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FALL 2008
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5    Take Note
14 The Good, the Bad and the Tiny by Hilary Thomson
Is nanotechnology the next big thing or the next big nightmare?
18  Engineers Without Borders:
Small changes, Big Results by Michael Awmack
EWB attracts active students dedicated to creating a more equitable world.
21 Sharing the Same Sky By Ka-Hay Law
Ten years ago, alumna Ka-Hay Law never dreamed she would be
living and working in Africa.
22 Return of the Vets
In 1947, enrolment at UBC leaped to 9,374. About half of the students
were WWII veterans.
25    Letters from the Front by Megan Robertson
A student reads letters sent home from the front during WWI.
28   14th Annual Achievement Awards
Nine people and one building get special recognition for their
great accomplishments.
36 Alumni News
38 Class Acts
42 Books
44 T-Bird News
48 In Memoriam
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Cover: Military exercise with Main Library
as backdrop. From The Totem, 1942.
Opposite: Letter to Harry Ralston from
Gertrude Walker, Christmas 1916.
UBC Library, Rare Books and Special
Collections. See page 25.
EDITOR IN CHIEF Christopher Petty, mfa'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, ba'oi
CHAIR Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MBA, MA
VICE CHAIR Gayle Stewart, BA'76, MA'08
treasurer Robin Elliott, BCoM'65
Aderita Guerrerio, BA'77
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Don Dalik, BCom, LLB'76
Dallas Leung, BCoM'94
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
Miranda Lam, LLB'02.
Marsha Walden, BCom'So
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
Stephen Owen, MBA, LLB'72., LLM
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Barbara Miles, ba, postgrad certificate in ed.
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCOM'82
Marie Earl, ab, mla
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Fall 2008    Trek    3 EMAIL,
One of the magic joys of modern life is email. And one of the total
drags of modern life is junk email. Fortunately, and thanks to the
foresight of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, all computer keyboards have a
DEL button that sends junk email instantly into the ether. Don't want
to read something? Goodbye!
But email, even junkless email, presents other problems. For instance,
most of us have acquired more than one email address over the years:
one at work, one we use for family and friends, one we set up as a sick
and tiresome joke and one we created for reasons we've lost in the
impenetrable vapours of time. This all means it's sometimes hard for
your contacts to keep track of you.
Now, as a UBC alumnus, you can have one common - and elegant -
address: your.name@alumni.ubc.ca, to send to everyone.
We've developed an email forwarding service, free to UBC alumni,
that's now ready to use. Visit our website, www.alumni.ubc.ca, and
click on the email forwarding button. It is a bit tricky: you will need a
Campus Wide Login to use the service. If you graduated after 2001, you
already have one. If not, or if you've lost it, you will need your UBC
student number in order to get your CWL. Full directions are online.
It'll be a test of your smarts.
Most new students at UBC are overwhelmed when they first step on
campus. The size of the place, the mass of people milling around and
the confusing array of buildings gang up to produce a cold chill down
a freshie's spine. And where are the bathrooms, anyway?
After a few days, most of the newbies find a place where they can
quietly gather their wits and figure things out. That place, for many of
them, becomes home for the next four years. Students have found various
homes on campus since Point Grey opened in 1925: the old coffee shop
in the basement of Main, the Bus Stop Cafe, a tucked-away study room
in the Buchanan building and, on those days when the wind wasn't
driving rain into their faces, sunny benches in the sun.
Over the years, UBC students have also built their own places. It
started in 1929, when students raised $12,000 to build the first gymnasium
(since razed to build Buchanan Towers). In 1936, students began a
campaign to build Brock Hall, named after a beloved professor killed in a
plane crash. By the time it was finished in 1940, they had raised $80,000
and provided themselves with a student centre. Brock burned down in
1956 but, with $335,000 in student levies, students had it rebuilt the
same year. In 1950, students raised most of the $725,000 needed to build
the War Memorial Gym, meant to commemorate classmates who fought
and died in the war. And in 1968, when Brock Hall began to burst at the
seams, students applied another levy to their fees and raised most of the
$5 million needed to build the Student Union Building.
Now, with SUB itself crowded and overused, the Alma Mater Society
has passed a levy to raise $85 million (the largest single donation UBC
has ever received) to build a new student building at University Square.
(Visit www.universitytown.ubc.ca for more information about the new
campus plan.) Scheduled for completion in 2012, the new SUB will go a
long way to creating that special place, provided by students themselves.
Chris Petty, mfa'86, Editor in Chief
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Where Am I Now?
Have you ever found yourself suddenly
disoriented, lost, wondering where you are? We
usually associate such episodes with Alzheimer's
disease or some other brain condition. But that
may not always be the case. UBC researchers
have discovered the phenomenon can exist
independently in patients who show no sign of
brain damage or cognitive impairment and,
although the severity can vary, many people in
the general population may be affected.
"They might have a lifelong history of
episodes like getting lost in their own house
or neighbourhood, at school or at work, and
having to rely on others for directions. In
extreme cases, this can even lead to social
isolation," says Jason Barton, Canada Research
Chair and director of the Human Vision and
Eye Movement laboratory where the research
was conducted.
Using magnetic resonance imaging and
behavioural studies, the researchers documented
the first case of an individual with this
developmental topographical disorder. This
patient is unable to become oriented even in
environments where they spend time on a regular
basis. "Imagine not being able to do the simplest
of tasks, such as finding your way home from the
grocery store," says study leader Giuseppe Iaria,
a UBC faculty of Medicine and Vancouver Coastal
Health Research Institute postdoctoral fellow.
"Navigating and orienting in an environment
are complex cognitive skills, involving parts of
the brain used for memory, attention, perception
and decision-making. It also requires using at
least two distinct types of memory systems,"
says Iaria. The procedural memory uses physical
information such as distance, landmarks and
stereotyped movement to help an individual
navigate from point A to point B. The spatial
memory, however, involves the creation and
use of a mental map of surroundings. The
behavioural tests revealed that the subject in
this study was specifically unable to form such
a cognitive tool.
The study was published in the journal
Neuropsychologia. For more information,
visit www.gettinglost.ca.
Childbirth for the Complete Dummy
'iL Anyone with training in cardiopulmonary
resuscitation will probably remember the
mannequin they practiced on. Developed in
i960, Resusci Anne simulated the human
cardiovascular system and gave trainees a
realistic sense of how to provide effective
treatment in an emergency. Trainees could
confidently build experience without risking
the well-being of a living person.
The technology has advanced somewhat, and
UBC's division of Midwifery recently purchased
a sophisticated set of mannequins that simulate
the birthing process. Mother Noelle and baby
Sophie can be programmed to show various
symptoms indicating complications to which
a midwife must know how to respond.
A slightly larger version of Sophie is used for
practicing neonatal resuscitation. Nursing and
medicine students, as well as midwifery
students, will benefit from the new tool. "One
of the main concerns of students working in
this area is their ability to provide safe care,"
says midwifery instructor Kim Campbell.
"Midwives work with two patients and
the process may take unpredictable turns.
The simulator lets students try normal and
life-and-death situations over and over
without risk."
Instructors control the mannequins via a
computer screen, from the dilation of the
mother's cervix to the colour of the larger
baby's skin and other vital signs. The mannequins
can be used to simulate a normal birth, a
breech birth or a C-section. Noelle is fitted
with a microphone, and a roleplayer in another
room responds to questions or presents more
information. Students can listen, look and
measure before applying the correct treatment.
They can practiced inserting an IV or a
breathing tube, or administering medication
through the umbilicus, for example.
"Feedback from students is quite positive,"
says Campbell. "The workshops show that
students increase their confidence in working
with obstetrical care issues."
UBC's Midwifery Education Program received
funding from the BC Academic Health Council's
Practice Education Innovation Fund to develop
a maternity care simulation laboratory.
Midwifery student Yarrow Fox with birthing mannequin.
Photograph: Martin Dee
Fall 2008    Trek    5 take note
UBC received top marks for its sustainability initiatives.
It's Cool Being Green
Ik UBC received top marks in a sustainability
survey of 300 North American post-secondary
institutions. It came top of the list in Canada
and third overall, earning an A- on the College
Sustainability Report Card released in September
by the Sustainability Endowment Institute. This
was the highest grade awarded, placing UBC
ahead of Harvard and Stanford.
Some of the sustainability initiatives at UBC
that earned praise were a campaign to retrofit
3 00 campus buildings in order to increase their
energy and water efficiency and reduce
emissions; the construction of new buildings
using the latest green technologies; the use by
UBC dining services of local dairy products;
numerous programs designed to engage
students in making sustainable lifestyle choices;
and a strong commitment to sustainable policies
from senior administration, including an
advisory committee for the Board of Governors
to guide socially responsible investment.
In 1997, UBC became the first Canadian
university to adopt a sustainable development
policy, and has already met Canada's 2012
Kyoto targets by reducing greenhouse gas
emissions by 25 per cent over the past 16 years.
The university offers more than 300 courses
relating to sustainability.
Toying with Tortoises
it A species of giant tortoise that inhabited the
Galapagos island of Floreana is thought to
have become extinct by the mid 1800s as a
result of over-zealous human harvesting. But
now scientists think it might not be too late for
Geochelone elephantopus to make a comeback.
UBC conservation geneticist Michael Russello
is part of an international research team that
has found traces of an extinct genetic line in
living tortoises. The team used modern DNA
techniques to compare genetic material from
museum specimens and from tortoises living
close to Floreana to establish that tortoises on
nearby Isabela Island still carry traces of
genetic material relating to the extinct species.
"Surprisingly, we found that these non-native
tortoises from Isabela are of recent Floreana
ancestry and closely match the genetic data
provided by the museum specimens," says
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Photograph: Martin Dee Russello, assistant professor and acting director
of the Centre for Species at Risk and Habitat
Studies at UBC Okanagan.
The researchers believe that they may be
able to reintroduce G. elephantopus through a
program of captive breeding with the population
of about 20,000 tortoises, using targeted mate
selection. "With enough individuals to start
a serious captive breeding program, this
finding may help reestablish a species that was
thought to have gone extinct more than a
century ago and illustrates the long-term genetic
analysis and the critical role of museum specimens
in conservation biology," says Russello.
Four out of the fifteen known species of giant
tortoise on the Galapagos archipegalo have already
disappeared as a result of contact with humans.
The Gold (Tooth) Standard
llife Look in the mouths of people from different
parts of the world and you will see an amazing
variety of dental work. Dental care standards
vary around the world, resulting in some
debate over professional recognition across
borders. UBC's school of Dentistry is involved in
a program aimed at introducing some consistency
via the establishment of a global standard,
based on better mutual understanding of
differing approaches to treatment.
Toward this end, UBC's is the first dentistry
school to launch a teaching initiative linking
dental students from different institutions
around the world via a blogging tool. The
International Peer Review currently links UBC
students with their counterparts from the
University of Birmingham, the University of
California San Francisco, the University of
Melbourne and the University of Saskatchewan.
"It is the first step to address differences in
international professional dental education,"
says Karen Gardner, assistant professor of
Dentistry and leader of the initiative. "It is a
great teaching tool for our future dentists."
Participating students are paired up and
encouraged to compare notes and discuss
practices. They can exchange techniques and
ideas they might not otherwise have considered,
and in critiquing or defending certain approaches
they gain a more rigorous understanding of the
rationale behind treatments.
"Requirements for a successful dentist in one
area will differ from the requirements for a
successful dentist in another," says Gardner.
"We recognize that dentists are localized
specialists. For example, a common practice for
a dentist in one region of the world may be to
extract a tooth because of a potentially higher
risk for infection. In other regions, however, a
dentist may practice preserving the tooth by
filling cavities, performing a root canal or
re-mineralizing because the risk for infection
can be better managed."
The program is especially valuable as
increasing numbers of dental professionals
work in countries other than where they
received their training. "This model shares
practices," says Gardner. "We hope, eventually,
that there will be a convergence that leads to a
standard of care across the globe."
Mutant Fish Shed Armour
Mfc A century and a half ago Charles Darwin
published a theory arguing that harsh environmental conditions led to a struggle for survival,
with the fittest prevailing. A recent UBC study
has provided new evidence to back up the
150-year old theory on a genetic level.
The subject of the study was the humble
stickleback, a species which originated in the
ocean but after the last ice-age began to
populate freshwater environments as well.
Over 20,000 years, the freshwater variety has
adapted to its surroundings and evolved to
become physiologically distinguishable from its
marine-based equivalent. The freshwater
stickleback tends to be bigger and, more
specifically, no longer sports the bony lateral
plates seen on the marine stickleback.
Scientists have identified a mutant form of a
gene - or allele - that prohibits the growth of
the armour. It is prevalent in the freshwater
stickleback but rare in marine varieties of the
fish. The UBC team wanted to discover whether
or not the mutant gene, evident in one per cent
of marine sticklebacks, is the key that allowed
them to adapt to a freshwater environment.
To do so, they took marine sticklebacks with
the gene, placed them in freshwater ponds,
and studied the genetic characteristics of
their offspring.
"By documenting the physical traits and
genetic makeup of the offspring produced by
these marine sticklebacks in freshwater, we
were able to track how natural selection
operates on this gene," says study co-author
and postdoctoral fellow Sean Rogers. "We
found a significant increase in the frequency of
this allele in their offspring, evidence that
natural selection favours reduced armour in
freshwater," adds co-author, Zoology PhD
candidate Rowan Barrett. The fact that
offspring carrying the allele were larger was
also significant. "It leads us to believe that the
genetic expression is also tied to increased
growth rate," says Barrett. "If the fish aren't
expending resources growing bones, which
may be significantly more difficult in freshwater
due to its lack of ions, they can devote more
energy to increasing biomass. This in turn
allows them to breed earlier and improves
over-winter survival rate."
The study's third author is professor Dolph
Schluter and its findings were published in
Science Express in August. "This study provides
further evidence for Darwin's theory of natural
selection by showing that environmental
conditions can directly impact genes controlling
physical traits that affect the survival of
species," says Barrett.
SUB Getting Subbed Out
Grads from the late '60s on have a
relationship with SUB. Whether hunched over
a steaming cup of coffee on a dreary November
morning, or sitting swivel-headed over a fifth
pint of beer at the Pit, it's a rare student who
hasn't passed a few hours in its cheery confines.
Built in 1968 at a cost of $5 million (collected
mostly through a student levy), it was meant
to accommodate the ever-expanding student
activities and services spilled over from
beleaguered Brock Hall.
Now, four decades later, students have
voted to finance a new space on University
Square to relieve the congestion of a packed
SUB. The new student centre will be part of a
larger redevelopment of the whole campus that
aims to encourage staff, students and faculty to
spend more of their leisure time on campus.
In a summer referendum, the Alma Mater
Fall 2008    Trek    7 take note
Society voted to support the proposed new
build to the tune of $85 million, the largest
single donation in UBC's history, which will be
financed through an incremental levy on future
student fees. The university will contribute
another $25 million to build the 255,000
square foot facility. Construction is expected to
start in 2012 with completion in two years. The
new building will be bigger than the existing
SUB and will employ some of the green building
technologies evident in more recent campus
construction. There will be an emphasis on
public space and community building, and it
will serve as a welcoming centre for students,
alumni and visitors to UBC.
UBC students have a long history of improving
student life on campus through the development
of facilities including the War Memorial Gym,
the Aquatic Centre and Brock Hall.
llife Belief in God encourages people to be
helpful, honest and generous, but only under
certain psychological conditions, according to
UBC researchers who analyzed the past three
decades of social science research.
Religious people are more likely than the
non-religious to engage in prosocial behaviour -
acts that benefit others at a personal cost - but
only when it enhances the individual's reputation
or when religious thoughts are fresh in the
person's mind, say UBC social psychologists
Ara Norenzayan and Azim Shariff.
Appearing in a recent issue of Science, their
paper, "The Origin and Evolution of Religious
Prosociality," begins by reviewing data from
anthropology," sociology, psychology and
economics and then explores how religion, by
encouraging cooperation, became a factor in
making possible the rise of large and stable
societies. To date, says Professor Norenzayan,
the public debate about whether or not religion
fosters cooperation and trust has largely been
driven by opinion and anecdote. "We wanted
to look at the hard scientific evidence," he says.
The investigators found results to be
complementary across the disciplines.
Anthropological data suggests there is more
cooperation among religious societies than
non-religious ones, especially when a group's
survival is under threat. Similarly, economic
experiments indicate that religiosity increases
levels of trust among participants while
psychology experiments show that thoughts of
an omniscient, morally concerned God reduce
levels of cheating and selfish behaviour.
"This type of religiously-motivated virtuous
behaviour has likely played a vital social role
throughout history," says Shariff, a Psychology
PhD student. "One reason we now have large,
cooperative societies may be that some aspects
of religion, such as outsourcing costly social
policing duties to all-powerful Gods, made
societies work more cooperatively in the past."
Across cultures and through time, observe
the authors, the notion of an all-powerful,
morally concerned Big God usually led to Big
Groups: large-scale, stable societies that
successfully passed on their cultural beliefs.
The study also points out that in today's
world religion has no monopoly on kind and
generous behaviour. In many findings, no
difference was seen in the prosocial behaviour
of non-believers and believers. The last several
hundred years has seen the rise of non-religious
institutional mechanisms that include effective
policing, courts and social surveillance. "Some
of the most cooperative modern societies are
also the most secular," says Norenzayan.
"People have found other ways to be cooperative
without God."
Tombstones in the Sand
Ik While digging in the Sicilian sand this
summer, a group of UBC archaeologists made
an intriguing discovery. Excavating at the
ancient Roman village Kaukana in Ragusa, a
province in the south-east of the island, the
team discovered a tomb located in a house
dating to the sixth century AD. Inside were two
skeletons: one belonging to a 25-to-30-year-old
woman and the other to a child aged between
five and seven. The state of their remains suggests
that they came from wealthy circumstances.
"The female was in pretty good nick, so we
know this wasn't a peasant working in the
field," says team leader Professor Roger Wilson.
Due to its location and the wealth of its
owners, the tomb is very significant. In general,
tombs from this period are found in cemeteries
outside towns or near churches. "It's extremely
unusual to find an elite burial set inside a house
in the middle of a settlement, even as late as the
sixth century," says Wilson, head of the
department of Classical, Near Eastern and
Religious Studies at UBC.
Details found in the tomb pointed to a
curious combination of pagan and Christian
burial rites. A hole was made in the stone slab
covering the tomb, leaving room for visitors to
offer libations to the dead. "This shows that the
long-established, originally pagan, rite of
offering libations to the dead clearly continued
into early Byzantine times," says Wilson.
However, Christian crosses found on a lamp
inside the tomb as well as beneath the stone
slab indicate that the tomb's owners were
Christian. Additionally, the remains were
covered in plaster, a Christian practice said to
prepare the body for resurrection. "It is the first
plaster burial recorded in Sicily, although the
practice is known from Christian communities
in North Africa," says Wilson.
With support from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada for
two more years of exploration, Wilson and his
team hope next summer will provide answers
to some of the mysteries unearthed this year.
"Along with questions of when the house was
built and whether it was still occupied when
the tomb was inserted, we want to find out
why the woman and child were buried in the
tomb at all," he says.
Roger Wilson and his students
unearthed ancient mysteries.
Trek    Fall 2008
Photo courtesy of Roger Wilson "What's Up, Patient?"
llife Doctors tell us what is and isn't good for us,
but patients are being encouraged to weigh in
on those elements of the healthcare experience
they find most conducive to good health, as
well as those they find detrimental.
"Increasingly, healthcare decision-makers are
actively seeking public and patient involvement
in health policy decisions," says Sabrina Wong,
who is lead author on a recently completed a
study on British Columbians' priorities concerning
interaction with GPs. "Public reports on
healthcare system performance are more likely
to be useful when they include patient priorities
as indicators for improvement," she says.
Funded by the BC Ministry of Health, the
study involved 75 individuals in n focus
groups held across the province. They were
asked what aspects of primary healthcare held
the greatest importance for them as a result of
their own experience within the system. Six
priorities became clear as a result: accessibility,
continuity, responsiveness, interpersonal
communication, technical effectiveness and
whole-person care.
The top priority was accessibility, with
concerns expressed over access to services for
people living in more rural locations and
about waiting periods. "Participants agreed
that waiting more than one week to visit their
provider or waiting extended periods of time
in a waiting room is unacceptable," says
Wong, who is an assistant professor at UBC's
School of Nursing and Centre for Health and
Policy Research.
The priority for continuity of care related to
the length and quality of the relationship patients
enjoyed with their physician. "Developing a
relationship will build trust and respect," says
Wong. "In doing so, participants feel this will
help them address the underlying causes of
their health problems instead of treating
symptoms." At the same time, the research
shows that patients aren't averse to receiving
healthcare from practitioners other than a
family physician, for example, a midwife or
nurse practitioner.
Participants also questioned the current level
of communication between different elements
of the health service. "Why doesn't the hospital
Sabrina Wong's study looks at how patients want to interact with their GR
have access to the files at my doctor's office,
and how come the doctor's office can't access
the hospital computer?" asked one. Some
participants felt that different practitioners
involved in their care should have easier access
to records. This continuity of information was
important to the quality of healthcare delivered,
especially in serious illness, and in some cases
might take priority over privacy.
"Measuring quality of healthcare is complex
and requires many different perspectives. The
results provided by studies such as ours augment
discussions on measuring the performance of
Canada's healthcare system," says Wong. "They
highlight the quality of care from patients'
perspectives rather than only examining the
technical quality, both of which are useful for
improving processes of care."
Olympic Games Impact
When Vancouver was contending to host
the 2010 Olympics, the city was split. Some
citizens considered hosting the Games as an
honour and an opportunity. Others viewed it as
an unnecessary and detrimental expense, with
little widespread benefit. A new initiative by the
International Olympics Committee will help to
shed some light on the controversy.
The IOC wants to measure the long-term
impact of the Olympics and Paralympics on
host cities. Local organizing committees in
Vancouver preparing for the 2010 winter
Games and in London preparing for the 2012
summer Games (China has volunteered to take
part as well) are required to undertake an
Olympic Games Impact study designed to
provide a standard measure for gauging the
long-term impact of hosting the Olympics.
They will be expected to do so in conjunction
with an independent research organization.
VANOC will provide UBC researchers with a
$300,000 grant to compile its statistics. The
idea is to create a database of information
based on common methods of collection and
analysis. "UBC is a respected world-class
university with a broad base of expertise and
resources," says CEO of VANOC John Furlong.
"Tracking this information will not only help
future Games but will also prove to be an
important legacy for those who will continue
to use this data long after 2010."
Baseline environmental, social and economic
indicators for Vancouver, BC and Canada
were established in 2007 by the NGO Fraser
Basin Council. The research team - made up of
faculty and students - will track changes in
these baseline indicators and deliver the
remaining three OGI reports over five years.
Photograph: Martin Dee
Fall 2008    Trek    9 take note
Economist Werner Antweiler: Turning non-voters into voters is more important than getting voters to switch.
One is due next year, one in 2010 after the
Games and the third in 2013. The research
leader is Rob VanWynsberghe of the school of
Human Kinetics and department of Educational
Studies in the faculty of Education. His research
interests include large-scale events and their
impact on health and sustainability.
Abstinence Makes the Vote Grow Harder
Just before Canada's federal election in
October, UBC economist Werner Antweiler
completed a study examining the previous
three federal elections and the three most
recent provincial elections to determine the
impact of voter migration patterns. He argued
that turning non-voters into voters was more
key than vying for the support of swing-voters.
"The swing vote doesn't alone decide
elections," says Antweiler. "It comes down to
giving the people who normally vote for a
party a reason why they should come out again
and vote for that party. What carries much
more weight is non-voters turning into voters,
and voters turning into non-voters."
This is largely because Canadian voters are
more likely to abstain than change parties.
"People's political choices don't change much
over their lifetime," says Antweiler. "Most
voters don't float and drift. They're tethered."
Although voter migration patterns can vary
a lot from region to region, in BC the tendency
to abstain rather than switch is particularly
apparent. Antweiler's research showed that in
the 2001 provincial elections, 124,000 people
who had supported the NDP in 1996 chose not
to vote. But by the 2005 BC elections, 208,000
new voters and abstainers from 2001 put a
cross in their box of choice and the NDP
gained back many lost votes. Of the non-voters
from 2001, 70 per cent voted NDP. "The
results indicate that NDP sympathizers who
abstained in 2001 returned to their original
preference in 2005," says Antweiler.
Federally, a major change in traditional party
choice makes the findings more complex. In
2004, the Progressive Conservatives and the
Canadian Alliance Party merged to form the
Conservative Party of Canada. In Ontario,
although most Alliance voters transferred their
2004 election vote to the new party, about 30
per cent of PC supporters transferred their
votes to the Liberals. But in turn, about thirteen
per cent of Liberal voters stayed at home. In
BC, about 13 per cent of former Alliance voters
abstained, but of former PC voters, only about
3 6 per cent transferred their vote to the new
party. In Quebec, only 60 per cent of 2004
Liberal voters repeated their choice in 2006
and 23 per cent abstained, and the Conservatives
gained support. Antweiler says the state of
10    Trek    Fall 2008
Photograph: Martin Dee voter preferences is more unsettled in Quebec,
often making it the key political battleground
in federal elections.
In the three federal elections studied,
electoral turn-out was less than 65 per cent.
For this year's, it was less than 60 per cent.
UBC is currently in the process of
revolutionizing how university students
are taught through a new campus initiative
called LEAD (Lasting Education, Achieved &
Demonstrated). Building off the successes of the
Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative,
which since January 2007 has invested $1.5
million into improving 16 major science
courses, affecting 10,000 students, LEAD is a
major commitment on the part of the university
to further incorporate modern pedagogical
advances into its teaching.
The initiative will help UBC units identify
and implement best teaching practices and
establish ways to measure their success.
Junior scholars with expertise in education
will be hired to help faculty assess current
practices and establish goals. If the initiative
works, it will engage students more completely
in their discipline, and provide greater career
satisfaction for faculty.
There's a common belief that as university
professors focus more on research, teaching
suffers. LEAD's aim is to improve teaching
methods in ways that will result in both greater
quality and efficiency in teaching. This, in turn,
will free up more of professors' time for research.
Supporters of the initiative, including UBC's
president Stephen Toope, are quick to point out
that LEAD's solution is not going to be a
one-approach-fits-all solution creating a
standardized student experience. "That would
be fundamentally wrong for what we stand for
as a university," says Toope. "We do want our
students to feel satisfied, and by that I mean
deriving from their educational experience
something they feel is profoundly encouraging,
and potentially life-changing. That I think is
something we do well, but can always do better."
UBC's Strategic Plan
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
UBC's institutional function might seem obvious to
the casual observer: we educate students in a variety
of disciplines, and we conduct research and scholarly
study. But to describe UBC in this way is the same as
saying that the function of an automobile is to get you
from point A to point B. Accurate, but incomplete.
It has become commonplace to note that UBC has
grown from a strong, regional institution into a globally
recognized university. Two recent surveys ranked
UBC in the top 35 of world universities, and while the
methodological difficulties presented by such surveys
are monumental, our consistently high ranking over the years does reflect the significant
levels of achievement we have attained in learning and research.
This movement from regional to global recognition wasn't accomplished by chance. The
strategic plan that began as Trek 2000 more than ten years ago outlined our goal to become
a university of global significance, and quantified how that would happen. Now, we need to
take the next step to advance UBC's influence as a world university. We must develop a renewed
vision to establish strategic and aspirational goals linked to today's budgetary realities.
What are the core values that best characterize UBC? What strengths does the institution
have, and how should those strengths be developed further? What are our weaknesses,
and how should we address them? In an ever-changing economy, how does UBC set priorities
for developing new programs or altering existing ones? What role should sustainability play
in our planning? What do we gain or lose by setting new goals, new aspirations?
These aren't easy questions to answer, but, in considering them, we go a long way to
defining what UBC will look like in the future. And since our graduates and our research are
having a significant impact on our communities, it is our responsibility to provide answers
that are considered and insightful, and that reflect the values of our faculty, staff, students
and alumni.
For those reasons, we asked you to respond to an online survey in September, and the
results of the survey are available on our website. But we still want to hear from you. During
the next months we will continue our consultation process with online questions, blogs,
focus groups and other means designed to refine and inform the strategic planning process.
While it's true that our basic functions are fairly obvious, it's the way in which we carry
them out that makes all the difference. It's also true that our accomplishments are, in no small
part, due to the impact our graduates have on our communities here in Canada and abroad.
As alumni, you have a considerable stake in making sure your university continues to
develop as a global institution.
For more information about the process, and to become involved in UBC's future, visit
our website, www.strategicplan.ubc.ca. take note
Sexually Exploited Youth
life In what may be the largest study of its
kind in Canada, UBC researchers have
provided clarification around the issue of
sexual exploitation of minors, its prevalence,
its nature, its perpetrators and its victims.
Sexual exploitation of minors is defined as
men or women under 19 exchanging sex for a
reward. The reward can be anything from drugs
to food and shelter. Called It's not what you
think: Sexually exploited youth in British
Columbia, the report describes findings based
on analysis of five youth health surveys
conducted between 2000 and 2006. The
surveys included more than 500 people, mostly
under 19, from across BC who had been in
custody or living on the streets. More than one
in three had been sexually exploited and boys
were just as likely as girls to be victimized.
"Our findings shatter some of the common
stereotypes about what sexual exploitation is,
and who is exploited," says principal investigator
Elizabeth Saewyc. "Many of the teens, both
boys and girls, were exploited after running
away from home or being kicked out at very
young ages, some as young as 12 or 13.They
are quite vulnerable to this form of abuse,
especially since they may not even recognize
that they are being exploited."
One third to one half of those surveyed
identified themselves as Aboriginal, and one
third as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Sexually
exploited youth were two or three times more
likely to seriously consider or attempt suicide.
The youth also perceived a lack of social
support, such as shelter provision and job
training. The fact that some of them were
accepting basic necessities in exchange for sex,
or didn't recognize their situation for what it
was, might indicate that social services are not
reaching some of the province's most vulnerable. "The UN Convention on the Rights of the
Child says children are entitled to safe
shelter, food and education in supportive
communities. Teens shouldn't have to be
exploited just so they can have a place to
stay, or food to eat," says Jayson Anderson,
a study research associate.
Another common stereotype concerned the
perpetrators rather than the exploited. "The
common stereotype is that it's nearly always
men who are exploiting youth, whether as pimps
or Johns, the so-called clients who actually pay
for sexual activity with money or goods," says
Saewyc, an associate professor in UBC school
of Nursing. "But among youth who told us the
genders of the people who exploit them, nearly
half of the teens had exchanged sex with at
least one female. Indeed, nearly one in three
had been exploited only by women, while half
of youth had been exploited solely by men."
A PDF of the study can be downloaded from
the UBC Nursing website (www.nursing.ubc.ca).
UBC Alumni Association
Board of Directors 2008-2009
CHAIR '08-'09
Barbara Miles BA, Postgrad Certificate in
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MA,
Marsha Walden, BCom'80
VICE CHAIR '08-'09
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
Stephen Toope AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Gayle Stewart, BA'76, MA'08
Mike Duncan
Sarah Morgan-Silvester BCom'82
Robin Elliott, BCom'65
Chris Gorman, BA'99
Marie Earl, AB, MLA
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
Mark Mawhinney, BA'94
Don Dalik, BCom, LLB'76
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Sally Thorne, BSN'79, MSN'83, PhD
Stephen Owen, MBA,LLB'72, LLM
Brian Sullivan, AB, MPH
Carmen Lee, BA'01
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
12    Trek    Fall 2008
Photographs: Martin Dee Reaping the Rewards
Ian Robertson, BSC'86, BA'88, MBA, MA
One of the many privileges UBC has
afforded me is the current opportunity
to serve as your Board of Directors
chair. The Alumni Association's practical goal - to reconnect alumni to
UBC and to each other- is important
if we are to achieve our broader
mission of engaging alumni as supporters of and advocates for our
university. It is immensely rewarding
for me to join my board colleagues
and other Association volunteers in our efforts to make this happen.
There are many ways we can support UBC. Our first thoughts turn
naturally to financial contributions, as the university's requests tend to
be pro-active and reach us through the mail or the telephone. Our
financial support is important, but equally important is our support of
UBC through our actions - actions in which we, rather than the university,
need to be pro-active.
Some actions draw directly on our time, expertise and passion:
mentoring a student; volunteering with our faculties or related
professional associations; or volunteering at one of UBC's four campuses.
Other actions require less time: contacting our MLA, MP or civic politicians
when government actions impact UBC (positively or negatively); visiting
campus when we are in Vancouver or Kelowna; sharing our experiences
with prospective UBC students; or attending a student send-off event.
Still other actions are important in a more symbolic way: framing our
UBC degrees and displaying them at home or work; or wearing our
affinity on our sleeve (or on our coffee mug) with something from
the UBC Bookstore.
During my time on campus in the early 1980s, I was a member of
the varsity swim team. I came to UBC for an education, but the lessons
I learned in the pool during those years were as formative as anything
I learned in the classroom. When I came back to campus to volunteer
a few years after graduating, my first re-connection was through the
Athletic department.
It was an unexpected pleasure this year when I was invited to present
the gold medal to UBC Olympian Annamay Pierce after she broke her
own Canadian record at the CIS National Championships. Even as a
member of the swim team, I had never been so close to an actual
medal podium, so I was thrilled to be part of the presentation. It
reminded me of all the value I gained from my time at UBC.
Whatever your most memorable connection to UBC - as a varsity or
intramural athlete, as a student politician, as a club or society member,
as a passionate student or as an active resident - you too benefited
from UBC's rich campus environment.
Take time to strengthen your connections to UBC. Reward yourself and
UBC with your time and talent. Tuum est. It's still yours, and it's up to you.
What Matters to You and Whyi
Marie Earl, Associate Vice President, Alumni; Executive Director, UBC Alumni Association
UBC's 242,511 alumni worldwide
hold a range of views on any given
issue. But there are certain things
that we do, in fact, know hold true
for most UBC alumni, thanks to
market research we have conducted
over the past four years.
The researcher who designed
and analyzed the results of our
three phone surveys compared our
findings to those of six other Canadian
and six US public universities. Alas, UBC doesn't stack up all that well in
terms of alumni feelings and alumni engagement.
The number one factor influencing how alumni feel about their
alma mater appears to be (dis)satisfaction with the student experience.
Fortunately, UBC is committed to changing what many graduates say
they experienced as a big, impersonal institution. Nobel physicist Carl
Wieman came to UBC to work on the classroom learning part of the
equation. Orientation of new students has vastly improved with the
introduction of the Imagine (UBC Vancouver) and Create (UBC Okanagan)
programs, and we are taking a good hard look at advising, student
social spaces and other ways of promoting a sense of community.
Community seems to be absolutely key. Those alumni who were lucky
enough to be part of a community while at UBC feel much, much
more positive about UBC today.
The top forms of alumni engagement are reading Trek Magazine,
checking out a UBC website and visiting the UBC Vancouver campus.
Alumni tell us they want more access to the intellectual riches of UBC,
more campus news and help forging social and networking connections
with other alumni. We promote many of our new offerings in these
arenas via email. And one of the biggest surprises for me in our recent
survey was that 24 per cent of alumni for whom we don't have email
addresses said we had simply never asked them to share an email address.
Help us serve you better: consider yourself asked!
Fall 2008    Trek    13 and the tiny
Is nanotechnology
the next big thing
or the next big
nightmare: Nanotechnology has been called a molecular
revolution - innovation so profound it will allow
us to rebuild our world molecule by molecule.
The unprecedented benefits of such control over
matter have the potential to permeate every
aspect of our lives. But so do the risks.
Imagine molecule-sized surveillance robots
secretly scanning the activities of every citizen.
Imagine computers no bigger than bacteria and
so cheap that even the most marginalized could
own one. Imagine TV screens on milk cartons,
supercomputers we can roll up and stuff into
our pockets, atom-sized explosives and clothing
that makes us invisible.
Such miniature machines and innovative
materials may sound more like science-fiction
than science, but according to some futurists
the ideas are not just small talk. Nanotechnology can make them happen.
Nanotechnology involves manipulating
matter measured in nanometres - one billionth
of a metre, or about one hundred times smaller
than a virus - to create materials with specific
characteristics, or functioning miniature
machinery. In theory, a multitude of such
machines can do our bidding in applications
that include medical, environmental, industrial,
electronic and consumer products. More than
500 nanoproducts, ranging from odourless
socks to surgical tools, are currently available
worldwide, and the estimated market for
nanotechnology over the next ten years is
measured in trillions of dollars, according to
the US National Science Foundation.
Hailed by some as the science that could save
the planet, others demand a moratorium on
development until all potential hazards are
known. Every advance seems paired to a
corresponding risk or negative application,
leaving many to wonder if nanotechnology
should be greeted with celebration or censure.
Consider some of the changes our molecular
future might include: ultra-fine, affordable
filters could be used to purify tainted or salt
water, creating huge sources of clean water for
the world. Impoverished areas could start
molecular manufacturing centres using
equipment so small a factory fits in a suitcase.
Tiny implantable sensors could allow for
continuous and detailed health monitoring, so
illness might be detected and treated sooner.
Surgical robots introduced into living tissue
could excise harmful cells and repair damaged
ones. Dependence on fossil fuels could be
alleviated by alternatives such as solar energy,
made feasible through low-cost manufacturing
and small, effective energy storage systems.
The constructive applications of nanotechnology sound like the answer to Earth's every
problem. However, the power of this tool could
also lead to irresponsible or unethical use,
unplanned negative outcomes or abuse. An
abundance of cheap products and the redistribution of industrial power might empty
once-busy manufacturing centres, creating
massive job displacement and the destabiliza-
tion of world economies. The detailed health
data used by physicians could also lead to
medical or genetic discrimination by employers
Fall 2008    Trek    15 or insurers, and provide a blueprint for targeted
biological and chemical weapons. Advanced
data collection coupled with microscopic
surveillance equipment could create a Big
Brother scenario of global proportions. And
might the nanoparticles used in nanoproducts
poison us, our homes, workplaces and
From the outset, scientists realized that nano-
tech's potential for great benefit also carried
potential for great harm. Some guidelines for
responsible nanotech development do exist, but
the science may be moving faster than our
ability to consider its ethical, environmental
and social implications. Are we prepared for a
molecular revolution?
UBC assistant professor Milind Kandlikar
doesn't think so. He has a joint appointment to
the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the
Institute of Asian Research. "Nanotech workers
could be the canaries in the coalmine," he says.
"There is no set of recommended exposure
levels for nanoparticles anywhere in the world.
Precautions are being taken, though the
application of procedures is uneven."
An engineer who has published extensively
on the science and policy of global climate
change, Kandlikar describes himself as a hybrid
whose interest is the connection between
technological innovation, global environments
and human development. As well as examining
the risks scientifically, he is examining how
people might respond to nanotechnology and
their perceptions of the risks and resulting
implications for public policy. He is working on
this with Terre Satterfield of UBC's Institute for
Resources, Environment and Sustainability. The
duo is collaborating with researchers at the
University of California and hope to conduct
similar research in Canada.
Kandlikar says research is moving toward a
better understanding of how nanoparticles can
affect human health and the environment, but
scientists just don't know what properties -
shape, size, chemical composition or coatings -
might make nanoparticles and nanowaste
So how do we know what's safe? The good
news is that unlike technologies such as nuclear
power and genetically modified organisms
where risk assessment trailed behind the
science, nanotechnology risks and benefits are
being examined before the technology is fully
developed and commercialized. Kandlikar also
points out that environmentalists and their
concerns are more accepted than they were
when earlier technologies were being developed. Now, when they blow the whistle, the
public is likely to pay attention.
However, nanotechnology is currently guided
by environmental and occupational safety
regulations that were written before the
emergence of nanotechnology. According to
Kandlikar, these regulations aren't sufficient.
He sees a need for special rules that reflect the
complex characteristics of nanoparticles. The
current voluntary self-regulation by nanotech
developers is not enough to protect workers or
the environment, he says.
The US has a systematic approach to
addressing nanotechnology's ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues. In
2003, the US Congress passed an Act that
applies to every nanotech centre in the country.
It provides for public input in nanotechnology
development and requires nanoscale research
centres to address social implications during
their research.
"We have no similar system in Canada. The
federal funding agencies aren't set up to allow
for co-ordination across multidisciplinary
projects, nor are they mandated to include
research into nanotech's larger social and
ethical issues," says Kandlikar.
It's difficult to engage researchers in social
impact issues because such discussions can be
seen as interfering with research focus, he says.
Also, tensions can emerge between social
scientists and nanoscientists. Graffiti observed
by Harvard law professor Doug Kysar, who is
associated with the US National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, helps to illustrate
the divide. One message read, "Nanotech scares
me: Earth." Underneath, someone had
scrawled, "I hate hippies: Nanotech." Kysar
says it's critical to find middle ground between
the extremes of alarmist fear-mongering and
elitist dismissal of public concerns.
Kandlikar agrees that public engagement is
important. People are more risk tolerant if the
technology is beneficial to human health but
even so, public enthusiasm can turn into public
fear with disastrous results for funding and
commercialization. Witness the widespread and
intense public controversy over stem cell
research or genetically modified organisms. He
Scientists just don't
know what properties -
shape, size, chemical
composition or
coatings - might make
nanoparticles and
nanowaste hazardous.
fears a single negative event could "stigmatize
the technology and blacken the entire science."
He hopes the public won't rush to judgment on
either the benefits or the risks of nanotechnology. "This is a technology with huge potential.
In addition to dramatic changes in the
industrialized world, it could help the developing world by making critically needed products
cheap and abundant. Co-ordination and
collaboration can make it happen."
Making it happen is a global enterprise.
Industrial countries, seeing the enormous
market potential for nanotech products, are
making significant investments in research and
development. The US invested US$400 million
in 2000 and by 2006 this figure had almost
doubled. In the same year, Japan spent US$750
million, Europe an estimated US$335 million
and together China, South Korea and Taiwan
US$551 million.
Canada invested about $200 million,
according to the National Institute for
Nanotechnology, which involves nanotech
researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering,
biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. It
is specifically mandated to research the ethical
and social ramifications of nanothechnology.
These can include abuses of the technology
such as invisible weaponry or nanosurveillance
that violates privacy; environmental disasters
such as unchecked self-replicating material; a
nanodivide that sees only developed countries
reaping nanotech benefits; and our ability to
directly manipulate human molecules or
introduce nanomachines into the body. Of the
many issues, those concerning human and
environmental safety rate top priority, says Lori
Sheremeta, a lawyer and research officer at the
16    Trek    Fall 2008 institute.
Extending laws and regulations to ensure
safety when new materials and products enter
the marketplace is critical. But who leads the
way in responsible nanotech development?
Should it be government, academia or industry?
And if there are ethical disagreements, who
decides what is right? "What is ultimately right
is decided by society and reflected in collective
values. No one group should ever hold a
monopoly position with regard to ethical
thought," Sheremeta says. She calls for social
scientists who really get nanotechnology and
for scientists to focus on its attendant social
And, although nanotechnology may seem to
hold the answer to urgent global needs such as
clean drinking water or inexpensive energy,
Sheremeta points out that nanotechnology will
more likely be used in conjunction with other
technologies. "Thinking that nanotechnology
can save the world is naive and reveals a lack
of understanding about what nanotechnology
is. I don't think there will ever be an organization like Nanoscientists Without Borders." She
concludes there is not enough work being done
in Canada on ethical issues surrounding
nanotechnology. "We have a combination of
challenges in Canada: too little research
funding and underdeveloped capacity to do the
Implantable sensors
could allow for
continuous and detailed
health monitoring
so illness might be
detected and treated
sooner. Surgical robots
introduced into living
tissue could excise
harmful cells and repair
damaged ones.
Medical applications of nanotechnology fire
the imagination. Researchers are exploring
advances such as self-replicating molecules that
can regenerate or repair tissue, providing
replacement parts that might include entire
organs; nanoparticles to dispense drugs to
individual diseased cells; and nanobots, tiny
sensors that can quickly and accurately detect
the smallest signs of disease.
A Canadian Institute of Health Research
program, the Regenerative Medicine and
Nanomedicine Initiative - established to
coordinate nanotech research - states on its
website that "consideration of the social,
cultural and ethical perspectives of human
health is equally critical, to ensure that, as new
developments emerge, we fully understand their
implications for society." And yet, in Canada
there is no legislative requirement for research
into ethical and social issues to parallel
nanotech investigations.
In 2008, of the $1.5 billion the US is
spending on the National Nanotechnology
Initiative, five per cent has been earmarked for
direct research into social and ethical issues.
Moreover, it is intended that this research be
conducted not only by historians, philosophers
and ethicists, but also by nanoscale engineers
Scientists need a clear understanding of
issues before undertaking such research. To
help prepare its investigators to comply with
the US Act, researchers at the Center for
Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University
are now required as part of the enrolment
process to view an online presentation on
social, environmental and human safety
nanotech issues.
No such requirement exists at UBC but
nanotech researcher and UBC alumnus John
Madden, BSc(Hon)'yi, says environmental risk is
not an issue in a small scale laboratory because
of the low quantities of nanomaterials used. He
says worker safety is protected through
standard lab procedures developed to deal with
toxic chemicals and small fibres such as
asbestos. He agrees that new research is needed
to discover effects of new materials, but says if
work was delayed pending toxicity testing,
investigators would have to wait around for ten
years to make anything.
But Madden and his Microsystems and
Nanotechnology group at UBC are not waiting
around. Research areas include biomedical
nanodevices; nanoelectronics and computing;
energy systems; nanosensors and nanofabrica-
tion techniques. The team is involved in
creating artificial muscle made from carbon
nanotubes spun into yarn. Voltage is applied to
the ultra-fine yarn, enabling it to contract and
expand with 300 times more force than human
muscle. The size and strength offers huge
potential for robotic prostheses, which are
currently limited by the weight of the motors
that power them. To help build UBC's capacity
in nanotech research, Madden coordinated a
nanotechnology and microsystems option
within the electrical engineering degree with the
first students graduating in May 2009.
Konrad Walus, chair at the UBC group, is
exploring sensing technologies and materials
using nanostructures. Changes in the electrical
properties of carbon nanotubes upon adhesion
of single biomolecules can create extremely
sensitive sensors with potential for biomedical
or industrial applications. He acknowledges
that the effect of nanoparticles is not fully
understood, especially with high concentrations
of particles, but points out that unregulated
nanoparticles, such as those found in car
exhaust, are everywhere. Scientists haven't just
invented them. "The public should push for
more research into safety and health effects,"
he says. "But keep the risks in perspective.
There's no need to panic."
So are we heading for techno-utopia, a
frightening sci-fi future or fear-based public
rejection of nanotechnology? All are possible,
but if we have learned anything from experiences with genomics and biotechnology, we
know that risks need to be considered proac-
tively. Next year's Cascadia Nanotech Symposium, to take place in Vancouver, will provide
an excellent forum.
Nanotechnology could be the first technology developed with sensitivity to ethical,
environmental and social issues. If we fearlessly
and responsibly examine all aspects of the
technology today, we can anticipate our
tomorrow will be enriched with its benefits.
Hilary Thomson is a freelance writer
living in Vancouver.
Fall 2008    Trek    17 V
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organization long after graduate (L) Student Duncan McNicholl (right) and Mafayo Lungu. McNicholl spent his
summer with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Malawi.
(R) Alumna Ka-Hay Law (right) is working in Zambia, where she lives with her host
family the Mwansas.
Small changes, big results
With stories of natural resource
depletion, a worldwide economic
crisis and diminishing food security
gripping the international media in
recent months, a suffocating sense
of despondency has settled over
the world, leaving many people
wondering, "Where do we go
from here?"
The current period of global insecurity is a
serious concern for nations like Canada. But
for the underdeveloped world, headlines such
as these are even more devastating. For those
living on the margins of the global economy,
such chaos can have a deadly impact on day-today survival. At UBC, one student organization
is stepping forward to seek out solutions to
global problems of poverty with the aim of
planting seeds of opportunity in lands often
portrayed as having an absence of hope.
The UBC chapter of Engineers Without
Borders has only been around since 2001 but
has quickly earned a reputation as one of the
most active and effective clubs on campus.
With a core membership of 40 students and a
broad base of support nearly ten times that, the
organization has become a considerable
presence. When I asked the president of the
UBC chapter, fourth year mechanically-focused
engineering physics student Andrew Young, to
what he attributed the chapter's success, he
said, "A bit of luck, and a very strong group of
people who have gone on to do great things."
With two major annual events - the 2008
Bridging the Gap conference, which featured
retired General Romeo Dallaire speaking to
nearly 250 delegates; and Coffee to End Poverty,
which promotes fair trade city-wide - the
members of Engineers Without Borders keep
themselves busy educating the campus
population and the general public on matters
of international concern.
"We have to be a little bit outrageous
sometimes, to get the word out," said Young.
"Our primary mechanism is to be as creative
and critical and innovative as possible."
This past summer, some of that creative
talent went to Sub-Saharan Africa in the form
of student volunteers. As one of Engineers
Without Borders' key overseas initiatives, the
Junior Fellowship program joins bright, young
engineering minds with NGOs in developing
countries. This year, the chapter sent two
Junior Fellows, Florin Gheorghe and Duncan
McNicholl. Gheorghe, a fourth year mechanical
engineering student, worked with International
Development Enterprises in Zambia while
McNicholl, a fourth year civil engineering
student in the environmental option, spent the
summer with the International Institute for
Tropical Agriculture in Malawi.
On the rainy September afternoon when I sat
down with them, Africa was the furthest thing
from my mind. Around us, the UBC campus
was filled with the buzz of activity typical of
the start of the school year. Friends were
catching up over coffee and new students were
getting used to campus life. But Gheorghe and
McNicholl had spent their summers in Africa,
and I could tell that part of their attention was
still there. It was plain to see that they had a
sense of purpose that was absent from the eyes
of many other students. I had the feeling that
they knew the secret: everyone has the power
to make a change in the world.
When Florin Gheorghe moved to Zambia, he
expected to perform hands-on development
work, spending his time primarily with farmers
in their fields, promoting the concept of farming
as a business. "These farmers traditionally grow
only for themselves or their families, and we were
trying to encourage them to take part in the
market, to increase their income," he said.
His day-to-day experience, however, turned
out to be quite different. "I discovered quite a
few barriers to my having a direct impact on
the farmers, so most of my work was with my
coworkers, developing their capacity and their
skill," he said. "The local office had three
employees, one of whom had had tuberculosis
for nine months. He was horribly sick. The
second co-worker got it from him and actually
died the day before I got there. So I spent my
first day of work attending my team leader's
funeral. And the third guy was recently hired. I
kind of walked into an environment of chaos.
So I worked over four months building the
organizational capacity of the local office."
Gheorghe found himself stepping into a
position of leadership, taking on the role of
organizational development coach, facilitating
frequent workshops on planning, goal-setting
and visioning skills. After all, once he returned
to Canada, the programs would have to
continue on their own.
This realization led to one of the biggest
lessons of his time in Zambia. As engineers, he
said, "we sometimes think that technology is
always the answer, but it really has to do with
the people." This human focus is what makes
Engineers Without Borders unique.
Opposite: photos by Duncan McNichol
Fall 2008    Trek    19 *??^m
| A field worker shares tips with a Zambian farmer.
McNicholl shares this sentiment. "We really
do have a tremendous amount of opportunity
in our society. That's one of the things that I
realized while overseas. There are a lot of
capable people in these countries, who simply
do not have the opportunity to excel, whereas
here we have that."
Building this capacity is largely what
Engineers Without Borders aims to do in its
overseas work.
In Malawi, McNicholl's work focused on a
project developing cassava value chains in the
community of Chisempere. McNicholl explained,
"Cassava is a tuber, kind of like a potato, and it
has really tremendous properties when it comes
to food security in Malawi. But it's not really
that prevalent in the region that I was working
in, mostly because there's no market for it. So I
worked with an entrepreneur named Mafayo
Lungu to find out if cassava flour processing
could be set up to increase the market value in
order to improve both food security and incomes
for rural farmers. We wanted to see if we could
make his business profitable and sustainable."
McNicholl says that, in the end, the success
of the project came down to Lungu's ability to
manage a business and develop as an entrepreneur. Similar to Gheorghe's experiences, the
technical aspects that McNicholl foresaw going
into this experience, for example, improving
the cassava flour drying shed, turned out to
be of far less importance than the human
aspects of his work.
This people-oriented approach is at the
core of Engineers Without Borders' success.
There exists a culture where if something's not
working, everyone in the organization is
empowered to fix it. McNicholl, for one, found
this style of collective ownership of problems
to be the most powerful part of the program.
"It's been a fantastic avenue for me to develop
my ideas and my leadership abilities. These are
the soft skills, the things that don't always
emerge in the classroom, that are critical for
making social change."
Although it may be true that a single
individual or group can't solve all of the
world's problems, Engineers Without Borders'
experiences show that a few small changes can
multiply and swell into waves of change.
Michael Awmack is Communications Assistant
with UBC Alumni Affairs
20    Trek    Fall 2008
Photos: Florin Gheorge Sharing the Same Sky
When she started studying at UBC
nearly ten years ago, Ka-Hay Law's
experience of Africa was limited to
the National Geographic poster of
elephants and giraffes that hung
on her brother's wall. Now she lives
and works in Zambia and Malawi
with Engineers Without Borders.
My legs ache, my feet are sore and my throat is
parched. It is night time and I am in Chikupili, a
rural village in the central province of Zambia.
In the privacy of the bathhouse - three brick
walls and an old maize bag posing as the
fourth - I am trying to wash away the day's
dirt with water drawn from the nearby stream.
It's been a long day, learning about rural
livelihoods through conversations with dozens
of farmers, and harvesting groundnuts and
sugar cane with my host family, the Mwansas.
I pour cupfuls of cool water over my head
but the remnants of the day's punishing heat
are winning the tug of war and I feel my body
slowing down. Then my eyes catch the sparkles
of hundreds of stars scattered across a pitch
black sky. The melodic voices of Mrs. Mwansa
and her daughters singing Bemba folk songs
flow into the night, and the unrestrained
laughter of children enters into my soul, lifting
the veil of exhaustion from my bones. This
moment, like countless others, reminds me of
two very important things. First, despite the
obvious disparities in opportunities between me
the Mwansas, we are similar at the core. We share
the same night sky, a similar love of music and
joy of their children, who remind me of my nieces
and nephews. Second, I am extremely fortunate
to have an opportunity to do what I love.
I'm currently living and working in Zambia
and Malawi with Engineers without Borders
(EWB). In February of this year, I began
working with an amazing team of dedicated
young Canadians managing our work in
agricultural value chains. That I am working in
international development is a surprise to
many, perhaps most of all to me.
I am a pretty ordinary Canadian. I was born
and raised in Wallaceburg, a small town in rural
Ontario. My parents immigrated to Canada 3 5
years ago from Hong Kong and had more
traditional plans for me and my brothers. When
I started engineering at UBC nearly ten years
ago, the continent of Africa was nothing more
than the National Geographic poster of elephants
and giraffes that hung on my brother's wall
during my childhood years. Now, like many
others, I would like to see a more equitable
world where statements like "one billion people
living on less than $i/day," or "800 million will
go to bed hungry tonight" are no longer fact.
So how did this small town girl end up in
Zambia? I suppose it comes down to two
things: opportunity and EWB.
It all began in 2001.1 was two years away
from graduating from UBC. One day, my friend
Robin tapped me on the shoulder and suggested
that I check out an organisation called Engineers
Without Borders. What I discovered was an
opportunity to leverage my engineering training
for social impact. More importantly, I discovered
an organisation that provides other Canadians
who share a belief that a more equitable world is
possible, with the opportunities to make it happen.
"EWB is a movement," someone with decades
of experience in development said to me recently,
in reference to the focus of the organisation to
enable young Canadians. When I think of the
opportunities I have had to take action against
global poverty through EWB, I would agree.
As leader of the UBC chapter, I met a group
of passionate people. Together, we launched
Bridging the Gap, which has become an annual
conference at UBC. That experience led to an
opportunity to work with EWB in Ghana, and
there I fell in love with the continent and people.
It was also there that my perception of business
changed from one where economic growth
equalled exploitation, to one where economic
growth could be used for poverty reduction. This
understanding led to my interest in leveraging
business for social impact. When I returned to
Canada in 2004,1 worked as an advisor with
Canadian Business for Social Responsibility.
In early 2007, after two years working with
some of Canada's largest companies, I went with
EWB to Zambia to help on a project to
improve market opportunities for farmers,
which led to where I am today.
Engineers Without Borders provides these
kinds of opportunities to its members and
alumni. There is Andrew Young, who first
became interested in high school when he won
the 2004 essay competition. Andrew is now the
president of the UBC chapter, leading a team of
students who embody UBC's vision of global
citizenship. There is Monica Rucki, BASc'04,
EWB UBC's first volunteer. After working in East
Timor and Ghana, she is now leading EWB's
work in engineering education in Malawi. There
is Robin Farnworth, BASc'04, the friend who
tapped me on the shoulder in 2001. After
managing EWB's work in West Africa for two
years, she is now managing EWB's overseas
training program. There is Mike Quinn, BASc'03,
who after working with EWB in Ghana and
Zambia, finished his MBA at Oxford on a Skoll
Scholarship for Social Entrepreneurship and is
about to return to Zambia to explore enterprise
opportunities. There is Mike Kang, BASc'08,
who served as president of the UBC chapter
last year. As I write this, Mike is preparing to
join our water and sanitation team in Malawi.
These are all examples of people whose EWB
experiences have led them to contribute
overseas. Now, however, there are growing
numbers of people like Doris Tang, BASc'04, and
JohnTerborg, BASc'03. They both work fulltime
in Vancouver while volunteering with EWB
Vancouver to engage the local professional
community in development issues. Both are
EWB UBC alumni who are demonstrating that
global citizenship does not end after you leave
university and that there are opportunities to
contribute right here in Canada.
The ripple effect of EWB carries with it the
hope of the future. The vision that we all
share - of a more equitable world, where the
Mwansas have the same opportunities as you
and I - is possible. EWB, with its 3 5,000-strong
membership, will help lead the way.
Ka-Hay Law works with Engineers Without Borders
in Zambia
Fall 2008    Trek    21 RETURN OF
Robert F. Linden bascso, PEng, sm, ba, ma
This story began in May of 1941 when 150
airmen of the Royal Canadian Air Force
marched from Jericho Beach to the campus of
UBC. There, for sixteen weeks, they would be
housed and instructed in radio physics for their
initial entry as radar mechanics, then referred
to as RDF Mechanics. Walter Gage was an
instructor. One of my sergeants, Murray
McGowan, BA'48, LLB'49, recalled receiving, as
did the other members of his group, a personal
Christmas present from Walter Gage while he
was in North Africa in 1943.
I attended UBC after the war. Coming from
Manitoba and after more than three years in
England and Italy, I selected UBC because of
the benign climate on the west coast. The
government would pay my fare and that of my
English war-bride from England to Vancouver.
Also, in 1946 Norman Mackenzie opened the
doors to UBC for the returning veterans.
Entrance was lenient: just matriculation, and in
some cases, like mine, even less than that.
On Frosh Day, MacKenzie advised the
sophomores to "let the veterans be." The gap
between the two was more than just a few
years. It was like a generation gap. To the
veteran students, the non-veterans were like
the callow youths who had been raw recruits
in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Under the
command of these veterans, the raw recruits
were conditioned to be soldiers, sailors and
airmen and, most importantly, taught how they
could survive under fire. The veterans took
over all of the extra-curricular activities of
the university. They had the experience in
managing and organizing.
Life for them wasn't easy: it was more survival.
The Department of Veterans Affairs paid their
tuition and gave $60.00 per month for single
men and $80.00 for married men while
attending university. This left a large income
gap for the summer months when all these
students were dumped on the labour market.
In the department of Engineering, available
laboratory space would govern the number of
graduates. In 1945-1946, more than 2,000
started at one time or another to enter Applied
Science and only 486 graduated in Big 50
[Class of 1950].The failure rate was well
over 50 per cent in pre, first, and second
year engineering and very few non-veterans
made the cut.
For the undergraduate student, life at a
university is an enlightenment, and I can say
that for my children and grandchildren. For
the veterans who had survived a war, student
life was just a job to be done, to obtain a
degree so that they could again begin their
normal lives, which had been interrupted by
their military service.
Ron Baker BA'51, MA'54
I remember hours of discussion in the campus
branch of the Legion - Branch 72,1 think. It
was a coffee shop in one of the huts. We all
believed, and most lamented, that it was the
only dry Legion.
E.A. Duncan bascso
In 1946, the UBC Thunderbirds were to play the
Harlem Globetrotters. The gym was built for a
prewar student population of 1,500 - not for the
5,000 there at that time. When we engineering
students arrived at 12:00, we found that the lighter
course load of BA students had allowed them
to fill all of the available seats. The old gym was
built with a flat roof surmounted down the length
by a raised portion containing windows to shed
light on the floor below. These windows could be
opened from below by a rope that turned a pulley
on a worm and forced the window open or
closed. On discovering a convenient downspout
on one corner of the building we were very quickly
on the flat portion of the roof. At the mid-point
of the roof a partly open window allowed
sufficient access for me to use my pocket
screwdriver - standard engineering tool - to
unscrew the worm from the window and swing
it wide. I lay on my belly with three or four others
on top of me looking down right at centre court.
Best seats in the house. And UBC won the
game. (We fixed the window before we left.)
22    Trek    Fall 2008 ne Thunderbirds took on the Harlem
Globetrotters in January, 1946, and won!
Bill Newman BA'52
I was a student at UBC during the winter
session in 1945-46, having been a veteran in
both the RCAF and Canadian Army the year
and a half preceding my attendance at UBC.
Although I did not live in Fort or Arcadia
camps I have vivid memories of that year at
UBC, highlighted by the antics of the Jokers'
Both were over six
feet tall and weighed
well over 200 pounds.
They often dressed
up in short pants and
beanie caps sucking
on all-day suckers.
Twins John and Leo Leavy, members of the Jokers' Club, often dressed up for laughs.
Doug Kirk bsca'51
Club founded by Dave Hayward and his fellow      When they are building bronze statues I hope
veterans. Dave and his cronies founded the club      they won't forget Norman MacKenzie, past
because they felt life at UBC was too dull and
passive. To counter this image, they dreamed
up all sorts of wacky antics. And appearing in
most of these activities were the Leavy twins,
two stalwart boys who resembled the A&W
bear featured in TV commercials. Both were
over six feet tall and weighed well over 200
pounds. They often dressed up in short pants
and beanie caps sucking on all-day suckers. I
can remember watching them prancing through
the lily pond in front of the library garbed in
bikinis. Then there was the time they were
featured in a gold fish swallowing contest
dressed as whales. Often they enlivened
basketball games riding children's tricycles
across the basketball court. They were such
good sports and did much to raise student
morale. Life with all its academic pressures
became bearable and I still chuckle at the
thought of the entertainment they provided.
president of UBC. He was the returning vets'
hero. I lived in Fort Camp as a single male. Fort
Camp consisted of several old army huts and
had the best view of the Straits of Georgia in
Point Grey. We had our own cafeteria and ate
like kings. Well, it was a step up from the Navy.
After my 3rd year I was married in the
Anglican chapel on campus and moved to
married quarters called Little Mountain. It was
located on 41st Street and was an old army
barracks that MacKenzie rescued from the
wrecker's ball. Our first child was born there.
Most of us carpooled to classes. There was
tremendous pressure to tear the camp down as
it was surrounded by expensive homes. For
several months, we lived in Acadia Camp,
back on campus, while we located a residence
off campus. It was due to MacKenzie's
negotiating skills and persistence that so
many vets found affordable housing.
Fall 2008    Trek    23 Fund Drive for the War Memorial Gym, January 1946.
Many war vets attending UBC lived in
repurposed army huts dubbed Fort Camp.
Bill Nickel BA'51, LLB'52
UBC was almost bursting at the seams with
students when I started. We had huge classes,
often in the hundreds, with lectures in big
halls like the auditorium or the armouries by
lecturers imperfectly amplified through ancient
sound systems. Individual attention was totally
absent and we quickly got the message from
the learned professors, even in the few smaller
class groups like mathematics, that they were
paid to teach and if we students did not pick
up what they offered that was our problem.
Despite the large veteran enrolment, the
university definitely encouraged extracurricular activities. Student clubs, fraternities
and sororities of every description abounded
and the hazing of freshman like me persisted.
In club week the high profile groups were
The Ubyssey student newspaper, the Mussoc
musical society, the drama club and the
various political party clubs that organized
the Mock Parliament. Smaller clubs included
religious groups like the Varsity Christian
Fellowship, YFC, and the Newman Club,
and others such as bridge clubs, stamp clubs,
geography and history clubs, and the one
that attracted me called in the student lingo,
Radsoc, for radio society.
I joined the radio society that week. It had
a club room and studio in the Brock Hall
student building basement, which rapidly
became my home away from home, my contact
with the wider world, my training ground, my
challenge and my small puddle for the first
three years at UBC.
George Gillespie BCom'48
(Brother, Phi Kappa Sigma, Alpha Omega chapter)
I was a veteran at UBC, starting in 1946 and
graduating with a BCom in 1948 after
two-and-a-half years. (In those days they ran
courses year-round, in order to handle all the
vets who took advantage of the government's
offer.) I am now over 90, but my memories of
those days are all positive. The education didn't
cost us a cent. In fact, they paid us a monthly
The education
didn't cost us a cent.
In fact, they paid us
a monthly allowance
while attending.
allowance while attending. I lived off campus,
but of course attended classes in the army huts.
President MacKenzie did everything possible to
accommodate us.
Sgt. Ralph Smylie BASc'50, P.Eng
In the fall of 1940, the bombing of Great
Britain made me so mad that I decided to join
the Air Force as a pilot. I wanted to fly so badly
that I could taste it. The medical officer said,
"You are partially colourblind." Thus ended my
career as a pilot in the RCAF.
I tried to join up in other trades - airframe
mechanic, etc. - but was turned down for
various reasons (ie: too much education).
However, in April of 1941 when I visited the
recruiting office again the sergeant said, "we
just got an instruction yesterday to recruit 150
RDF Mechanics. They will take their initial
training for one month at Jericho Beach air
station, then thirteen weeks of instruction at
UBC in radio work and then an overseas
posting after an embarkation leave." I said,
"sign me up." They did on April 23, 1941.
The square bashing at Jericho was standard
but quite enjoyable. We learned how to make
our beds, shine our shoes, march, and all about
the vagaries of communal living. Then it was
out to Acadia Camp at UBC. This consisted of
a group of huts or shacks with bunks for 16
men in each one, plus a cookhouse-come-study-
hall and ancilliary buildings.
We started attending lectures at UBC in
Math, oscilloscopes, electricity, and radios, etc.
We were told at that time that 15 people with
the highest marks at the end of the course
would get commissions. I had the sixth highest
mark of the 150 students. Nine commissions
were given out and I was not one of the
recipients. I have wondered ever since as to
why I didn't get one; my best guess has been
that I had been a plumber before the war. In
those days plumbers were not held in such high
regard as they are today. Anyway, that's the
way it was.
24    Trek    Fall 2008 -*«^$r-^
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Hariy Ralst,
In February of 1918, Henry (Harry)
Wellington Ralston sat in a makeshift
library in France and pondered his future.
He'd left his cousin's ranch in the North
Thompson area of British Columbia in
1914 to join the war effort, and spent the
next three years as a stretcher-bearer, cook
and water-carrier before his appointment
to the library at the University of Vimy
Ridge (UVR), the battlefield campus of The
Khaki University of Canada.
The UVR was established in 1917 by
University of Alberta President Henry
Marshall Tory, who also founded McGill
University College of British Columbia in
1906. The Khaki University of Canada was
designed to prepare enlisted men for academic,
vocational and social life after the war. Canadian
historian Tim Cook writes that the men who
attended the 19 branches of the Khaki University
were "educated citizen-soldiers, hardened by
the trials of war," and were expected to "return
home and build a new society." Harry's unlikely
appointment to the library came as a result of
his pre-war acquaintance with Captain William
Gilmour, a junior education officer at the UVR
and a man who Ralston refers to as a "friend
from home."
Ralston's mental and physical travels during
the First World War are preserved in nearly two
hundred letters addressed to Gertrude Walker
ofVictoria, BC, the woman he would marry
when he returned home. Donated to UBC in
1992 by Ralston's son, Keith, the letters
represent nearly four years of correspondence
between his parents. Ninety years after Harry
sat pondering his fate in the UVR library, I
sat in the basement of the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre at the UBC Library's Special
Collections and followed the triumphs and
tragedies of Harry Ralston and Gertrude
Walker. As a member of the graduate English
seminar held by professors Patricia Badir and
Sian Echard, I was encouraged to "make a
fuss" over one of the collections in Rare Books
and Special Collections. I decided that the story
of Harry and Gertie was one worth knowing
more about.
Letter: University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, Henry Ralston Fonds, 1-12
Photo: Courtesy Keith Ralston
Fall 2008    Trek    25 Gertrude Marinda Walker was born in
southwestern Ontario in 1884 and traveled
westward with her family, first to the prairies,
and then onto British Columbia in 19n. Harry
Ralston and Gertie met when he traveled to
Victoria to train after enlisting in Kamloops. In
the course of his letters, Harry dates the start of
their formal relationship to January 1, 1915,
when he escorted Gertie home after a YMCA
dance. She was very much a "new woman" of
the twentieth century. She was keenly interested
in politics, queried Harry on his opinions about
women's suffrage and prohibition, and had
plans to use her Red Cross training and sail for
Europe in aid of the war effort. While Harry
was proud of Gertie's accomplishments, he
certainly did not want her to travel to France.
On November 16, 1916, he writes: "Don't
come over. I'd be real peaved [sic] if you did I
want you to stay at home where you are safe so
that there will be a little girl waiting for my
return. I can picture that return to meet you
once more would go a long way towards
healing this aching body from all this horror.
You have no idea the gastly [sic] sights we see."
Harry wrote about the war and the stress of
being in battle for nearly three straight years.
By November 1917, he tells Gertie that he and
his fellow soldiers are simply "cog[s] in the
wheel of this war. No one cares if we live or
die! The loss of any one of us would not effect
[sic] this war in the slightest." This letter was
composed during one of Harry's darker periods
of the war: he was stationed in Flanders, a
number of close friends had recently been
killed, two of his brothers were preparing to
enter the worst fighting along the Somme, and
he was desperately homesick. Gertie's regular
letters must have been a great source of
comfort for him and he admits that they
brought tears to his eyes. However, only two of
Gertie's letters survive in the collection.
For security as well as practical reasons, the
majority of letters sent from Canada to men
serving at the front were destroyed. Shortly
before heading into action for the first time in
the spring of 1916, Harry selects one letter
from Gertie to keep and burns the rest to save
space in his pack. Gertie's 1916 Christmas
letter is the only letter addressed to Harry in
the archive. He carried it for more than a year
before sending it back to Walker for safekeeping
in January 1918. Gertie was a prolific letter
writer: her 1916 Christmas letter is fourteen
pages, still five pages shorter than her Christmas
letter of 1915. The collection also contains a
handful of letters from men serving overseas
who knew Gertie from Victoria or from her
early life in Camlachie, Ontario.
The only other complete letter composed by
Gertie is addressed to Vernon Augustine who
left Ontario for a harvest expedition in Fernie,
BC, in 1916. Gertie, fourteen years older than
Augustine, befriended the young man during
Harry Ralston
his training in Victoria. Days before Augustine
fought in the battle at Vimy Ridge in April
1917, she composed an eight page letter to
reassure and encourage the 19 year-old. Gertie
wrote of her excitement about registering to
vote and the "lousy weather" in Victoria and
agrees with Augustine that "Yes, it's not
pleasant riding in boxcars but cheer up! Things
look so bright to us here - subs are subdued,
news in Canada is good - we expect the end to
come this summer." Augustine survived Vimy,
but fell ill after the battle and died on May 21,
1917, never having received Gertie's good
wishes. The letter was returned to her as
The fact that any of the letters survive
today, nearly a century after they were written,
is truly remarkable. At the beginning of
January, 1918, Harry asked Gertie to "do
[him] a favor by burning" eight months of his
1917 correspondence. He wanted no reminders
of what he considered the worst of his war
experience. Once he was appointed to the UVR
library, trench life was firmly behind him. He
began to plan for his future, plans that included
continuing his studies to become a minister and
marrying Gertie.
Harry returned to Canada and he and
Gertie were married at the Walker family farm
in Antler, Saskatchewan, in 1920. The first of
their three children, Harry Keith Ralston, was
born in 1921. Keith Ralston, BA'42, MA'6j, is a
retired member of UBC's department of
History. He and his wife, Mollie, BA'68, donated
the letters to the Library where the collection
would be kept together and preserved for the
future. Keith also offered insight into Harry's
life after 1918. Disappointed as a child that
his father had not fired a weapon in battle (he
had been a stretcher-bearer for most of his
time in the trenches), Keith saw the mental
and physical effects of the Great War take
their toll on his father, who died in 1943.
Keith commented that while his father survived
the 1914-1918 conflict, he was "killed by the
war as surely as if he had been shot with a
bullet." Gertie kept the letters until her death in
1964, but asked Keith to dispose of them. For
Keith and Mollie, the war letters are important
family records that they wanted to preserve,
not only for personal reasons, but as a unique
record of British Columbia life in the early
twentieth century.
The Ralstons have a continuing connection
to UBC. Both of their children attended the
Point Grey campus with son Bruce obtaining a
BA in 1974 and a LLB in 1980. With their
grandson Daniel entering his first year in the
faculty of Arts in 2008, the next generation of
Ralstons is scheduled to graduate in 2012.
While Harry was not able to complete his
education and become a minister - the economic
realities of post-war life with a new home and
a new family precluded university studies - his
letters are a valuable resource for students and
scholars interested in how British Columbians
experienced the First World War.
Megan Robertson lives in Vancouver
26    Trek    Fall 2008
Photo: Courtesy Keith Ralston 1  >
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Fall 2008    Trek    27 fite tf-* A«wUaL
A university's success is based on its people - from the quality of the individuals it
attracts into service to the calibre ofthe graduates it produces. UBC's reputation is
built on the work of leading researchers, enthusiastic teachers, dedicated volunteers
and skilled administrators. In turn, these individuals cultivate the energy and exciting
potential of the student body, from which the next generation of social leaders,
professionals, researchers, artists and activists will emerge.
The annual Alumni Achievement Awards are a chance to celebrate UBC's people by
singling out for recognition those whose efforts and talent have yielded exceptionally
impressive results with widespread benefit. The 2008 Awards were held on November 13
at the recently completed UBC Thunderbird Arena, an Olympic and Paralympic 2010 venue,
where guests enjoyed a Centre-Ice Soiree and heard ten fascinating stories of achievement. George Morfitt, bcom'58
It's quite common for people to claim they're
busy, but when it's time to display the fruits of
their labour there's often little to show for it.
Since graduating in 1958, George Morfitt has
indeed been busy, but as someone who has
built his life around the virtues of excellence,
accountability and service, he has demonstrated
how being busy can, with strong motivations,
translate into a lifetime of accomplishments.
Throughout his time at UBC and in subsequent
years, Morfitt demonstrated his athletic prowess
on the tennis, squash and racquetball courts.
As captain of the varsity tennis team and
three-time Big Block Award recipient, he set
a high athletic standard, and later captured
numerous regional, national and international
titles - primarily in squash - being twice
named BC's Master Athlete of the Year.
Although he was known as a fierce competitor,
he was also recognized for his fine sportsmanship by Tennis BC, Squash BC and the US
Squash Racquets Association.
After graduating from UBC, he joined the
chartered accounting firm Clarkson Gordon,
where he earned his chartered accountancy
designation. In 1967, he moved on to the
Diamond Group of Companies, where he
served in the roles of Executive VP and CFO
until 1987. In 1988, he was appointed Auditor
General of BC. He served two terms - 12
years - and his leadership and pursuit of
transparency led the then Auditor General of
Canada to tell him, "you have set a new
standard for provincial auditors general." His
work in this position forever changed how
provinces report to their citizens by increasing
the frequency of auditor general reports and
improving government transparency. Despite
the intense pressures and challenges of this
public service, he has always managed to find
time to stay deeply involved in the governance
of his profession, his university and a variety
of associations.
Sitting for many years on various committees
for both the Canadian Institute of Chartered
Accountants and the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of BC, he led the former as
governor from 1981-83 and the latter as
president from 1982-83. He was president of
the UBC Alumni Association from 1973-74 and
chair of the UBC Board of Governors from
1977-78. Morfitt's wife, Peggy, obtained her
teaching certificate from UBC and three of their
four children are also UBC alumni. In addition,
Morfitt has served on many boards of community, sporting and business organizations.
The level of commitment Morfitt has shown
to the community and the volume of personal
achievements he has enjoyed can only come
from a life lived fully. Still, his work continues.
Since 2000 he has served as an adjunct professor
at the University of Victoria's school of Public
Administration while keeping up with his
voluntary engagements, which include being
director of WorkSafeBC, chair of the Canadian
Sport Centre Pacific, and councillor of the
Health Council of Canada.
Michael Harcourt, ba'6s, llb'68, lldw
Best known for serving as British Columbia's
3 oth Premier, Mike Harcourt has been a central
figure in guiding the province through a period
of rapid growth and change with quality of
human life as a guiding priority. He is deeply
committed to urban sustainability, is an advocate
on behalf of the disabled community and has
been associated with countless other causes
including homelessness, wilderness protection
and Aboriginal rights.
His contributions have helped shape the high
level of livability now widely associated with
the region and in particular with Vancouver.
Expo'8 6 was a highlight of his three terms as
Vancouver mayor and a major catalyst for the
city's growth. He became BC Premier in 1991,
only the second NDP leader to do so, remaining
in power until 1996.
Harcourt's involvement in the issue of
sustainable urban development has intensified
as the populations of cities around the world
continue to explode. After his term as Premier,
he became chair of the Urban Sustainability
Program for the National Roundtable on the
Environment and the Economy, where he
remained for eight years, and chaired the PM's
External Advisory Committee on Cities and
Communities from 2003 to '06. Harcourt
believes in the capacity of communities to
take responsibility for their own healthy
development and his most recent book, City
Making in Paradise (2007), is a challenge to the
next generation of politicians and citizens to
make the Vancouver region not only livable but
sustainable in the long-term.
Harcourt co-chaired the UN-HABITAT
World Urban Forum III advisory committee in
2004. He is honorary chair of the International
Centre for Sustainable Cities and has served in
leadership positions on many related committees
and boards.
In 2002, a serious accident left Harcourt
with a fractured neck. Doctors thought him
unlikely to walk again without assistance
but he was able, through hard work and
determination, to make a remarkable recovery.
The experience directed him to a new cause.
He became involved in the Rick Hansen
Foundation and advocates on behalf of the
disabled community for a more accessible city
in terms of housing, transport, employment
and services. He also helped establish the
International Collaboration on Repair
Discoveries, a VGH facility dedicated to
finding treatments and improving the quality
of life for disabled people living in BC. He
co-authored a book on his experience called
Plan B: One Man's Journey from Tragedy to
Triumph (2005).
He served as Federally Appointed Commissioner on the BC Treaty Commission from
2003 to '07, facilitating treaty negotiation
between government and BC First Nations.
Harcourt holds several honorary degrees
and has received many accolades including the
Canadian and Urban Institutes 2006 Jane
Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award for
extraordinary contribution to the public realm
in more than one field; the Woodrow Wilson
Award for Public Service in 2005 for "individuals
who have served with distinction in public
office and have shown a special commitment to
seeking informed opinions and thoughtful
views"; and the 2003 J.B. Harkin Medal for
conservation of nature.
Fall 2008    Trek    29 Christina Anthony, bcom'97
Negotiating the leap from studenthood to
career professional can be daunting for some.
Others find their path quickly and within a
few years of graduation have amassed
accomplishments comparable to late-career
professionals. Christina Anthony is a prime
example of the latter, and she's happy to share
the secrets of her success.
Three years after graduating, Anthony earned
her Chartered Financial Analyst designation,
then gained experience in portfolio management
and investment banking with Goldman Sachs
in New York and Seattle. Returning to
Vancouver, she joined Odium Brown as a
portfolio manager leading a five-person team
and by 2006 was promoted to the board. At
3 1, she had become one of the youngest
directors in the 8 5-year history of the firm and
remains one of its top producers in terms of
shareholder return.
Anthony credits UBC with giving her the
grounding necessary for a successful career.
She majored in Finance at the Sauder School
of Business, and benefited from mentorship
offered by the Portfolio Management Foundation.
Now she volunteers as a mentor to current
students. She also initiated the Wall Street 101
seminar, which provides insights into careers in
the financial industry. Her reputation for being
generous and open means she is often approached by students for advice. She also
served in an advisory capacity on UBC's
Strategic Priorities Fund Panel.
Anthony is founding president of the Forum
for Women Entrepreneurs in BC (FWE),
established in 2002. FWE is a non-profit she
encountered in Seattle that supports entrepreneurs
through mentorship and education. She used
her contacts and reputation to build a strong
board and is an effective lobbyist for government
funding and other sponsorship. FWE operates
autonomously from its United States and
European counterparts, and despite its
comparative newness enjoys the largest
membership (more than 450) of all FWE
chapters. It now employs three staff and
offers four student internships a year.
As well as helping entrepreneurs develop
their individual business skills, FWE serves the
province and business community as a whole
by facilitating communication with government
designed to help create the environment
necessary for small business entrepreneurs to
flourish. In 2005, Anthony was appointed to
the Small Business Roundtable BC by the
minister of Small Business and Revenue.
Anthony is not only involved with the local
business community. She has volunteered for
the Ovarian Cancer BC Breakfast, the
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the
Vancouver Symphony, Habitat for Humanity,
and is a partner with Social Venture Partners.
Another of her projects involved linking
individuals from the arts and business
communities to see how each can benefit
from the other's traditional skills.
She has repeatedly been singled out as a
talent to watch. At 27 she was named by
Business in Vancouver as one of the Top 40
Under 40 in BC in 2002. In 2006, she was
named one of Canada's Top 100 Most
Powerful Women by Women's Executive
Network and the Globe and Mail, and was a
finalist for Business in Vancouver's Influential
Women in Business Awards. Most recently, she
was named by Caldwell Partners and the Globe
and Mail as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
Anthony lives in Vancouver with her husband
Matthew and their three children.
Abraham Rogatnick
The rich and thriving cultural scene we enjoy
in Vancouver today was nurtured in its infancy
by people like Abraham Rogatnick, who
arrived here 5 3 years ago to work as an
architect and quickly plunged into active
support of the arts, which the city had only
begun to foster at the time.
He had studied architecture at the Harvard
Graduate School of Design under the influence
of Walter Gropius, a major early twentieth
century pioneer and educator in modern art
and design. Rogatnick had interrupted previous
undergraduate studies to serve a three and a
half year stint as a foot soldier during WWII,
experiencing combat at the German Front,
participating in several campaigns including the
Battle of the Bulge and ultimately being
promoted to staff sergeant.
On his arrival in Vancouver just after
completing further study in Germany on a
Fulbright Fellowship, he and Alvin Balkind
founded the first commercial gallery in
Vancouver devoted to contemporary art
featuring the work of pioneer artists such
as Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Lionel
Thomas and John Koerner and launching
the careers of younger artists such as Tony
Onley and Roy Kiyooka. In 1958, Abraham
joined a group of artists, architects, writers
and theatre people to found what is now
known as the Arts Club Theatre.
He was appointed to the school of Architecture at UBC in 1959, where he initiated a Study
Abroad Program that now provides students
with learning experiences in cities around the
world. It began in Venice, where Rogatnick was
already considered a world expert on the history
of the architecture and urban development. He
received a Master Teacher Award and retired as
professor emeritus in 1985.
He served on juries for many arts awards
and competitions in Canada and supervised
the compilation of the architectural program
for the National Gallery of Canada. He
continued to act as architectural advisor to its
director, Jean Sutherland Boggs, as well as to
the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art and
director of the Crown Corporation appointed
by Prime Minister Trudeau to oversee the
building of the National Gallery and the
Museum of Man in Ottawa.
From 1971 to '72 Abraham served as Interim
Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery and
designed several installations for exhibitions
there and many others for the UBC Fine Arts
Gallery and other venues.
He has written and lectured extensively on
art and architecture, most recently contributing
to the book devoted to his friend and colleague,
B.C. Binning (Douglas and Mclntyre). During
the 1960s and early seventies he collaborated
with Binning on the successful Festivals of the
30    Trek    Fall 2008 Contemporary Arts at UBC.
A few years after retirement from UBC,
he began a career on the stage and in film. In
ten years he has racked up more than fifteen
roles in several Vancouver theatres and has
appeared in an equal number of films and
videos made for TV. He has designed stage
sets for several Vancouver productions and
often coaches speech makers in various fields,
including government.
He has attained honorary status in the
Architectural Institute of British Columbia, is a
Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada, is a recipient of the Barbara Dalrymple
Award for Community Service and has received
an honorary doctorate from the Emily Carr
Institute of Art and Design.
Rogatnick speaks Italian fluently and is
proficient in several other languages.
Nabeela Khan bsc'os
Recent grad Nabeela Khan gained far more
than a bachelor degree at UBC. Her university
years were packed with extra-curricular
activities that have developed her leadership
skills, and elevated her status among both peers
and faculty. Her undergraduate experience has
expanded an already worldly outlook and
strengthened the belief that owning responsibility
and committing to action can be powerful
agents for change.
She grew up in Pakistan and then Brunei,
where she attended the Jerudong International
School. Her interest in world events and desire
to deepen understanding between nations was
evidenced by her participation in the Model
United Nations program, her enthusiasm for
learning new languages and fundraising
activities that included support for the children's
wing of her local hospital and victims of the
devastating 2002 earthquake in India. The
school nominated her for UBC's International
Leader of Tomorrow Award, which provides a
full scholarship for study at UBC to students
who have demonstrated outstanding academic
achievement, community involvement and
leadership potential, who would not otherwise
have the means to study at university. One of
just 11 nominees to win the scholarship and
focused on a career in health care, Khan embarked
on a Bachelor of Science co-op program in
2002 majoring in Genetics and Cell Biology.
Her co-op work terms allowed Khan to start
exploring health care and policy for vulnerable
populations. She received two awards from the
school of Medicine's Translational Research on
Infectious Diseases program and worked for
the Centre for Excellence in HV/AIDS as a
research assistant. One project involved
researching health policy for female sex
workers in Vancouver's downtown eastside,
with duties that included onsite coordination,
conducting interviews, educating on harm
reduction and the delivery of harm reduction
supplies during community outreach. The goal
of the program is to make HIV care and
prevention therapy more accessible to women
in the sex trade. Her career aspirations lean
towards the design of health care policies
that are sustainable and relevant to local
populations in areas of the developing world
experiencing political and economic instability.
This fall she heads to the London School of
Economics in England to pursue a masters in
International Health Policy.
It wasn't long after she arrived at UBC that
Khan's natural leadership qualities became
apparent. During her first year, she was a
founding member of the International Students'
Association and became its first elected
president in 2003, advocating on behalf of
fellow students for two years. She also served
as one of 13 student leaders for UBC's Global
Citizen Project, designed to help undergraduates
look beyond their degree programs and explore
the concept of global citizenship. Her own
sense of the term is evolving from awareness to
service as she develops in her field.
Her maturity and ability to motivate her
peers mean she is a popular speaker. She has
been invited as a key note speaker to present at
the annual orientation program for international
students for the past three years, enthusing
newcomers about their university careers and
helping them to maximize the experience. She
has also served the university as a senior
student ambassador for the Recruitment Office,
mentoring a team of 20 other students.
Together they represent the university to
prospective students, parents, and other
significant parties.
In recognition of her effort and effectiveness,
she was presented with the 2006 VP Student's
Award for Outstanding Service to International
Students and the 2007 Nestor Korchinsky
Student Leadership Award.
Nazanin Afshin-Jam ba'oi
Nazanin Afshin-Jam learned at an early age of
the threat people face when their human rights
are ignored. She was born in Tehran in 1979 at
the height of Iran's Islamic revolution and a
year later her family was forced to flee after her
father's arrest and torture at the hands of the
fundamentalists. Growing up in Canada after
escaping an uncertain future in Iran, Afshin-
Jam knew to not take her freedom and good
fortune for granted. Her conscience would not
allow her to forget those who live in fear every
day, in any country where people's basic human
rights are not respected.
After graduating with a degree in International
Relations and Political Science in 2002 (having
spent two sessions on international exchange at
Herstmonceux Castle in England and in Paris
at l'Institut d'etudes Politiques) Afshin-Jam was
ready to speak out on behalf of those who could
not. At UBC she became a global human rights
advocate by volunteering as a Global Youth
Educator with the Red Cross, but it was only after
winning the Miss World Canada competition in
2003 and being the runner up at the Miss World
competition later in the year that she had the
forum she needed to elevate her advocacy to the
next level. During the next few years, Afshin-
Jam traveled the world raising awareness and
funds for a variety of causes including the 2003
earthquake in Bam, Iran; the 2004 Indian
Ocean tsunami; a fistula hospital in Ethiopia;
and the movement to stop the practice of bear
farming in Asia. Though highly committed to
all of these causes, at the beginning of 2006 a
human rights violation emerged from Iran that
affected Afshin-Jam so strongly she felt
compelled to turn all of her attention towards it.
Fall 2008    Trek    31 In January of that year, an Iranian judge
sentenced 17-year old Nazanin Fatehi to death
for killing a man in self defense as he and two
other men attempted to rape her and her
15-year old niece in a park in Karaj, a suburb
of Tehran. Outraged by the unjust sentence
imposed on the Iranian girl who shared her
name, Afshin-Jam started an international
campaign to have the girl released. The Save
Nazanin Campaign attracted significant
international media coverage and the ensuing
public and government support led to more
than 350,000 signatures being collected on a
petition which was presented to the Iranian
government. In June 2006 the government
ordered a new trial, and in January 2007
Nazanin Fatehi was released after campaigners
raised $43,000 for bail while her lawyers
worked on her case.
Despite the successful conclusion of the Save
Nazanin Campaign, Afshin-Jam's battle against
child executions continues. She co-founded the
Stop Child Executions organization - found on
the web at www.stopchildexecutions.com -
with the goal of halting the practice in Iran and
in the handful of other countries where it still
continues. She was also recently appointed to
the board of directors of the Canadian Race
Relations Foundation and continues to speak
out about human rights abuses in China,
Burma and Darfur.
Christopher Waltham
When Chris Waltham started visiting Vancouver-
area schools twenty years ago he was driven by
an unnerving sense that technology was rapidly
diverging from what students were being
taught in the school system. In 1972, while in a
grade 11 physics class, he was taught how a
transistor worked at the atomic level and what
it did. This was 25 years after the transistor
was invented. Now, almost everyone in the
developed world has access to ultra-fast
computers, cell-phones and digital cameras (all
containing millions of transistors), and yet the
electronics now taught in Physics 12 doesn't get
beyond the simplest battery-and-resistor
circuits. While technology galloped ahead,
school physics curricula seemed mired in the
mid-nineteenth century, and something needed
to be done about the widening gap.
Since 1990, with colleagues Andrzej Kotlicki,
Theresa Liao, Rachel Moll, Sara Swenson,
Maria Trache and many other faculty and
students, Waltham has worked on a suite of
outreach activities based in the Michael Crooks
Physics and Astronomy Outreach Laboratory
in the Hennings Building at UBC (named for
Professor Michael Crooks, an early outreach
pioneer at the university). The aim in all cases
has been to reconnect education with the
natural and high-technology world around us,
and the excitement and fulfillment of being able
to understand and contribute to it.
Some of the lab's activities are aimed at
encouraging the very best science students (the
Michael Smith Grade 10 Science Challenge, the
Physics Olympiad, and the Canadian Association of Physicists High School Examination),
others are aimed at the general public (the
Faraday Show, Saturday Morning Lectures,
and Summer Camps), and some are focused
on disadvantaged groups (Summer Camp
Bursaries and the First Nations Program).
Many of these activities are presented by
undergraduates who are trained either
informally or while enrolled in the Physics
Demonstrations course (Physics 420) started
by Waltham and Kotlicki in 1994. Many high
school teachers in British Columbia at present
are graduates of Physics 420.
Waltham's concerns about the divergence of
technology and education have not abated over
the last 20 years, and they have been joined by
a new worry about the relationship between
education and the debate over global warming
and the world's energy supplies. Very few
undergraduates can connect their academic
learning with these huge issues, despite their
high profile in the media. Waltham's focus
now is to make them front and centre of his
outreach work and his university teaching, so
that the rising generation can bring some
science to bear on what will surely be the
biggest challenges facing humanity in the
coming century.
Sharon McCoubrey phD'oo
As an award-winning art educator and fierce
advocate of improvements in Aboriginal
teacher training, Sharon McCoubrey has done
much to develop UBC Okanagan's reputation
for excellence in the areas of teacher education
and research. In between teaching, supervising
grad students and conducting research in her
roles as associate professor and director of
international affairs, McCoubrey has found
time to serve on the UBCO Senate and Council
of Senates and play prominent roles in a
number of UBCO academic and community-
based initiatives.
Beyond her involvement with the university,
she is a highly dedicated member of the
Okanagan arts community, improving public
access to and understanding of art through
service on the Kelowna and District Art
Council board, the Central Okanagan Foundation board, as president of the Arts Council of
the Central Okanagan and as chair of the Lake
Country Public Art Commission and Lake
Country ArtWalk.
Beginning her career as a classroom
teacher and a Fine Arts consultant, McCoubrey
has spent the past 19 years working in teacher
education. She specializes in art education and
has repeatedly been recognized for her
accomplishments in the field, receiving awards
from the Canadian Society for Education
through Art in 1997 and the BC Art Teachers
Association in 2002. Most recently, in April
2007, Premier Gordon Campbell and then-Lt.
Governor Iona Campanola presented her with
a BC Achievement Award of Merit for her
work in art education and public art.
Her long record of membership in both the
Canadian Society for Education through Art
(she is currently in her second term as president)
and the BC Art Teachers Association executive
are strong indicators of her dedication to her
profession. This commitment has translated
into her authorship of several resource books
32    Trek    Fall 2008 for art educators and twelve years service as
editor of the BC Art Teacher's Association
Journal for Art Teachers.
McCoubrey's recent work at UBC has
included co-developing the Developmental
Standard Teaching Certificate Program, which
aims to prepare Aboriginal teachers for
certification in a culturally and linguistically
relevant way. It involved many months of travel
to other institutions in Canada and the Pacific
to research existing models of indigenous
education. McCoubrey also co-coordinates the
Overseas Practicum Exchange Program between
UBCO and Deakin University in Australia. In
2007, she worked on the first UBCO Learning
Exchange Community Service Learning project
aimed at improving high school graduation
rates for aboriginal students in the region -
currently less than 50 per cent - by engaging
grade seven students in three days of activities
that showed them the enjoyable side of
learning. Her current research area is intergen-
erational learning.
Another contribution she makes to her
profession is as coordinator of the Summer
Institute in Education, which supports teacher
development by offering week-long seminars
on current topics in education. She is a faculty
mentor for the Mentorship Program for the
Centre of Teaching and Learning at UBCO,
helping lesser experienced colleagues reach
their teaching potential and is also involved in
the Beginning Teachers Mentorship Program, a
partnership with the local school district and
teachers association.
Outside of her professional duties at the
university, she has shown her community spirit
as a committee member for the highly successful UBCO United Way Campaign, and is one of
the reasons the fundraising target is exceeded
every year.
Jim Taylor QC, llb'68
After graduating in 1968 with a degree in law,
Jim Taylor's career and community involvement
have kept him closely aligned to UBC. After six
years in law practice, he returned to his alma
mater in 1974 to teach in the faculty of Law.
Three years later he was awarded tenure.
Throughout this time he maintained a parallel
career outside UBC, both in public service and
private practice, while serving on a variety of
volunteer boards.
In 1985, Taylor left UBC to serve as
Saskatchewan's Deputy Attorney General and
Deputy Minister of Justice, returning in 1986
to join the firm of Jordan and Gall which
subsequently merged with Blake Cassels &
Graydon. He also resumed teaching at his old
faculty, and continued to do so as adjunct
professor until 1998. In 1995, he started a
new law firm, Taylor Jordan Chafetz, with
his partners Don Jordan, QC and Israel
Chafetz, QC. The firm restricts its practice
to commercial, corporate and employment
litigation and arbitration.
Even as his teaching activities at UBC
decreased through the 1990s, Taylor's volunteer
involvement with the university and his faculty
continued to expand. He was a director on the
UBC Law Alumni Association from 1991 to
'95, and served as president from 1992 to '93.
He was also a member of the Dean's Advisory
Committee from 1993 to '97 and played an
instrumental role as Special Gifts chair for the
Law Endowment Fund Campaign from 199 6 to
'97. In more recent years, he has been an active
participant in the ongoing campaign raising
funds for a new Law building.
Taylor's efforts haven't been limited to his
old faculty. He served for six years from 2002
as board member and chair of the University
Neighbourhoods Association, working closely
with the university to ensure the needs and
welfare of residents are met through a time of
great change on campus. He led numerous
neighbourhood planning committees, and it is
clear he possesses a strong desire to create
vibrant, livable and safe communities across
campus. The effort he put in during this time
continues to shape the campus community, and
will do so for years to come. Taylor has also
bolstered the university's fundraising efforts
with a personal, hands-on approach to
encouraging donations and engaging significant
supporters. His personal record of giving and
volunteerism has earned him membership in
the President's Circle.
Taylor has been recognized for the fine work
he has done throughout his career and for his
volunteer involvement. He was appointed
Queen's Counsel in 1989 and was made a
Fellow of the American College of Trial
Lawyers in 2001. He received the Leaders in
Learning award from the Continuing Legal
Education Society of BC in 2005. In 2007, he
received an Award of Distinction from the UBC
Law Alumni Association.
International House
For five decades, UBC's International House
has provided a welcoming and supportive
meeting place for international and domestic
students. It has become a vibrant centre for
multicultural interaction, and a symbol of
UBC's international vision.
The original International House was one of
the repurposed army huts that dotted the
campus after WWII to accommodate returning
veterans. Hut L6, located on East Mall near
Student Union Boulevard was given to the
International Students Club to facilitate social
and cultural exchange between Canadian
students and those from abroad. Established in
1949, the club was the brainchild of East
African Chemical Engineering student Frena
Ginwali who had studied in England and India.
She knew from personal experience the value
of interaction with people from different
backgrounds. UBC President Norman MacKenzie
also recognized the benefits of such a club and
lent his support to make it a reality. The Rotary
Fall 2008    Trek    33 Club ofVancouver South also played an
instrumental role in repurposing the venue.
Hut L6 was a popular hang-out but could
not meet the growing need. With substantial
financial support from the Rotary Club of
Vancouver and the input of staff, students and
the local community, International House was
built at its current West Mall location and was
officially opened in March 1959 by Eleanor
Roosevelt. As part of the proceedings, Margaret
Mead led a lecture and discussion symposium
entitled Can Brotherhood Prevail in the Space
Age? During a candle-lighting ceremony,
students pledged to promote the values shared
by the International House community.
International House continues to be the
base for providing UBC's more than 6,000
international students with services and
advising. In addition, the facility is a major
social hub for those students and their
Canadian peers, and offers a diverse range of
programs that allow students to gain experience of other cultures first-hand. The Go
Global International Learning Program and
International Student Development also
operate from this facility and support the
overseas learning experiences of approximately
1,700 students, including student exchanges,
internships, research and service learning
projects. International House has been host to
a cultural plethora of events from Japanese tea
ceremonies to Model United Nations to a home
for Engineers Without Borders. It works
alongside student government and student
groups to promote mutual understanding and
encourage responsible global citizenship.
International House was the first facility of
its type in Canada, and many of the programs
and events it initiated have been emulated by
other institutions. These include the Penticton
Hospitality Program (supported by the Rotary
clubs ofVancouver South and Penticton),
where families in that area have for 53 years
hosted international UBC students in their
homes; the International Peer Program that
links hundreds of Canadian and international
students for cultural exchange; the annual
International Week through which students
organize discussions with global leaders on
international issues and host the cultural
festival, Festiva, a celebration of national
dances, food and music; UBC Jump Start, an
award-winning academic orientation held in
August for new international undergraduates;
GALA, an orientation in which new international
students and their parents have a rousing
introduction to UBC; and Christmas dinner for
international students and visiting scholars
staying in Vancouver over the holiday season.
The great legacy of International House is its
strong international community of alumni who
have enriched the university with their unique
perspectives and who share a common goal of
making a positive difference in the world.
Many of these individuals have excelled at
careers - in Canada and around the world -
that reflect the values of International House,
and allow the university to count on much
loyalty and support for its continuing international programs and endeavours.
Come "Back to School" this Summer
Join fellow alumni and other adult learners in one- to four-week intensive summer
programs. Subjects include:
writing • languages • liberal arts • culinary and wine arts
intercultural studies • sustainability • multimedia • and more!
UBC alumni are eligible for fee discounts on many Continuing Studies summer
programs. Visit our web site and subscribe to receive email updates.
A student finds a quiet spot in the Ike Barber Learning Centre ALUMNI NEWS
Want to plan your reunion but don't know
where to start? Look no further! Check out
the reunion toolkit on our website at:
www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/reunions. Many
faculties and departments have reunion
coordinators that can help you every step of
the way (and Alumni Affairs can help as well).
If your faculty is not listed below, you can
find up-to-date reunion information on the
Alumni Affairs website at: www.alumni.ubc.ca/
events/reunions or by contacting Marguerite
Collins at: marguerite.collins@ubc.ca or
Visit the Applied Science website at
www.apsc.ubc.ca/alumni/events or contact
Tracey Charette at alumni®apse.ubc.ca or
Visit the Dentistry alumni website at
www.dentistry.ubc.ca/alumni or contact
Jenn Parsons at dentalum@interchange.ubc.ca
or 604.822.6751.
Visit the Forestry alumni website at
www.forestry.ubc.ca/Alumni/Reunions.aspx or
contact Jenna McCann at 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 Sauder alumni website at:
www.sauder.ubc.ca/Alumni/Reunions.htm or
contact Kim Duffell directly at
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
■ Christine 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: Lee-Ann Rowan (United Kingdom)
and Darah Dilmaghani (Poland) and welcome
new alumni reps in the following places:
Eileen Leung, BSGR'oj: eklzi 18@columbia.edu
Vivien Hui, BASc'06: vivien214@gmail.com
Alumni in Edmonton have created an email
exchange address to aid in the sharing of
information between alumni in the area. Please
email your name, degree, and year of graduation
to tuumested@shaw.ca if you'd like to participate.
Your contact information will be shared with
only those who are participating.
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? 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 London (UK) and Edmonton.
If you're interested, contact Caely-Ann McNabb,
Alumni Relations Coordinator at caely-ann.
mcnabb@ubc.ca or 1-800-883-3088.
Alumni living in Denver 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.
Please make sure we have your current email
address. You can update your contact info at
/larie Earl at the annual alumni barbeque
and centenary concert at UBC Okanagan.
36    Trek    Fall 2008 Past Events
What have grads been doing lately? Some highlights include a Canucks game in
Washington, DC; a Thanksgiving celebration in Beijing; listening to great speakers over
lunch in Calgary; meeting UBC's president in Mexico; taking part in an architectural
boat tour in Chicago; welcoming new students in cities around the globe at UBC
Bound!; meeting for a pub night in Paris; and enjoying dim sum in Orlando.
The Next Step: Your Personal Brand
On October 22, recent grads took Banana
Republic by storm for a lesson in dressing for
success. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of
Vancouver's Vitamin V lifestyle website, Sarah
Bancroft, BA'93, MA'yy, shared her expertise with
fellow grads. Her words of wisdom included:
1. When in doubt, dress up. You never have to
apologize for looking good.
2. Think of the three words people use to
describe you to their friends or colleagues.
What do you want those things to be?
3. Don't dress for the job you have, dress for
the job you want. That way, you can fill
in if needed.
4. Be consistent in everything you do - people
notice your performance over time. But you
only have one shot at a good first impression.
5. Invest in a versatile and stylish coat. It sets
the tone for everything.
6. You can't out-dress the host, but you can
always out-dress your boss.
For information on upcoming The Next Step
events, check out the Young Alumni Network
page on our website or contact Matt Corker at
Book Club
This fall, UBC Alumni Affairs launched its first
book club. Two UBC faculty members from
Arts, Judy Brown of the English department
and award-winning author Richard Van Camp
of the Creative Writing department agreed to
chose books and facilitate. Alumni gathered
on campus in the impressive Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre in September to meet the
facilitators and pick up their books at the book
club launch. The first book, chosen by Judy
Brown, was Certainty by UBC alumna
Madeleine Thien. It was discussed by
participants in October. November's book,
The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel
by Drew Hayden Taylor, was chosen by
Richard Van Camp. Each book discussion was
lively, engaging, and offered up delicious treats.
Spots fill up quickly so be sure to keep an eye
out in the Grad Gazette and on the alumni
website for details and to register for the next
session happening in the New Year.
Focus: UBC
Focus UBC events were held in Seattle,
Ottawa and Toronto, where local alumni
joined UBC president Professor Stephen Toope
and UBC faculty members for an evening of
enlightenment and conversation. Covering
topics of sustainable cities, Canada's role in
human rights abroad, and teaching leadership
in a new economy, the events welcomed more
than 200 alumni and friends. Interested in
attending a similar event near you? Visit
www.alumni.ubc.calevents for more information.
In Conversation with Kim Campbell
More than 150 alumni, students and friends
were treated to an inspirational afternoon at
the new Irving K. Barber Learning Center on
September 26 as they attended In Conversation
with the Right Honorable Kim Campbell, BA'69,
LLB'83, LLD'oo. She returned to Vancouver for
her class reunion, but stayed on to sit down in
conversation with Executive Editor of the
Vancouver Sun, Valerie Casselton, BA'yy. If you
missed their passionate discussion on leadership, international politics, democratization
and gender; listen to the podcast or other UBC
Alumni Affairs podcasts now live on iTunes.
Hundreds of young alumni gathered at Banana Republic
on Robson Street for tips on dressing for success.
Kim Campbell
Upcoming Events
A variety of exciting new programming is
in the works for alumni living in the Lower
Mainland. Stay tuned for more details!
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 please make sure that we have your
current email address. It's easy to update at
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Dianne Sachko Macleod BA'63 retired in
November 2007 after teaching at UC Davis
for 26 years. She recently published a new
book, Enchanted Lives, Enchanted Objects:
American Women Collectors and the Making
of Culture, 1800-11)40 (University of California
Press, 2008), which examines the previously
unstudied role collecting played in fostering
women's empowerment.
Retired Burnaby Music Teacher, Virginia K.
Barteluk BEd'j3 is creator and manager of the
Tea Cottage at the Lake Louise Inn in Lake
Louise, AB. The cottage is an 84-year-old log
cabin with quite a history. Virginia is also on the
Community Council and recently created a
brochure for a self guided cultural heritage tour
of Lake Louise, with 20,000 copies already
distributed throughout the Rocky Mountain
Region ... Mary Novik PbD'j3 made her debut
as a novelist with Conceit, which was published
by Doubleday in 2007. The novel tells the story
of Pegge Donne, the daughter of the English
poet John Donne, a contemporary of Shakespeare. Conceit was chosen as a book of the
year by both The Globe and Mail and Quill &
Quire. It was long-listed for the Giller prize
and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award, the
top prize for fiction in British Columbia. More
information about Mary and Conceit can be
found at her website: www.marynovik.com ...
Edward (Ted) Lea BSc'74, who graduated in
Botany, recently retired after a rewarding career
of 3 5 years with the BC Ministry of Environment. He worked as a vegetation ecologist
involved in plants at risk recovery planning,
invasive alien plant species and terrestrial
ecosystem mapping, including historical
ecosystem mapping on Vancouver Island and
the Okanagan Valley. He was very fortunate to
work with extremely committed and caring
people. Ted lives in Victoria with his wife Lora
and their children Griffin and Janna, where he
and his wife pursue music, recreation, travel
and volunteer activities ... Dr. Patricia Hoy
(UBC School of Music), along with her husband,
Les Mackoff BA'yy, LLB'81 and friends Tom
Petrowitz BMUS'66, MMus'ji and Ann (Craig)
Turner BMus'66, MBA'8j presented the 2008
CoralWind Chamber Music Festival on August
8-10 in a spectacular setting at Ucluelet, on the
west coast ofVancouver Island. With a stellar
cast of internationally acclaimed musicians, the
event drew patrons from as far away as San
Diego. The range of music was amazing, the
performances equally so. It was a magical
weekend. Plans for next year's festival are
already underway. Check out the festival
website: www.coralwind.org.
Tea Cottage
James Savage BA'8j has been appointed vice
president of public affairs at the Federal
Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible
for overseeing the bank's communications and
outreach to external audiences. Savage has
considerable communications experience in the
government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors.
He most recently served as director of corporate
communications at Philips Electronics in
Toronto, where he was responsible for
public relations, and media and community
relations activities. He also served as vice
president of international public affairs for the
GTE Corporation (currently Verizon) ...
Elizabeth Owolabi BHE'86, MA'88 was named
Mary Novik
associate dean for student learning at Oakton
Community College (Des Plaines, Illinois).
Owolabi has more than 15 years experience in
an administrative and supervisory capacity in
higher education, industry, and government.
She most recently served as director of the
Center for Personal Enrichment at College of
Lake County (Grayslake, IL). She also worked
as an assistant to the senior program and policy
analyst at the College of Medicine at the
University of Illinois in Chicago and as a senior
instructor for the Ontario Police College ...
Charles Rendina LLB'88 joined Boughton Law
Corporation's securities, corporate/commercial
and cross border practice groups. He practices
primarily in the area of international business
development and has comprehensive knowledge
of financial planning, investing, insurance and
other related matters. He is licensed in the State
of Washington and the Province of British
Columbia and will lead Boughton's Cross
Border Practice Group. Prior to joining
Boughton Law Corporation, Charles practiced
at a boutique Washington law firm ... Winona
Kent MFA'8y (Creative Writing) is pleased to
announce her feature film script, Committee of
the Unloved, has been optioned by Vancouver's
Sistar Films and Carrie Wheeler Films. Winona
wrote this script with her writing partner, Nola
Tompkins, and it is based on the true-life story
ofVancouver educator and counselor, Jim
Mandelin. Jim suffered from an abusive and
38    Trek    Fall 2008 Christopher Mackie
dysfunctional childhood in rural Alberta and
as a teenager ran away to the big city, where he
fell into drug addiction, prostitution, alcoholism
and gang activity. Following time in prison
and a mental health facility, a near-death
experience enabled him to turn his life around,
and he now counsels those who went through
similar experiences as well as educating law
enforcement and medical personnel in how to
deal with people like him. Winona graduated
from the full-time Writing for Film and TV
program at Vancouver Film School in 2003.
She has had a diverse writing career over the
years, including regular freelance articles in
Flare Magazine, short stories published in
Canadian journals, and two novels - Sky watcher
(a finalist in the Seal First Novel Awards and
published by Bantam in 1989) and The Cilia
Rose Affair (published in 2001). She pays the
mortgage by working as a program assistant at
Works by Jane Petrovich
UBC's Faculty of Medicine (School of Population
and Public Health) ... Jane Petrovich MSC '8z
(Oceanography) obtained a BEd at York
University in 2005 in the Math, Science and
Technology program (Consecutive) and was
awarded the Don Galbraith Pre-Service Teacher
Award of Excellence by the Science Teachers
Association of Ontario. She recently published
two short stories, both inspired by her
shipboard and underwater experiences as a
graduate student at UBC: Power of Eight in the
fantasy anthology, Fantastic Companions
(winner of Fore Word Magazine's Silver Book
of the Year Award in the Science Fiction
category 2005 and Finalist for the 2006 Prix
Aurora for Best Work in English); and Attractions,
the cover story in the science fiction anthology,
Polaris (winner of the 2007 Canadian Science
Writers' Association Award for Science in
Society Journalism, Youth Category, and
Finalist for the 2007 Prix Aurora for Best Work
in English) ... Mark Neithercut PhD'84 of
Neithercut Advisors was awarded a contract by
The Ruth Mott Foundation of Flint to provide
consulting services to assist with grant-making
and strategic planning issues. Prior to founding
Neithercut Advisors, Mark was vice president
of a $6oo-million community foundation,
trustee of a family foundation and program
officer at a $2-billion private foundation. He is
also a former professor at the University of
Alabama and Wayne State University in
Detroit. He lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI,
with his wife, Helen, a jewelry designer and
horticultural specialist. He is an avid fly
fisherman and tennis player.
Arthur Wolak BA'9o, DAHY'94, MA, MBA received
his PhD from Macquarie University's Graduate
School of Management in Sydney, Australia on
April 18, 2008. Dr. Wolak, whose dissertation
compared Australian and Canadian managerial
cultures from a historical perspective, was the
recipient of the Academy of Management's
2008 Most Promising Dissertation Award in
Management, Spirituality, and Religion. His
journal article, Australia's 'Irish Factor' as a
Source of Cultural Difference from Canada,
was published in Australasian-Canadian
Studies ... Sue Drinnan MSC'90 has joined
The Hay Group as a senior consultant and
executive coach. Her specialty is in helping
organizations become even more effective by
selecting, developing and retaining the right
leadership talent. She works with leaders
and their teams to design and implement
organizational change, including executive
team development and leadership development
systems. She will also be facilitating a new
series of mentorship groups for senior leaders
and executives, beginning in early fall ...
Megan Gilgan BA'96(hons, Political Science) and her
Fall 2008    Trek    39 claSSACTS
husband, Patrick Fruchet, whom she met at
London School of Economics in 1998, are
proud to announce the arrival of their first
child, Jacques Robert Gilgan Fruchet, who was
born on 8 May, 2008, at the University of
Geneva Hospital in Switzerland. The family
moved to Nairobi in late September to allow
Megan to take a position with UNICEF as the
chief of Field Operations for Kenya. Patrick
will continue his work as a land mine action
consultant ... Stanley Tromp BA'yy has
produced his first book, Fallen Behind:
Canada's Access to Information Act in the
World Context. It is a 3 83-page study of how
Canada's freedom of information laws have
not met the FOI) standards of most other
democratic nations, and of the United Nations'
stated principles. Tromp spent a year researching
68 national FOI laws, 29 draft FOI bills, 12
Canadian provincial and territorial FOI laws,
and the commentaries of 14 global and 17
Canadian non-governmental organizations. The
study was funded by the Canadian Newspaper
Association, the Canadian Association of
Journalists, and four other groups. He has also
produced the world's first chart comparing all
these documents section by section, on an
Excel spreadsheet with thousands of cells of
data, in addition to a global index of rulings to
allow FOI applicants to seek legal precedents
for their appeals. The Report and World
FOI Chart can be found at his website,
www3.telus.net/index10 o/foi.
When Life Was Good, a romantic drama with
a satirical edge written and directed by Terry
Miles BFA'06, was a selection for the 2008
Toronto International Film Festival ...
Christopher Mackie BA'02 completed a law
degree at the University of Victoria in the
spring, and went on to complete basic officer
training for the Canadian Forces this summer.
He will serve as an intelligence officer in the
Naval Reserve ... Melanie Little MFA'00 has
started a new Calgary literary imprint,
Freehand Books, with the aim of publishing the
best of new Canadian writing ... James Zaitsoff
LLB'08 won the 2008 Harvey T. Strosberg Essay
Prize for best student essay on Class Actions in
Canada from Irwin Law, for which he will
receive $10,000. His prize-winning paper, Two
Steps Forward, No Looking Back: Confronting
the Problem of the Indeterminate Plaintiff, will
appear in Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Canadian
Class Action Review.
Get in touch with your
wild side and meet the locals...
More than 2000 alumni, friends and other exotic creatures have travelled with
the UBC Alumni Travel Program. Our travel partners provide high-quality service
in luxurious, educational group travel dedicated to lifelong learning.
Visit www.alumni.ubc.ca to find out more.
Once again the University is recognizing excellence in teaching through
the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Up to six (6) prize winners will
be selected in the Faculty of Arts for 2009.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have three or more years of
teaching at UBC. The three years include 2008 - 2009.
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished teaching at all levels;
introductory, advanced, graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
combination of levels.
Nomination Process: Members of faculty, students, or alumni may suggest candidates to the Head of the Department, the Director of the School,
or Chair of the Program in which the nominee teaches. These suggestions
should be in writing and signed by one or more students, alumni or faculty, and they should include a very brief statement of the basis for the
nomination. You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a form from
the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts in Buchanan A201.
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 15, 2009. Submit nominations to
the Department, School or Program Office in which the nominee
Winners will be announced in the Spring, and they will be identified during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards contact either your Department, School or Program office, or Dr. Dominic Mclver Lopes, Associate
Dean of Arts at (604) 822-6703.
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Globality: Competing with Everyone
from Everywhere for Everything
Business Plus, $29.99
Take what you know about globalization and
push it off the side of your desk. Globality is the
new paradigm that business leaders need to
understand in order to stay competitive in the new
age. Gone are the days where Western companies
could dominate global markets simply by taking
advantage of offshore cost advantages while
pushing their products to consumers around the
world. Globality is the next phase; what happens
when companies from rapidly developing
economies - including China, India and Brazil -
step up and challenge the Western giants.
As the title suggests, Globality's focus is on
how to compete with everyone, everywhere, for
everything. It describes a complex, multidirectional business environment where the
rules of the game have turned upside-down.
After examining the factors propelling the
explosive growth of these challengers, Globality
points out seven challenges that companies
must overcome in order to compete in the new
global marketplace.
Globality's strength is in its simplicity. It
describes a complex global transformational
process and distills the actions required to
capitalize on these changes into clear and
practicable lessons.
42    Trek    Fall 2008 A Song For My Daughter
Oolichan Books, $22.95
Set in British Columbia in 1988, A Song For
My Daughter tells the story of three women
from very different backgrounds as they take
a life-changing journey into BC's heartland.
The story is narrated by wise old Vivian. It
begins as her mysterious daughter, Joan Dark,
is released from a psychiatric institution
along with Mary Chingee, a Carrier-Sekani
woman, and Sally Cunningham, the spoiled
daughter of socialites. Hoping to return Mary
to her ancestral home up river, the three
women begin their voyage. Along the way,
through the characters they meet and the
challenges they face, they learn a lot about
themselves and how to rebalance.
A beautifully written story of love, survival
and healing, A Song For My Daughter takes
you on a journey across cultures to find a
place of shared humanity. Patricia Jean Smith's
talent and unique way of looking at the world
engages readers on many levels and brings the
story to a satisfying conclusion.
A Vancouver Island resident, she is also
the author of The Golf Widow's Revenge,
a humorous look at golf, and Double Bind,
a novella.
The Nature of Sexual Desire
University Press of America, $28.50
What is sexual desire? Does it have its basis in
physiology or psychology? In The Nature of
Sexual Desire, James Giles sets out to shed
some light on these issues while carrying out a
thorough interdisciplinary and intercultural
look at the connections between sex, love and
sexual desire.
The Nature of Sexual Desire draws from a
diverse array of references from the fields of
Biology, Psychology and Philosophy. Giles'
well-researched book is written in a clear style
that will inform future discussions on aspects
of sexual desire including its causes, maintenance and loss.
Born in Vancouver, James Giles is
currently a professor of Philosophy at the
University of Guam and a tutor at Madingley
Hall, University of Cambridge. In 1997 he
published No Self to be Found: The Search for
Personal Identity.
A Crack in the Wall
Oolichan Books, $18.95
Throughout the short stories that make up
A Crack in the Wall, there is a recurring theme
of home. Hegerat's idea of home, however, is
not a place of comfort. Instead, she refers to a
place where people's everyday facades crumble.
The characters in these stories are ordinary
people facing struggles not uncommon to us
all. A Crack in the Wall gives readers a
voyeuristic look inside their lives to provide
insight into the flaws that inhabit everyone.
In the title story, a child's death fractures a
perfect home. Other stories in the collection
are driven by themes of grief, enmity and
disruptive change.
Hegerat has been a social worker, teacher
and writer. Her short stories have been
published in a number of Canadian anthologies
and literary magazines and have been heard on
CBC radio. Her first novel, Running Toward
Home, was published in 2006.
Tundra Books, $11.99
When thirteen-year-old Kim travels to post-
apartheid South Africa with her journalist
mother, she comes face-to-face with the old
regime's brutal legacy. With the Truth and
Reconciliation Hearings opening her eyes to
the tragic history of her mother's homeland,
she slowly begins to learn of her family's
history and how apartheid fits into her own
story. As Kim searches for the father she has
never met, she and her mother are forced to
confront long-held secrets.
Afrika is Colleen Craig's first young adult
novel. She is also the author of the bestselling
Pilates on the Ball series. Born and raised in
western Canada, she moved to South Africa
in the 1980s where she witnessed apartheid
firsthand. She returned to Canada in 1991,
settling in Toronto, to continue her career as
a playwright.
The Almond Leaf
Peelpal Tree Press, $15.32
The Almond Leaf is a collection of brilliantly
simple and imaginative poems by this native of
Jamaica. As in his earlier collection, Against
Linearity, McKenzie uses his uncommon
perspective to illustrate common experiences to
stunning effect. In "Toronto Sunset" he writes:
The setting sun suddenly appears
from behind a cloud
like a gold coin
in the palm of a magician
McKenzie's poetry flows with a passion and
a level of clarity that produces vivid imagery.
He returned to Jamaica long ago, but Vancouver clearly remains close to his heart. In "A
Dream in Vancouver" he reminisces:
Back in our city
of yellow and purple evenings,
the scent of flowers on the streets,
and sculpted hedges concealing,
cosy homes,
my mind responded with a dream
Earl McKenzie is also a novelist (A Boy
Named Ossie: A Jamaican Childhood) and
short-story writer (Two Roads to Mount Joyful
& Other Stories). He is widely published in
international periodicals and currently lectures
in Philosophy at the University of the West
Indies, Mona.
Fall 2008    Trek    43 )NEWS
Fall is always one of the busiest times of the
year in the Athletic Department, with many
sports winding down their seasons while
indoor sports are just getting started. Here's
the latest on your T-Bird teams.
The UBC Thunderbirds closed out the 2008
regular season with a tough 28-3 home loss to
the first-place Saskatchewan Huskies on
October 24. A young T-Bird squad played well
for most of the year but found themselves on
the wrong side of a number of close games,
including a one-point loss to the SFU Clan in
Shrum Bowl XXXI held at Thunderbird
Stadium. The season saw many incredible
performances by the T-Birds.
One of the highlights was Scott McCuaig's
impressive play at defensive end. The fourth-
year lineman led the conference for the second
consecutive season with n sacks and now
holds a pair of Canada West career records
with another season in the Blue and Gold still
to come. He is now the conference's all-time
leader in sacks with 29 and has taken the lead
in a newer statistical category, career sack
yards, with 174 yards lost due to his efforts.
Kicker Shawn Mclsaac capped off a brilliant
five-year career with the T-Birds, leading the
conference in field goals made (19) and
percentage (82.6). He moved himself up the
all-time career list to second overall with 63
field goals for his tenure at UBC, which also
puts him fourth in CIS history.
Rookie Spencer Betts is also a name to
remember. The freshman had three touchdowns on
the season: a 98-yard punt return and a pair of
80+ yard receptions. He was sixth in the league in
all purpose yards with just under no per game.
Once again, both soccer teams were top squads
in Canada West. The men (8-1-5) finished in
second place in the conference while women
(8-2-4) ended regular season play in third.The
male 'Birds did not suffer a defeat until the
final game of the season, thanks in large part to
Radha Jain
their ten shutouts on the year and the fact they
conceded just seven goals in 14 games. Both
teams qualified for post-season play in Canada
West and are in the midst of post-season action.
The women's field hockey team had another
banner year, winning their sixth consecutive
Canada West title after posting an 8-2-2 record
in conference play. For their efforts, the T-Birds
were awarded the no.2 seed at the CIS
Tournament (result not available at the time of
print) in Victoria and a number of players
earned individual accolades. Tyla Flexman was
named the Canada West Player of the year, a
CIS and Canada West all-star, and received the
Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor Award
(national). Joining Flexman on both all-star teams
are Laura Dowling and Katie MacPherson.
Head Coach Hash Kanjee, in his 16th season at
the helm, received both the Canada West and
CIS Coach of the Year awards.
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The women's rugby team was in stellar form in
the month of October as they nearly played
spoiler in the Canada West playoffs. The T-Birds
faced off against the defending CIS champion
Lethbridge Pronghorns in the semi-final and
nearly upset the 'Horns, falling just short with
the final score at 15-12. They responded to that
tough defeat with a 37-0 drubbing ofVictoria
in the bronze medal game. Centre Radha Jain
was named a CIS All-Canadian, while Caitlin
Ebbehoj and Alison Smith joined Jain on the
conference all-star squad.
The men and women's golf teams were both in
fine form this fall with each team claiming a
pair of titles. The men were victorious at the
St. Martin's invitational and Vikes Shootout,
while the women's team captured the Lady
Otter Invitational and the Western Washington
Invite. For the women's team, the Lady Otter
title was their first NCAA title in four years
and they kept that streak alive by winning the
NCAA WWU Invite just a few weeks later. The
men, who are defending NAIA and RCGA
Champions, looked solid and should be in the
mix in the spring championship season.
The men's hockey team was busy during the
month of October, playing five CIS games as
well as making two NCAA road trips. The
'Birds opened their season with a 4-3 victory
over Calgary on September 26 but then lost
their next seven games, four of which were
exhibition, before sweeping the Manitoba
Bisons at home in their first games in the brand
new Thunderbird Arena by scores of 4-2 and
3-2 in late October. The T-Birds went 0-6 versus
Manitoba last year and were swept out of the
playoffs in Winnipeg. UBC has been bitten by
the injury bug and are without five of their top
nine forwards for potentially the rest of the
2008 calendar year. Some of the injuries were
picked up on the team's trips to Alaska and
Minnesota to face-off against top NCAA Div. I
teams. The T-Birds lost 3-2 to Alaska-Fairbanks
and 6-2 to Alaska-Anchorage before heading to
Minnesota where they took on top 10 teams St.
Cloud State and Minnesota. Playing in front of
4,000+ and 10,000+ fans at St. Cloud and
Minnesota respectively, the T-Birds played well
and hung tough, losing 3-0 and 3-1.
One of the early surprises to the winter
schedule, the T-Birds are currently in a tie for
third in Canada West with a 3-2-1 record. The
T-Birds have impressed with strong team play
and improved skill level across the board under
first-year head coach Nancy Wilson. Each series
this year the T-Birds have picked up at least one
point, starting with an OT loss to Alberta in
their first game of the year. They then went on
to sweep Lethbridge on the road, picking up
3-2 and 3-0 victories, and followed that up
with a shootout win on the road in Saskatoon.
Defenceman Kirsten Michalcheon (one goal,
three assists) and Jenny Mahovlich (four assists)
lead the T-Birds with four points apiece and
winger Alisha Choy has a team-best three goals.
Melinda Choy has been superb in net this
season, having faced a league-high 210 shots and
carries a .900 save percentage and 3.36 GAA.
Her numbers are a little deceiving, however, as
she was in net for 7-2 and 7-0 losses. Outside
of those two games, she has only allowed seven
goals on the year in four other contests and has
one shutout to her credit.
The men's basketball team kicked off their CIS
season with a pair of victories on the road,
taking down the Saskatchewan Huskies 79-69
and the Alberta Golden Bears 84-56. The
T-Birds have used their incredible depth to
good effect so far this season and are third in
team scoring (81.5 points per game) in the
league without having an individual scorer in
the top 15. Their team defence tops the early
season, allowing just 62.5 points against per
game. Earlier in the fall, the men had a great
preseason that saw them pick up a 99-81
victory over the Div. I Cal-State Fullerton
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The defending CIS champs had a tough road
weekend to open the season and dropped their
first two games. In both games the T-Birds were
close, two points and six points, with mere
minutes remaining - but ended up on the wrong
side of the result losing 60-52 to Saskatchewan
and 58-48 to Alberta. The women entered the
season without three of their key starters from
the CIS title run last year and had an up and
down pre-season, finishing at 3-4. They did,
however, win their final three tune-up games at
the Helen Campbell Invitational in Fredericton,
NB, in early October.
The season is underway for both UBC
volleyball teams, with the women suffering a
pair of defeats in their home opening weekend
at the hands of the Alberta Pandas on October
17 and 18. The men and women hit the road
on Halloween weekend and won't be back in
War Gym until mid-November. In pre-season
action, the men earned a silver medal at their
annual Thunderball tournament, losing in the
final to SKK-Korea after earning wins over
NCAA squads Hawaii and Pacific. The women
were also involved in exhibition action, hosting
Zhejiang on a tour late in September. The
T-Birds dropped all three matches, narrowly
losing a five-setter in their final meeting. The
female 'Birds were 2-2 versus CIS competition
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Michael Bullock
Michael Bullock was born in 1918 in London
and came to Canada in 1968 as a Commonwealth
Fellow. In 1969 he became a member of UBC's
Creative Writing Department. He retired from
the university in 1983.
Bullock began his career as a freelance writer
and translator. His prolific, life-long writing
career was not limited by genre, and he produced
essays, plays, works in translation, prose, and
poetry throughout his career. As well as being a
prolific writer and translator, Bullock was the
founder, and for five years editor, of the British
poetry magazine Expression, as well as editor-in-
chief of Prism International. Considered a
surrealist (he was a founding member of Melmoth
Vancouver, originally titled The Vancouver
Surrealist Newsletter) Bullock was unafraid to
push the limits of creative writing, often
blending poems with music and visual art. He
has displayed his own artwork in exhibitions
and galleries, as well as using it to augment his
textual works. He was educated at the Hornsey
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College of Art and the Polytechnic School of
Language, and was chosen as chairman of the
British Translators Association in 1963.
Poem for Michael Bullock
By Vancouver's first poet laureate, George McWhirter
What was most surreal
about the last, living, orthodox surrealist
was his surreal simplicity of mind, his canny
uncanny innocence. Chestertonian whimsy,
the exactness in his translation of other languages
and otherness into English.
Once, on the difference between poetry
and prose, he said (and what he said was often
this quotable), "When the prose is very good,
it becomes poetry." His own
was very good
and like the ballast for a floating garden, its
was a simple sentence, with a surprise buoyant
in every sentence, which would contain
in its excitements - as in his fluid and abstract
woodland illustrations-the serial mysteries
of an adult child, peering from the tree house
of his mind at the uncontrollable limbs, driven
to swim out in all directions from the isthmus
of the trunk. A winding, bending,
ever wending world
of tendrils running,
sticking to the eye
with the sap of Michael's inspiration.
Every morning, as automatic as a set of cerebral
callisthenics, he exercised these visual and verbal
transformations onto paper, a process which produced
visible narratives in verse, and in art, something like the elastic
and confined contortions of a chrysalis, whose convolutions
curved, more often than not, into the patterns
and colours of an afternoon-violet, sylvan
cervix, a melmoth-vulva, about to give equal birth
to the wandering observer of his work.
He was a creature of spontaneous habits, who was drawn
or flew on those persistent and mutating patterns
and now he is drawn, permanently, into the mauve
and lavender lucidity of his art. He has become
(his favourite verb), become - as Peter Pan has -
for everyone who ever reads or sees him: airborne,
elusive and decidedly ageless
old boy.
Professor J. Lewis Robinson, founding head of
Geography at UBC and long-time member of
the UBC community, passed away at the age of
90 on July 19, 2008.
After short stints teaching Geography to US
Army Engineers, Meteorology at Clark University
and Cartography at Leicester (MA) Junior
College, J. Lewis Robinson began his formal
career as a professional geographer with the
Government of Canada when he was employed
by the Northwest Territories Administration
of the Department of Mines and Resources in
1943. He was well-prepared for this assignment
as his PhD thesis, completed at Syracuse
University the year before, was a regional
geography of the Canadian Eastern Arctic.
Lew came to UBC from Ottawa in September
1946. His mandate was to organize and expand
the Geography program in the department of
Geology and Geography, which he did with
such success that Geography was established as
an independent division in 1953 and a separate
department in 1959. Lew was appointed
divisional chair and was the first head of
Geography, a position he held until 1968. He
then served as acting head for a year from 1974.
He was widely acknowledged as an
exceptional teacher and undergraduate advisor.
He received the UBC Master Teacher Award in
1977 and the Distinguished Teaching Award
for Canada from the National Council for
Geographic Education in 1982. He was awarded
honorary degrees by his alma mater, the University
of Western Ontario (the citation noted that he
was the first student from Western to become a
professional geographer) and UBC, and also
received the Centennial Medal and Silver
Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada,
the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian
Geographical Society, and the CAG Award for
Service to the Profession of Geography.
There were two principal foci to Lew's
research and teaching: the regional geography
of Canada and the discipline of Geography in
Canada. Among his books and monographs the
following were perhaps the best known: The
Canadian Arctic (an Information Bulletin of the
Geographical Branch, 1952); Resources of the
Canadian Shield (Methuen, 1969); British
48    Trek    Fall 2008 Columbia: A hundred years of geographical
change (with W Hardwick, Talon Books,
1973); and Concepts and Themes in the
Regional Geography of Canada (Talon Books,
1983). He also published well over a dozen
book chapters, half a dozen articles in The
Canadian Geographer, a similar number in The
Geographical Review, many more in The
Canadian Geographical Journal, and a handful
in each of The Journal of Geography, The
Operational Geographer, and The Professional
Geographer, as well as several wall maps and
dozens of encyclopedia entries.
Lew's devotion to the interests of undergraduate students was legendary. In 1977 he
donated part of his Master Teacher Award to a
Geography Scholarship Fund established by a
graduate earlier in the decade in recognition of
Lew's contributions as a teacher. The first
award was a single one of $100, and for several
years the award continued at this level on the
basis of annual donations. Subsequently
endowed and generously contributed to by
alumni over the years, the initiative has
blossomed and this year the department of
Geography made six awards of more than
$1,000 each to its best undergraduate students
from the return on endowment. Lew was also
immensely active in sustaining contact with
Geography alumni and for many years after his
retirement in 1984 played an instrumental part
in producing the Geogramme newsletter.
Beyond the department, Lew took an active
interest in UBC Athletics and served on the
no-longer-existent UBC Athletics Council. He
was also a mainstay of the department's Friday
afternoon hockey games, and an important
member of the Old Birds Hockey Team (he
hung up his skates, reluctantly, at age 77).
Beyond the campus Lew was also involved in
deaf education and sports development in
Canada, and was president of the Western
Institute for the Deaf.
Above all but his own kin, Lew valued the
Geography department and its members. He
believed in the idea of the department as a
community and he and his wife Jo, who
survives him, worked hard through the years of
his headship and into the 1970s to foster a
sense of the department as family.
As a high school track star, Lew set Ontario
sprint records and wrote a short story for his
hometown newspaper based on this experience.
The last words of his obituary, published in
several newspapers, offer an eloquent testament
to his full life and his many achievements:
"Geographer, mapmaker, explorer, writer,
teacher, mentor, husband, father and friend -
the kindest man we ever knew, the boy who ran
so fast - you taught us kindness, generosity and
usefulness. We will miss you. You gave us the
world and more. Thank you."
Fittingly and generously, Jo Robinson and
the Robinson children Jo-Anne, David and
Patricia (with their families) have initiated a
scholarship for support of graduate students in
the department. It will be known as the J. Lewis
Robinson Memorial Scholarship.
Edwin Philip Williams of Calgary died
peacefully at the Foothills Medical Centre
at 7:30pm on June 18, 2008, at the age of
89 years. He is survived by his wife of 59
years, Dorothy (Thompson), two sons Bob
and Jim (Karen) of Calgary, sister Kathleen
and cousin Anne Williams ofVancouver. He
was predeceased by his parents Merton
Yarwood and Lula Maude (Philp) Williams
and sister Margaret.
Ted was a polite gentleman who very rarely
raised his voice. Born in Ottawa on September
16, 1918, he had lived in Vancouver, Kobe in
Japan, and Hong Kong by age seven, following
his geologist father. Most of his childhood
years were spent in Vancouver. As well as his
UBC degrees, Ted received his PHD in Geology
from Harvard in 1956.
He married Dorothy Sedgwick Thompson on
October 2, 194 8 in Calgary and in June 1949
was appointed senior geologist at Hudson's Bay
Oil and Gas Company, from which he retired
in October 1980.Ted and Dorothy enjoyed
many years of attending Calgary Philharmonic
Orchestra pops concerts, Calgary Opera
productions, and square dancing with the
Highland Swingers. They were faithful
members of Wild Rose United Church
(formerly Rosedale United Church and North
Hill United Church) for many years. Ted spent
many happy hours working in his garden and
he and the family enjoyed many vacations in
the mountains.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful
staff and health care support at Edgemont
Retirement Residence, Colonel Belcher Seniors
Residences, Foothills Medical Centre, Rockyview
General Hospital, Brentwood Care Centre, and
Colonel Belcher Care Centre, where Ted resided
for varying amounts of time since August 2001,
and Wild Rose United Church for much
appreciated visits. We also appreciate more
than forty years of excellent care provided by
family physicians Dr. Patrick Lai and the late Dr.
Robert Westbury. We send a special thank you
to caregiver Lorraine Swift for supporting all of
us, especially at this difficult time.
Born in New Westminster in 1919, Charles
survived both parents, Fred and Helen (Wright)
Clay, and his older brother, Gilbert Clay.
After graduating, he worked on the
completion of Hell's Gate fish ladder for
The International Pacific Salmon Fisheries
Commission. When based in Lillooet, BC, he
met Ayleen Fisher. They were married in St.
Mary's Anglican Church in Lillooet in 1947.
He became chief engineer and chief of
Resource Development for the Department of
Fisheries, Canada. He wrote his first book
Design of Fishways in i960. In 1962 he made
Fall 2008    Trek    49 IN MEMORIAM
the memorable decision to bring his young
family along with him to the Netherlands for
the year while he attended Delft University to
complete a course in Hydraulic Engineering.
After studies in Holland and barely a year
back in Canada, Charles had an opportunity to
join the staff of the Food and Agriculture
branch of the United Nations in Rome, Italy,
again bringing his family. While in Rome, he
became a member of the diplomatic corp.
He acted as coordinator of the Artificial
Lakes Projects for Africa. He worked on
projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Chad, Rhodesia,
and the Aswan Dam in Egypt, Zambia and in
other countries such as India, Poland, Greece,
Iceland and Iran among others.
After retirement, Charles continued to
consult and speak and give papers on fish
conservation around the world including Japan,
Athens and Nashville. He published his second
book in 1995: Design and Fishways, Second
Edition, with illustrations by his son, Jaime
Clay. He died on August 24, 2008. His greatest
achievement in life, according to him, was
introducing his family to European life. He is
survived by his wife of 61 years Ayleen Clay;
daughter Allyson (Greg); sons Gilbert (Franca)
and Jaime (Pearl); and grand kids Enda, Kent,
Alexander, Ellis and Arden.
Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, on January 5,
1925, Les died unexpectedly in Victoria on
March 28, 2008. He is predeceased by his
daughter Valerie Canty (1996). Les will be
sorely missed by his beloved wife of 61 years,
Mary, his son and daughter-in-law, Doug and
Pam Canty, daughter Deirdre Canty, grandsons
Evan and Brendan Canty and granddaughter-
in-law Dr. Clare Batty, Brian Burger, Corey
Burger, brother in-law Tom and wife Bette
Wilkinson, as well as many nieces and nephews
and his best friends Bill and Nora Hawker. And
last but not least his well-loved cats Pan and
Hermes. He was a loving husband, father,
grandfather, friend, educator, globetrotting
world traveler, cyclist, organist, gardener,
jack-of-all-trades and cat lover - a well-
rounded person full of vitality and action.
Les started his globetrotting early, coming to
Vancouver, where he grew up, when he was
eight months old, graduating with honours
from UBC in 1946 in Math, Physics and
English. He obtained his teaching diploma in
1948 and started his education career across
BC - New Denver, South Slocan, Bralorne,
North Delta, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and
then with the Ministry of Education in Victoria.
He was founding principal in South Slocan and
North Delta, superintendent of the far north,
and had many innovative roles in the Ministry
in special education, information technology,
capital financing, special projects, and public
school legislation, before retiring in 1983.
He was very active in the community
throughout his life in organizations such as
Scouting and Rotary, and served on local
boards including the water board and coroner's
office. As a longstanding Rotarian, he was a
founding member of the Fort St. John club and
Probus in Oak Bay. He was active for many
years in student exchanges and group study
exchanges. Rotary honoured him as a Paul
Harris Fellow and thanked him as a diligent
payer of fines to enrich club coffers.
After going over the hill into retirement, he
helped found the Over The Hill Cycling Club.
He and Mary enjoyed riding for many years in
Victoria, the Queen Charlottes, Gulf Islands,
and California. They traveled the globe, visiting
South East Asia, the South Pacific, Europe
(including cycling in France), Mexico, Hawaii,
John Leslie (Les) Canty
and South Africa, as well as Canada and the
United States.
Born inVancouver in 1925, Elizabeth attended
West Point Grey Junior High and matriculated
from Magee High School. At UBC she majored
in English and Psychology. She earned her way
through university partly by modeling for the
Hudson's Bay Company but primarily by
working shifts during the summer on the
assembly line at American Can. In her junior
year she met Ted (BCom'45, BA'46, MA'47) at a
university dance. Ted says 'My heart stood still
the first time I saw her.' They eloped eleven
months later. Their parents, though surprised,
welcomed them as a couple into the family.
The couple left for Regina, where Ted worked
for a year with the provincial government.
Elizabeth worked for a portion of the time at
Simpsons Department Store, long ago absorbed
into Sears, and completed a university course
by correspondence. Elizabeth and Ted's first
child, Neil, was born in Regina.
They returned to Vancouver and stayed
with Ted's parents for a year while Elizabeth
completed her BA degree and Ted finished a
Masters. Then, in the autumn of 1947, the
family moved to Walla Walla, WA, for Ted's
teaching appointment at Whitman College.
During four years in Walla Walla, two more
children - Paul and Scott - entered the family.
50    Trek    Fall 2008 beth (Ross) Chambers
Elizabeth was instrumental in setting up a
co-operative pre-school for her own children
and those of other faculty members and
In the first half of the 1950s the family moved
several more times for jobs or education, and
Elizabeth managed the moves with her innate
organizational skills. In autumn 19 51 they
moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where Ted
completed his formal education and first
daughter Anne was born. In 1953, they moved
to Ottawa for a job with the federal government.
The family lived there until 1955 when they
moved to Metuchen, New Jersey, where Ted
worked as an economist for Prudential
Insurance. The summer of 1956 was spent in
Vancouver where Ted taught at UBC. Driving
back from Vancouver to New Jersey, they
stopped in Missoula, Montana, where Ted
was offered a position at the University of
Montana. Elizabeth frequently noted that
between 19 51 and 1956 there were seven
transcontinental auto trips most of which
involved moving the household.
In Missoula, Elizabeth produced a second
daughter, Justine, bought a residential lot and
designed and built a ranch style house. It
involved much sweat labour, including
staining cedar siding and indoor painting.
All this while looking after a young family!
In August i960, the family moved to Seattle
as Ted joined the School of Business at the
University ofWashington. Here, Elizabeth
became deeply involved with the Unitarian
Church through the family's membership in
the Edmonds Unitarian Church. Religious
education was her special interest during these
years but she was also an actively involved in
the social activities of the Church.
During the first half of the sixties Elizabeth
lost both her mother and her father. There were
two more transcontinental trips for the family
to spend a summer at Queen's University in
Kingston. The year 1968 was a sabbatical and
the family - with the exception of Neil who
had been drafted into the US Army - spent it at
Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. The
political situation in Uganda in 1968-69 was
peaceful with only a few roadblocks here and
there. Elizabeth noted to friends back home
that the family lived one block down the street
from army general, Idi Amin. She was enthusiastic
about the African experience because of the
new perspectives that it offered her and other
family members.
In July 1969, at age 44, returning from
Uganda via two months in Portugal, Elizabeth
moved with Ted and the non-adult members of
the family to Edmonton where he took an
appointment as dean of the School of Business
at the University of Alberta. The family's return
to Canada was made substantially easier not
only by Elizabeth's outgoing personality but
also by her commitment to the Unitarian
Church of Edmonton. For the next three years
she had an intensive involvement with the
religious education program and in so doing
developed a close friendship with Margo
Tyndall, the director, also a Unitarian minister.
In 1973, Elizabeth decided to forego the
non-paid labour force and use her education
and her extensive experience with volunteer
organizations as an entree to paid employment.
Concerned about her typing deficiency, she
took a course. She became an administrator in
the Student Counseling Service at the University
of Alberta, where she remained for the next 19
years. One of the deans she worked under has
confided "if you wanted to know what was
really happening in Student Counseling, then
you asked Elizabeth."
The other dimensions of her life in Edmonton
continued apace. In 1977, there was another
new house-building project at 1163 2 Edinboro
Road and 18 years later she oversaw a major
expansion to the house. During those years
considerable time was spent with grandchildren
Thane, Justine, Adam, Hannah and Stefan.
On a personal level Elizabeth was a keen
swimmer and enthusiastic golfer. She was an avid
supporter and collector of fine arts as well as
being active in the performing arts communities.
Her life experience in numerous places in
North America and abroad contributed to her
enlightened and tolerant perspective and her
embrace of cross-cultural understanding.
Elizabeth's life took a dramatic change in
mid-1997. She experienced a series of health
problems - temporal arteritis, carotid artery -
and then the beginnings of frontal lobe
dementia, more commonly known as apathy.
All this was compounded by the onset of
congestive heart failure. Her activities came to
an abrupt halt and social interaction, at which
she had always excelled, became limited and
infrequent. She did, however, manage to attend
her granddaughter Thane's wedding in Toronto
and visit her old friends, the Pennys, in
Hamilton, as well as accompanying Ted to
Boise in the winter and spring of 2000.
In October 2001, Elizabeth and Ted left their
loved Edinboro Road surroundings in Edmonton
and moved to Victoria. There, Elizabeth
somehow found the old spark to fully participate
in the extensive renovation of the house they
purchased on Lansdowne Road. She liked the
result and enjoyed it until her death on
November 16, 2007.
Fall 2008    Trek    51 IN MEMORIAM
George Feaver
Catherine Rennison was born in Trail on April
22, 1921, to Harriet and Rory MacLennan,
granddaughter to John and Elizabeth Boultbee.
She served in the Canadian Air Force Women's
Division in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and St. John's,
Newfoundland. After discharge she attended
UBC. She returned to Trail where she met Brian
Rennison, an engineer from Ireland, and they
were married in 1950. Catherine passed away
peacefully at home on Saturday, September 13,
2008. She is survived by her husband, Brian,
her three children, Pat (Cecilia), Mike (Wendy),
Margot (Ebe) and her four grandchildren,
Caitlin, Rory, Colleen and Erin. Memorial
services were held at Saint Peter's Quamichan
Anglican Church in Duncan, BC, on Saturday
September 27.
Our brother, uncle and friend ended his life's
journey in Vancouver close to where he lived
and worked for most of his 80 years. Gordon
pursued a life of science and research (including
at U. Wisconsin and U. Auckland) and was for
several decades a professor of Biochemistry at
UBC and a biomedical researcher.
Gordon greatly enjoyed the successes of his
research colleagues and students alike. He was
part of a real company of adventurers in early
days of genetic research and was counted as
contributing not only valuable procedures but
adding much to the spiritual and intellectual
well-being of the group at UBC (which
included Jack Campbell, Gordon Shrum and
Ian Gillam; Nobel Prize Researchers H. Gobind
Khorana and Michael Smith. Never married,
Gordon was the beloved uncle of many nieces
and nephews. He is predeceased by father John
F. Tener (in turn, son of John Frost Tener, born
in Co. Tyrone), mother Charlotte Evelyn Tener
and brother David. He was a beloved brother
to sisters Kathleen in Penticton, Doreen (Paul)
in Merritt, Veronica in England, sister-in-law
Trudy in Langley as well as brothers John
(Josie) in Ottawa and Robert (Jean) in Calgary.
Gordon enjoyed music and photography,
was a prolific reader and a member of the
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Having travelled
the world during his working years, he loved
the British Columbia coast where he found
great beauty and enjoyment, first of all camping
with the Jack Campbells and then exploring
waters from the Gulf Islands to the Broughtons
aboard Larus I, Larus II and Corax. He shared
these times with all who would come, imparting humour, life experiences and lessons. In the
words of Masefield, he had merry yarns from
many laughing fellow rovers, friends and family
alike. Gordon supported the BC Cancer
Foundation (in memory of friend Michael
Smith). The family expresses great thanks to
caring staff at the VGH Neuro Unit, at UBC's
Purdy Pavilion TCU, Nurse Next Door Care
Agency and Marion Hospice. A quiet sleep and
a sweet dream, Gordon, your long trip's over.
In his own words: "It was a very good life."
George Feaver died May 12, 2008, on his 71st
birthday, from complications following a
massive heart attack. As George liked to say,
he was a "wiry kid from the tough part of
Hamilton" (Ontario), where he credited the
Boys' Brigade with helping to keep him out
of jail. After attending McMaster University
for a year, he switched to UBC, where he
served on student council and was a member
of Beta Theta Pi.
In 1962, George received his PhD from the
London School of Economics. He held faculty
appointments in Political Science at Mount
Holyoke College (South Hadley, Mass.), the
LSE, Georgetown University (Washington, DC),
and Emory University (Atlanta), before
returning to UBC in 1971, where he served as
professor of Political Science until his retirement
in 2002. His life's work centred on major
English thinkers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Retirement did not slow George down and over
the last two years he was an Andrew Mellon
Fellow at the University of Texas (Austin), where
he happily spent time working on the papers of
his LSE mentor and friend, Maurice Cranston.
Beyond his intellectual achievements, George
had a natural athletic ability that was evident
52    Trek    Fall 2008 in his basketball-playing days at Hamilton
Central High School, McMaster, UBC and the
LSE. The LSE team on which he played won
the British championship. He was scouted for
major league baseball but decided to pursue an
academic career instead. Twenty-five years later
George would still regularly hit the first pitch
in the Political Science faculty's annual Softball
game with the graduate students clear across
Trimble Park and over 8th Avenue.
George was also an excellent musician. In
high school he started his own band, and also
played trumpet at the Brant Inn, the centre of
jazz near his home town, as a sideman with
Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and several
other great performers of the time.
George was a larger-than-life personality,
whose erudition, story-telling ability, wide
circle of acquaintances - ranging from Isaiah
Berlin to Man Ray to Lady Bird Johnson - and
penchant for becoming involved in unusual
situations enlivened all his lectures and
conversations. He was a keen traveller and a
proud long-time member of the Travellers Club
in London. He loved gardening, spending time
with his children and enjoying the finer things
in life. George is lovingly remembered by his
children, Catherine (Brian), Dunik and Noah,
Anthea and Elysia Feaver, his sister Marian
Gillard, several nieces and nephews, and his
many friends.
Kenneth M. Richmond, 71, passed away in
Annapolis, MD, on Sunday, September 7, 2008,
after a long battle with Lewy Body disease,
fought with extraordinary grace and humour.
Richmond was born in Vancouver on November
11, 193 6, and is the son of the late Thomas and
Muriel (Teskey) Richmond.
At UBC, he majored in Civil Engineering.
During his early career as a professional
engineer, he specialized in the engineering and
scientific application of computers. At Public
Works Canada, he managed national design
and construction programs. After moving to
the United States in 1985, Ken worked at SHL
Systemhouse, Inc. managing system integration
and requirements analysis projects; and James
Martin Associates providing management
Kenneth M. Richmond
consulting services for the implementation
of information engineering methodologies
and CASE tools.
Ken was an avid sailor throughout his adult
life, racing dinghies and keelboats on the
Ottawa River and the Chesapeake Bay, cruising
locally with friends and family, and chartering
in waters from North America to Australia. He
was also dedicated to encouraging the next
generation of sailors, his grandchildren. He
enjoyed distance cycling, scuba diving, and
travelling. He was known for his methodical
approach to problem-solving, his wonderful
dry wit, and his gentle nature.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 30
years, Eve-Marie Lacroix; his children, Michael
(Brampton, ON), Art (Ottawa, ON) and
Carolyn Fisher (Waterloo, ON); his stepchildren, D. Joseph Potvin (Gaithersburg, MD) and
Marie-Louise Potvin (Victoria, BC); his
grandchildren; his brothers, Barry (Sydney,
Australia) and Allister (Vancouver, BC); his
sister, Patricia Rayppy (Sparks, NV), and many
close friends.
Sharon was born in Vancouver to Helen and
James Harmer. Jim Harmer was a UBC Hall of
Fame athletic star. She never met her father,
who went missing in action during his service
with the 28th Canadian Armoured Regiment in
WWII. She lived with her mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother until her widowed
mother married Morris Belkin on July 30,
1954. At that time she became part of a
blended family with Morris's two sons, Gary
and Eliot. By November 1957, Wendy, Margie
and Stuart were born, and Sharon was now one
of six children.
Visually impaired since birth from Aniridia,
Sharon briefly attended a school program for
children with visual impairments, but completed her education at Magee Secondary. She
studied piano as child, had a lovely singing
voice and developed a lifelong love of music.
At 18, Sharon attended UBC, living in
residence while being actively involved in the
Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She had great
friends in the sorority and enjoyed her time at
UBC. She was an excellent student despite the
challenges of her poor vision. She fondly
remembered her travels to Japan, Australia and
Hawaii and the wonderful friends she met all
over the world.
Her final move to Victoria, 25 years ago,
brought the opportunity for Sharon to design
and oversee the building of her home and
garden, which she loved and was uniquely hers.
She developed a phenomenal memory as she
prepared herself for eventual blindness. Her
memory for detail was flawless and her love of
colour was never hampered by her loss of sight.
She coloured the world around her with
laughter and hugs and good cheer and
optimism even in the face of tremendous life
She loved cuddling babies and puppies. She
loved teddy bears and good food shared with
great friends. Her warmth and love will be
sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.
With the death of Douglas (Doug) Heath
Brawn on March 14, 2005, his family, the firm
of Brawn Karras & Sanderson, the legal
community at large, and the citizens of Surrey,
BC, lost a friend, a mentor, and a great
contributor to the community.
Doug Brawn was born in Vancouver, the son
of Lt. Col. John "Jack" and Margot Brawn. He
was one of BC's leading junior amateur tennis
players, a sport he would continue playing
Fall 2008    Trek    53 IN MEMORIAM
Douglas Heath Brawn
throughout his life. After graduating from UBC,
he attended U of T Law School, where he also
played on the hockey team.
Graduating in 1972, Doug returned to BC
where he articled at Sutton Braidwood, and
was called to the Bar in 1973. He quickly
started his own law firm, eventually forming
Brawn Karras & Sanderson with Kim Karras
and Kent Sanderson in 1995. At the firm, where
he specialized in real estate and banking, he
was a teammate, stand-up comic, advisor and
leader admired and loved by all. He had a
genuine capacity to care and to make people
feel important. But Doug's most precious
vocation was being a father to his two children,
Jennifer, 16, and Geoffrey, 13. He was truly
their friend.
Doug continued his love for hockey, playing
with local teams, and being the guiding force
behind the Pacific Steelers Women's Hockey club
as an organizer, coach and "team dad." His
daughter, Jennifer, is also an excellent hockey
player. A music fan who loved a good blackjack
game in Las Vegas, Doug also found time to sit
on the Board of Directors at Kwantlen College,
the Board of Trustees at Surrey Memorial
Hospital, the Board of Governors at Southridge
School, and more recently, the Board of Coast
Capital Savings Credit Union. Doug is survived
by his wife, Luana, their two children, his
mother and his sister, Stephanie. Father, partner,
friend; he will be sorely missed.
DR. Z.G. YAKOBO MOYINI PhD'78 (Forestry)
Dr. Moyini, a past chairman of the Uganda
Wildlife Authority and the immediate past
chairman of the Uganda Wildlife Society - a
leading conservation non-governmental
organization - passed away after a period of
illness. Yakobo dedicated much of his life to
conservation and protecting the environment
and the flora and fauna of Uganda. In the early
90s, after attaining his PHD, he returned to
Uganda, his native country. Like many others
Yakobo had gone into exile to avoid dictatorships, before returning home to help build the
"new Uganda." Yakobo hailed from Adjumani
in Northern Uganda and was laid to rest in his
ancestral land.
JIM COWANS BA'82, MA (queen's), MBA (queen's)
Jim passed away peacefully at home surrounded
by family on Monday, August 18, 2008, after a
long and courageous battle with cancer.
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