand of hair.
I remember Hart during our MFA days as
being pleasant, funny, plain-spoken and a great
writer. He was a year behind me, so we didn't
become fast friends, but, even then, I knew he
was a person to watch. He had the passion.
We talk a little about acquaintances from the
program, some who have made a splash in the
literary world, some who have just splashed.
We talk a little about Los Angeles ("It's a very
strange town," he says. "The West Coast of
Canada is supposed to be odd? This town is
really odd.")
But the question I really want to ask him is a
simple one: how did you go from the UBC MFA
program to be the producer of a major TV
show? The answer, of course, is quite complex.
"When I was at grad school," he says,
"everybody was concerned about what they
were going to do afterwards. I had every
intention of becoming a serious novelist, but
my then-girlfriend (and now-wife) got pregnant, and I had to figure out pretty fast how to
earn some money."
Jake Zilber, a screenwriting professor in the
Creative Writing department, helped him get an
internship with the CBC as a script reader
during the last year of his MFA. "After I
graduated, I got a job on The Beachcombers
doing script rewrites, and then on the strength
of that work, I wrote some scripts for Avonlea
and North of Sixty, where I got on staff. In
1995,1 developed the idea for Traders''
During that time he taught Creative Writing
at UBC. "Jake retired and I got his spot. They
were looking for someone with an academic
background but who also had some experience
in the industry. It was a perfect fit."
How did he like being on the other side of
the lectern? "It was lovely. I really enjoyed it,
and had some incredible students. I remember
Anne Fleming, the novelist, particularly. She
was amazing." Anne is currently teaching at
UBC Okanagan.
But when Traders was optioned he quit UBC
and moved to Toronto. Popular here and in the
us, Traders ran from 1996 to 2000 and won a
number of Gemini Awards for Hanson and the
series. He wrote, or had a major hand in
writing, each of the 83 episodes, and was the
series show runner.
A show runner, he explains, is a relatively
recent term. It used to be called "executive
producer," but there are so many producers
Screenshots from Bones, Season 1, Fox TV
Summer 2008    Trek    21 now on TV shows, the term became redundant.
"A show runner is in charge of everything,
from producing the scripts, defining the tone
and dramatic elements of the show, refining the
characters, deciding on a colour palette, the
music, even selecting the actors," he says.
Toward the end of the run, Hanson was
approached by an agent from Los Angeles.
Canadian tax credits, he said, were available to
American syndicated shows that had Canadian
content. "Content" was liberally defined by the
tax laws, and included having a Canadian
show runner.
"I was savvy enough about the business to
know that he was offering me a potload of
money to be the figurehead show runner for
some syndicated us shows, while I sat in a
corner office in LA doing nothing," he says. "I
wasn't into that, but I was into the opportunity
of coming to LA to see if I could make it on my
own. The agent said, 'sure, but you'll just be
another guy with a script in his hands. And
you'll be old.' I was 3 8 at the time. When I left
Canada I was a vunderkind. When I got to LA I
was old and grizzled."
The agent set up a number of meetings for
Hanson, and he got a job as producer on
Cupid, a show that ran for 14 episodes. "It was
an extremely political environment, and there
was a lot of turnover on that show," he says,
but he survived and rose to co-executive
producer by the end of the run. On the strength
of that work and his writing work on Judging
Amy and Joan of Arcadia, he signed with Fox
to develop a series.
"Bones was the fifth pilot I wrote, the second
to get shot and the first to be picked up," he
says. "The idea came from Barry Josephson
who I first met when he was producing a
documentary on Kathy Reichs, who writes
mystery novels about a forensic anthropologist.
We used the premise, but the characters and
situations are much different from the Kathy
Reichs books. We asked her to be a consultant
on the show, to keep us honest about forensics."
"Of course, we cheat like crazy," he says.
"We get instant dna tests done, and sometimes
we stretch reality a bit. But a science magazine
did an accuracy survey of various medical and
forensic TV shows a year or so ago, and we
came out on top. Apparently we're about 70
per cent accurate. I would have guessed closer
to 50 per cent, but at least we beat the
He says one of the big challenges when he
was developing the show was the selection of
the male lead. "Everyone's looking for the guy,
between 30 and 40, who has the scope and
talent to carry a TV show. There's nothing
harder to find. One day early on the head of
the studio called me and asked me if I'd meet
with David Boreanaz. I told him I didn't have
to meet with David, that if he was available I'd
hire him right now. I'd seen enough of him as
Angel on Buffy to know he'd be perfect for the
part, and that I'd tailor the role to his talents."
Bones is going into its fourth season, and he
considers it a success. "It's somewhere between
a hit and a cult hit," he says. "The secondary
characters, the 'squints,' get recognized on the
street, which is a good thing. The show does
well in Canada and overseas, and it's good for
the studio. It's making them tons of money."
I ask him how much of his life is taken up
by Bones. "I work 12 hour days during most
weeks, and I usually have to do some writing
on the weekend, though I try not to let my
family know about it. So I work early in the
morning or late at night. Most of the time I can
do that."
I ask him what's next. He thinks he has
another ten years in the business, but at 49, he
says, he's very old to be doing what he's doing.
He tries to write a feature-length script every
year, and has had a couple optioned, but none
produced. "My agents aren't that enthusiastic
about my feature film writing as they are about
my TV work," he laughs. The latter makes them
far more money than the former would. And,
as he says, as a show runner on TV, he controls
most of the work. As a movie screenwriter, he
wouldn't have any control on the set and he'd
be lucky to be invited to the premier. Writers
are at the lower end of the ladder in the movie
and TV business.
"To be successful in TV you have to be very
fast and very good. You don't have to be excellent, in fact, that can be a disadvantage. But I'd
like to do something in the next ten years that's
truly excellent, not just very good."
So what message does he want to send to
current MFA students?
He has two: first of all, enjoy your time
there. "The MFA program was just amazing. It's
such a great opportunity to learn about writing. Jake Zilber taught a very pedantic, very
useful course in how to structure a dramatic
screenplay. Much better than anything Syd
Field has written."
He also remembers then-department head,
George McWhirter. "With my novel thesis, I
was having a terrible time with the distance
between the narrator and the main character.
George gave me six novels to read. And as I
read the books, I realized he gave me them in
order of the distance the narrator was from
the action of the story, from far away to close
in. He just pulled these books out of his head
to deal with the problem I was having at that
moment. It was amazing. He was like that. It
would be such a tragedy if universities close
these kinds of programs down."
And the second?
"Get an agent."
Like I didn't know that.
22    Trek    Summer 2008 *
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The Four Pots of Gold:
Selling Screenplays in
I write screenplays with my uncle. Every Tuesday
night we talk on the phone for two hours, he in
Vancouver, me in Oakland, California. We
come up with a story, outline scenes, divvy up
who writes what, visit each other once or twice,
laugh a lot and revise a lot until our script is
complete. From fade in to fade out takes
about a year. We've finished four so far. Our
latest, a romantic comedy called Deja Bride, is
studio-ready. We know how to write these
things. What we don't know is how to sell them.
Which is why we flew down to Los Angeles
in mid-April to attend a 3-day "Agent and
Manager Close Encounter Class" hosted by the
Sherwood Oaks Experimental College.
Sherwood Oaks isn't actually a college, but a
business connecting unknown writers with the
Hollywood establishment. The director, Gary
Shusett, a quirky, dynamic insider affectionately
described as "all substance and no style,"
organizes ten events each year. Past classes
included a day at Paramount Studios, round-
table discussions with studio CEOs and vps, and
conversations with film directors and producers. Our event with agents and managers sold
out within days of being advertised.
Twenty writers met with 20 agents and
managers to discuss the business of selling
screenplays. We convened at upscale venues:
Century Plaza in Los Angeles, the Luxe Hotel
on Rodeo Drive, icm's in-house theater,
Camden House in Beverly Hills, and studio
conference rooms in Santa Monica. We met one
or two agents at a time, asked them any
question that came to mind, then submitted a
one-page synopsis of our screenplay for
possible consideration.
The agents we met with varied from hyperactive
and manic to low-key and reflective, but they
all shared a relentless desire to sell.
So what were they looking for?
Todd Hoffman from icm said, "Good
writing. An original voice. Fresh ideas. It's what
everyone's looking for."
Rich Freeman from Paradigm Agency said,
"Good writing and a good story. It's not that
They wanted something new, something
original, the next Juno, the next Crash, the next
Memento. But several agents bemoaned just
how difficult it was to sell unsolicited, noncommissioned screenplays (called spec scripts).
The buyers (production companies and studios)
preferred risking their money on safer bets.
"A large percentage of what they buy is from
other material, novels, comic books, articles,
something that's already there," said Paul Levine,
who specializes in material adapted for the screen.
Best selling novels, super hero comics, Harry
Potter-style franchises and in-house animation
projects were what paid the bills in Hollywood.
Selling an unproven fantasy spec script without
an established audience was "impossible;" a
period piece that hadn't won the Pulitzer Prize,
"impractical;" a western, "nonsense;" a wwn
thriller set in China, "who's watching that?"
The spec script market was a crap shoot with
bad odds, but there was still hope for well-
written screenplays set in present day America
with a hook so clear any five-year-old could
grasp. Something like Zookeeper, a spec script
that had sold for $2 million the week we were
in Los Angeles. Zookeeper is about a group of
animals who break their code of silence to help
a zookeeper get the woman of his dreams by
revealing the secret mating habits of their
species. It's Doctor Dolittle meets Dr. Phil, and
when the agents we met with talked about the
deal there was no irony in their voices. Only envy.
No one asked how good Zookeeper could possibly
be. When the payday is two mil, who cares?
Another agent who represented the estates of
notable literary writers and thinkers sat
slouched in his chair as he described the dark
side of Hollywood, the stolen ideas, the liars,
the cheats, the lack of improvement in his
putting game during the recent writer's strike,
but when asked what projects he currently
represented, his face lit up.
It was a spec script, he said, a comedy that
was just about the funniest thing he'd ever
read. The script was called Asshole Camp,
about a bunch of jerks who report to camp in
order to become better human beings (Anger
Management meets Meatballs). It sounded like
something John Waters might have brain-
stormed 3 5 years ago on a smoke break while
filming Female Trouble. The B-movies of
yesteryear had become the A-deals of today.
Buyers were buying Zookeeper; sellers were
selling Asshole Camp.
The week's final take-away came in the form
of an economics lesson by Paul Levine, who
suggested screenwriters put their screenplays in
the cupboard and turn their stories into novels.
Doing so might potentially turn one pot of gold
into four. It worked liked this: When screenwriters sell a screenplay (one pot of gold), all
rights associated with their script are sold as
well. The screenplay can be turned into a novel,
a play, a poem, a carnival ride, even a dishwasher and the screenwriter gets $0 in return.
Not so with other story forms. If that same
screenplay is first published as a novel (one pot
of gold), the film rights still belong to the
author. If someone buys those film rights (more
gold), buys the screenplay in the cupboard
(more gold), and attaches the novelist as a
producer (more gold), that project has earned
four pots of gold instead of only one.
The conclusion: writing spec scripts is not only
a crap shoot with bad odds, it's a waste of money.
My uncle and I left Los Angeles oddly
inspired. On the one hand, we were right on
track. We had a screenplay in our portfolio
called Grand Dudes, a comedy about two
70-year-old multimillionaires who decide to
conquer the only thing they've never finished:
high school.
On the other hand, we're flipping a coin to
see who writes the novel.
Michael Hagan is a freelance writer and document
manager. He lives in Oakland, CA. His uncle is Chris
Petty, Editor ofTrek Magazine.
Summer 2008    Trek    23 Sarah Dodd Expands
Her Borders
"I like a roadmap," says Sarah Dodd, MFA'07, a
screenwriter for cbc's top-rated investigative
drama The Border, on how she plots her stories.
She also knows when and how to let go.
Dodd is one of a growing number of female
screenwriters, and she handily tackles action,
fantasy and science fiction. The Border, an adult
drama that explores the challenges faced by the
fictional Immigration and Custom's Security
Squad, is Dodd's first prime-time network show.
When I visit her a few days before she leaves
for Toronto to begin The Border's second
season, she has index cards laid out across her
dining room table. Each one outlines a different
step in a scene. The way she works fascinates
me - I'm doing my MFA thesis in fiction,
channeling my experiences in Northern Alberta.
Screenwriting, and its creative ethos, are new.
"Each beat, plot point or emotional
development between characters goes on its
own card," she says. In television, commercial
breaks are also act breaks, and shows follow a
five-act structure. She explains her strategy in
outlining the first new episode she'll bring to
her producers. "What's the opening going to
be? What's the first image? Each card then
becomes a scene. That way I can figure out what
my inciting incident is and where the act breaks
are. Do I have any repeated beats? Are all of
my characters motivated in their actions?"
As we talk, Dodd brings me vanilla tea and
eucalyptus-scented tissues for my spring head
cold. After a screenwriting career that included
a Leo award in young adult science fiction
(Zixx: Level Two), seven nominations for her
short film The Sparkle Lite Motel, and other
TV credits, Dodd returned to UBC to complete
her MFA. She felt intimidated coming back to
academe. It had been more than a decade since
her creative writing and art history degree, and
her studies at the BC Film School.
"I kept wondering, 'how am I going to write
prose? How I am I going to write something
that sounds really articulate?'"
However, the MFA opened her mind to
surprising new forms including the novel and
poetry for children with instructors Steven
Galloway and Allison Acheson, respectively. It's
a common experience in UBC's MFA program,
the oldest in the country, which encourages a
cross-genre approach through options like
non-fiction, screenwriting, stage and radio play,
poetry, fiction and libretto.
"For ten years I'd been working in this really
structured, formal style. When I did the MFA, I
really let that go. When I wrote fiction, I didn't
give myself any structural guidelines whatsoever. I just sat down and started writing."
Dodd has touched on a topic of spirited
debate among MFA students, often over beer
and wine at Koerner's Pub after Wednesday's
non-fiction class. Is it best to map out ideas
beforehand, or just start writing and let the
ideas flow organically? As a student, I'm far
more comfortable with the latter. But when
writing for a TV series like The Border,
structure is key. Writers typically produce
20-25 Page outlines before even producing a
first draft.
"I think it's just a different kind of creativity.
The hard work is figuring out the turning points
of your story. Then it becomes very freeing and
you can sit down and be really creative."
Many MFA candidates are musicians, poets,
and bloggers, and are at varying stages in their
careers. Dodd originally began the MFA to gain
experience to teach writing. Now, she muses on
how interconnected life's paths can be, how one
experience feeds into another.
"I found a lot of the work I was doing in
television already applied to the work I was
doing for my novel in class, in terms of being
able to visualize a scene, being able to show
instead of tell."
Her thesis, a feature-length horror film
entitled Extinction and supervised by Prof.
Peggy Thompson, was selected for the National
Screen Institute Features First program, a
start-up initiative that offers ten months of
training to prepare the film to secure financing.
24    Trek    Summer 2008 The film will be directed by emerging
director Cory Kinney, Dodd's husband and
partner on past projects including Zixx and
The Sparkle Lite Motel. "It would be wonderful to see the cameras roll in the next year and
a half, two years. It's a long process."
What's it like, I wonder, to work with your
life partner on a film project?
"There's always someone keen to talk story,"
says Dodd. "So we'll be out hiking with our
dog, up at Bunsen Lake, in the wilderness, and
it's just natural that we'll start talking about
the look of our movie, because it's set in a
drippy old-growth forest on a remote island."
She breaks out laughing. "But you never really
get away from it. I live in a house with a
director! So I never get a break."
But Dodd is primed to get back to The Border.
The show follows a team of high-profile
investigators, each with his or her own set of
character flaws, as they go about their work.
Dodd says she and the other writers take ideas
from real-life events reported in the media. The
season finale explored how the lead character,
who once failed to stop a political massacre,
grapples with the moral dilemma of exposing a
war criminal living under Canadian protection.
"Immigration seems to be a touchstone
subject. It's in the paper every day. It's one of
the few things all Canadians are affected by in
one way or another."
Recent reviews say The Border has evolved
into a polished, multi-faceted drama. And
Dodd says that while the show broaches topical
subject matter, a gripping storyline is her main
focus. "We all want to create interesting drama
and characters, with lots of action and
excitement. The last thing we want to do is get
on our soapbox and preach."
This year, Dodd will write three episodes
herself as Consulting Producer. This means she
will bank longer hours and shepherd the
episodes she writes through to pre- and
post-production. Her scripts will be work-
shopped by a team of four other writers and a
script coordinator, through what Dodd terms
as lots of creative debate.
"We're all full of ideas about what the
characters should do and what kinds of stories
we want to tell."
A professional TV story session has a lot in
common with an MFA workshop, in the sense
that they're both collaborative. "You read
everybody's material, give notes and rewrite
material that comes in from outside writers.
You're part of the story team."
Screenwriting also offers Dodd a different
and more immediate kind of reward. The time
span from idea to draft to finished script to the
show being on television sets all across the
country is comparatively short. The work
reaches people instantly.
As I wrap my jeans into my rubber boots, I
discover we know many of the same people in
the Creative Writing department, and have
formed similar ideas. It's a language common
to us both, though we write in different genres.
I promise to say hello to Rachelle Delaney, a
mutual friend, MFA grad, and newly published
children's author.
Dodd tells me her experience at UBC opened
her eyes. She hopes to continue to work in both
TV and film, and perhaps find the time to write
a novel. She also credits the program for growth
on a deeper level.
"I have no doubt that my experience there
has influenced me in ways I haven't even
figured out yet."
THE 2008 UBC
George Morfitt, BCom'58
Michael Harcourt, BA'65, LLB'68
Christina Anthony, BCom'97
Abraham Rogatnick
Nabeela Khan
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friends. On Thursday, November 13, 2008 join us in the new Winter Sports Centre at UBC for the
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Nazanin Afshin-Jam, BA'02
Christopher Waltham (UBC Vancouver)
Sharon McCoubrey, PhD'OO (UBC Okanagan)
Jim Taylor, OC LLB'68
UBC International House
Summer 2008    Trek    25 A Jan Aaseth bcom'90 ■ Jamila Abassi ba'96 ■ Mark Abbott basc'97 ■ Faizal Abdullah basc'94 ■ Steven Abramson ba'oo, llb'03 ■ Kabazo Adi mba'ob ■ Kimi Aimetz ba'98 ■ Mary Ainslie llb'91 ■ Geoffrey Ainsworth med res'73
Diane Akelaitis bcom'88- Linda Alexander ba'82,ma'87 ■ Aly Alibhai bcom'87 ■ Fernanda Almeida phd'ob- Donna Anaka bcom'78- Karima Andani llb'93 ■ Chris Anderson ba'07 ■ Nels Anderson msc'07 -Robert Anderson b.c.s.(ics)'06
Carlos Andrade mba'03 ■ Jennifer Archer llb'04 ■ Styles Arden mba'oo ■ Nick Arkle bsf'84 ■ Nicole Arksey bsc'04, msc'07 ■ Linlea Armstrong bsc'94, md'98 ■ Aleysha Arndt ba'oo ■ Trevor Arscott bsca'56 ■ Theresa Arsenault ba'78, llb'81
Yuka Asada bsfn'04 ■ Hannah Askew ba'03 ■ Nigel Aspinall md'92 ■ Scot Atkinson bcom'91,mba'92 ■ Michelle Au ba'04 ■ Michael Audain ba'62, bsw'63, msw'65 ■ Gary August bcom'71 ■ Jonathon Avren bcom'79, llb'80
Susan Aynsley bsc'69, msc'85 ■ Jon Azpiri ba'95 ■ B Paola Baca ba'98 ■ Lauren Bacon bmus'95 ■ Angela Bailey bcom'85 ■ Roger Bailey dmd'84 ■ David Bain ba'79, llb'82 ■ Hub Baker basc'49 ■ Penelope Balakshin ba'79 ■ Richard
Baldwin bsca'56, msca'60 ■ Michelle Ball llb'95 ■ Diane Balzarini ba'99 ■ James Banting bsc'04 ■ Pablo Baranao masc'03 ■ Jennifer Barker ba'97, bed'98 ■ Randall Barker dmd'97 ■ Lorraine Baron bsc'84, ma'92 ■ Catherine Barr ba'95
Susan Barr md'92 ■ Penny Bartel ba'94 ■ Jane Battle bhe'60 ■ Lisa Bayne LLB'95 ■ Ludlow Beamish ba'37 ■ Suzan Beattie llb'78 ■ Daniel Bednar bcom'87 ■ Denise Beerwald bdsc'04 ■ Jennifer Begg llb'oi ■ Claire Belanger bmlsc'90, msc'92
William Bell ba'49, md'54 ■ Tobin Bellamy dmd'98 ■ Amy Belling ba'03 ■ Thomas Berger ba'55, llb'56 ■ Clive Bethel bsc'85, dmd'90 ■ Bev Briscoe bcom'77 ■ Jon Bey bhk'94, bed'95 ■ Charanjeet Bhullar ba'oo ■ Andrew Bibby bcom'80
Heather Biggar bdsc'06 ■ Dawn Binnington ba'80 ■ Sarah Bird llb'04 ■ Susie Biro ba'95 ■ Nancy Black msc'86, dmd'90 ■ Karmen Blackwood ba'91, mba'06 ■ Lawrence Blain ba'69, phd'77 ■ Cairns Blaine dmd'89 ■ Mark Bohn mba'88
Charles Bois llb'96 ■ AJ Bond ba'03 ■ Elizabeth Bong bcom'oi ■ Justin Bonzo ba'01 -John Boone ba'58,md'62 ■ Stacey Boothman llb'99 ■ David Borins ba'96,llb'oo ■ Elizabeth Bosma ba'96,llb'oo ■ Mary Boulangerbasc'87,masc'95
Basil Boulton md'63 ■ Kinji Bourchier ba'96, llb'99 ■ Patricia Bowen bsc (agpJ'80, msc'83 ■ Karen Bradley llb'04 ■ Melanie Bradley llb'03 ■ Ursula Brain ba'02 ■ Byron Braley mba'88 ■ Christopher Brangwin bed'71, ma'73 ■ Mandy
Brar-Kerlann bsc'82, bscp'86 ■ Martin Braverman bsc'74, dmd'78 ■ Stuart Breen ba'95, llb'oo ■ Barbara Breitenmoser bscp'72 ■ Dani Brisbin bsc'82 ■ Graeme Bristol barch'80, masa'92 ■ Gwen Brodsky ■ Joan Brockman llm'82 ■ Brenda
Brown bsw'65 ■ Linda Brown llb'88 ■ Peter Brown ■ Yvonne Brown bed'80, med'83, dip(ed)'91, edd'05 ■ Andrew Brownsword bsc'90 ■ Robert Brun ba'74, llb'77 ■ Susanne Bruneau bdsc'07 ■ Chris Bryant dmd'91 ■ Jeffrey Bryant ba'95,
llb'99 ■ George Bryce ba'77, llb'89 ■ Donald Buchanan ma'04 ■ Melina Buckley phd'02 ■ Eleanor Bueza ba'oo ■ Marja Janeen Bulmer ba'92, llb'97 ■ Holger Burke ba'76, ma'83 ■ Caroline Burns mba'04 ■ Mark Philip Bussanich llb'03 ■
Richard Busse dmd'86 ■ Yolanda Buxton dip(dent hyg)'72 ■ Bruce Bynoe bcom'73, msc'75 ■ C Jennifer Elizabeth Calder ba'95 ■ Brenton Robert Maxwell Cameron mba'06 ■ Joel Anthony Camley llb'02 ■ Steve Cao basc'94 ■ Ken
Carmichael bcom'95 ■ Jane Cartwright llb'81 ■ Geoff Catherwood basc'87 ■ Maureen Ceresney md'97 ■ Joanne Challenger llb'84 ■ Adrian Chan bcom'84 ■ Adrian Chan bcom'84 ■ Canisius Chan basc'oo, masc'03 ■ Danley Chan basc'89
Garret Chan bsc'90, llb'93 ■ Gary Chan ■ Judith Chan bhe'92 ■ Kevin Chan bcom'06 ■ Melody Chan ba'04 ■ Paul Chan ■ Ruby Chan ■ Timothy Chan bsc'99, bsc'02, msc'06 ■ Victoria Chan bsc'03 ■ Elaine Chang ■ Jimmy Chang ba'96
Silvia Chang bsc'90, md'94 ■ Gerald Chaster bsc (agr)'56 ■ Subrata Chattopadhyay phd'86 ■ Becky Chen bmlsc'07 ■ Anthony Cheng md'67 ■ May Cheng ■ Patrick Cheng basc'83 ■ Pinky Cheng ba'99 ■ Jessica Cheung ba'06 ■ Renee
Cheung bsc'06 ■ Francois Chevallier mba'98 ■ Ben Chew md'98 ■ Leslie Chew bsc'93 ■ Derrick Chia bcom'94 ■ Samuel Chiang dmd'74 -Tina Chiao ba'oo ■ Hannah Chiew basc'97 ■ Douglas Chiu ba'01,llb'04 ■ Sidney Chiu ba'02 ■ Jemi
Choi ba'95 ■ Iggy Chong bcom'82 ■ Wayne Chou dmd'79 ■ Faye Chow md'96 ■ Jennifer Chow llb'89 ■ Kenneth Chow dmd'02 ■ Serene Chow ba'05 -Will Chow dmd'02 ■ Stairs Chris mba'96 ■ Gerald Chu dmd'76 ■ Lenny Chu bcom'04
Michelle Chua ba'07, bsc'07 ■ Jason Chuang bcom'97 ■ James Chue bcom'98 ■ Chris Chung dmd'95 ■ Mimi Chung ba'73, ma'75 ■ Crystal Mars msc'06 ■ Gordon Clark ba'62, llb'67 ■ Teresa Clarke bsc'77, md'81 ■ Leslie Clay bsc (agr)'56
Ronald Cliff bcom'49 ■ Russell Clinton bsf'67 ■ Terry Coatta bsc'85, phd'94 ■ Patricia Cochran llb'04 ■ Wesley Coelho msc'05 ■ Jeffrey Coil bsc'81, dmd'85, phd'92 ■ Colm Cole bsc'75, md'79 ■ Lee Colfer msc/dip(periodontic)'oo ■ Beth
Collins bcom'93 ■ Catherine Comben ba'67 ■ Douglas Conn bsf'75, bsc'79, dmd'82 ■ Kerstin Conn dmd'81 ■ John Conroy bpe'68, llb'71 ■ Thelma Cook bed'58 ■ Carla Corbett bsc'06 ■ Christa Cordick llb'04 ■ Margaret Cottle md'78 ■
Lisa Coveney dmd'97 ■ D Geoffrey Cowper llb'80 ■ Kenneth Craig ma'60 ■ Carl Cramer bsc'74, dmd'79, msc'97 ■ Olivia Craster ba'65, bls'71 ■ Dianne Crisp ba'82 ■ Barbara Crocker bhe'83 ■ James Crowe ba'71 ■ Andrea Csiszar bsc'99,
dmd'03 ■ Rosalyn Cua ba'06 ■ Davor Cubranic msc'98, phd'05 ■ James Cupples md'81 ■ Brenda Currie bdsc'04, msc'07 ■ Jordanna Cytrynbaum llb'03 ■ D Marco D'Agostini ba'88 ■ Donald Dalik llb'76 ■ Luan Dang bsc'07 ■ Susan
Daniells ba'72, llb'75 ■ Andrew Davenport ■ Marylee Davies llb'89 ■ Shanti Davies llb'02 ■ Todd Davies bcom'90, llb'93 ■ Danny De Frias llb'oo ■ Darrin DeCosta bcom'97 ■ Marko Dekovic ba'01 ■ Mary Demarinis ma'99 ■ Joelle
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of all alumni who volunteered their time in 2007.
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Dennie MD'02 ■ Susan Derkach bcom'92 ■ Harold Derksen phd'98 ■ Lisa DeSandoli bsc'07 ■ Philip Di Tomaso llb'02 ■ Kathleen Diga bcom'03 ■ Jessica Dill ba'92, mlis'95 ■ Darrah Dilmaghani- Tabriz bsc'04 ■ Nelson Dinn bsc (agr)'93, msc'96
Patrick Doherty llb'87 ■ Christopher Doll ba'86 ■ Martin Donner llb'72 ■ Emil Doridc bpe'83, llb'88 ■ Wanda Dorosz llb'75 ■ Umber Dosanjh BA'02, bed'05 ■ Brent Douglas dmd'99 ■ Heather Dowling dmd'03 ■ D Lynn Doyle md'78
Robyn Driedger-Klassen BMus ■ Matt Drown basc'99 ■ Carolyn Drugge ba'87 ■ David Duke bmus'71 ■ Stephen Duncan BSC02 ■ Kelsey Dundon ba'05 ■ Bill Dunsmore MED'01 ■ Martin Duplessis bsc'76 ■ Caylib Durand bsc'03
Kia Anne Duthie bsc'05 ■ E Catherine Ebbehoj bsn'75, msn'99 ■ Jim Eccott bcom'55 ■ Richard Edgar llb'83 ■ Morna Edmundson bmus'81 ■ Greg Eidsness ba'06 ■ Karyn Eisler ma'97, phd'04 ■ Kate Eliot ba'80 ■ Robin Elliot bcom'65
Ingrid Emanuels bsc'76, dmd'80- Heidi Ernest Eaves ba'94- Martin Ertl bsc'93 ■ David Eto bsc(agr)'85- Harold Etter mba'93 ■ Brian Evans llb'82 -William Everett llb'71 ■ Daniel Ezekiel med res 1991 ■ F James Fam basc'99, meng'06
Mark Fancourt-Smith llb'02 ■ Christopher Farley bed'06 ■ Michael Feder ba'oo, llb'03 ■ Brenda Fedoruk bmus'84 ■ Anna Feglerska llb'97 ■ Wenlu Feng bcom'06 ■ Rita Fenn BA'01, dip(ed)'02 ■ Lesley Fettes bsf'02 ■ Barbara Findlay ma'73, llb'76
Joseph Finkler med res 1992 ■ Erin Fisher bmus'07 ■ Ian Fisher bsc'92, ba'96, ma'98 ■ Lisa Fisher ba'94 ■ Bruce Fleming bsc'73, md'78, med res 1991 ■ Paul Fletcher bcom'88 ■ Jacqueline Flett llb'04 ■ Ryan Flewelling ba'99 ■ Catherine Folk ba'79
Ann Fong ba'91 ■ Charmaine Fong dmd'93 ■ Raymond Fong bsc'85, dmd'89 ■ Jason Ford md'96 ■ Olivia Ford ba'92 ■ Michael Foreman bsc'79, ma'83, phd'88 ■ Joanne Fox ■ Arlene Francis bfa'76, llb'80 ■ Jennifer Francis llb'oo
Chevallier Francois mba'98 ■ Raya Fransila edd'89- James Fraser ba'78, ma'79, llb'83 ■ Marni Fraser ba'92 -Sonia Fraser ba'80 ■ John Fredrickson BA'53, MD'57 ■ Robert Frid bhk'94-Vera Davis md'69,medres'91 -Anna Fung ba'81, llb'84
G Paul Galbraith med res'90 ■ Arun Garg md'77, med res'91 ■ Lau Gary mba'06 ■ Sharon Geraghty llb'86 -Ellen Gerber llb'78 ■ Aleeza Gerstein msc'06 ■ Mark Gervin llb'98 ■ David Gibson bsc (agr)'so ■ Robert Wendell George Gillen llb'73
Deanna Christine Gilmore ba'98 ■ Joan Gish ba'58 ■ Daniel Gleadle llb'78 ■ Walter Goerzen bsc (agr)'68 ■ Ian Goldman llb'92, ma'oo ■ Lon Goodale bsc(agr)'56 ■ Dana Goodfellow llb'99 ■ David Goodison BA'01 ■ Marta Goodwin med '95
Bob Gothong bcom'77 ■ James Goulden llb'92 ■ Alexander Goumeniouk bsc'83, md'87, med res'91 ■ Paul Gowan ba'85 ■ Patrick Gowdy msc'97, DMD'01 ■ Lauren Grant ba'04 ■ Lisa Grant ba'97 ■ Peter Grantham BA'54, md'58
Catherine Gray med res 2002, md'05 ■ George Gregory llb'80 ■ Morgan Gregory ■ Laura Greig ba'88 ■ Kerry Grieve llb'90 ■ Stefan Grzybowski MD'79, med res'91 ■ Aderita Guerreiro ba'77 ■ Silke Gumplinger dmd'03 ■ Harold Gunn bsc'77, md'81
Aditi Gupta mlis'04 ■ Rishi Gupta masc'02 ■ H Kristen Haakons bsc'07 ■ Michele Haapamaki ba'98, ma'03 ■ Ashkan Hafezi bsc'94, dmd'oo ■ Christopher Hall llm'95 ■ Nichola Hall ba'89, ma'92 ■ Michael Hambrook ba'90
Sara Hamidi bsc'94, msc'97, dmd'01 ■ Henry Han BA'02 ■ Henry Han BA'02 ■ Rory Hansen bsc'06 ■ Michael Harcourt ba'65, llb'68, lld'07 ■ Theresa Harding ba'99, ma'04 ■ David Hardwick MD'57, LLD'01 ■ Matt Harper basc'oo
Gregory Harrington BA'75, MD'79, med res'91 ■ Jessica Harris ba'98 ■ Paul Harris bscp'77 ■ Reginald Harris llb'97 ■ Philip Harrison barc'65 ■ Ingrid Hartmann ba'96 ■ Calvin Hass basc'98 ■ Michelle Hassen ba'04 ■ Gwen Haworth mfa'07
Donald Hedges md'83 ■ Kristin Helgason ba'94 ■ Hugh Hemphill basc'84 ■ John Henderson bcom'77 ■ Mary Henley BA'02 ■ Timothy Henschel ba'90 ■ Thomas Heppner bmus'79, lld'97 ■ Alexandra Herbertson dmd'90 ■ Nicola Hill ba'97
Andrea Hilland ba'99, llb'02 ■ Raquel Hirsch ba'80, mba'83 ■ Virgil Hlus llb'94 ■ Steve Hnatiuk ba;89 ■ Annie Ho bcom'91 ■ Anthony Ho bsc'94 ■ Esther Ho bcom'98 ■ Eugene Ho bcom'93 ■ Joseph Ho ba'94 ■ Wendy Ho ■ Jacquelyn
Hoffman-Zehner bcom'88 ■ Laszlo Hollander BSC02 ■ Zsuzsanna Hollander bsc'03, msc'06 ■ Paul Hollands bcom'79 ■ Roderick Holloway ba'68, llb'72 ■ Elliot Hong basc'98 ■ Yulee Hong bcom'07 ■ Allen Hovan dmd'80 ■ Denise How bcom'98
Timothy Howard ba'90, llb'94 ■ Maureen Howe phd'87 ■ Lorna Hruby ba'80, md'84 ■ Ignatius Hsu bcom'oo ■ Loretta Huang bsc'74, dmd'78 ■ Craig Hudson bcom'oo-William Yang ba'98- Olivia Hui bsag'04 ■ Frederick Hume bcom'68
Sandy Hundal bsc'99, dmd'03 ■ Jane Hungerford bed'67 ■ Jason Hunnisett ba'96 -Brian Hunt md'64 ■ Lauren Hunter ba'oo, ma'02, phd'07 ■ Patricia Hunter dmd'83 ■ Douglas Hyndman ba'72 ■ Kyle Hyndman ba'96, llb'99 ■ I Bill Inkster dmd'76
Samantha Ip ba'91, llb'94 ■ Barry Irish md'68, medres'91 ■ David Iwabu basc'97 -J Cathy Jackson ba'99- Louise Jackson ■ Roger Jackson mpe'67 ■ Carole Jacques brr'74 ■ Robert Jacques ba'63 ■ Nicola James bsc'76, md'81 ■ Meghan
Jamieson ba'99 ■ Frances Jang bsc'78, md'83, med res'91 ■ David Janssens bsc (agr)'81, mba'83 ■ M Gail Jarislowsky ba'60 ■ Nelson Jatel bsc'98 ■ Homa Javahery dip(comp sc)'01 ■ James Jiam bcom'94, mba'95 ■ Jerry Jim bcom'86
Ivan Jin bsc (agr)'99 ■ Susan Joe ba'94 ■ Jacob Joh bsc'90 ■ Starkey John ba'78 ■ Melanie Johnson bscp'96 ■ Wendy Johnson BA'01 ■ Craig Jones ■ David Jones bsc'67, md'70 ■ Philip Jones bsc (agr)'49 ■ Russ Jones bcom'76 ■ Dawn
Jung-Doddington bsc'97, DMD'01 ■ K Philomena Kaan msc'95, phd'02 ■ Adi Kabazo mba'05 ■ Catherine Kalke bcom'93, llb'97 ■ Rebecca Kan dip(dent hyg)'80 ■ Nazeem Kanani dmd'96 ■ William Kaplan BA'75, llb'79 ■ Nafeesa Karim ba'04
Karmen Blackwood ba'91,mba'06 ■ Shannon KarnerBSC'07 ■ Gerry Karr md'69 ■ Teiya Kasahara bmus'07 -Alan Edward Keats ba'96, llb'99 ■ Paul Keelan bcom'oo, dip(acc)'04 ■ Kathleen Keilty ba'96, llb'oo ■ Erin Kenny bed'83, dedu'92
John Kerr ba'65 ■ Sharon Kerr bscp'72 ■ Elizabeth Kershaw ba'06 ■ Dean Keyworth mba'oo ■ Raymond Kielmann ba'04 ■ Lindsay Kiloh ba'04 ■ Genny Kim ba'91, llb'95 ■ Jennifer Kim ba'94 ■ Kay Kim bsc'99 ■ Kyong-ae Kim llb'87
Louise Kim BA'01, llb'04 ■ Adrian Kimberley bcom'86 ■ Kathleen Kinchen llb'94 ■ Elisabeth King BA'02 ■ Robert King bmus'70 ■ Sharman King bmus ■ Wendy King ba'91, llb'94 ■ Hugh Kirk bsc (agr)'56 ■ Glenn Kishi bpe'79 ■ Angela
Knopp bsc'05 ■ Christian Koch BASC02 ■ Morley Koffman BA'51, llb'52 ■ Victor Kok ba'99 ■ Morris Kong bcom'06 ■ Sanjit Kooner bsc'03, dmd'05 ■ Gordon Kopelow llb'81 ■ John Korsrud bmus'89 ■ James Kowalchuk bed'79 ■ Frederick
Kozak med res'88 ■ Vladimir Kravtchenko msc'99 ■ Eric Kristiansen bpe'90 ■ Frank Kuelzer bcom'87 ■ Deepak Kumar bsc'03 ■ Cindy Kwan BSC01 ■ David Kwan bcom'oo ■ Nicholas Kwan bhk'99 ■ Anne Kwok ba'82 ■ Ruth Kwok ba'88, bed'92 ■
MarkKwon dmd'97 ■ Mona Kwong bscp'97, MSC02 ■ L Derek Lacroix bpe'71, llb'74 ■ Leo Lai bsc'05 -Wendy Lai bdsc'07 ■ Kim Laing bdsc'04 ■ Rohinee Lai ba'98, ma'03 ■ Miranda Lam llb'02 ■ Phoenix Lam ba'06- Richard Lam ba'97 ■
Sienne Lam ba'07 ■ James Lane BSC'70, md'73 ■ Bonnie Lau bcom'06 ■ Gary Lau ■ Oscric Lau basc'99 ■ Ricky Lau bcom'92 ■ George Laverock bmus'66 ■ Pete Law ■ David Lawson dmd'75 ■ Frances Lawson dip(dent hyg)'71 ■ Sheila
Laycock ba'91, med'07 ■ Jody Leblanc dip(comp sc)'06 ■ Anna Lee msc'87 ■ Bob Lee bcom'56 ■ Carmen Lee BA'01 ■ Carol Lee bcom'81 ■ Christine Lee ba'98 ■ David Lee ■ Gina Lee BA'01 ■ Graham Lee dmd'78 ■ Henry Lee basc'81 ■
Herbert Lee ■ Roderick Lee bfa'07 ■ Sam Lee ■ V Paul Lee bcom'87 ■ Karen Lee-Morlang bmus'98 ■ James Lefort MSC02 ■ Eileen LeGallais bed'78, med'83 ■ David Legg mba'90 ■ Steffen Lehman ba'04 ■ William Lemieux msc'85 ■
26    Trek    Summer 2008 Kit Leong basc'95 ■ Bonnie Lepin llb'87 ■ Angelique Leung bsc'75, dmd'79 ■ Berny Leung bsc'91, bscp'97 ■ Dallas Leung bcom'94 ■ Ingrid Leung bcom'oi ■ Robert Leung bsc'84, dmd'88 ■ Vivian Leung ■ Yomie Leung bsc'oo ■ William Levine ba'63 ■
Amy Levinson bmus'88 ■ Sonia Leziy dip(periodontic)'93 ■ Ge Sheng Li ■ Helen Li BSC02 ■ Kathreen Liao BA'01 ■ Kaye Liao BA'01 ■ Adrian Liem ba'oo, bed'03 ■ Wei Lim (Tian) bsc'06 -Philip Lind ba'66, lld'02 ■ Joyce Ling bsc'80, dmd'84 ■
Maureen Lister bsn'77 ■ Bob Liu mba'03 ■ Iris Liu bsc'06 ■ Li Liu ba'06 ■ Richard Liu bsc'93 ■ Grace Lo ba'99 ■ Jen Lo bcom'04 ■ Patty Lo bcom'oi ■ Queeny Lo nutr'07 ■ Renee Lo bsc'04 -Theresa Lo ba'03 ■ Bradley Lock basc'87 ■ Chris
Lockhart ba'87 ■ Angelina Loo dmd'85 ■ Trudy Loo ba'04, maap'05 ■ Jonathan Lotz bcom'98, llb'oi ■ Bonnie Louie bmus'78, mmus'80 ■ Bev Louis bscp'82 ■ Timothy Louman-Gardiner ba'04, llb'07 ■ Heather Lovelace MSC02 ■ Alan Lowe dmd'72 ■
Sharon Lowe bsn'92 ■ Jocelyn Lu bhk'05 ■ Harvey Lui bsc'83, md'86, med res'91 ■ Catherine Luk basc'06 ■ Terry Lum ba'98 ■ Lindsay Lyster llb'91 ■ Henrik Lyth bpe'72, mpe'86 ■ M Ivan Ma bcom'98 ■ Liza Ma bsc'07 ■ Angus MacDonald ba'04 ■
Kevin MacDonald llb'87 ■ Brian MacKay bcom'85, llb'86 ■ Richard Mackenzie bsc (agr)'56, med'69 ■ David MacLaren ba'94 ■ Patrick MacLeod md'67 ■ Ken MacMillan ba'62, phd'72 ■ Jay Magee ba'97 ■ Kevin Mahon bcom'82 ■ David
Main mba'90 ■ Michael Mak bcom'97 ■ Sunny Mak ba'99, msc'07 ■ Nick Malychuk basc'57 ■ Stephanie Mandni bsc'05 ■ Jas Mander ba'04 ■ Allen Manser bcom'06 ■ Frank Marasa bsc'76, dmd'79 ■ Karen Marotz mls'82 ■ R Justin
Marples bpe'81 ■ Bruce Marshall bsc'88, dmd'92 ■ Anthony Martin bcom'94 ■ Duplessis Martin bsc'76 ■ Karen Martin llb'84 ■ Zlotnik Marty bcom'66, llb'69 ■ Lisa Martz llb'92 ■ Lucy Marzban PHD'01 ■ John Masterson bsc'73, md'77 ■
Maizitun Ya ba'94 ■ Marlon Mate bfa'92 ■ Allan Matheson ba'98 ■ Kosovka Matic-Smyrnis bhe'82, msc'06 ■ Mark Mawhinney ba'94 ■ Heather McColl bsc'99 ■ Lynn McCoubrey phd'oo ■ Mark McCoy bcom'06 ■ Duncan McCue llb'96 ■
Robert McDiarmid ba'72, llb'75 ■ Tammy McDonald bed'96 ■ William McDonald dmd'77, md'82 ■ Allan McEachern BA'49, llb'50, lld'90 ■ Cathy McGregor bsc'75, dmd'80 ■ Dale McGregor ba'85, llb'89 ■ Mariela Mcllwraith ba'98 ■ Jillian
Mclnnis ba'81 ■ David McKenzie BA'01, llb'06 ■ Meaghan Marguerite McKie ba'94 ■ David McLean lld'94 ■ Lianne McLean ba'06 ■ Michael McLenaghan ba'03 ■ Margot McMillan ba'97, llb'04 ■ Evelyn McNee dmd'90 ■ Stephen
McSherry mba'04 -James Meekison ba'61,ma'62 ■ Zain Meghji ba'oo-John Mendes ba'81, llb'84 ■ Kit Leong basc'95 -Shelly Messenger bsc'99-John Metras mba'92 ■ Louis Metzner bscp'67, dmd'72 ■ Prokop Michael mba'94- David
Miles ■ Clayton Miller bsc'oo, bed'01 ■ Robert Miller llb'04 ■ Julie Milligan md'99 ■ Brian Mills ba'86 ■ Cat Mills ba'07 ■ Colin Mills ba'90, ma'94 ■ Debra Millward mls'87 ■ Randall Milner ba'81, llb'84 ■ Donald Milton bsc'90, dmd'94 ■
Sandra Mimic ba'06 ■ Linda Mint bhe'70 ■ Doug Mitchell llb'62 ■ Gregory Mitchell ba'oo ■ Keith Mitchell ■ Kyle Mitchell bcom'65 ■ Paul Mitchell bcom'78, llb'79 ■ Derek Miura llb'90 ■ Austin Mok bcom'oi ■ Kenneth Mok bsc'92, phd'99 ■
Dennis Molnar basc'79 ■ Thomas Moonen dmd'87 ■ Dawn Mooney ba'03 ■ Sarah Morgan-Silvester bcom'82 ■ Jocelyn Morlock mmus'96, dma'02 ■ Michael Mortensen ma'97 ■ David Mossop llb'70 ■ Cam Mowatt BA'75, llb'80 ■ Ted
Mui ba'03 ■ Katarzyna Muldner phd'07 ■ Daniel Mulligan ba'85, llb'88 ■ Karen Munro llb'96 ■ Amanda Murdoch ba'03 ■ Helen Nadel Med res'so ■ N Mike Nader mba'99 ■ Robert Nakagawa bscp'80 ■ Colin Nam bcom'93 ■ Nazanin
Narani msc/dip'01 ■ Philip Narod MD'55 ■ Matthew Nathanson llb'97 ■ David Neave llb'92 ■ Pat (Allan) Neilson basc'47 ■ Bill Nelems med'98 ■ Greg Nelson bsc'78, dmd'83, msc'87 ■ Jennifer Nelson bsn'77 ■ Jody Nelson med'95 ■ Claire
Newell ba'92 ■ Lome Newton BA76 ■ Cecilia Ng dmd'86 ■ Elliot Ng ma'03 ■ Florence Ng bcom'99 ■ Matthew Ng bscp'97, DMD'01 ■ Patrick Ng ba'06 ■ Vincent Ng ba'03 ■ Alan Ngo basc'04 ■ Riska Ngudjiharto bsfn'07 ■ Linda Nguyen llb'04 ■
Rhonda Nicholls ba'77, mls'82 ■ Gene Nimetz basc'57 ■ Daniel Nocente BA76 -Ten Norfolk dmd'92 -Sonja Norman bed'74 ■ Masoumeh Nouri dmd'94, msc'04- Reza Nouri gr'05, de'05 ■ Alan Novakowski basc'71 ■ Hala Nugent ba'05-
Donald Nundal llb'7 1 ■ Colleen Nystedt ba'83 ■ 0 Ed O'Brien basc7o, masc'74, dmd'78- Alison Ogden ba'97, bed'99,med'06- Gina Ogilvie MSC01 ■ Andrew Oh llb'04 ■ Liisa O'Hara ■ Michael 0'KeefeBCOM'64,LLB'65- Kyla Omilusik BSC02 ■
Dianne Ong bcom'95 ■ Sue Ong bcom'05 ■ Philip Orchard ba'99 ■ Fotini Orfanou ba'97 ■ Douglas Ormrod bsc (agr)' 56- Elaine Orpe msc'05 ■ Gabriela Oteiza BA'01 ■ Atila Ozkaplan bhk'ol msc'04- P Asha Padmanabhan ba'05,bed'06-
Jonathan Pagtakhan ba'98- Susan Paish bcom'81 -Jocelyn Palmer llb'87 ■ Pat Parker bcom'68, mba'69 ■ Ben Parkin ba'84, llb'87 ■ Salvinaz Parpia bscp'84 ■ Ryan Parsons llb'03 ■ Hugo Pasarello ba'05 -Sarah Pastrana ba'06- Russell
Patrick ba'67 ■ Stafford-Smith Patrick mba'94 ■ Fletcher Paul bcom'88 ■ Keelan Paul bcom'oo ■ Stewart Paulson bsc (agr)'68, msc7o ■ David Pay bmus'92 ■ Wayne Peace basc'69, dmd'73 ■ Betty (Clarke) Pearson bcom'57 ■ Gary Pearson bcom'81 ■
Marion Pearson bscp'82 ■ Richard Peck BA'71, llb'74 ■ Ali Pejman bcom'94 ■ Alex Penner bsc'77, dmd'85 ■ Michael Peplinski mba'92 ■ Kristine Peterson ba'06 ■ Ryan Philippe bsc'03 ■ Kevin Phillips dmd'87 ■ Peter Phillips ■ David
Plunkett ba'98, llb'oi ■ Tony Pollard basc'49 ■ Muareen (Kennedy) Pople bcom'57 ■ Krista Popowych bhk'95 ■ Cheri Porth dmd'99 ■ Hein Poulus ba'69, llb'72 ■ Gary Powroznik bcom'74 ■ Nicole Pozos basc'96 ■ Devaleena Pradhan bsc'04 ■
Marina Pratchett llb'81 ■ Varshney Praveen bcom'87 ■ Kavitha Premarajah ba'05, bed'06 ■ Emmanuel Prinet ba'97 ■ Deborah Procter bcom'87 ■ Michael Prokop mba'94 ■ Paul Pulver llb'94 ■ Ajay Puri bsc'03, mha'05 ■ Jeffrey Purkis md'82 ■
If you would like to share some of your time We will be happy to help you engage. Please We publish the names of our volunteers as a way
and talent with UBC, please contact us. Give a        visit our website at www.alumni.ubc.ca for of recognizing them for their selflessness and
thought to how much time you have to spare more information on some of the volunteer their dedication. If you do not wish your name
and what passion you wish to pursue. positions available or contact Marisa Iuvancigh to be published in the future, please notify us.
(marisa.iuvancigh@ubc.ca) at 604.822.8917.
Roy Purssell bsc'77, MD'79 ■ Q Sandy Quek bsc'85, dmd'89 ■ Asa Quon bsc'80, dmd'88, mlis'01 ■ R Michael Racich dmd'82 ■ Rob Rainbow dmd'90 ■ Rachana Raizada phd'98 ■ Allan Rajesky bscp'98 ■ Benjamin Rameau bcom'04
Andrew Ramlo ba'95, ma'oo ■ D Peter Ramsay bcom'68, llb'69, llm'97 ■ Parimal. Rana bsc'91,bsc(agr)'94 ■ Lovedeep Randhawa dmd'04 -Todd Rattray llb'oo- Mark Ratzlaff ba'06 ■ ManojkumarRaval md'98 ■ Irfhan Rawji bcom'oo
Elizabeth Reddin llb'04 ■ Jyotika Reddy ba'95, llb'oo ■ Matthew Regan bhk'06 ■ Lisa Reino bsc'88, dmd'93 ■ Anna Reithmeier BA'01 ■ Jacqueline Relova bsc'98 ■ Ann Marie Remedios ba'86 ■ Geoff Rempel ba'96 ■ J Alison Rice bsn'67
Selma-Jo (Dixon) Richards bcom'57 ■ Keith Richardson BA'73 ■ Alex Riftin meng'98 ■ Wayne Riggs bscp'71, msc'83, phd'89 ■ Michael Roberts basc'oo ■ Anne Robertson ba'86 ■ Ian Robertson bsc'86, ba'88 ■ Joshua Robertson ba'03
Rebecca Robertson bsc'81 ■ Sandy Robertson basc'49 ■ Douglas Robinson bcom'71, llb'72 ■ Julie Robinson BA'02 ■ Havelock Rolfe bcom'57 ■ Jill Romanchuk BA'93 ■ Wendy Rondeau dmd'79 ■ Lars Ronning basc'97 ■ Todd Rookei
bcom'90 ■ Amy Root ba'99, llb'03 ■ William Rosebush dmd'83 ■ Alan Ross ■ Lee-Ann Rowan ba'03 ■ David Rush bcom'83, llb'84 ■ Michael Ryan bcom'53 ■ S Danielle Sabourin ba'96 ■ Daniel Sage BA'73 ■ Kozue Saito med'03
Carmen Salaberry ba'98, llb'02 ■ Melinda Sam ba'83 ■ Ada San llb/mba'97 ■ Shubhayan Sanatani bsc'89, md'93 ■ Lori Santos dmd'98 ■ Roland Santos bsc'06 ■ Gregg Saretsky bsc'82, mba'84 ■ Linda Saunders med'86 ■ John Savage bcom'57
Randy Schisler bcom'76 ■ Harold Schubert msc'75, md'77 ■ Melanie Scofield bsc'06 ■ Johanna Scott bsc (ot)'88 ■ Nancy Scott dmd'80 ■ Nick Seddon bhk'02, dmd'06 ■ Satnam Sekhon bhe'85 ■ Philip Seo bcom'03 ■ James Severs dmd'76
John Shacklock dmd'93 ■ Amil Shah md'80 ■ Anoop Shankar bsc'06 ■ Khalil Shariff ba'97 ■ Kavita A Sharma llm'86 ■ Rita Sharma MSC01, phd'06 ■ Elaine She dmd'87 ■ Majid Sherkat dmd'92 ■ Ross Sherwood BA'71 ■ Randal Shew dmd'94
Wesley Shields llb'89 ■ Kenji Shimizu dmd'79 ■ Sajida Shroff ba'90, bed'93 ■ Ravinder Siddoo bscp'91, dmd'95 ■ James Siew bsc (agr)'56 ■ Elin Sigurdson ba'99, llb'05 ■ Raj Sihota ba'94 ■ Deanna Simmons bsc'91, md'95
Hannah Simone BA'02 ■ Sean Simpson ba'96 ■ Janet Sinclair MA'02 ■ Shelly Singh BA'02 ■ Omar Sirri ba'07 ■ Ian Sisett llb'70 ■ Charity Siu DMD'01 ■ James Smerdon ba'96 ■ John Smiley bcom'74 ■ Arnie Smith bpe'62, med'82 ■ Dylan Smith BA'01 ■ Ian
Smith BA'75 ■ Peter Smith ■ Robert (Bob) Smith ■ Robin Smith bsc (agr)'65 ■ Bob Smith bcom'57 ■ Warren Smith ■ Patrick Snelling llb'95 ■ Joshua Sohn llb'91 ■ Banafsheh Sokhansanj llm'05 ■ Stephanie Song bsc'99, dmd'03
Andrea Southcott bcom'82 ■ Michelle Spencer ba'96, bed'97 ■ Peter Spicker bsf'86, llb'89 ■ Amelia Spinelli BA'02 ■ Frederick Spoke bsc'70, mba'77 ■ Andria Spring ba'05 ■ Patrick Stafford-Smith mba'94 ■ Chris Stairs mba'96
Natalia Stepanova mba'04 ■ Shannon Sterling BA'01, bed'03 ■ Valerie Stevens BSc (agr)'71, msc'73 ■ Anne Stewart bsc'72, llb'75 ■ Gayle Stewart ba'76 ■ Vivienne Stewart llb'90, llm'98 ■ Justine Namayanja Stewart md'96 ■ Vivienne
Stewart llb'90, llm'98 ■ Jim Stich bsc'71, dmd'75 ■ Cathy Stickland basc'87 ■ Craig Currie Sturrock llb 1967 ■ Arden Styles mba'oo ■ Steve Sue dmd'73 ■ Allan Suh bsc'79, mba'81 ■ Allison Sullings ba'64 ■ Catherine Sullivan llb'90
Susan Sumi dip(dent hyg)74 ■ Tong Sun bcom'06 ■ Lie Sunaryo basc'05 ■ Susanne Sunell ma'96, edd'03 ■ Lisa Supeene bdsc'01 ■ Shawn Swallow dip(ed)'04 ■ John Swift llb'72 ■ Kerry Swift llb'oi ■ Phi Swift mba'75 ■ T Paul Taberner llb'70
Louise Tagulao BA'02 ■ Natalie Taha bhk'06 ■ Karma Taiji BA'02, bed'04 ■ Randall Takasaki bcom'85 ■ Linda Talbot bdsc'99 ■ KamTam bscp'72 ■ Matthew Tarn basc'96 ■ Beverley Tamboline BA'53, md'60 ■ Lillian Tamburic bsc'99
Karen Tan bcom'93 ■ Erwin Tang basc'97, meng'05 ■ Wendy Tang bsc'97, dmd'02 ■ Heidi Taylor llb'03 ■ Linda Taylor bsc'78, dmd'82 ■ Stephen Taylor basc'63 ■ Terry Taylor bcom'76 ■ Bruce Terry mba'80 ■ Calvin Tham dmd'02
Carmen Tham llb'03 ■ Angela Thiele ba'80, llb'83 ■ Daryl Thomas basc'78 ■ Gregory Thomas bpe'72, mpe'77 ■ James Thompson bsc (agr)'64, msc (agr)'66 ■ Sydney Thomson md'85 ■ Sally Thorne bsn'79, msn 1983 ■ Jed William Thorp ma 2002
LauraThurnheer bcom'84, mba'07 -JoanitaTjandrawinata ba'04- David Tobias bsc'78, dmd'84, msc'94 ■ Sonia Tolusso bsc'92, dmd'96- Alvin Tong basc'77 ■ Christina Tong bsc'83 ■ DawnaTong ba'89, llm'96, phd'03 ■ Jamie Tooze ba'97
lldiko Toth bsfn'02 ■ Jessie Touzel basc'86 ■ Giorgia Tropini bsc'06 -Andrew Tsang bsc'96, dmd'97 ■ Phoebe Tsang dmd'02 -Woon Tsang bcom'96- Annie Tsay ba'03 -Valerie Tse BA'93 ■ Luisa Tsougrianis ba'05, bed'06 ■ Ian Turnbull MD'57
Kenneth Turnbull basc'60, md'67 ■ Abigail Turner ba'88, llb'91 ■ John Turner BA'49, lld'94 ■ Sheelah Turner mscb'02 ■ Louanne Twaites bscp'53 ■ Jon Twidale basc'99 ■ U Dierk Ullrich llb'oo, llm'02 ■ Joyce Uyesugi BA'99
V Wendy Valdes BA'79 ■ Farah Valimohamed MD'95 ■ Praveen Varshney BCom'87 ■ Jim Vavra BCom'84 ■ David Velan BASc'02 ■ Jane Vermeulen BSc (Agr)'98 ■ Valeria Verpiot BA'03 ■ SukhwinderVirk meng'03
Marina Von Keyserlingk bsc (agr)'87, phd'95 ■ W Richard Wadge md'70 ■ Marion Wahl bre'77 -Julie Walchli ba'90, ma'93 ■ Kirsten Walsh bmus'74 ■ Ronald Walsh ba'70 -Janice Walton llb'98 ■ Ethel Warbinek bsn'57, msn'70 ■ Ronald
Wameboldt bsc'71, md'75- Nancy Warren ba'81 ■ C Brian WarrinerMD'71 ■ Ronald Watkins bsc (agr)'56- Trevor Mcknight Watson bscp'1957 ■ BasilWaughBA'04- ZachWebsterBA'06- Charlene Wee ba'99- Mei-YiWee ba'99, med'03
Herbert Weitzel llb'73 ■ Kathy Weninger MED'02 ■ Richard Wenner ba'76, llb'80 ■ Karina Wickland bsc'oo ■ Sherrilea Widen ba'96, ma'99 ■ Colin Wiebe msc'97 ■ Ellen Wiebe MD'75 ■ Nilmini Wijewickreme msc'90, phd'97
David Wilkie md'78 ■ Todd Wilkie bcom'87 ■ Jennifer Williams llb'02 ■ Justin Williams basc'06 ■ Michele Williams bsn'78, dmd'88 ■ Karen Wilson bmus'74 ■ Peter Wilson llb'82 ■ Robert Wilson ba'96, bed'98 ■ Warren Wilson
Stefan Winfield ba'87 ■ Fred Withers bcom'77 ■ Gerald Wittenberg dmd'77 ■ Richard Wittstock bcom'92 -Thomas Woods -Anthony Wong bsc'75, dmd'76 ■ Brian Wong dmd'83 ■ D Anthony Wong llb'92 ■ Ellen Wong bsc'96, dmd'oo
Gary Wong bas c'7 1 ■ Glenn Wong bcom'80 ■ Gloria Wong bmus'oo ■ Graham Wong bsc'91, md'95 ■ Josephine Wong ■ Paul Wong bed'03 ■ Peter Wong ■ Richard Wong mba'03 ■ Shirley Wong bcom'56, bed'63 -Theresa Wong bsc'73, dmd'76
Tracy Wong dmd'76 -Wilson Wong bscp'72 ■ Michael Woodward llb'85 ■ Annette Wooff ba'92 ■ lanWorland llb'95 ■ Mordehai Wosk ba'72 ■ Ellen Wu bsc'99, dmd'03 ■ Ernest Wu ms'03 ■ Frances Wu bcom'98 ■ Constance Wun
Chris Wyatt bsc'81, dmd'86 ■ Y Tracy Yang mba'06 -Andrew Yang bsc'94, dmd'98 ■ Melissa Yap ■ Marty Yaskowich ba'96 ■ Doreen Yasui bhe'66 ■ Norm Yates bsf'79, llb'85 ■ Jerome Ming-Lock Yau ba'99 ■ Darryl Yea bcom'81
Ernest Yee ba'83, ma'87 ■ Alexandra Yeung basc'94 ■ Claire Yeung bcom'85, llb'88 ■ Amy Yeung bcom'oo ■ Paul Yin ba'04 ■ Annie Ying BSC01, msc'03 ■ AmyYiu bsfn'05 ■ Terence Yiu BA'93 ■ Cecilia Yong bsfn'03 ■ KaoruYoshimi BA'01
Andrew Young MD'59 ■ Joseph Yu mba'71 ■ Lydia Yu ba'03 ■ Mark Yu basc'99 ■ Warrick Yu bsc'98, msc'oo, dmd'05 ■ Regan Yuen bsc'06 ■ David Yule ba'98, llb'04 ■ Arthur Yung bsc'98, msc'01 ■ Z Irtiza Zaidi masc'05 ■ Andrea Zappavigna llb'03
Natalia Zarubina bsc'07 ■ Peng Zhao msc'04 ■ Kareen Zimmer llb'oo ■ Kathleen Zimmerman msc'96 ■ Marty Zlotnik bcom'66, llb'69 ■ Ron Zokol dmd'74 ■ Andrea Zwack llb'91
Summer 2008    Trek    27 Sarah Morgan-Silvester
The chair of Canada's largest port and
Canada's busiest maternity hospital foundation
has been elected as the University of British
Columbia's 17™ chancellor.
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, chair of the
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and B.C.
Women's Hospital and Health Centre
Foundation, began a three-year term as
Chancellor on July 1, 2008. The UBC alumna
succeeds the Hon. Allan McEachern, who was
chancellor for six years. McEachern passed
away earlier this year.
In 2007 after spending almost 20 years with
hsbc Bank Canada, Morgan-Silvester decided
she wanted a change: more community
volunteer work.
Corporate Director
and Community Volunteer
Elected UBC Chancellor
Currently she is a member of the David
Suzuki Foundation's National Business
Advisory Council and in 2007 she chaired the
Blue Ribbon Council on Vancouver's Business
Climate for the City of Vancouver. She is the
director of the CD Howe Institute, Women in
the Lead, Inc. and enmax Corporation and she
formerly served on the board of Family Services
of the North Shore.
She has maintained a strong connection to
UBC as a student mentor, advisor and guest
speaker and since 2002 has served on the Sauder
School of Business Faculty Advisory Board.
Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC with a
Bachelor of Commerce in 1982 and in 1998, she
was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40."
At 48 she is the youngest person ever to hold the
voluntary chancellor position and only the second
women to have been bestowed with the title.
She believes her diverse experience as a
community and business leader will serve her
well as chancellor as will her ability to achieve
results through collaboration and teamwork.
As chancellor, she will focus on engaging
UBC's wider community as well as students,
faculty, staff and alumni in the university's
exciting future.
Selecting UBC's Chancellor
Changes to the University Act
Eliminate Election Process
The University Act of 1908 laid down a specific
process for the selection of UBC's chancellor.
The Registrar's office, under direction of the
Senate, was to hold an election every three
years to fill the position. Candidates with the
signed support of seven members of UBC's
convocation were permitted to run, and ballots
were mailed to every convocation member for
the purposes of voting. In recent years, the cost
of mailing ballots to nearly 200,000 alumni has
been mitigated by publishing election materials
in Trek Magazine and on the web.
The most recent chancellor's election, held
this past spring, was conducted in this manner,
resulting in the election of Sarah Morgan-
Silvester. From the perspective of the Alumni
Association, this process has been an efficient
and successful method of selecting UBC's most
senior volunteer administrator. Over the years,
such stellar UBC alumni as Phyllis Ross,
Nathan Nemetz, JV Clyne, Robert Lee, William
Sauder and Allan McEachern have served their
alma mater in this role (for a full list of UBC's
chancellors, visit www.library.ubc.ca/archives/
During the most recent session of the BC
legislature, the provincial government introduced changes to the University Act to amend
the process for selecting chancellors at bc's
universities, eliminating the requirement for an
election. Low voter turnout, increased costs of
running an election and the increase in the
number of provincial degree-granting institutions likely contributed to this change, although
neither universities nor alumni associations
were consulted about the change.
Under the amended University Act, the
alumni association of each BC university is now
charged with the task of nominating a candidate
who, after consultation with the senate or council
of senates, will be appointed to the position by
the university's board of governors.
In the last election cycle, Sarah Morgan-
Silvester was nominated as a candidate by a
committee struck by the UBC Alumni Association. This committee was carefully selected to
represent a broad spectrum of alumni from our
various constituencies in the arts, education,
science and the professions, and included
students, emeriti professors and staff. We will
suggest to subsequent Association boards of
directors that this process be continued during
the next selection cycle in 2011.
The chancellor is extremely important in the
administration of our university, and the
Alumni Association's Board of Directors takes
seriously its obligation to select the very best
candidate for the position. We welcome your
feedback and involvement in this process. For
more information, call our Executive Director
Marie Earl at 604.827.3014.
Doug Robinson, chair
Gayle Stewart, vice chair
Trek    Summer 2008 UBC DIAL & DISCOVER #014
An industrious species, UBC Engineering students are rarely seen
ust hanging around. They catch the prankster bug soon after
arriving at UBC. Engineering capers are daring and traditionally
involve suspending large objects in odd places.
On the morning of February 5, 2001, the students pulled off
their most challenging prank to date. They hung a VW beetle
shell, with a maple leaf painted on one side and a red E on the
other, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The
authorities were not amused, but prank-lovers and fellow
engineers were impressed with the scale of the feat.
Interested in this and other suspenseful moments in UBC's
history? Dial and Discover is a self-guided fun and fact-filled
audio tour of campus. Download a map from our website (or
pick one up from our office), then visit 15 landmarks around
campus. Stop #014, for example, is the Engineering Cairn
(also known as the big E), which marks the engineers' campus
territory. (Unofficially, its purpose is to be defaced by other
faculties.) Each stop features a display of archival photos and a
historical narrative that can be accessed via your cellphone.
Not able to make it back to campus? Listen to the audio and
view photos online at www.alumni.ubc.cal100
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UBC Thunderbirds vs Alberta Golden Bears
at Thunderbird Stadium
Tailgate Party starts at Noon
with BBQ, Kids area & Live Music
Tickets at the gate:
$10 Adults • $4 Alumni (with A-Card*) • $4 Kids
$2 UBC Students • 6 and under FREE
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca for more information
Summer 2008    Trek    29 by RICHARD N. LIU,
After fifteen years in Beijing, I often reminisce
about UBC and the beauty of its Vancouver
campus - especially the fresh scent of rain on
autumn-red maple leaves. Perhaps that's
because my connection to the university started
in early childhood, when my father, Dr. Liu
Dun-ren, was a UBC researcher and our family
lived in Oyama Court. Later, he would tell me
about my family's long-time involvement not
only with UBC, but with Canada.
It all started with my great uncle, Dr. Liu
Shih-shun. He was born on July 19, 1900, and
later graduated from Tsinghua University in
Beijing. In 1920, he was sent by the Chinese
government to pursue higher studies in the
United States, attending Johns Hopkins,
Harvard, and finally Columbia University,
where he earned his phd in the fall of 1923.
In October 1944, by which time he had
become the first Ambassador of China to
Canada, Liu Shih-shun was awarded an
honorary degree by UBC. The citation described him as a "scholar, statesman [and]
patriot, whose vision sees the world as one
community." At that time, Ambassador Liu had
been working closely with Canadian Prime
Minister Mackenzie King. They signed a treaty
on April 14, 1944, "desiring to promote a spirit
of friendship in the general relations between
China and Canada," in part by addressing the
relinquishing of extraterritorial rights held by
foreign governments on Chinese soil.
My father would carry on the promotion of
good relations between Canada and China. In
1979, after China had reopened its doors to the
world, he visited his old friend in Shanghai, His
Excellency Wang Bin-nan who at that time was
chairman of the Chinese People's Association
for Friendship with Foreign Countries. My
father was astounded by the fact that the
United States had established more than 20
pairs of sister states and cities with China in the
two years since establishing diplomatic relations,
while not a single one had developed between
China and Canada after more than nine years
of diplomatic relations. After negotiations
involving three levels of the government in
China, the first sister city agreement between
Suzhou and Victoria was signed on October 22,
1980. For the 25TH anniversary celebration of
the agreement, my father arranged for the
Chinese translation of Anne of Green Gables,
further strengthening cultural ties. Today, there
are more than 30 such agreements.
And then it was my turn to become
involved. A few years after moving to Beijing,
I founded (with my brother) the Canadians
in China website (www.canadiansinchina.com)
as a helpful resource. I also established the
Canadian Alumni Network, which supports
alumni chapters and their representatives based
in China. (I've been UBC's alumni representative
in Beijing for the past year.) In May, I attended
the opening of the BC-Canada Pavilion, and
one of the first events to be held there was the
BC universities student send-off. It provided
information for students in China interested in
attending bc's post-secondary institutions.
For ten years I've been involved with the
Terry Fox Run in Beijing, and more recently
with the Special Olympics movement in China.
(The echoes of "GO CANADA GO!" made by
the Canadian team in the tunnels of the Shanghai
Stadium, last year, will stay with me forever.)
Recently, in partnership with the Canadian
Embassy in Beijing, I developed the C2C
(Canadian-to-China) Volunteer Program to
assist the Canadian team during the Beijing
Olympic & Paralympic games. I'm now Team
Attache for the Canadian Paralympic Committee
(cpc) and member of the Canadian delegation.
I hope the whole Olympic experience will
provide insight to culture and life in China, and
the importance of Canada-China relations.
With this year marking UBC's Centennial
and the 150™ anniversary of British Columbia,
I wanted to highlight the unique contributions
that my father and great-uncle have offered and
encourage others to follow suit. My own
contribution probably pales in comparison to
theirs, but I will remind myself of the rain on
those red maple leaves and plan for the future.
Bichard Liu is volunteer rep for the Beijing
UBC alumni network.
30    Trek    Summer 2008 Alumni news^
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(photo i) Presidents in Reflection:
UBC president Stephen Toope and his immediate
predecessors, Martha Piper and David Strangway,
shared their insights with cbc's The Early Edition
host Margaret Gallagher.
(photo 2) A Happy Audience:
Marie Earl (left) is Associate VP, Alumni.
(photo 3) Haute Couture:
Sylvia the Balloon Lady worked tirelessly.
Balloon hats became the much sought-after
weekend accessory.
(photo 4) Breakfast of Champions:
Guests tucked into a pancake breakfast while
listening to a conversation between university
president Stephen Toope and members of the
Wright family, which boasts three generations
of UBC Olympians.
(photo 5) The Shake, the Rattle & the Pole:
Professor Becki Ross revealed Vancouver's
fascinating striptease history.
(photo 6, 10) Fine Weather:
Alumni Weekend was well attended, many
grads bringing along friends and family to
enjoy the sunshine and activities.
(photo 7) Tidepooling:
Future UBC alumni and their parents enjoyed
an engrossing afternoon of tide-pooling at
Whytecliff Park with Professor of Zoology
Christopher Harley. May 23 - 25, 2008
(photo 8) Science Camp:
UBC graduate students entertained kids
(cunningly educating them at the same time)
with a biology lesson held in the newly built
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
(photo 9) Spring Chickens:
Mark Bomford took a group of alumni on a
tour of the UBC farm. They were joined by
some inquisitive chickens.
(photo i i) But it Seems Like Yesterday:
The Classof'48 returned to campus to celebrate
the 60™ anniversary of their graduation with a
cocktail reception on Thursday evening and
brunch the following morning.
(photo 12) What Makes People Happy?
Judging by the turn-out for this presentation by
UBC Psychology graduate student Lara Aknin,
a lot of people want to know.
Save the Date
Alumni Weekend
2009 will take place
May 22-24, 2009. ALUMNI NEWS
Want to find out if your class is planning a
special celebration? Unless your faculty is listed
below, you can find the most up-to-date
reunion information on the Alumni Affairs
website at: www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/reunions
Visit the Applied Science alumni website at
www.apsc.ubc.ca/alumni/events or contact
Tracey Charette directly at alumni@apsc.ubc.ca
or 604.822.9454
Visit the Dentistry alumni website at
www.dentistry.ubc.ca/alumni or contact Jenn
Parsons directly at dentalum@interchange.ubc.ca
or 604.822.6751
Visit the Forestry alumni website at
www.forestry.ubc.calAlumni or contact Jenna
McCann jenna.mccann@ubc.ca or 604.822.8787
Visit the Law alumni website at:
www.law.ubc.ca/alumni/reunions or contact
alumni@law.ubc.ca or 604.827.3612
Visit the Medicine alumni website at:
www.med.ubc.ca/alumni_friends or call
604.871.4111 EXT. 67741.
Visit the Sauder alumni website at:
or contact Kim Duffell directly at
If your faculty or department is not
listed above, please contact Marguerite
Collins at Alumni Affairs to get started:
marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or 604.827.3294.
Looking to plan your reunion but don't
know where to start? Check out the reunion
toolkit on our website at: www.alumni.ubc.cal
events/reunions or contact us (or your faculty
representative) directly.
Alumni Regional Networks
You can be part of the Alumni Network (aka
alumni branches and chapters) through faculty,
affinity, or regional connections with your
fellow alumni. If you want to stay connected to
your student clubs and revel in your experiences from those good ol' days, why not
collaborate with your former club members
and form an affinity network. Or check if your
faculty or department has an alumni group.
If you're living outside of the Lower
Mainland, then regional networks are your
ticket for connecting with fellow alumni. There
are now more than 50 contacts and networks
around the globe, and the list continues to
grow. If your area doesn't have a UBC alumni
network, then why not start one?
Your Alumni Relations Manager can help:
■ Brenda at UBC Okanagan:
brenda. tournier@ubc. ca
Tanya at UBC Vancouver:
m Mei Mei at the Asia Pacific Regional Office
(Hong Kong): meimei.yiu@apro.ubc.ca
Comings and Goings
We bid fond farewell and thanks to our
outgoing volunteers: Darrin Decosta &
Meghan Jamieson (Bay Area), Nicki Pozos
(Portland), Mark Yu (Philippines) and Lenny
Chu (Taiwan) and welcome new alumni reps in
the following places:
Melissa Ma, BCOM'98
Trudy Loo, BA'04, MA'05
Roy MacMillan, BASc'71
engineer@macmillan-group. com
Glenn Yu, BASc'94
Paul Yin, BA'04
Taipei@interch ange.ubc.ca
Members of UBC's Commerce Class of '58 held their 50th reunion at UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna
from June 18 to 20. A total of 58 alumni and spouses, including recently retired Canadian Senator The Hon.
Ross Fitzpatrick and wife Linda, toured the UBC Okanagan campus and enjoyed a luncheon hosted by UBC
Okanagan and Deputy Vice Chancellor Doug Owram on June 19.
34    Trek    Summer 2008 Alma Mater Society
Launches Alumni Network
When last year's AMS Executive invited former
AMS Council members to attend a discussion
about the future of the Student Union Building
on an ever-evolving campus, the idea of
creating a permanent ams alumni network
started to gain momentum. AMSnet was
formerly launched at a dinner held on March
17 at Cecil Green Park House (home of UBC
Alumni Affairs). Its purpose is to promote the
interests of the ams and facilitate its support, as
well as providing members with opportunities
for networking, catching up with old friends,
and mentoring incumbent ams executives and
council members. Former ams folk are
encouraged to contact AMSnet at amsnet®
inter change.ubc.ca to find out more about the
network and secure an invitation to the next
event, planned for November 4.
Get involved
You can be part of the excitement no matter
how far away you are from the UBC campus.
Join us for an upcoming event or get involved
as a volunteer. Do you have a flair for event
planning? Writing web content? Organizing
book clubs? Fielding questions from and sharing
experiences with new students or relocating
alumni? If so, why not contact the alumni rep
for your region and share your talent.
We're looking for volunteers to build the alumni
network in New York City. If you're interested,
contact Caely-Ann McNabb, Alumni Relations
Coordinator at caely-ann.mcnabb@ubc.ca or
Alumni living in San Francisco, Boston and
New York! Have you received your Alumni
Affairs survey via email yet? If not, please email
Caely-Ann McNabb at caely-ann.mcnabb@ubc.ca
for the link or more information.
Past Events
What have far-flung grads been doing lately?
Highlights include celebrating UBC's centenary;
meeting up with other Canadian alumni living
in their part of the world; surviving hikes;
hitting the fairways; listening to great speakers;
enjoying dim sum lunches; meeting UBC's
president; taking in some opera; and welcoming new students at UBC Bound!
Upcoming Events
Find out about upcoming events and more
by visiting the Alumni Affairs website at
www.alumni.ubc.ca. Your reps are all using
email to send out invitations, so also make sure
that we have your current address. It's easy to
update at www.alumni.ubc.ca/contact/address.php.
Stay tuned for exact dates, but UBC
events will be taking place in the following
areas soon!
TOP: On hand for the Class of 2008 gift presentation
at UBC Okanagan were (L-R) Brenda Tournier, Manager
of Alumni and Community Relations; Stephen Toope,
UBC President; Katie Potapoff, Class of 2008 rep.;
Bryan Kolb, honorary degree recipient; and Doug
Owram, Deputy Vice Chancellor.
BOTTOM: Jim Banham (Ubyssey Editor 1949-50)
and Marilyn Pomfret (Women's Athletic Association
rep 1953-54).
TOP: UBC alumni in Thailand and friends got together
on May 29 at Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Bangkok.
BOTTOM: Chinese students interested in continuing
their education in BC attended a send-off in Beijing
this May.
AUGUST: Monterrey, Mexico
AUGUST: San Francisco
LATE SEPTEMBER: Your Ottawa area alumni reps
are interested in planning a golf day and all
alumni and friends are welcome. They would
like to hear your feedback and to you know if
you're interested. Contact Heather Cole
(Bsc'91) at hcole@rogers.com.
OCTOBER: Montreal
OCTOBER: Toronto
OCTOBER: Seattle
Join us for wine, cheese and the
latest news about your Alumni
UBC Alumni Association General Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008   Cecil Green Park House
Please RSVP at alumni.association@ubc.ca or
call 604.822.3313
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Okanagan elementary
education grad connects
art and young minds
Tara Baxter is an artist and a teacher who
hopes to foster in her students a real enthusiasm for learning, and an appreciation for art.
Baxter graduated in June from UBC
Okanagan with a Bachelor of Education
degree. As a pre-service teacher completing her
practicum in Kelowna-area classrooms over the
past year, she has experienced first-hand how
art can engage young minds.
"Art gives us a way to express ourselves
visually," says Baxter. "Students who may be
quiet in other classes come to life. When I told
students that art would be part of their
projects, they were always excited."
Baxter, who is expecting a child later this
year, plans to take some time before seeking her
first teaching job, likely in her hometown,
Prince George. But she looks forward to having
her own classroom. "I love kids, and they have
so much to offer," she says. "A lot of people
assume kids are pretty much the same, but
they're not. I like how they look at life and
how every child is so different. I also like the
thought that, as a teacher, I can influence their
Baxter's first taste of teaching was as a
student coach in high school. "I enjoyed doing
that, and teaching always appealed to me. I
went to a small Christian private school and
had some pretty amazing teachers."
Following high school, Baxter spent a year at
the College of New Caledonia in Prince
George, then earned a Fine Arts diploma at
ouc before entering the Elementary Teacher
Education Program in UBC Okanagan's faculty
of Education.
"It's been six years, and it feels like a really
long time but it has all paid off," she says,
reflecting on some of the advantages - like
small classes - that her UBC Okanagan
experience has provided. "I was in a class with
3 o people and we developed close relationships," she says. "Some students visited from
Australia and they were in classes with
hundreds of people."
Baxter's background in fine arts has been a
big plus and has already become part of her
teacher's toolkit. "I am very passionate about
art and include it in assignments. It always
interested me more when my teachers involved
art." In teaching each new class she starts
sharing art with her students early on, and that
fosters very productive teacher-student relationships.
"The artwork gives me a connection with
students," she says. "Going into a new
classroom, I was really nervous at first, but
then I tried to think of things that were more
interactive, gaining their respect and forming
relationships with the students rather than just
being an authority figure to them."
During her first practicum, at Kelowna's
Lutheran School earlier this year, Baxter and
her students took on a particularly large-scale
art project. "It was a giant backdrop of three
eight-foot panels, each of which could be
turned three ways to make three difference
scenes," she says. "It was 50 hours of work,
and it was wonderful."
One day she hopes to connect art and young
minds in yet another way, as a children's book
"I've always found it easy and I've always
been a visual learner," she says. "All through
elementary and high school, teachers told me
art would get me somewhere."
That somewhere could be the cover of
well-loved books. "I'm not too sure about my
ability as an author," Baxter says, "but teaching
and illustrating books! That would be my
BEd graduate Tara Baxter has found art
in the classroom to be a powerful way of
connecting with her students.
36    Trek    Summer 2008 Art keeps calling
for UBC Okanagan
Fine Arts grad
If you're staying at the Super 8 Motel in
Castlegar, BC, check out the Space theme room.
Its galaxy of stars and planets, one wall
dominated by a giant and vibrant Jupiter, was
skillfully daubed and brushed by Katie
Potapoff when she was 18.
At the time, she was a self-taught painter
drawing upon natural talent. Today, she has a
UBC degree in fine arts and has become an
accomplished sculptor. In between she quit high
school a couple of years early, got a job and
learned what she really wanted to do.
"From grade six on I did my schoolwork at
home by correspondence," says the 23-year-old
artist. "I started working full-time around
grade n, and then my schoolwork was on the
back burner. I did the outer-space theme room
at the same time. They liked what I did, and I
really enjoyed doing it."
The job didn't last and art kept calling. She
moved to Kelowna by herself and decided to
pursue a formal education in fine arts. But first,
there was the little matter of completing high
school. "I enrolled in online high school courses
through a local learning centre, and graduated
as an adult at the age of 19. By then, I really
knew I wanted to specialize in art studies," she
"Both my parents are artists, so I was really
rebelling when I went into fine arts," she jokes,
noting that her mother, Eleanor Boyden, is a
photographer, and her father Peter Potapoff has
been honoured as artist of the year by both
Ducks Unlimited and the BC Wildlife Federation.
Now, after four years at university, Potapoff
is very pleased with her experience in UBC
Okanagan's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. She
has just wrapped up a successful exhibition of
her work at UBCO and is heading for the
Calgary arts scene, taking with her some happy
memories of university life and of her time as
the Okanagan alumni student ambassador, a
position she held through her final year of
"I have a deep respect for people who have
gone through the process of obtaining a
"I wanted to
learn how to
weld... I'm an
person. I want
my results now.
degree," Potapoff says. "You leave with a
valuable skill set that helps you evaluate your
own abilities better."
Despite her talent with a brush, Potapoff
ended up specializing in photography, like her
mom. She also discovered a tremendous
passion for sculpture. "I wanted to learn how
to weld," she says. "It was something that was
for me. I'm an instantaneous person. I want my
results now."
One of her highlight experiences was
meeting Rebecca Belmore, UBC Okanagan's
first Distinguished Indigenous Artist in
Residence, earlier this year. "I had this one-on-
one talk with her and her insight was so
special," Potapoff says. She talks about other
renowned artists such as Bill Burns who have
visited students at UBC Okanagan. "You don't
realize how big they are until you're in school a
while. And then you see who your professors
rub elbows with.
"The professors themselves are amazing,"
she says, "They go all over the world and bring
back so much information and experience that
you - as a student - might never get exposed
Although UBC is marking its centenary this
year, UBC Okanagan is just three years old.
Potapoff believes the evolution of the
Okanagan campus will be directly impacted by
alumni taking an interest in the process. "I've
met and talked to amazing alumni who have
done so many things," she says. "For me, I
realize how important it is to be involved as an
alumna, and how much of a difference I can
make in shaping our campus."
About Alberta, she says, "Obviously, it's a
rich province right now. The arts community
has a freshness about it and people are really
supportive of each other. I'm hoping to tap into
that a little bit. I'll take a bit of a break there,
but I do want to do my graduate studies. I'd
love to teach in a post-secondary setting some
day, and it would be nice to have some shows
of my own."
No matter what, says Potapoff, she knows
what she wants in life. They are things a lot of
us seek: a sense of purpose and satisfaction
from her work.
"I want to enjoy what I'm doing and be
inspired, whether I'm working in an art gallery,
teaching classes to kids, or heading up a
Fortune 500 company."
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BFA graduate Katie Potapoff specializes in sculpture and photography. Among her
works exhibited at UBC Okanagan in April was a large piece, Bind Me As A Seal Upon
Your Heart, featuring text from Solomon's Song painstakingly embossed onto steel.
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Jim Oldfield BSA'41., MSA'49 has seen the second
edition of his book The Old West Road
published by Laserquick in Newport, Oregon.
The book tells about growing up on southern
Vancouver Island during the years of the Great
Depression. It is being handled by Tanner's
Bookstore in Sidney.
Chester Millar BASc'50 and Carroll (Chuck)
Brawner, who was a professor at UBC for a
number of years, have both been inducted to
the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. In the mid
60s, Millar discovered a copper-gold deposit in
the Kamloops area that became the highly
successful Afton Mine, in operation until 1997.
Later on, he pioneered the heap leaching
method for processing low-grade gold ore. He
is respected for his proven ability to develop
companies into successful operations, and
believes that mines in Mexico and elsewhere
should be of long-term benefit to locals.
Brawner is renowned for his contributions to
open-pit mining and geotechnical engineering.
He has notched up more than 50 years of
experience in the industry, which has taken him
to 40 countries. Forty-five years ago, he
co-founded Colder Brawner and Associates
(now Colder Associates), an enterprise that
provided technical assistance to hundreds of
open-pit mines and mineral projects in Canada
and around the world and now enjoys an
international reputation as a top consultancy
firm. An expert in geotechnical engineering,
Brawner's advice was influenced by a concern
for the safety of people, property and the
environment. From the late 70s, he inspired
hundreds of student engineers as a UBC
professor. He currently operates as CO of
Brawner Engineering Ltd.
Chester Millar
Philip V. Allingham BA'64, phd'88 has been
elected chair of the department of Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Education, at Lakehead
University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) for a
three-year term, commencing in August. On the
same date, he will also become vice-president
of the Lakehead Faculty Association ... R. A.
(Andy) Buhler bsc'68 MLs'90 was a Canadian
University Service Overseas (cuso) Cooperant
in Nigeria from 1969-1971, having joined
cuso while it had its offices on the UBC
campus. In 2006, shortly after he retired from a
second profession, he had time to go through
all the letters he had sent home during his
sojourn in Nigeria. This evolved into the
publication of two books of memoirs - Letters
Home: Glimpses of a CUSO Cooperant's life in
Northern Nigeria, 1969-1970 (www.trafford.
com/06-1033) and Letters Home: Glimpses of
a CUSO Cooperant's Life in Southern Nigeria,
1970-1971 (http://www.trafford.com/06-1034)
... Robert Amedee Cantin ba'6i (Physics/Math)
has retired after 46 years in the Southern
California Aerospace industry. During his 46
years in Southern California, Rob worked as an
engineer and scientist for aerospace giants:
Honeywell, Hughes Aircraft Company,
Sikorsky Aerospace, AlliedSignal and Lockheed
Martin. He immigrated to the us in 1962 and
managed to hold down technical posts at major
aerospace companies for 46 years. During his
20 years with Hughes Aircraft Co. Rob also
worked as a contract Scientist at JPL, TRW and
McDonald-Douglas. After graduating from
UBC, Rob did post-graduate work at the
universities of Manitoba, Toronto, McGill and
Gary Geddes
McMasters. In the us he also attended UCLA,
use, Cal Tech and University of California at
Long Beach. From 1957 to 1962, while
working towards his degree in Canada, Rob
taught high school science and math. He lives
with his wife, Judi, in the Los Angeles area, five
miles from the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles
International Airport (lax), Marina Del Rey,
Hollywood and Beverly Hills. He volunteers as
a teacher at local Los Angeles private schools
and is presently writing a book of his experiences since 1962 called 50 Years in LA ... Gary
Geddes BA'62, an adjunct professor of Creative
Writing at UBC, is the recipient of the fifth
annual Lieutenant Governor's Award for
Literary Excellence. Jury member Carla Funk
said: "From IS Canadian Poets to Skookum
Wawa to 20th Century Poetry and Poetics, Gary
Geddes has raised the literary profile of both
our province and nation, and has long been
considered one of Canada's most important
men of letters. He has given decades of his life
to teaching Canadian literature and the craft of
writing as well as working as a university
professor, writer-in-residence, critic, anthologist,
translator, editor and, most importantly, writer.
Gary Geddes' writings have crossed countries
and continents in performance and translation.
He has received numerous awards, including
the EJ. Pratt Medal, a Canadian Authors
Association prize, two Archibald Lampman
awards, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize for
38    Trek    Summer 2008 service to literature and the people of Chile.
His work as a poet has been generous in its
outward-looking gaze. His poems bring song
and light into darkened corners of the human
experience, document silent and hidden lives,
and enter politics through the individual and
the personal. His newest book of poems,
Falsework, explores the 1958 collapse of
Vancouver's Second Narrows Bridge. His
meditative memoir Sailing Home: A Journey
Through Time, Place and Memory (2001)
chronicles his return to the West Coast with a
deep sense of awe and gratitude for the beauty,
wildness, and history of this place. In whatever
genre he pursues, Gary Geddes writes with
eloquence and intense awareness of mystery
within the commonplace, and the single human
voice singing inside the crowd. He tells the
truth, in all its rawness and splendour. For the
integrity of his creative work, for his active and
generous promotion of other writers, and for
the words he has given to help map the literary
geography of British Columbia, we proudly
celebrate Gary Geddes." Falsework has just
been reprinted ... Hans-Henning Muendel
BSA'64; ms'66 (uc-Davis), PHD'73 (U of
Manitoba) has retired from his work as an
agricultural research scientist. His career
comprised 29 years with Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada, which took him to seven
countries. He has just self-published a book
based on his cuso-experience more than 40
years ago. He served as farm manager for a
formerly-exploited tribal group, the Paniyas, in
a colony in southern India. He enrolled the
children in school (the first in their community
to learn to read, write, and do math) and cared
for the sick and weak. Since he left, follow-up
reports from the hosting Indian ngo and five
visits (the most recent included his entire
family - wife Bev, son and two daughters)
drove home for him the generational aspect of
development. Details about Henning's book My
Life Among the Paniyas of the Nilgiri Hills and
can be found on the books' website: www.
henningpaniyas.ca Henning and Bev (who is
still active as a psychologist) live near Lethbridge, AB ... Former Supreme Court Justice
Frank lacobucci bcom'6i, LLB'62, LLD'89 was
one of two individuals to be made a companion
of the Order of Canada in April. The citation
states: For over 40 years, Frank lacobucci has
made significant contributions to the advancement of education, law and jurisprudence in
Canada. At the University of Toronto, where he
held senior academic and administrative
positions, he was an inspiring professor and
leader. He later became a respected deputy
minister of Justice and deputy attorney general
of Canada. His keen intellect and wise counsel
were present through his years as a justice of
the Supreme Court of Canada, where he
championed the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms for all Canadians. Since his retire
ment from the bench in 2004, he has continued
to provide guidance to governments, as well as
to a number of educational, professional,
community and corporate boards John
Munro ba'6o (history and economics) won
a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in his final year
at UBC, then attended graduate school at Yale
(ma and phd) from i960 to 1964. He returned
to UBC to accept a joint appointment in the
History and Economics departments. In 1968,
he accepted the position of associate professor
of Economics, at the University ofToronto,
where he has been ever since. Subjected to
mandatory retirement in June 2003, at the age of
65, he has nevertheless continued with full-time
teaching, research, conferences and publications.
Further information can be found on his
homepage: www.economics.utoronto.ca/munroS/
In 2004, many of his former graduate students,
now esteemed professors and colleagues,
honoured him with a conference: Money,
Markets, and Trade: An International Workshop
in Honour of John Munro. Most of the conference
papers, along with several others by colleagues,
were published last year as a festschrift.
Stephen Inglis BA'73, phd'84 (anthropology)
was presented with the Distinguished Service
Award by the Canadian Museums Association
at its annual conference in Victoria on April 10
at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Dr.
Inglis has spent much of his career at the
Canadian Museum of Civilization, as a
researcher, curator, and director of Research
and Collections. He was recognized for
excellence in his contributions to the functioning and advancement of Canadian museums ...
Peter Lighthall BASc'71, MSC (University of
London) and Lynne Lighthall MLs'77 have
moved to Naramata, BC, where they have built
their retirement home and are developing a
vineyard. Peter retired from amec at the end of
2007 after a career in geotechnical consulting
in the mining business. He is continuing to
work as an independent consultant, and is
actively engaged on development of a major
copper mine in Peru. In 2007, the Engineering
Institute of Canada awarded Peter the Cana-
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dian Pacific Railway Engineering Medal, for his
technical and leadership achievements and
contributions to the engineering profession.
Lynne is Professor Emerita, School of Library,
Archival and Information Studies ... David J.
Varnes BA'75 enjoyed every day in a 38-year
career in Canadian air transport that embraced
the transition from turbo props to jet aircraft,
then multiple air carriers in the Canadian skies,
to now, only a few. Graduating from UBC with
schooling in sociology and french, the challenging years ahead included airline safety issues,
deregulation, NAFTA, open skies, the forced
merger of the two dominant air carriers in
Canada, 9/11, the sars scare, the White Hat
virus and the growth of independent Airport
authorities. David joined the Machinists Union
in 1966 and upon retirement in 2004 was
invited to become the temporary secretary-
treasurer of a 3000-member air transport local
in Vancouver. A June 2005 election made the
invitation permanent and a 2007 layoff
decision by his former employer meant his
Secretary-Treasurer duties became part-time.
Today David lives the baby boomer graduate
dream. Employed by my union from Wednesday to Friday, my remaining time is spent on
travel, home projects, and writing and editing a
non-fiction history of my time in Canadian air
transport. I also contribute monthly to the union
website (www.iamy64.ca) on historical and
current affairs issues related to the industry. He
has solicited six Canadian publishers this year
to print his book in 2009, which is the
centennial of Canadian powered flight. He has
yet to face a boring day.
Michael Glenister BSc'89, BED'92 and Yvonne
are proud to announce the birth of their twins,
Darien and Amelie, on October 16, 2007. Life
has become even busier for Michael, who
works as a teacher full-time, and as a magician
Richard Bruskiewich
part-time (www.michaelthemagician.com). He's
so busy, in fact, that this is the first school year
since 1991 that he hasn't projected a movie for
the UBC Film Society (he's a lifetime member
and projectionist) ... Thomas Tylka diped'8o,
MED'93 was a resource teacher for deaf and
hearing-impaired children for many years, and
is a long-time advocate for optimal acoustics in
schools to enhance learning. He was instrumental in initiating the School Noise Action Group
(snag), which brings the issue to the attention
of politicians, architects and other educators.
The group wants to have building code for
schools in BC adjusted accordingly and
legislated. Thomas, who started his teaching
career in 1978, received a Marshall McLuhan
Distinguished Teacher Award in 1988 for his
work developing an Integrated Audio System
for classroom use. The system involved the
teacher using a speaker and the sound of his
voice being sent directly to the students' FM
hearing aids. As well as amplifying the voice,
ambient noise and hearing aid distortion were
reduced - allowing for greater classroom
participation. Ambient noise - such as the hum
from light fixtures or air conditioning - is
particularly problematic for students who wear
hearing aids but can also have a negative
impact on hearing children. Thomas has won
several awards for his unstinting efforts over
the years, most recently the 2007 Inspirational
Deaf Educators Award. He also received a
standing ovation from his colleagues.
After a brief stint in human genomics, Richard
Bruskiewich Bsc'92, PHD'99 (medical
genetics), ended up working in agriculture -
specifically, rice genomics and bio informatics at
the International Rice Research Institute (irri)
where he's been based nearly eight years. This
strange change in course was largely due to his
marriage into a Filipino rice-farming family. He
says that agriculture is normally a pretty tame
and quiet subject, but skyrocketing grain prices
are making it a hot news topic. There are many
converging causes behind rising prices, and the
irri is attempting to inform the public about
why it is happening. Richard wants to share two
website addresses with fellow alumni: http://
asp and http://solutions.irri.org ... Mandy
Kerlann Bsc'82, bsc'86 (pharm) featured in an
article in the Vancouver Sun recently for a
business she launched nearly 10 years ago. She
makes luxury textiles - bed, bath and table
linens - for well-heeled clients and top
designers who work with the rich and famous.
She lives with her husband and two children in
France. Andrew Del Riccio MMUs'98 teaches
instrumental brass, chamber music and band at
Trinity Grammar School, where he was
appointed co-ordinator of Brass and Percussion
in 1999. He is celebrating 10 years as musical
director of the Mosman Orchestra, and was
principal trumpet of Willoughby Symphony
40    Trek    Summer 2008 Did you attend UBC as a War Vet?
Trucks moving army huts into place on West Mall
(UBC Library archives)
Joan Florence Doree BASc'49 was a Lieutenant/
Nursing Sister in the Royal Canadian Army
Medical Corps during wwn. After the war,
she used Department of Veteran Affairs (dva)
credits to pursue her education at UBC.
"We were a much older group who had
survived the hardships of the 1930s Depression and the horrors of World War II, and
we jumped at the chance of getting a degree
from a university," she recalls. "We were a
rather shabby-looking lot - most of us living
in rooming houses or on campus in slightly-
converted army huts. Dr. Norman McKenzie,
then president of UBC and always sympathetic
to War Vets, also lived in a renovated army hut
with his family at Arcadia Camp... We were
a determined lot - not much given to beefing
about things beyond the usual stuff about
professors and courses. Classes were crowded,
often 200 students squeezed into an army
hut, and exams were sometimes written in the
auditorium with a piece of plywood on the
knees for a desk."
Did you attend UBC as a War Vet? What
do you recall about student life? Send your
campus memories and stories to Vanessa
Clarke at vanessa.clarke@ubc.ca or 6251 Cecil
Green Park Road, Vancouver, BC v6T 1Z1.
Orchestra from 2001-2006. In 1998 he
founded The Unexpected Orchestra which gave
occasional performances through to 2000. As
well as maintaining a busy private teaching
practice in addition to his official positions, he
has appeared as a soloist with the Mosman and
Willoughby orchestras, Orchestra 147, the
Bourbarki Ensemble and the Macquarie
Singers. He has appeared as guest conductor
with University of NSW Band and Orchestra,
Campbelltown, The Occasional Performing,
North Sydney, and Lane Cove Youth orchestras, and as assistant conductor with the
Willoughby Symphony. Andrew recently
graduated from the University of Western
Sydney with a Master of Education degree.
Since learning to scuba dive in 2001 Andrew
spends his (somewhat limited) free time diving,
exploring coral reefs with his wife Lucy, or
wwn wrecks off the Australian coast with The
Sydney Project ... Baritone Tyler Duncan BA'98
from Prince George won first prize in the
Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition under the
aegis of the New York Oratorio Society. The
finals were held at Carnegie Hall's intimate
recital venue, Weill Hall, before a distinguished
panel of judges including Julianne Baird, Alfred
Hubay, Clara Longstreth, Frank Nemhauser
and Kent Tritle, the Artistic Director and
Conductor of the Society. The judges were
unanimous in their decision to award first
place, the $7,000 Ruth Lopin Nash prize
to Tyler ...
Gastropod is a Kitsilano-based restaurant that
opened in November 2006 to critical acclaim
and was almost immediately crowned Vancouver's Best New Fine Dining restaurant by
Vancouver Magazine. The restaurant will also
be recognized by Zagat in its upcoming guide
of the top restaurants in the world. Chef/owner
Angus An BFA'02 met Modern Art Theory
professor Ken Lum at UBC. Angus' final
project for Professor Lum was a series of
photographs of the food of Vancouver. The two
shared a special bond over fine cuisine and as
Angus later pursued his culinary education at
the French Culinary Institute in New York and
went on to train in kitchens in Montreal and
Europe, they kept in touch. When Angus
returned to Vancouver in 2006, he and Ken
decided to partner on a restaurant venture and
Gastropod (a name coined by Ken) was
formed. The restaurant was designed by
another UBC graduate and classmate of Angus,
Scott Cohen march'oi. It won Silver for best
design in the 2007 Vancouver Magazine
Restaurant Awards ... Daniel Jonathan
Mikelberg bsc'oi was ordained on May 18,
2008, at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los
Angeles by Rabbi David Ellenson, president of
the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of
Religion. Rabbi Mikelberg grew up at Temple
Sholom, Vancouver. Prior to rabbinical school,
Mikelberg was a Jewish Campus Service Corps
Fellow and Program Director at Hillel of San
Diego at University of California-San Diego.
He interned at Okanagan Jewish Community
Center in Kelowna, BC; Beth Chayim Cha-
dashim, Los Angeles, BC; Temple Emanuel of
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA; One LA, Los
Angeles, CA; and at Temple Judea in Tarzana,
CA. He will be returning to his home congregation of Temple Sholom inVancouver, BC,
Canada, as the assistant rabbi ... Amanda
Reaume BA'07 is tne founder of Antigone
Magazine, a national publication about women
and politics. She was honoured as the Young
Woman of Distinction at the 2008 YWCA
Vancouver Women of Distinction awards ...
Stephanie Tait ba'o6 and her partner, Matt Hill,
are running one marathon a day for the next
year, a task that will take them around North
America. Their "Run for One Planet" campaign
aims to raise environmental awareness. You
can find out more, and track their progress, on
the website: www.RunForOnePlanet.com ...
When Karen Lee Whitaker Bsc'08 graduated
this May, she represented the fourth generation
of her family to receive a degree from UBC.
Her great grandmother Muriel Helen McDiarmid (nee Costley) received her BA in 1919 and
was a member of the first graduating class of
the four-year course, which was initiated in
1915. Karen's grandmother, Muriel A. I.
Whitaker (nee McDiarmid) was awarded a BA
(Honours, Latin and English) in 1944 and a
phd in 1970. From 1969 to 1990, she was a
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professor in the Department of English at the
University of Alberta, serving as associate chair
from 1977 to 1980. Karen's father, John H.
Whitaker, earned a basc(civil) in 1973. Since
then he has worked on major construction
projects such as CANDU reactors, a hydroelectric dam and an airport in countries including
Korea, Romania, China, India and Ecuador.
Karen's brother, Ian Whitaker, received a BA
from UBC in 2006 and is now studying for a
law degree at the University of Victoria. Other
descendants of Muriel Costley who are UBC
alumni include children Mary E. Hermann
basc(nursing)'5o, R. H. Daisy McColl BA'53,
MA'87, Howard C. McDiarmid BA'63 and
grandchildren Mary Ellen Binder (nee Whitaker) BA'72, Peter M. Whitaker BA'90, Robert W
McDiarmid BA'72, LLB'75 and Elaine L.
LaFleur (nee McDiarmid) ba'88
UBC Film students, alumni and adjunct
professors were honoured in May at the 2008
Leo Awards with wins in categories ranging
from Best Feature-Length Drama to Best
Student Film. Recent Film graduates Cat
Mills BFA'07 and Lindsay Allikas bfa'o8 were
awarded for their UBC student short September,
and the full-length feature Elijah won Best
Feature with alumna Mary Anne Waterhouse
ba'88 (producer) and Andria Spring (associate
producer) being recognized. Gwen Haworth
BA'95, DIP- film STUDIES'97, MFA'07, had been
nominated in four categories for her UBC Film
thesis She's a Boy I Knew and earned the Best
Screenwriting award. Former Adjunct Professor
John Zaritsky's film The Suicide Tourist was
awarded Best Documentary, Best Direction,
and also won Best Cinematography for Adjunct
Professor Ian Kerr's behind-the-camera work.
In television, Calum MacLeod BA'03 and Mark
McGuckin's BA'04 Road Hockey Rumble
(produced by Cal Shumiatcher ba'8i) scored
big, winning Leos for Best Comedy/Variety
Series and Best Screenwriting. Cal, Calum
and Mark recently visited campus for Alumni
Weekend, when they joined a panel of industry
professionals discussing the topic How to
Create Write and Produce your own TV Show.
42    Trek    Summer 2008 Mike Mason
Olympic Beat
After failing to win a medal in 2004, the
Thunderbird's resurgent national swim team
could surprise in Beijing. Leading the way will
be alumnus and Mission native Brent Hayden.
Hayden is the reigning world champion in the
men's 100-meter freestyle and could contend
for a spot in the 200 final as well. He will also
play a key role on Canada's freestyle relays,
both of which are heavy medal favourites.
Joining Hayden on the 4X200-meter freestyle
relay will be Richmond native and UBC great
Brian Johns, who will also compete in the 200
and 400 individual medleys. This will be Johns'
third trip to the Olympics.
Rounding out the Point Grey trio in Beijing
will be Annamay Pierse. Canadian record holder
in both the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke,
Pierse is currently ranked fifth in the world in
the 200. She will also be part of the women's
4x100 medley relay. Leading the swimmers in
Beijing will be Tom Johnson, a longtime former
T-Bird coach, who now heads up the National
Training Centre at UBC's Aquatic Centre.
Mike Mason, the 2008 recipient of the Bus Philips
Award that recognizes UBC's top male athlete,
has recently been named to Canada's Olympic
squad. The three-time defending naia high jump
champion recently won gold at the Canadian
Track and Field Trials and booked his ticket to
Beijing. Mason did not meet the stringent 'A'
standard for Olympic qualification of 2.3om, a
height that would have been good enough for a
seventh place finish at the 2004 Games, however
his numerous leaps of 2.27M as well as his victory
at the Trials qualified him for the Canadian
Team under the rising star program. This
program is aimed at allowing some of Canada's
best young and upcoming athletes the opportunity to participate at the Olympic Games.
The Canadian men's field hockey will make their
return to the Olympics in Beijing, after missing
out on Athens in '04. One T-Bird that will be
making his Olympic debut will be Anthony
Wright, one of eight current or former T-Birds
selected to the squad. The co-winner of this year's
Bobby Gaul Memorial Award, given to the top
graduating male athlete at UBC, Wright has
Summer 2008    Trek    43 Anthony Wright
earned 63 caps for the national team. Wright was
part of the Canadian squad that won gold at the
Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007,
a victory that reserved a spot for Canada in
Beijing. His younger brother, Philip, a UBC
business student has been named as an alternate
on the team and will travel to Beijing and suit up
for Canada if called upon by head coach Louis
Mendonca. The Wright family name is no stranger
to the Olympic Games. Philip's grandfather,
Harold, ran track in the 1932 Games and also
served as the president of the Canadian Olympic
Association from 1968-76. Both of the Wrights'
parents are also former Olympians, as mother,
Thelma, competed at the 1972 and '76 Games
as a track athlete and their father, Lee, a former
captain of the field hockey national team, went
to the Olympics in 1964 and '76.
One quarter of Canada's eight-man crew
competing in Beijing will be former Thunderbirds. Kyle Hamilton and Ben Rutledge will be
out for revenge in '08, after a fifth place finish
in Athens. Heading into those games everything
looked to be going smoothly for the Canadians
with world titles in 2002 and 2003 and a
near world record in the heats portion of the
Games. But they struggled down the stretch in
the final and finished over nine seconds behind
the victorious American boat. That disappointment has fueled the Canadian squad and after
a rocky couple of years, the Canucks look to
be back on top following a World Championships triumph in 2007. Rutledge, a commerce
graduate, will return to UBC after Beijing and
help coach the T-Bird rowing squad. Joining
Hamilton and Rutledge on the eights will be
Jake Wetzel, a graduate student who came to
UBC in 2007 to obtain his Masters of Finance
after studying and rowing at Cal Berkley.
If you look up the name Mike Leigh in the
Thunderbirds record book, there won't be much
to see. That's because Sailing is not part of UBC's
sports diet and the former human kinetics
student had to pursue his passion on his own
time and budget. Leigh is chasing Olympic
glory as the fifth-ranked sailor in the world in
the Laser category. His rise to the top of the
Sailing world hasn't come cheaply. It cost him
an estimated $40,000 this year to keep his boat
in the water. Lucky for Leigh, an Olympic gold
medal would be worth much more than that.
Old Faces, New Positions
Three very familiar faces in the world of UBC
Athletics have joined UBC's coaching staff.
Nancy Wilson in now head coach of
women's hockey. An assistant with the squad
the last three seasons, Wilson is taking over
from Dave Newson who has taken a position
with vanoc. Wilson most recently served as
provincial coach for BC and guided the
Women's National Under-22 Team to a gold
medal at the 2007 European Air Canada Cup.
A retired RCMP officer, Wilson is a certified
Master Coach, advanced level II.
Joanne Ross, a five-year star for the T-birds
in the 1990s and Marilyn Pomfret Trophy
recipient in 1999 as UBC's top female athlete,
has taken over as the women's volleyball
assistant coach from Jesse Knight who is now
the head coach at Calgary. Ross has been
coaching the women's team part-time since her
retirement from professional volleyball and the
national team and will now move from her
position as intercollegiate assistant in the
department of Athletics to second in command
of the defending CIS champions.
Former Thunderbird rugby standout and
current national team member Lesley McKenzie
has been tabbed as UBC's new head coach of
women's rugby. McKenzie spent five years with
the Thunderbirds playing her way up from the
junior varsity squad right through to the
national team, with stops along the way as a
member of the UBC varsity team, Team BC (a
spot she still holds), and Canada's u-23 squad.
A two-time graduate from UBC (BHKIN'03,
MA'07), McKenzie is currently in New Zealand
playing in the women's premier division as she
prepares to represent the fourth-ranked
Canadians at the 2010 World Cup.
New Faces, Old Positions
Four new assistants on the men's side have
joined the coaching staff, all new to the Point
Grey Campus.
The football team went east to London,
Ontario to find assistant coach Kevin MacNeill.
Coach Mac, as he is known to players and
friends, will take over the role of special teams
and linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator,
all positions he held at his alma mater Wilfrid
Laurier. A five-year player for the Golden
Hawks, MacNeill is Laurier's all-time career
tackles leader and helped guide the team to a
Vanier Cup as an assistant coach in 2005.
Aaron Wilbur is now behind the bench of the
UBC men's hockey team as their new assistant
coach. A Langley native, Wilbur has a wealth
of experience in coaching, managing, recruiting
and scouting in the bchl, kijhl and whl. He
comes to the T-Birds from the Penticton Vees of
the BCHL where he served as the assistant
coach last season, helping lead the team to the
league crown.
Dahman Boudraa, formerly an assistant
coach at Douglas College, will reprise that role
this coming season with the Thunderbirds. In
his two seasons with the Royals, Douglas
College finished 68-8 overall and 31-1 in
regular season play and earned the ccaa
National Championship last season. A dual citizen of both Algeria and France, Boudraa was a
member of the Algerian national team that
participated in qualifying for the African Cup
and African Championships. He is also the
general manager of the Greenacres Golf Course
and has been a member of the Canadian
Professional Golf Association since 1993.
Joining the men's soccer coaching staff will
be former TWU standout Nick Perugini. The
2007 CIS men's soccer player of the year,
Perugini will continue his CIS career from the
sideline as an assistant coach with the Thunderbirds' program. A five-time Canada West
all-star, Perugini and head coach Mike Mosher
teamed together once before at the 2007 World
University Games. Mosher, an assistant coach
with that squad, helped guide Perugini and his
teammates to Canada's best finish ever, a
shootout loss to host Thailand in the bronze
medal game.
44    Trek    Summer 2008 )NEWS
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79 CIS and ciau titles and three naia banners.
It was a year of firsts for the UBC men's golf
team. In mid-May, behind a stellar team
performance that saw their top four golfers all
finish in the top io, the Thunderbirds cruised
to their first-ever naia national title, riding a
dominating second round performance to a
12-stroke victory. On that second day in
Plymouth, Indiana, senior Blake Rowe-Sleeman
produced the finest round of the championship,
a sterling eight under par 64 that saw him
birdie eight of 10 holes during one stretch. The
'Birds carried that momentum into the rcga
University Championship held at the Cordova
Bay GC in Victoria and won their first Canadian
title in the program's history. Andrew Robb
won his first major individual title as a T-Bird,
finishing at par or better in each of his four
rounds. UBC head coach Chris MacDonald
was recognized as the naia coach of the year
and has been awarded the prestigious designation of the Golf Coaches Association of
America's naia coach of the year.
In the most dramatic fashion imaginable, the
T-birds women's volleyball team won its first
national title in exactly 30 years. One of the
most dominant programs of the last decade,
having qualified for 13 of the last 14 National
Championships on their way to seven medal
finishes, the 'Birds finally claimed gold after
their third five set victory in a must-win game.
The #4~ranked team downed the #2-ranked
Montreal Carabins in a thriller, claiming the
title with a fifth set triumph of 20-18. The
'Birds toppled top-ranked and defending
champion Alberta in five sets in the semi-final
and were the last team to qualify for the
championships from the Canada West after
beating regular season champs Manitoba in
Winnipeg in, you guessed it, five sets. Fifth-year
setter Carla Bradstock, the Canada West Player
of the Year and championship MVP, was a CIS
first-team all-star, while outside hitter Liz
Cordonier earned CIS second-team recognition.
It was business as usual for the UBC women's
swim team as they claimed an unprecedented
11TH straight title in the pool in front of a home
crowd at the UBC Aquatic Centre. Leading the
way for the T-Birds was Olympian Annamay
Pierse who tallied four individual gold medals
while picking up three CIS and two Canadian
records. She was also a member of the 4x100
medley relay team that set a Canadian record
in the final event of the Championship.
After putting together one of the most
impressive regular seasons in team history
(21-2), the Thunderbirds women's basketball
team cemented their status as a dynasty,
winning their third CIS title in the past five
200B naia
seasons. A trio of seniors led the way, as Erica
McGuinness, Cait Haggarty, and Julie Little
combined for 48 points to lead the 'Birds to a
67-46 triumph over the University of Regina in
the CIS final. McGuinness was recognized as
the tournament MVP and all-star after being
named the Canada West Defensive Player of the
Year and Canada West first-team all-star for
her play during the regular season. Joining her
on both the tournament all-star team and the
cw first-team was fellow guard Haggarty, who
was also named a CIS second-team all-star.
The National Association of Athletic Development
Directors (naadd) recently named long-time
UBC athletics supporter Marty Zlotnik,
bcom'66, LLB'69,the College Division Donor
of the Year. Affiliated with Athletics for more
than 40 years, Zlotnik is the founder of the
ultra-successful TELUS Millennium Scholarship
Breakfast that has raised more than $5 million
in endowed scholarships for UBC athletes over
the past nine years. In the 1980s, Zlotnik founded
the Thunderbird Golf Society, a volunteer group
dedicated to advancing the golf program at
UBC. This group has raised more than $1 million
that is endowed for both men's and women's
golf scholarships. Zlotnik was inducted into
UBC's Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder
category at the Big Block Banquet in March. From
all of us at UBC Athletics, thank you Marty!
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Errata: In the spring issue of Trek Magazine
we published an obituary for William L.
Sauder, who died last year on December 19.
The obituary stated that Dr. Sauder donated
$20,000 to the Faculty of Commerce in 2003,
when in fact the amount of the gift was $20
million. We apologize to Dr. Sander's family
for the error.
Joan Wharton died peacefully at Epsom
General Hospital in England on September 16,
2007, aged 91. She was born inVancouver on
February 4, 1916, the eldest daughter of Lewis
and Lucy (Davies) Wharton, who emigrated
from England to Canada in 1913. Joan
graduated in English and Economics in 1936,
taking her final exams in London shortly after
travelling back to England. Immediately after
this, she went to Business School, then in 1937
secured a job at the Milk Marketing Board in
London and soon after in Thames Ditton,
Surrey, when the mmb relocated.
Joan gave distinguished service to the mmb
for the whole of her working life, ending up
in total charge of the print and typing services
department before she retired. Joan lived
first in Surbiton, Surrey, sharing a house with
her friend Beryl Newman (both members
of the mmb Sports Club). Later, the two of
them moved to a property in Ewell, Surrey;
Sadly, Beryl died some time ago, but Joan
continued to live on in the same property at
Ewell until she died.
Joan was a keen sportswoman, playing
hockey, badminton and golf. She was also a
knowledgeable gardener, an avid photographer
and was widely travelled due to her interest in
other countries and their cultures. At one time
she travelled to China (long before it was
fashionable to do so), and would also return
to Canada to meet up with the friends she
made there.
She never married but is very fondly
remembered by her nephew and two nieces
for whom she was a constant and reassuring
presence when their parents lived abroad and
they were being schooled in England. She had a
wide circle of friends, including the Crowther
family, who had been deeply supportive of her
when she first came back to England and
became a second family for her. All this
culminated in a wonderful 90TH birthday
party in the Queen's Suite at Epsom Racecourse that Joan organised herself. She stood
to make a remarkable speech without notes.
Joan will be much missed.
orman S. Free
Norman was born in Ireland in 1915. His
family immigrated to Canada in 1920, first
settling in Calgary, then Vancouver. After
completing his MA he began studying for his
phd at the University of California, Berkeley.
World War II interrupted his studies, so he
returned to UBC to earn a teaching/principal
certificate. Teaching assignments included one
year as the only high school teacher/principal
in Lillooet, Ladner, Mt. Royal Junior College in
Calgary, and finally UBC. At this time teachers
were expected to wear many hats. In Ladner, he
was a math teacher, boys' counselor, and cadet
trainer. It was during this time that he married
the love of his life, Rose Brookes (UBC'37).
Finally able to return to Berkeley, he completed
his phd in mathematics in 1952. While at
Berkeley, he was elected an associate of the
Society of the Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa.
The remainder of his professional career
(1952-1981) was spent at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he became
executive officer of the Mathematics Department. Norman passed away peacefully on January 10, 2008, at age 92 in Elk River, Minnesota. He is survived by his daughters, Judith
Free and Dorothy Holmes (Ron) and grandchildren Rea and David Holmes (Anne), all of
Jack was born April 17, 1916, in Victoria, BC,
and passed away February 24, 2008, in
Burnaby BC, aged 91. He had many fond
memories of living on campus at Union
College. After graduation he joined the BC
Telephone Co., becoming a proud telephone
pioneer after serving for 42 years. During this
period, he was in Outside Plant Engineering,
where his duties included planning, development, and negotiation for joint usage of
equipment with BC Hydro. He was also
instrumental in the planning and implementation of metrification for the company. He was
always proud of the fact that he was the second
of three generations to work for BC Tel.
Jack's telephone career was only interrupted
by his overseas service in the Canadian Navy
during wwil. He was posted to England and
Summer 2008    Trek    47 IN MEMORIAM
worked with both the Royal Navy Air Arm and
the air force in developing, testing, and
installing radar systems in aircraft.
Jack was married to Gladys, who predeceased him (2004), for 53 years. He will be
missed by brother, Robert (Dot), his daughter,
Gail (Tom), granddaughter Stephanie, and his
son, Gary (Judi).
In the early morning of Monday, March 31,
2008, Pat MacMillan died peacefully in
Pembroke, Ontario, aged 92. Born in Dawson
City, Yukon Territory, on Mother's Day, May
11, 1916, Pat was the eldest child of William
(Billy) and Lucile (McKay) MacMillan. He is
predeceased by his parents and his sister, Mary;
and in February 2006 by his beloved wife,
Alice, of 63 years. He is remembered with
much love by four children: daughter Eileen
Conway, in Edmonton; and three sons, William
(Sue), in Kinburn; Robert (Sue), in Oakville;
James (Gail )in Lakefield; and by grandchildren
Patrick Conway, Adam (Shelly) Armitage-
Conway, and Kathleen (John) Brough; Malcolm
(Ana) MacMillan and Philip (fiance Cass)
MacMillan; John MacMillan and David
MacMillan; and one great-grandson, Zachary
Armitage. He will be greatly missed by his
brother, Alan (and wife Phyllis), ofVancouver,
and his sister, Kathleen Gee (and husband Eric),
ofVictoria; six nieces and nephews; and a host
of friends, associates, and neighbours.
Before his marriage to Alice (nee Gerow) in
Charles W.Nash
October, 1942, Pat worked underground for
Cariboo Gold Quartz in Wells and Barkerville,
BC. Following their marriage he enlisted in the
RCAF as an Aircraftsman Second Class, an
"Acey-Deucey," and flew coast patrols in Cansos
and Catalinas both on the West Coast and out
of the base at Goose Bay, Labrador, rising to
the rank of Flight Engineer by war's end.
After brief postwar employment with a civil
engineering firm in Vancouver, Pat returned to
his first love, mining. In the years that followed,
the growing family moved to Elsa and
Carmacks in the Yukon, to Taku in northern
BC and Spillimacheen in the East Kootenays,
back to Premier in northern BC and finally to
the Sudbury area in 1953, where Pat was
employed by Falconbridge (latterly at Hardy
Mine/Onaping) until his retirement in 1978.
Pat and Alice made one further move, to
Arnprior, in 1995.
Pat was a cherished son and brother, a
devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a good companion. We will miss his
common sense, good humour, good manners
and generosity, his love of reading and travel,
his enjoyment of family gatherings, his
wide-ranging interests and information. We
give thanks for a long, happy, and productive
life, well-lived.
With great sorrow we announce that Charlie
died on Sunday, April 20, 2008, in Lions Gate
Hospital. He was born in Lee-on-Solent,
England, on July 24, 1917, and came to
Vancouver with his mother, Hilda, and brothers
in 1925. Dad was predeceased by his loving
wife, Bette, and brothers Jack, John, Peter and
Sandy. "Chuckie" is survived by his loving
family, daughters Rita and Terre, son Paul,
grandson Adrian, and many nieces, nephews
and friends. He was a generous community
volunteer and avid outdoorsman. His hiking
boots, skis and kayak were in active use until
three years ago. Charlie graduated in mechanical engineering from UBC. He then served in
World War II as Flying Officer (Pilot) in the
RCAF in Canada and England. He was a
professional engineer who retired from BC
Hydro as a Vice-President in 19 81. He served
as hon. vice-president of the National Council
and hon. president ofVancouver Coast Region,
Scouts Canada; chairman, Holy Family
Hospital; chairman of Shaughnessy Hospital
and Shaughnessy Hospital Foundation; board
member, University Hospital; international
volunteer, advisor and member of Board of
Directors, ceso.
He was a long-time member of St. Anthony's
Parish, West Vancouver. Charlie's keen interest
in other cultures led him to travel the world
both personally and professionally. At age 73,
Charlie attended SFU to study Mandarin and
later went to China as an exchange student. He
was a member of the Vancouver Mandarin
Club and his book club until age 90. For 23
years, Charlie was known as 'Cougar' to
hundreds of West Vancouver school students to
whom he taught Wilderness Survival. Charlie's
wishes are to leave flowers to grow in the wild;
instead, donations in Charlie's memory may be
made to Holy Family Hospital, Scouts Canada
or the charity of your choice. Our dad's silent
suffering is finally over. We extend our deepest
appreciation to his caregiver, Jenny, and the
staff of 4-East, Lions Gate Hospital, especially
Christine and Krista.
Born on September 26, 1927, in Pelly, Sakatch-
ewan, Judith passed away peacefully on April
4, 2008, in Victoria, BC. She is survived by her
brother, Robert (Shirley) ofVancouver, and her
sister, Ann Shepherd (Ronald) ofVictoria.
48    Trek    Summer 2008 Judith was educated at Victoria College (UBC),
the University of Wisconsin, and the University
of London. She published numerous articles on
poetry and painting in the Renaissance and was
the author of several books. From 1969 to
1997 she taught at the University of Illinois,
where she was a professor of English.
The eldest of the two Heard sisters, Bette, was
born inVancouver on November 29, 1927, to
Albert Charles Heard and Kate ("Kathleen")
Potts. Albert, who was one of the pioneering
settlers of the West Coast, was also born in
Vancouver (September 1898) and grew up on
Hornby and Howe streets, and later in North
Vancouver where Albert's father was the
Superintendent of the North Vancouver Ferry
& Power Company. Following the war, Albert
joined the BC Forest Service as a log scaler and
remained in the company's employ for the
remainder of his working life. Kathleen was
born the fifth of seven children in Crewe in
Chester in 1890, and after the premature death
of her father was sent to America at the age of
13 to work on a farm in North Dakota, and
then Manitoba, and finally Vernon, BC. After a
failed marriage to an English gentlemen farmer,
Kathleen moved to Vancouver in the Twenties
where she set up a successful office supply
business, Tangye & Smith, and where she met
Albert. They married in Bellingham, Washington.
Bette and her sister (Bertha Katherine)
"Sally" (BCOM'53) grew up on Blenheim Street
\   Dorothy Beatrice (Heard) Lechtzier
in Dunbar and later on West Eighth Avenue in
Point Grey, and attended Lord Kitchener and
high school at Lord Byng. At Byng, Bette
formed the Kamila Club and became the
creator and editor in chief of Heard around
Byng, the school gossip column. The sisters
were the epitome of west coast girls of their
time enjoying the life on the west coast - swimming, sailing, and any event which ended in a
party with a large group of their good friends.
Bette later went to UBC, where she earned a BA
(English). At UBC, Bette became a member of
the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and the
friendships that were made or refined here
became entrenched and the nucleus of a small
group of good friends that she enjoyed
throughout her life.
Bette met Merton Lechtzier (BCOM'49) at a
dance at the Vancouver Lawn Tennis Club and
after a lengthy and unique process of conversion to Judaism for that particular time, they
were married on 12 August, 1953, at Beth
Israel Synagogue in Vancouver. The Tennis
Club became a central part of their lives both
for sport and friends and they were very active
members there for over five decades. Mert and
"Beebz" (as she was affectionately known), set
up their first home in an apartment South
Granville but soon moved to the corner of
Hudson Street and West 3 2nd Avenue in
Shaughnessy in 1955 and remained there for
the next 40 years. Both Beebz and Mert loved
to travel and spent many wonderful holidays
with friends in an exotic Mexico of that time.
They were also great entertainers and hosts,
and Hudson Street became the venue of all
manner of parties over the decades. One, two
and eventually three sets of beady little eyes
staring through the white wooden balustrade at
the top of the stairs witnessed dozens of
couples in smart blazers and fur stoles arriving
in wafts of smoke and the clinking of cut
crystal glasses among the frivolity of laughter
throughout the Sixties and Seventies. Also in
1955, Matthew was born and later Paul and
Sally. While Bette was a Dr. Spock generation
mother she was also a mother made in the
mold of Donna Reed. While she was not really
a gourmet, she was the purveyor of the most
wonderful comfort food (as we now know it)
and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of how to
make secondary and tertiary meals out of an
original source, reflecting the thrift of leaner
years. The well done roast beef from every
Sunday night became the cold roast beef with
gravy the next night and begot the shepherd's
pie the next night and the beef and barley soup
the night after that (by the fourth night
however the other big person of the household
was less than enthusiastic about this outlet of
creativity). She was also a resourceful epicurean, and would leap at any opportunity to
retrieve little delicacies from Lulu Island -
blackberries from the lane or dandelion leaves
from of the shoulder of the highway (often after
whisking the dogs away to get at her target,
much to the anticipating diners' concern).
Like Mert, Beebz also loved fashion, but
above that style, and she had a wonderful
ability to mix a modest wardrobe into
something chic with great ease. Bette was one
of the century's best shoppers and her nose for
a sale to add to her wardrobe was amazing. But
she was very democratic, modest and resourceful in her quest for the look. In an interview in
the late Sixties with a local magazine, a
reporter, after interviewing some local grandee
of a recent European acquisition, turned to
Beebz to ask about the source of her wonderful
new shoes...Paris, New York? Bette laughed
and said "The Army & Navy Sale, $9.99,"
amusing her friends and aggravating the
socialite. In 1967, at Beebz' fortieth, her friends
took delight in carving up an already short
Summer 2008    Trek    49 IN MEMORIAM
pink and orange psychedelic paper dress until
there was little left below the waist. Like many
of her contemporaries, Bette was consumed
about getting the right tan. She was in the
master class for this pursuit, which she shared
with only one other friend. The appearance of
any sun in any season would prompt the
makeshift bed of tin foil to be hauled out from
under the eaves, the baby oil applied liberally
and a vertical position assumed on the carpet
in the second floor bedroom in front of an open
window. Every drop of uv ray was rung out to
deepen an already deep bronze glow.
Bette was also, despite her appearance of
being flighty, strongly independent. As soon as
her motherly responsibilities started to wane,
she took a position at Murray Goldman's as a
sales person and excelled (sometimes seeming
to forget it was work). To no greater surprise
than Mert's, Bette also turned out to be a rather
shrewd investor, and on rather meagre
resources she managed to multiply her
investments many times. She also scanned
stock papers religiously to the constant
amusement of her husband.
"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer in
your pants " Perhaps above all else, Beebz
was great fun, a hybrid personality of a little
Lucy, part Carol Burnett, a healthy dollop of
Mary Tyler Moore and with a hint of Marty
Feldman. She was a wonderful friend and
neighbour and the source of untold wild and
wonderful antics and stories. Bette had an
infectious laugh which could permeate a
room in an instant. She was a great dancer
(and loud singer), a wonderful raconteur,
would mimic any man or woman at the drop
of a hat, was a boundless source of old English
rhymes about, among other wonders, white
horses at Banbury Cross and of the greatness of
Gladstone. She loved (dark) chocolate-covered
anything, liked to poke you in the ribs and
make Crrrrrrrr noise after a minimal of
prodding (after a drink or two), and thought
Michael Caine, Gene Hackman and Gene
Wilder were drop-dead gorgeous (all them
strangely having coiffs like her husband). Seen
as a child, she also seemed to be a magician
with a hair brush (both for brushing and
whacking) and had an extraordinary talent
with wrapping paper and ribbon (which had to
be re-used at least three times over). She was
always cold (especially the tip of her nose),
could stick her tongue out in more directions
than most reptiles, and was a little tornado of
activity in the garden. On most Sunday
morning she would like to pronounce to all
that weren't listening "Let's get Crackin," when
the family's cumulative energy got lost on the
targeted chores or in doing the mandatory
vacuuming. In the late Nineties, dementia took
hold of Bette's personality, twisted it and slowly
robbed us of her laughter and charm. But even
through this desperate period, Bette still
managed on occasion to collect an ounce of
composure from somewhere to emit a little
twinkle from her eye, poke you in the ribs and
brighten a room. During ten long and often sad
years, Mert was a loyal and loving companion
and caregiver of unlimited capacity who made
any sacrifice for his beloved wife. She escaped
her torment and let go of life on Thursday, io
April, 2008, in Vancouver. Bette was 80. She
has been and will continue to be sorely missed
by many and is irreplaceable, as was her
husband and our father. Bette was predeceased
by her husband Merton in December, 2006,
and is survived by her three children, Matthew,
BA'78, ll.b'8i, (Victoria) MA'02 (Kingston U.K.)
of London, England; and Paul bcom'8o,
MBA'85, (LBS UK) and wife Jennifer Dolman of
Toronto; and Sally, BA'85, and husband Jeffrey
Rutledge ofVancouver; and six grandchildren:
Sam, Adam and Emma Rutledge and Harris,
Sasha and Abby Lechtzier, as well as her sister
Sally Midwinter of Ottawa.
Noted West Coast nautical writer, marine
historian, journalist and editor, photographer,
sailor, gardener, teacher, mentor, and beloved
mother, Shirley wrote scores of articles and three
books over a career that spanned five decades.
Shirley was born 22 February 1933 in
Vancouver, BC, and spent some of her childhood
years memorably in Stewart, BC, before moving
south to Victoria to complete her early education
as a proud graduate of Victoria High School.
After attending Vic College for a year, she
transferred to UBC majoring in English and
Shirley (Smith) Hewett
Creative Writing (Geography minor), and
began her life long path as a scribe reporting
for The Ubyssey along with such noted
luminaries as Allan Fotheringham and Joe
Schlesinger. She lived a rustic campus existence
at Acadia Camp, sharing an army hut (that had
only two showers) with 11 other girls:
competition was fierce, especially on weekend
date nights and before Liz Oliver's 21 ST
birthday celebration. Involved in International
House, she also danced in the mussoc
production of Bonanza, a poor man's Oklahoma
set in the Alberta oilfields, and spent many happy
hours playing bridge in the Brock lounge.
Upon completing her BA, Shirley continued
her UBC training to become a high school
teacher at Alpha (Burnaby) and Claremont
(Victoria), with a long trek around Europe
mixed in between. Somehow balancing family,
two small businesses and the Victoria Times
weekly column Around our Shores in the
1960s and 70s, Shirley also was a pioneer
community recycler and subsequently became a
sustaining leader and supporter of other writers
through the Professional Writers Association of
Canada (pwac). For many years she was the
cfax radio voice of Swiftsure, worked hard for
the Classic Boat Festival (1999 Honourary
Commodore), and was an avid member of the
Canadian Forces Sailing Association, Royal
Victoria Yacht Club and other marine affiliations.
The author of Swiftsure: the First Fifty Years,
Down the Hatch, Royally and The People's Boat
HMCS Oriole: Ship of a Thousand Dreams,
50    Trek    Summer 2008 Shirley had countless articles published in Quill
and Quire, Beautiful British Columbia
Traveller, Monday Magazine, Pacific Yachting,
Sailing World, 48 Degrees North and other
journals. She was welcome aboard the CCGS
Narwhal, HMCS Oriole, Messenger III and in
the kitchens of West Coast lighthouses.
Shirley died peacefully at home in Victoria,
BC, on 4 February, 2008, leaving her daughter,
Kari, sons Geoffrey (Karen) and Hal, grandsons
Lister and Zeke, and an expanding family circle
of friends to celebrate her life and remarkable
Her family and writing colleagues are setting
up a fund to help writers who are struggling
with financial limitations to complete important
writing projects: the Shirley Hewett Memorial
Fund. It will be administered by the Professional
Writers Association of Canada (www.pwac.ca),
a national group with headquarters in Toronto
and 23 chapters across the country. Shirley was
president of the Victoria chapter and a
long-time PWAC member and activist. Pledges
for the Shirley Hewett Memorial Fund can be
directed to Carole Pearson, treasurer of the
Victoria PWAC chapter at capearson@shaw.ca.
Ken was born in New Westminster and grew
up in Vancouver, graduating from Kitsilano
High School in 1949. After graduating from
UBC, he worked on the BC coast until 1974 for
a number of forestry groups including CD.
Schultz and Weldwood. For the rest of his
forestry career, Ken worked overseas in Latin
America, Nepal, Sudan, Somalia, and Pakistan.
He retired in West Vancouver. Ken is survived
by his wife, Margaret; daughters Robin (Dale),
Sheila (Ron) and Diane (Russ); and grandchildren Jackie and Trevor.
Ken passed away on February 15, 2008 in St.
Paul's Hospital. He was born in Trail, BC, on
September 25, 1933, and attended school in
Trail and Penticton. He graduated from UBC
with a BASC (Metallurgical) in 1956 and from
the University of Western Ontario with an mba
in 1964. Ken was active in the mining industry
for most of his career. A lifelong bachelor, in
retirement Ken served on the executive of the
Royal Canadian Legion and was a keen
Bruce passed away suddenly after enjoying a
beautiful game of golf in one of his favorite
places - Palm Desert - on March 23, 2008.
Bruce was born on April 11, 1943, to Peter and
Lydia Rollick in Vancouver, BC, and raised in
the Kootenays. He is survived by his loving
wife of 41 years, Judy, daughters Elayne and Lisa
(Patrick Reilly), his grandchildren, Jordan (5 years)
and Gage (2 years), his sister, Linda (nephews
James and Peter), his brother, Gordon (nieces
Natalie and Lindsay), and his mother, Lydia.
Bruce and Judy began their journey together
on the badminton court at the age of 13. He
was so smitten with her the first time they met
that he went home and told his mother he was
going to marry her. On March 18, 1967, they
wed and continued to compete at badminton
together for many years, winning numerous
Canadian badminotn titles. Bruce attended
UBC on a Cominco scholarship and graduated
with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Honours
Mathematics. He subsequently attained
Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries and in
the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in 1971.
Bruce was highly respected in his field specializing in trusteed, negotiated pension and health
and welfare plans. He helped people in every
aspect of life from a large scale down to an
individual level. Bruce was a loving husband, a
devoted father and grandfather (pops), and a
loyal friend. He embraced life, living every
moment with integrity. Bruce will be greatly
missed by family, friends and colleagues.
Donations may be made in his memory to
the Badminton Perpetual Excellence Foundation
of Canada, #750-401 West Georgia Street,
Vancouver, BC, v6b 5A1. This Foundation was
created by Bruce and a fellow badminton
colleague to support the development of a
continuous stream of Canadian world-class
badminton players, and potential medalists at
Olympic Games and World Championship
Summer 2008    Trek    51 IN MEMORIAM
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, October 14, 1929,
Edith died peacefully in Vancouver on December
9, 2007, after a short and valiant battle with
brain cancer. Sadly missed by her sister,
Eleanore Rosinke of Toronto; her husband of
54 years, Donald; daughters Julianne and
Kathy; sons Anders and Peder (Louisa Jardine);
and grandchildren Jens and Claire Ourom and
Flora Dunster, who sorely miss their Granny O.
Edith is also survived by family in Canada,
Germany, Norway and England. She is
predeceased by her parents, Leo Rosinke and
Klara Kaesler, who emigrated from Prussia in
the 1920s and settled in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Mom was very proud of her German heritage.
After high school, her independent and
adventurous nature took her to Stratford
Normal School, followed by teaching first in
Goose Bay, Labrador, and then in British
Guiana where she met Don, a civil engineer
from Saskatchewan.
After their marriage and a honeymoon in
post-war Europe, Mom and Dad settled in
Kingston, Ontario, where all four children were
born. In 1962, the family moved to Vancouver,
which was a wonderful place to raise a family
and enjoy the many outdoor and cultural
opportunities of a larger city surrounded by
mountains and ocean.
After her children were in school, Mom
completed her bed at UBC, specialising in
school librarianship. "Mrs. O" worked as a
Edith Rita Ourom (nee Rosinke)
teacher-librarian in Vancouver for 27 years,
instilling a life-long love of reading in the
children of Livingstone, Bayview, Waverley and
Lord Nelson schools. She passionately promoted
children's literature and was active on various
library and children's literature committees.
Mom treasured her long-lasting friendships,
including several from early childhood. She was
a born teacher and supported many colleagues
in their efforts to educate Vancouver children.
Some of these working relationships blossomed
into the very best of friendships. Her enthusiasms for Red Riding Hood, children's literature,
antique silver teaspoons and other collectibles
led to world-wide friendships and wide-ranging
collections, as well as many enjoyable and
productive visits to second hand stores. The
family is very pleased that, in keeping with her
wishes, the large Red Riding Hood collection,
along with other children's literature materials,
is being donated in her honour to UBC Rare
Books & Special Collections Library. Mom
would be delighted to know that what she
considered a personal passion (and excuse for
shopping thrift stores around the world) will be
of inestimable value to students and researchers
in years to come.
Mom approached life with enthusiasm and
zest, ensuring there was never a dull or wasted
moment. She inspired (and sometimes exhausted) others with her energy and ideas, and
was generous with advice, whether welcome or
not. After retirement she continued to enjoy life
to the fullest with numerous trips to Europe,
New York, Seattle, San Francisco, the Yukon,
Alaska and Ontario, many focussed on opera
and theatre, particularly the Ring Cycle. She
belonged to Vancouver Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
She was an avid gardener and spent many
happy hours "playing in her garden" (as she
called it) at home and at the cabin on Lasqueti
Island where she fought an ongoing battle with
the deer and sheep. She grew a variety of
interesting plants ranging from kiwi and figs to
herbs and heritage roses, and was generous in
sharing with other gardeners. She was a Van
Dusen Master Gardener for over twenty years,
and was especially passionate about worm
composting, teaching many workshops.
She was also active in the Dunbar Garden
Club, the Vancouver Guild of Embroiderers,
the Catholic Women's League and other
community organisations where she usually
enlivened the proceedings. An accomplished
cook and baker, her trays of homemade
Christmas cookies, with recipes refined through
many years of practise, were appreciated each
year by all those fortunate enough to enjoy
them. We are continuing with some of her
traditions. Knitting, needlework and sewing
were also accomplishments, with family
members and charities being the lucky
recipients of her output.
Mom was a storyteller by nature. Often the
tales grew in the telling, a trait inherited from
her father. It has been said that she never let
facts stand in the way of a good story. She was
a voracious reader and self-described "printa-
holic," as well as an enthusiastic letter writer,
and loved to share her experiences with others.
She was active in her church and participated
in many activities, particularly craft fairs. She
was strong in her faith, passionate about
recycling, environmentally aware, and concerned about the world of the future. One of
her last wishes was to contribute to educational
programmes for schoolgirls in Afghanistan.
The family would like to thank Robert
Greenwood, M.D., for his friendship and care
especially in the last few months and Marion
Hospice for care in Mom's last days. In keeping
with her eclectic and wide-ranging interests, the
family welcomes contributions in her name to
agape Street Ministry (Missionary Oblates of
Mary Immaculate), The Land Conservancy of
British Columbia or Canadian Women for
Women Afghanistan. And to continue her love of
children's literature and reading, we encourage
you to take a moment and read a book to a child.
Edith Marie, Mariedeth to many, died peacefully in the presence of Love on the warm
Sunday afternoon of September 9, 2007. Edith
chose this poem as her farewell wish:
Dance as though no one is watching,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear,
Live as though heaven is on earth.
52    Trek    Summer 2008 Memoriam donations may be made to Victoria
Human Exchange Society, PO Box 8534, Victoria,
BC v8w 3si, or to the Global Alliance for Peace
c/o Dr. Saul Arbess, 4 5 Cambridge Street, Victoria.
On November 24, 2006, Lynn lost her valiant
fight to amyloidosis. Mourning her loss are her
husband, Ted, children Mallory (19, studying
Kinesiology at UBC) and Ben (16), parents
Edna and Don as well as many relatives,
professional colleagues and friends.
Lynn graduated from Centennial High
School, Coquitlam, in 1969 and then, in 1974,
graduated from the faculty of Pharmaceutical
Sciences at UBC with the highest marks. After
completing her hospital residency program at
Lions Gate Hospital she worked as a clinical
pharmacist at UBC Extended Care Hospital,
lectured at the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
at UBC and at SFU for the gerontology program.
As a mother, Lynn was involved with her
children's soccer, hockey, Softball and the schools'
PAC, especially with fundraising. Her passion
was reading and vacationing with her family.
Lynn sincerely cared about helping others
either as a friend or as a professional. A
gerontology award in recognition of Lynn
Trottier has been established at the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC. Your gift in
memory of Lynn can be made payable to the
faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and sent to:
F of PS, 2146 East Mall, Vancouver, v6T 1Z3.
An income tax receipt will be issued.
Richard Chave Sanderson
Richard died suddenly on February 20,
2008, aged 34. He is survived by his parents,
Alan and Rosalind, his younger brother,
Trevor, his grandmother, Estelle Chave, and his
great-aunt, Joan Matheson, all of whom loved
him profoundly. He will also be remembered
with love by his English relatives, his aunt
Marian (Peter) Bockh and his uncle John
(Margaret) Sanderson, and by cousins in
Canada and England.
Richard graduated with a BA in 1997,
majoring in Political Science. In his final
academic year, he organized UBC's participation in the North American Model United
Nations conference in Toronto. He headed the
delegation, and represented France in the
deliberations in the General Assembly.
Among Richard's many interests was a love
of music. He played the French horn in both
the Intermediate and Senior divisions of the
Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, rising
to the position of Third Horn in the Seniors at
the age of sixteen.
In the spring of 1996, Richard applied his
academic interest in Political Science to a
practical endeavour, running as the Progressive
Democratic Alliance's candidate for Vancouver-
Quilchena, and coming third in that riding in
the May 1996 provincial election.
The gentlemanly game of cricket remained
Richard's favourite sport. He captained the
UBC Third "Eleven" for a time, and continued
to play for several years with the UBC Alumni
teams, then the United Cricket Club here in
Vancouver, until his death.
Richard will be remembered with love and
grief by family and friends as a gentle, courteous, empathetic, generous, literate, and witty
young man, who died far too soon just at a
time when he had so many great prospects to
look forward to. We are sorely missing his love,
his great personal charm and generosity, and
his prodigious memory and enviable intelligence.
The 81-year mortal tenure of Professor
Emeritus Norman Watt came to a peaceful end
on June 2 in precisely the way he would have
wanted - at home, in his sleep.
Although the community he loved and
served experienced a marked emptiness in the
wake of his sudden passing, his legions of
friends would no doubt agree that he made it a
better place. And a whole lot more fun, too.
Many will remember Norman ("Sub-Norm")
as a co-founder - along with long-time sidekick
and Theatre assistant professor Norman
("Ab-Norm") Young - of a number of off-beat
charity events, such as the President's University Cup Costumed Croquet Klassic (puccck),
an annual croquet tournament held on the
lawn of Norman McKenzie House to benefit
the Crane Library.
Then there was the 1987 Celebrity Concert
and Auction to raise money for the Rick
Hansen Special Needs Student Bursary, at
which they convinced then-Chancellor Robert
Wyman to confer an "Ornery Degree in English
as a Second Language" to notorious news
curmudgeon Jack Webster.
A long-time garage sale enthusiast, Norman
single-handedly spearheaded the World's
Largest Garage Sale on Mclnnes Field, attended
by some 3,000 people during UBC Open House
Week, with proceeds going to various campus
departments that donated surplus items for sale.
While he appreciated the countless kudos
and formal recognitions he received, he was
quick to point out that he was just trying to
have a little fun.
"I wasn't out to change the world," he
once said. "I just wanted to make life a bit
more interesting."
Summer 2008    Trek    53 IN MEMORIAM
Norm Young (L) and Norm Watt
The truth is that Norman did change the
world for a great many people, having
undertaken some serious endeavours, in
addition to the not-so-serious ones. After
completing his masters and phd at the
University of Oregon, he returned to UBC in
1961 to join the faculty of Education and later
serve as director of Extra-Sessional Studies.
It was during that time that he implemented
one of his more notable ahead-of-the-curve
ideas by obtaining a provincial grant so that
seniors could take summer courses free of
charge, including free residence stays for those
outside the Lower Mainland. The program was
an instant success and later became known as
the Third Age Spring Lecture Series.
"He did that before you could get a senior
citizen's bus pass," said Young. "It was the first
of its kind in North America."
A gifted athlete in his years at Magee High
School, Norman later tried out for the
Thunderbirds basketball team. He was
reluctantly cut by Coach Bob Osborne for
being well under six-feet tall, but was immediately appointed as manager. Shortly after his
return to UBC, he volunteered to coach the
Junior Varsity Braves, leading them to national
titles in 1966 and '67.
He also devoted considerable time to the BC
Paraplegic Association, and has been credited
with being one of the pioneers of wheelchair
basketball. In 1976, he co-founded the World's
Worst Original Oil Painting Exhibition and
Auction (wwoopea) which gained national
media attention and raised more than
$600,000 for the bcpa.
When he retired in 1991, he was honoured
with one of the inaugural President's Service
Awards for Excellence. A few years later, he
and Young received the Alumni Association's
Lifetime Achievement Award.
Norman Scott Watt remained active in
retirement as an avid golfer, garage sale
aficionado and community volunteer. For 5 8
years he was a devoted husband to his wife
Gale and equally so a father to daughters
Norma-Jean (Phillips) and Debbie (Welsh),
and later a doting grandfather to Kymberley
and Ryan.
"He was an innocent in this world," recalled
Young. "He was always happy and thoughtful
and he would never say or even think a bad
thought about anybody. He was just a really
great guy." Don Wells
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UBC was the obvious place for the Kermodes to establish this award. Jack and Ruth
are alumni, and feel their university education contributed much to their lives. "With
Kay being a teacher, we thought a bursary at UBC would be a fitting way to honour
her memory," Jack says.
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Please read the prospectus before investing which is available from your investment professional or Hartford Investments Canada Corp. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently
and past performance may not be repeated.


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