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Dementia is a looming
public health crisis. Are we
| any closer to understanding
'/' diseases of the brain?
Farewell, President Toope
Bob Lee: "Mr. UBC"
Micronutrients for Rwandan children
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UBC's outgoing president is described as outrageously
smart, deeply principled, and highly personable.
But his family won't let it go to his head.
Professor Judy McLean wages
war on nutritional deficiencies
in Rwanda - with the help of a
Canadian invention called Sprinkles.
Sports sociologist Andrea Bundon
participated as a guide at this
year's Paralympics.
Keren Taylor shows underprivileged
teen girls in LA the power of putting
pen to paper in order to explore their
identities and plan their futures.
Q & A
Q: What is your latest purchase?
A: A pile of new wardrobe items for an upcoming
The Nature of Things shoot. Turns out my usual
attire of cat-hair-covered black stuff doesn't
translate well on TV. editor's note
In April I received an invitation to a commemoration ceremony
at Hillel House on campus to mark the 20th anniversary of the
genocide in Rwanda. It came from Judy McLean, a professor of
international nutrition who is running exceptionally successful
programs to improve child nutrition in Africa (see page 26).
A few days earlier, two Rwandan students about to complete
' 'ieir first year of studies at UBC had approached her with a
;quest for help: they couldn't let the anniversary pass without
'zing a ceremony in remembrance of the one million victims.
Patrick Munyurangabo and Arielle Uwonkunda were both infants when the genocide
occurred, but like all Rwandans their lives have been permanently altered as a result of it
Patrick's mother survived the genocide, but his father, brother, uncles and aunts didn't. His
mother ended up raising 25 children. Today, half of Rwanda's population is under 20 years old
At the ceremony, we watched a video about the historical roots of the genocide, lit candles,
and honoured the victims with a minute's silence. Patrick shared his story with attendees
because it's too easy for people to detach from something that happened 20 years ago in
another country. But we are all connected, he said, no matter where we live. The very least
we can do is be aware of what's going on in the rest of the world and make it our business
Yes, the ceremony was desperately sad, but it was also enlightening and hopeful. While
Judy, Ariel le and Patrick don't want anyone to forget the genocide - and for that reason wil
continue to mark its anniversary - they also encourage people to form some new associations
when thinking about Rwanda
Since her first visit to "the saddest place in the world" in 2006, Judy McLean has watched
the country's transformation. "Now, when I'm in a village in Rwanda, I see laughter and joy,"
she says. "There is singing and dancing."
Patrick graduated as top student from his school in rural Rwanda, where most of his
classmates were orphans. He is now studying at UBC in the Faculty of Land and Food
Systems as part of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC. The program
supports the further education of bright young Africans from economically disadvantaged
areas, equipping them to return home and lead change in their communities. Patrick intends
to return to Rwanda and apply new knowledge of sustainable ways to improve food security
and nutrition. He will work with Judy in the International Nutrition program to achieve his goals
Ariel le is a top student at the Sauder School of Business and wants to be part of building
Rwanda's economy. She says she loves her country and feels safe there. There is little
corruption. Education up to elementary level is free and people have access to healthcare
The justice and reconciliation process has been ambitious and pervasive. Arielle doesn't
know who is Tutsi and who is Hutu. "My home is magnificent," she told us
Vanessa Clarke, Editor
EDITOR Vanessa Clarke, BA
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
Elizabeth Powell, BSc
VICE CHAIR Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
TREASURER Ian Warner, BCom'89
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2011-2014]
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Ernest Yee, BA'83, MA'87
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2012-2015]
David Climie, BCom'83
Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Kirsten Tisdale, BSC83 (Zoology)
Ian Warner, BCom'89
Faye Wightman, BSC8i (Nursing)
MEMBERS AT LARGE [2013-2016]
Valerie Casselton, BA'77
Michael Lee, BSc'86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Gregg Saretsky, BSc'82, MBA'84
Barbara Miles, BA, PostGradin Ed.
Prof. Stephen J. Toope, AB, LLB & BO, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
Trek magazine (formerly the UBC Alumni Chronicle)
is published two times a year by the UBC Alumni
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"Obamacare requires insurers to pay out 80 to 85 per cent of
their premium income as benefits, which resulted in $1.1 billion
being returned to policyholders in 2012. Our numbers suggest
that Canadians are getting a worse deal than Americans."
Michael Law of U BC's Centre for Health Services and Policy
Research, who is lead author of a study that found spending
by Canadians on private health insurance has more than
doubled over the past 20 years, while insurers paid out a rapidly
decreasing proportion as benefits. (UBCNews, March 24)
"The number one myth is that international students take the spots of
domestic students. This is not true. We are funded for a certain number
of domestic spots and we actually admit more than that number every
year. We are committed to not displacing domestic students. Another
common misperception is the belief that some people get special access
or special deals - like there is a way to use favour. I can assure you
there are no strings to pull. UBC does not do favours for any applicant.
Admissions works from approved Senate policies that are rooted
in principles of integrity and fairness." 	
"A generation ago it took about five years
of full-time work for the typical 25 to
34 year old to save a 20 per cent down
payment on a home in an average school
district. Today, across the country, it now
takes 10 years. In BC... it takes 15 years,
and in Metro Vancouver? I've never
calculated it, because when you start
getting closer to 20 years it just gets sad."
UBC political science professor Paul Kershaw,
who founded the Gen Squeeze campaign
to advocate for more government support
for younger generations, whom he says
are facing significant financial barriers to
home ownership and even starting families
(The National, April 20)
UBC Registrar Kate Ross dispels a few
admission myths. (UBC News, April 17)
"Honestly, the money's great... and tuition is
due in a month, but I would have done it if there
was no money. The Sun Run is such a Vancouver
event and I really wanted to win it one year."
UBC master's student Rachel Cliff, who came
first in the womens' race in the Vancouver
Sun Run - pocketing $3,000 for being the
top woman and $2,500 as top Canadian
(The Vancouver Sun, April 28)
"If employing more women lowers the rate
of irresponsible risky investments, it can help
prevent future financial collapse. The result
could mean more stable economic markets
and greater gender equity as well."
PhD student Hazel Hollingdale, who is
investigating the relationship between gender
and risk in the male-dominated global financia
industry. (UBC media release, April i)
"We need to talk to young people more. And listen.
A lot of my research is about empowering youth,
and unless we involve them with coming up with
a solution to stop another Columbine, it's going
to fail."
UBC education professor Kimberly Schonert-
Reichl on being asked what we have learned
from Columbine, 15 years on. She seeks to
understand school violence by researching child
and adolescent development. (UBC News, April 14)
We don't need cosmetic "solutions" to the
complex problem of declining voter turnout;
we need significant political, economic,
and social structural reform. Give me
a candidate and a party who's after that.
I'd vote in that election.
David Moscrop, PhD candidate in the
department of Political Science, on the idea
of introducing compulsory voting to counter
poor turnouts. (Ottawa Citizen, April2014)
UBC has appointed a new president and a new chancellor
Dr. Arvind Gupta - a .
collaborations between universities, civil society
and business - has been appointed the university's
13th President and Vice-Chancellor. Gupta is CEO
and scientific director of Mitacs, a not-for-profit
organization recognized internationally for nurturing
the next generation of research and business-savvy
innovators. He is also a UBC professor of computer
science, and will retain this position during his term
as president, which begins July 1.
"Asa member of the UBC community, I know how
t a responsibility and honour this is," says Gupta,
ve the privilege of taking the baton from Professor
>e, who has guided UBC to a strong position. We
exciting days ahead and I relish the opportunity."
ua 73(tconomics), mua 70, laKes over as tne university s
18th Chancellor on July 1. Since his graduation in
1976, Gordon has remained closely associated
with UBC. He is co-chair of the start an evolution
campaign, Canada's largest fundraising and alumni
engagement effort.
The recently retired president and CEO of HSBC
Bank Canada enjoyed a 25-year career with the
bank, following 10 years in senior roles with Export
Development Canada. He is a recipient of the
2010 B'nai Brith Canada Award of Merit and the
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,
awarded to outstanding Canadians.
"As an alumnus, I am particularly honoured to be
the next Chancellor of UBC, one of the world's leading
universities, and to work with incoming president
Arvind Gupta and his team," said Gordon. He will
place Sarah Morgan-Silvester, who steps down
le 30 after exemplary service to the university
Could the global financial market meltdown of
2008 have been avoided if Wall Street had more
women executives? That's the starting point of new
UBC research that will investigate the relationship
between gender and risk in the male-dominated
global financial industry. Hazel Hollingdale,
a PhD student in UBC's Deptartment of Sociology,
hopes her research can help prevent future market
crashes, while providing a greater incentive for
financial firms to hire more women in senior roles
Hollingdale will track regulatory transgressions
to determine whether firms that employ more
women have fewer criminal financial violations
She will also interviewtop executives in financia
firms to improve our understanding of how gender
dynamics and organizational culture impact financia
decisions. "If employing more women lowers the
rate of irresponsible risky investments, it can help
prevent future financial collapses," she says. "The
result could mean more stable economic markets
and greater gender equity as well."
The study explores the "Lehman Sisters"
hypothesis - the theory that Lehman Brothers'
devastating bankruptcy resulted in part from
a macho "culture of risk." While previous studies
have found that women are more risk-averse and
fiscally responsible than men, Hollingdale wants
to determine if these findings carry over to women
who work in the financial industry. She also aims
to confirm whether macho behaviours that are
often rewarded in male-dominated sectors -
such as taking unnecessary risks and being overly
independent - can be found in the financial industry
as well. The study will build on a growing body
of research that suggests companies with women
in senior roles make smarter financial decisions
Spending by Canadians on private health insurance
has more than doubled over the past 20 years, but
insurers paid out a rapidly decreasing proportion
as benefits, according to a study published this
March in the Canadian Medical Association Journal
The study, by UBC and University of Toronto
researchers, shows that overall Canadians paid
$6.8 billion more in premiums than they received
in benefits in 2011
Approximately 60 per cent of Canadians have
private health insurance. Typically obtained as
a benefit of employment or purchased by individuals,
it usually covers prescription drugs, dental services
and eye care costs not paid by public health care ^MMW
Over the past two decades, the gap between what insurers take in
and what they pay out has increased threefold. While private insurers
paid out 92 per cent of group plan insurance premiums as benefits in 1991,
they paid only 74 per cent in 2011. Canadians who purchased individua
plans fared even worse, with just 38 per cent of their premiums returned
as benefits in 2011
"Small businesses and individual entrepreneurs are the hardest hit -
they end up paying far more for private health coverage," says study lead
author Michael Law, an assistant professor in UBC's Centre for Health
Services and Policy Research. "It's essentially an extra health tax on one
of our main economic drivers. Our findings suggest that private insurers
are likely making greater profits, paying higher wages to their executives
and employees, or spending more on marketing."
The authors call for greater transparency from private insurers and
for the federal government to introduce new regulations. "Obamacare
requires insurers to pay out 80 to 85 per cent of their premium income
as benefits, which resulted in $1.1 billion being returned to policyholders
in 2012," says Law. "Our numbers suggest that Canadians are getting
a worse deal than Americans."
Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using
human-like body language and cues - an important step toward
bringing robots into homes. Past research has shown that people
have difficulty figuring out when to reach out and take an
object from a robot, for example, because robots fail to
provide appropriate non-verbal cues. UBC researchers
enlisted the help of a human-friendly robot named Charlie
to study the simple task of handing an object to a person
"We hand things to other people multiple times a day
and we do it seamlessly," says AJung Moon, a PhD student
in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. "Getting this
to work between a robot and a person is really important
if we want robots to be helpful in fetching us things in our
homes or at work."
Moon and her colleagues studied what people do with
their heads, necks and eyes when they hand water bottles
to one another. They then tested three variations of this interaction
with Charlie and 102 study participants. They found that people reached
out to take the water bottle sooner in scenarios where the robot moved its
head to look at the area where it would hand over the water bottle, or looked
to the handover location and then up at the person to make eye contact
"We want the robot to communicate using the cues that people already
recognize," says Moon. "This is key to interacting with a robot in a safe and
friendly manner." The study won best paper at the International Conference
on Human-Robot Interaction
Researchers at UBC, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michigan
State University have genetically engineered trees that will be easier
to break down to produce paper and biofuel
"One of the largest impediments for the pulp and paper industry as
well as the emerging biofuel industry is a polymer found in wood known
as lignin," says professor of wood science Shawn Mansfield. Lignin
makes up a substantial portion of the cell wall of most plants. Its remova
currently requires chemicals and energy, and causes undesirable waste
Researchers used genetic engineering to modify the lignin, making
it easier to break down without adversely affecting the tree's strength
"We're designing trees to be processed with less energy and fewer
chemicals, and ultimately recovering more wood carbohydrate than
is currently possible," says Mansfield
Researchers had previously tried to tackle this problem by reducing
the quantity of lignin in trees by suppressing genes, which often resulted
in trees that were stunted in growth or were susceptible to wind, snow,
pests and pathogens
Based at UBC's Faculty of Forestry, the new Centre for Applied Earth
Observation will use images from satellites, aircraft, and the Internationa
Space Station to monitor globally important environmental issues, such
as changes in forestry activity and the amount of carbon sequestered
in vegetation
In forestry, satellite imaging could help detect wildfires, deforestation,
and insect infestations, as well as support mapping of forest resources and
the planning of future logging. The centre will also explore possibilities for
other mapping applications, carbon credit verification, and urban planning
"We're streaming space observation right to our computers," says John
nnes, Dean of Forestry. "For industries like forestry, this is about embracing
a new high-tech frontier that will provide rapid access to the information
we need to manage our resources sustainably."
The centre brings together researchers, potential users and western
Canada's earth observation industry. A think tank will be created to
make greater use of the remote sensing data and develop new projects
UBC graduate students will also get to work with the top satellite
imaging providers in the world. Centre staff are planning a first multi-
sector conference called Virtual Constellations, which will be sponsored
by industry partners and held in late 2014
Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire
to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer's
disease. Chronic inflammation and hypoxia, or oxygen deficiency,
are hallmarks of several brain diseases, but little was known
about how they contribute to symptoms such as memory loss
The study used state-of-the-art techniques that reveal the
movements of microglia, the brain's resident immune cells
Brain researcher Brian MacVicar had previously captured
how they moved to areas of injury to repair brain damage
The new study shows that the combination of
inflammation and hypoxia activates microglia in a way
that persistently weakens the connection between neurons.
The phenomenon, known as long-term depression, has been ^^^1
shown to contribute to cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease
"This is a never-before-seen mechanism among three key players in the
brain that interact together in neurodegenerative disorders," says MacVicar
of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC (see page 18)
and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. "Now we can use this
knowledge to start identifying new potential targets for therapy." take note
A new UBC study identifies when the clock runs out on an NHL
player's peak performance, giving team executives insight into how
best to build a roster.
The study by Sauder School of Business professor James Brander
found that the performance of forwards peaks between the
ages of 27 and 28. Defencemen are best between 28 and 29,
and the performance of goaltenders varies little by age
The study also reveals that players performed close
to their peak levels for a number of years before and
after their optimal peak: 24 to 32 for forwards and
24 to 34 for defencemen
"While confirming conventional wisdom
that players peak in their late 20s, the
study proves it is wishful thinking for
managers to expect a player in his
mid-20s to continue improving
significantly," says Brander, an
economist. "The vast majority
of players are at 90 per cent
of their best by age 24, although
there are a few late bloomers."
A genomic investigation by UBC researchers has revealed that a lethal
parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond
scum, but has completely shed its green past on its evolutionary journey.
A team led by UBC Botany professor Patrick Keeling sequenced the
genome of Helicosporidium - an intracellular parasite that can kill juvenile
blackflies, caterpillars, beetles and mosquitoes - and found it evolved
from algae like another notorious pathogen: malaria
Keeling and colleagues had previously reported that malaria shared
a common evolutionary lineage with the algae responsible for toxic red
tides. Their latest study shows that Helicosporidium evolved from green
alga but, unlike malaria, preserved virtually all its genes except those
required for photosynthesis
"Both malaria and Helicosporidium started out as alga and ended up
as intracellular parasites preying on animals, but they have done it in very
different ways," says Keeling, director of the Centre for Microbial Diversity
and Evolution at UBC and a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for
Advanced Research
"Malaria drastically reduced its genome and became very dependent
on its host for nutrients. Helicosporidium, on the other hand, lost almost
nothing except those genes required for photosynthesis, which it no longer
needs as a parasite
"It's as if photosynthesis has been surgically removed from its genome."
The discovery, done in collaboration with scientists at the universities
of Rhode Island and Florida, will allow researchers to compare how
parasites evolve at the molecular level in these two distantly related
ineages. It also provides the first insights into their origins, development,
and methods of infection, which are key to controlling the population
of pest-insect hosts
UBC's Okanagan campus has a story to tell - actually plenty of them
- and several compelling stories about students are now featured
on an 80-foot-long mural at Kelowna International Airport
The mural graces the pedway that brings visitors from arriving flights
into the airport terminal. Seven exceptional students, one representing
each of UBC's Okanagan faculties, are featured in photo arrays
Called Our Stories, it is the largest graphic illustration about UBC ever
created in the Okanagan, spanning more than 80 feet in length by six feet
in height. Months in the making, with two additional stand-alone panels
the mural snakes out to more than 100 feet
The installation draws attention to a supporting website -
ourstories.ok.ubc.ca - which tells long-form narratives about a variety
of exceptional UBC Okanagan students
Storytelling and artistic expression are vital ways to communicate
achievements and cultural values, and to provide a sense of place and
history, says Robert Eggleston, associate professor of English and
Associate Dean of UBC's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
"The great thing about this mural is that it is more than an installation,
it's an art piece," he says. Up to 750,000 travellers a year arrive in the
Okanagan through Kelowna International Airport, so the mural, developed
by UBC designer Margo Yacheshyn, is expected to draw plenty of attention
Viral pandemics, such as the coronavirus that caused the deadly SARS
outbreak in 2002, have caused hundreds of deaths in Canada, yet effective
anti-viral drugs are rare
UBC scientists have recently uncovered an intricate chain reaction
in the body's immune system and have used the knowledge to develop
a new treatment against harmful viruses
A key element to this natural immune response is an antiviral protein
in the blood called Interferon alpha. Like soldiers, Interferon alpha is
quickly deployed by the body to fight viruses and removed just as quickly
to restore equilibrium
The UBC team discovered that an enzyme called MMP12 serves
double-duty in the deployment of the critical antiviral protein: it first enters
the infected cell to activate Interferon alpha and then sends it outside the
cell membrane to fight viruses. After the job of Interferon alpha is done,
MMP12 dissolves the protein during the healing process
Published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine, the study was led
by Drs. Chris Overall from UBC's Department of Oral Biological and Medica
Sciences, Bruce McManus from UBC's Department of Pathology and
Laboratory Medicine and David Marchant from the University of Alberta
Overall has developed a new antiviral drug that blocks MMP12 from
dissolving Interferon alpha outside the cell, giving the immune system
an added boost by keeping levels of the protein high in the bloodstream
The drug cannot penetrate cell membranes, making it unable to interfere
with the beneficial work inside the cell. The drug has been shown to
effectively treat viral infections in mice models and holds promise as
a new broad-spectrum antiviral treatment
"Because the drug isn't virus-strain specific and boosts the body's own
immune response to fight infections, it could be effective for even emergent,
unknown viruses and eliminate the lag time required to first identify and
sequence the virus genetic material before we can treat it," says Overall. D J  fb
ck Shadbolt, Tree oftife,
87, acrylic on wood, 28.5x17.5
hoto: Yuri Akuney
By Portia Priegert, BFA'05, MFA12
A monumental mural by Jack Shadbolt, one
of British Columbia's most important artists,
faced an uncertain future when the Vancouver
movie theatre where it had been displayed for
more than two decades was slated for sale -
and possibly even demolition.
But when art lover Pauline Boyle and Stew
Turcotte, owner of Hambleton Galleries in
Kelowna, got wind of the problem, they enlisted
UBC, along with alumnus Luigi Rossi, a doctor
from Smithers who graduated in 1981. Together,
they were able to plant TreeofLife, an exuberant
work composed of multiple facets of energetic
colour, in a new home in the Reichwald Health
Sciences Centre on UBC's Okanagan campus.
Rossi donated funds to purchase the piece
(at a price skilfully negotiated by Boyle), while
Susan Belton, the curator of the campus art
collection, worked behind the scenes to find
a wall large enough to accommodate it - no small
feat, considering the piece is some 28 feet tall.
Turcotte believes TreeofLife escaped a near-death
experience. "If this had gone into storage for
10 or 15 years, it would have been ruined," says
Turcotte, who studied fine arts at UBC. "It just
wouldn't have been looked after. So this way,
we saved it."
Originally commissioned forthe Cineplex
Odeon art collection, Tree of Life is a surreal jungle
of organic forms built in a series of layers, some
up to four inches thick. Shadbolt, in choosing
a title that alludes to foundational stories
of myth and religion, said he was representing
the "irrepressible force of natural growth."
Unveiled in 1987 by Toronto entertainment
producer Garth Drabinsky, it was an impressive
accomplishment for Shadbolt, then 78. "It is
just so massive," says Belton. "Your response
is demanded. But it is also so lively and colourful,
one must fall in love. Art often draws opinions and
criticism, but this work seems to touch everyone
who sees it."
Shadbolt, who died in 1998, was one of
the province's earliest abstract artists. He had
some 70 solo exhibitions, including retrospectives
at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National
Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. He was made
an officer of the Order of Canada in 1972 and
his other laurels include an honorary Doctor
of Laws degree from UBC in 1978. D ubc reports
Open to Interpretation
A UBC prof, hopes to reduce violence against women in the Muslim
community by exploring various interpretations of a verse of the Qur'an.
Verse 4:34 of the Qur'an has traditionally been understood to allow
husbands to hit their wives. In the new book, Domestic Violence
and the Islamic Tradition, UBC professor Ayesha S. Chaudhry
offers non-violent readings of the complex passage and aims
to reduce gender violence in the Muslim community.
What inspired you to explore this topic?
Growing up as a young Muslim girl in Toronto, I struggled
with verse Q. 4:34 for obvious reasons. It appeared to
say that husbands could hit their wives if they were
disobedient. Later, when I learned of Muslim scholars
who interpreted this verse in ways that do not condone
violence or inequality, I was puzzled as to why these
interpretations were considered by some to be outside
the Islamic tradition. My book traces the many
interpretations of this verse, and argues that Muslim
communities have the ability to embrace non-violent
interpretations, because religious texts mean what
religious communities say they mean
How does this verse affect Muslims?
Domestic violence is a problem in every community.
Each community must address this problem in its own
way. For Muslims trying to address domestic violence,
this passage of the Qur'an could be a hurdle if it is
interpreted as saying that husbands are allowed to hit their wives, or it
could be helpful by condemning domestic violence as an un-lslamic practice
Is it possible to read 4:34 of the Qur'an in gender-equal terms?
Yes. For example, the first sentence of Q. 4:34 can be translated as
"men are in authority over women." However, if we see this statement
as describing life in 7th-century Arabia when the Qur'an was revealed,
rather than necessarily prescribing what must happen for eternity,
gender-equal interpretations become possible. This line can be re-read
to mean that "men were the protectors/breadwinners of women" in
7th century Arabia and can be understood as a historical statement of
how things were in the past rather than how they should be in the present
This allows the Qur'an to represent the past while also reflecting socia
changes that allow for greater gender equality.
What changes do you hope to come as a result of your book?
The fact is religious texts only mean what religious communities say
they mean - and the meanings of these texts can change over time
The first goal of this book is to show that verse 4:34 can legitimately be
read non-violently, and that the interpretation a Muslim chooses - violent
or non-violent - says more about them than it does about the Qur'an
Muslims can and must hold themselves responsible and accountable
for their interpretations
The second goal is to give Muslims the interpretive tools to choose
non-violent readings of this verse over readings that permit violence
against women. It is only natural that modern Muslims lookto our
sacred text to protect women against gendered violence
Finally, I hope that Muslims will see the relationship between the
slamic tradition and today's Muslim scholarship as more harmonious,
so that modern conversations enrich and carry on the Islamic tradition
Photo: Patty Wellborn
The Northern Gateway
Pipeline Thought Map
The Northern Gateway Pipeline could be a social and economic
game-changer for British Columbia, and it's already the subject of a lively
debate. That's why Andrew Barton, a fourth-year geography student with
UBC's Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, devised an interactive
map for people to add their own photos and experiences along the proposed
pipeline route. "I wanted to do something positive for the environment and
the places that I love," says Barton
In 2012, a federal Joint Review Panel conducted public hearings in
communities across BC and Alberta as part of the pipeline's environmenta
review process. Barton, with the help of a $6,500 Irving K. Barber School
of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Award, reviewed the hearing
transcripts and spent three weeks travelling the proposed pipeline route,
taking copious notes and photos to build the foundation of his interactive
map, now ready for public use
Using GeoLive technology, developed by UBC Okanagan campus
geography associate professor Jon Corbett and graduate student Nick
Blackwell, Barton's interactive Place and Pipelines map project includes
photos, excerpts from the hearings, and various links. It also offers users
the chance to add their own photos and thoughts, whether they are for
or against the project
"This allows the content of the map to grow, based on input from people
other than me, which enables a broader and deeper narrative," says
Barton, whose focus of study at UBC is a combination of earth sciences,
social sciences, and humanities. "It is my hope that this site will become
a resource for everyone who is interested in the issues surrounding the
Northern Gateway Project, and will create a record of the events that
transpire overtime."
The Place and Pipelines map starts at Bruderheim, Alberta - where
pumpjacks are as common as house sparrows - and stretches across
BC to the port of Kitimat and on to Haida Gwaii. The idea, says Barton,
is to get many different voices heard
"The issue of the Northern Gateway pipeline will not go away and
it has become a very polarizing topic," he says. "It is a time of conflict in
this area and people are debating which is more important - the economy
or the environment?"
Along with the interactive map, Barton has also produced an e-book
about his journey and a 12-minute documentary video. The interactive
map, his book, and documentary can be found at gateway.geolive.ca China 2.0: The New Digital Superpower
With apps like WeChat registering more than 78.6 million users, China
represents one of the fastest growing digital landscapes on our planet.
Journalist and visiting professor from Hong Kong University, Ying Chan,
offers insights into China's digital future.
Do you see China emerging as the new world digital superpower?
China is already a digital superpower. The sheer size of the Chinese
digital economy has made the country a leading producer and consumer
of digital products. At the end of 2013, Chinese Internet users numbered
618 million - more than 45 per cent of the population. About 500 million
people use some form of social media as many leapfrog to access the
nternet via mobile devices, bypassing desktop and laptop computers
With so many users, how is social media changing the journalism
landscape in China?
Social media, while heavily censored, have created space for public
expression and a platform for the creation of independent online media
In China, reporters and editors could be fired or jailed for doing their
job and telling the truth. According to the New York-based Committee
to Protect Journalists, China remains one of the world's worst jailers
of journalists. As of December 1, 2013, 32 journalists were in jail in China
Will we continue to see a growing number of Internet users and
emerging digital platforms? What will this mean for journalists?
What will this mean for businesses in the West?
In 2014, mobile media will take centre stage as the platform for
journalism innovation and experimentation. For Chinese media,
the debate on print vs. digital will finally be put to rest as media owners
and managers scramble to find ways to transform legacy, or traditional,
media and expand digital
While the government will continue to clamp down on expression
and dissent, journalists and the public will find smart ways to cope
Digital tools and outlets will multiply, offering an ever-growing space
for expression. Internet behemoths like Tencent and Alibaba will expand
outside China along with state-owned party media. Opportunities are
opening up for those who are bold enough to take on the high risks
of investing in China's media
You have been a journalist for over three decades
- what is the one story you are proudest of?
In 1996,1 collaborated with a journalist
in Taiwan to report on proposed illegal
contributions from Taiwan to former US
President Bill Clinton's election campaign
After our story appeared in a Hong Kong
weekly news magazine, we were sued for
criminal libel by the Kuomintang, Taiwan's
then-ruling party. I organized a campaign
against the suit and won with the help
of supporters around the globe. The
court's decision has set a precedent for
Taiwan by establishing that journalists
would not be at risk for libel if
they could prove "good intent"
in their reporting. D
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startanevolution.ca Building UBC's reputation, one graduate at a time
Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
Last week a third-year student from Bangladesh stopped me as
I was striding down the Main Mall at UBC Vancouver. He called
out "Mr. President!" just behind me. I turned, and he gushed: "I just
want to thank you forgiving me such an amazing experience at UBC."
It turns out that he is one of our "International Leaders of Tomorrow"
scholars, a program that enables gifted students from around the
world to come to our university.
As I reflect back on my eight years as President of UBC, it's
moments like these that make the work seem much more than
"worthwhile." These moments remind me how privileged I am to,
in a sense, embody UBC for so many wonderful students. In thanking
me, that young Bangladeshi was really thanking scores of professors
and teaching assistants, hundreds of fellow students and many
staff members who have helped him along his voyage of discovery
and achievement.
What may be less obvious is that he was also thanking you, our
remarkable graduates. Amongst the reasons that my Bangladeshi
student chose to come to UBC is our reputation, which continues
to grow around the world. Some of that reputational boost comes
from global rankings that reflect the growing impact and influence
of UBC research. But our reputation is also built one graduate at
a time. As you go out into the world and do great things for
our local and global society, UBC's name is strengthened. For
a glimpse into what some of your fellow graduates are doing,
take a look at yourevolution.ubc.ca, a new website where
they are connecting with other alumni around their personal
volunteer projects.
What you do matters to the future of your university, because
you will always be our representative, whether or not you mean
to be. And the support that you continue to give to UBC -
through volunteering, mentoring current students, donating
your money, and participating in the ever growing number of
programs we develop especially for you - builds our reputation
and enables UBC to welcome ambitious and talented students
from BC of course, but also from across Canada and indeed,
the world.
Ithasbeena great honour to serve as the President of UBC.
One of the evolutions that has given me most joy is to see the
very idea of the "university community" expand, so that now we
always talk of "students, faculty, staff and alumni." So let me join
that young Leader of Tomorrow in thanking you, as part of our
community, for helping to make his UBC experience so powerful.
UBC Alumni Association
2014 Annual General Meeting
Strength in numbers is the theme this year, so comejoin hundreds
of other alumni and learn first-hand about the impact of alumni UBC,
your Alumni Association. You will also meet UBC's new President,
Dr. Arvind Gupta, and the Association's new Board of Directors.
Tuesday September 16,2014
5:30 pm AGM
6:30 pm Reception
The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Waterfront Ballroom,
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
RSVP details will be on our website soon.
If you wish to pre-register please contact berkley.weiler@ubc.ca
The alumni UBC Governance/Nominating Committee is
seeking recommendations for alumni nominees to serve
on the organization's Board of Directors. In particular, the
committee seeks candidates who have the skill sets and
experience necessary to effectively set strategic direction,
develop appropriate policies, and ensure alumni UBC has
the resources necessary to effectively fulfill its mission and
vision. Please send suggestions to Faye Wightman, chair-
Governance/Nominating Committee, c/o Sandra Girard, manager,
Board Relations, 6251 Cecil Green Road, Vancouver BC V6T1Z1
email: sandra.girard@ubc.ca no later than June 15,2014. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MFSSAQ
Jeff Todd
Executive Director, alumni UBC/AVP Alumni
On page 12 of this issue, you can read an article that reflects
on the impressive tenure of outgoing UBC President Stephen
Toope. Asked to identify his highest priorities or proudest
legacy, Professor Toope pointed to the efforts that have gone
into enriching the undergraduate experience. His column on
the adjacent page reiterates this, and also emphasizes the role
alumni play in improving students' experience of university.
Stephen Toope's successor, computer science professor
Arvind Gupta, has indicated his intention to honourthat legacy.
He describes his own students as being curious, driven and
energetic about what they do and says they give him hope for the
future. Professor Gupta (two of whose three daughters attend UBC)
wants to ensure students leave UBC prepared to fully participate
in and contribute to the world.
"UBC plays a vital role in creating the next generation of great
Canadian citizens," he said. "They have to be engaged and able
to thrive in an evolving world."
A university's graduates are a reflection of how successful it
has been in providing an enriching and relevant student experience.
And if part of UBC's vision is to advance a civil and sustainable
society, then its graduate body represents significant potential.
The your evolution initiative that Professor Toope mentions in
his column is a good indicator of that potential. A few weeks ago,
we invited you to tell us about the socially beneficial projects
you are involved in - both through partnership with UBC and out
in the broader community. A new website was built, supported
and extended through social media. Participants could upload
information about their projects, seek volunteers from among
other alumni, and gain awareness for their cause (plus they stood
to win a professionally produced promotional video).
If we built it, would you come? Yes you would! So far, more than
100 alumni projects have been uploaded - dealing with everything
from children's literacy to food security. Clearly, alumni UBC has
some highly motivated members who are passionate about their
causes. Although the video competition is now closed, the website
is still active and I encourage you to visit it at yourevolution.ubc.ca.
There will be more chances to win prizes and gain exposure for
your projects in the coming months.
The vision of alumni UBC is to realize the promise of a global
community with shared ambition for a better world and an
exceptional UBC. Yourevolution, while just a small sampling of
how alumni are making a difference, provides an opportunity for
us to celebrate them for their contributions to society and as role
models for our students.
A Champion Chancellor
Judy Rogers, BRE'71
Chair, alumni UBC
Back in 2008, Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82, became the
youngest person to be elected Chancellor in the history of the
university. I was already a big fan of Sarah - knowing her through
the local business community and the various organizations in
which we were both active. Along with many others who were
similarly impressed with her credentials and community focus,
I was delighted to support her appointment.
At that time, it was crucial to secure the sort of leadership
that could propel the university forward despite a particularly
challengingfinancial landscape and a context in which the business
of delivering quality education was in a continual state of flux.
Sarah did not disappoint. Over the course of her two terms,
she has provided thoughtful, quiet, steady leadership - and has
used her connections and influence to facilitate rich linkages
between UBC and the community. She is generous with her
time. She listens. She is genuine. She knows when to ask the
right questions and embraces diverse opinions. She became the
voice of many stakeholders and has been particularly effective
at establishing consensus.
After I became chair of the alumni UBC board of directors,
I experienced her skilful negotiation first-hand and remain grateful
forthe guidance she has provided to our organization - as one
of its most committed UBC volunteers. Under her and Stephen
Toope's watch, alumni UBC and the university entered into a new
phase of their partnership, with the aim of creating a stronger and
mutually beneficial relationship between UBC and its grads. Grads
can now take advantage of an ever-evolving menu of programs
and services to enrich their lives and careers. In turn, UBC enjoys
growing support and involvement from its alumni - whether
it comes in the form of volunteering, providing work placements
for students, making a donation to support research, or simply
recommending UBC as the next stop for their friends' bright high
school kids. In fact, more than 50,000 of you engaged with UBC
in some way over the 2013-14 year.
After six years as UBC Chancellor, Sarah steps down from her role
at the end of June. We cannot thank her enough for the great service
she has provided to the university and to her fellow alumni. As chair
of the committee tasked with finding her replacement, I knew we
had our work cut out. But we have found a very worthy successor in
Lindsay Gordon, BA'73(Economics), MBA'76. Mr. Gordon is a community
and business leader with long-standing ties to UBC. In fact, he
is co-chair for the university's start an evolution campaign. We're
very lucky to have him as a colleague. I welcome him to his new role
and look forward to another fruitful collaboration that will continue
to strengthen both the university and the alumni experience. THE TRIED-
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It's late spring 2009 and a huge and luxurious
bus has just pulled into the sprawling driveway
at Norman Mackenzie House, the official residence
of the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University
of British Columbia. On this day, that president is
Stephen J. Toope, and his wife, Paula Rosen, has
been told to expect an advance team preparing for
the coming visit of Emperor Akihito and Empress
Michiko of Japan. But while Rosen thought she was
prepared, she is still surprised by the orderly army
that is now disembarking the bus: "40 people in dark
suits." Later, she will admit that she learned the hard
way that the Japanese Emperor and Empress are
"very, very handled." She'll say that the seasoned
staffers at UBC Ceremonies have told her the
mperial visit involved "more of a rigmarole than
there was for Queen Elizabeth." But on this day,
Rosen is standing at her front door in a bit of a flap,
trying to imagine what all these people might find
behind the drapes and under the carpets of one
of Vancouver's most elegant and storied homes At which moment, another vehicle pulls into
the drive, quickly disgorging a bulky and bedraggled
high schooler. Rosen and Toope's eldest and usually
diminutive daughter, Hannah, is returning from
a year-end school camping trip, much of which has
occurred on a mountain glacier - a location that was
both much colder and much sunnier than Hannah
had expected. As a result, she is still wearing layer
upon layer of clothing - every stitch that she had
brought for the trip, even her pyjamas as long Johns -
and her face is radiating evidence of a nasty sunburn
Dragging her gear, picking her way through the legion
of perfectly pressed Japanese protocol officers, she
walks up to her mother and says, "Can we not just
ive in a normal house?"
Even in such a frustrating moment, Hannah Toope
would have understood the question to be rhetorical
She is, after all, the daughter of President Toope, whom
Wikipedia describes, too narrowly, as an "academic,
awyer, legal scholar and pedagogue." But he's also
a dad, and for the past eight years, a small but influentia
group has depended upon him balancing his duties
as a de facto mayor of the City of UBC (daytime
population, 60,000) with his evening and weekend role
as peacekeeper in a house full of adolescent children
It's a balance he appears to have maintained with
aplomb. Straying for the time being from home life,
reviews of the Toope presidency are uniformly warm,
perhaps best encapsulated by Dr. Nassif Ghoussoub,
mathematics professor and, from 2008 to 2013, the
faculty representative on the UBC Board of Governors
Ghoussoub says simply: "Stephen Toope is a class act
He's a man of great personal and professional ethics
and someone who is genuinely interested in everyone
he meets."
This, from a mathematician, may be taken as the
standard polite and politic description of an outgoing
senior administrator. Indeed, Ghoussoub admits his
hard science bias when it comes to judging manageria
potential, saying that he had been skeptical at first
of a big-brained intellectual's ability to serve as the
CEO of an organization as complex as UBC. And yet,
"It was astonishing how well (Stephen Toope) handled
this part of the job."
"We often think that only scientists or engineers
have the capacity for analytical thinking," Ghoussoub
says. "But we forget: lawyers are also very analytical."
If you askthe president himself about his highest
priorities or proudest legacy, he points to the efforts
he made to enrich the undergraduate experience
For example, the quality of teaching is now included
more strongly in assessments for tenure or promotion
The classroom experience has also been transformed
In an age when notes can be downloaded more easily than recorded
in a lecture hall, more students are challenged to work together in class,
to develop their critical thinking skills - to learn, in Toope's words, "how
to process information into knowledge, maybe even something you might
call wisdom."
But Ghoussoub says that President Toope was equally engaged in
a host of university issues that were "not glamorous, but essential." There
was the expansion of student housing. There were major investments in
deferred maintenance and a complex program to upgrade the university's
district energy system
"No one will remember Stephen Toope as the guy who converted
(the energy system from) steam to hot water," Ghoussoub says. "But
it was all part of a systematic, patient and purposeful effort to prepare
the campus for the next 50 years. It was surprising that this intellectua
thought leader has really concentrated on the nitty gritty."
The apparent arts/science
dichotomy comes up frequently
in the way people describe the
Toope approach and style. Ross
Beaty, a mining entrepreneur
and philanthropist who has
donated close to $20 million to
UBC, describes the experience
of working with a then-new
President Toope to raise
private-sector funding for the
Earth Sciences Building. (They ultimately raised $35 million, of which
$10 million came from Beaty, directly or through companies such as his
Pan American Silver.) "I had also worked very closely with (presidentia
predecessors) David Strangway and Martha Piper," Beaty says. "They were
both scientists and they both had a black and white, firm set of objectives,
with the outcomes always clearly identified. With Stephen, it was more
about balance, more of a discussion leading to a conclusion."
"Stephen is a very strong presence.
He is outrageously smart and can
be pretty intimidating. He also   ■
has an amazing level of preparation,
notwithstanding the gazillion
things he has to deal with." FEATURE    •
president toope
Although not in any way an acolyte of the late Prime Minister Pierre
Trudeau, Toope also incorporated a managerial style for which Trudeau
was quite famous. Pascal Spothelfer, whom Toope recruited from the private
sector to act as UBC's Vice President of Communications and Community
Partnership, says that in meetings, Toope's approach was always the same
"He would let everyone else have their say before he made his comments
And then he would invite everyone to react." Spothelfer goes on: "Stephen
is a very strong presence. He is
outrageously smart and can be
pretty intimidating. He also has
an amazing level of preparation,
notwithstanding the gazillion
things he has to deal with."
The consultative style seemed
calculated to bring out the best
from those around him
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Chair Sarah Morgan-Silvester mentions
Toope's style as one of the things that convinced her to accept her role
as UBC Chancellor. "It's not often that you find people who actually, truly
do listen," she says. "Stephen always listened and then he asked really
fantastic questions - not to demonstrate what he knew, but to probe."
The other trait on which people agree is Toope's deep integrity.
"He is a very principled person," says Bijan Ahmadian, a former
After a long drought in new federal funding,
Toope was instrumental in negotiating the   ■
Canada First Research Excellence Fund, in which
the Harper government committed $1.5 billion  |
to post-secondary research in the coming decade
president of the Alma Mater Society (2010-2011) who also served for a year
in the President's Office as a research assistant. "When (Prof. Toope) made
a promise, you knew he would deliver," Ahmadian says. "And it was easier
to take a 'no' from Stephen, too, because you knew the decision was based
in principle. People appreciate that in a leader."
It's thanks in part to Ahmadian that people also know Stephen Toope
to be an incredibly good sport. In 2010, in a promotional effort to fill the
Chan Centre for the first
iteration of a reality show
called UBC's Got Talent,
Ahmadian convinced Toope
to join him in a duet if enough
people bought tickets. The
promotion worked and after
sifting through half a dozen
choices, the two decided to
attempt the old Eurythmics song, "Sweet Dreams." According to Ahmadian,
"He's a much better singer than I am, but I am a much better dancer."
The video evidence, which you can still find on Youtube, suggests that
Ahmadian's review is, at best, relative. It's good they have day jobs
Clearly, Toope is more at home on a provincial stage - or a federal one
Provincially, he represented UBC on the Research Universities' Counci
of BC (RUCBC), including five years as chair. The challenge, there, was
Campaign Update
It has been a banner year for UBC's start on evolution
campaign which is tracking ahead on both of its goals.
alumni UBC reached - in fact exceeded - its alumni
engagement goal for the campaign one year early with
over 50,000 alumni involved annually in the life of the
university in 2013. In the same year, $204 million was
raised to support student learning, research excellence
and community engagement, bringing the campaign
total to $1,318 billion to date.
For more information on the campaign and the alumni
and donors who are helping to make a positive impact
on the world go to startanevolution.ca.
ONEOFOUR to represent the best interests of all members, including the University of
Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern BC, Thompson
Rivers University and Royal Roads. "The amazing thing about Stephen is that
he's not subjective," says RUCBC President Robin Ciceri. "He brings a huge
component of rationality and objectivity and a unique ability to synthesize
perspectives. He struck a perfect balance between being a leader and being
an advocate for UBC, which garnered him a large amount of respect and
regard from senior officials (on the council) and from politicians." Thanks
again to his ethical framework, "people trust Stephen on a personal level."
That played equally well on the national stage, where Association of
Universities and Colleges of Canada President Paul Davidson says Toope
was seen, at first, to be carrying some troublesome political baggage
Although Toope points out that he has never been a political partisan,
Davidson says the UBC president was still seen as "one of those Montrea
Liberal elites."
He's unquestionably a Montrealer. He grew up there before heading
to Harvard for his undergraduate degree, returned to study law at McGil
University, and then returned again to teach at McGill after receiving
a PhD from Cambridge. At age 34, he became the youngest Dean of Law
in McGill history. As for being a Liberal, his most obvious association
came when he was appointed as the first head of the Trudeau Foundation,
which is non-partisan by policy, but which carries a name that is anathema
to the current federal government
Yet, Davidson says, "Stephen quickly established himself as a nationa
eader. He worked tirelessly to promote UBC - in the context of excellence
for Canada." After a long drought in new federal funding, Toope, as Chair
of the AUCC, was also instrumental in negotiating the Canada First
Research Excellence Fund, in which the Harper government committed
$1.5 billion to post-secondary research in the coming decade. Davidson,
who was party to much of the negotiation, says it was clear that the late
federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty "reached out to Stephen out of
a strong sense of respect."
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5,067 donors gave for the first time in 2013-14 and
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The respect was mutual: Toope says Flaherty
was "a gentleman who was genuinely interested
in the role of universities."
Even so, it was a surprise to Ottawa insiders
when the ultra-partisan Tories invited Toope to
the 2014 budget lock-up, and another surprise when
Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Toope to
act on the government's behalf in resolving a dispute
with military veterans who had launched a suit in
protest of the federal clawback of military pensions
These, apparently, are the rewards that accrue
to someone who likes a challenge and isn't afraid of
failure. Indeed, failure seemed a reasonable possibility
when the president kicked off the start an evolution
campaign, which was, at the time, the most ambitious
university fundraising campaign in Canadian history -
and linked it, for good measure, to the most ambitious
alumni engagement effort. Both of these categories
came with numbers against which the president
was sure to be measured: fundraising of an almost
unimaginable $1.5 billion and the engagement of more
than 50,000 alumni in a single year - both goals to be
reached by 2015. Toope steps down in the knowledge
that the campaign has just crested the $1.3 billion mark
with a year left to go, and that over the past year the
university has interacted with more than 50,000 alumni
- through their participation in activities such as
student mentoring, dialogue around issues affecting
our communities, and making financial contributions
towards research that addresses something they care
about. Barbara Miles, VP, Development and Alumni
Engagement, says: "We had done our homework, and
our models showed that this was possible although
there were many unknowns. But to reach these
numbers this early is just remarkable and something
Stephen has dedicated himself to throughout. It really
is a landmark legacy for him and UBC."
His wife, Paula Rosen, a speech
pathologist and musician, might
stand as the best evidence of |~
Toope's good judgment, a bright
and vivacious foil to his more I
earnest persona.
It's also remarkable, in light of these many pursuits, that Toope the
professor continued to find time to conduct research and write on issues
of international law and justice. His most recent book, with University
of Toronto Acting Dean of Law Jutta Brunnee, is Legitimacy and Legality in
International Law: An Interactional Account, which won the American Society
of International Law's 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship
Even more remarkable, he did
all this while he and Paula Rosen
were parenting the up-and-coming
Toopes in the casual second living
room of Norman Mackenzie House
Rosen, a speech pathologist and
musician, might stand as the best
evidence of Toope's good judgment
a bright and vivacious foil to his
more earnest persona. They met in
Montreal on an evening when they
had, by coincidence, each arranged to go to a movie with the same mutua
friend. Toope says they stopped afterward for an ice cream "and Paula was
doing impressions with a cow puppet; she is extremely funny." It's clear he
was hooked in an instant
"I can probably - sometimes - get overly serious," Toope says,
unable to get through even that sentence without making it judiciously
conditional. "You could probably allow yourself to feel, 'Here I am, this
big, important guy - a university president.'" But no worries, "Paula makes
fun of me." And if she lets up, there are the kids. Although Hannah, now 21,
has just returned to Canada from studying at the University of Edinburgh,
Alex, 19, is at McGill and Rachel, 17, will be joining him there in the fall
So, when Stephen takes over the directorship of the University of Toronto's
Munk School of Global Affairs, he and Rosen will take up residence
as empty nesters
They leave behind a UBC that is, in the words of Research Vice President
John Hepburn, "unambiguously a world-leading university." This was
not exclusively Toope's doing, Hepburn says. "He was building on what
Strangway and Piper had already done. But it became completely obvious
during his time here that we are, without question, one of the leading
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their work stations, hooking up computers and
monitors. "Come back in a month or two and there
will be something like a hundred scientists here,"
says Dr. Max Cynader, director of brain research
at UBC. "I can't wait till we're up and running."
The academic version of the Energizer bunny,
Cynader is never still and talks a mile a minute
He is showing me through the striking and cleverly
conceived building located on Westbrook Mall on
UBC's Vancouver campus, and is plainly delighted
and proud. The $ioo-million Centre for Brain Health
manifests a collective vision that he has been leading
for several years. It unites the often disjointed
approaches of psychiatry and neurology, bringing
together under one roof the clinical and research
resources dedicated to the study, diagnosis, and
treatment of the major brain-related diseases
stroke, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, traumatic
brain injury, and Alzheimer's
Cynader has always been fascinated by the workings
of the brain. "As a Jewish kid growing up in Montreal,
was told I could be an engineer, a lawyer, or doctor
- choose one." He giggles gleefully, which is how
he reacts to most things. "As a 16-year-old student
at McGill, I went into psychology. The reason is sort
of ridiculous. My middle name is Sigmund - obviously
was destined to become a therapist! I could see
the shingle outside my office: M. Sigmund Cynader
"I soon discovered I wasn't really interested in
traditional psychology," he continues, ducking down
a light-filled staircase to some wet labs on the fourth
floor. "As an undergrad I had the good fortune to be
taught by the legendary neuropsychologist D. O. Hebb
Neuropsychology teaches you that the brain ultimately
determines your behavior - how you're going to think
and act. I wanted to understand how neurons talk to
each other, and what happens when this or that part
of the brain was lost."
By the time he went off to MIT in Boston to do his
PhD (his thesis was on vision and brain development),
he was permanently smitten. "I've been doing
brain research for 50 years and I've never wavered,
never lost interest. It was fascinating then, and we're seeing ever more interest in diseases
of the brain. The field keeps blossoming. It's never been more fun."
It's never been more relevant, either. By 2020, brain disease is projected to overtake
heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death and disability in Canada. Dementia
in its various forms consumes much of the $30 billion we spend annually treating brain
dysfunction. Alzheimer's, Cynader points out as we pass the Alzheimer's clinic, is far
and away the most prevalent expression of dementia
At a summit in New York last December, Alzheimer's was described as "the world's
most significant unaddressed health risk, as there is neither a cure nor a means of slowing
its progression." It's a particularly cruel disease; memory is what makes us who we are,
after all, and by denying people access to their memories, it robs them of their very humanity.
Since rationality is built on memory, patients lose the ability to make the simplest decisions
and so to live independent lives
At the moment, something like 750,000 Canadians are afflicted, a number expected
to double within a decade. The number of dollars we spend each year caring for people
with dementia is also ballooning. In the media, Alzheimer's is often described in apocalyptic
terms - an approaching catastrophe that, as populations age, threatens to bankrupt the
world's health-care systems
Is this the sort of tabloid hyperbole that can convince you, say, that killer bees will soon
be on our doorstep? Is there really a looming crisis? "It's a crisis right now," says Cynader,
whose academic honours, publications, and patents, if listed here, would fill the space for
this article. "Ask me in five years and it will be a bigger crisis. Ask me in 10 and the word
'catastrophe' won't be inaccurate at all. I have no idea how countries like China and the
United States are going to deal with this. Or Canada, for that matter."
Dr. Bob Cheyne, incoming president of the UBC Medical Alumni, can attest to the urgency
of the situation. After three decades of family practice in White Rock, BC, he's seeing what
he calls "a tsunami" of dementia cases. "Partly it's because life expectancy has increased
so much. When I started out, average life expectancy was about 72 years. Now it's over 80
As the baby boomers hit old age, we can only see more of it." Like most people in their 60s, Cheyne has seen
the devastation at close hand. His mother, who's 92,
was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago
"She's still able to live at home in Vancouver thanks
to round-the-clock care," he says. "Fortunately, we
can afford it, but of course not everyone can. I think
we need to change our approach to elder care. In
some cultures, it's up to families to look after the older
generation. I think we need to move in that direction,
through education and public policy. We need to be
giving tax breaks to families facing those challenges
don't know how else we're going to address the
tremendous costs of long-term care."
Cynader, too, has felt the sting of dementia
His mother, in the course of succumbing to brain
cancer, suffered all the symptoms associated with
Alzheimer's. And his mother-in-law, who lives in
Cincinnati, was diagnosed with the disease many
years ago. Her dementia has exacted a brutal financia
and emotional toll. "It's a condition," he says, "that
can tear families apart."
Alzheimer's is often described in apocalyptic
terms - an approaching catastrophe that,  I
as populations age, threatens to bankrupt
the world's health-care systems.
What, exactly, is Alzheimer's? Dr. Howard Feldman,
director of the Clinic for Alzheimer's Disease and
Related Disorders at the Centre for Brain Health,
explains that afflicted people develop a progressive
oss of cognitive abilities associated with abnorma
deposits of proteins in the brain. These deposits form
amyloid plaques and tau tangles. Neurons lose their
capacity to function effectively. They progressively
degenerate and die while their networks of connections
through the brain's synapses fail. With damage to
the hippocampus, memory is affected. As neurons
die en masse, the brain noticeably shrinks
Much of the research at the Centre for Brain Health
is organized around three fundamental goals. The
first is an improved understanding of the mechanisms
that determine how and why particular brain cells die,
and how this might be prevented. The second is the
promotion of functional recovery - the re-growing
of connections between cells that have been lost
due to disease or injury. The third is the development
of methods that will enable earlier diagnosis
Daunting as the public-health numbers are,
both Feldman and Cynader believe Alzheimer's is
underreported. "By the time a patient gets diagnosed,"
Cynader explains, "he or she has typically had
the disease for at least 10 years. Patients might be
recorded as having died of pneumonia, when they
were actually prone to such diseases because they'd
had dementia for 20 years and been bedridden for the
ast five. Officially they died with Alzheimer's, not of it."
Most Alzheimer's diagnoses
are made when patients are in
their 60s, although people with
inherited forms can present
much earlier. Cynader has a friend
whose wife was diagnosed in her
30s - "heartbreaking," he says
People with Down syndrome, too,
are susceptible. They have an extra chromosome that
produces amyloid - the destructive, fibrous, protein
aggregates - and almost all develop the disease in
their 30s or 40s
Are we any closer to understanding brain-related
diseases, and Alzheimer's in particular? Brain science
has benefitted tremendously from the tech revolution,
says Cynader, especially in the area of neuro-imaging
"Historically, we'd observe the effects of accidents
and trauma, then work back from there. That's
a bit like putting a bullet through your computer
and seeing if and how it still works."
Multiphoton microscopy - a hundred times
more powerful than magnetic resonance imaging
- lets scientists see right down to the atomic units
of connectivity in the brain. "Your brain has about
100 billion neurons," he explains. "Each neuron only
connects with about 10,000 other neurons. Not
so different from human society, really - there are
7 billion people, but only about 150 of them are your
friends. You can think of a neuron as seeking answers
to the same questions people ask: Who shall I talk to?
Who can I talk to? Who will listen to me? The ones
that don't integrate into a network don't survive
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and see what parts of your brain get active. We can observe the differences in brain activity
when you think of your grandmother, versus your grandfather. Or when you listen to Mozart,
versus Shostakovich. We can see what's wired together, exactly which brain cells are talking
to each other. Being able to see all this in real time was unthinkable even 20 years ago."
Positron emission tomography - the PET
scan - uses nuclear medicine imaging to
produce three-dimensional, color depictions
of the functional processes within the brain
- "a huge advance," says Cynader. "Confoca
and multifocal microscopy lets us put brain
cells in a culture dish and watch as they
form connections, develop synapses."
Another major advance has been the
genome project. Humans, we've learned, have about 20,000 genes (a gene being a piece
of DNA that will eventually make a protein). "Fewer than we thought," says Cynader.
"In fact, we only have about half as many genes as rice." More laughter.
"Roughly two-thirds of those 20,000 genes are used to either grow your brain, or to
operate it. It takes more genetic horsepower to make the brain than to make everything
else in the body combined. In other words, most of genetics is actually neuroscience
joke with my geneticist colleagues: 'Oh, by the way, you're working for us now!'"
We can observe the differences
in brain activity when you think
of your grandmother, versus your
grandfather. Or when you listen
to Mozart, versus Shostakovich.
Technology is not the only thing that has evolved
Since the Brain Research Centre was established
in 2000, its multi-disciplinary approach has given
scientists from diverse fields unprecedented
opportunities to work together. The new Centre
for Brain Health takes the philosophy even
further. The juxtaposition of research and clinica
facilities encourages patients to become, in effect,
collaborators. It provides novel learning opportunities
for the next generation of brain scientists. And it
creates an integrated environment in which research
outcomes can be translated more quickly into
therapies and treatments
Has all this progress given rise to hope for
Alzheimer's patients, present and future? In the
quest to define the underlying mechanisms of the
disease, and to develop new diagnostic markers and
drug therapies, are we slowing the tsunami? I put
those questions to Howard Feldman
"The epidemiology literature
indicates that the prevalence and
incidence rates of Alzheimer's are
actually decreasing," he says, "as they
are with stroke. Perhaps people are
paying more attention to the factors
that promote well-being than the last
generation did. But that's just a smal
offset against the greying of the population."
Disease modelling suggests that if we can delay
the onset of Alzheimer's by five years, Feldman
adds, we could cut the prevalence by 50 per cent
Delay it by one year and we'd cut it by 10 per cent
"Ten per cent may not sound like much, but it would
make a huge public health difference."
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Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research HIGHLIGHTS FROM 60 YEARS OF BRAIN RESEARCH AT UBC
Howard Feldman launched
one of Canada's most
important clinical dementia
research programs at UBC.
Two federal programs -
the Canada Research Chairs
program and the Canada
Foundation for Innovation -
allowed UBC to recruit more
top brain researchers and
develop world class research
facilities. UBC becomes an
important global hub for brain
research in three key areas:
neurodegenerative disorders,
stroke and mental health and
Feldman and Ian MacKenzie
discover the gene responsible for
a common form of early-onset
dementia. In 2011 MacKenzie
discovers the same gene causes
ALS, which causes the body's
muscles to rapidly weaken.
The Djavad
Centre for Brain
Health opens.
From 1956, Drs. Patrick and Edith McGeer
provided early leadership in Alzheimer's
research and received international recognition,
attracting other high-calibre researchers
to UBC over the following decades.
Brain Research Centre
established with Cynader
as head.
Dr. Weihong Song is an
Alzheimer's researcher who
has identified important
molecular targets for drug
development. In 2005, he
fostered the development
ofa$15M Canada-China
research collaboration
between the Natural Science
Foundation of China and
the Canadian Institutes
of Health Research.
Dr. Neil Cashman discovered
a deformed protein that may lead
to an effective therapy for ALS.
A leading expert in protein-folding
diseases, Cashman has also
developed a diagnostic test for
early stage Alzheimer's that
is being evaluated by several
pharmaceutical companies.
How do we get there? "We need to mobilize
around a national plan that centers on prevention
and care. Fourteen countries now have an overarching
national plan, but Canada is not one of them. We
need a system that's flexible and full of good ideas,
but we're hamstrung by political considerations
nstead of putting a call outfor big ideas and bold
thinking, we tend to be limited by considerations of
governance and administration. A national plan needs
to override health mandates being a provincial matter."
It's not just a public policy issue, of course. Individuals can modify
their behaviour to lower their chances of developing dementia, or at
east to delay its onset. How? Max Cynader offers this practical advice
"Stay active. Exercise regularly. Eat well - put lots of different colours
on your plate - and don't overeat. Though the brain weighs only about
1.5 kilograms, it requires 20 per cent of the blood supply. Anything that's
bad for the heart is bad for the brain. A drink or two of alcohol appears
to be salutary, but 10 or 20 drinks are not."
We've made our way through the patient care and assessment facilities
on the second and first floors, and I've just been shown the subterranean
room where brains are removed from cadavers. Here in the spacious lobby
on the ground floor, beneath gigantic, stylized neurons on the huge walls
of glass, our tour comes to anend
Cynader, now 66, is stepping down as director in June. The centre is
a reality at last, much of his time in recent years been devoted to fundraisin
and administration, and he's eager to get back to his first love: research
Taking my leave, slapping my pockets, I joke that lately I keep forgetting
where I've left my keys
"Not remembering where your keys are happens to everybody," says
Max Cynader. "If you can't remember what they are" - laughter again -
"it's time to come back and see us." D
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CM,wbc, BCom'56, LLD'96, has been lending his support
anclusiness expertise to UBC for 30 years. So when
it came to choosing an honouree for the naming of the
uniftrsity's new Alumni Centre, the decision was easy.
Seated in a boardroom chair at his downtown office, Bob Lee appears
relaxed and tanned after his recent return from Palm Springs. But he sits
straight up and wide-eyed when the subject of conversation turns to his
university. Even after some 30 years of volunteer activity and leadership,
UBC is still one of his favourite topics
The former chancellor, governor, and founder of UBC Properties Trust
is noticeably enthused about a lot of things at UBC today, including how
the endowment generated from the university's real estate assets now totals
over $850 million in value. He is also enthused by the manner in which the
"commuter campus" of earlier years has been transformed into a thriving
and sustainable 24-hour community. And he is pleased to know that the
real estate development strategy that he first broached to initially skeptica
Board colleagues in 1987 has contributed materially to UBC's evolution
into one of the world's most revered institutions of learning and research
"The most important thing we did was to sell the land as leasehold
rat her than freehold," explains Lee, who is founder and chairman of the
Prospero Group real estate company. "That means the university still
owns the land and can sell it again when the (99-year) lease is up. I fee
this made a difference, but it may take another 80 years before anyone
knows it," he laughs
But in truth it won't be another 80 years before the wider community
understands the magnitude of Bob Lee's contributions to UBC. That is
because the university has taken steps to honour his legacy in the here and
now by announcing that the new and long-awaited Alumni Centre on the
Vancouver campus will bear his name. Currently under construction and
slated for opening in the spring of 2015, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
will serve as a hub of connectivity for alumni and students, and as a lasting
tribute to one of UBC's most committed and far-sighted alumni leaders
"I can't think of a more appropriate and deserving person to honour in this
way than Bob Lee," says Judy Rogers, chair of the UBC Alumni Association
"The depth and duration of his involvement in the affairs of his university
are remarkable to say the least, and the results of his efforts will be evident
for generations to come."
The official naming, Rogers emphasizes, is a means to publicly recognize
the 1956 Commerce graduate for three decades of service that has had
far-reaching effects. "More than anything else, it's simply to acknowledge
his generosity of spirit, which I think is perhaps the most extraordinary
aspect of his character."
Lee says that he learned about generosity from his father, Bick Lee
(born Yat Yee Lee), who in 1911 received financial support from fellow villagers in Guangdong, China to start a new life in
Canada. After first settling in Victoria, he moved to
Vancouver's Chinatown in 1916, where hard toil while
helping to raise seven children
enabled him to establish a thriving
import company and become
active in community politics and
philanthropy. "He raised a lot of
money for the Vancouver Chinese
Public School and served as its
chairman for about 30 years,"
says Lee. "And every year he sent
money back to the people in his
village as payback for helping him."
He went to work for his father
after graduating, but a subsequent
venture into the largely unexploited field of commercia
real estate sales proved prudent, thanks in part to
an influx of wealthy Hong Kong residents who feared
a Chinese government takeover in the early 1960s
A number of bankers who knew Bick Lee's affable
and hard-working son advised prospective Hong Kong
investors that they would be well served by the young
Cantonese speaking salesman. "The first building
sold was the biggest apartment building in the West
End; it had 263 suites," he says. "I showed my father
my commission cheque. It was ten times my annua
salary, and he said, 'you are in the right business.'"
His escalating success enabled him to eventually
emulate the community service and generosity for
which Bick Lee, who passed away in 1994 at the
age of 104, was well admired. But his attention was
irrevocably attracted to UBC in 1984 when Board
of Governors chair David McLean enticed him to
take a seat at the table. In spite of planning to serve
only a couple of terms on the UBC Board, Lee never
really left, saying that the people he interacted with
were far too extraordinary, as were the prospects for
enriching the university's endowments through the
easing of land assets
Not only that, but his relationship with his university
had also become meaningful on a personal level
He met his wife, Lily, BSN'56, while they both were
students and, one by one, each of their four children
eventually followed in their parents' footsteps across
the graduation platform at UBC (Carol, BCom'8r, Derek,
BCom'82; Leslie, B'Com'84; and Graham, BCom'87)
So rewarding were his experiences with the family's
alma mater that Lee agreed to countless more
volunteer hours as chancellor from 1993 to 1996,
and he remained as chair of UBC Properties Trust
until 2011. Today, he continues to serve as a chairman
emeritus of UBC Properties and honorary chair of
UBC's $1.5 billion start an evolution campaign. He
Although he still keeps a full schedule,
Lee finds as much time as possible
to accommodate frequent meeting
requests from admiring Sauder School
students, thereby exemplifying his
belief in the kind of interaction that
will be a cornerstone of activity at
the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.
was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in 1996, and in 2006 he made a personal gift
on behalf of the family to establish the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder Schoo
of Business. "The graduates of the MBA program at UBC are our future leaders," he says
"We rely on these people to be the best
so that Canada will grow with them."
Although he still keeps a full schedule,
Lee finds as much time as possible to
accommodate frequent meeting requests
from admiring Sauder School students,
thereby exemplifying his belief in the kind
of interaction that will be a cornerstone of
activity at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Relaxing once more in his chair, he
reflects a bit longer on UBC matters,
including his gratitude for the naming of
the Alumni Centre and its inherent value to
both students and graduates, his admiration for each of the three UBC presidents with whom
he worked, and the fundamental importance of learning and research to future generations
"I have three grandchildren attending UBC now too," he says with an elder's twinkle
"I'm very happy with how things have turned out." D
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UBC prof Judy McLean
wages war on nutritional
deficiencies in Rwanda -
with the help of a Canadian
invention called Sprinkles.
The class in International Nutrition won't begin for several minutes, but assistant professor
Judy McLean has already set the tone. The room in the Woodward building reverberates with
upbeat music, and a video shows villagers dancing on the red, hard-packed soil of rural Rwanda
You'd think they hadn't a care in the world
It's hard to reconcile this picture with the horrific images from the genocide just 20 years ago,
when 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered. Even as recently as 2006, when McLean first went
to Rwanda, she felt it was "the saddest place on earth," and to this day millions of survivors
bear physical and psychological scars. Yet, in a remarkable paradox, the determination to
recover fromthedeep tragedy of the genocide has pulled Rwandans together so powerfully
that Rwanda is now one of the safest countries on the continent - Transparency International's
2013 Corruption Perception Index ranks it as the second least corrupt country in Africa after
Botswana. And, under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, many innovations have been
introduced, such as effective reconciliation programs, empowerment of women, and bold
public health initiatives
"Everyone should leave UBC knowing a little bit more about what the rest of the world
experiences," says McLean. It's the reason she has let the class get so big. She wants students
to know, for example, that malnutrition isn't caused by a global shortage of food, but rather
is intertwined with politics, gender disparity, and other factors. To date, McLean has taught
nternational Nutrition (FNH 355) to more than 12,000 UBC students. "Everyone should
leave UBC knowing
a little bit more about
what the rest of the |
world experiences."
It was a former FNH 355 student, Sara Elder, who first led McLean to Rwanda. In 2006,
Elder was in Rwanda on a four month CIDA internship. She'd been asked to hire someone
to teach nutrition at INATEK, the university in Kibungo, but it seemed everyone with
upper-level nutrition degrees had either been killed or left the country. So she emailed
McLean: Could she please pass the word around, help her find a suitable candidate? Familiar
with the "heartbreaking, devastating story" of Rwanda, McLean leapt at the opportunity.
"I will go," she emailed back. "I'll teach nutrition there."
The students in her class at INATEK would
have been in their early teens when the genocide
happened, McLean says. "They'd all seen family
killed. I had a student who was digging his own grave
when his mother was able to draw the killers away
from where he was. She was killed in front of him and
he managed to escape, partway through digging his
grave. For every one of them, there was a story."
Rwanda was a French-speaking country, and McLean doesn't speak French, so she
recruited a French-speaking "front-row student" from her FNH 355 class to team-teach with
her and serve as a support person. Thus began McLean's exceptionally successful practice
of creating placements abroad for keen FNH 355 students. Many have worked on field studies
in Rwanda, alongside Rwandan students from INATEK
McLean and her bands of students from UBC have grown close to many survivors. One
afternoon, McLean was driving one of these friends home so he could visit with his mother
and sister. They passed a church, and the young man asked McLean if she'd like to stop and
take a look. When they went in, he began describing what had happened to him there during
the genocide, when he was 11 years old. His mother had fled to nearby Tanzania taking his
little sister, he said, while he and his father and six older brothers sought refuge at the church,
along with thousands of other Tutsis. Then the genocidaires came and there was no escape
"I was buried beneath the bodies of my brothers."
The murderers started using pepper spray to make survivors cough and splutter, so that
they could find them and kill them. But before the killers got to where the boy was, soldiers
arrived and the genocidaires took off.
McLean will never forget standing there, in that church, holding her friend's hand, listening
to his story. He was one of only seven who survived
Such atrocities have been followed by extraordinary
acts of forgiveness. A lot of genocidaires are being
released from prison. For reconciliation, they are
encouraged to go to the survivors of their crimes and
tell them who they are and ask forgiveness. One man,
who had murdered an INATEK Nutrition student's
entire family, came to the student and asked not only
for forgiveness but also for help to feed his starving
family. The student agreed to let the man farm his
and free of charge. "If I'm not to help this individual,"
he said, "then I'm no better than he was."
A while back, McLean was enjoying a brief break
at Mahoney's, a UBC campus bar, when she ran
into a familiar-looking student. "I was in your class
but I dropped it," he said. "I thought it was going
to be too sad and too upsetting, seeing all these
terrible things."
The next day McLean took this up in class
"Boy, there's a message that I'm somehow not
getting across here," she said. "When I'm in a village
in Rwanda, I see laughter and joy and happiness
can't even describe what it's like to see the women
spontaneously dance when you come into a village
They sing - it'll be the middle of the day, and people
are singing and dancing with each other."
"I'm sad often when I come back here," she tells the
class now, "because I don't see people even walking
in my street, let alone dancing and singing, and I don't
know who my neighbours are. That couldn't possibly
happen in a village in rural Rwanda."
These days, McLean makes a point of seeking out
good news to share with the class. And she doesn't
have far to look: With the help of INATEK and UBC
student teams and in partnership with the Rwandan
government and UNICEF Rwanda, she is presently
rolling out a massive program to combat iron
deficiency in Rwandan babies
A slight figure with very blonde hair, a ready smile
and a magnetic personality, McLean is known for her
tireless work ethic and remarkably positive attitude
Students who work closely with her say she works
"three times as hard as any of us" and often puts in
18-hour days. She admits it's been years since she's
had a real summer vacation, but there was a time
when she and her family liked to holiday by the beach
in Barbados. On one such holiday in the mid-1990s,
the McLeans met the Zlotkins. Both families were
sitting poolside and they struck up a conversation
Stan Zlotkin, it turned out, is a Toronto pediatrician
and research scientist who, like McLean, has a PhD
in nutrition. The friendship that ensued was to have
an enormous impact on McLean's life and, through
her, on the lives of hundreds of thousands - or, more
ikely, millions - of others ^^^^^^^^^^^^H
Walking along the beach in
Barbados, Zlotkin told McLean
about the research he was
working on to combat vitamin
and mineral deficiencies,
especially iron, in developing
countries. All told, more than
2 billion people in the world
are affected by micronutrient
deficiencies, and most of them
ive in developing countries
Almost half of all children under
five - that's 300 million children
worldwide - have anemia; half
a million die each year from
Vitamin A deficiency; another
400,000 die from inadequate
zinc stores
It used to be that deficiencies
in iron, iodine, Vitamin A and
Vitamin D were also common in
North America but, in the 1930s,
scientists began finding ways to
fortify foods with vitamins and minerals. Store-bought milk, for example
is fortified with Vitamin D to prevent rickets and Vitamin A to prevent
blindness, while table salt has iodine to prevent goiter and cretinism,
to name just a couple of ways North Americans consume adequate
amounts of these essential "micro" nutrients
The problem is, people in developing countries, especially in rura
areas, consume little if any store-bought food. Often, they rely on
a single, home-grown staple for almost all their
calories and nutrients. So Dr. Zlotkin came up with
the idea of "home fortification" using a powdered
formula of 15 important micronutrients including
iron, iodine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin C
It was several years before the product, which
he called Sprinkles, was ready for market. Packaged
in single-dose sachets that resemble little packets
of sugar, Sprinkles is an amazing source of essentia
micronutrients that families can use to fortify their own foods
"The iron is covered with a thin coating of soy lipid to mask its strong
metallic taste," McLean says, so mixing Sprinkles into a child or infant's
regular food doesn't change the taste of the food. It also encourages
mothers to feed their babies suitable foods at the right age in life, because
Sprinkles should be combined with semi-solid foods that are not too hot
Getting Sprinkles from the lab to the homes of the people who need it,
however, is an extremely challenging process that is still in very early stages
As Zlotkin says, they have "barely scratched the surface" when it comes
to making Sprinkles available where it is most needed
When McLean saw the limited diet in Rwanda, the nutritiona
issues, and the poverty, she wanted to find a way to respond, beyond
simply teaching her Community Nutrition class at INATEK. And right
away she thought of Zlotkin, and knew that Sprinkles was the answer.
"It was crystal clear to me," she says
On a return visit to Rwanda, McLean met
Kara Pecknold, a designer who was friends
with Magnifique Nzaramba, a brother of
Rwanda's Minister of Health, Dr. Richard
Sezibera. Nzaramba facilitated a meeting with
Sezibera, and the minister supported McLean's
idea to introduce Sprinkles in Rwanda
After that, McLean still had to knock on
a lot of doors for financial backing. Ultimately
UNICEF became the main partner, with about
a million dollars coming from other organizations
Zlotkin had generously relinquished the patent
for Sprinkles outside of North America, so they
were able to have the product manufactured
in India for just 2.5 cents a packet
In order to succeed with such an intervention,
it's essential to understand the local culture,
so the INATEK and FNH 355 students conducted
focus groups and interviews in the villages
Pecknold designed mock-ups for country-specific
Sprinkles packaging, and the mothers chose
their favourite. They even coined a name for
the product in Kinyarwanda, the local language
To test out the acceptability and usability of the micronutrient
powders at the household level, the students taught community health
workers how to use the powders, and the health workers trained about
60 caregivers and sent them home with a 30-day supply to try out
For the next step, they launched a one-year effectiveness program
reaching tens of thousands of Rwandan children. Kristina Michaux
and Allison Daniel, former FNH 355 students who worked together on
the project in 2012, say they
experienced an exceptiona
compliance rate of nearly
100 per cent in Rwanda
In fact, the pilot project
went so well that McLean
was asked to do a major
scale-up, beginning in May,
to target 350,000 Rwandan
babies from six to 23 months of age. Daniel is thrilled at this success,
and she's especially excited about the "huge future" the program has
in other countries
Seeing the impact of the Rwandan interventions, several other
African nations approached McLean to establish micronutrient delivery
programs in their own countries. As a result, McLean and a number
of her UBC students, together with in-country partners, have begun
work on micronutrient projects in Zambia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon,
Mozambique, Mali and Uganda
Sometimes a country wants to forge ahead with an intervention, and
skip the preliminary steps. "We know we need it and we know it works,"
they say. But McLean is adamant that they follow all the preparatory
and training steps. Micronutrient powder interventions have not always
been successful, she points out. Compliance can be a huge challenge
In an emergency situation in a Somali refugee camp, for example,
Seeing the impact of the Rwandan
interventions, several other African
nations approached McLean to  ■
establish micronutrient delivery-
programs in their own countries. packets of Sprinkles were given out without any sort of community training or pilot
testing. Seeing the shiny foil that lined the packages, many mothers thought the
packets were some sort of condom, and threw them away. Others took one look at the
picture on the packets, in this case a couple and one child, and thought they were for
birth control. "Nobody used them. It was a complete waste of money," McLean says
Zach Daly, a UBC graduate student in Nutrition, has his own story to underscore
the value of following the steps. Daly conducted field research for the program last
year in Zambia, the second African country to launch a home fortification program
with McLean's help. Daly loves his morning coffee, and takes it black. His i-litre clear
plastic Nalgene container seemed
ideal for carting coffee around from
site to site, till one morning a Zambian
partner on his team told him there
was a problem
"In Zambia, there are a lot of
beliefs around blood and Satanism,"
Daly says. Some of the villagers
thought that his Nalgene container,
with its black lid and white numbered
markings down the side, was some
sort of medical equipment, perhaps
an IV bottle, and they wanted to know if the reddish black liquid in it was human blood
"Was Daly a Satanist?" they wondered, when they saw him drinking it. After that,
Daly became extremely vigilant about keeping the flask in the car and out of sight,
though he wasn't quite ready to give up his daily coffee
This sort of unexpected obstacle can derail an entire intervention program if not
caught early. It underscores the need for a country to follow the process McLean has
established, if they are to build a program that will be sustainable over the long haul
It's particularly poignant that Rwanda, which suffered such devastation 20 years ago
is the first country in Africa to roll out a full-scale micronutrient delivery program for
infants in rural villages
"It's a remarkable place," McLean says, "and to see the connectedness people have
is very special. I've been able to watch such a dramatic change happen." She is hopefu
that the home-fortification program can help keep that change going
After all the years of preparation, it was profoundly moving for McLean to see her
idea become a reality, when the mothers fortified their food with micronutrients for
the first time and gave it to their children
"For me," she says, "that was the defining moment - in a career, and a life." D
Almost half of all children
under five - that's 300 million
children worldwide - have
anemia; half a million die   |
each year from Vitamin A
deficiency; another 400,000
die from inadequate zinc stores.
The Sprinkles packaging for Rwanda was designed
by Kara Pecknold.
Because they grow so fast, young children have
very high iron needs relative to their body weight
- as much as eight times what an adult male
typically needs.
In rural Rwanda, 77 percent of infants aged
6 to 9 months are anemic, their bodies unable to
produce enough hemoglobin to supply adequate
oxygen to major organs, such as the heart and
brain. This can cause impaired physical and
cognitive development, and even death. THE SOCHI
Sports sociologist Andrea Bundon participated
as a guide at this year's Paralympics.
As she guided Canadian paranordic skier Margarita
Gorbounova towards the finish of the 15km classic
race at the Sochi Paralympics, UBC alumna Andrea
Bundon - who was giving instructions to Gorbounova
through a speaker - suddenly couldn't even hear her
own voice. The fans had figured out that Gorbounova
was a Russian native, and they were giving her
a hero's welcome. It was like competing in front
of a home crowd.
"I thought that racing in the Vancouver Paralympics
was loud, but the Russian crowd was amazing," said
Bundon. "They kind of adopted us. That first race,
we were actually in last position, we're coming into
the final stretch and the crowd was going crazy!"
Throughout each of their four races, which
also included the ikm sprint, the 5km free, and
the 12.5km biathlon, Russian coaches were yelling
encouragement from the sidelines. After one of
their races, a photographer yelled out Margarita's
i name, and it turned out he knew her father from
ISt. Petersburg. "We did feel like we were getting
an extra boost," said Bundon.
.   The entire two weeks was a fantastic experience
for both of them. When they arrived on March 3,
temperatures of 150°C had turned the snow on the
race course into the consistency of mashed potatoes.
But in the coming days the weather got colder, and
the organizers worked to ensure that the course
improved. While the fields were small, with only five
countries sending athletes (Belarus, Ukraine, Russia,
Canada and Germany), she and Gorbounova were very
pleased with their races, especially the 5km freestyle.
Gorbounova finished in eighth position and completed
the course in 15:42.2, a personal best by several
minutes. "Right from the gun we felt we were really
zoned in," said Bundon. "We had a lot of fun in that
race and we were really happy to go out on a high note."
t. They also competed in the biathlon, which is included
under the umbrella of paranordic skiing. Athletes in this
event wear headphones equipped with a sonar device
that produces a high-pitched
beep, turning to a steady tone
when their rifle is pointing
at the target. In paranordic
events, athletes with three
evels of visual impairment
compete together. Judges
adjust the finishing times at
the end. For example, those
with between zero and five per cent vision have two
per cent subtracted from their times, and those with
no vision have 14 per cent subtracted. Gorbunova, with
five to 10 per cent vision, is in the most sighted group
and has no time subtracted
For Bundon, a sports sociologist now completing
postdoctoral research at Loughborough University
in the UK, the competition was also a great chance
for her to consider questions related to her work. She
wonders why the number of women in the Paralympic
Movement is not growing at the same rate as the
women in the Olympic Movement. "I don't think
anyone's investigated that yet," she said. "I'm curious
to find out why."
Bundon has been involved in sport for most of her
life, and her work naturally merges with her recreation
She grew up in Regina, and competed in rowing
through high school and her undergraduate degree at
the University of Calgary. When she came to UBC in
2006 to complete her master's degree in the Schoo
of Kinesiology, she was captain of the rowing team
for three years
Her family spent a lot of time in Canmore, so she
skied frequently and competed at the provincia
level. But in 2008, she was skiing at Cypress and met
a coach with the Nordic Racers Ski Club. He asked
her if she was interested in guiding a skier with visua
impairment, and her enthusiastic response shaped
her future academic career.
Bundon's master's in kinesiology looked at how
complementary and alternative medicine (such as
massage, acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy, herba
treatments) was being incorporated into sports
medicine at the national team level. After meeting
the coach, she began guiding Courtney Knight from
Burnaby, working out twice a week at Cypress and
travelling to the Callaghan Valley on the weekends
"I was in the final stages of my master's project, and
starting to think about my PhD research," recalls
Bundon. "They basically convinced me that disability
sport was the way to go. I thought I could do some
research that would be of value to that group."
Bundon's PhD research at UBC
looked at how different online
platforms, such as blogging,  |
Facebook, and Twitter, were being
used in the Paralympic Movement
In 2009, she and Knight qualified for the Vancouver Paralympics. They raced on trails
they knew very well at the Callaghan Valley, in front of a huge group of family and friends
After those Games Knight retired, and two years later Bundon connected with Gorbounova,
who lives in Ottawa. They corresponded by emai
and met up at training camps and races
Bundon's PhD at UBC was about Paralympic sport
and online communication. She looked at how different
online platforms, such as blogging, Facebook, and
Twitter, were being used in the Paralympic Movement
"This project was different because it was collaborative
and community based," she said. "I was actually
blogging with athletes and we created a website and
we would take turns blogging about topics related to disability sport. That could be media
portrayals of athletes with disabilities, or someone encountering something in their club that
was discriminatory and getting ideas on how to deal with it."
Because of their relatively small numbers,
athletes with disabilities often find themselves
alone in their clubs. "We looked at how you can
use online networks to create community and
build support, as well as sharing information
and resources. We tried to replicate that team
atmosphere that able-bodied athletes have locally."
Working largely online themselves, she and
Gorbounova went through an intense time before
the Sochi Paralympics. Bundon was finishing her
PhD in the fall of 2013. Gorbunova experienced
the loss of her sister-in-law two months before
the Games. "Our plans kept changing," Bundon
recalls. "We met up in Germany in January,
right after I moved to England. We had great
races in Germany and that sort of proved
to us that we were ready."
Now, for the first time in 20 years, Bundon
can't say when her next competition wil
be. She's joined a rowing club and explored
running trails at Loughborough University,
which is known for its sports programs
She is completing her post-doctoral research at the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability
Sport. Her project, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Counci
of Canada, looks at the experience of youth in disability sport in the wake of the London
Paralympics. She is using digital media, including photographs, voiceovers, text, and illustration,
to create digital stories about young peoples' experience in sport and physical activity.
There were many programs put into place after the Paralympics to encourage youth
with disability to participate in sport. But looking at the straight statistics of youth competing
in sport, or the economic spin-offs of the Games, are traditional takes on the idea of "legacy."
Bundon is interested in a more personal impression. "On the ground level, that child who
was in a PE class with a bunch of able-bodied classmates - has their experience changed
as a result of hosting Paralympic Games? That's where I'm going with this, to get some
individualized accounts."
The first part of the project is to collect and create stories, and the second part is to
share them in many ways: online, in community centres, with sport groups, and in schools
She looks forward to seeing how they will be used. There's a lot of great research, she says,
about storytelling as a way of influencing policy. "You can give a policy maker statistics and
numbers, and that goes part way, but often what will connect with someone is a story." D
" Andrea Bundon's research
explores sport and disability.
_ Photo: Scott Grant/	
"2 Canadian Paralympic Committc
2^ 31 All photos courtesy of WriteGirl
Never underestimate the
power of a girl and her pen.
Never underestimate the power of a girl and her pen. A surprising declaration in this electronic
age where pen and paper rarely meet. But if you're a creative teenage girl from an inner-city
school in Los Angeles you would probably recognize the rallying call of WriteGirl, the brainchild
of UBC alumna Keren Taylor, BA'86
Founded by Taylor in 2001, WriteGirl has a simple premise: pair professional women
writers with teen girls for weekly one-on-one mentoring and writing workshops and watch
the transformation that happens
"These girls have tremendous challenges - depression, abuse at home, pregnancy, bullying -
very serious issues," says Taylor, executive director of the organization. "They look like they've
got it all together but nobody is paying attention to their inner life. This environment gives them
space and time to think about who they want to be."
Currently, there are 350 at-riskgirls aged 13-18 from 60 LA high schools participating in
WriteGirl. About 150 of them are in the Core Program, which provides customized mentoring,
genre-specific workshops, and support for college and scholarship applications. Girls are
recruited with the aid of school counsellors and teachers and are able to stay in the program
right through high school. Additionally, an In-Schools Program sees mentors leading weekly
group workshops to improve literacy and communication skills for girls in underserved
neighbourhoods and detention centres
Women journalists, screenwriters, poets, grant-writers, novelists, corporate scribes and
others form a volunteer network dedicated to nurturing the young writers' self-expression and
self-confidence. With communication skills to open doors, the goal is to help girls believe in
themselves. Women talk about how enriching and moving their mentoring relationships are -
they say they can see the women these girls are becoming
Mentors meet students in a coffee shop or library for one hour a week, participate in
behind-the-scenes planning work and commit to attending monthly workshops held in partner
venues such as the Grammy Museum and the Los Angeles Times headquarters. With an
emphasis on acceptance, expression and fun, the writing and critical thinking workshops
are designed to be completely unlike school - no judgment, no tests and no restrictions
Amanda Gorman and her mentor are editing the first draft of a novel the 16-year-old has
been writing over the last two years. Gorman says one of the toughest parts of being a writer
is finding the courage to put forward your ideas and wear your heart on your sleeve. "You're
literally an open book," she says. But her WriteGirl experience has allowed her to trust herself
and has given her hope "Being a teenager, you're so distraught with
pressure," she says. "There aren't enough strong
female advocates out there and writing isn't usually
suggested as a legitimate occupation. But WriteGir
shows you there is more world to explore with
a pen in your hand than without one. But your
pen isn't the power - you are the power."
Gorman, who also writes poetry, aspires to be
a human rights advocate. She thinks if more schools
were like WriteGirl, students would be stronger,
more confident and have a passion to contribute
positive solutions to the world
Taylor's own passion for WriteGirl is yielding
impressive results
Not only does the organization publish award-
winning annual anthologies of student work, but since
its inception WriteGirl has guided every one of the
500 teens in the Core Program to finish high schoo
and enroll in college. In a city of high-density schools,
few counsellors, and dropout rates of around 50 per
cent for metropolitan schools, WriteGirl's success
has attracted well-deserved attention
In 2013, the organization was one of 12 awardees
chosen from 350 nominations to earn a Nationa
Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Taylor
and WriteGirl mentee Jacqueline Uy - an aspiring
journalist - received the award from First Lady
Michelle Obama at a White House recognition
ceremony. The organization received $10,000
and a year of communications and other support
"These girls have tremendous
challenges - depression, abuse
at home, pregnancy, bullying -
very serious issues. They look
like they've got it all together
but nobody is paying attention
to their inner life."
Taylor was also recently named a CNN Hero for her work with
WriteGirl, part of the broadcaster's campaign to honour "everyday
people changing the world."
"We want to give these girls tools that enable them to be positive
and thrive and rise above whatever challenges they may be facing,"
says Taylor.
She didn't set out to create a support organization for teen girls
With an undergraduate degree in International Relations, she originally
saw a future in the Foreign Service. But after taking a look around
and realizing the service was very male-dominated with nary a female
mentor in sight, she had to re-think
her ambitions
"I didn't want to fight the fight
to get myself and other women into
positions of leadership," she says
So she drew on other talents. In
addition to her UBC degree, Taylor
holds a Piano Performance Degree
from the Royal Conservatory
of Music in Toronto and a Diploma
from the American Music and
Dramatic Academy in New York
City. During her 15 years in New York, she worked in musical theatre and
also held song- writing and poetry workshops in city high schools. That's
where she had her Eureka moment. Taylor saw that students who were
struggling with life at school and at home changed in the workshops -
they found confidence and joy in creative expression
That was familiar territory for someone who as a girl read hundreds of
books every year and took classes in many forms of artistic interpretation
As a high school student Taylor had realized how few books were written
by women or had interesting female characters. She became convinced
of the importance of female voices being heard
It was a few more years, including a stint as a performer in Las Vegas,
before Taylor found herself in Los Angeles with an opportunity to revisit
the idea of creative writing workshops for youth. Terminated from an
advertising sales job, she used her severance pay to start WriteGir
and welcomed 13 girls to the first meeting
"It's ironic that the journey I didn't want to take as a graduate is
now exactly the journey I am taking," says the 50 year-old. "Creating
empowerment for women is something I am emotionally compelled
to do something about." FEATURE    •
There have been some changes in the past 13 years,
including greater access to computers. However,
Taylor remains a fan of pen and paper and believes
the act of writing in a journal allows for more freedom
of expression than writing on a screen. But most
importantly, the same conditions persist for students
from low-income families, producing "an endless
stream of girls in need."
This summer Taylor will be involved in a creative
writing pilot program for boys who are incarcerated
She's also thinking about doing more work globally,
having Los Angeles girls connect with teen writers
in Africa and India in what might be "an old-fashioned
pen pal conversation."
WriteGirl alumnae are all over the world, staying
in touch via a Facebook page, and two "grads" have
come back to serve as mentors. Even with such
success, WriteGirl faces the challenges of maintaining
a supply of mentors; retaining and renewing a network
of supporters; and attracting funding to secure the
organization's future
That all takes a lot of energy. Fortunately Taylor is
able to re-charge through her own creative expression,
which includes
poetry, songwriting,
singing with a band,
and mosaic art
"I'm so glad to be
able to do this work,"
she says. "These girls
strike a chord inside me -
they are unstoppable."
For more information
on WriteGirl visit
www.writegirl.org D
With an emphasis on
acceptance, expression
and fun, the writing
and critical thinking
workshops are designed
to be completely unlike  I
school - no judgment, no
tests and no restrictions.
by Amanda Gorman, Age 16
I am Amanda Gorman
the pun standing, dependent, on the comical guilt of my last name.
I am Amanda Gorman,
even though I am not A MAN at all,
nor am I a gory man.
I am Amanda Gorman
I always thought my name had a perpetual amount ofa's
blazing bright orange and shoving out the "d" like stones thrust from my lips
Or corncake dug violently from my teeth
It is the predictable weather, a storm inevitably followed by a rainbow,
my name followed by Gabrielle, my twin sister's name,
Amanda is the name of a character my mother created with love
in a book she wrote and tucked carefully into binders
A name of a relative
with immeasurable significance to my mother
But just familiarity to me
Amanda is a cloak, wrapping me with its dominating vowels
shrouding me from
vulnerability and exposing me to my strength
The yellow brightness of Amanda Banana
because I was born yellow
Or Amanda Panda
because I was also born very small,
like a baby panda
Or perhaps my true name is my middle name
a verb, an emblem, imprinted on my working hands,
coating my voice
like bitter frosting with the pretext of sweetness
Yes, Chase, that's the name
Perhaps one day instead of Chase I will be Found
I will chase my dreams and hopefully find them as well
But for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, I will be Amanda
And I realize that Amanda
is more than good enough. ^^ Ci
618 million
The number of Chinese
to visiting professor from Hong Kong Unive
Ying Chan. "China is already a digital superpc
The sheer size of the Chinese digital economy
has made the country a leading producer
and consumer of digital products," she says.
(UBC Reports, February 27)
Daily amount of carbon
dioxide that will be converted
into chemicals for cement
manufacturing at a Richmond
plant, in a new pilot project
using technology developed
at UBC. (The Province,
April 9)
A new study co-authored by UBC professor
Tony J. Pitcher estimates that up to 32% of wild
fish imported to the US is illegally caught. US
inspectors are not required to ask for proof of
origin. (The Washington Post, April 26)
1.5 billion
In February, as part of
the federal budget, late
Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty announced the
government's 10-year
commitmenttothe Canada
First Research Excellence
Fund, to support Canadian
leadership in global
research and innovation.
The number of panels on a community mural
being created in Vancouver by Foster Eastman
to raise funds for the Vancouver Transition
Network, a peer-based support program
initiated at UBC to ease veterans' transition
back into civilian life. Each panel represents
a Canadian killed in Afghanistan.
e number of miles
concept car developed
y UBC students can
avel on a single gallon
gas. (Metro, April 20).
More than 18,000 rare and
unique early photographs
of BC from the 1850s
to the 1970s have been
gifted to UBC by Uno and
Dianne Langmann. The
images will be preserved,
digitized and made public.
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Brett Josef Grubisic
(UBC professor of English Lit.)
Now or Never Publishing
342 pp.
Brett Josef Grubisic's newest novel,
This Location of Unknown Possibilities,
brings together two disparate realities
the fast-moving film industry and
the staid ivory towers of academia
The combination creates a subtly
complex composite that pokes fun
at contemporary culture
The story is a behind-the-scenes look
at a low-budget movie set in Hollywood
North. It revolves around two characters and their alter egos. English
professor Marta Spek is uptight and earnest while her boss, film executive
Jake Nugent, is cynical and sex-obsessed. The two first meet in Nugent's
office at a film studio on the outskirts of Vancouver, where Professor Spek is
already a long skytrain ride away from her comfort zone. The setting quickly
moves to a remote location in the Okanagan, where both characters are
faced with altered versions of their protected realities
Grubisic uses a vortex of references from literary works, self-help books,
online personals, B-grade slasher flicks and Hollywood actors to produce
a meta-narrative that is oddly recognizable but defies labels. This stripping
of labels applies not only to the book, but also the film at its centre as well
as the characters responsible for creating it
Professor Spek is an expert on Lady Hester Stanhope, a Victorian
adventurer and traveller whose archaeological expedition provides
the basis for the film The Prophet ofDjoun. Spek's expertise on Stanhope
ands her a job as a film consultant but the industry is fickle. The Prophet
of Djoun becomes The Battle ofDjoun, more of an action flick than a biopic
Aliens are added and Lady Hester Stanhope is rewritten. This mirrors
the transformation of Marta Spek, whose personal shift is helped by
Chaz, a self-mocking production assistant. Meanwhile, Jake Nugent,
an A-type personality whose narcissism and insatiable sex drive renders
him at once attractive and obnoxious, spends most of his time chasing
sexual opportunities and a fraction of his time working to keep the film
on budget and on time
In the end, both Spek and Nugent come to the conclusion that
"a perfectly seamless and unified selfhood is a consolatory fiction."
This Location of Unknown Possibilities reveals that any film, or even
person, can be rewritten. If we accept that the stable reality we inhabit
every day is really only a frame of reference, anything is possible
Renee Sarojini Saklikar, BA'85,
LLB'go (UBC Book Club Facilitator)
Nightwood Editions
96 pp.
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Renee Sarojini Saklikar's Children of Air India is a poetic response
to the largest mass murder in Canadian history. On June 23,1985,
a bomb blew Air India Flight 182 out oftheskyand into the Atlantic
Ocean, killing 329 passengers, many of them Indo-Canadians.
After almost 20 years of investigation and prosecution, which
cost Canadian taxpayers almost $130 million, only one suspect was
convicted. The Commission of Inquiry's report, released in 2010,
blamed the government, the RCMP and the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service for mishaps that allowed the act of terrorism
to happen. All these facts do little to unearth the private grief
buried beneath the public tragedy. Children of Air India is "the saga
of a nation" presented in a sequence of elegies that speak to "what
it feels like after".
An introductory poem declares the book a lament, a work of
fiction, weaving in fact. The last line says, "Another version of this
introduction exists, it has been redacted". Throughout the book
names are removed, authorities invoked then unauthorized and
entire lines of text crossed out.
In the spirit of court proceedings, which often obscure or remove
sensitive information, Saklikar selects and adapts anecdotes, gossip
and facts from witness statements, newspaper clippings, the Air India
Trial Media Information Package and John C. Major's Commission
of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182,
among other sources listed at the back of the volume. The sources are
numerous and their individual pages lengthy, yet Saklikar constructs
96 slim pages of loose prose, "each story-bit/a laceration". The banal
is lined up next to the bomb. The "plausible and implausible" are
set beside the "catastrophic and unreasonable". As Saklikar writes
in "Elegy: what it feels like after": "It is all there. It is nothing".
Children of Air India is a harsh rebuke. The fragments offered here,
the child's battered shoe, the scrapes of memory, are full of horror
and loss. In both form and delivery, Children of Air India tells us that
without reflection, there is no remembering. Even then, another
version exists and it too may be redacted. Childrenof Air India has
been nominated for the BC Book Prize's Dorothy Livesay Poetry prize. THEY CALLED ME
BevSellars, LLB'oi
Talon Books
256 pp.
Written by Andreas Schroeder
(UBC Creative Writing instructor)
Illustrated by Remy Simard
Annick Press
In her memoir, They Called Me Number One, Xat'sull Chief Bev Sellars
gives the first full-length account of life at St. Joseph's Mission Residentia
School, which operated from 1891 to 1981 in Williams Lake, BC. Five
generations of Sellars' family attended. "In our house," writes Sellars,
"we did not speak unless there was something relevant to say." What
Sellars says in these pages is relevant, heart-wrenchingly dark and
oddly uplifting
Sellars starts her story with her grandmother, Sarah (Baptiste) Sam,
who first attended St. Joseph's Mission in 1903, at the age of seven
At the Mission, Sarah Sam became Number 27. Her sister Annie was
Number 28. From 1962 to 1967, Sellars lived a similar life at the Mission
There, she was known as Number One. "Thankfully," says Sellars, "our
numbers were not tattooed on our skin." Upon arrival, students were
deloused with DDT, even though it was banned in Canada. Her Gram often
said that she hated to send the kids, "but if I don't, they will put me in jail."
They Called Me Number One describes a few positive memories at the
Mission but mostly points to a culture of belittling and abuse, topped
off by a disregard for basic human rights. The Mission, says Sellars,
was "a breeding ground for dysfunction." Compassion was almost
non-existent. As a result, Sellars says, "we remembered even the smallest
bit of kindness." Though kindnesses did little to alleviate the lessons
ingrained at the Mission. Lessons like "don't try to be better than anyone
else" or "speaking your mind only results in trouble" stayed with Sellars
throughout her life. But the biggest hangover was the shame of being
an Indian
When Sellars started public school in 1967, it became apparent she
was "emotionally and socially crippled" but also incredibly bright. She had
an IQ of 133, although she didn't know what that meant at the time. Despite
difficulty dislodging ideas inculcated at the Mission, Sellars raised a family,
went on to college, became Xat'sull Chief, attended law school at UBC
and found love. Her reflections on the reasons for the violence, alcoholism
and abuse within her community are biting but fair-minded and, above all,
essential to an understanding of the long-term effects of residential schools
They Called Me Number One has been shortlisted for the 2014 Hubert
Evans Non-Fiction Prize and won the 2014 George Ryga Award for Socia
Awareness in Literature. It should be read by all Canadians
Andreas Schroeder's graphic novel Robbers! True Stories of the World's
Most Notorious Thieves balances grit and greed while exploring some
of the most cunning crimes of the century. The book is part of Annick
Press' True Stories from the Edge series for young readers and follows
two previous books by Schroeder, Scams! (2005) and Duped! (2011).
Nine tall tales are told in Robbers! They include the 1911 theft of
the Mona Lisa; the 1972 bom bing of a bank vault; the unsolved case
of D.B. Cooper, who parachuted out of a plane with $200,000 in 1971;
the story of a robber so captivated by the Duchess of Devonshire,
a painting he stole in 1876, that he carried it around in a false-bottom
briefcase but eventually sold it to the Pinkerton Detective agency
in 1897 with a caveat that included immunity from prosecution and
financial security for his children; the botched getaway from a 1949
bank robbery in a prosperous northern Ontario gold-mining town;
the 1927 holdup that was the undoing of a charming cat burglar
whose decade-long career amassed an estimated $10 million; the 1963
ambush of The Royal Mail car known as "The Great Train Robbery";
and the "ingenuity, psychology and audacity" of bank robber Willie
Sutton, who was caught a dozen times and sentenced to more than
a hundred years in prison but kept escaping and robbing banks.
This is merely the scaffolding that supports a myriad of rich detail.
As a side barto the bank robbery in Ontario's Larder Lake, Schroeder
points out that, at the time, Montreal banks were robbed at a rate of
one every 93 minutes. An interesting note that ends the story about
Adam Worth, the cat burglar who stole the Duchess of Devonshire,
says many believe Arthur Conan Doyle based Sherlock Holmes's
nemesis, James Moriarty, on Worth's methods and exploits.
For young readers learning about the boundaries of social
convention, Robbers! True Stories of the World's Most Notorious
Thieves speaks to the impulse to "simply take something we want."
But it is Schroeder's expansive knowledge coupled with his delight
in recounting tales of mischievous bedlam that make this book
notable. Robbers! True Stories of the World's Most Notorious Thieves
was nominated for the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch
Award, which celebrates its 20th year in 2014. D 1
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Got your attention? Good. That's the point. Yael Cohen,
BA'o8, president, founder and CEO of F**k Cancer, is on
a mission: end late stage cancer diagnosis by getting
people talking about the disease and educating them
about the importance of early detection. The non-profit
organization's mission is to empower Generation Y -
a generation Cohen believes has been omitted from the
cancer conversation - and inspire them to involve, engage
and educate their parents about early detection. Cohen
established the organization in 2009 after her mother was
diagnosed with breast cancer. Shocked to learn that 90 per
cent of cancers are curable in stage one, Cohen realized
that spreading the message about early detection was
imperative. Today, the passionate and creative 27-year-old
is a recognized health advocate, philanthropist and social
entrepreneur. She's been named to the Globe and Mail's list
of 12 people who are transforming philanthropy; received
the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal; spoken at the White
House; been named one of Women's Executive Network's
100 Most Powerful Women in Canada; and most recently
was recognized as one of BC Business' 30 Under 30. Thanks
to early detection, Cohen's mother, Diane, has joined her
daughter's movement.
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Norm Watt, BSc'67 MBA'69, recently released a second edition of his book,
Off the Beaten Path: A Hiking Guide to Vancouver's North Shore. The book
focuses on lesser known, but interesting trails throughout the forests
of North and West Vancouver, many featuring sites of local historica
interest, such as early 1900s logging, homesteading or sporting activities
The expanded version provides up-to-date information on changes to
trailheads, signage, winter use and more.      After spending his entire
working career in the pulp and paper industry, engineer Dave Baker, BASc'69,
retired early because of a stroke. In retirement, he's been enjoying success
writing, singing and recording folk songs about Canada's west coast. Loca
choirs that have performed his work include Chor Leoni, the Vancouver
Welsh Men's Choir, the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir, the Enchor mixed
choir, and the Jubilate Chamber Choir. In 2013, Baker was awarded the
Phyllis Delaney Life After Stroke Award in recognition of his achievements
and contributions to the Canadian music industry.      The Great Gazzoon,
a 4-CD musical audio novel co-written and produced for Rick Scott by
Valerie Hennell, BA'70, MA'72, won Children's Recording of the Year in the
2013 Western Canadian Music Awards, received a nomination for Producer
of the Year in the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, and was recently
featured at the 2014 Vancouver Children's Festival. Hennell and Scott also
wrote an educational program, My Symphony, which premiered with the
Vancouver Island Symphony in February 2014.      This March, Lyall Knott,
QC, BCom'71 LLB '72, was appointed chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison
Council for BC and in April was appointed as a member of the Advisory
Board to the Canada Institute of The Woodrow Wilson Internationa
Center for Scholars. Knott is a senior partner of Clark Wilson LLP and
is the Honorary Captain of the Canadian Fleet Pacific, Royal Canadian
Navy. He served as a Canadian Commissioner on the International Joint
Commission from 2009-2013.      Brian J McParland, BASc'79, MSc'8t, PhD'85,
recently published his third book, Medical Radiation Dosimetry: Theory of
Charged Particle Collision Energy Loss. McParland will return to the Middle
East this year to take up the new post of head of Medical Physics at the
Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha, Qatar.      In June 2013, Andy
MacKinnon, BSc'79, MSc'82, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree
from SFU for his contributions to forest ecology research, land use planning
on BC's coast, and his role as co-author of six best-selling field guides to
plant identification in western North America. MacKinnon is a researcher
with the BC Forest Service and an adjunct professor in the School of class acts
Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. He lives in Metchosin,
BC, with his family.      Daniel Lefebvre, MSc'8o, won the Alumni Award for
Excellence in Teaching from the Queen's University Alumni Association
The award recognizes a Queen's professor who shows outstanding
knowledge, teaching ability, and accessibility to students. Students say
Lefebvre goes above and beyond his job title to connect with students and
provide an excellent learning environment.      Dr. Samuel Pang, BSc'82,
MD'83, medical director of the Reproductive Science Centers (RSC) of New
England, was rated "Top Doc" in Infertility Diagnosis and Treatment by
Boston magazine in 2013. Physicians selected for inclusion in the magazine's
"Top Doctors" list are among the nation's top one per cent of physicians
in their field. Dr. Pang is also director of the Donor Egg and Gestationa
Surrogacy program at RSC New England. He has conducted research,
published professional articles, and is frequently invited to speak
on menopause, male infertility, third-party assisted reproduction, and
other topics related to fertility treatments.      Howard Jang, BMus'83,
has been appointed as the new director of SFU's Woodward's Cultura
Unit. In addition to this new role, Jang will also serve as professor of
Professional Practice within SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts
Jang was previously the executive director of the Arts Club Theatre
for 14 years.      Shannon Selin, MA'86, recently published her first novel,
Napoleon in America, which imagines what might have happened if
Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound
up in the United States in 1821.      In 2013, Lynn Price, BMus'87, graduated
with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and was also
the 2013 recipient of both the Mary Plumb Blade Award for Excellence
in Painting/Printmaking, and the Governor General's Silver Medal
Price's work was included in the Art Mur's Fresh Paint/New Construction
exhibition in Montreal.      Special thanks to the UBC Alumni Group
in Indonesia for generously committing $125,000 to help build the UBC
Alumni Centre - and especially to Chris Bendl, BSc'91, for leading the effort
The new 41,700 square foot Alumni Centre located at the heart of the
Vancouver campus will be the first of its kind in Canada.      Carol Lane,
BSc'9\ PhD'99, neuroscientist and assistant clinical professor in UBC's
Faculty of Medicine, recently received the Minerva and the Women In™
Science Philanthropy Award. Lane works primarily in university-industry
partnership research developing treatments and diagnostics for patients,
and has clinically developed numerous medications working with
multinational pharmaceutical companies, local biotech and global contract
research organizations. Lane is dedicated to the advancement of women
in science and mentors undergraduate and graduate students, as well
as academics, young industrial scientists in industry, and paramedics
in the rural community. She is currently VP Medical and Scientific Affairs
for Megassistance, a medical emergency transport and travel assistant
company.      In fall 2013, Kirstin Evenden, MFA'92, was appointed executive
director of Lougheed House and Gardens in Calgary. Evenden has worked
in diverse aspects of the museum sector for two decades, being with
the Glenbow Museum for a number of years, most recently as its president
and CEO. Built in 1891, Lougheed House is a national and provincial historic
site and one of the earliest surviving mansions of its kind on the Canadian
prairies. Evenden is working to increase community engagement with the
house and its gardens - the place has many stories to tell!      Peter Raabe,
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Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy that philosophy can
effectively inform and improve conventional methods
of treating mental illness.      Daphne M. Higgs, LLB'98,
has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Higgs
is a member of the firm's Technology Transactions and
Privacy practice and the firm's Emerging Companies
and Venture Capital practice. She counsels companies
on complex technology transactions, with a focus on
digital media, entertainment, open source, privacy,
advertising and the transfer of technologies from
universities.      Emberton by Peter Norman, BFA'98, is
a literary gothic novel with a dash of humour. Norman's
poetry, short fiction and non-fiction have been widely
published in anthologies and magazines, including The
Walrus, This Magazine, Malahat Review, Literary Review
of Canada, Canadian Geographic and the Vancouver Sun
While attending UBC, Norman not only worked at the
station as a DJ and on-air host, but also met his wife,
novelist Melanie Little, MFA'oo.      Gabrielle (Gray)
Phyo, BA'99, and her husband, Chris, welcomed Antonia
Eloise on November 9, 2013. Gabrielle has recently been
appointed as Group Corporate Counsel at Spirax-Sarco
Engineering pic, based in Cheltenham, UK.      Return to
the Land of the Head Hunters is a book by Aaron Glass,
MA'99, based on the recently restored 1914 film by
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United Rubber Products in Hong Kong, was
recently crowned the world's thinnest latex
condom by Guinness World Records. Measuring
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Japan's record of 0.038mm. Chan, managing
director and project lead, told The Province
that developingthe condom was a challenge:
"It took a lot of work to arrange the right
mix and fine-tune the ingredients to give us
the right performance," he says. Condom research and development has been on the
rise recently, no pun intended, since the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it
would shell out $100,000 in grant money to innovators who develop a more comfortable
condom that enhances pleasure for both parties. The challenge aims to encourage
condom use, and ultimately decrease unplanned pregnancies and the spread of sexually
transmitted diseases. The Aoni is sold primarily in Mainland China, but Chan plans to
eventually introduce the condom into the North American market. Chan is now working
on developing a vibrating condom and a "silver nano particles-coated sanitizing condom
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UBC Creative Writing students were
a little star-struck recently when Hollywood
heavy-hitter Hart Hanson, MFA'87, writer
and producer of the long-running TV series
Bones, returned to the department as its
writer-in-residence. Hanson, a former professor
there, talked to creative writing students
about his award-winning TV writing career
and also gave a free public lecture entitled
From Here to There: A Nice Canadian Boy Goes
to Hollywood. His impressive list of writing
credits includes many Canadian and American
shows, ranging from Road to Avonlea to the
Emmy-nominated Judging Amy. His most recent
series, a crime drama called Backstrom, was
recently picked up by Fox. The show is a dark
comedy, dubbed a "crime-edy" by Hanson,
and stars Rainn Wilson - who played Dwight
on The Office - as a cranky and offensive
detective who continually strives to change his
self-destructive behaviour, but fails. The series
has filmed scenes at various locations on the
Vancouver campus, including alumni UBC's
classy digs at Cecil Green Park House. While
scouting locations on campus, Hanson told
The Province that it was a bit strange looking
up at his old office in the Buchanan Building.
He admits that it wasn't something he could
have predicted when he was teaching at UBC -
a nice Canadian Boy making it in Hollywood.
Edward S. Curtis, In the Land of the Head Hunters. In recognition of the film's centennial, and
alongside the release of a restored version by Milestone Films, Return to the Land of the Head
Hunters brings together leading anthropologists, Native American authorities, artists, musicians,
iterary scholars, and film historians to reassess the film and its legacy.      James D. Kondopulos,
BCom'oo (Hons), LLB'03, has been named one of Lexpert®'s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under
40 competition. Kondopulos has a partnership interest in Vancouver-based employment
and labour law boutique Roper Greyell LLP.      Pete Koat, BSc'01, has been appointed as chief
technology officer for Vancouver-based Incognito Software, where he is responsible for defining
the strategic agenda for the company's product line.      The feature film, Stress Position, was
released nationally in Canadian theatres on April 18 at the Carlton in Toronto, and on May 23
at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver. The film was created by a talented group of alumni that
includes: A.J. Bond, BA'03, writer/director; Amy Belling, BA'03, cinematographer/producer;
Jessica Cheung, BA'06, producer/production manager; Adam Locke-Norton, BA'05, editor;
and Dan Werb, MSc'10, PhD'r3, composer. Stress Position is a genre-bending feature film about two
close friends who make a bet to see which of them can withstand a week of psychological torture
at the hands of the other. In 2013 the film won Best Cinematography - Las Vegas Film Festival;
Best Experimental Film - Lady Filmmakers Film Festival; and was the official selection at The
London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film.      Alumna Rose-Ellen
Nichols, BMus'05, MMus'08, will be starring in a new opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin
Stokes based on the life of writer, poet and First Nations advocate Pauline Johnson. Nichols,
also of First Nations heritage, will be performing the part of Pauline.      On April 1, 2014,
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, MA'07, was named Historian Laureate of the City of Edmonton
Metcalfe-Chenail is a freelance writer, speaker and historian who loves to explore Edmonton's
stories. She was the first female to be elected president of Canada's Aviation Historical Society,
and her upcoming book, Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, will highlight Edmonton's
aerial connections to the North from the Klondike gold rush era to the turn of the last
century. ■ Kip Warner, BSc'07, is an ethical hacker who, with NASA's permission, developed
the technology to recover many of the first images captured from the surface of Mars during
NASA's Viking mission in the 1970s. In November 2013, Warner released the DVD-ROM,
Avaneya: Viking Lander Remastered, which allows users to see the images that were previously
in jeopardy of being lost due to magnetic tape deterioration and archaic proprietary
technology. Warner is currently project lead for a science-fiction game set on Mars, called
Avaneya.      Congratulations to Brittney Kerr, BA'09, for recently being named as one of BC
Business' 30 Under 30. As a senior consultant at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Kerr is an expert
in public policy, strategic communications, stakeholder relations, and project management,
and is actively involved in the political landscape. She's served as the director of Operations
for the BC Liberal Party, where she managed political operations and communications strategy,
and as the BC Coordinator for the Leader's National Tour. Her mission: To change young
BC voters' perception of politics. Kerr is a dedicated volunteer who sits on the executive board
of Vision Vancouver and serves as BC Chair of the federal Liberal party's policy committee
Since graduating, she's continued to volunteer with UBC's Delta Gamma sorority, serving as
a regional collegiate specialist advising university students in Delta Gamma chapters across
North America. Kerr is currently completing a master's of Public Policy at SFU.      Simone
Osborne, DipMusic Perf'09, one of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera Nationa
Council Auditions, recently completed her tenure as a member of the prestigious Canadian
Opera Company's Ensemble Studio. Osborne starred in the company's production of Un Ballo
in Maschera as Oscar, and in March was back home with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
to perform a wonderful program including Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Strauss songs
In 2013, Osborne played Pamina in Vancouver Opera's The Magic Flute, made her debut at
both the Los Angeles Philharmonic debut and Carnegie Hall, and completed the Jeunesses
Musicales Canada's first Maureen Forrester Award Tour through Ontario and Quebec. ■
Jared Miller, BMus'10, was recently named composer-in-residence of the Victoria Symphony.
His orchestral works have been performed by the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony
orchestras, Cleveland's Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and Toronto's Sneak Peek Orchestra A composition he wrote while a student at UBC,
2070 Traffic Jam, was commissioned by the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra as part of its Olympic year
presentations. His composition Flickering Images
premiered in Lincoln Center in New York and won
the 2011/12 Juilliard Orchestra Competition. Miller
is currently completing his doctoral program at the
Juilliard School. ■ Roydon Tse, BMus'13, a master of
music student studying with Professor Christos Hatzis
at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, is the
2014 winner of the Canadian Music Centre Prairies'
Emerging Composers Competition. His winning work,
Three Musings - a triptych for chamber orchestra -
was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony
Orchestra on January 28 as part of the symphony's
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At the ripe old age of 23, Brian Wong, BCom'09,
has made Forbes magazine's 30 under3olist...
for the third time. The Sauder School of
Business grad is the co-founder and CEO of
Kiip (pronounced KEEP), a rewards-based
mobile ad start-up that offers prizes from
major brands to players who reach new levels
or achievements in games or apps. Wong
explains that Kiip transforms mobile advertising
into a positive experience by rewarding
consumers with prizes when they reach new
milestones, and enabling brands and companies
to engage with consumers during their "achievement moment." Since its creation in
2010, Kiip has raised $15.4 million and is used by more than 500 major brands, reaching
70 million users through 2,000+ games and apps. Based in San Francisco, Kiip has offices
in in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Bogota, and recently added an office in Vancouver.
In addition to his most recent accolade, Wong's been recognized with many awards for his
accomplishments and leadership, including the Top 20 Under20 awards forall of Canada,
Bus/ness/ns/der'sTop 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 18 Most Important People in Mobile
Advertising, Mashable's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50. 2014 UBC BIG BLOCK
Canada's most decorated university athletics program celebrated
its best and brightest stars, past and present, at the 93rd annual
UBC Big Block Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner held on April 1 at the
Vancouver Convention Centre. More than 900 current and former
Thunderbirds were in attendance.
Two-time Olympic rowing bronze medallist Laryssa Biesenthal and nationa
team soccer alumna and 1993 CIS MVP Tammy Crawford were unable
to accept their Hall of Fame honours in person, but former T-Bird and
international rugby great Robert Hindson made his way downtown from
his Naramata vineyards to be inducted in the Athlete category. The South
African-born viticulturist had recently been inducted into the BC Rugby
Hall of Fame and BC Sports Hall of Fame. Former Bobby Gaul Award winner
Kevin Konar only had to navigate a short distance from his North Vancouver
office to the VCC ballroom. A two-time CFL all-star, Konar completed an
MBA at UBC in the middle of a 10-year middle linebacker career with the
BC Lions and now heads a wealth management team with RBC Dominion
Securities. Former T-Bird, national team swimmer and Renaissance man
Mark Versfeld was the evening's final inductee in the Athlete category.
An Olympian in 2000 and a double medallist in the 1998 Commonwealth
Games and 1998 World Championships, Versfeld is a futures trader by day
and a painter by night. His work can be viewed by request along with that of
former UBC team mate Sol Sallee at Remington Gallery. Dr. Laura Bennion,
the founder of the modern UBC women's ice hockey program, retrieved
her lost ID just in time to make her flight from Calgary to be honoured
in the Builder category. Accompanied by her parents, and husband and
fellow UBC Medicine graduate Ian Auld, the former T-bird and coach was
enthusiastically received by the current team, which won UBC's first-ever
conference championship in 2012-13 ar|d has posted an unprecedented
20 regular-season victories this past year.
Members of UBC's women's field hockey teams from 1998-99 and
1999-2000 accepted their induction certificates in the Team category from
1980s team alumna Jean Forrest. Playing under now retired head coach
Hash Kanjee, the two teams forged lasting bonds of friendship after posting
identical 14-1-1 seasons and winning back-to-back CIS Championships
in 1998 and 1999. Seven team members, Laura Balakshin, Kim Buker, Ann
Harada, Stephanie Hume, Lesley Magnus, Mo O'Connor and Emily Menzies,
also represented Canada in international competition. Several members
of the 1986 grid Birds were inducted for going undefeated and winning
arguably the most exciting Vanier Cup game in history. The outcome was
famously determined by a short pass in the dying seconds from game MVP
Eric Putoto to Rob Ros to seal a 25-23 victory over the Western Mustangs
Football team alumnus and professor emeritus Ken Craig handed out the
certificates, after which the team's revered defensive coordinator, and
ater Toronto Varsity Blues head coach, Bob Laycoe, joined team members
on stage. Former running back Terry Cochrane briefly reminisced and
described "a lot of love in the room tonight." And having used daily swims
at UBC to turn the hands of time well back from his 80 years, a tanned
and fit Frank Smith acknowledged the talent and efforts of his boys,
noting that 10 members of the team went on the play in the CFL Women's swim team captain and graduating
Arts student Laura Thompson received the Jama
Mahlalela Award for service by a student-athlete
from athletic department associate director Theresa
Hanson. Named after the T-Bird basketball alumnus
and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach, the
award recognizes Thompson for numerous above
and beyond activities, including two years of service
as president of the Thunderbird Athletes Council,
and spearheading the Chance2Swim camp, which
enables non-swimmers to experience the sport.
The 2013 Canada West Community Service Award
winner, Academic All Canadian and three-time
CIS medallist also participated in the annual UBC
Thunderbirds Habitat for Humanity homebuilding
trip to El Salvador.
athlete of the year): Kylie Barros - Goll
of the year): Lisa Barclay - Volleyball
male athlete of the year): Andrew Firth - Baseball
athlete of the year): Luc Bruchet - Track
Women's field hockey - CIS Championship
(third consecutive)
Men's soccer - CIS Championship
Women's swimming - CIS Championship
(third consecutive)
Women's cross-country - NAIA Championship
(second consecutive)
Men's and women's cross-country combined -
NAIA Championship
Greetings from Point Grey to all alumni and friends of the UBC Thunderbirds.
As many of you know, the objective of the recent UBC varsity sport |
review was to create a framework for delivering new levels of excellence
with long-term financial sustainability. After receiving much feedback,
and carefully assessingthe potential of each team, we have retained
24 teams and placed each into one of three groupings (enhanced varsity,
continued varsity, and hybrid funding varsity). Although grouping
teams, given the complexity and uniqueness of each team's landscape,
is not perfect, this approach begins to provide a common structure for
teams with similar potential and needs. The framework helps us make
choices about where and how to invest resources, and how to maximize
the return on those investments for our athletes, our students, and our Photo: Martin De
community. There are three key outcomes to highlight.
Firstly, we now have valuable information - never gathered before - on each team.
With comprehensive baselines and targets now in place, we can measure the success
of our teams in a more rigorous and objective manner. This sets a foundation for a culture
of accountability, where targeted support and adjustments can be made based on a team's
performance against measures of success. Coaches are leaders in performance, but they
are often left to operate in isolation and it can be a lonely, difficult job. Support, interaction,
feedback - these are things on which our coaches will thrive.
Secondly, we are now in a better position to bridge the very real gaps between Athletics
and Recreation and the university that were identified in the 2012 review of the department.
We have formally dropped our ancillary status and will pursue opportunities to create
enhanced student learning and engagement across campus. Over the coming years, we
will foster partnerships with expert faculty in areas such as sports administration, sport
marketing event management, athlete training, sport science and sport medicine. We will
work with our UBC colleagues to help our community better connect with UBC, offering sport
and the Thunderbird experience as a tool for growth in social engagement and school spirit.
And finally, we can now sharpen our focus upon being a more integrated part of Canada's
sport community. Our success in swimming through partnerships with competitive swim
clubs on the one hand, and our national team program on the other, is a superb example
of how UBC can be a part of the playground-to-podium continuum of athlete and coach
development. Our mandate has formally grown beyond inter-university championships
to include progression to national and professional teams. Over the years, we will align
with local, provincial and national sport organizations including the Canadian Sport Institute.
Looking to the immediate future, our key areas of focus will be converting the review
information into action, consolidating our visions and emerging with five-year sport plans for
each team; harnessing our resources in varsity, recreation, facilities, marketing, and finances
to support our vision with a review of our organisational structure, roles and responsibilities;
and addressing the considerable challenges we face over sustainability, including fundraising
to meet the income required to support our24 teams.
Although at times tumultuous, this process has sparked our community to support our teams
in new and encouraging ways. Recently I was delighted to overhear one of our alumni say: "I took
what I needed from my Thunderbird experience, and for years, I walked away. Now, I'm back."
In support of these challenges, my hope is that all alumni and friends will remain engaged.
Ashley Howard
Managing Director
UBC Athletics and Recreation DORIS MURIEL CALL (NEE SALTER) BA'34
Muriel was born in Vancouver and was a life-long
resident of her beloved city until she passed
away peacefully on February 1, 2013, in her 100th
year. Muriel grew up in Point Grey and attended
Prince of Wales Secondary School. While at UBC,
she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and later
an active member of the University Women's
Club. Muriel often commented that her time at
UBC was one of the best times of her life. After graduating, she worked
for the Vancouver Sun Publishing Company, and later as a manager of
a small local business. At a dude ranch in the late 1930s she met a fellow
over of horses, Herb Call, with whom she spent 10 happily married years
After Herb's death Muriel began a career as an English teacher, retiring
from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in 1976. Retirement gave
Muriel the opportunity to pursue her passion and talent for painting
She was a member of the Canadian Federation of Artists. Muriel loved
to paint trees, travel the world, listen to classical music, read a good book,
play golf and bridge, and enjoyed a lively discussion. She has left her
family a legacy of strong values, independent thinking, and appreciation
of beautiful things. Muriel is survived by her sons, Ron, BCom'66, (Christel)
of Oakville and Lony, BA'69, of Galiano Island; her grandchildren, Kirsten,
Tahirih, Josli, Christopher and Oleann; and her nephews, Stephen and
Michael Town of Seattle and David Town of Anaheim. She is predeceased
by her husband, Sydney Herbert Call; her parents, PJ and Evelyn Salter;
and her sisters, Phyllis Salter and Audree Town, BA'39
William Barton was born in Winnipeg on
December 10,1917, and died on November 8,
2013, in Ottawa. As a distinguished diplomat
with a career spanning more than three decades,
he dedicated his life to international peace and
security and to the betterment of Canada. After
serving his country in World War II, William
joined the Canadian civil service as Defence
Research Board Secretary in 1946, and in 1950 he became a secretary
at the National Aeronautical Research Committee. Soon afterwards, he
joined the Department of External Affairs, serving in Vienna and Geneva
at the UN, and over the next few years held positions including Alternate
Governor for Canada at the International Atomic Energy Agency and
Assistant Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs
In the 1970s, William represented Canada in Vienna, Geneva and
New York as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative for Canada
at the UN; held leadership roles with the Strategic Arms Limitation
Talks; and served as President of the UN Security Council. He developed
a reputation as an internationally recognized authority on peace and
security issues and from 1984 to '89 was the first chairman of the board
of directors of the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security.
In retirement, William was a sought-after international affairs expert
and active philanthropist supporting the education of future generations of
diplomats. In 1993, he received the Order of Canada for having "enhanced
Canada's role and stature in the international community." UBC awarded
him an honorary degree in 1999. He also holds honorary degrees from
Carleton and Mount Allison universities
September 5,7927 - June 7,2073
Born in Victoria, Charles spent his early years
in Kelowna and moved to Vancouver in 1933
While at UBC, Charles was active in the
workings of The Ubyssey newspaper and Phi
Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating with
a degree in bacteriology, he spent time with the
Royal Canadian Navy until the end of WWII
On September 12,1947, Charles married M. Elaine Rogers, BHE'46, and moved
to Montreal to work as a research scientist for Ayerst. In 1948 there was
another move to Ames, Iowa, to attend graduate school. Charles obtained
a PhD in microbiology in 1953 from the University of Iowa State - his
post-doctoral studies were at Oregon State College. Charles and his growing
family spent 28 years in Manlius, NY, where he was senior research scientist
in microbiology with Bristol Meyers Squibb. He really doted on the lives and
activities of his immediate family, which included Boy Scouts of America,
Trinity Episcopal Church, Cazenovia Ski Club, and the Syracuse Camera
Club. In 1986 Charles had instant retirement from Bristol due to a stroke
but overcame the many physical obstacles. In 1986 he moved back to the
Northwest to Woodinville, WA, where he was a scientific consultant for
Pan Labs of Bothell, WA, and Taiwan. At 69 he decided to really retire and
take life a little easier. He was a member of the Puget Sound Camera Club
and helped found the Puget Sound Society of Industrial Microbiology. Elaine
and Charles travelled considerably and visited England, France, West Indies,
Panama Canal, and many parts of his beloved Canada. Charles is survived
by his wife, Elaine, and their five children - Anne, Bruce, Fraser, Catherine,
and Emily - and 11 grandchildren. Charles was a prince of a man and will be
greatly missed
Percy passed away in Victoria on June 9,
2013. He had celebrated his 96th birthday
at a reunion in Courtenay the month before
Born in Kamloops, his early life and education
took place in Vancouver. His long-term teaching
career commenced in one-room schools in
the Interior. Following graduation in 1944,
he enlisted in the Canadian Army and in due
course was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant. Following VE-Day, he
volunteered to serve in the war and was posted to Canada's Pacific Brigade
Subsequently, he attended the University of Toronto, receiving his Bachelor
of Pedagogy degree in 1947 and resuming his vocation as a teacher, teaching
in high schools in Grand Forks and Victoria. Along the way he obtained his MBA from the University of Washington in 1961, and was co-author of
a mathematics textbook that was included in the BC school curriculum for
many years. He was seconded to the Ministry of Education, 1966-1968,
after which he was appointed principal of the new Reynolds Secondary
School. He next served as assistant superintendent of the Greater Victoria
School Board for four years andthenas secretary-treasurer of the South
Cariboo School District. Following his retirement in 1980, he studied music
at the Victoria Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and
obtained his ARCT in piano in 1990. His service as a volunteer included
a long-time membership in Gyro International and a 20-year stint as auditor
of the Scholarship Foundation of the Greater Victoria Retired Teachers
Association. He and his wife, Shannon, took part in many cruises throughout
the world. An avid golfer and dahlia grower, he kept in good physical shape
with weekly workouts and daily walks. He is also survived by his three
children, eight grandchildren, and other members of his extended family.
"Jack" passed away on April 17, 2013, after a long illness. He is predeceased
by his wife, Anne, in 2011, and survived by his children, John, Lome, Barbara
and Jennifer. Born in Terrace in 1927, Jack was a brilliant student who pursued
a distinguished career as a university professor and scientific researcher.
He obtained a doctorate in nuclear physics at McGill University in 1953
and served in the Metallurgy Department. In 1957 he became a founding
member of the Department of Metallurgy and Material Sciences and
Engineering Physics at McMaster University, and held the Steel Company
of Canada Chair of Metallurgy from 1966-69. In 1967, he was president of
the Ontario Confederation of Faculty Associations and from 1969-71 served
on the Wright Commission on post-secondary education in Ontario. During
a career spanning more than 40 years, he published over 250 peer-reviewed
academic papers and received numerous awards, including three honorary
doctorates. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian
Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgica
and Petroleum Engineers. He's been described as the "father of Metallurgy"
and "a national treasure." He continued publishing scientific papers and
mentoring post-doctoral students from all over the world long after he retired
from McMaster. He'd often entertain the foreign and Canadian students
at his Ancaster home, where Anne was known as a gracious hostess with
exceptional culinary skills. Jack was a rugged outdoorsman who worked
as a lumberjack during his BC student days. An avid hiker and camper, he
helped blaze the Bruce Trail in the early '60s. In the last 30 years, he spent
his summers at a rustic cottage on Georgian Bay. No stuffy academic,
he was well known as a party animal who, in the early days, often regaled
his guests with renditions of Fats Waller on his baby grand piano
November 7,7924 - May 22,2013
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Frank Dayton, husband,
father, grandfather, uncle and friend, who passed on to higher service at
the age of 88, surrounded by family at home in Victoria. Frank was born in
Portage-la-Prairie, MB, and educated at Edmonds Street School, Burnaby.
During WWII, Frank was a pilot in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. In 1949,
he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer, and in
!952-53 received specialized training in Marine Engineering at the Roya
Navy Engineering College, Plymouth, UK. Frank served the Royal Canadian
Navy as a Marine Engineer until he retired in 1975. Postings included
HMCS Ontario (1950,1953); HMCS Dockyard (1950); HMCS Magnificent
(1951); HMS Thunderer (1952); HMCS Venture (1954); Royal Military College
(1956); HMCS Skeena (1958); RCAF Staff College (i960); HMCS Stadacona
(1961); HMCS Bonaventure (1964); Ship Repair Unit Halifax (1966); CF Fleet
School Halifax (1970); and CFB Shearwater (1972). In 1975, Frank began
teaching Marine Engineering Technology at Saint Laurence College of
Technology in Cornwall, ON, until he retired for a second time, to Victoria
in 1985. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother and sister. He
is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edith; his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann
Bowler; his son, Rev. Bruce; five grandchildren: William, Victoria, Amanda,
Caroline and Charlotte; and two nieces: Sharon Delany and Sue Edwards
Roy leaves a family that he loved and many accomplishments and
contributions that will be remembered as part of his legacy. In 1950,
Roy married Joan Maultsaid and together they raised two children,
Brenda, BEd'76, and David, BSF'78. The family grew with the addition of four
grandchildren. Roy was employed by Halse Martin Construction Co. in 1950,
becoming equal partner and owner of the company in 1973. Roy acted as
president of the company and, together with Sandy Thomson, completed
many commercial/industrial restorations of important Lower Mainland
andmarks, including The Orpheum, CP Railway Station, the Roundhouse,
the whale pools at the Vancouver Aquarium and RCMP vessel the St. Roche,
on display at the Maritime Museum. Roy served as the president of the
Amalgamated Construction Association, as an executive member of the
Canadian Construction Association, president of the BC Construction
Association, life member of the Vancouver Regional Construction
Association, andasa member of the Vancouver Building Board of Appeal
In 1989, Roy and his partner sold their company and Joan and Roy retired
to Vancouver Island. Roy became involved in several volunteer projects,
including supervising the construction of the Qualicum Beach Community
Centre and the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club. He sat on the Parksville
Board of Variance and was a member of the Nanoose Stream Keepers
With a personal, lifetime goal to help find a cure for bipolar disorder, Roy
established a fund for research at the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Joan and
Roy enjoyed their retirement - gardening, boating, fishing and travelling
Unfortunately, Roy developed malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos
exposure during his career in the construction sector, and on July 6, 2013,
shortly before his 63rd wedding anniversary, and just after his 87th birthday,
Roy passed away surrounded by his family. He will be missed by all who
knew him
November 26,1921 - March 28, 2012
George Edward Scott passed away peacefully surrounded by his family
on March 28, 2012, at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. George was born
and raised in Vancouver to parents Peter Lees Scott and Letitia Annie
(Browne), whose pioneer family homesteaded in Ladner in the late 1800s
George spent much of his childhood between the family's Vancouver
home and the family farms in Ladner and Delta. He attended school in
Vancouver and graduated from Britannia in 1940. George entered the Roya
Canadian Air Force in 1942 and attained the rank of Flying Officer (Pilot)
He subsequently transferred to the British Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm in in memoriam
1945 as Sub Lieutenant (A) where he served as
a flight-training instructor for the RCAF, RAF, the
Free French and RNVR. After George was called
to the Bar in 1955, he articled at Bull Housser and
practised with the firms of Marshall and Munro,
Meredith and Company and was a co-founder
of Worrall Scott and Page, where he specialized
in securities and corporate law. After retiring in
1991, George continued a limited practice as general counsel for the Venture
Group of companies. George is survived by his loving wife of 63 years,
Helen, and their three daughters: Dianna Scott (Spencer Gray), Dr. Sandra
Scott (Dr. Douglas Adler), and Gillian Scott. George was a loving granddad
to grandsons Justin, Sam and Harry, and granddaughters Silesia and Katie
George was predeceased by his son, Peter, and his sister, Beatrice. In later
years, George became adept in computer technology and also continued to
pursue his interest in WWII European military history. In memory of George,
donations to Canuck Place or Covenant House would be appreciated
r Sheila Maureen Duncan was born March 18,
1934, and passed away on April 29, 2013, after
losing her battle with COPD. As her husband
of more than 56 years, I can attest that the
world and I, and son James - his daughters Rylie,
Alexandra, Stephanie, Lindsay and Jennifer - and
daughter Cyndi - and her daughter Michaela -
have lost a wonderful person, wife, mother, and
grandmother. Her beauty and charm made her the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
while at UBC. She continued on a career in art history that lasted over 40
years, becoming a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum and at the Vancouver
Art Gallery. She loved to travel and we visited, under her direction, most of
the major art museums in the world. She was bright, inquisitive and most
of all, charming. She leaves behind a legacy of good times, good friends and
great memories for me and her children and their children, who all loved her
dearly. We will miss her terribly.
Dale Cripps was born in Vancouver on June 13,1929, and died peacefully at
his seaside home in North Saanich, BC, on May 12, 2013, after valiantly trying
to overcome cancer. He had a remarkable career that spanned over 50 years
and was involved in the Kemano, Arrow Lake Dam and Port Mann Bridge
projects, was project engineer during construction of the Knight Street
Bridge and Cassiar Connector, and played a key role in both the Coquihalla
and Sea to Sky Highway projects. He loved his work, and in later years spent
considerable time in China with SNC Lavalin instructing highway design
and construction. His community interests included Sea Scouts, West
Vancouver Band, North Shore Light Opera, sailboat racing at Royal Victoria
Yacht Club, Saanich Stroke Club, and Palm Court (light) Orchestra (Board
of Directors). His love of music and passion for building things was passed
to his children. Dale was predeceased by Beverley, his wife of 53 years,
in 2006, and is survived by his children, Roy, Gerry (Sue), Shari, and David
(Tina); seven grandchildren; and his brother, Michael (Diane)
Suddenly and peacefully on May 9, 2013,
Audrey Edith MacMillan passed away after
81 years. A Vancouver native and a Britannia
High School graduate, Audrey majored in retai
management at UBC and was an active member
of her undergraduate class. She joined the Alpha
Phi sorority and helped start apparel sales in the
UBC Varsity Shop. Upon graduating she began
working at the Hudson's Bay Company and married Douglas MacMillan,
BCom'55, in 1959, raising their children, Bruce, BCom'82, Jane, BHK'94, and
Ross, in Montreal and North Vancouver. In 1985 she returned to work after
her father passed to manage her family business, Progressive Engineering
Works. Upon retirement she moved to Little River near Comox, BC, where
the Butler family settled a generation earlier, moving from Brigus, Nfld
Little River was where she was happiest, building a homestead and garden
that she loved to share. A Celebration of Life amongst the rhododendrons
in Audrey's garden was held on May 20, 2013, where family and friends
from BC, Alberta and the US shared memories and stories of her legacy.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our mum
and granny, Stevie Lowther, on April 23, 2013. She is survived by her children,
Bryan (Pauline), Scott (Michelle), Todd (Shannon), and Stephanie (Rich);
her grandchildren, Taylor, Leeanne, Robyn, Cameron, Kirsten and Kent; and
many more stepchildren and step-grandchildren. She loved to watch her
children laughing, debating, cheering or challenging each other over any
topic, unless she was finishing a particularly difficult crossword puzzle! She
oved knitting, reading, sports, CBC, the news and her recent introduction
to the computer. Although it helped with critical crossword clues, more
importantly the Internet allowed her to communicate with her many friends
across the continent. She was a people-watcher and people-meeter with
her dog, Sasha, leading the way. Her dogs kept her out in the world, making
her take the multiple daily walks she hated. It's amazing how someone so
athletic could be so exercise-averse! Knitting was her constant companion -
her incredible gift of creation. She was always looking for new recipients and
designs, not to mention the wool she joyfully collected and used masterfully.
Though Kitsilano and Mara Lake were her final neighbourhoods, she was
a woman of the world, both by travels and in spirit. With an estimated 45
different homes in her 78 years, she was a wanderer who made community
wherever she went. People felt cherished and stimulated around her and
she deeply appreciated all for their help, time and love. A proud York House
girl, Delta Gamma and physical education grad, she received a master's in
psychology after the children were older. She wore her Saskatchewan years
as a proud badge and loved her work as a counselling psychologist and
mother hen at the Calgary YWCA and at the Alberta Vocational Centre
She will be missed, but never forgotten
November 18,1932 - September 9,2013
Barry was born in Chemainus, BC, and passed away peacefully at his
home in Christina Lake after a four-and-a-half month battle with cancer.
He is predeceased by his parents, George and Emma, and stepfather
Robert Turnbull. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy; children
Doug, David (Marjory) and Monica (Jeffrey); grandchildren James, Robb,
and Lex Phillips, and Kayden and Jenna Sim; and two step grandchildren, Aaron and Shane Roberts. Barry attended
elementary school in Chemainus and Christina
Lake and graduated from Grand Forks Secondary
School. After graduating from UBC, he completed
a year of medical school. Barry moved backto
Grand Forks, working as a pharmacist for Jack
Acres, later becoming a partner, and eventually
purchasing the business. Some years later, he
started the pharmacy at the Boundary Hospital. After a successful career
of 35 years, he retired in 1993. During his working and retirement life he
wasoneofthe co-founders of the Christina Lake Golf Course, was an active
participant in the local Trap Club and Curling Club, and was a Cub Scout
eader. He was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 37 and received his 50-year
pin. He was an avid fisherman, enjoying salmon fishing on the West Coast
and subsequently deep-sea fishing in Mexico. He enjoyed hunting in his
early years, and later became a passionate gardener, baker, and Sudoku
player. Huckleberry picking was a favourite family ritual in the summers
After a little push from Peggy, he became interested in world travelling -
New Zealand and Africa were two of his most memorable trips. He lived
life richly and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Donations to the
Phoenix Foundation in memory of Barry (or a charity of your choice) are
gratefully appreciated
Malcolm died peacefully at home in Victoria at the age of 78. He is
survived by Moira, his wife of 54 years; his daughters, Melissa and
Marianne (Andrew); and much loved granddaughter Olivia. Malcolm was
a rare man - good natured, gregarious and without prejudice. He was an
optimist who lived for the moment and had a genuine sunny personality.
He was a loving, engaged and supportive husband, father and granddad
He understood that the best things in life are not 'things' and created the
life that he wanted to live - a life centered on family and friends. He was
extremely close to his sister, Fiona Hyslop, and brother David (Sandra)
It was a rare day when they hadn't shared each other's news. He had
a long career in sales with the Hudson's Bay, Eaton's, Dominion Securities,
CJVI Radio and Shell Oil. He served in many volunteer roles, including
Alderman for the City of Victoria in the 1970s, the fourth member of his
family to do so. Malcolm loved sports and the outdoors, especially the
ocean. He sailed twice in the Victoria-Maui race as well as countless
Swiftsures, and enjoyed sea kayaking the local waters. Rugby was the
sport of his youth, and for many years he was an avid squash player.
Starting in his 60s, he explored the Sooke Hills weekly with his hiking
group. He rekindled an early love of music by taking up the cello in his
70s at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and enjoyed attending concerts
and the opera with Moira. Diagnosed with late stage colorectal cancer
in early 2010, Malcolm lived these past years with characteristic bravery,
dignity and an irrepressibly positive attitude. He was much loved and wil
be greatly missed. Donations to The Land Conservancy of BC can be made
in his memory.
7935 - 2074. Past President, UBC Alumni Association, 1970-71.
With deep sadness we announce the passing of Thomas Barrie Lindsay
on January 4, 2014, in Vancouver, surrounded by his loving family. His
family was of paramount importance to him. He is survived by the love of
his life, Lois, and his children, Diane (Mark Gerrard), Susan (Noel- John
Richardson), Craig (Maryam) and Scott (Lana); 15 grandchildren; his sister,
Helen Dusting; his brother, Keith; and many nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his brothers, Roderick and William. He was a gracious
gentleman, respected the good in everyone he met, and was well-known for
his work ethic, honesty, loyalty and integrity. Barrie will be deeply missed
and forever remembered by all he touched for his compassionate nature,
kind spirit, generous heart and the ever present twinkle in his eye
Neil was born in Athabaska, AB, on October 5,1935, and passed away
in Sorrento, BC, on April 1, 2013, at the age of 77 years. Neil is survived
by his wife, Lois, daughter Lonna (Bobby), grandson Cody, and son
Collin (Toni). Neil began work at the Hudson's Bay store while attending
UBC. He worked in Vancouver, Toronto, Victoria and Calgary, leaving
The Bay in 1983. While at UBC, Neil was UCC chairman on Student Council
Neil loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter.
Neil also loved playing various games with his many friends (his favourites
being Mexican Train and Wizard). Neil was an active member of Crossroads
Free Methodist Church in Salmon Arm, serving as chairman of severa
boards and committees locally and nationally. Neil loved to sing and had
added his bass voice to a local glee club and also sang in a men's quartet
in Yuma, AZ
Drew passed away February 13, 2013, in Chilliwack, where he'd been
a dedicated and beloved general practitioner with his brother, Archie,
for 35 years. Drew was born in Vancouver in 1934, the youngest of
eight children. Drew's parents, John and Mary, emigrated to Canada
from Scotland in 1929, John becoming stock manager of a new herd of
Ayshire Cows with UBC's nascent Faculty of Agriculture. Drew walked
out the backdoor of their Wesbrook Crescent home for 12 idyllic years
at University Hill School, and then subsequently out the front door
for further studies at UBC, obtaining his MD in 1959. He and his (true
ove) Marilyn (nee Gowan), Dip Pub Hlth Nurs/57, then journeyed east,
for an internship at the Calgary General Hospital. Settling in Chilliwack,
"Dr. Drew" became known in the surrounding Fraser Valley as a physician
of exemplary patience and compassion, with whom no ailing soul ever
felt neglected or forgotten. With Marilyn, Drew raised five enthusiastic
children - Cathy, Sharon (BASc'86), Brian (BA'87), Don (BSc'89, MD'94), and
Dave (BHK'94, BEd'95) - and cherished his six beautiful grandchildren. He
is survived by siblings Archie, Isobel and Jean. Dr. Drew gave generously
of himself to both community and profession. He chaired the BCMA
Economics Committee and the CMA Council on Health Care. He was
delegate to the CMA General Council, and the BCMA Board and Executive
Respectful recognition of constant dedication came in the form of the
UBC Medical Alumni Dr. Wallace Wilson Leadership Award, the BCMA
Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal, and the BCMA Silver Medal of Service
Drew's life was immensely well lived - he'll be greatly missed by all that
he touched. In the words of his adored Robbie Burns: "For ev'n his failings
ean'd to virtue's side." Donations to the "Drew Young Memorial Fund,"
with proceeds going towards patient care at Chilliwack General Hospital,
can be made at www.chhcf.org in memoriam
Hedie was born in Arnaud, MB, and as a young
woman completed her RN at St. Boniface
Hospital. She then attended UBC on scholarship,
graduating with a BSN and MEd. Hedie was
a beloved wife, mother, sister, friend, nurse,
teacher and counsellor who lived a life of service
to others: raising a family, caring for grandchildren,
entertaining friends and new acquaintances,
providing nursing care, teaching nursing at UBC and BCIT, and working
with the boards of Pinegrove Place, MCC, and Point Grey Inter-Mennonite
Fellowship. She touched many lives before Alzheimer's took its toll; she was
cared for by her husband, Edwin, and caregiver Emily Banac. She will be
missed by her husband of 56 years; her three children, Carl (Doreen), Susan
(Fred), and Peter (Dagmar); and grandchildren Laura (Tim), Graeme, Felix,
Forrest, Madeleine, Marlene, Judith and Simon; and relatives and friends
Donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee at MCC.org
family in England and many friends. Chuck was
born on May 3,1935, in Surrey, to Petra and Richard
Turner and studied mechanical engineering at
UBC before heading to Montreal, where he met
his wife, Pat, who had come from London, UK,
to work at Royal Victoria Hospital. After Montrea
Chuck moved to Sherbrooke, where he married Pat
and they lived for three years before spending five
years in Ocean Falls. They relocated to Clearbrook, and then to Coquitlam to
make their home and raise their family while Chuck pursued his engineering
career. Chuck's biggest joy was spending time with family. He also enjoyed
curling, lawn bowling, golf, camping, travelling to sunny and exotic places,
the grad group, music, and all sports, most notably the Canucks. Chuck
enjoyed reunions with his fellow UBC mechanical engineering graduates,
most notably the 50th reunion in 2010. Chuck was known by all for his
cheerful personality, kindness, and sense of humour. He was much loved
and will be greatly missed
Frances was born in Edmonton in 1933 and died in
New Westminster in 2010. From 1956 to 1961, she
was the graduate student don in all three of UBC's
first women's residences. She was a role model,
counsellor, chaser of assignments, and encourager
of student activities. As an undergraduate at
McMaster, Frances was news editor of the student
paper the year it was declared the best in English
Canada. She acted in and produced plays. She danced and sang whenever
possible, and enjoyed student clubs. She wanted her freshettes in residences
to enjoy the undergraduate life she had enjoyed. She said that, like her, they
could play bridge all night as long as they were quiet. She also received
a first class honours degree with distinction. After UBC, she received her
PhD at the University of London. Her three-volume thesis on G.8. Shaw's
Three Plays for Puritans was a variorum edition, a critical commentary and
stage history. The chair of her examining committee wrote that she should
have received three PhDs. A major Shaw scholar on the committee wrote
that she had advised publishers that Fran was the only person to edit Caesar
and Cleopatra. Her edition, intended for students, was praised in the Year's
Work in English Studies. She taught at Alberta, SFU, and the University
of PEI where she was chair of English and the first female Dean of Arts
She was admired both as a scholar and fascinating teacher of Victorian
iterature, contemporary drama, and children's literature, and also as an
administrator. She married Ron Baker, BA'51, MA'53, the first president of the
University of PEI, and as his wife was praised and said to have added joie de
vivre to the university's early days
Chuck, 77, of Coquitlam, passed away peacefully after a very brief illness
on April 24, 2013, with his family by his side. He was a loving husband and
companion of 50 years to Pat; devoted father of son Scott, BEd'oi (Kerrie),
daughters Sharon (David) and Susan, BASc'94 (Gregg, BASc'94); grandfather
to Sydney, Connor, William, Madison and Jaxon; and was loved by extended
With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Brad Romanin
Brad was a loving father, natural teacher, great outdoorsman and the
kindest, gentlest person you could ever meet. The only consolation we
have is that Brad left this world on a beautiful, sunlit summer Saturday
afternoon - one final lap around the lake with friends - and gone... exactly
as he would 've wanted it. We will think of him forever intheglintofthe
snow, the rustle of fall leaves and the laughter of children. Rest well,
Brother. You did good
*sjk November 12,1929 - February 19, 2014
Nuclear physicist Erich Vogt was a distinguished
researcher, a respected professor, a pioneer in his
field and one of Canada's most gifted scientists
Erich received academic degrees at the University
of Manitoba and Princeton University. From 1956
to 1965, he was on staff as a theoretical physicist
at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratory, where he published a large number
of papers on nuclear reactions and was heavily involved in the creation of
the first CANDU reactors for Canada. In 1965, he became a professor at
UBC, and was a founder and one of the pioneers behind the TRIUMF project
- Canada's National Meson Sciences Research Facility located on the Point
Grey campus. From 1975 until 1981, Erich served as Vice President, Faculty
and Student Affairs, at UBC. In 1978, he was appointed as the first Chairman
of the Science Council of British Columbia, a position he held until 1980. In
2006 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in the same
year received the UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Teaching
Erich continued to teach first year physics until his 80th birthday in 2009,
and in 45 years taught more than 5,000 students. He was president of the
Canadian Association of Physicists from 1970-71, earning the 1988 CAP
Medal for Achievement in Physics. In 1976 he was appointed an Officer of
the Order of Canada. He received the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Meda
in 1977, the Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, and the Diamond Jubilee Meda
Born January 18,1973,
Andrea passed away in
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK,
on July 14, 2013, where
she studied, lived and
worked as a professiona
artist and educator at
Newcastle University.
Metastatic breast cancer took her from us too early
in her life. Andrea was born in Prince Rupert and
moved with her family to Kamloops. She completed
her high school education at Kamloops Senior
Secondary in 1991 and was awarded scholarships for
her excellence in art. She attended the University
of Calgary and in 1995 obtained a BFA in painting
and drawing. She travelled extensively in Europe
and England, visiting many galleries. She was
a substitute teacher, had her own Andrea Toth
Arts business for teaching art and making and
printing art cards, and was curator of the Vernon
Art Gallery for two years. Andrea pursued her
dream of furthering her art education and was
awarded an MFA at Newcastle University in 2006
She lived and worked in Newcastle for nine years,
where she excelled with her beautiful landscape
paintings. She taught in first year Architecture and
Fine Art departments at Newcastle University.
Andrea was an inspiration and delight to all who
met her. Andrea leaves to mourn her passing her
parents, Geza, BSF'6o, and Diane, BSR'65, of Vernon;
her sister, Georgina Chipman, BSc(Pharm)'94, (Gord),
BSE'93, DipForestEng'oi, and their three children,
Stephen, Katie and Matthew. She is predeceased
by grandparents "CD" Bill Osborn, BSc'33, and
June Tryon Osborn, and Gyula and Maria Toth
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in Molecular Epidemiology at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and
an assistant professor in UBC's Faculty of Medicine, where her research uses DNA
sequencing to solve public health problems, like figuring out how outbreaks of infectious
disease begin and spread.
But when not tracking disease, Gardy works in science documentary television,
subjecting herself to all sorts of indignities in the name of science communication. Since
2007, she's floated in zero-gravity, been dunked in ice-cold water, and spun around in
a human centrifuge as part of hosting many episodes of CBC Television's long-running
documentary series The Nature of Things, and since 2011 she's been a regular guest co-host
and contributorto Discovery Channel Canada's nightly science news magazine DailyPlanet.
Gardy recently released her new book, It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and
Microbes. The book is a spirited romp through everything young readers need to know
about the weird and wonderful world of microbes. Learn more atjennifergardy.com
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What is your most prized
possession? Is a cat a possession?
Because I'm really awfully fond of
mine. The night he hid under a junked-
out van in the alley and wouldn't come
out, rendering me inconsolable, was
the night I realized I probably didn't
have the stamina to parent an actua
human child
Who was your childhood hero?
was a big fan of scientists - I had
a set of kids books and some of the
volumes talked about Louis Pasteur
and Edward Jenner, and when I wasn't
reading those I was watching Bob
McDonald on Wonderstruckor Bill
Nye the Science Guy in his earliest
incarnation on Seattle's KING-TV
show Almost Live!
Describe the place you most like
to spend time. Airports, because
it means you're either going on an
adventure or returning from one
to see your nearest and dearest
What was the last thing you read?
For pleasure, The Orenda. For things-
Relaxed Phylogenetics and Dating with
Confidence, which I can assure you
is not at all what it sounds like
What or who makes you laugh
out loud? I might have an advanced
degree and give off the appearance
of an educated and erudite individual,
but I can't get enough cat videos from
the Internet. It will be my downfall
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned? Life, and all the
moments within it, is what you make
it. Be proactive and bring a positive
attitude to all that you do, and you'll
make out all right
What's your idea of the perfect day?
think I just had it - flew from
Vancouver to Hong Kong for a science
trip, met the famous-on-the-internet
cat Brother Cream, and ate a fresh
spicy crab with my bare hands in the
Temple Street Market
What was your nickname at school?
was one of a million Jennifers
in school in the 80s, so it was
probably something like Jennifer #6
What would be the title of your
biography? Jennifer Gardy: Never
Stop Talking
If a genie granted you one wish, what
would it be? I'm going to give this
one to my science brethren - I wish
for stable science funding here in
Canada, and recognition of science's
importance across all sectors of
Canadians' lives.
What item have you owned for the
longest time? In terms of things
actually still use on a regular basis,
a copy of Laurie Garrett's 1994 book
The Coming Plague. It inspired my
choice of career and I still consult
its chapters 20 years later.
What is your latest purchase?
A pile of new wardrobe items for an
upcoming The Nature of Things shoot.
Turns out my usual attire of cat-hair-
covered black stuff doesn't translate
well on TV
Whom do you most admire (living
or dead) and why? I've had amazing
scientific mentors - Fiona Brinkman,
Bob Hancock, Bob Brunham, and
Bonnie Henry - and if I could manage
a tenth of their intelligence, grace,
and wisdom in my daily interactions,
I'd die happy.
What would you like your epitaph
to say? She knew what it was to love
If you could invent something,
what would it be? Some kind of very
powerful vacuum embedded in the
baseboards of a house that, every day,
would turn on and suck up all the pet
hair from the floors. I should write to
that Dyson guy..
In which era would you most like
to have lived, and why? The future
As a woman in science I can't very
well imagine being happy in the past,
and I always wondered what our
future would look like, from 100 years
out to the last moment before the
end of the universe
What are you afraid of? Losing
loved ones.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have. The ability
to complete my own taxes
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
Something by my husband; Brian
Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports,
and something that would become
my coconut-picking theme song.
Probably that Harry Nilsson number.
Which famous person (living or
dead) do you think (or have you been
told) you most resemble? Amelie
had to grow my hair out after that
film came out; the comparisons
were getting a little too frequent.
What is your pet peeve? When
individuals fail to consider the
consequences of their actions
for others, or act in a way that
demonstrates they can't see
perspectives other than their own. This
is most obvious in Vancouver drivers
What are some of your UBC
highlights? Working at The
432 (erstwhile satirical rag) and
The Ubyssey, bZZr gardens and genera
mayhem on Fridays, destroying the
elections commissioner's will to
ive with the constant hijinks of our
Radical Beer Faction party - all things
that probably aren't even close to
permissible anymore. D Rest
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