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 MAGAZINE  OF
AERSITY OF  BRITISH COLUMBIA
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Courage, Education
and Hope: Lauryn Oates
believes literacy is key to,
stability in Afghanistan ■ 1
The Collecting Bug: Wallace Chung has
amassed 25,000 items (and counting) 12
Treating Club Foot: Shaf ique Pirani has given
thousands of children a running start 26
Rick Mercer has the last word 54
PUBLISHED BY THE UNIVERS
ISH COLUMBIA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONTENTS:
FEATURES
THE 2012
UBC ALUMNI
ACHIEVEMENT
24 UBC Alumni
Achievement
Awards
On November 14, we
celebrated 10 stars of UBC's
global alumni community.
26 A Running Start
The work of clinical
orthopaedics professor
Shafique Pirani has
dramatically improved
prospects for thousands of
children born with clubfoot in
Uganda and around the world.
32 The Changing
Library
In the digital age, how do
libraries avoid becoming
museums for books?
54 The Last Word
Rick Mercer's heroes
include Nelson Mandela
and Evel Knievel.
30 Campaign Update
A sampling of the many ways alumni are engaging with UBC.
119  Courage, Education & Hope
ILauryn Oates believes that literacy is key to helping Afghanistan
achieve permanent stability and security, gender equality and
rule of law.
Cover: Female students attend school in Afghanistan
(Photo: Tallulah Photography) DEPARTMENTS
TREK©
5    Take Note
UBC People are exploring
how Mars was formed; how
our experience affects our
genes; and how we can achieve
food sovereignty in BC.
11   What You Said
37  Events & Notices
38 Class Acts
43 T-Bird news
45 In Mem
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Send in your captions by January 31 to trek.magazine@ubc.ca or the address in the right-hand column.
Fame and fortune await the winner (their name published in Trek and a UBC alumni stainless steel
insulating flask, which is a lot better than a poke in the eye).
Alan Boreham, BASc'79, was pleasantly surprised to hear he's won the
spring caption competition with the following:
I said the boss wants us to find a solution to fight "grime."
No doubt he's updating his resume.
EDITOR Vanessa Clarke, BA
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTORS
Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'og
Alison Huggins, BA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIR Judy Rogers, BRF'71
VICE CHAIR Dallas Leung, BCom'94
TREASURER Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2010-2013]
Carmen Lee, BA'oi
Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Judy Rogers, BRE'ji
Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2011-2014]
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA'06
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2012-2015]
David Climie, BCom'83
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Kirsten Tisdale, BSc'83
Faye Wightman, BSc'81
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PRESIDENT'S DESIGNATE
VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT
AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
Barbara Miles, BA, Post Grad in Ed.
UBC PRESIDENT
Prof. Stephen J. Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
UBC CHANCELLOR
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
ASSOCIATE VP, ALUMNI /
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Jeff Todd, BA
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FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   3 EDITOR'SNOTE
MAKING PEACE
with
EDUCATION
In the spring of 2010, UBC awarded political satirist Rick Mercer with an
honorary degree. As is customary, he addressed the graduating class with
some words of advice.
"There have always been regional differences in this country," Dr. Mercer
told the new grads, "but too often these days those regional differences are
being used to pit Canadians against one another - region against region,
east against west, rural versus urban, gay versus straight, educated elites
(which would now be you) versus Members of Parliament." <laughter>
"... Suddenly, the idea of nation building has become passe," he continued.
"This may help certain people get elected, but it is putting the entire
country at risk. And this is where you come in, because it is your job as
young Canadians to put a stop to that."
One of the beauties of an educated populace is how well equipped it is
to hold its political leaders to account. In a free society, satirists can rant,
workers can strike, politicians can be voted out of office. But the confidence
we enjoy here to speak our minds in safety is in stark contrast to the
situation in which the citizens of many other countries find themselves.
Political divisiveness in its most extreme form leads to violence and to war.
Education is the underpinning of peaceful and unified societies. Its
running mates are justice, the right to vote, dignity, security, and equality.
Education creates an ongoing expectation for these human rights along
with an ongoing vigilance that protects against their erosion. We can never
afford to be complacent. When civil society is attacked by extremists who
have no tolerance of other opinions and choices, and whose exertion of
power is never based on the best interests of fellow citizens, education is
usually one of the first casualties.
Lauryn Oates (page 19) is an exceptionally courageous individual who
knows that countries most likely to be at war are those with the worst
education systems. At the age of 14, she was deeply affected by news
reports about the actions of the Taliban in Afghanistan and their horrific
treatment of fellow citizens, from full-scale massacres to the beating of
women in the street for not adhering to a strict code of dress and conduct.
That's why Lauryn has spent the past four years risking her personal safety
working to help Afghanis get access to education. She believes a literate,
educated populace is the best defence against the lingering spectre of
religious extremism and violence. Lauryn is graduating from UBC with
a PhD in language and education literacy this November.
Mercer urged the class of 2010 to visit every corner of Canada, because
the experience would make them better Canadian citizens, which in turn
would make for a better country. First-hand knowledge of other perspectives
breeds tolerance and beats divisiveness.
A UBC education teaches students to think independently and develop
a critical eye, and it provides opportunities to travel abroad and learn from
other cultures - and from exceptional grad students like Lauryn. This tends
to produce not only good Canadian citizens, but good global citizens -
something which makes not only for a better country, but a better world.
Vanessa Clarke, Editor
4  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 ASSISTANT PROFESSOR HANNAH WITTMAN HARVESTS FALL PRODUCE FROM UBC'S ORCHARD GARDEN WITH WILL VALLEY, A UBC DOCTORAL STUDENT AND CO-OPERATIVE URBAN FARMER.
Food Sovereignty in BC
Despite the diversity of its agricultural landscape,
from fruit orchards in the Okanagan to grain
farms in Peace River, BC imports about 45 per
cent of its food, the majority of it from the US.
Conversely, many of the crops produced in the
province, such as blueberries, are bound for
external markets. Assistant professor Hannah
Wittman studies how small-scale, sustainable
farms can survive and prosper in a globalized
food economy and is exploring the possibilities
for food sovereignty in BC. "Food sovereignty
refers to the ability of communities and regions
to control their food systems," she says. "This
includes markets, modes of production, and
natural resources."
According to the BC Ministry of Agriculture
and Lands, about 0.5 hectare of farmland is
required to sustain one person for one year. To
feed the population projected for 2026 would
require 2.78 million hectares of agricultural land
in food production - a 300 per cent increase from
2001 levels. "This is well within our grasp," says
Wittman. "BC's Agricultural Land Reserve covers
approximately 4.7 million hectares, much of which
is currently underutilized for food production
oriented to local and regional markets."
Although small-scale farmers face challenges
including the cost of land, shortage of labour,
and lack of organized distribution systems, BC is
one of only two provinces to see an increase in
the number of farmers. The national figure is a
10 per cent decrease. Of BC's 19,759 farms, 83
per cent are small-scale operations and 16 per
cent are classified as organic farms - the largest
percentage in Canada.
With food recalls on the rise for E. coli,
salmonella or listeria contamination, the
question of food sovereignty is an urgent one,
says Wittman, who is working with a non-profit,
BC-based organization - the Community Farms
Program - which provides education, support,
and networking opportunities for small-scale
farming as well as new models for preserving
agricultural land.
One initiative for implementing food
sovereignty is facilitating the development of
long-term leases on public, cooperative and
community-owned land. And farmers often
cooperate to reduce costs and share resources.
Consumer demand also has an impact, with
farmers' markets on the rise and now contributing more than $3 billion to local economies
across Canada.
PHOTO: MARTIN DEE
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK    5 TAKE NOTE
ALEA SMANIOTTO, LEFT, AND SALEM KASSAHUN (OF SALEM'S ETHIOPIA CRAFT BOUTIQUE). (PHOTO: RICK COLBOURNE)
Ethiopian Entrepreneurs
This summer, Alea Smaniotto experienced a
life-changing experience. She was one of six
Ch'nook scholars from across BC selected to join
a Sauder School of Business Arc Initiative team
in Ethiopia. Arc combines Sauder talent with
African entrepreneurs to help fuel improvements
to their businesses.
The Ch'nook team and Arc delivered a
week-long business skills conference to local
entrepreneurs in the capital, Addis Ababa. For the
Ch'nook scholars, it was also a unique opportunity
to exchange indigenous cultural knowledge.
"We were able to learn about Ethiopian life
and business while the entrepreneurs were able
to learn about business in the Western world. It
was quite special to share our Aboriginal history
and challenges with them too," says Smaniotto
who is of Metis descent.
Rick Colbourne, executive director of
Sauder's Ch'nook Scholars program - which
increases Aboriginal engagement in business
education - says the learning and knowledge
exchange offered through his program is taking
more of an international focus. The goal is to
help Aboriginal people gain confidence to work
in an environment where global organizations
are approaching First Nations communities
directly to engage in business.
"In Ethiopia, our Ch'nook scholars gained
insights into another indigenous culture, including
their Amharic language," says Colbourne.
"Partnering with Arc helped Ch'nook build
on its strengths, facilitate cross-cultural
understanding and also be innovative around
Aboriginal business engagement."
Working with Ch'nook and other Arc
facilitators, Ethiopian entrepreneurs - including
a clothing designer, coffee farmer, taxi operator,
hospital manager and paper recycler - gained
business skills in marketing, strategy and
financial management that they could apply to any
venture, says the director of Arc, Jeff Kroeker.
A common theme that united both the Ch'nook
team and the entrepreneurs they met in Ethiopia
was an overriding interest in responsible
business. "The Ethiopian entrepreneurs didn't
want to start businesses to get rich, but instead
to create jobs and make their country a better
economic environment to invest in," says
Smaniotto. "Similarly, as Aboriginal people our
Ch'nook team pursued business degrees to
become leaders so we can make an impact on
our First Nations communities."
ARTIST RENDITION OF THE FORMATION OF ROCKY BODIES IN
THE SOLAR SYSTEM. (COURTESY NASA/JPL-CALTECH)
Getting to the core of life on Mars
NASA has approved funding for the Mars
InSight lander, a mission that will enable
scientists to address one of the most fundamental
issues of planetary and solar system science -
understanding how the rocky planets of the
inner solar system (including Earth) were
formed more than four billion years ago.
The mission will investigate the interior
structure and processes of Mars as well as
examining tectonic activity and meteorite
impacts on the planet, possibly providing some
insight about such phenomena on Earth.
"We've all been captivated by the Mars
Rover's stunning images of the surface of Mars,
and this is our chance to peer into the 'hidden'
processes that shaped that landscape," says
UBC geophysicist Catherine Johnson, the sole
Canadian on the mission's scientific team. "This
is a fantastic opportunity to determine whether
the Red Planet is seismically active, how large its
core is, and to determine why it doesn't have a
magnetic field today."
The InSight lander is scheduled to launch
and land on Mars in 2016. It would bore the
deepest holes into Mars to date - to a depth of
five metres - to install heat probe instrumentation below the surface, and place seismic
instrumentation on the surface.
Part of Johnson's role in the mission will be
to help analyze the more than 29 gigabytes of
seismic data which will be transmitted back to
Earth by the lander annually. She'll also work to
locate where quakes are happening beneath
6  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 Mars's surface, and determine the size and state
(liquid or solid) of the planet's core.
Johnson has previously worked on understanding Mars's ancient magnetic field and its
relationship to the history of the planet's
volcanic activity and the atmosphere. The
InSight mission will help explain why Mars,
unlike Earth, no longer has a magnetic field.
Led by Mars Exploration Rover project
scientist Bruce Banerdt and other specialists
from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, InSight's
international science team includes co-investigators from the US, France, Germany, Austria,
Belgium, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and the
UK. It will be equipped with two science
instruments that will measure the planet's pulse
or internal activity, its temperature, and its
gravitational field.
Scientists will be able to interpret this data
to understand the planet's history, its interior
structure and activity, and the forces that
shaped rocky planet formation in the inner solar
system. Johnson is currently a participating
scientist on NASA's MESSENGER Discovery
mission and an investigator on the OSIRIS REx
New Frontiers Mission.
Finding a new therapy for MS
A thousand new cases of multiple sclerosis are
diagnosed every year in Canada, and the national
MS Society estimates that 55,000-75,000
Canadians are living with this disabling disease
of the central nervous system.
Assistant professor of neurology Anthony
Traboulsee is working towards finding a new
therapybased on the theory that MS patients
have a blockage of veins in the head and neck
that prevents the proper drainage of blood from
the brain. It is thought that the iron-rich blood
that pools as a result of the blockage damages
brain tissues.
The validity of the theory - known as Chronic
Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) -
will be tested in a clinical trial led by Dr.
Traboulsee, who is medical director of the
UBC Hospital MS Clinic, and president of
the Canadian Network of MS Clinics. As well
as neurologists, the multi-disciplinary team
includes vascular radiologists, MRI specialists,
cardiologists and ethicists.
-  PRESIDENT'S  MESSAGE  -
What if...?
Stephen J. Toope,
President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
I don't envy Jim Flaherty or Mike de Jong their jobs. As I write this column, our federal Finance
Minister is talking about downgrading Canada's already anemic growth projections in light of weakening
global economics. He's also recommending restraint to his provincial counterparts, citing a new
Macdonald-Laurier Institute report that predicts a European-style crisis within 30 years if policies
don't change. Mr. de Jong is heading into an election campaign having promised to close a billion-dollar
gap in BC's budget by spring, all the while facing collapsing resource revenues, downgraded economic
growth forecasts, and replacement of the HST with the PST.
But while I wouldn't want to be in their shoes right now, I can't help playing the What if...? game.
What if it were up to me to turn BC's economy around? What would I do? Focus on the resource sector,
where Canada's mining industry is assuming a leading role on the world stage? Or pour my energies
into the technology sector, which, according to KPMG's recent Technology Report Card, stands at a
crucial turning point?
In fact, my bias is clear in the job I do have: the key to British Columbia's collective future is education.
Education touches every business, every community, every organization, and every issue in our province.
And right now, like never before, it has the capacity to make or break our economy. BC's economy has
managed to remain relatively strong even as economies around us are faltering, and that is due in large
part to decisions made in the past. Successive BC governments since the mid-20,h century have
grasped the link between education and economy. They invested heavily in education and research,
and they built a system so multifaceted and fluid in structure that it has no equal in North America.
So while it is undoubtedly time for restraint in some areas, in education it is a pivotal moment for
reinvestment. The BC Labour Market model projects a million new job openings by 2020, 78 per
cent of which will require post-secondary education. Immigration, originally expected to fill a third of
those job openings, has dropped by over 50 percent since 2008. People of traditional working age are
declining in number, and there are not enough students entering or graduating from post-secondary
education to make up the shortfall.
What's more, graduates have lower unemployment rates and higher employment through economic
downturns, earn more money, enjoy better health, raise more highly educated children, and they vote.
But most institutions, including UBC, have been operating over capacity for the past six years. Most of
the remaining institutions are running budget deficits and could not absorb additional students without
new funding.
An election is coming, and the Research Universities' Council of British Columbia (RUCBC) has
launched its own campaign to ensure that education is a high-visibility issue. I urge you to keep it in
mind when you vote. None of us wants to look back on this moment in time and think, What if...?
Read Professor Stephen Toope's September 2012 keynote address to the Vancouver Board of Trade on this
topic at: www.president.ubc.ca/speeches
Read the full text of the RUCBC's official announcement at:
www.rucbc.ca/press-releases/2012/10/bcs-research-universities-set-out-an-opportunity-agenda-for-bc
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK    7 TAKE NOTE
The team will enroll 100 subjects for the
trial and patients will be randomized to receive
venoplasty treatment (using a balloon to open
the narrowed veins) or a sham treatment (the
equivalent of a placebo). Each group will "cross
over" to the other treatment after a year, so all
patients will eventually receive the venoplasty.
"This pan-Canadian controlled study will
allow us to monitor MS patients over a two-year
period and obtain scientific evidence on the
safety and efficacy of the CCSVI procedure in
the long term," says Traboulsee.
Medical student spaces
doubling in Okanagan
Medical students can now complete their
training in the Okanagan thanks to the Southern
Medical Program (SMP) now underway at UBC's
Kelowna campus.
The program will be housed in the newly
constructed Reichwald Health Sciences Centre -
the result of a $32.7-million investment by the
BC government. The facilities will accommodate
128 students, bringing the total number of medical
students in the province to 1,152 and more than
doubling the number of available spaces.
The state-of-the-art facility includes
high-tech classrooms and lecture theatres
networked with the other three medical
program locations in Vancouver, Victoria and
Prince George. It also includes small-group
teaching rooms, teaching and research labs,
administration and faculty offices and a human
kinetics lab, part of the school of health and
exercise sciences. Students will receive their
clinical skills training at Kelowna General
Hospital, Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops,
Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Kootenay Boundary
Regional Hospital in Trail, and other hospitals
and health centres in 22 Interior communities.
As part of UBC Faculty of Medicine's
distributed undergraduate program, SMP students
will spend the balance of their four-year MD
program studying and training in communities
throughout the BC Interior, having spent their
first term in classes in Vancouver.
UBC President Stephen Toope says that the
program "is teaching students using the best
technology and learning resources available.
Just as importantly, it will enable collaborative
learning and interdisciplinary teaching
opportunities for all of the health sciences."
DR. CHRIS WYATT (LEFT) AND DR. ANGELA WONG CONSULT WITH PATIENT LAI LING CHAN AT THE SIMON KY LEE SENIORS CARE HOME.
Oral health care for seniors
Studies show that seniors are at risk for oral
disease and the contributing factors include lack
of access to dental care in long-term care
facilities and prohibitive financial cost. In an
effort to reverse this trend, the Faculty of
Dentistry launched the "adopt a long-term care
facility" initiative in 2011.
"To increase access and address oral disease,
we decided to develop the first program of its
kind in Canada where seniors receive free care
provided by our students under close clinical
supervision," says UBC professor Chris Wyatt,
a dental geriatrics expert and creator of the
program. The initiative provides high quality
care at no cost to residents at the Simon K.Y. Lee
Seniors Care Home and Villa Cathay Care Home
in Vancouver's Chinatown.
The primary goals of the program include
providing high quality dental care for at-risk
seniors while also providing a dynamic learning
environment for students. Wyatt explains that
since seniors are the fastest-growing segment of
the population, there's a demand for dentists,
dental hygienists and dental specialists to treat
elderly patients - not only on the premises of their
practice, but also in hospitals and care facilities.
Bridging the gaps in existing oral health care
treatment for seniors has been an ongoing goal
for Wyatt and faculty colleague Dr. Michael
MacEntee. In the late 1990s, they established
the internationally acclaimed, ELDERS (Elders
Link with Dental Education, Research and
Service) to fulfill this unmet need.
Although cost can be a significant barrier to
oral health care, even seniors who can afford
care may still face challenges since dentists may
be reluctant to treat seniors who are frail or
have complex health issues. Untreated dental
problems in a vulnerable, at-risk population can
lead to further health complications, disease or
premature death.
UBC students complete rotations under the
supervision of practicing dentists and UBC
professors, treating seniors who may have
complex medical, physical and psychological
conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or
dementia, that can make dental care challenging.
By working with other health care professionals,
students are better able to understand and treat
seniors with these conditions.
"We want to give our dental and dental
hygiene students the experience of treating
vulnerable populations so they can include
these patients in their practice," says Wyatt. He
says many older adults are keeping their natural
teeth longer. At the Villa Cathay Care Home, for
example, close to 70 per cent of the senior
residents have some natural teeth compared to
60 per cent in 2002. Oral care now goes beyond
keeping the residents' dentures clean. "What
we're going to see are baby boomers who have
been receiving excellent dental care throughout
their life. They will expect that to continue
whether it's at their dentist's office or at a long
term care facility."
8   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012
PHOTO: DON ERHARDT A UBC ZOOLOGIST IS DONATING $100,000 TO HELP SECURE OKANAGAN HABITATS FOR AT-RISK SPECIES.
Securing habitats for at-risk species
UBC zoologist Sarah Otto is putting her MacArthur
"genius grant" towards the preservation of
fragile habitats in the South Okanagan region
of BC. Two gifts of $50,000 each to The Nature
Trust of BC and the Nature Conservancy of
Canada will help purchase habitats for at-risk
species of woodpeckers, sparrows, badgers,
turtles, plants and trees.
Otto was one of last year's 22 MacArthur
Fellows, who receive no-strings-attached grants
of $500,000 over five years from the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Otto is
putting her 2012 fellowship towards conserving
biodiversity in BC. "We strive to eat locally and
act locally, and I would argue that we also need
to preserve locally," says Otto, a Canada Research
Chair in theoretical and experimental evolution.
BC grasslands make up less than one per cent
of the province's natural landscape, yet they
provide habitat for a third of BC's species at risk.
Nationally, only 10 per cent of Canada's land
areas and less than one per cent of the country's
oceans and Great Lakes are protected, according
to 2011 Environment Canada figures. "Many of
the existing protected areas are remote and not
the hotspots of potential biodiversity loss," says
Otto. "We are lagging behind in Canada, both in
comparison to the global average and to our own
previously agreed upon targets."
Otto says the Okanagan region holds special
personal significance as the location of her first
biodiversity field trip as a new faculty member
at UBC in 1995. "Seeing this remarkable region,
home to so many species from bighorn sheep to
cacti, made me aware of the diversity of life in
this part of Canada and also its fragility as an
ecosystem," says Otto, director of the Biodiversity Research Centre at UBC. "I don't think we
can ask other countries to preserve their forests,
their waters, and ecosystems unless we also set a
good example here in Canada."
Experience affects gene expression
A joint study between UBC and the Centre for
Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics (CMMT) has
revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult,
and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity, all
leave an imprint on an individual's genes - an imprint
that could play a role in our immune response.
The study was published last week in a special
volume of the Proceedings of the National
Academy of Sciences that looks at how experiences
beginning before birth and in subsequent years
can affect the course of a person's life.
Known as epigenetics, or the study of changes in
gene expression, this research examined a process
called DNA methylation where a chemical molecule
is added to DNA and acts like a dimmer on a light
bulb switch, turning genes on or off or setting
them somewhere inbetween. Research has
demonstrated that an individual's life experiences
play a role in shaping DNA methylation patterns.
The research team discovered that childhood
poverty, but not socioeconomic status as an adult,
was correlated with the marks or methylation
patterns left on genes. "We found biological
residue of early life poverty," said Michael Kobor,
an associate professor of medical genetics at
UBC, whose CMMT lab at the Child & Family
Research Institute led the research. "This was
based on clear evidence that environmental
influences correlate with epigenetic patterns."
The amount of stress hormones produced by
adults was also linked with variations in DNA
methylation, but Kobor says it is unknown
whether increased stress as an adult could leave
marks on DNA or whether the marks may play a
role in the amount of stress hormones released.
Kobor, a Mowafaghian Scholar at the Human
Early Learning Partnership, and his colleagues
also found that methylation patterns were
predictive of future immune responses,
suggesting that early life experiences could play
a role in our response to illness later in life.
Canadian veterans to benefit from
UBC expansion of transition program
A UBC program that assists former members of
the Canadian military make the transition back
to civilian life is expanding into a Canada-wide
non-profit organization. The new organization
- called the Veterans Transition Network - has
been established with $1.45 million in donations
from the Royal Canadian Legion, Veterans
Affairs Canada, True Patriot Love, and Wounded
Warriors as part of UBC's start an evolution
campaign. It will deliver the Veterans Transition
Program, which was established at UBC in 1999
and is the only program of its kind in Canada.
Marvin Westwood is a professor in the Faculty
of Education at UBC and one of the founders of
the program. "Soldiers returning from service
face complex issues and require multiple layers
of support," he says. "This is one of the best
examples of the community, postsecondary
and troops working together to provide an
established treatment program that will help
modern day veterans."
Created in 1999 with support from the Legion
BC/Yukon Command, the Veterans Transition
Program is a group-based program designed to
help men and women returning from military
service successfully transition to productive
civilian life. Developed by UBC psychologists
and medical experts, the program helps veterans
deal with operational stress injuries so that they
can regain a healthy, full life.
In a professionally facilitated group setting,
the soldiers help one another to identify and
remove or reduce the barriers - trauma symptoms,
depression and low self-esteem - that are
preventing them from making a successful
transition to civilian life. More than 275
veterans have participated in the Veterans
Transition Program and the goal is to treat
thousands more across Canada. ©
PHOTO: GRAHAM OSBORNE, THE NATURE TRUST OF BC
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK    9 BOARDNOTES
-  CHAIR'S  MESSAGE  -
A Stronger
Alumni Voice
Judy Rogers, BRE'7l,
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Sharp strategy and strong governance are key to the success of organizations.
The Alumni Association has spent the past year developing an exciting
new vision and strategic plan to guide it through a more intensive phase of
alumni engagement. We now stand poised to execute the plan and deliver
on our promises.
In the interests of good governance we are introducing a new structure to
support the organization as it continues to strengthen the presence and influence
of alumni in UBC's affairs. The biggest change is the recruitment of a new
Alumni Advisory Council, chaired by me and comprising a diverse group of
up to 40 individuals who represent the breadth and depth of UBC.
The majority of members will be engaged alumni with the right mix of skills,
experience and ability. These influential alumni leaders - representing a range
of age groups and regions - will be joined on the Council by deans and student
representatives. As we seek to grow the organization and expand its reach,
the Alumni Advisory Council will provide UBC with a broader range of alumni
perspectives and help build a greater sense of the importance alumni play
in life of UBC. The diverse membership will also lead to more cohesive and
productive relationships across the university.
As well as advising the board and executive director on emerging strategies
for engaging UBC alumni, the Council will be available as a unique group for
consultation by university leaders on key UBC developments and opportunities.
They will be strong community connectors willing to serve as a liaison between
the board and their alumni constituencies and peer groups, and, of course, as
ambassadors and advocates for UBC and the Association.
In return, Council members will benefit from having a discernible impact on
the mission and strategies of the Alumni Association and ultimately UBC.
They will also benefit from a network of 39 other influential alumni and a
closer tie to their alma mater. The first meeting of the Alumni Advisory
Council will take place in January.
2013 promises to be a transformative year in the life of this organization!
-  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR'S  MESSAGE  -
Strength in
Numbers
Jeff Todd, Executive Director,
Alumni Association/AVP Alumni
I love to brag about UBC grads, and on November 14 I got to do just that
when I co-hosted the annual Alumni Achievement Awards with Alumni
Association Chair Judy Rodgers.
From a retired judge who was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from a
BC law school to an entrepreneur who is using her business skills to improve
access to healthcare in low and middle income countries, all ten recipients
have excelled individually and improved life for many others along the way.
In a world seemingly besotted by fame and fortune, these are people truly
deserving of our attention and admiration.
As well as their contributions to society, the recipients have another thing
in common - they are all members of a global alumni community almost
280,000 strong. The awards ceremony was not only a chance to laud ten
brilliant individuals, but also an occasion to celebrate a|i UBC alumni.
No great achievement is attained alone. In the sense that everything is
connected, we can all claim a small part in the astounding accomplishments
of people with whom we share a community - people who were, in some
way, shaped and influenced by that community.
The bonds formed during the formative years of a university education are
strong. Friends, professors and mentors make up the network that supports
students through this new and critical phase of life. It's what launches them
into the world and helps to shape what they will become.
Our role in Alumni Affairs is about maintaining that same sense of community
among alumni, no matter how long ago their university experience, and to
demonstrate that their relationship with UBC is a lifelong connection. That's
why engaging alumni is core to UBC's start an evolution campaign.
Yes - making positive changes in the world through research, education and
outreach takes money. But it also takes a community of committed people
who see themselves as part of that change, and see UBC and their fellow
alumni as a vehicle through which they can help make a difference. There is
indeed strength in numbers.
2012-13 UBC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIR
Judy Rogers, BRE71
VICE CHAIR
Dallas Leung, BCom'9<
TREASURER
Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS
AT LARGE
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Brent Cameron, BA,
MBA '06
David Climie, BCom'83
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Carmen Lee, BA'OI
Michael Lee, BSc'86,
BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Faye Wightman, BSc'8l
Kirsten Tisdale, BSc'83
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
UBC CHANCELLOR
(EX-OFFICIO)
Sarah Morgan-Silvester,
BCom'82
UBC PRESIDENT
(EX-OFFICIO)
Prof. Stephen J. Toope,
AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
PRESIDENT'S DESIGNATE
(EX-OFFICIO)
Barbara Miles, BA,
Post Grad in Ed.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(EX-OFFICIO)
Jeff Todd, BA
10   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 WHATYOUSAID
Following is a selection of comments posted on our website about articles that appeared in both print and
online issues of Trek. In some cases, the comments have been edited for length. They can be read in their
entirety at trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca
New Shoots: Creative writing
students partner with high
school teachers to draw out
young talent ■ Trek, Spring/
Summer 2012
This article neglects to mention
those who sowed the seeds of New
Shoots. It started as a workshop
sponsored, I believe, by Barbara
Stafford of the VSB, then a high
school teacher. The Creative Writing
Department provided Paul Green,
George Payerle and George
McWhirter as mentors
In 1983 or 1984, Barbara and
George introduced the workshop
series in Vancouver high schools in
its present New Shoots form. The
VSB and UBC co-paid the workshop
stipends to grad students and VSB
carried the cost of the magazine
am sure there is someone out
there who will correct my memory if
have made a mistake. Sad Barbara
was forgotten in the article
A. M. Coid BEd'84
Ride Don't Hide: An alumnus
draws attention to the stigma
surrounding mental illness by
riding his bike around the world ■
Trek, Spring/Summer 2012
Michael - I applaud your willingness
to look the beast in the eye and call it
what it is. I'm not talking about the
bipolar illness, I'm referring to stigma
Your awareness & fundraising efforts
for youth mental health will have a
positive ripple effect for generations
to come. (Also, kudos to UBC for the
Early Alert initiative.)
Gail Mukaida RN, BSN'87
Michael, you are a true Jack of All
Trades! You're a bad-ass biker, a teacher,
you're able to manage a relationship
(no easy task for anyone), and you
write like a boss! I am truly inspired
by your story. Keep trekking, Man
Anthony Stal BA'12
Righting a 70-Year Wrong: UBC honours Japanese Canadian
students sent to internment camps during WWII ■ Trek Online, July/
August 2012
This tribute to the Japanese
Canadian UBC students of 1942 was
much belated, but it was better that
something was done than leaving
this injustice unrecognized. It is also
a reminder to all of us that no matter
how small a minority, it is vital to
stand up for the rights of others.
Mary Kitagawa's perseverence and
hard work was critical to this event
happening and I very much hope that
she is recognized for her efforts.
David Iwaasa MA'75
Thanks for sharing this story of
injustice and the tremendous efforts
of Mary Kitagawa and her husband,
Tosh, who led this initiative to honour
the Canadian students. When I was
helping them I discovered that my
mom's cousin, Teruo Ted Harada of
Toronto, was one of the 76 students
He wasn't able to attend the
ceremony and asked me to be his
designate. I was very proud to accept
his parchment and regalia. Thanks to
UBC for doing the right thing and
having an inclusive, meaningful event
for the Japanese Canadian community.
Also, thanks for ensuring no one forgets
and creating opportunities for learning
with the archival documentation
ibrary project and the Asian
Canadian studies program
Lorene Oikawa BA85
was born in 1922 in Vancouver in a
house at 5th and Manitoba, which at
the time was at the centre of a smal
Japanese community. In my 4th grade
class there were 11 Caucasians, one
of them me, and 19 Japanese, some
of them my playmates, all Canadians
by birth and fated to be interned
As a sheet metal worker apprentice
in the spring of 1942, I happened to
be employed on the installation of
facilities to house the interned
women and children at Hastings
Park. My dad had numerous
Japanese friends and as a socia
activist assisted a number of them
during the internment; he was
warned by the RCMP to desist.
After becoming a Professiona
Engineer, I worked with Japanese
companies and visited Japan a
dozen times. In view of the forgoing
associations I am disappointed and
upset that alumni were not informed
by email of the special ceremonies
that were to make amends to the
few surviving internees. In view of
the extensive discussions initiated by
the Japanese in 2008 and prolonged
by UBC until almost too late in 2012,
cannot help but suspect that
compromises were made and the
ceremony was minimal and low
key in all respects. It does appear to
have been begrudged, which in my
opinion was disgraceful, and the
Japanese internees are owed an
apology from UBC
Norman Fawkes BASc'50
UBC to Offer Free Online
Courses ■ Trek Online, September/
October 2012
hope that UBC fee-paying students
will not be impacted by having their
profs working on free non-credit
courses for the rest of the world. As
universities deliver more and more
high-quality courses online, both for
credit and non-credit, taxpayers may
question the need for the expensive
infrastructure of a huge campus like
UBC with all the problems of housing
and transit. If undergraduate courses
can be delivered effectively online
then why is the university investing
in all those new high-rise dormitories? Perhaps by 2025 UBC will be
mainly an institution for graduate
students in engineering and the
biomedical sciences. Philosophy
students will watch their prof's
PowerPoint lectures on a beach
somewhere
Ben Seghers BSc'67, PhD'73
am pleased to see that instead of
the usual dreary, ineffective lecturing
techniques that were the bane of my
university years, an effort is being
made to engage the learner: short
videos of lectures, interactive activities
and discussion forums. In my view,
this HAS to be worth pursuing
assume that the intended learner
outcomes will be clear, measurable,
and lead to improved efficiency (good
return on investment of time and
energy), and improved effectiveness
(learning the right things)
Merle Panico BA'68 ©
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK    11 As a young boy, Wallace Chung started a scrapbook on the CPR steamships that carried earlier
generations from Asia to Canada. Decades later, that scrapbook had evolved into abulgingbasement
of Western Canadian artifacts and ephemera that together form one of the country's most
outstanding and revealing private collections. By Larissa Buijs, bfa'o2,mfa'io
BACKGROUND IMAGES COURTESY OF UBC LIBRARY CHUNG COLLECTION
12   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 Walking into Wallace Chung's private library
feels like entering the epicentre of a highly
creative mind. The lower-floor room is small
and windowless, yet the bookshelves are thick
and alive - like a wildly overgrown forest. On the
bottom shelves and in boxes on the floor are
black binders, manila envelopes and heaving
accordion files, all neatly arranged and labelled
by year or contents. Amidst family pictures and
a photo of Chung receiving the Order of Canada
from former Governor General Michaelle Jean,
there are clocks, sculptures, plaques, porcelain,
silverware, a bin of maps and lovely old
leather-bound books.
In one corner, a striking mahogany podium
holds open an aging copy of Webster's Collegiate
Dictionary with Chinese Translation. The
dictionary is the only item Chung's father-in-
law brought with him when he emigrated from
Hong Kong. Above the fireplace mantel is an
original oil painting of Canadian Pacific
Railway's 1891 ocean liner, the Empress of India.
The painting was found in the Shaughnessy
home of a deceased railway executive in the
mid-80s; Chung then purchased it at an antique
shop on Main Street in Vancouver. A vintage
wool blanket embroidered with the initials CPR
lies over the back of Chung's brown leather
reading chair. There is also an antique pair of
mast lamps from CPR's first Empress of Japan
steamship. Major C.H. Edmond had salvaged the
lamps, along with some handrails, a copper egg
boiler and other odds and ends, when the ship
was demolished in North Vancouver in 1929.
Chung acquired the ship relics after Edmond
passed away in 1963.
A retired vascular surgeon and UBC professor
emeritus, Chung, now 87, spends a little bit of
time in his library every day surrounded by
these remnants of Western Canada's history. It's
a zoo of memorabilia, and this is only 10 per cent
of the odd and wonderful treasures that spilled
from the basement of the Chungs' nearby
Belmont Avenue home, which they sold in 2005
in order to downsize. Chung and his wife,
Madeline, donated the bulk of the collection -
more than 25,000 items - to UBC Library in
1999. It was appraised at $5M and designated as
cultural property by the National Archival
Appraisal Board. In this room, however, are the
more personal materials that Chung elected to
keep at home. There is so much to see, and a
storybehind everything.
Remember that inkling you once had to collect
coins or stamps? Hockey cards or McDonald's
Happy Meal toys? When was the last time you
went abroad and purchased a memento made by
locals, or a custom piece of pottery that would
remind you of your adventure? For some,
relishing in a small stash of collectibles is a
passing fad. But for serious collectors like Chung
the hobby can be thrilling and lifelong. In the
posthumous foreword to the second edition of J.
Paul Getty's memoir The Joys of Collecting,
Kenneth Lapatin notes that Getty was unable to
EMPRESS OF ASIA (PAINTING) CA. 1920 (CC-GR-0009).
The seed of Chung's
collecting interest was
plan ted 81 years ago,
in Victoria, BC. At the
age of six, he fell in love
with a ship.
"kick the habit of buying art" before his death in
1976. "For him, as for many others," Lapatin
writes, "collecting had become an addiction."
So what makes a collector tick, and what sets
a serious one apart from the dabblers? Collectors can amass whatever they like: teapots,
rocks, cars, toys, spoons, piggybanks, dolls,
firearms, photographs, watches, jewellery, comic
books or virtually anything else that qualifies as
an object. The common process is finding,
acquiring, organizing and maintaining the stuff.
But most collectors are not hoarders. They tend
to be extremely knowledgeable and diligent
about preserving the items in their collection,
and Chung is a prime example. The desire to
collate things is an ancient concept in and of
itself. For as long as humans have created objects,
we have been putting them into organized
groups and creating meaning out of them.
The seed of Chung's collecting interest was
planted 81 years ago in Victoria, BC. At the age of
six, he fell in love with a ship. Dreaming of the
journey his mother took when she emigrated from
southern China to Canada in 1919, the young boy
wanted to experience her oceanic voyage,
including the rollicking Pacific waters and what
he imagined were magnificent nautical sunsets.
He longed to run his hand across the ship's finely
carved railings, stand at the top deck and look
out at infinite seas. Of course, as a Chinese
resident without the full rights of a Canadian
citizen at the time, he would never have been
allowed to set foot in first-class quarters. Like
his mother and other early immigrants from
China, Chung would have made the 21-day trip
from Hong Kong to Vancouver in steerage class,
the bowels of the ship.
But there she was, CPR's great Empress of
Asia, immortalized in an illustrated poster on
the wall of his father's Chinatown tailor shop.
Every day he dreamed of her. Most parents
would be concerned about their child falling in
with the wrong crowd, or lacking motivation at
school. Chung's parents should have been warned
about what would happen when their boy
started a scrapbook. The early signs were there
- he'd clip articles from newspapers as soon as
they came in, sometimes before his parents even
had a chance to read them. He'd visit the CPR
ticket office in Victoria and beg for any kind of
paper product they'd give him. If he had a quarter,
he'd buy himself a postcard. He'd keep track of
the Empress of Asia's incoming cargo and list of
esteemed passengers. While other kids were
busy sorting out their social hierarchies, Chung
was learning how to be a collector.
That little scrapbook of Chung's grew into
a worldwide quest. In the 1960s, after he'd
graduated from medical school and obtained a
stable income, the young doctor sought anything
he could find on the CPR, particularly regarding
its former Empress fleet of ships. He then
learned that Chinese labourers built most of the
railway through BC in the early 1880s, so he
began to search for artifacts and ephemera on
early Chinese settlement in Canada - adding
that to his collecting focus. His third interest
was in voyages by European explorers to the
Northwest coast of North America. "I started
collecting CPR things first and then the others
followed," says Chung. "All I had to do was add to
each section."
PHOTO: COURTESY OF UBC LIBRARY CHUNG COLLECTION
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   13 There are terms for those with specific interests.
Apersonwho collects postcards is a deltiologist.
A person who accrues stamps is a philatelist. A
wine lover is an oenophile. A coin collector is a
numismatist. (Try saying that ten times quickly!)
Chung's collection is so vast he could claim several
multi-syllabic titles. For more than 40 years,
Chung spent his weekends scouringbookstores,
antique shops, flea markets, auctions and garage
sales forwhat became amassive array of print
and physical materials, all of which were
carefully documented as they were added to the
collection. He worked with book and antiquarian dealers, museum staff, academics and
friends around the globe to acquire diverse and
eccentric items. Among his findings are
photographs of the first Chinese workers in
Canada, an antique mahjong set with playing
pieces made of bone, opium pipes from a
Chinatown basement, former anti-Chinese
propaganda, CPR silverware and rare books
about Captain James Cook's eighteenth-century
voyages. Together, the collection starts to show a
picture of what life was like for early Chinese
immigrants to Canada. Where a typical collector
has the single-pointed focus of gathering
multiples of a particular object, Chung's love is
for the knowledge he gains by accumulating
fragments of history.
But there comes a time, says Vancouver book
dealer Stephen Lunsford, who has worked
closely with Chung since the '70s, for every
collector to decide what to do with his or her
possessions - usually when they can accumulate
no more. Do you resell everything, or donate it
to an institution? "I was happy to help Wally get
his collection to UBC," says Lunsford, who
coordinated the appraisal process for the Chung
Collection, "but on another level I would much
rather have seen it go back into the marketplace,
to inspire people to own collectible items."
Chung believes otherwise. "What is important
here - and why I gifted this collection to be used
and handled in the public domain - is that we
don't forget the past," he says, "otherwise we are
likely to repeat our mistakes."
For a collection to take the leap from being
personally significant to being worthy of display,
RIGHT: DR. CHUNG HARD AT WORK ON THE EMPRESS OF ASIA MODEL.
(COURTESY OF CHUNG FAMILY PRIVATE COLLECTION.)
BELOW: DETAIL OF THE FULLY RESTORED MODEL.
(PHOTO: MARTIN DEE)
^ s
t X
V      - "What is important
here   and why I gifted
this collection to
be used and handled in
the public domain   is
that we don't forget the
past/'says Chung,
"otherwise we are likely
to repeat our mistakes."
it must contain a broader appeal. In this case, a
cohesive set of items assembled around a clear
theme tells a story. It adds to our collective
knowledge about the early Chinese experience
in Canada, including the sacrifices many
immigrants made to build the railway, details
that many people - both researchers and
Canadians in general - are seeking.
Today, the Chung Collection occupies a
permanent exhibition space in the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre where visitors can see
some of the highlights in person. In the middle
of the exhibit is a 14-foot builder's model of the
Empress of Asia. Having found the model broken
and neglected in Toronto, Chung spent six years
restoring it using some of his surgical instruments.
Although he never set foot on the real Empress
of Asia before it sunk during World War II, the
prototype constructed by the same shipbuilding
company in 1913 has, appropriately, found a
forever home at UBC.
So why spend a lifetime collecting? "In times
of stres s, you can retreat into your library,"
says Chung. "You close the door and then you're
in a different world." He explains that he has
encouraged his children and young interns to
find hobbies that interest them - not only to
keep stress at bay while working, but also to
TOP LEFT: "CHINAMEN WASHING GOLD FRASER RIVER CANYON,
B.C." A POSTCARD SENT DECEMBER 10,1908 (EX-4-6)
TOP RIGHT: A PAMPHLET DISCUSSING THE TREATMENT OF ASIAN
CANADIANS PUBLISHED IN 1943 (EX-4.2-2)
LEFT: A CANADIAN ILLUSTRATED NEWS DRAWING FROM APRIL 26,
1879. IT DEPICTS BC PREMIER AMOR DE COSMOS STANDING OVER
A CHINESE MAN. THE CAPTION RELATES TO DEPORTATION DUE
TO LACK OF ASSIMILATION. (CC-GR-00009)
(IMAGES COURTESY OF UBC LIBRARY CHUNG COLLECTION)
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   15 provide focus later in life. "So many of my
friends fell apart when they retired," he says.
"They are very good surgeons, and they worked
like heck, but I know three of them that died
within a year after retiring. Others went into
depression. But if they have an interest, they
can pursue that. It's one of the majorbenefits
of collecting."
After his UBC donation, which freed up quite
a bit of space at home, Chung started collecting
again, this time on a very selective basis. Now
he focuses on elusive items - ones that seal the
smallest fissures in his collection or continue to
link him with parts of his heritage. "It's a disease
that's incurable," laughs Chung. He's only
half-joking. "It's an activity that's engrossed
my entire life. Just because you give part of
your collection away, you can't cut it off. It's
in my blood."
One such elusive item is a sheet of paper dated
July 24,1858, which he keeps under protective
plastic. It's the original bill of sale for 13 lots that
formed Canada's first (and now oldest) Chinatown
in Victoria. The land was purchased by Chang
Tsoo, a forward-thinking merchant who moved
north to Victoria from San Francisco at the start
of the Fraser River gold rush. Representatives of
Hudson's Bay Company signed the document,
which predates Confederation. Victoria-based
bookseller Bjarne Tokerud found this valuable
fragment of history for Chung in 2009. Chung
is positively giddy about the record, which
represents the verybeginnings of his
boyhood home.
And isn't it ironic. A confidential land
deedthatwas once in the hands ofVictoria's
powers-that-be long before the Chinese
had rights to Canadian citizenship, is now
safeguarded by a collector who never stopped
being curious about his heritage. Chung's
parents would have been proud. O
Larissa Buijs is the author of Golden Inheritance, a limited-
edition book about the Chung Collection. The book will be
available in February 2013 through the UBC Library system.
A copy will be available for viewing at Rare books and Special
Collections, where the Chung Collection is on display.
WALLACE CHUNG'S FATHER'S TAILOR SHOP, LOCATED ON CORMORANT STREET IN VICTORIA, BC (X-5-6). AT THE AGE OF SIX, CHUNG
FELL IN LOVE WITH THE EMPRESS OE ASIA, A CPR STEAMSHIP IMMORTALIZED IN AN ILLUSTRATED POSTER HANGING ON THE WALL.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF UBC LIBRARY CHUNG COLLECTION)
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Lauryn Oates believes
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helping Afghanistan
achieve permanent
stability and security,
gender equality and
rule of law.
By Roberta Staley
Photos by Tallulah Photography
Sipping hot chai tea from a glass cup in the
principal's office of a primary school in Kabul,
Afghanistan, Lauryn Oates's outer calm conceals
a simmering frustration. Thousands of dollars in
donor money from Canadian Women for
Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) to fund
construction of a new school is in limbo. This
year, a plot of land was bought from Kabul's
municipal government to relocate the school.
CW4WAfghan had contributed $50,000 to build
the new facility. But a powerful local chieftain,
upset that a school for 235 poor children was to
be erected in his district, scuttled the project.
Oates and the principal discuss what to do.
"We should get rid of that land and get the money
back," says Oates, who is dressed in a headscarf,
tunic and long skirt down to her ankles.
The principal, clean shaven, bespectacled and
wearing a grey business jacket, says through
Oates's translator that the purchase is under
government review and it is not possible to get
the money back. The translator looks at Oates
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to secure their investment, but gently chastises
her, "you should have gotten the support of the
people there." However, the fault does not lie
with Oates; an overeager school director
approved the purchase of land but neglected
to consult with the local chieftain. "This is
heart-breaking," says Oates.
"Development is messy," she says later with
dry understatement. And development in
Afghanistan is especially chaotic, requiring deep
reserves of patience and ingenuity to cope with
conservative, misogynous tribal traditions,
political corruption and the daily logistical
nightmare of navigating dusty, rutted streets
patrolled by heavily armed police. It certainly
isn't the end of the world that the school won't
have a new facility in the next year or so, because is no
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high rent at the current location. "Building
schools is not what CW4WAfghan is all about,"
says Oates. "A school can be a sheet strung
between two trees. It is a school only when it
has teachers and curricula."
Oates graduates with a PhD in language and
literacy education from UBC this November. As
CW4WAfghan's projects director in Afghanistan
since 2008, she has broadened and strengthened
the 16-year-old NGO's mandate in Afghanistan
to spread literacy and life skills to a largely
uneducated populace of children, youth and
women. The organization also focuses on
training the nation's teachers - many of whom
haven't finished high school - and donates
500-book library kits and comprehensive science
kits valued at $1,500 each to communities,
villages and schools. The work is carried out either
as donor-funded projects or in partnership with
other NGOs and government ministries. The
results are impressive. So far, CW4WAfghan
has graduated 4,000 Afghan teachers from its
programs and puts 50,000 girls through school
every year.
Despite the recent misadventure in capital
investment, the school is a dynamic success
story. It was started by Aid for Afghan Women
and Children, one of CW4WAfghan's manyNGO
partners, to educate and support orphans and
the children of destitute families. Unfortunately,
the school has moved three times in the past two
years due to soaring rents. The current building
is decrepit, with cracked walls and floors and
dirty windows in warped frames, thin cherry-red
classroom carpets for the children to sit on
(there are no chairs or desks) and walls painted
Pepto-Bismol pink. Although some schools in
Afghanistan have playgrounds, usually the result
of foreign aid, this particular school has no
swings, slides or teeter-totters. If money were
invested in a playground, the landlord would
capitalize on the improvement and jack up the
rent. "So we don't want to invest any money in
the facility," says Oates. Yet the investments that
have been made are valuable beyond measure.
The school also has a small medical clinic staffed
by volunteer nurses and doctors to provide
health care to students and their families. From
20 to 50 people every day use the clinic, which
has been supported in part by the Boomer's
Trust Fund, a Comox, BC-based organization
honouring the memory of Cpl. Andrew "Boomer"
Eykelenboom, who was killed in Afghanistan in
2006 by a suicide bomber. Boomer's Trust also
pays for school uniforms and supplies, and the
organization has agreed to pay a year's rent.
The school maybe run down, but there is a
small revolution going on inside. Unlike most
primary schools in Afghanistan, all the teachers
have bachelor degrees. Unfortunately, a solid
academic grounding doesn't guarantee survival
in Afghanistan, so the boys are also taught
20   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 mechanics and the girls tailoring. Girls and boys
receive instruction in the same classrooms - an
anomaly in a nation where the tradition of
purdah - segregating males from females - means
separate gender-based schools. (Girls' schools
generally get the short shrift when it comes to
books and resources like lab equipment, Oates
says.) Here, the boys, dressed neatly in black
pants or jeans and t-shirts, sit on one side of the
room. The girls, prim in white hijab headscarves
edged with lace, black or green tunics and loose
pants, sit on the other side. Girls express their
individuality on their hands, which are covered
in delicate henna calligraphy or vibrant red nail
polish. The students proudly read from English
textbooks, while another class sings a dirge in
Dari remembering the orphans left behind
during the Soviet Union invasion of the 1980s.
One tiny girl, with huge bags of stress and
fatigue under feral eyes, clings mutely to a taller
student during the song. The pain contained in
that one little body doesn't go unnoticed by
Oates, who says that many of the students, all
from desperately poor families, sometimes
endure unspeakable things. "Some kids have
terrible circumstances at home, or terrible
things have happened in the past," Oates says.
One 15-year-old girl, who is in Grade 7, stands
up to read a passage of poetry. Dressed in
head-to-toe black, she has a noble carriage, with
huge crystalline eyes sparkling with intelligence.
Every day, she walks 13 kilometres to and
from school. When not in class, she adds to the
family income by making and selling naan, the
leavened, oven-baked flatbread that is a staple
in Afghanistan. The girl says she wants to be a
doctor when she grows up. Given opportunity
and support, the determination in her eyes
leaves no doubt she can achieve her goal.
There are important lessons to be learned
for NGOs and government donors, says Oates.
Opening a school "doesn't mean anything."
What's important is the quality of the education,
which requires long-term investment by NGO
donors. "We're often too focused on the physical
outputs of aid and development when we have
to be focused on the human outputs. It's what
goes on in the school that counts." Oates
addressed this issue in her doctoral study, which
analyzed the development of mother tongue
teaching resources in primary schools in Uganda
SOME SCHOOLS IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE PLAYGROUNDS -
USUALLY THE RESULT OF FOREIGN AID. IN SCHOOLS WITH NO
CHAIRS OR DESKS, THE CHILDREN SIT ON CARPETS. using information communications technologies
such as computers. "Despite all this money
being spent on equipping computer labs and
sending computers to Uganda, at the end of the
day they didn't make sure that people knew how
to use them," says Oates, who was twice given
the Social Science & Humanities Research
Council award during her academic career.
"You can't just give someone something - they
have to be fully capable of manipulating that
thing that you gave them. It's the same here
in Afghanistan - just 30 per cent of women
with primary school-level education can
actually read and write, so why bother sending
kids to school?"
Oates believes that literacy is key to helping
this war-wracked nation achieve permanent
stability and security, gender equality and rule
of law. Statistics show that "countries most
likely to be at war are those with the worst
Overriding these lofty ambitions is the
spectre of Taliban insurgents, who circle Kabul
like a school of sharks, keeping its five million
inhabitants in a constant state of dread with
suicide bomber attacks. The US and NATO
forces that drove out the Taliban in 2001 are
hurriedly training Afghan nationals to replace
them in time for the planned withdrawal of
foreign troops in 2014. "All this money has gone
into training police and army to provide security
for the country," says Oates. "They equip them
with uniforms and guns. But at the end of the
day, if the police see a suspicious vehicle, they
can't read the license plate or write it down."
Literacy and education changes the way that a
police officer thinks about himself, says Oates.
"They take pride in their work. Illiterate police
ask for bribes and they are mean to citizens;
they are thugs in uniform. A literate police
officer is much more professional. Literacy has
education systems." Literacy and its foot
soldiers - well-trained, committed teachers -
transcend religious, gender and cultural divides,
becoming an antidote to violence, extremism
and poverty while nurturing Afghan civil society.
Eyeing the social, economic, legal, health and
political disaster left by a generation of
warmongering mujahedeen guerrillas and
Taliban Islamic fundamentalists, Afghan youth
have rejected the old ambitions of "wanting to
be warlords," Oates says. Now, they aspire to
become engineers, teachers, doctors, nurses and
police officers - professions achievable only
through education.
to be part of the training."
There is no higher purpose for literacy and
education in Afghanistan than the elevation of
the status of women, a key predictor of a nation's
stability, says Oates. The appalling treatment of
women under the Taliban first connected Oates
to Afghanistan in 1996 when she was only 14.
Newspaper reports detailing the murder,
whipping, beating, jailing and torture of citizens
sparked a rage in the young teen that has never
abated. In 2008, Oates co-authored a study
laying bare the extent of violence against women
in Afghanistan. Funded by Global Rights
Partners for Justice and titled Living with
Violence: A National Report on Domestic Abuse
in Afghanistan, the study found that 87 per cent
22   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 of women in Afghanistan had experienced
physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Sixty
two per cent of women endured multiple forms
of violence, 17 per cent reported sexual violence
and 11 per cent rape. Forty per cent of women
had been hit by their husband in the past year,
while 74 per cent suffered psychological abuse.
Another 60 per cent of women were in forced
marriages. The reality, says Oates, is that Afghan
women endure torture and are murdered with
impunity. They are beaten and raped for such
"crimes" as over-salting the family meal. They
have scalding hot water or acid thrown in their
face. One abuse victim, 18-year-old Bibi Aisha,
was featured on the cover of Time in 2010 after
her Taliban husband chopped off her nose and
ears to punish her for running away from home.
Others women are victims of so-called honour
killings - when a man kills a female relative to
restore the family's tarnished reputation. Such
slayings are just an excuse to get rid of "a woman
you don't want," Oates says.
CW4WAfghan's teacher training program is
bringing enlightenment to deeply conservative
communities throughout Afghanistan where
mullahs, or religious leaders, uphold interpretations of Sharia law and the Qur'an that denigrate
women. Teaching women's rights requires
subtlety. Gender differences are minimized in
science classes, where students learn that males
and females are of equal intelligence and have a
physiology that is more similar than different.
They learn that cultural mores that license the
abuse of females is wrong and punishable by law.
Educated girls grow up knowing that they
don't have to tolerate violence. They aspire to
careers outside the home and, as a result, have
fewer children. Education gives them skills that
allow them to contribute to the family income,
creating homes that are healthier, happier and
more prosperous, Oates says.
It is the end of a long day, and a crepuscular
sun dangles above the horizon, a dull burnt
orange in the haze of choking pollution. But
the day isn't finished; Oates has a long night of
work ahead of her at CW4WAfghan's office in a
downtown neighbourhood of Kabul. To many,
Afghanistan's future is as dim and uncertain as
this inky darkness of gathering night. But for
Oates, a glow illuminates the way forward - the
light of hope and determination from the school's
young pupils, from women like herself, and
from the other courageous women and girls
of Afghanistan. O
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Memory Elvin-Lewis,
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indigenous peoples.
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rewards It's just past 8:30 on a warm Thursday morning
and the clubfoot clinic at Old Mulago Hospital
in Kampala, Uganda, thrums with activity.
Rows of bright orange plastic chairs are filling up
with babies and their parents. The atmosphere
is positive and calm. Behind a blue-curtained
divider a mother undresses her baby. To their
left, an open doorway faces onto the treatment
room. Sounds of cooing and a few cries of
protest emanate as plaster casts are gently
soaked in warm water, tiny feet massaged,
new casts applied, and braces fitted.
Three-month-old Allan Martin has been
brought to the clinic by his parents. He was born
with bilateral clubfoot, meaning both his feet are
turned inward and downward. Left untreated,
they would continue to twist as he grows until
eventually the sensitive tops of his feet would
become the part he walks on, and walking would
be painful, if not impossible. Allan breastfeeds
contentedly, unperturbed by the lightweight yet
clunky casts on each of his legs and oblivious to
the growing number of people milling about.
Within a few weeks Allan's feet will look close to
normal and he'll no longer need the plaster
casts. Instead, he'll be fitted with a brace - essentially a pair of open-toed shoes affixed to a
rigid metal bar - to be worn constantly for three
months and then, for about four years, just while
sleeping. Allan's parents are relieved that their
son is receiving this simple yet revolutionary
treatment known as the Ponseti method.
Each year, approximately 1,600 babies are
born in Uganda with clubfoot deformity. Until
recently, they had scant hope for a cure. Most
would go undiagnosed until the crippling
disorder had robbed them, physically and
emotionally, of any expectations for a normal
existence. They faced a future without school,
without a job, without the opportunity to marry
and raise a family. Being born with clubfoot
deformity was a life sentence of poverty and pain.
Priorto 1999, those few who were diagnosed
early enough were treated with surgery or with a
nonsurgical technique called the Kite method.
The biggest difficulty with clubfoot surgery is
the scar tissue that develops during the healing
process and results in painfully stiff ankles. Besides, the cost of surgery is prohibitive in
developing countries. For 40 years the nonsurgical
Kite method prevailed by default as the treatment
of choice in Uganda, despite an abysmal 10 per
cent success rate.
Now, thanks to the passionate dedication
and groundbreaking work of Shaft que Pirani,
a clinical orthopaedics professor at UBC, the
superior Ponseti method has supplanted the
Kite method, and the outlook for babies like
Allan - not only in Uganda but all over the
world - is extremely positive. Earlier this year,
the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons recognized Dr. Pirani's achievement
when they unanimously declared him the
winner of their 2012 Humanitarian of the Year
Award. The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of
North America soon followed suit.
Pirani was born in Uganda, the fifth of six
children. At age three he was stricken with polio,
and to this day he walks with a limp, uses a cane
to get around, and tilts forward slightly when
standing. Living with the effects of polio has
driven this warm and gracious man to do
everything in his power to cure people suffering
from clubfoot deformity. He knows first-hand
how hard life can be growing up with a crippling
disability, how it feels when kids hurl cruel
nicknames at those who look different. "Feelings
drive actions," he says. "These actions really
come from a deep feeling of injustice on behalf
of these kids. I can't run, so I want to give these
little kids the opportunity to run."
In a way, Pirani was lucky. When he contracted
polio, he was treated at Mulago Hospital's
Round Table Polio Clinic founded by Dr. Ronald
Huckstep, the hospital's first professor of
surgery. After personally attending young Pirani
for almost three years, Huckstep referred him to
England for foot surgery. "We were passed up
the chain until we met Dr. Austen, who was
himself a polio victim who walked with
crutches," recalls Pirani. "He examined me and
said to my mom, 'Your son will make a fine
orthopaedic surgeon.' And of course, you know,
for my mom that was an instruction."
Pirani stayed in England for school, always
returning to his beloved Uganda on the long
holidays. Then, on August 9,1972, when Pirani
was 15 years old, his world once again turned
upside down. Without warning, Ugandan
dictator Idi Amin decreed that the country's
80,000 citizens of Asian ethnicity had to
leave within 90 days. Although Pirani was
third-generation Ugandan, he was also an ethnic
Asian. His parents were anxious to protect their
children and wasted no time: a few days after
Amin's announcement, the Pirani family
boarded a plane to England with whatever they
could fit in their suitcases. They were forced to
leave behind the rest of their belongings.
DR. PIRANI AT THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL
IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
"Feelings drive actions/
he says. "These actions
really come from a deep
feeling of injustice on
behalf of these kids. I
can't run, so I wan t to
give these little kids the
opportunity to run."
To the young Pirani it seemed at first like a
holiday, until the family began walking across
the tarmac to the waiting plane. Then he felt a
deep sadness. "As we got to the stairs I thought
to myself, 'This maybe the last time, ever, that
my foot is going to be on Ugandan ground.' And
I remember that feeling going up with me on
the stairs."
The family relocated to Vancouver after a
brief stay in England, but Pirani never forgot Dr.
Austen's "instruction." He returned to England
where he completed a medical degree. Then he
did a residency in orthopaedics at UBC, followed
by a fellowship in paediatric orthopaedics at
Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. While
there, Pirani was exposed to clubfoot surgery.
He knew immediately that treating clubfoot
deformity was his calling. Finding no common
yardstick for measuring and comparing the
degree of deformity in clubfoot, he set about
devising his own rating scale, now called the
Pirani Clubfoot Severity Score, which has
become the universal standard. In the course
of developing this scale, Pirani acquired rare
and vital insights into clubfoot anatomy.
In 1991, Pirani established a private practice
and joined UBC's Department of Orthopaedics.
As his practice grew, he became increasingly
engaged in the problem of clubfoot, not only in
its treatment but also in its teaching and
research. One day, he stumbled upon a book
called Congenital Clubfoot: Fundamentals of
TreatmentbyDr. Ignacio Ponseti, who claimed
phenomenal success with a treatment method
of his devising that he had used for 40 years.
If this was such an effective method, Pirani
wondered, why wasn't everyone using it? What
he learned was that most doctors who had tried
the method had met with failure. They didn't
properly understand it, Pirani says, but their
lack of success gave the Ponseti method a bad
rap causing the rest of the medical community
to ignore it. Fortunately, the expertise that
Pirani had acquired while developing his
clubfoot rating scale equipped him with the
insight to appreciate Ponseti's method and the
skills to implement it.
Meanwhile, things were changing yet again
in Uganda. Idi Amin was ousted and banished
from Uganda. When Yoweri Museveni was
elected president, he invited the expelled
Asians to return. The Pirani family yearned to
see their old home once again and, in 1998, a
trip was arranged.
While preparing for the trip, Pirani responded
to "a little one-paragraph thing" in the Canadian
Orthopaedics Association newsletter. It was a
note from Dr. Norgrove Penny - who has since
joined UBC's Faculty of Medicine - saying he was
in Uganda and, "if anybody's travelling through,
give me a buzz." The ensuing conversation
opened up a whole new chapter in the history
of paediatric orthopaedics.
Sitting down to breakfast with Penny in
Kampala's Sheraton Hotel, Pirani talked about
being the lone Canadian using the Ponseti
method and Penny described his spectrum of
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   27 I said, "Wow, Norgrove,
you should do the
Ponseti method.'
After a pregnant pause
of a few seconds he said,
'No, Shaftque, you
should do the Ponseti
method.'And that was
the turning point."
TOP: PART OF THE PONSETI METHOD INVOLVES FITTING A BRACE.
AKSAM RECEIVES HIS COPY OF PONSETI CLUBFOOT MANAGEMENT     <PH0T0: ROSEMARY ANDERSON)
FROM DIRIISA KITEMAGWA. (PHOTO: ROSEMARY ANDERSON) BOTTOM: MOTHERS AND BABIES OUTSIDE A CLINIC IN UGANDA
practice in Uganda. A volunteer at Mulago
Hospital, Penny was performing about 200
surgeries a year to correct neglected clubfoot
deformity. "He expressed his frustration and
concerns because he didn't know whether he
was doing the right thing," says Pirani. "He just
knew that there were all these children that were
terribly disabled, physically and emotionally,
and he had to do something about it... I said,
'Wow, Norgrove, you should do the Ponseti
method.' After a pregnant pause of a few seconds
he said, 'No, Shafique, you should do the Ponseti
method.'And that was the turning point."
For the next six months, they strategized -
Pirani in Canada, Penny in Uganda - to solve
Uganda's problem of neglected clubfoot. The
obstacles were significant and the questions
many. How could babies and young children be
diagnosed? Who would determine their treatment
plans? An estimated 10,000 Ugandans were
suffering from neglected clubfoot, and Pirani
dreamed of introducing an intervention to the
entire country! Uganda's population is the same
as Canada's, but while Canada boasted almost
1,000 orthopaedic surgeons, Uganda had only
eight. Most of those lived in Kampala, where they
focused not on birth defects but on trauma cases.
Then Pirani had an epiphany. In Uganda, a
cadre of paramedical personnel called orthopaedic
officers are specially trained in the non-operative
management of orthopaedic ailments. They
work under the direct supervision of medical
officers and surgeons throughout Uganda.
Surely, Pirani thought, they could be trained to
manage the Ponseti method. It could be integrated
into their basic curriculum, building capacity for
a sustainable clubfoot treatment program.
Pirani and Penny shared this plan with the
stakeholders in Uganda, including the Ministry
of Health and Makerere University's Department
of Orthopaedics. They received unanimous
approval, and Pirani enlisted the Rotary clubs of
Burnaby, New Westminster Royal, and Kampala
for financial support.
This was long before the Ponseti method had
gained acceptance by the medical profession.
Thus, when a draft of the plan landed on
Ponseti's desk at the University of Iowa, with
Pirani and Penny's request that he review it,
Ponseti was flabbergasted. For decades he'd
dreamed of seeing his technique adopted but,
aside from his team and Pirani, there were only
three successful practitioners in the world.
Although the scale of the proposed program
was two individuals doing humanitarian work,
Ponseti was struck by the support offered for
his method by multiple levels of healthcare
and coming from, of all places, far-off Uganda.
In late 2002, with the Uganda clubfoot
training program nearly complete, Pirani
and Penny surveyed the results. They found
disappointing news: some of the spaces
earmarked for clubfoot clinics had never been
made available; many parents lived too far to
commute for treatments; some hospital
administrators had sequestered their clubfoot
staff to other departments. Still, the successes
where the method was embraced were sufficient
to spur Pirani on. He knew it was essential to
establish ongoing training and a comprehensive
public health approach, and this would cost money.
In partnership with Makerere University and
Uganda's Ministry of Health, Pirani guided UBC
through a multi-phased competition held by the
Canadian International Development Agency.
In 2004, CIDA awarded UBC nearly $1M, and
the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project
was born. Contributions from UBC, Makerere
University, and other partners increased the
project value to $1.8M. Pirani was appointed as
the project director and Edward Naddumba, a
professor at Makerere and senior consultant
orthopaedic surgeon at Mulago, was appointed
the Ugandan co-director.
With 40 well-functioning clinics located
strategically throughout Uganda, thousands of
children have already been cured - 1,100 in the
past year alone - and the Ponseti method is
firmly entrenched in the country's healthcare
and higher education systems.
As the success of the Ponseti method in Africa
became known, doctors throughout the western
world embraced the method. The World Health
28   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 STUDENTS NURSES AT THE KAGONDO SCHOOL OF NURSING HOLDING THE RED BOOKS USED FOR TEACHING THE PONSETI METHOD
IN UGANDA.
Organization now promotes it as the universal
gold standard for clubfoot treatment and
recommends that developing nations model
their clubfoot care programs on the Uganda
program. Pirani has helped establish similar
care programs in Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania
and is currently developing massive programs
in South Africa and Bangladesh.
The Uganda program's capacity-building
mandate concludes at the end of this year and
Pirani will step down as director, leaving future
governance to Uganda's Ministry of Health.
"When we went to Uganda," he says, "we really
wanted to do ourselves outof ajob, and we have."
Receiving 20 to 25 babies each Monday and
Thursday, the Clubfoot Clinic at Old Mulago
Hospital - located in the very space where Pirani
was treated for polio more than 50 years ago -
is believed to be the busiest such clinic in the
world. Dominating one wall of its treatment
room is a large poster explaining the pioneering
work of Pirani and Penny. This morning, senior
orthopaedic officer Diriisa Kitemagwa is seated
at a wide folding table. His quick eyes take in
everything that's going on. He knows all the
returning patients by name, and it's his task to
determine the next step in each small patient's
recovery program.
Hassan Manzi has brought his three-year-old
son, Aksam, for a routine checkup. Aksam
has been attending the clinic since he was five
days old. After five weeks of casting, he had a
tenotomy - snipping of the Achilles tendon so it
could lengthen - followed by one last cast, and
then bracing. He didn't like wearing the brace
at first, but before long he didn't even notice it.
Today, Aksam discovers, it's a special
occasion. "His feet are well," announces
Kitemagwa, clearly pleased. Although Aksam
will continue to wear a precautionary brace
each night for another year, he no longer shows
any signs of clubfoot. Kitemagwa celebrates by
giving the young patient a slim red book, Ponseti
Clubfoot Management, a compilation of articles
contributed by Pirani and many Ugandan
medical experts.
"I'm giving Aksam the red book, talking about
clubfoot and treatment, as a first book in his
library," says Kitemagwa, and Aksam beams up at
him. "When he starts reading, he should read about
clubfoot, and maybe grow up and do medicine
and become an orthopaedic surgeon." And
perhaps one day little Aksam will come to regard
this gentle encouragement as an instruction. O
In 7972, article contributor Rosemary Anderson took time
out from her studies at UBC and taught high school in
Uganda. She vividly recalls the turmoil and fear of those
days and made her first trip back to the country in 2012.
WERNER & HILDEGARD HESSE
1926-2008 & 1918-2008
Currently spotting yellow-rumped
warblers in old-growth BC forests
The Hesses were passionate bird watchers
and enthusiastic conservationists.
Inspired by their commitment, I am
studying birds to understand which
habitats are most important to conserve.
Thanks to Werner and Hildegard Hesses'
legacy I have been able to fully focus on
my research for 3 years and, in so doing,
help provide solutions to environmental
problems. Thank you Werner and
Kldegard—your passion has allowed me
to do the research I love and continue an
important tradition of outreach between
academia, policy makers and the public.
- Richard Schuster, PhD candidate
Werner and Hildegard Hesse expressed
their passion for birding with a bequest to
UBC, ensuring vital funding for conservation
research
For more information on how UBC can
help you plan a lasting legacy in a field
important to you, call 604.822.5373 or visit
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FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   29 Dear UBC
community members.
As UBC alumni and donors, we are particularly
pleased to serve as Campaign Co-Chairs for
the start an evolution alumni engagement and
fundraising campaign.
It has been a full year since the campaign's
public launch and the momentum has
continued to build. In our first public year,
we have already engaged more than 35,000
alumni and raised $226 million for students,
research and community partnerships.
This engagement and philanthropic support
is making exciting initiatives possible. We
are proud to share with you the adjacent
stories about how our alumni and donors
are getting involved with the University and
changing our world.
We hope that you are inspired, as we are,
by these stories, as there is still a long way
to go. Our campaign goals are ambitious.
If you would like to get involved, please visit
startanevolution.ca, where you will find many
compelling projects that need your involvement.
We urge you to join us on this journey and
look forward to updating you on the campaign
in the months and years ahead.
Sincerely,
Lindsay Gordon, BA'73, MBA'76
President and CEO of
HSBC Bank Canada
Phil Lind, CM, BA'66, LLD'02
Vice-chairman of Rogers
Communications Inc.
startanevolution.ca
Campaign Update
Halfway through the second year of
our alumni engagement and fundraising
campaign, here is a snapshot of how
alumni are getting involved with UBC.
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ONLINE    ENGAGEMENT
7780
NUMBER OF UBC ALUMNI
FACEBOOK FRIENDS
3082       14571
NUMBER OF (fflUBC ALUMNI
TWITTER FOLLOWERS
NUMBER OF UBC
LINKED IN GROUP MEMBERS
Gj/   TOTAL NUMBER OF UBC ALUMNI EVENT
ylvJ PODCASTS DOWNLOADED SINCE APRIL
'.1496
NUMBER OF PLEDGES MADE BY
ALUMNI TO UBC SINCE APRIL 1
7450
5857
NUMBER OF ALUMNI WHO HAVE
ATTENDED EVENTS SINCE APRIL 1
PERCENTAGE OF ATTENDEES WHO
SAY THE ALUMNI EVENTS MET OR
EXCEEDED THEIR EXPECTATIONS
88
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1057 VOLUNTEERS
1057 ALUMNI HAVE VOLUNTEERED WITH UBC SINCE APRIL 1
Brenda McLean,
Honorary Alumna'oy, BA'68 (Queen's)
Vice-chair of the McLean
Group of Companies
80 PERCENT OF TREK READERS READ
ALL OR MOST OF THE MAGAZINE.
NUMBER OF ALUMNI
with ACARDS
14115 Using Art to Build Community
UBC's Learning Exchange was created more
than 10 years ago to make connections
between the university and Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. A recent mural project
led by a UBC alumna allowed a group of
residents to improve their surroundings while
building a stronger sense of community.
The mural project had two distinct goals -
to tackle the issue of social isolation identified
among tenants living at the Oasis building on
East Hastings Street and to address the graffiti
in an alley behind the building, a scene of
frequent drug use.
Kim Villagante is a recent grad who has
encountered a lot of street art on her travels.
Her interest in murals made her a natural choice
to coordinate and direct the project. Kim led
tenants and other volunteers in designing and
creating three murals for the alley.
She set up monthly art spaces in the
housing unit so that tenants could drop in,
participate in the design process, draw, or
sometimes just sit and chat. It was this
ongoing, longer-term investment that really
helped this project succeed for all involved.
"I was humbled to have been a part of this
project," says Kim. "I came into it thinking I'd
just be contributing my art skills, but I'm
walking away with the love and stories shared
with me by the tenants at the Oasis. I have a
renewed respect for the real community that is
so evident here in the Downtown Eastside."
Oasis housing staff reported an enhanced
social atmosphere, triggered in large part by the
creative process itself. "When several people
are adding paint strokes to a mural, they
have to work with each other's differences.
I remember a lot of encouragement happening
between all the artists - tenants and volunteer
student artists - to get up and paint regardless
of self doubts or ability," says Kim.
People who walked past the murals while
they were being created stopped to show their
appreciation. Neighbouring condominium
owners even approached Kim to create similar
murals on their garage doors, immediately
seeing the long-term value in such public art.
"Art is a huge community builder," Kim says.
"I wish there were more opportunities for
visual art students to share their skills and
educate themselves about community issues."
Donations to the UBC Learning Exchange
support innovative programming that bring
together diverse people to achieve shared
goals, offering transformative learning
experiences for students, community members
and volunteers alike.
Sharing the Path to Success
Tom Pallan was the first person of Indo-
Canadian heritage to graduate from the
forestry program at UBC. Today, at age 80,
he is one of the first alumni volunteers to get
involved in the university's new Broad Based
Admissions (BBA) process, which assesses
prospective UBC students not only on high
school grades, but also on life experiences
and aspirations. Tom is reading and ranking
the application forms.
"Part of the reason forestry students are
required to submit an essay with their application
is because UBC wants to attract well-rounded
people who will be helpful to society," says
Tom. "You can tell a lot about an applicant by
the way they express themselves, their interests,
and commitments. For example, if they embark
on something - do they stay with it? People from
all over the world apply to UBC. Sometimes the
writers are not proficient in English. You have
to look past the words and try to understand
what the writer is saying. You have to be so
careful not to hurt someone's chances."
Helping students along the pathway to higher
education is very special to Tom. "Canada was
a different place back when I was young," he
explains. As part of a minority group, his family
endured a lot of adversity but was determined
to rise above it. Tom's father worked as a
labourer before he started a small business
selling firewood. "He put five of us through
university," says Tom proudly.
After earning a master's degree in forestry,
Tom started Pallan Timber Products Ltd. with
his father in 1959. Today, his sons now run the
Pallan Group's three divisions - forestry, custom
lumber cutting, and real estate - while Tom
enjoys life as the partially retired CEO.
"I have had a very busy and productive
working career that was made possible by the
education I received at UBC. Now, it's time for
me to start giving back," he says. Besides
volunteering as a BBA reader, for the past two
years Tom has participated in the spring and
fall convocations, presenting the gifts the
university gives to each forestry graduate.
"All alumni should ask themselves the
following: what small gesture can I make that,
in some way, will help a deserving student
obtain a university education?" says Tom. "Any
university graduate, young or old, if you have
time and are concerned about education and
youth, should consider becoming a BBA reader."
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   31 *
THE
CHANGING
LIBRARY
Are libraries at risk of becoming museums for books? To stay relevant in the
digital age, libraries add value to information by focusing on the services they
provide, the sociability of the spaces they inhabit and the new technology
they use to deliver content.
by Teresa Goff
Libraries have existed for centuries as receptacles
of human knowledge and history - ordering it,
preserving it, disseminating it. As that knowledge
and history has evolved, so too has the nature of
the library. Roman libraries, for instance, were
often housed in public baths, where it was
common practice for people to read aloud. In
monastic libraries of the early middle ages,
valuable texts painstakingly hand copied by
monks were typically chained to the shelves, and
loaning, if it occurred at all, involved a large
security deposit. In the academic libraries of the
1600s, when students were groomed for church
positions, shelves were almost exclusively
stocked with sermons and other religiously-
themed or philosophical texts.
Readers too have changed. Once an elitist
skill, by the mid-19th century reading had
reached the commons and the public library
movement had introduced the idea that open
access to information would benefit society as a
whole. Yet despite free public libraries and the
increasing number of books pumped out by the
steam-powered press and electrotype printing
plates, readers did not yet have direct access to
reading materials. Antonio Panizzi, an Italian
revolutionary who created the first catalogue for
the Library of the British Museum wanted "to
make the library transparent to readers" by
creating easy access to its works. Until then, it
was librarians - not patrons - who retrieved
books. Panizzi may have been impressed to
know that in the future, people wouldn't need to
go anywhere to retrieve information; instead,
the digital age has enabled the information to
come to them.
"Libraries have never been static entities,"
according to Eric Myers, an assistant professor in
UBC's School of Library, Archival & Information
Studies. "New technologies, new media resources,
and new user needs and behaviours refine the
library's mission." But the digital age and the
readily available resources on the Internet,
along with the advent of search engines like
Go ogle, have made many wonder whether or not
the library as a physical entity is even relevant
today. Have libraries become museums for
books? In a time of economic contraction, this
perception has translated into extensive cuts to
library funding and programs.
"If information is (mostly) free and readily
available, what," asks Myers and many others,
"is the library's edge?" In response to his own
question, Myers says that libraries add value to
32   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012
ILLUSTRATION: KEITH LEINWEBER information. Librarians, services and programs
make information not only accessible but
understandable, meaningful and enriching. In
addition, the library is becoming a hub for social
interaction, as well as learning. "Google is great
for finding pub trivia," says Myers, "but it can't put
on a toddler story time, or provide personalized
assistance with your research paper."
According to Ingrid Parent, UBC's University
Librarian, "the purpose of the library is to make
connections between people and information
and between people and people." To make these
connections, libraries are giving priority to the
services they provide, turning resources to what
Myers calls the social aspects of information
provision. To this end, shortly after her
appointment in 2009, Parent initiated UBC
Library's Strategic Plan, the key themes of
which focus on community engagement, the
enhancement of learning and managing materials
in a digital context. The Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre, constructed around the core of UBC's
original Main Library built in the 1920s, hosts
in-house art exhibitions and free public lectures.
The centre also provides learning services such as
technology support, tutoring and peer academic
coaching, as well as open access online resources
such as the Small Business Accelerator which
makes secondary market research, education,
and business support services available to BC
business owners and entrepreneurs. "These are
the kinds of activities that add value to information," says Myers. "It's what libraries do best and
what will continue to bring people back."
A one-stop example of the multiple ways
libraries add value to information services
through innovative community programming
appears on the homepage of the American
Library Association as a list called 60 Ways to
use Your Library Card. A sampling includes:
#6. Learn how to edit your family vacation
video, #16. Build a young reader's self-esteem by
letting her read to a dog at the library and #57.
Check out seeds to plant in your backyard or
family garden. Similar endeavours are sprouting
up at libraries worldwide. One example cited by
Parent is a library in Nigeria that taught its
patrons how to use fertilizer to increase crop
yield. These programs illustrate the core value
of the free public library system: the lending of
information resources and the empowerment of
information literacy. "We do not define
ourselves by the materials we provide," says
Myers, "but by what we do with and around our
materials to make our communities better
places." Promoting access to and understanding
of information is critical to civic participation
and it is this role that libraries serve best. As
such, libraries are a force for change. This is the
theme Parent has chosen for her term as the
first Canadian president of the International
Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions, the leading body representing the
interests of libraries and their users.
Andrew Carnegie understood that libraries
were a force for change when he decided to fund
free public libraries such as the Carnegie
Library in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside,
established in 1901. Here, in the lowest income
neighbourhood in Canada, UBC has offered
university-level courses for the past 14 years.
"Google is great for
finding pub trivia "says
Myers, "but it can't put on
a toddler story time, or
provide personalized
assistance with your
research paper."
The Humanities 101 program boasts more than
600 graduates and includes courses on cultural
studies, philosophy and library skills, as well as
reading and writing groups, lectures, discussions,
workshops and a weekly documentary film
series. It is this human intermediation that sets
the library apart from the steady onslaught of
information tidbits available on the Internet.
Information literacy programs support skills to
find and use digital information effectively. This
is the missing link that libraries provide. To
facilitate these services though, the space the
library inhabits continues to evolve.
Now retired, Beth Barlow was chief librarian at
the City Centre branch when Surrey decided to
construct its new library. "We envisioned a place
for people to connect with each other, with
technology, with the global world of information,
and with a few books," she says. Architect Bing
Thorn, a UBC alumnus, was chosen to design the
space and he focused on the sociability of the
library, not on the books. "Only a third of the
library is devoted to book stacks," says Barlow.
Years ago, that number would have been at least
half, but at City Centre instead of books, the first
thing yousee when you enter is acafe andfloor-to-
ceiling painting by Gordon Smith. As you move
through the bright modern space, other oddities
arise. Interactive children's toys adorn the ends
of book stacks, engaging new readers in play.
Bright green moon chairs with built-in speakers
CARD CATALOGUE AREA OF MAIN LIBRARY IN THE 1970S.
THE AUTOMATED STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEM WAS
INTRODUCED AT THE IRVING K. BARBER LEARNING CENTRE IN 2009.
IMAGES COURTESY OF UBC LIBRARY AND UBC ARCHIVES
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK    33 Walk Italy with UBC Alumni
UBC Alumni Travel invites you to join UBC
alumna Dr. Diane Archibald, PhD - your
expert guide for cultural heritage walking
tours in Italy.
Upcoming 2013 tours include:
■ Rome New Year's Cultural Tour
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A second home.
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Next time you're up on campus, we invite you to revisit our
libraries, browse our collections, attend one of our branch events
and find out more about our programs and services for alumni.
Or visit us online and subscribe to our Lib-Focus e-newsletter
at www.library.ubc.ca
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34  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 As you move through the bright modern space, other oddities
arise. Interactive children's toys adorn the ends of book
stacks, engaging new readers in play.
DESIGNED BY UBC ALUMNUS BING TH0M, THE SURREY LIBRARY'S
CITY CENTRE BRANCH IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CONNECT
invite teens to listen to audio books. Technology
has been used to enhance the library experience,
making it more accessible and user-friendly.
Here, technology drives the connections that
link people and ideas.
"For the last 500 years information was held
in books and so we collected books," says Parent,
who stewards 21 branches and divisions at UBC
that include more than six million volumes, more
than 846,000 maps, audio, video and graphics
materials and almost 100,000 serial titles. "Now
people say with the digital age libraries are
irrelevant but we are not." In order to adapt to
the evolving needs of both faculty and staff,
efforts have been made to digitize existing UBC
collections and research. Not only are these
resources made universally available, digitization
helps to "safeguard knowledge legacies of the
past while ensuring accessibility for the future."
Initiatives such as the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre's Digitization Project provide funds to
help libraries, archives and museums digitize
historical items including First Nation's material,
oral histories, and BC's earliest newspapers and
trial transcripts. "There is an enormous amount
of invisible work that the library does behind the
scenes to secure license agreements, copyright
and access policies, seamless integration of
search systems and scholarly materials," says
Myers. "Students often don't realize that
clicking the UBC link in Google Scholar and
pullingup the full-text PDF of ajournal article
was made possible by the library."
The UBC Library has expanded its physical
fiefdom into the virtual arena and plays a
leading role in interpreting copyright and access
issues of research materials during what Myers
calls "a time of uncertainty in the Canadian
academic context." Transferring to digital
platforms requires changes in scholarly
communication, including how information is
created and disseminated in university
environments. "We have to find new models for
opening up the process of doing research,
publishing it and then putting it into libraries,"
says Parent. "The current model is not working
so we are looking at that."
In an article that ran in the Washington Post
in 2001, Linton Weeks wrote: "In the nonstop
tsunami of global information, librarians provide
us with floaties and teach us how to swim." This
is the edge that libraries offer in the digital age.
"We are not waiters who serve information hors
d'oeuvres," says Myers, "but rather an educative
facility that helps people find their own information
and make sense of it." Rather than maintaining
themselves as book repositories, libraries
worldwide are evolving into hubs of social
interaction and knowledge transfer to meet the
needs of the 21st century. "Many people think of
libraries as a safe place, like a comfort blanket,"
says Parent, "but libraries change people's lives
by ensuring the development of a knowledge
society." As Walter Kronkite once said, whatever
the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap
compared to that of an ignorant nation. O
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Initiatives
The British Columbia History Digitization Program provides
matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result
in free online access to our unique provincial historical material.
The program is currently accepting applications for 2013. The
deadline is 5pm on December 14, 2012. Find out more on the website:
www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca
Curated by professional business librarians, the Small Business
Accelerator is a trustworthy point of access to diverse sources of
quality online business planning information, education and assistance
for BC entrepreneurs. See www.sba-bc.ca for more information.
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FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   35 FACULTY OF ARTS
UBC KILLAM
TEACHING PRIZES
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 2013.
Eligibility: Eligibility is open to faculty who have
three or more years of teaching at UBC. The
three years include 2012-013
Criteria: The awards will recognize distinguished
teaching at all levels; introductory, advanced,
graduate courses, graduate supervision, and any
combination of levels
Nomination Process: Members of faculty,
students, or alumni may suggest candidates to
the Head of the Department, the Director of the
School, or Chair of the Program in which the
nominee teaches. These suggestions should be
in writing and signed by one or more students,
alumni or faculty, and they should include a very
brief statement of the basis for the nomination
You may write a letter of nomination or pick up a
form from the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts,
in Buchanan A240
Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on January 11,2013. Submit
nominations to the Department, School or
Program Office in which the nominee teaches
Winners will be announced mid-April, and they
will be identified during Spring convocation in May.
For further information about these awards
contact either your Department, School or
Program office, or Judy Barry, Dean of Arts
Office, at (604) 822.9062.
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For more information, visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/ubc-desert-days.
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ubc dialogues
Should the arts receive
public funding?
JANUARY 23-TORONTO
Is sport worth the risks?
FEBRUARY ■ CALGARY
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Climate change:
Whose battle is it?
FEBRUARY 5 ■ VANCOUVER
In the social media age, can
justice be served?
MARCH 13 ■ VANCOUVER
THE
NEXT
STEP
The Next Step:
Getting Personal
JANUARY 23■VANCOUVER
The Next Step: Finding
Balance in a 24/7 Workplace
MARCH■VANCOUVER
THE 2013
UBC ALUMNI
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AWARDS
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
2013 UBC ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
On November 14, we celebrated some of UBC's finest at the
2012 Alumni Achievement Awards. These 10 men and women,
from students to seasoned professionals, have made some truly
jaw-dropping contributions to the world and you can read about
them on page 24. Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Nominate them for a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award so
we can make a fuss of them next November. Learn more at
www.alumni.ubc.ca/awards
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Creative Writing Alumni
The UBC Creative Writing Program celebrated with
130 alumni, students and faculty at a joint book launch
at Heritage Hall on October 3. The event included
short readings of The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon,
MFA'96, assistant professor; Sussex Drive by Linda
Svendsen, B/V77, professor, and All Souls by Rhea
Tregebov, associate professor. The program will
be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the upcoming
year. If you are interested in reconnecting with the
Creative Writing Program and other alumni, please
contact christine.lee@ubc.ca
Alumni Teacher Award Nominations
This Faculty of Education award was established
to highlight the significant impact UBC education
graduates are having in schools and communities
throughout, BC, Canada and beyond. Do you know
a UBC grad who goes above and beyond teaching
the curriculum to ensure their students succeed
not just academically but personally as well?
To find out more and nominate them, see
www.educ.ubc.ca/dev/alumni-award
Save the date! Pharmaceutical
Sciences class of 1953 reunion
On May 3-4,2013, the Pharmaceutical Sciences
class of 1953 will be celebrating 60 years since
graduating. For more information contact
alumni relations manager, Caely-Ann McNabb,
at caely-ann.mcnabb@ubc.ca or 604-827-1411
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1940s
1950s
On September 22 Major Lynnette
MacKay (nee Nahirney), BA'44, was
honoured to be Canada's representative at the dedication service of a
fallen WWI Canadian soldier, Cpl
Alfred Gyde Heaven, MM, 102nd
Battalion Canadian Infantry. The
soldier was identified in a Shrewsbury, UK, cemetery more than 12
months ago by ex Cpl (Retired)
Philip Morris, 2nd Light Infantry,
while he was conducting research
on British war graves. Morris
ventured outside the designated
military plots and noticed a
weathered, unattended grave that
had the markings of military rank
and decoration. With the help of
other researchers and local
military clubs, information from
Cpl Heaven's grave and about his
service was presented to the
Commonwealth War Graves
Commission. This amazing effort
eventually resulted in the dedication
of the WWI headstone embossed
with the Canadian Maple Leaf,
95 years after his passing. Major
MacKay, CD, is in the Canadian
Forces Logistics Branch and is
currently an exchange officer
posted to 29 Regiment Royal
Logistic Corps in South Cerney
Gloucestershire.
In 1972, Jackie Hooper, BA'so,
BLS'64, BSW'82, MSW'84, became the
driving force behind the idea of
buying an apartment block to
provide housing and a supportive
community to people with mental
illness. Having suffered from
depression, Jackie realized one of
the primary needs of people with
mental illness is safe and affordable
housing with appropriate support.
Coast Foundation (now Coast Mental
Health) agreed to spearhead the
project and today the organization
houses approximately 1,000 people
with mental illness, and other
agencies have adopted Jackie's
model. The original apartment
building acquired in 1973 is now
named Hooper Apartments in her
honour. After receiving her master's
in social work, Jackie worked in the
mental health community until her
retirement in 1992. Since retiring,
Jackie has published two books,
Hiking in Colour - a collection of
paintings, accompanied by
descriptions of her favourite hikes
around the Lower Mainland, and
Big Ken - an eclectic collective of
stories, both funny and sad. O
With Nora Hughes Wheeler,
BHEc'52, as chair, a group of the 1952
BHEc graduating class put together
a reunion at UBC's Alumni
Weekend that included a tour of
the wonderfully renovated Old Aud
led by Professor Nancy Hermiston,
a lecture on wine making at the
Wine Research Centre, and lunch
at Tapestry in Westbrook Village.
Other committee members were
Ada Kirk Brown, BHEc'52, Hazel
Joe Chong, BHEc'52, Hilary Yates
Clark, BHEc'52, MEd '90, Anne
Howorth, BHEc'52, MA70, and Joan
Slinger Hoyles, BHEc'52. &
Janet (nee Montgomery)
Fernau, BSN'57, was honoured on
November 15,2011, at Buckingham
Palace, when she received her
Member of the Order of the British
Empire from Queen Elizabeth II
for 20 years of service running the
Haemochromatosis Society from
her home in Barnet, Herts,
England. Janet founded this
volunteer society in 1990 to
promote awareness of this
common genetic disorder among
professionals, patients and their
families, the general public and
policy-makers and to offer support
and information to people with
Haemochromatosis. The disorder
is often unrecognized, but when
detected and treated promptly
serious damage to the liver and
other vital organs can be prevented.
In May, Janet joined her UBC
nursing friends and classmates in
Vancouver and celebrated 55 years
of graduation from UBC with a
coastal cruise.
The Hon. Walter McLean,
BA'57, former MP from the Ontario
riding of Waterloo, was honoured
by the Canadian Association of
Former Parliamentarians (CAFP)
with the 2012 Distinguished
Service Award on June 4, in
Ottawa, in recognition of his
years of parliamentary service,
his contribution to and respect
for the institution of Parliament
and for his continued interest
and activity in the promotion of
education, human rights and
parliamentary democracy in
Canada and abroad. Walter
currently serves as Honourary
Consul in Canada for the Republic
of Namibia. O
38   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 1960s
Halifax writer Silver Donald
Cameron, BA'60, MA, PhD, DCL, DLitt,
was named to the Order of Canada
on June 29 for his contributions
as a journalist, writer, educator,
consultant and dedicated community activist. Silver began his career
in journalism over four decades
ago and has written 16 books. He
is currently host and executive
producer of thegreeninterview.com,
where he conducts interviews with
prominent voices in the global
environmental movement. O
After teaching first- and
second-year level Spanish and
French for 35 years and raising four
children, Jane Mary Saborio (nee
Butcher), BA'64, is now pursuing her
true passion and avocation as a
professional impressionist visual
artist. She has transferred her years
of language teaching skills to water
colour and acrylic studio classes,
workshops and demos, and
volunteer art classes for some of
the poorest Mexican children in
the colonias surrounding Mazatlan,
where she has spent most winters
since taking early retirement at 60.
Over the past 20 years she has
pursued her love of travel with her
partner, Ken, pursued photography
and art and participated in solo and
group exhibitions, receiving many
accolades. Her two books, Brushed
with Color and Brushed with Color
#2: Limited Palette/Flat Brush
Technique, are both registered in
the National Library in Ottawa.
In June, artist Lynn Kenneth
Pecknold, BEd'66, exhibited 45
current works at Place des Arts
Gallery in Coquitlam, BC. Lynn
has studied under a number of
well-known artists and former
professors including Gordon Smith
and Bob Steele. He went on to show
at the Mary Frazee and Avelles
galleries in Vancouver, and the
Mauntauk Club and Eg Gallery in
New York, where he also attended
the Pratt Institute. In 1969, he
became a full-time art educator,
acquiring over 35 years of teaching
experience. He currently resides on
Vancouver Island with his wife,
Sandra. For more information, visit:
www.lynnkennethpecknold.com O
Commander (RCN Rtd) Thomas
W Gossen, BSc'68, was awarded the
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal on
August 19 for service to Crown and
Country. The medal was presented
by Hon. Julia Monro, MPP York-
Simcoe Riding in Ontario.
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| The Van der Stars |
1970s
Brad Atchison, MSc'7i, was
unexpectedly presented with a
business opportunity based in
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. He has
relocated to the Arctic for the
forseeable future and is now the
CEO/President of Inuit-owned
Kitnuna Corporation. The move
also represents an opportunity to
network with Inuit carvers, sea
kayak and Whitewater paddle, visit
ancient Dorset sites, integrate with
a very different culture, examine
the impacts of climate change on
this front line, and to make a positive
impact. His wife, Cheryl, will hold
down the fort in Vancouver and
Victoria for the first year, and they
will keep their home in Victoria ©
On October 15, Howard Soon,
BSc'74, was formally inducted into
the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in
the Friend of the Industry Category.
Howard, master winemaker at
Sandhill Wines, was inducted for his
consistent and exceptional support
to the BC restaurant industry.
Susan Murray, BSc'77, MSc'89, an
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
and professor of Arboriculture at
Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
is the 2012 co-recipient of the
International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) prestigious Alex L.
Shigo Award for Excellence in
Arboricultural Education. ISA
president Colin Bashford stated:
"Susan is one of the pioneering
women in arboriculture. For
more than 30 years, she's maintained a consistent approach in
the classroom, offering her
students the most up-to-date
instruction on tree care in addition
to promoting volunteerism. Susan
has dedicated her life to teaching,
and thousands have benefitted
from her commitment." ©
For 40 years the Van der Stars
of Oyama, BC, have been involved
with UBC. Jack, BASc'77, MASc'82,
and Kathy, BSR'77, met when they
were students in Vancouver and are
very proud that their three children,
Trisha, BSc'os, Alex, BASc'07, and
Todd, BKin'12, are also UBC grads.
Jack was a founding member of the
industry engineering group in the
Okanagan that successfully lobbied
for an engineering school at UBC
Okanagan and continues to be
involved as a volunteer, guest
speaker and student mentor. Kathy
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   39 CLASSACTS
is a long-time supporter of the UBC
Okanagan Heat athletic department
and volunteered with several
championship tournaments and
other events. Trisha is treasurer on
the organizing committee for the
national Pharmacy Student
conference, to be held at UBC
Vancouver in January 2014. They
look forward to celebrating Trisha's
graduation with a BSc(Pharm) in
2014, and perhaps Todd's graduation
with an MSc(PT) if he is successful in
his application. Go Blue and Gold! ©
1980s
Mary Baxter, BA'88, won the
2012 International Federation
of Agricultural Journalists Star
Prize for print journalism. Mary's
article, "Lyme disease: the painful
and hard-to-diagnose condition,"
was published in Better Farming
magazine. The judges said Baxter
wrote "a beautiful piece using a
nice mix of human interest story
telling and scientific research,
exemplifying great journalism.
Although it's a story about a sensitive
subject, zoonoses, Better Farming
had the guts to publish it."
1990s
In May, Alison Dempsey, BA,
LLB'90, LLM, PhD'12, received her
PhD in law from UBC. Combining
scholarship with 20 years of legal
practice, 15 of which focused on
corporate governance and related
areas, Alison's doctoral thesis,
Principles, Process, Responsibility:
Exploring Ethics as a Meta-
Regulatory Frameworkfor Evolving
Governance Discourse, proposes a
new paradigm for understanding,
developing and maintaining high
standards of corporate governance
and conduct. ©
Stephen Scali, BA'95, lives on
the sub-tropical idyllic island of
Mauritius with his spouse and
two children and is head of the
Mauritius office of international
law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman.
After UBC, Stephen obtained an
MA from Warwick Business School
(on a Commonwealth Scholarship),
followed by his law degree from
Harvard Law School. He practised
international corporate law with
Freshflelds Bruckhaus Deringerin
London and Paris, acted as in-house
counsel to a leading international
company as well as investment bank,
and was CEO of an international
trust company. Stephen is the UBC
representative in Mauritius, among
other alumni activities. ©
Peter B. Baabe, PhD'99, enrolled
at UBC as a very mature student,
graduating at the age of 50. His
doctoral thesis was on the use of
philosophy in treating mental
illnesses, a practice often referred
to as "philosophical counselling."
He now teaches the only course in
North America on the topic at the
University of the Fraser Valley. He
also has a private practice in
philosophical counselling in North
Vancouver and established two
mental health and philosophy
discussion cafes in the Fraser
Valley. He currently has a contract
to write a book titled Philosophy's
Role in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As one of the world's
foremost authorities on philosophy
as therapy for the mind, he taught
a master class in Korea in July,
discussing the need for a paradigm
shift away from the common belief
that mental illness "causes" various
symptoms to the reality that
symptom groups are labelled as
mental illnesses. This shift in
thinking away from the so-called
medical model of mental illness and
biological psychiatry allows for a
significant reduction of our society's
reliance on pharmaceuticals
in treatment. ©
Economist Dr. Stephanie
McWhinnie, MA'99, PhD'06, is now
a lecturer at the University of
Adelaide in Australia. Stephanie
analyses data to make predictions
about the future of our world's fish
stocks. Her research involves three
distinct areas: the international
sharing offish stocks, the impact of
management changes in the fishing
industry, and determining the
effects of combining behavioural
economic models with fisheries
theory on sustainability in the
fishing industry.
40  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 2000s
Paul Lescisin, BCom'oi, celebrated
his 10th Anniversary as the Fleet
and Commercial manager at the
Mertin Auto Group in Chilliwack,
BC, on August 1. His duties were
recently expanded and he now
oversees all automotive fleet,
commercial, and leasing activities
for the General Motors, Nissan/
Nissan Commercial, and Hyundai
franchises in their group. Travelling
to Toronto, Indianapolis, and
Canton, MS, this year alone, Paul
says his career is extremely dynamic
and builds upon the management
foundation forged from his years at
UBC Commerce. ©
Nonie Lesaux, MA'oi, PhD'03, was
recently named a professor of
education at the Harvard Graduate
School of Education. Nonie is a
developmental psychologist
focused on cognitive and linguistic
factors in children's and adolescents'
reading. She is leading a research
program that focuses on increasing
learning opportunities for students
from diverse linguistic, cultural,
and economic backgrounds. In 2008,
Nonie received the Presidential
Early Career Award for Scientists
and Engineers - the highest honor
bestowed by the US government on
scholars in the early stages of their
research careers. ©
Kari Shepherdson-Scott,
MA'03, joined the Macalester
College Art and Art History
Department as a tenure-track
assistant professor. She specializes
in Japanese visual culture from the
19th and 20th centuries, focusing on
the visual expression of national
identity and empire. She is
particularly interested in exposing
the dynamic cultural dialogues
between Japan, the rest of Asia,
Europe and America. She will be
teaching Introduction to Visual
Art, Art of the East I: China, and
Art of the East II: Japan.
Currently a faculty member at the
Victoria University of Wellington
in New Zealand, Martin Berka,
PhD'os, along with Andrew McCowan,
James Blake and Nigel Cherrie,
completed an unassisted crossing
of the Tasman Sea in a row bo at
from Sydney to New Zealand in
January. The more than 3,000 km
row took 50-plus days, and was the
fourth such crossing ever by a row
boat and the fastest unsupported
crossing. They were also the first
people to row around New Zealand's
Cape Reinga and the North Cape.
Other than pushing their mental
and physical boundaries, Martin
and his team were trying to raise
awareness about the destruction of
coral reefs around the globe. Martin's
article about the row appears in the
UBC Varsity Outdoor Club Journal.
A documentary film about the row
is in the making.
Artistic producer Tim Carlson,
MFA'05, and his Vancouver-based
company Theatre Conspiracy won
the 2013 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing
Arts Award - the largest of its kind
in Canada - with a $60,000 prize
going toward the creation of a new
work. Extraction, a documentary
theatre work in Mandarin and
English based on the biographies of
Chinese workers in Fort McMurray
and expats drawn to Beijing by
the economic boom, will premiere
at the Cultch in Vancouver in
March 2013. Find out more at
www.conspiracy.ca.
Painter, Andrew Salgado's,
BFA'05, solo exhibition, The
Misanthrope, was exhibited at
Beers.Lambert Contemporary,
London, UK, in October. Andrew
has also exhibited in Germany,
Scandinavia, Australia, Venezuela,
Thailand, Korea, Canada, and the
US. His bold, assertive, mostly
large-scale figurative paintings
have placed Andrew as one-to-
watch in both the UK and North
American painting scene. His next
solo exhibition, The Acquaintance,
will be exhibited at his home-town
in The Art Gallery of Regina in (Dec
2012 - Jan 2013). A proud graduate
of UBC, Andrew considers the five
years he spent studying and living
in the city as the starting point of
his successful artistic career.©
In August, Harish Baisinghani,
BASc'oe, Bicha Sharma, BSc'12, and
Monty Baisinghani, BASc'07, made
up part of a team of Canadians who
dedicated their summer to building
an education facility at an orphanage
in Akute, Nigeria. The ELITE
Leadership Facility at the Light of
Hope Orphanage will be a safe and
comfortable learning centre where
kids will be helped to advance their
education. For more information visit
Facebook: Elite 4 Africa Project.
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After completing her degree, Cat
Mills, BFA'07, was selected as one of
20 up-and-coming film-makers to
participate in the Canadian Film and
Television Producers Association's
National Producers Internship
program. After winning a Leo Award
for her student film in '08 and a
brief travelling stint in Europe, Cat
moved to London, finding work
with Summit Entertainment. Keen
to get back to her film-making
roots, Cat has relocated to Malta,
where she is developing the series
Wicked and Weird Around the
World. The series explores strange
celebrations ranging from The
Sumo Wrestler/ Baby Crying
Festival in Japan to the Wife
Carrying Championships in
Finland. Cat recently filmed the Toe
Wrestling World Championships in
the UK. For more information see:
www.wickedandweirda-
roundtheworld.com
Brent Sharpless, MBA'08, and
several partners launched
1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting in
Toronto. The company features
mobile offices in its vans, to allow
real-time estimates and invoices.
Brent says the company is
eco-friendly using less toxic paints
and less paper, plastics and
disposables than traditional
painting companies, and completes
projects in only one day. ©
Peace Out, the feature documentary by Charles Wilkinson, MFA'08,
was awarded the Special Jury Prize
at Toronto's Hot Docs, where it
secured world distribution; was
honored at the 2011 Vancouver
International film festival where it
won the NFB Most Popular
Canadian Documentary; won the
Audience Choice Award at the 2012
Available Light film festival; and
was the official opening film at the
2012 Global Visions film festival in
Edmonton. It has been an official
selection at a number of US festivals
including the Kansas City festival.
Peace Out, released internationally
by FilmOption, and nationally by
IndieCan Entertainment, is
currently screening in theatres
across the country and has recently
been picked up by both Super
Channel and Air Canada.
Justin Borsato, BEd'09, has been
awarded UBC Faculty of Education's
first Alumni Teacher Award. He is a
grade 7 teacher responsible for
many pupils who have learning
difficulties or come from underprivileged backgrounds. Borsato
builds self-esteem in his charges
by encouraging them in areas
they do well in or enjoy, such as
sport or art. Outside of school he
also volunteers for the Hockey
Education Reaching Out Society
(HEROS) charity, which makes
the game accessible to kids from
low-income families and aims to
boost their confidence and
leadership skills. O
Duncan Bays, BSc'n, and Ozgur
Nazilli, BCom'12, have been working
on a mobile application business
called Electric Courage. It's a
mobile application aimed at
eliminating the hassle associated
with going out at night with friends.
It provides information on
upcoming events and shows users
the most popular venues, the
drinks specials, the line wait times,
and more. At an event, it lets users
know which of their friends are
there and makes it easy to connect
with anyone else using the venue's
virtual wall and the private
messaging. The app, which has
been rolling out in Toronto first, is
available on the iTunes app store. ©
On June 7,2012, Citibank
appointed Lisa Deloney as market
president for Los Angeles - a new
role within its US Consumer and
Commercial Banking Business.
Deloney has 36 years of experience
in the financial services industry.
In addition to her recent appointment as market president, Lisa is
managing director and the Metro
Southern California division
manager, overseeing 143 branches
throughout greater LA and
Orange County.
Leigh-Anne Mathieson, BSc'12,
was recently featured in the series
Made on Haida Gwaii by April
Dutheil. The series tells the stories
of 50 talented young people who
call Haida Gwaii home. Leigh-Anne
has presented at numerous
conferences, received research
grants from the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council
of Canada and contributes to
academic publications. She was
recently selected out of 350
applicants as one of 36 students
who took part in a computational
biology research project this past
summer at Oxford University.
Lee Gass, UBC emeritus
professor of zoology, will exhibit
recent sculptures in stone and
bronze at a special event for the
UBC community on December 8
and 9 from 12-8 pm at 3440 Yukon
Street in Vancouver. Dr. Gass is
recognized as a hummingbird
researcher, an award-winning
teacher, and an innovator in
interdisciplinary, highly interactive
educational programs such as
Science One and the Integrated and
Coordinated Science Programs.
Since retiring from UBC in 2004
Dr. Gass has sculpted full-time in
his Quadra Island studio. His
monumental basalt and bronze
sculpture, GirlchildReflected in Her
Mother's Eye, is installed permanently in front of the Wesbrook
microbiology building on campus,
across East Mall from the University
Bookstore. For more information
visit www.leegass.com. ©
42   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 )NEWS
NEW HOME FOR
UBC RUGBY
Athletes and fans will soon enjoy the new home
of UBC rugby teams at the $2.7M Gerald
McGavin Rugby Pavilion, scheduled to open in
the new year. Located near West 16th Avenue
and East Mall and overlooking the Arthur Lord
and Frank Buck fields, the pavilion will feature
change rooms, offices, storage space, and
bleacher seating for 300 spectators along with a
much-needed clubhouse lounge for alumni,
students and sport groups. The facility is named
in honour of UBC commerce alumnus Gerald
McGavin, a member of the BC Rugby Hall of
Fame, who generously donated $1M dollars
towards the project. Combined with the
McGavin gift, the project has received a total of
$1.8M from private donors as part of UBC's start
an evolution campaign.
"Some of my fondest memories from my
athletic career come from playing rugby," says
McGavin. "I learned what it takes to work as a
team, the value of sportsmanship, and at the
same time I forged relationships that lasted a
lifetime. This facility is the opportunity for the
next generation of rugby players to do the same."
Initial financial and organizational leadership
for the project was provided by former UBC
rugby players Peter Bull, Andrew Hamilton,
Greg Obertas, Keith Spencer, Peter R. Mortifee,
Donald Carson and family, Rob McCarthy and
Andrew Bibby UBC Athletics and Recreation
provided additional funding totalling $700,000
while another $200,000 has been committed by
the British Columbia Rugby Union as part of a
10-year community partnership with UBC,
which will give the BCRU access to the new
pavilion and fields for its youth, developmental,
grassroots and high performance programs.
Whitecaps FC and National Soccer
Development Centre announced for
Vancouver campus
UBC's Thunderbird Park will be the home of
a new training facility which will form the
centrepiece of the proposed National Soccer
Development Centre (NSDC) - a new athletic
facility to be shared by Vancouver Whitecaps
FC, the university and community. Formed out
of a partnership between UBC, the Government
of British Columbia and Vancouver Whitecaps
FC, the centre will include two new artificial
fields, three new refurbished or improved
grass fields and a field house, all scheduled to
be completed in advance of the 2015 FIFA
Women's World Cup.
The centre will serve UBC's varsity teams
and UBC REC athletes, Whitecaps FC men's,
women's, and residency teams, and Canada's
men's, women's, and youth national teams,
while more than 50 per cent of the field time
will be dedicated to community programs.
Community members currently make more
than 700,000 visits to Thunderbird Park
annually to participate in athletic activities
and events, a number which UBC expects to
grow through this new partnership.
The BC Government has committed $14.5M
to the centre, the Whitecaps are providing $15M
and UBC will provide the land. The partnership
was developed as part of the UBC start an
evolution campaign.
Mount Royal and UNBC join
Canada West in 2012
Calgary's Mount Royal University Cougars and
the University of Northern British Columbia
Timberwolves will compete in the Canada West
conference in the 2012-2013 season, bringing
the total number of Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) member institutions to 54. Both
schools will enter teams in men's and women's
basketball and soccer, while Mount Royal will
also enter men's and women's ice hockey and
volleyball teams. The UBC Okanagan Heat
joined Canada West in men's and women's
volleyball and basketball in 2011.
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   43 DNEWS
ATHLETICS DIRECTOR BOB PHILIP TAKES ON NEW ROLE AT UBC
After 20 years, 50 Canadian Interuniversity
Sport (CIS) national championships, and
unprecedented growth and evolution in all
aspects of varsity sport and campus recreation,
Bob Philip has signed off as director of UBC
Athletics and Recreation to assume a new role as
senior advisor to Vice President, Students, Louise
Cowin. Philip left his War Memorial Gym office
on July 15, exactly 20 years to the day after he
arrived from Montreal's Concordia University.
In addition to providing counsel on charting the
future course for athletics and recreation at UBC,
Philip will help to further strengthen connections
with alumni and seek out new possibilities for
student athletes in the areas of community
service and international competition.
Among his many contributions, Philip's
entrepreneurial skills helped UBC to add new
facilities such as the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird
Arena, the Tennis Centre, the John M.S. Lecky UBC
Boathouse in Richmond and the Thunderbird
Park playing fields. He was also central to
increasing opportunities for female student
athletes, adding women's rugby, ice hockey and
Softball teams to the varsity sport portfolio, as
well as restarting the men's baseball team in
1996. In addition to the 50 CIS titles, UBC golf
teams won five women's and two men's National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
Championships during his time as director. He
also served a term as CIS president and will
continue in his current international role as a
technical delegate for ice sports to the World
University Games Federation.
BOB PHILIP, UBC DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND RECREATION.
UPCOMING CANADA WEST REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES
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(at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre)
REGINA: Nov. 30, 7:00 pm
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Richard A. (Dick) Montgomery, BA'40
Born on January 11,1919, in Ladysmith, BC, Dick
died June 10,2012, in Pacific Palisades, CA, at the
age of 93, from complications of Parkinson's disease.
Dick was born the son of Dr. John and Mrs.
Viola Montgomery. Dr. Montgomery died in an
outbreak of "black diphtheria" in Ladysmith in
1923 in a valiant attempt to save the lives of
children, giving the last doses of antitoxins to
others. Dick and his siblings were raised by his
mother in Vancouver.
Following Prince of Wales High School and
UBC, he enrolled in graduate studies at
Dartmouth College, but left Dartmouth for the
Canadian National Research Center and
eventually the Royal Navy, where he was a
pioneer in the area of sonar and served as sonar
officer on board a corvette in the North Atlantic.
At UBC Dick met Mary (nee Boyd), also a native
of Vancouver, and daughter of John and May Boyd.
They married in 1944 in Ottawa, and would have
celebrated their 68th anniversary this year.
Following the war, Dick and Mary moved to
California where Dick completed his PhD and
Masters at CalTech. Introduced to the aerospace
industry, Dick became a naturalized citizen of
the US and served in a series of senior industry and
government positions. He remained active in a
number of organizations and helped establish
the American Alumni Association for UBC. Dick
loved his native northwest where he spent the
summers with his family on Whidbey Island for
more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife,
his sister, Eleanor (Onie) McBain of Surrey; his
six sons, Boyd, George, Bruce, Michael, Robert,
and James and their spouses, Patricia, Heidi,
Joanne, Nicole, Elaine, and Annabel; as well as his
16 grandchildren, Chris, Andrew, Will, Lauren, Elle,
Erin, John, George, Colyn, Michael, Jack, Sarah,
Ian, Charles, Skye, and Lachlan. His brothers,
Lawrence and Lynn, predeceased him. If desired,
memorial gifts can be directed to the Parish of
St. Matthews in Pacific Palisades for the
establishment of the Richard A. Montgomery
Scholarship Fund.
Marion Barrett (nee Bricker), BA'40
Born in 1919, Marion died on March 30,2012.
Marion grew up in Vancouver, the only child of
Joseph and Rosa Bricker. At UBC, she majored
in zoology with botany and was taught by
Professor George Spencer (founder of the
Spencer Entomological Collection at the Beaty
Biodiversity Museum).
She trained as an orthoptist in Toronto and in
1942 joined the RCAF as an officer in that role.
In 1943 she met Joseph Paddy Barrett, an Irish
pilot in the RAF, while he was briefly stationed
in Toronto. After their three-year wartime
courtship by correspondence, Marion flew to
England in 1946 where they were married. An
English newspaper reported: "Bride flies six
thousand miles to wed."
Joseph had joined the expanding post-war
Aer Lingus Irish Airlines, and the young couple
set up their first home in Dublin. The winter
of 1946-47 was one of the worst on record, and
it was Marion's first experience of living in
houses without central heating during widespread fuel shortages.
In 1954 Marion represented UBC at University
College Dublin's Centenary celebrations. When
her three children were in their teens, Marion
resumed her career as an orthoptist, working
part-time at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear
Hospital and Crumlin Children's Hospital in
Dublin. Marion loved her adopted country and
knew it like the back of her hand. Her wide
interests, shared with many friends, included
botany and gardening, archaeology, travel,
bird-watching, golf and bridge. She was an active
member of many societies, including the Dublin
University Women Graduates Association.
A proud grandmother of two, Marion was
widowed in 1998. She remained forever young at
heart, up for new adventures and experiences,
and always maintained she had led a charmed
life. Hers was certainly a long life lived to the
fullest, for which we give thanks.
William (Bill) Muir Osborne, BA'4i, BASc'47
Bill passed away peacefully surrounded by
family on May 2,2012, in Thornhill, ON, at the
age of 91. Bill was the beloved husband of the
late Jean (nee Miller) for more than 58 years.
He was the proud father of Leslie (Bob Bell),
John (Shelley), Doug (Brenda) and Robert
(Shirley); the cherished grandpa of Candace,
Trevor, Dana (Darren), Chris (Lauren), Tyler,
Kimberly and Diana; and great-grandpa to Lyla.
He was predeceased by his brother, John Bus.
A true westerner at heart, he was born and
raised in Medicine Hat, AB.
A WWII veteran, he served as a gunnery
officer in the Canadian Army and, after the war,
in the Army Reserve until his retirement as a
major in 1960. He graduated twice from UBC
with degrees in chemistry and engineering.
After school he joined Canadian Industries
Limited and, as a practicing chemical engineer,
became well-known and revered as a "technical
institution" within the company. During his
42-year career he held various technical,
production and senior management roles in
several divisions including, explosives, forest
products and, for the majority of his career,
sulphur products.
He was very proud of his UBC roots and
attended several class reunions through the
years. After the 2009 reunion, at the age of 89 he
declared of his peers "They're all starting to look
old!" A strong proponent of higher education,
Bill was veryproud of the post-secondary
achievements of his
children and grandchildren. In 2007,
he attended the
graduation of his
granddaughter, Dana,
at her UBC graduation
from the School of
Pharmacy, and in 2011
Bill Osborne      he was proud to
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her iron ring during a ceremony held at the
University of Waterloo. As the oldest engineer in
attendance, Bill received a standing ovation.
Bill and Jean were dedicated to family and
community and were long-standing United
Church members. Bill was an active choir member,
avid curler, golfer, gardener, photographer and
scout leader. He will be remembered by his
family and many friends for his determination,
his storytelling, his sense of fairness and his
tremendous sense of humour. He looked for the
good in others and gave the best that he had.
A well-attended memorial service was held
on May 6 and his cremated remains were buried
alongside his loving wife in the Memorial
Garden of Thornhill United Church, the very
garden he conceptualized and made happen.
He will be dearly missed, but is back together
with the love of his life in heaven. "I loved my
life, I loved my wife."
Ina MacKirdy (nee Dearing), BA'4i
Ina, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in
Point Grey and South Burnaby, passed away on
October 10,2011, at the age of 91. After graduating
from UBC in 1941 with a bachelor's degree and
teaching certificate, Ina began teaching in North
Burnaby. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Library
Science from Seattle University and subsequently
worked as school librarian in secondary schools
in Abbotsford and Powell River.
In 1961, Ina married Harvey MacKirdy, BA'47,
BEd'53. Their family grew to include four
children, Judy, John, Mark and Janis. Harvey's
career in school administration took the family
to Smithers, Terrace, Ladysmith, and finally to
Duncan, where he worked as superintendent of
schools for the Cowichan School District. Ina
spent 39 rewarding years in Duncan as a
homemaker, active United Church member, and
master gardener.
Predeceased by her husband, Harvey, son Mark,
and sister Enid Dearing, BA'52, Ina is survived by
her three children, five grandchildren, and her
sister, Elinor Verkerk.
David Michael Mills Goldie, BCom'46
Michael Goldie passed away peacefully in
Vancouver in his 88th year on March 21,2012.
Predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years,
Lorraine Catherine Conway Goldie, BA'44,
Michael is survived by his children: Diana,
David (Suzan Ross), Mary (Peter Voormeij) and
Christopher (Nada Darwiche); grandchildren,
Michael, Tessa and Laith; and his sister-in-law
Jill Conway.
Michael was born in Toronto in 1924, arriving
in BC three years later where he grew up very
happily on Bowen Island. After graduating from
Kitsilano High School, he attended UBC in 1941,
but left to join the Army in 1943. Following his
service he completed his BCom and attended
Harvard Law School.
On March 27,1948, Michael and Lorraine
were married in New York with Tony Scott as
best man and subsequently returned to
Vancouver where Michael began practicing
with MacDougal, Morrison & Jestley.
He later joined BC Power, became General
Solicitor for BC Electric, and in 1961 joined
Russell & DuMoulin, where he began a stellar
career as a counsel spanning 30 years. He became
the professional leader of the firm and reached
national prominence as counsel in a number of
the leading constitutional cases respecting the
division of powers and the patriation of the
constitution in the 1980s. Much of his work was
in the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme
Court of Canada, where he argued dozens of
cases following his first appearance in 1953.
Michael Goldie
In 1991, Michael was appointed to the BC
Court of Appeal and after retiring from the court
at age 75, he returned to Fasken Martineau
DuMoulin. Michael was a founding governor of
the Law Foundation of BC, a valued participant
in the Cambridge Lectures of The Canadian
Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, a member
of the Canada-US Legal Exchange, and a fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Away from work Michael was an avid sailor
and enjoyed long walks and hikes at home and
abroad. He took pleasure in his large library,
music, and, particularly in more recent years, a
good day on Bowen surrounded by his children
and grandchildren. Michael was a scholar, sailor,
soldier and a gentleman who had the respect
and admiration of his peers and colleagues. His
children and grandchildren are indebted to him
for his wisdom, generosity and love. He will long
be remembered.
Richard (Dick) Edward Hadland, BSc'47
Born in Virden, MB, on February 22,1924, Dick
passed away on January 30,2012, at87years of age.
The Hadland family moved to Baldonnel, BC,
where Dick grew up working on the farm, going
to school and playing hockey. In 1938, he
attended high school in Fort St. John and in
1942 attended Craigdarroch Castle (predecessor
of UVic) for Senior Matriculation. That summer
he worked as a chainman for Duncan Cran BC
Land Surveyors as they surveyed the road to the
Beaton River Airport, which was on the
Northwest Staging Route during WWII. In 1943,
he enrolled at the Royal Roads Naval Officers
Training School in Victoria and was discharged
due to a damaged eye and an old knee injury.
While attending UBC, he continued to play
hockey - this time for the UBC Thunderbirds.
Dick loved farming and, with his father's
Army Surplus TD 14 cat and a WD9 tractor,
he embarked on a lifelong venture to farm
"across the Beaton." Many enduring friendships
were made during the development of the farm.
In 1947 he met Aria, and they married in 1948.
Together they had three children: Terry, Randy,
and Marion.
Dick's love of quality farm machinery led to
his involvement and part-ownership of Wepsan
Sales. Dick was president of the South Peace
Seed Cleaning Co-op, served on the Canadian
Grain Commission, and won first place for the
46  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 best grain sheaves at the Dawson Creek Fall
Fair. He was active in supporting minor hockey
in his roles as a coach and a commissioner.
He also helped with the first speed skating
oval in Dawson Creek during the days when ice
preparation and snow clearing was all done by
hand. Dick's sons, Terry and Randy, participated
in this sport.
Dick and Aria raised their family and developed
a successful farm. After the passing of Aria in
1984, Dick began phasing into retirement.
He met Luella at a Groundhog Day Singles
Dance in Fort St. John and they married in 1986.
Together they travelled and visited with
relatives both old and new. They went on cruises
to the South Pacific and the Panama Canal, and,
with Luella's encouragement, Dick was actively
engaged in the blending of his and her families.
Both of Luella's sons, Geoff and Steve, were
employed in the family farm and formed an
attachment with Dick. In Luella's words, Dick
restored their faith in mankind by being a role
model. In particular, he formed a strong
attachment with both Jenny and Megan.
Grandchildren plus great grandchildren were
now happening and he enjoyed them all. Dick
and Luella took an active interest in Tim and
Arlo's hockey careers. In the past year-and-a
half, Dick had a life struggle in which he was
lovingly supported by Luella and the whole of
his blended family.
One of Dick's last pleasures was having Luella
drive him in the van to see the country. Dick had
a long life well lived and was lovingly supported
by his family. In family circles, it has been said
that Dick was lucky to have been married to two
wonderful women.
Hilda Louise Thomas, BA'48, ma'65
June 23,1928 - November 25, 2005. Hilda
Thomas is survived by her sister, Kathleen
Thode (Bob), children Theresa Ann Thomas,
Candida Jane Thomas, aka Mildred Jane Baines,
now deceased (July 3,2009), and Michael Peter
Thomas, aka Michael Van Eyes, (Kathy Major),
and granddaughter Nicole MacDonald.
Hilda met Phil Thomas at UBC in a class with
Professor Sedgewick, renowned for his knowledge
and delivery of the works of Shakespeare.
They married in 1947 with the goal of creating
a family. Settling in Point Grey, they made a
lasting impact on the Vancouver scene. In 1957,
along with Albert and Jeannie Cox, they
co-founded the Vancouver Folk Song Society,
spawning the collection of the folk music of BC.
A bench commemorating Phil and Hilda is
located at Jericho Beach Park, Point Grey.
Hilda, primarily recognized as an ardent
socialist and staunch feminist, also made an
impact as an anti-war activist, environmentalist,
scholar, teacher and musician. A longtime
member of the NDP (CCF), Hilda was a
founding member of that party's federal
Participation of Women Committee and the
BC Women's Rights Committee (WRC). Of note
are Hilda's involvement with Everywoman's
Health Centre Society, the WRC Task Force
on Older Women, the NDP Government's Task
Force on Access to Contraception and Abortion
and the Vancouver Health Board's Women's
Health Advisory Committee.
Academically, Hilda ended her 30-year
career with UBC as a senior instructor in the
Department of English, inspiring many students
to develop a critical eye in analyzing the world
around them.
In her passion for a peaceful world, Hilda was
chair of the Vietnam Action Committee and
actively protested again the Gulf War and Iraqi
sanctions as well as onbehalf of the Palestinians.
On the environmental front, Hilda was a founding
member of the Endowment Lands Regional
Park Committee, which worked to create Pacific
Spirit Park - at which time she stood with the
women from the Musqueam Reserve in support
of their Treaty Right land title claim. In
addition, she was instrumental in the acquisition
of the Jericho Beach Park lands and actively
supported the preservation of Klayoquot Sound.
On campus, she worked to ensure the First
Nations Longhouse was constructed.
Hilda's dedication for change also extended to
the penning of political agit-prop songs, such as
"The Broken Down Blues" and "Iraq Song",
which she sang with accomplishment.
An NDP tribute reads: "Eminently quotable,
Hilda's voice clips were familiar on radio and
television. She frequently left the vanquished in
her wake as she, with logic, precision and genuine
passion, brought policy to a truly human
dimension, clear of purpose and deeply felt."
Hilda will be remembered as a woman who
truly acted with the courage of her convictions.
She deeply impacted all who knew her.
Philip J Thomas, BA'48
March 26,1921 - January 26, 2007. Phil grew up
with diverse interests ranging from singing to
being an amateur radio ham (VE7PJT). During
WWII he volunteered with the RCAF at a very
young age to employ his radio knowledge and
worked on the development of radar.
His 40-year career as a teacher, mostly
with the Vancouver School Board, included
a brief sojourn at Pender Harbour, teaching
the children of fishers and loggers. There, he
was inspired by BC author Bill Sinclair to
begin collecting the people's history of BC as
preserved in the wealth of folk song.
Phil received the G. A. Ferguson Award from
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the BC Teachers Federation for creative work in
art and drama and was an Honorary Life Member
of the BC Art Teachers Association. With John
Dobereiner, he ran the groundbreaking Child
Art Centre at UBC's Acadia Camp.
Summer holidays focused on finding old-timers
and recording their songs. By 1979, the collection
warranted publication of Songs of the Pacific
Northwest. Hancock House published a 2nd
edition in 2006.
In 1992, a collection of almost 3,000 items,
broadly related to folk song, were donated to
the UBC Special Collections library. Known as
the P.J. Thomas Popular Song Collection, the
holdings, which now number almost 8,000 titles,
are catalogued and available for research.
Phil was an active and long-standing member
of the British Columbia Folklore Society and
was honorary president and life member of the
Canadian Society for Traditional Music. He
received the Heritage Society of British Columbia's
Outstanding Award for Personal Achievement
(1996) and the Marius Barbeau Medal (2003) for
Folklorists and Performers from the Association
Canadienne d'Ethnologie et de folklore/
Folklore Studies Association of Canada.
Phil's enthusiasm for art and music was
contagious. He frequantly performed the songs
he collected with wife Hilda and others in venues
such as EXPO '86 and the Vancouver and Mariposa
folk festivals. His passion for collecting the
stories and songs of BC's past has ensured the
preservation of a rich and priceless heritage.
Ian Clifton Carne, BASc'49
Born January 3,1923, Ian Carne passed away
peacefully in Victoria, BC, at the age of 88 on
October 30,2011. Raised on the farm in Proctor,
BC, he joined the RCAF in 1941 and served with
distinction in West Africa, India and Burma
until his discharge in 1945. On returning to
Canada, he enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture
at UBC, receiving his BSc degree. His entire
working career was in the service of the BC
Government, first as a field horticulturist for 20
years in Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Abbotsford.
His latter 15 years of service were based in
Victoria, largely administering agricultural
financial programs until his retirement in 1984
as assistant deputy minister in the Ministry of
Agriculture.
Predeceased by Edna, his wife of 61 years, he
is lovingly remembered by his children, Rob
(Joan), Les (Sherry), Gary (Diane), Norm, and
Lynda (Lonnie); grandchildren Tracy, Courtney,
Jared, David, Andrew, Dane and MacKenzie, and
great grandson Christopher; sister-in-law, Mary;
and nieces Jean and Deborah and her family.
Ian was hard-working, honest, and a master
gardener with a cheerful sense of humour and a
willingness to help out his family and neighbours.
He loved his fruit trees and a good game of crib,
especially with his agriculture friends' crib club
for many years. He also enjoyed sailing, curling
and, along with Edna, was a longtime member of
the Lakehill Lawn Bowling Club. Numerous
perennials and shrubs that he took from
cuttings from his garden still flourish today in
many of his children's gardens. His beloved everbearing strawberries still produce delicious
bounties every year. He will be sorely missed
as he always left his mark as a "gentleman's
gentlemen."
Henry Sweatman, BSF'49
Henry died at home on Vancouver Island on
March 5,2012. He is predeceased by his wife and
best friend, Frances, and survived by his son,
Michael Sweatman (Esther) of Vancouver, and
daughter, Elizabeth Pollock of Duncan. He also
leaves six grandchildren: Robert and Jennifer
Sweatman, Melanie Simmons, BSc'04 (Christopher,
BSc'os), Heather, Beverly and Emily Pollock; one
great-grandson, Colin Henry Simmons; and
nieces, nephew and many cousins.
He was born in Campbell River, BC, on August
21,1922, the son of Percy and Kate Sweatman.
He received his primary and secondary education
in Esquimalt, Salt Spring Island and Duncan.
His university education was interrupted by
WWII, during which he served as an officer in
the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.
After the war he returned to UBC and graduated
with a BSc in forestry. In 1949 he married
Frances (nee Peel). He originally worked in the
logging industry on the BC coast, then as a forest
consultant. As such, he worked with private
consulting firms as well as with bi-lateral and
multi-lateral organizations. His work took him
to Indonesia, Trinidad, East Africa, and Sudan,
as well as Nigeria. They retired to his old family
home in Maple Bay in 1987. Henry was a member
of the Naval Officers Association of BC, the
Registered Professional Foresters Association,
the Maple Bay Yacht Club, and several stamp
collecting clubs. Thanks to Cowichan Home
Support and all those who helped make his last
days more pleasant and allowed him to stay at
home until the end.
Henry Sweatman, and his mother on the
day of his UBC convocation (May 12,1949)
48   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 Lyall Morton Sundberg, BCom'49
January 1,1925 - May 23, 2012. Lyall Sundberg
passed away peacefully at The Gardens in
Qualicum Beach, BC, on May 23 at the age of 87.
Weeks later, in his home, we found a newspaper
clipping from the July 25,1957 Albertan, titled
"City's 'Mystery Runner' Didn't Expect to Win."
It seems that he had entered the Canadian Track
and Field Championships, and having no team
affiliation (he worked for Canadian General
Electric Co.), had listed himself as "of Calgary."
When he won the six mile race, even a picture in
the paper failed to turn up anyone who knew
who the "mystery runner" was.
Born in Innisfail, AB, he was raised in central
Alberta with his brother Quentin (Marion) and
sister Corrine. He was adventurous as a young
man, had a stint the Military Police during
WWII, hitched rides on trains across Canada,
and ran for a number of track teams, including
UBC Track and Field. Lyall was happiest when
he was telling stories of those days. In the 1950s,
Lyall met Jeanne, recently widowed, they
married and he quickly assumed the role of
father to three young girls.
Lyall was pre-deceased by Jeanne in 2008 and
is survived by a large family of grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, who were all lucky to
have known him.
Lyall's family wishes to thank the staff of the
third floor of The Gardens for their care.
Lisle Thomas Jory, BASc'50
Lisle Jory was a quiet, reserved and gentle man
who rarely asserted himself. His integrity,
patience, kindness and understanding endeared
him to all.
Dearly beloved husband of Sheila, he leaves
his children, Craig, Scott and Shauna, six
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He
passed away peacefully in White Rock on March
22,2012. Lisle was born and raised in Roblin,
MB, on April 22,1924, and received his early
education there. He was the youngest child of
Leonard and Gertrude Jory. His ancestors
arrived in Pictou County, NS, in the 1770s.
After WWII military service, Lisle obtained
his BASc in geological engineering from UBC. In
1964, Lisle earned his PhD in economic geology
and geochemistry at California Institute of
Technology. His doctoral thesis, Mineralogical
and Isotopic Relations in the Port Radium
Pitchblende Deposit, Great Bear Lake, Canada, is
thorough, informative and a testimony to Lisle's
commitment to detail and accuracy.
He began his professional career as a geologist
with Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., at Port Radium,
Great Bear Lake, NWT, before transferring to
Eldorado's uranium mines near Uranium City,
SK. During his employment with Eldorado he
performed and directed underground geological
activities and managed a major mineral
exploration program.
Following 10 years in mining he accepted a
position as senior engineering geologist at the
W.A.C Bennett dam on the Peace River in BC. In
1966, he joined Dolmage, Campbell & Associates
Ltd., consulting geological and mining engineers
in Vancouver. He consulted onmajorpower
projects for the World Bank and the Asian
Development Bank as well as mining projects in
Europe, and North and South America.
Lisle was active in retirement; gardening,
lawn bowling and genealogical research were his
principal pursuits. He maintained an active
interest in several professional and engineering
organizations, in many of which he was a fellow,
member or life member.
Young geologists or engineers who were
fortunate to work with, or for, Lisle experienced
his unique capability to educate; he was always
patient, never domineering. Lisle possessed a
delightful, unassuming sense of humour that,
along with his other great attributes, will be
sorely missed.
John (Jack) Holme, BASc'50
John (Jack) Holme, 89, died peacefully in his
home on June 23,2012. A sculptor who sought
to turn ordinary discarded items into something
beautiful, Jack lived for adventure, family, dancing,
and to make a meaningful contribution.
He was born April 26,1923, in Vancouver.
He served in the RCN during WWII before
attending UBC where he earned a BSc degree
in mechanical engineering. On a Canadian
government scholarship, Jack continued his
studies for an MSc in industrial design at
Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jack had a passion for the outdoors, and on
an American Youth Hostel trip he met the love
of his life, Selma Zucker. Jack and Selma were
married in 1955 and settled in St. Joseph, MI,
where Jack worked for Whirlpool as an
industrial engineer and later as a market
researcher. Always drawn to his creative side,
Jack retired from Whirlpool after 35 years and
moved to Darien, where he engaged full-time in
his artwork. He sculpted in metal, bronze, wood
and eventually found most pleasure in working
with what he called "junk" or found objects.
Jack was never one to give up and saw every
obstacle as an opportunity to grow. Diagnosed in
1992 with Parkinson's disease, he continued
producing some of his largest and most
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impressive pieces. Jack's commissioned
sculptures are permanently installed at Skokie
North Shore Sculpture Park (Illinois), Naperville
Century Walk (Illinois), Peoples State Bank (St.
Joseph, MI), Fitzgerald's Park (Cork International
Sculpture Symposium, Ireland), The Chiropractic
College (Lombard), and in private collections
throughout the world. In addition, he has had
sculptures displayed in many galleries, including
an exhibit at OnView in Park Ridge.
In 2009, Jack was preceded in death by his
devoted wife, Selma. He is survived by his
daughter, Jennifer Holme (Robyn Miller), his son,
Kevin Holme (Tammy), and five grandchildren:
Mikaela and Gabrielle Holme-Miller, and
Amanda, Caroline and Alex Holme.
Lome C. F. Bohlman, BASc'51
September 9,1929 - May 20, 2012. It is with
profound sadness that we mourn the loss of our
dear Lome, a man of exceptional brilliance and
love of family. He is survived by his wife, Shirley,
sister, Ruth, sons, Mark and Byron, daughter-in-
law, Katheryn, and his cherished grandchildren,
Philip, Isabel, and Sarah.
Lome was co-founder of the Vancouver
engineering firm Bush, Bohlman & Partners and
was known to many as a highly creative designer
and professional mentor. He leaves a legacy of
award-winning architectural structures across
Canada that includes bridges and university,
healthcare, exposition, and residential buildings.
He enjoyed a good (and bad) game of golf,
curling, travel, the camaraderie of friends,
the Belvedere group of neighbours, and his
community of business associates. We shall
miss him dearly.
The family extends special thanks to Ronel
for his kind assistance to Lome in recent years.
A private remembrance was held in West
Vancouver in June. In lieu of flowers, donations
maybe made to UBC for the Lome Bohlman
Memorial Fund in support of engineering
student bursaries.
I
Gordon Hogarth
Gordon Lauder Hogarth, BASc'52
Our wonderful husband, father, Bumpa and
friend, passed away peacefully on February 10,
2012, at the age of 85. On February 18 we
celebrated Gord's life at the West Vancouver
Yacht Club, where he was a member for more
than 35 years. This was a memorable place to
gather as it is a short dinghy ride away from Eagle
Island where Gord raised his young family - son
Grant and daughters Joanne and Annabelle -
with his first wife, Peggy, who predeceased Gord
in 1984.
Gordon loved his life. Born in Regina in 1927,
he eventually settled with his parents and sister,
Midge, in Vancouver. Gord spent his senior high
school years at McGee High School. Following
high school, he enrolled at UBC where he played
football. In 1950 Gord played football for the
Calgary Stampeders - the first Thunderbird to
play for the CFL. After earning his BASc degree
in civil engineering he was later granted
registration as a professional engineer. Gordon
enjoyed a very successful careerwith Graybar,
Narod and Kennett Contracting.
In 1990 Gord married Chris Sahli and for 22
years they shared the joys of living in a condo
overlooking Granville Island, while building and
maintaining a lovely home on Decourcy Island.
Gord and Chris spent manyjoyful hours with his
children, the grandchildren, and their friends.
Whether in the city or on the island, Gord loved
working in the workshop: building, designing,
and creating. A favourite morning ritual for
Gord was sharing a coffee with friends. It is off
the waters of Decourcy Island that the family
said their final farewell and spread Gord's ashes.
While Gord worked hard, he always had time
for his family and friends. We treasure and will
miss his laughter, his stories, his love of
calculating out loud, and his craft successes and
failures. Most importantly, we will miss the
unconditional love and support that he provided
for all of us.
Robert Chamberlain, BASc'53
Bob died peacefully at Hospice House on
February 5,2012. Bob was born in Nelson, BC,
and moved with his family to Rossland, where
he completed high school. He graduated from
UBC in electrical engineering, holding positions
in Regina, Cleveland, Montreal, Calgary, and
Vancouver. For part of his 26-year career with
Macmillan Bloedel, he was manager of Systems
Engineering. He retired in 1991.
Bob was a pioneer in computer process-control,
winning numerous honours and awards. He was
elected a Fellow of the North American Technical
Association of Pulp and Paper and the Instrument
Society of America. In 1986, he was honoured by
the Swedish Forest Products Research Laboratory
and The Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper
Engineers for meritorious innovations in pulp
and paper production.
Quite by accident in 1993 he became devoted
to the chaotic splendour of watercolour
painting. He studied with the Federation of
Canadian Artists, completing several years of
instruction and became an accomplished artist.
In 2004 Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer's
disease and, in his usual way, lived his life to the
fullest and with courage. So many people helped
him throughout this journey. Special thanks to:
Dr. Margaret Jacobson, Dr. William Lombardi,
Dr. Jonathan Lohy the staff of the Alzheimer's
Society of Washington, the amazing angels who
staff the Peace Health Adult Day Health Center,
and the caring staff of Bellingham Health Care
and Hospice House.
Bob is survived by his wife, Eleanore, his
three children, Caryl, Laura (Ray) Horton, and
Douglas, his brother, Don (Mazel), brother-in-
law Sid Parsons, sister-in-law Susanne Zike,
two nephews Chris (Wendy) and Doug, niece
Cathy (Paul), eight grandchildren and one
great-grandson.
50  TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 Ira Michael Scott McAllister, BA'57
Mike passed away on January 28,2012, at
Qualicum Beach, BC. Born November 21,1935,
in Vancouver, Mike spent his youth in Ocean
Falls, BC. In addition to serving on the UBC
swim team, he was also a scuba diver, snow and
water skier, cyclist, a tennis instructor, and
enjoyed taichi.
Mike was a manager at Woodward's Stores in
Vancouver and Calgary, later serving as
economic development officer for the City of
Medicine Hat, AB, and more recently ran his
own business there. A few years ago, Mike and
his wife, Edith, retired to Qualicum. He is
survived by Edith, his children, Christopher,
Noel, Michelle and Shauna, and his seven
grandchildren.
Albert Edward Richardson, BSc'59
Ed was born September 27,1936, in Northampton,
England, and passed away April 18,2012. Ed
emigrated with his family to Canada as a
teenager and attended high school in Terrace,
BC. After graduating from high school, he
attended the Faculty of Pharmacy at UBC. For 51
years Ed practiced pharmacy in BC, mainly on
Vancouver Island. Ed was predeceased by his
parents, Albert and Bella Richardson, and his
brother, Tom Richardson. Ed was a loving husband,
father, grandfather and great-grandfather and
will be sadly missed by those who loved him.
Richard Gerald London, BA'65, BLS'67
Long time director of the University of Toronto's
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Richard
Landon died on October 5,2011.
Born in Armstrong, BC, on December 27,
1942, Richard spent his childhood on the family
farm in the North Okanagan. Following his
graduation from Armstrong High School,
Richard attended UBC, where he completed
his BA in theatre, English and classical studies
followed by a Bachelor of Library Science degree
two years later.
In 1967, when Richard joined the Rare Book
Department at the U of T, initially as a rare book
cataloguer, the collection was estimated to be
some 40,000 volumes, plus a small collection of
papers. Today, largely under his leadership, the
Fisher houses more than 700,000 volumes, with
an additional 3,600 linear metres of archival
material. His dedication to building the Fisher
into one of the world's greatest rare book
libraries is a legacy that will endure.
With the exception of a brief hiatus, when he
pursued a graduate degree in bibliography at
Leeds University, Richard spent his entire
career at U of T, progressing from cataloguer to
director of the Fisher Library. He built research
collections of books and manuscripts in all areas
of academic interest over the whole period of
recorded history, thereby supporting the
university's twin pillars of research and
teaching. He did this by purchase - reading
antiquarian booksellers' catalogues, visiting
bookshops, and attending book fairs - and by
gift, encouraging private collectors to donate
their libraries. Richard also developed a close
relationship with a wide range of Canadian
authors, ensuring the preservation of their
manuscripts.
Richard lectured and published widely. He
taught courses in bibliography, book history, and
rare books and manuscripts at U of T, and had
been a visiting professor at Columbia and the
University of Virginia. Richard also represented
the U of T and Canada on committees of many
international scholarly organizations and
projects. He was a mentor and inspirational
influence to generations of students, many of
whom have gone on to distinguished careers in
the area of rare book librarianship.
Around One More Point
A Journal of Padding Advqntu-xi
Mary Gazetas
Mary Gazetas (nee Brock), BA'66
Mary was born in 1943 and raised in West
Vancouver, daughter of David (writer and
broadcaster) and Babs Brock.
She attended UBC in the 1960s and graduated
with a BA in fine arts. What a time to be at
university, especially if one was studying the
arts and humanities. It was a time to explore,
debate ideas, and learn from others.
First year university at only 17 years old was
all a bit overwhelming. Mary, her twin, Phoebe,
and a handful of friends soon left the comforts of
Brock Hall (named after her grandparents, Dean
Brock and Mildred) once they discovered the
cafe on the other side of the campus, under the
old auditorium. This is where Mary's education
at UBC really happened. They were formative
years, when she met many creative people of all
ages and all cultures, and shared in the ideals
and dreams of what we all could become.
Mary also studied theatre at UBC and this is
where she met her husband, Aristides Gazetas, a
former professor and PhD graduate of UBC.
Mary joined Aristides at the National Theatre
School in Montreal in the late 60s to further her
post graduate studies. She went on to work in
theatre and the arts in a number of Canadian
cities during the 70s - Montreal, Charlottetown,
Windsor, Calgary, and Lethbridge. She returned
to the west coast with her family in the early 80s
and became an employee of the City of Richmond, managing a number of heritage and
culture programs. It didn't take long for Mary to
become an icon for Richmond in planning and
community development. She had many
accomplishments, including the development
of the Britannia Heritage Shipyard.
FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   51 INMEMORIAM
Mary retired from the City in the late 1990s to
become a teacher at Langara College for five
years. With retirement she found time to
continually develop her artist and writing skills.
By the mid 2000s Mary had published a number
of articles and the book Around One More Point,
a collection of rich west coast stories, photographs, and sketches from 25 years of paddling
with her family and friends.
Approximately 10 years ago Mary volunteered
with a number of her Richmond city and tennis
friends to support the food security movement.
They began with a few ladders and boxes. Fruit
was gleaned from family properties and farms
to support the Richmond Food Bank. Soon
they started to grow vegetables on city-owned
land, and then Mary led the development of
the community based sharing farm up at Terra
Nova - a farm that feeds the hungry today.
Mary's sense of social responsibility came to
light and shone with the food movement. She
won many awards.
During Mary's last fewyears she became a
champion in caring for her husband, who lives
with Alzheimer's. At the time of Mary's death
this April she was compiling a special book on
her approach through art, play and music for the
Alzheimer's caregiver and family. Mary was a
regular contributor to the Alzheimer's Reading
Room online. Her fans reached out to her from
all over North America.
Whatever Mary pursued she became an
inspirational and innovative leader. This was
seeded back in the days of hanging out at the
cafe. Wherever she lived, whatever she did, she
influenced and inspired all those who were
fortunate to work or volunteer with her. Her
legacies, especially in Richmond, are many.
Mary died unexpectedly on April 17,2012,
from complications associated with a staph
infection. She is survived by her husband,
Aristides Gazetas; her children, Michael
(Michelle), Sophie (Tao, and grandchildren
Sarah and Caitlin), and Calliope; her twin sister,
Phoebe (Bob), brothers, John (Ruth) and Tim
(Dorothy) who also all attended and/or
graduated from UBC, along with her many
cousins, nieces and extended family.
Ruth Geraldine MacCallum, BSN'68
Bom March 16,1943, Ruth Geraldine MacCallum of
Fruitvale, BC, passed away at Kootenay
Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, BC, on
April 15,2012, surrounded by loving friends.
Ruth was the younger of two children of
Gerald (deceased) and Thena MacCallum (nee
Jacobsen). She is survived by her mother and
her brother, Lawrence (Margaret), and her niece
Deborah (Douglas) and nephew Darcy (Victoria)
and their families.
As a career military family the MacCallums
were posted throughout Europe and Canada. As
a child Ruth was imbued with the cultures of
Europe, which came together to form a woman
of understated refinement, grace, class and
dignity seldom seen in someone so young. This
was evident to the end. Although Ruth's
formative years were spent living among old
world cultures she found her heart had its niche
in the rugged landscape and people of the
Yukon. These memories were special to her.
After receiving her BSN from UBC and her
registered nursing certificate in 1968, Ruth went
on to further her education with an MSc degree
from Arizona State University in 1976. She
belonged to the BC Association of Clinical
Counsellors and numerous other associations
and affiliations connected to her employment.
Ruth was employed in the field of mental
health and practiced in Maple Ridge, Nelson,
Trail and Castlegar, BC, and had just recently
retired from the Castlegar office. She briefly
maintained a small business, Best Options,
dealing with employee assistance.
Thank you to Drs. T. Toews, M. Smith and L.
Scotland and their team/staff for their excellent
care; the nurses and staff of Kootenay Boundary
Regional Hospital for allowing her dignity; Home
Nursing Services; Red Cross Loan Cupboard;
and her extended circle of friends and family.
There are no words to express the gratitude to
her special group of friends who folded her into
their arms and filled
these last months
with love, caring,
warmth, friendship
and quality of life.
Thank you. We will
all miss that smile
as there was no
truer friend.
Ruth MacCallum
TobaRobarts, (nee Taller), MLS'79
Toba was born March 8,1948, in Ottawa and
died peacefully at Sherbrooke Community
Centre in Saskatoon on March 17,2012, after a
long struggle with a rare form of dementia.
Toba began her BA at the University of
Waterloo but completed it at Rhodes University
(South Africa) in 1973, earning distinctions in
English and social anthropology. In 1974, she
obtained a higher diploma, with distinction, in
librarianship, also at Rhodes. After working for
several years she returned to Canada and
received her Master of Library Science degree
(Is* class) from UBC.
Her professional positions included being
head of the PISAL project (a South African
national union catalogue of serials at the South
African Council for Scientific and Industrial
Research), information services analyst, and
later head of Research and Development for
SABINET, a pioneering South African company
that facilitates access to electronic information.
In 2003, she was deputy head of Information
Services at the Saskatoon Public library when
she became too ill to work.
Toba was a dynamic person with a great sense
of humour and many interests, including art, in
particular pottery, and literature with a strong
interest in Shakespearean plays. She loved to
cook! Toba and her husband travelled throughout the world, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana,
Lesotho, Kenya, England, France, Germany,
Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand,
Fiji and China, as well as extensively throughout
Canada and the USA.
Toba is lovingly remembered by her husband
of 43 years, Richard; sons Mered and Sam,
daughter Aviva (Gladys) Guttmann, and five
grandchildren; brothers Terry (Anne) Taller,
and Myles (Roz) Taller and their daughters
Jodi and Julia, and their husbands and children;
uncle Syd (Barbara) Kronick; brother-in-law
Peter (Terri) Robarts and daughter Kara
(David), and many cousins and friends
around the world.
52   TREK    FALL/WINTER 2012 Geoffrey Vincent Bailey, BASc'85
July 1954 - May 2012. Geoff passed away at
home in Vancouver on May 1,2012, of natural
causes. Geoff entered UBC as a mature student
in 1981 to study civil engineering after a career
as a mining surveyor at Westmin Resources in
Campbell River. After graduating he first worked
for Giant Yellowknife Mines as a project
engineer until 1989 and then transferred to
Giant Mines in Timmins, ON, as a senior civil
engineer. He held this position until 1991. From
there, his career took him to IOC Canada in
Labrador City, NL, as senior civil engineer.
He remained in this position until 2000, when
he took a break from active civil engineering work
and moved to Vancouver to pursue his other
varied interests, including advanced software
development, playing music as an accomplished
guitar player, and exercising his passion for
lifelong learning in many varied fields.
Geoff always lived a simple minimalist
lifestyle and was never very concerned with
personal material gain beyond that of his basic
needs. For him,
gathering knowledge
and applying that
knowledge in all
sorts of fields was
all important.
He will be sorely
missed by his family
and friends. Requiescat
in Pace.
Geoffrey Bailey
Laura Aline Saborio, BSc'93
Our beautiful talented daughter, Laura Aline
Saborio, renowned baker, born March 18,1967,
passed away on April 26,2012, inEscazu, San
Jose, Costa Rica, after a valiant battle with
aggressive melanoma, with her loving mother,
Jane Mary Saborio, beloved daughter, Erica
Monge Saborio, and partner, Mario Monge
Chinchilla, at her side.
She is sadly missed by her three dearly loved
brothers, Jon Mario Saborio, Rodrigo Antonio
Saborio Jr., and Carlos Roberto Saborio, their
partners, her nieces and nephew, her father,
Rodrigo Antonio Saborio Sr., and her extended
family and dear friends in Costa Rica and Canada.
A celebration of Laura's life took place on
April 30 in Lindora, Costa Rica, amongst family
and friends. If desired, donations to melanoma
research can be made in Laura's name.
Ralph Raymond Loffmark
Born February 22,1920, in Chase, BC, UBC
Professor Emeritus Ralph Loffmark passed
away on July 7,2012, at the age of 92. Survived
by his sons, Gregory and Carl, sister Dorothy,
and grandchildren Conlan, Kyle, and Ava. He is
remembered by his former wife, Barbara (now
Diana Matthew), mother of his sons.
Early in life, Ralph demonstrated a keen
appreciation for the value of an education,
which ultimately led him to his career choice.
He was part of a family that could trace its roots
back to the 1400s and he remained close to his
generation's love of nature. Gradually, Ralph
added an academic dimension to his lifetime
objectives and overcame severe economic
obstacles to become the family's first to graduate
university with a BA and MBA. Later, law and
chartered accountancy degrees would be added.
Specializing in teaching law to commerce
students, Ralph wrote Tax and Estate Planning
and other related books.
In 1962, Ralph entered provincial politics,
serving as Minister of Trade, then switching to
Minister of Health in 1967. Teaching remained
close to his heart and in 1972 he returned to
UBC as a professor. Ralph was instrumental,
along with Dean Peter Lusztig and co-founders
Murray Leith Sr., Michael Ryan and Milton Wong,
in setting up the UBC Portfolio Management
Foundation (PMF). The first of its kind in
Canada, the program provides undergraduate
students with real-world experience in financial
investing. PMF has been a significant success at
the business school and is still recognized as a
major achievement that without Ralph's vital
input and expertise would not have come to
pass. Ralph was dedicated to students, and
considered it a crowning achievement when in
1975 he received a Master Teacher Award. He
continued at UBC until his retirement in 1990.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful
staff of St. Paul's Hospital, Burnaby General
Hospital, VGH Cardiology Unit and St. Michael's
Care Centre. If desired, memorial contributions
maybe made to UBC Sauder School of Business,
c/o Andrew Maclsaac.
TedAoki
17 October 1919 -2 September 2012. Professor
Emeritus Ted Aoki passed away this September
in Vancouver, BC. He was a passionate and
deeply committed teacher, who taught every
level between kindergarten and doctoral studies
and was still in the classroom in his 80s. He was
the first director of the Centre for the Study of
Curriculum and Instruction at UBC but spent
most of his years as an academic in the
Department of Secondary Education, University
of Alberta, where he served as chair. His writing
and theorizing on curriculum and pedagogy have
left a profound impact on several generations
of teachers, which will be his enduring legacy.
That, and his love for his grandchildren, of
whom he was immensely proud. He was
predeceased by his daughter, Michele. He is
survived by his wife of 58 years, June; his son,
Douglas, daughter-in-law Lucy De Fabrizio and
grandson Alex; his son, Edward, daughter-in-
law Elysia Dywan, and grandsons Maximilian
and Theodor; his brothers, Tats and Harry; his
sisters, Mary Malcolm and JudyMatsuba; and
his many students. We shall miss him. Donations
in Dr. Aoki's memory may be made to the
Department of Secondary Education Fund at
the University of Alberta.
We depend on friends and relatives for
our In Memoriam materials. Please send
obituaries of 300 words or less (submissions
will be edited for length where necessary) to
trek.magazin.e@ubc.ca or:
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FALL/WINTER 2012   TREK   53 Whether he's bungee-jumping off a 160-foot bridge with Rick Hansen, having a
sleepover with Stephen Harper, or ranting about voter turnout, Rick Mercer has
been making Canadians laugh for 20 years. Now in its io,h season, The Rick
Mercer Report is the most-watched Canadian television comedy, attracting more
than a million viewers each week.
As creator and host, Mercer travels the country talking to Canadians, providing
a unique viewpoint on Canada and reporting on news and affairs of the week
with razor-sharp wit. His cross-country adventures have taken him Whitewater
rafting on the Thompson River, zip-lining across Petty Harbour, Newfoundland,
with Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair, and flyboarding on Sylvan Lake
in Alberta - something Mercer says was one of the most exciting things he's
ever done in his life. "You fly over a lake. Like Ironman. And then you can dive
underwater and swim like a dolphin," is how he describes the experience
A political satirist, Mercer has an uncanny ability to convince politicians to
publicly take part in activities that would make an image advisor squirm, such as
skinny dipping (Bob Rae) or making snow angels (Ed Broadbent). But politicians
seldom come off badly as a result of appearing on the show, and Mercer has
described it as a "mutually parasitic relationship."
For his contribution to the arts, Mercer has received more than 25 Gemini
Awards for television writing and performance. He holds an honorary degree
from UBC and several other Canadian universities
Outside show business, Rick dedicates his time to various charities including
Spread the Net, which he co-founded with Belinda Stronach. The charity raises
funds to stop the spread of malaria by providing mosquito nets for African
children. For more information, please visit, www.spreadthenet.org
What is your most prized possession?
am happy to report that other than a
few special photographs I have no
possessions that I would lose sleep
over losing
Who was your childhood hero?
Evel Knievel was pretty high up there
for a few years
What/who makes you laugh out loud?
Usually things that can't be repeated
in public
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
am happiest on a dock staring at
the fresh water. I say fresh water
because I occasionally would like to
jump off that dock, and where I grew
up jumping into the ocean is not a
great experience.
If you could invent something, what
would it be?
I'm really looking forward to the
human transporter beam. I want to
be beamed around
What was the last thing you read?
Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden
It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk,
a man who was born and raised in
slavery inside a North Korean prison
camp. He did not commit any crime.
He escaped and now lives in the United
States. It is an astounding story.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
You never know what's going on in
someone's life. If someone is being
completely rude or irrational, forget
ooking for the motivation. Sometimes
it's best to just take a moment,
breathe, and move on
What's your idea of the perfect day?
No schedule, no looming deadlines
Whom do you most admire (living or
dead) and why?
Nelson Mandela. He is not a bitter
man. That is beyond admirable. I don't
think I'm that good of a man
What would you like your epitaph
to say?
"He was a pretty good guy."
What would be the title of your
biography?
Anger is my cardio - The Rick Mercer
Story. Recently a radio interviewer told
me that her mother in Newfoundland
described me as "a brazen article."
was very flattered and thought it
would make a good name for a book.
hadn't heard that expression in a
ong time. It's a great one
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
Continued health
What item have you owned for the
longest time?
My grandfather's leve
What is your latest purchase?
I'm not much of a shopper. I kind of
oathe shopping. The last thing I went
and bought? Underwear.
What was your nickname at school?
didn't have one. Ricky doesn't really
count, and I put an end to that in
grade 4.
In which era would you most like to
have lived, and why?
like it where I am right now. No
complaints
What are you afraid of?
Falling
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
Sing and dance. I would kill to be able
to sing and dance
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
London Calling by The Clash, the best
of the Tragically Hip, and a Glen Gould
box set
Which famous person (living or
dead) do you think (or have you been
told) you most resemble?
My father
What is your pet peeve?
People who block intersections with
their cars. It's anti-social. Nothing
drives me crazier
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