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An all-female bhangra team is
breaking traditional barriers ■ 29
The archaeologist who
digs rock and roll ■ 17
12   The Beastly Art of Taxidermy
A stuffed lion with wooden teeth survived a fire and inspired
a doctoral thesis.
17   Academics and
David Pokotylo gave up a
promising guitar career to
pursue the mysteries of early
human life.
29 UBCGirlz
The world's first all-female
competitive bhangra team was
born of a UBC student club.
54 The Last Word
The founder of UBC's Opera
Ensemble loves dogs, Mozart,
Lucille Ball and Warkworth,
26 Alumni Centre
You told us what you wanted from an alumni centre. We created an
artistic interpretation of your ideas.
42 Featured Volunteers
Alumni volunteers are helping students gain quality experiences and
boost their career prospects.
43 Supporting Local Initiatives
What an alumna learned while volunteering for a microfinance
organization in Bolivia.
22  Broken Bones, Fractured Lives
Break a leg in Uganda, and you may lose your limb or even
your life. UBC and a Ugandan medical school are trying to
improve the prognosis.
5    Take Note
UBC researchers explore
the benefits of coffee, how
to tell crocodile tears from
genuine remorse, and the
downside of tourism.
11    Letters to
the Editor
36 Branches & Events
37 Book Reviews
38 Class Acts
44 T-Bird News
47 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Here's another cartoon by Trek designer Keith Leinweber that needs an accompanying caption. Send your
captions (one per person) to vanessa.clarke@ubc.ca, or to the address in the right-hand column, by May 31.
The winning caption for our fall 2010 caption contest was sent in by
Dean Chacon, BSc'79, PhD:
"Ijust don't recognize the campus anymore."
Dean joins the select few fortunate enough to own a UBC Alumni travel
mug. Hint: Keep your captions succinct and snappy. Some of the latest
entries that could have been contenders were great in concept but
rambling in execution (you know who you are).
EDITOR IN CHIEF Christopher Petty, MFA'86
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
CONTRIBUTOR Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
CHAIR Miranda Lam,LLB'o2
VICE CHAIR Judy Rogers, BRE'71
TREASURER Dallas Leung, BCom'94
Brent Cameron, BA,MBAo6
Blake Hanna,MBA82
Marsha Walden, BCom'80
Ernest Yee, BA83, MA87
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
MarkMawhinney, BA'94
Carmen Lee, BA'oi
Ian Warner, BCom'89
Ian Robertson, BSc'86, BA'88, MA MBA
Jeremy McElroy
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Lesley Bainbridge, BSRP'82, MED'95
Stephen Owen, MBALLB'72, LLM
Catherine Com ben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Jim Southcott, BCom'82
Michael Lee, BSC'86, BA'89, MA'92
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Norma-Jean Thompson, BCom'08
Barbara Miles, BA Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Stephen Toope, AB, LLB & BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
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Back when I attended UBC as a grad student, I can say with absolute
certainty that I did not attend one spectator sport game of any stripe,
didn't think of attending one, and wouldn't have, even if there had been
beer. Didn't care, still don't. Hockey, basketball, football: meh.
But a couple of weeks ago I attended the Big Block Awards banquet.
Nearly 1,000 alumni, faculty and student athletes gathered to celebrate
UBC sports, hand out awards to the past year's most impressive athletes
and honour movers and shakers from the past.
It was quite a show. Hundreds of student athletes paraded around,
many at their first gala event. The men in their Big Block sweaters looked
just like those BMOC we all either loved or hated (handsome, trim,
confident) and the women looked like models (impossibly beautiful,
perfectly-shaped, sure and self-possessed), though some seemed a bit
unsteady on the high-heels. More used to sneakers, I guess.
We saw the 2010-11 highlight reel and met the various superstar award
winners. Great roars of approval erupted from team tables when one of
their members was named; cheers rang out when clips showed an amazing
save or an impressive shot. All in all, it was an evening of emotion, wild
enthusiasm and sporty camaraderie.
At one point we saw a clip of a team scoring a big point. Men's volleyball,
I think. The camera then panned to the smallish crowd - screaming and
enthusiastic - and to a row of students, each one with a blue and gold-
painted face. They were standing, chanting, almost delirious, "T-Birds!
T-Birds! T-Birds!" while they bowed up and down in great deference to the
sports gods on the court. I suddenly felt choked up, filled for just a moment
with the intimacy, the delirium - the sense of belonging! - that I imagined
they felt with their painted faces and fan-love.
At the same time, I felt a little jealous, cheated, locked out. I felt like
the snotty arts grad (which I am), who always looked down his nose at the
jocks and the joiners, thinking them just a little less smart, a little bit
desperate for peer approval, a little less independent. Those people, we
lofty types thought, were wasting their time dribbling basketballs when
they should have been investigating the great intellectual questions. Now,
I realize too late that those connections were where it was at, where all the
real fun was, and what made it all worthwhile. Who knew?
It's not just varsity sports, of course. It's the AMS, the Chess Club,
the Great Wall Club, the Fencing Club, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society or
any of the 300 other student clubs at UBC that build a broad camaraderie
between and among students. They also provide adult-world experience in
competition, cooperation and bonding, and opportunities for the kind of
intimacy that comes from sharing great hopes, great successes and great
failures. Where do you find that in a close reading of Chrome Yellow?
Those UBC alumni I've met over the years who have been the most
enthusiastic, the most involved, the most willing to give their time and
talent to the university have, invariably, been ex-jocks or ex-clubbers. I
know that the intellectual stuff is really important, to o. But it's only half
the value you get from a university education.
If you want to see some really intense school spirit - the kind I wish I
had back in the day - visit our website and click on the "UB C LipDub" link,
or, go to YouTube and search that link. Amazing.
Makes me want to come back and do it all over again.
Chris Petty, MFA'86, Editor in Chief
Take Note is edited from material that appears in other
campus communications, including UBC Reports. We
thank Public Affairs for allowing us to use their material.
Natural Gas Not Necessarily Better
6 In an effort to reduce harmful emissions from
vehicles, New Delhi converted 90,000 buses,
taxis and auto-rickshaws to run on compressed
natural gas, a known clean fuel. But a UBC
assessment of the 2003 program revealed that in
5,000 of the vehicles it had not had a significant
effect, and in some cases had worsened emissions.
New Delhi's 5,000 auto-rickshaws run on
two-stroke engines and the researchers say that
greater emission reductions would have been
achieved by upgrading to four-stroke engines, a
move that would have been less expensive to
"Our study demonstrates the importance of
engine type when adopting clean fuels," says
lead author and UBC post-doctoral fellow Conor
Reynolds. "Despite switching to natural gas,
two-stroke engine auto-rickshaws in Delhi still
produce similar levels of particulate matter per
kilogram of fuel to a dies el bus, and their climate
impacts are worse than before."
The study found that because as much as one
third of natural gas is not completely burned in
two-stroke engines, high emissions of methane
are produced. Natural gas use also produced
substantial emissions of high particulate matter
from unburned lubricating oil, which can appear
as blue smoke. The study is the first to examine
the pollutant emissions from small vehicle
engines fuelled with natural gas and included
significant laboratory testing of Indian auto-
rickshaws. Two-stroke engine auto-rickshaws
are common in Asia and Africa and the study's
findings will be valuable in informing future
policy aimed at improving public health.
"Clean fuels are being used in Indian cities
for transportation when they could save many
more lives if used for cooking," says study
co-author Professor Milind Kandlikar. "The
interests of the rural poor, particularly women
and children, are being put below those of the
urban consumer."
The study's third co-author is Andrew
Grieshop from UBC's Liu Institute for Global
Issues and Institute for Resources, Environment
and Sustainability.
The Downside of Tourism for Kids
© UBC associate professor of education Jo-Anne
Dillabough is exploring the impact of the global
tourism industry on communities in Morocco.
Although the industry offers an immediate
means of income for locals, she says it is large
foreign companies that reap the financial
benefits of increased travel to such regions.
The industry also negatively impacts the
communities' sense of cultural identity and
limits the futures of its children, especially
those from economically disadvantaged homes.
"You'll see very young boys, sometimes
younger than nine years old, working in the
tourist markets and in the hotels," says Dillabough.
"They stop going to school and work to provide
some income for their families." In fact, up to 40
per cent of boys leave compulsory education for
the tourism industry. And without education,
there will be few alternatives for them in the
future beyond a dependence on tourism.
The global tourism industry is changing
small rural coastal communities in Morocco
into resort destinations and along with that
change, cautions Dillabough, is an affect on local
traditions and cultural identity. "This practice
shapes how local youth view their own cultural
traditions and in many cases forces young
people to refashion and market their 'exotic'
identities in order to survive," she says.
Dillabough wants to run a pilot program
offering a mobile school to the children, to
educate them about the negative aspects of
global tourism, including sex trade and
trafficking, and present them with the idea of
alternative options as they continue to help
their families eke a living from tourism. "The
purpose is to assist in presenting young people
with wider political and cultural images of their
employment, as well as providing them with a
landscape of possibilities that showcases
multiple paths into the future."
Sarah Morgan-Silvester
Reappointed Chancellor of UBC
© Sarah Morgan- Silvester, BCom'82 has been
reappointed for a second three-year term as
Chancellor of UBC. Morgan-Silvester was first
appointed in April 2008; her next term will
begin July 1,2011 and end June 30,2014.
The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the
university. Morgan-Silvester will confer all
degrees and will continue to serve on both Senates,
responsible for the university's academic
governance, and the Board of Governors,
responsible for managing the property, revenue
and business affairs of the university.
As required by the University Act, the
Chancellor is recommended by the UBC Alumni
Association and members of the university's
Council of Senates. The UBC Board of Governors
must approve the recommendation.
"Throughout her first term as Chancellor,
Ms Morgan-Silvester has been committed to
UBC and has brought fresh perspectives and
ideas to the university," said Alumni Association
chair Miranda Lam, who headed the committee
to consider Morgan-Silvester's reappointment.
"There was overwhelming support for her
Morgan- Silvester has had extensive experience
in the financial services and transportation
sectors. She is a leading community volunteer
with a background in education, health,
environmental and economic organizations.
She is currently chair of Port Metro Vancouver
and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
Foundation, and a director of a number of
other corporate and not-for-profit boards.
The Chancellor has been recognized for her
contributions to society with a number of
awards including the Association of Women in
Finance Lifetime Achievement Award, Influential
Women in Business Award, and Canada's Top 40
Under 40 Award.
New Light on Skin Cancer
© Three UBC professors have developed a
non-invasive detection device for skin cancer
that uses a light ray to determine whether or not a
lesion is malignant. David McLean, Harvey Lui and
Haishan Zeng's new method, known
as optical biopsy, would allow health care
workers to scan moles and detect cancer within
seconds. A doctor would follow up on suspect
lesions with a traditional biopsy. Preliminary
clinical results on (non-patient) lesions at
Vancouver's Skin Care Centre suggest the device
is accurate in detecting melanoma, and early data
showpromise for its ability to detect basal cell
and squamous cell carcinomas, and even
precancerous lesions.
Canada's Verisante Technology, Inc. recently
obtained the rights for the new device and is
preparing it for mass production. Awaiting
approval from Health Canada, the device could
reduce loss of life and health costs through
earlier detection, as well as shorten patient
wait times and avoid unnecessary surgery.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer,
affecting one in seven Canadians at some point
during their lives.
The device was developed and tested at the
BC Cancer Agency. The technology maybe
adaptable to testing for other forms of cancer
and trials are now underway for the detection
of lung cancer.
"I'm REALLY Sorry. Honest!"
© Remorse is a factor that can influence the
criminal justice system. If detected by ajudge
or parole board, it might lead to a more lenient
sentence or early release. But how to tell if that
remorse is genuine?
"Obviously offenders are motivated to
pretend to be remorseful and legal decision
makers are motivated to detect crocodile tears,"
says Leanne ten Brinke, a PhD candidate who
has studied the human face for revealing cues
onboth genuine remorse and the deceptive
expression of remorse.
The work involved studying videotaped
accounts of wrongdoing by 31 Canadian
undergraduates - including their expression of
remorse, or falsified remorse - and coding the
facial behaviour associated withboth. Researchers
analyzed nearly 300,000 frames of the upper
and lower face.
"We found that during falsified remorse,
people showed a greater range of emotional
expression," says ten Brinke. "They were more
likely to show anger and contempt, whereas the
genuine folks didn't show these kinds of emotions."
The sequence of emotional expression was
also key. "Particularly in the lower face, liars
were much more likely to be what we term as
emotionally turbulent, jumping from positive to
negative emotions immediately. During genuine
remorse, people are more likely to return to a
neutral emotion in between the extremes," says
ten Brinke, who conducted the study with
colleagues Stephen Porter and Brian O'Connor
from the Centre for the Advancement of
Psychology and Law at UBC's Okanagan campus,
along with Sarah MacDonald from Memorial
University in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Playing Games with Climate Change
© Much of Delta, BC, is below sea level and the
risk of flooding is a cause for concern, especially
in light of climate change.
A UBC team is developing an interactive 3D
game simulation that will enable players to walk
through their digitally recreated community and
see how the day-to-day choices they make could
impact their actual environment. It predicts
alternative climate scenarios that are focused on
the flooding risks in Delta. The team hopes the
game will personalize the issue of climate change
for residents, clarify the complex scientific
information surrounding it and galvanize action.
"The complexity of climate science provides
an obstacle for clear communication between
researchers and the public that becomes a critical
barrier for social change, policy-making and
implementation," says project leader Aleksandra
Dulic, professor of interactive art and dynamic
media at UBC's Okanagan campus. "It's important
to find engaging, direct and innovative ways to
communicate important information about our
environment to the public." Creating a realistic
simulation of a neighbourhood requires a large
amount of detailed information, from sewer
systems and community building blueprints to
municipal service information, climate data,
GPS mapping and much more. The Future Delta
project is a collaborative effort with music
professor Keith Hamel and Stephen Sheppard, a
forest resources management professor based
on UBC's Vancouver campus.
Through multimedia expression and game
play, the project goal is to move towards deeper
awareness, wider community engagement and
sense of urgency, reaching people that climate
science often fails to reach, and providing clear
choices for feasible local actions.
Although this project is specifically aimed at
the community of Delta, the idea and technology
can be applied to anywhere in the world. In fact,
Dulic is looking at creating a 3D game simulation
for BC's Okanagan region, which is prone to
drought, and is exploring the possibility of
incorporating local indigenous knowledge about
the land and environment into the game play.
"If we find this kind of approach helps
policy-makers and researchers communicate, or
perhaps becomes a useful teaching tool in
classrooms, then this research could have many
implications," says Dulic.
Diversity and Intercultura
Stephen J. Toope, President, UBC
The Canadian cultural landscape has changed
dramatically in the past two decades, and
UBC has embraced that change enthusiastically.
As a global research institution, UBC attracts
the best students, faculty and staff from all
social, economic and cultural realities. We have
identified this fact in our institutional priorities
(see: www.strategicplan.ubc.ca), in our curriculum
and in the way we conduct our daily business.
Traditionally, Canada has been referred to as a
"cultural mosaic," meaning that our cultural fabric
is constructed from the many ethnicities that
make up our population. While this metaphor had
resonance in the mid- to late-20,h century, it no
longer expresses today's reality.
"Culture" in 2011, is a complex, fluid concept that
includes not just ethnicities, but a vast array of
components including political perspective, religion,
sexual preference, education, place of residence
(urban, rural or suburban) and even one's favourite
hockey team. "Diversity" no longer just means
making room for another person's religious or
ethnic experience; rather, it means understanding
how our differences - in culture, beliefs, attitudes,
modes of dress, personal styles, etc. - combine to
Your Phone as a Cell Tower
©Your cell phone is a little energy-producing
unit that receives and transmits signals through
fixed terminals located in your community.
Researchers are working to turn your cell phone
into a moving terminal that will receive and
broadcast signals for other users around you,
thereby increasing performance of the network
and reducing overall energy use. It's called
cooperative mobile communications.
Wireless systems rely on fixed terminals to relay
signals. But if mobile devices can relay the signals
instead, then the result would be a stronger network
with fewer dropped calls caused by obstacles.
UBC researcher Diomidis Michalopoulos is
moving the industry towards this transformation.
He is developing communication protocols,
make up our world, and learning to embrace
those differences. The more able one is to make
sense of - and participate in - a completely
diverse society, the more successful he or she will
be in all aspects of life.
As a university that defines itself as a creator of
new knowledge, UBC is uniquely positioned to
examine culture and how it works. Where better
to investigate, together, the things that make us
different? Where better to experiment with values,
question old assumptions, try out new ways of
relating to each other?
Imagine a world where cultural differences
spark inquiry and friendship, not hostility and
defensiveness. Imagine a university where the
most transformative learning experience comes
from the discovery of someone else's cultural
reality, where the understanding of the "different"
is among our greatest achievements.
We're privileged at UBC to enjoy such cultural
diversity in our students, faculty and staff. By
incorporating that diversity into our institutional
fabric, we become more than a simple mosaic.
We become a reflection of the world.
based on fairness and efficiency, that bring the
vision closer to reality. "Similar to how geese fly
in a V formation so they're more aerodynamic,
my protocols will assess and select channels
based on signal strength and energy level," he
says. "A network using these protocols would
increase coverage in low-signal areas and be able
to re-route around obstacles."
His work will allow telecommunications
companies to keep up with growing demand for
mobile content, and has attracted much interest.
Lastyear Michalopoulos was one of three scientists
to receive a Marconi Young Scholar Award,
which recognizes scientists who have made a
majorimpact in their field by the age of 27,
Guglielmo Marconi's age when he made the first
transatlantic radio transmission in 1901.
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Clean Energy Project Leads the Way
© The ground has been broken for a major
four-storey facility that will be the hub of a clean
energy proj ect aimed at dramatically reducing
natural gas consumption and greenhouse gas
emissions on UBC's Vancouver campus. The
biomass-fueled, heat-and-power generation
system will be the first of its kind in the world,
and will be operational in 2012.
The system, which recently received new
funding from the federal and provincial
governments, is expected to generate enough
power for 1,500 homes, and the reduction in
emissions would be equivalent to removing
1,100 cars from the road. The Bioenergy
Research and Demonstration Project also covers
research and development into clean energy
involving multiple UBC units.
Biomass fuel could include tree chips from
municipal operations, fibre from pine trees
killed by beetles, and clean sawmill waste.
The project is a partnership between UBC and
Nexterra Systems Corp (providing gasification
technology) and General Electric Co. (providing
a Jenbacher engine). Once the project is fully
demonstrated at UBC, they will replicate the
technology throughout Canada and globally.
"This innovative approach allows the
accelerated development, demonstration and
commercialization of clean-energy technology
for domestic use and global export," says
Professor David Wilkinson, director of UBC's
Clean Energy Research Centre.
Is Vegetable Oil a Healthy Option?
O Since they're derived from vegetables, corn
and sunflower oils may seem like healthy eating
choices, but that's not necessarily the case.
These oils are high in omega-6 polyunsaturated
fatty acids and assistant biology professor
Sanjoy Ghosh has received substantial funding
from the Canadian Diabetes Foundation to find
out if there is a connection between the acids
and the development of heart disease in young
people with diabetes.
"In the last 30 years, there has been a trend
away from consumption of animal fats like those
found in butter and lard, toward more vegetable-
oil based products like margarine, vegetable
shortening and corn oil," says Ghosh. "Our
bodies simply don't know how to respond to
such a diet, which is unprecedented in our
evolutionary history. We are now seeing
evidence that this trend may in fact be harmful
for people suffering from metabolic diseases like
obesity and diabetes."
Ghosh's research team will feed diabetic mice
a diet rich in vegetable oil and monitor their
metabolic stress and heart function. They will
then supplement the diet with healthy fats
found in fish oil (omega-3) or canola oil (high in
beneficial monounsaturates) to see if this
mitigates any damage caused by the original
diet. The goal is a sound scientific basis for
dietary recommendations to prevent or reduce
diabetes-related heart disease.
Find or Post a Volunteer
Opportunity on CareersOnline
©UBC's CareersOnline is an exclusive service
for UBC alumni and students that lists volunteer
positions as well as opportunities for paid work
across a wide range of fields both on and off campus.
Register for an account - a simple process -
and you can peruse the latest postings, store
versions of your resume, look up organizational
profiles and keep tabs on multiple applications.
Alumni are also invited to post their own
work and volunteer opportunities. For example,
Peace and Love International is a not-for-profit
conceived and operated by a group of UBC
alumni and professors. The group currently has
projects in Haiti, South Africa and around the
world and has used CareersOnline to post
volunteer positions.
Many UBC departments have volunteering
opportunities and Alumni Affairs is busy
developing more. Alumni Weekend is coming up
in May and positions will soon be posted.
As well, plenty of organizations in the local
community would benefit from a little help, and
UBC is happy to facilitate access to its talented
students and alumni.
Whether you want to add some meat to your
resume, develop new skills, meet people and have
fun, or use some of your free time doing something
worthwhile, volunteering has a lot to offer.
Coffee, the Miracle Drug
Coffee can help stave off morning sluggishness, but did you know that this beneficial little
bean might also stave off the ageing process?
Coffee contains powerful antioxidants that
help remove free radicals, which have been
associated with ageing. And if you want to take
advantage of them, new UBC research
suggests medium roast coffee contains the
The researchers have helped explain the
presence of the antioxidants, linking their
production to the chemical processes (known
as the Maillard reaction) that happen during
roasting. "Previous studies suggested that
antioxidants in coffee could be traced to
caffeine or the chlorogenic acid found in
green coffee beans, but our results clearly
show that the Maillard reaction is the main
source of antioxidants," says lead researcher
Yazheng Liu, an MSc student in the Faculty of
Land and Food Systems.
The research also demonstrated that the
beneficial compounds start to break down with
excessive roasting at high heat. The study's
co-author is Professor David Kitts.
When the Medication is the Problem
Patients who suffer an adverse drug event
are more costly to the health care system than
other emergency department patients, say
physicians and research scientists at VGH
and UBC. Their research builds on a 2008
study that showed more than one-in-nine
emergency department visits are due to
medication-related problems.
Adverse drug events include unexpected
reactions or side effects to medication, non
adherence, and the wrong use of medication.
The research team followed 1,000 emergency
department patients from VGH for six months,
studying the health outcomes of those who had
an adverse drug event and comparing them to
patients who came to emergency for other
reasons. Researchers found no difference in
mortality rates, but patients who had an
adverse drug event had a 50 per cent greater risk
of spending additional days in hospital, as well
as a 20 per cent higher rate of outpatient health
care needs, (continued on page 10)
Graduation isn't Goodbye
Miranda Lam, LLB'02, Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Most of us have attended at least one graduation
ceremony - our own - so we know the magic of
the moment. We have felt that strange mixture of
relief at being finished at last, of anticipation about
an exciting future to come, and of its cousin, anxiety:
"Yikes! What do I do now?" Despite any uncertainty
about the future, graduation marked the end of an
era and a final farewell.
In years past, that walk across the stage was the
last you would hear from UBC until a year or so
later when someone from UBC would call you up
to talk about the possibility of a gift.
You will still get that call, which many of us
respond to with pleasure (though admittedly, it is
not always welcomed). But what is different is the
communications you receive from the Alumni
Association after graduation about the events and
programs we have developed to keep you in touch
with each other and with the intellectual riches of
UBC. What used to be "goodbye" is now an invitation
to stay involved, connected and engaged - with no
strings attached.
In my last column in this magazine, I asked,
"Why wouldn't you want to stay connected to an
institution that was such an influential part of your
life?" I then set out some of the great opportunities
for engagement that we provide.
Now, I'd like to tell you why we want you to stay
involved. As alumni, we are responsible for both
the legacy and the future of the university. The
most consistent voice of the university over the
years has come from its graduates. Our history -
from the Great Trek in 1922 and the "Back Mac"
campaign in 1964 to the current development of
University Town and the planned building of our
Alumni Centre - has been written by alumni.
As that legacy unfolds, and as UBC continues
to maintain its position as a globally significant
university, the voice of alumni will become even
more important. We guide UBC's governance as
volunteers, mentor today's students, collaborate
with faculty, and communicate our concerns
through social media and other means. And, through
the Alumni Association, we use our independent
voice to promote UBC's interests to government
at all levels and other stakeholders.
But even more importantly, staying involved with
UBC gives you the opportunity to work with other
grads and to take our collective skills and intellectual
riches to our communities, our workplaces and
even other countries to create industry and make
a meaningful impact in our world.
As your Chair, hearing your stories of positive
change and connection has certainly been one of
the most rewarding aspects of this role. This will
be my final column in Trek as my term expires in
September so I thank you sincerely for sharing
your inspirational stories with me.
In 2013, we will open the new Alumni Centre at
the heart of campus. It will be a place where you
can make those connections and continue your
relationship with UBC. Graduation no longer means
"goodbye." Come home to the Alumni Association
and the Alumni Centre and get started at UBC all
over again. Indeed, the world is waiting for you.
Four UBC alumni were appointed to the BC government's cabinet in March by new BC
Premier Christy Clark:
Naomi Yamamoto (BA in Film and TV Studies,
1982): Minister of Advanced Education
Don McRae (BA in International Relations, 1992;
BEd in Social Studies, 1993): Minister
of Agriculture
■ Mary McNeil (BA in English, 1973): Minister of
Children and Family Development
■ George Abbott (BA in Political Science, 1975):
Minister of Education
In BC alone, hospital emergency departments
treat about 210,000 patients each year for
adverse drug events. The research team
estimates that the cost of treating these patients
is 90 per cent greater than the cost of treating
other patients, after adjustment for differences
in baseline characteristics. The added cost could
be as much as $49 million annually. As well as
concluding that adverse drug events are
common and costly, the team discovered they
are hard for physicians to recognize and that
nearly 70 per cent are preventable.
In response, the researchers are developing
screening tools to help emergency health care
providers recognize patients at high risk for
adverse drug events. They hope this will increase
the recognition rate from 60 to over 90 per cent,
resulting in faster and improved patient care.
"We spend a lot of time trying to diagnose
what is wrong with the patient, yet often miss
the fact that there is a medication-related
problem. This means that patients often go
home still on a medication that maybe causing
harm. We are also using the data from this
research project to help develop a new drug
evaluation platform to inform prescribing
practices for physicians in the community. The
hope is to prevent many of these adverse events
from even taking place," says research lead
Corinne Hohl, an emergency physician at VGH
and research scientist with the Centre for
Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation at
Vancouver Coastal Health and UBC. ©
Why We're Here
Jeff Todd, Executive Director, Alumni Association/AVP Alumni
When I joined the Alumni Association in September
of last year, I did so with a great sense of excitement
and anticipation. UBC is highly respected in the
Pacific Northwest (my previous post was at
Oregon State University), across Canada and
around the world. My family, too was excited at
the prospect of living in this vibrant province.
But the deciding factor for me in accepting the
position was the importance UBC has placed on
the concept of "alumni engagement." In Place and
Promise, which spells out Stephen Toope's vision
for the university, alumni engagement is one of six
areas upon which UBC will focus its energies in
the next few years.
Every university is interested in its alumni;
most dedicate resources to maintain some sort
of communication with them to, at the very least,
solicit gifts from them. But the very best understand
that an energetic alumni base provides benefits
that percolate up from every aspect of life.
For instance, a co-worker mentions that her son
wants to get an MBA. You remember a prof you
had at UBC and tell your co-worker about what a
great experience you had. Or you attend a play in
town and notice one of the lead actors is an alumnus
of UBC. You decide the next play you see will be at
Freddy Wood. Or you see in the newspaper that a
UBC researcher has discovered a missing piece of
the cancer puzzle and you tell a friend to contact
that researcher. You decide your next charitable
donation will go to this project.
Our job is not only to remind you of the great
things UBC provided during your student years,
but to excite you about UBC's contemporary
relevance and encourage you to maintain that
connection. We attempt to build pride in the
institution, point out the things that stir your
memory (Storm the Wall, Big Block sweaters,
Thursday night at the Pit, the Cheez Factory)
and remind you of why you came here in the first
place: great teaching, great people and a great
place to learn.
I'm excited about the prospect of ramping up your
connection to UBC, and of bringing the benefits of
that connection to you and the university. I look
forward to meeting with many of you over the next
months, and becoming part of the UBC family.
Janet Berryman is my hero. In her will,
she created a medical scholarship at UBC
that has supported almost 100 students.
As one of those students, I've been able
to study obstetrics and neonatal care.
Janet's scholarship helped me graduate
from the Faculty of Medicine. Now
I'm working on research into the early
detection and treatment of a congenital
lung defect in infants. Through Janet
Berryman I've found my calling. I'm
helping save lives. And I get to bounce
ideas off of some of the brightest minds
around. But the one person I really look
up to is Janet Berryman. I'll never forget
your generosity. Thank you for giving
me the opportunity to chase my dreams.
- Jordan Chan*
Support thinking that can change the
world. To create your lasting legacy
through UBC, call 604.822.5373 or
visit www.supporting.ubc.ca.
a place of mind
'name changed for privacy.
Young alumnus prefers print
I'm part of the under-30 crowd and, though I
grew up alongside the internet, I know that an
email announcement heralding the latest digital
Trek Magazine will most likely be left unread
among the other detritus in my e-mail inbox, the
hyperlinks unfollowed. The best part of reading
any "dead tree" material is that it is separate
from the torrent of information I receive on a
daily basis, and I can leave it to sit at my bedside
until I can read it on my terms, at the time of my
choosing. I enjoy receiving and reading Trek, and
I'm sure I'll miss out on some great articles in
your new digital format. Keep up the good work.
Stephen LaRoy BASc'oe
Multi-alumnus prefers Trek
I get alumni magazines from UBC, U of T and
Concordia, where I teach. We get York Magazine
via my wife's PhD work there. Trek is consistently
the best of the four. I think your editorial content,
variety, readability and design trump the others.
I always take the thing over to a chair, sit down, flip
through, read something, muse about something,
then set it down and come back to it. It doesn't
just get fired in the recycling bin and I don't, as I
sometimes do with the others, think, "what a
waste of paper."
IVe also made use of yourbooks by alumni pages
and plan to send news of a new novel shortly.
So in that, I view your magazine as a venue
worth trying to place my own undertakings in.
U of T and Concordia are big on sending
email newsletters. I don't look at them carefully.
The Concordia one strikes me straightforwardly
as self-promotion, so I resent it. Its editorial
content is negligible, and though I've not done
any checking, I would imagine it's produced by
the university's marketing and communications
department. When the U of T stuff comes via
email I sometimes scroll through the contents
to see what's there. I might look at one or
nothing. I never find that it looks good, so the
aspect of your design that I enjoy is never
approximated in that email content. I also would
neverbother to send news of my publications to
these emailed newsletters. It's all too ephemeral,
I think, for me to bother.
So, I get a great deal out of your magazine
in terms of information about UBC, a sense
of doings in Vancouver, and readerly pleasure.
I will be very interested to see if any of this is
duplicated in emailed content.
Norm Ravvin, BA'86, MA'88
"What will happen to
that 'curl up on the
sofa with a latte or tea
and immerse oneself
in a book or magazine'
feeling that some of
us crave?"
Curls up to read print
Over the Christmas holiday I enjoyed reading the
latest Trek Magazine and was very interested in
what you had to say in the editor's note regarding
the slow death of print. And I have to agree that
reading material is (unfortunately) doing just that.
I learned to read at the age of three and have
been an avid reader ever since. I love to read
real actual books having never tried the new
electronic gizmos. I, for one, will find it a
challenge to read Trek in an email. What
will happen to that "curl up on the sofa with a
latte or tea and immerse oneself in a book or
magazine" feeling that some of us crave. And
you can always put a book down and then just
pick it right up again later - not so easy on the
email unless it is attached (literally) to one's hip!
I don't usually send along my thoughts but felt
the need to let you know what I think. Reading is
so close to my heart. I teach kindergarten and
some of my students are excited to be learning
to read real books! I want to keep it as real for
them and me as possible!
PS: I attended UBC for one year to take my
BEd and thought it was a fantastic place to learn...
and read!
Devon Codesmith, BEd'06
Likes paper but feels guilty
Thank you for another fine year of Trek
MagazineX How many UBC grads have opted
for an electronic Trek vs the paper model?
I appreciate the updates by email but really
like the traditional paper magazine. However,
I'm feeling guilty about the paper. Thanks for
the big picture on this.
Caroline Woodward, BA'74
Just likes to get it...
I am looking at Trek Magazine #28.1 wanted
to let you know how grateful I am to continue
receiving it after so many years. It brings back
fond memories of life as a student at UBC. I was
very fortunate to go to UBC and have good
memories of those years.
I visited the campus 20 years ago and was
very impressed with the developments since
I was a student. The university appeared to be
quite prosperous.
Adrian E. Beggs, BASc'48
... and gets good feedback from it
Re: Living With Aphasia (Trek 28): I can't believe
how many people have read and commented on
my article in the last Trek. I had no idea the
reach was so wide. My doctor read it and so did a
few friends, some colleagues too - and the CBC's
Definitely Not The Opera contacted me to get in
touch with Christy for their show this weekend
themed "at a loss for words." Very cool.
Teresa GojfQ
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Art of
Photosby Martin Dee
(taken at UBC's Beaty Museum of Biodiversity)
By Rachel Poliquin, BFA'97,PhD'o
A salute to the
wonder of nature or
an abominable parody?
How an alumna
immersed herself in
the curious world of
taxidermy and got
In 1960, almost the entire taxidermy collection
of the Saffron Walden Museum in England was
destroyed, on purpose, by fire. No photographs
exist from the bonfires, but the picture is clear
enough. A disorderly mountain of stiffened lion
cubs, lemmings, civet cats and barking deer. A
smouldering llama, a black tailed wallaby, a
polar bear - more than two hundred Victorian
stuffed beasts had been discarded as refuse. No
museum would ever dream of burning its
unpopular cultural artefacts, but these century-
old pieces of nature had been heaped on top of
each other and set ablaze.
I first heard about the bonfires in the spring of
2005, when I spent several weeks in England
visiting family. I had recently finished my PhD at
UBC in comparative literature and just wanted
to see relatives, go for walks - anything but think
about what was next. When I visited a little
museum in the countryside, I never could have
guessed that a lion with wooden teeth named
Wallace, the first lion to be born in Great Britain
(in 1812) and one of the few survivors of Saffron
Walden's bonfires, would determine the next six
years of my work.
Opened in 1834, the Saffron Walden Museum
is the second-oldest purpose-built museum in
England. Throughout the 19th century, like so
many Victorian museums, it collected and
exhibited a random assortment of specimens:
mummies, Roman coins, Anglo-Saxon swords,
a motley array of stuffed beasts. The artefacts
are still on display, neatly labelled and arranged
behind glass. But with the exception of Wallace
and a few birds, every once-living creature had
been destroyed.
The story goes like this. In 1960, a young
curator with a verve to modernize wrote a
persuasive report to the Saffron Walden District
Council. It was time to sluice out the museum's
taxidermy, which she viewed as musty relics
from a less enlightened era. In an age before
colour photography and wildlife documentaries,
taxidermy had been the cutting-edge technology
for showcasing the fauna of distant lands. But
those days were long gone. She argued that
television and zoos gave children a better idea
of nature; taxidermy had become crassly old
fashioned. Plus, 19th century taxidermy was
shabby; no doubt more than a few hides were
cracked with age and sprouting straw. And so,
having convinced the council that the museum's
taxidermy was a nostalgic embarrassment, the
vigorous young curator hauled the antique
beasts to the city dump and lit a match. The
bonfires lasted three days.
The event seemed so extraordinary. I couldn't
stop thinking about it. Why had these animals
been burnt? It seemed like a crime against
nature, but maybe taxidermy deserved to be
burnt. I visited family, I ate sandwiches, I went
for walks across the astonishingly beautiful
Suffolk countryside, and I thought about it.
What was taxidermy anyway? And why would
anyone want such strange animal-things to
exist? When I returned home, my former
supervisor urged me to apply for a post-doctoral
scholarship, and so I did. I settled on the title
Taxidermy and Longing. My adventures with
taxidermy had begun.
What is taxidermy? Basically put, taxidermy
is an animal's skin (all flesh and bones removed)
mounted over an anatomically perfect sculpture, positioned into a lively posture, and
adorned with two glass eyes. In other words,
taxidermy isn't merely a representation of an
animal. It is the animal, but blurred with human
longing to perpetuate its form. Taxidermy is
hardly a swift practice. It takes patience, skill,
time and exacting labour, all of which depend on
an intense desire to keep particular creatures
immortally whole.
When most people think of taxidermy, they
think of hunting trophies. But taxidermy is a far
more nuanced practice than just trophies and
conquests. I've come to realize there are eight
genres of taxidermy, each distinctly motivated.
A hunting trophy is a very different sort of thing
than a preserved animal companion (what I call
a perpetual pet), which is different again from a
two-headed calf or other such eccentric wonder
of nature. A little scene of squirrels playing
croquet can hardly compare with the tragedy of
 While I never advocate
the making of new
taxidermy, I believe
that taxidermied animals
can be reinterpreted as
not just something to
look at, but something
to think with.
Taxidermy isn't merely a representation of
an animal. It is the animal but blurred with
human longing to perpetuate its form.
an extinct species. Likewise a natural history
specimen, posed to exhibit what makes its
species distinct, is a fundamentally different
sort of thing than an elephant foot stool. And
nothing is quite like a jackalope, mermaid or other
fraudulent creature created from a combination
of animal parts. To flaunt a hunter's skill, to
immortalize a cherished pet, to amaze, to amuse,
to warn, to educate, to decorate a room and even
to deceive: what unites the genres is the longing
to capture pieces of nature and tell stories about
their significance within human lives.
But all taxidermy owes its existence to
wonder. It began in the decades following
Christopher Columbus'journeys across the
Atlantic. That a vast continent teeming with an
astonishing spectrum of life had lain hidden for
so long quite simply blew Europe's mind.
Armadillos, rattlesnakes, birds of paradise and
opossums: unknown creatures poured into
Europe and were snapped up by anyone who
could afford a collection. Yet, what arrived on
European docks after months of travel was
usually a decomposing lump of flesh, fur and
feathers. Most animals didn't survive the
journey, and preservation techniques were too
rudimentary to offer anything but the merest
shape of a strange beast. And this was a problem.
It is true enough to say that taxidermy developed
precisely to preserve and cherish nature's most
wondrous creations.
From such poorly preserved wonders,
taxidermy reached its apotheosis in the 19th
century. Victorians loved their nature to death,
quite literally. No parlour was complete without
a hummingbird under glass or an exquisite
assortment of birds, butterflies, seaweeds or
ferns. The Victorians wanted to capture all of
nature, to bottle it up and ensure it was
ever-present for lovingly close inspection. They
wanted to see the beast for themselves, and it
didn't matter if its eyes were glass. They wanted
the intimate encounter.
And this, I've come to realize, is what
taxidermy is all about: a deeply intimate and
enigmatic encounter between you and an
animal. Taxidermy allows you to get closer to
an animal than you ever could in life or on the
television. It allows you to get closer than most
animals would allow, if they were still alive. As
I began thinking and writing about taxidermy,
I realized that words and images were not going
to be enough to explain those encounters. I had
no interest in stuffing anything myself, but I
wanted to engage directly with the unsettling
magnetism of taxidermied animals, rather than
merely describe it. Luck was on my side.
I happened to speak with Bill McClellan, a
curator at UBC's Museum of Anthropology I had
worked for during my PhD. He told me that the
Museum of Vancouver had an entire natural
history collection lurking in its basement. From
1894, the museum had amassed and exhibited
its taxidermy until it moved to its current
location in Vanier Park in 1968. The animals
were put into storage where they had lingered,
almost forgotten, for half a century. The story
was perfect. It was like Saffron Walden all over
again, but without the bonfires.
The exhibition I curated with the Museum of
Vancouver, Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely
Alluring World of Taxidermy, explored the
cultural history of taxidermy, its successes and
failures, and its uncertain future. Taxidermy has
an unsettling way of raising ever more questions,
and the exhibit was meant to stage unexpected
encounters with taxidermy that might provoke
visitors to look at these animals in new ways.
Perhaps because my adventures with taxidermy
were born with a bonfire, I tried to give value
and meaning to these creatures. While I never
advocate the making of new taxidermy, I believe
that taxidermied animals, as old and musty as
they might become, can be reinterpreted as not
just something to look at, but something to
think with.
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work
with an altogether different sort of museum.
Perhaps best known for its 26-metre-long blue
whale skeleton, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum
on UBC's Main Mall is an astounding collection
encompassing over two million specimens of
organic life. While Ravishing Beasts explored
the cultural significance of taxidermy, the
exhibits I designed for the BBM were inspired
by encounters with the specimens themselves.
I learned about the lives of pufferfish, pangolins,
kiwi birds, echidnae and flying dragons for the
simple reason that the museum safeguards
specimens of those species. In radical contrast
to Saffron Walden's urge to purge, the BBM
believes its specimens - and especially its oldest
 specimens - hold precious information that
helps scientists understand species and
ecosystems now and in the future.
If we care to look, and look closely, the
unsettling intimacies engendered by taxidermy
can offer us powerful lessons in natural history.
They might be straightforward lessons in biology,
to learn something about the species on display.
They might be lessons in aesthetic wonder in
the pure delighted appreciation of an animal's
strangeness or beauty. Or, more soberly, they
might be lessons in conservation: there can be
no darker cautionary tale than an extinct
species. Or again, they might be lessons in the
ability of animals to entrance us and to provoke
and challenge us to think deeply about our
encounters with and within the rest of nature. ©
Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator. Her book, Taxidermy
and Longing, is due out with Penn State Press in 2012. She
also maintains the taxidermy blog www.ravishingbeasts.com
A United Approach to Biodiversity
The UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant
Research recently moved from the Faculty of Land
and Food Systems to the Faculty of Science. This
move takes advantage of natural synergies in the
sciences, while allowing the Botanical Garden and
Beaty Museum of Biodiversity to form stronger ties.
UBC Botanical Garden is Canada's oldest
continuously operated university-based botanical
garden. Its collection of roughly 120,000 accessioned plants representing some 6,000 taxa will
complement the Beaty Museum's collections of
two million preserved plants, animals, and fungi,
providing students, faculty and the community
access to a curated site to study the myriad
aspects of biodiversity. The Museum's Herbarium
of 600,000 specimens was begun by the Garden's
first director, John Davidson, around 1916.
While the Museum and Garden will have a
common report to a new directorship, each institution maintains its distinct identity, organizational
structure and advisory/scientific committees.
They will make use of each other's strengths to
enhance their joint mission in biodiversity research
and education. The Museum represents a
world-class group of biodiversity researchers at
UBC, and the Garden a decades-long experience in
public outreach. Together they will communicate
knowledge and passion for biodiversity to the
public in new and exciting ways.
Curious by nature? Explore the Beaty Museum of
Biodiversity's stunning displays of birds, insects, fish,
fossils, plants, shells and more. Enjoy hands-on
activities and films for all ages. Open Wednesday
through Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm. Tours daily.
www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca. 604.S27.4955
Visitors to the UBC Botanical Garden can expect a
learning experience rich with interesting plants and
informative signs. Spring hours: weekdays,
9:00am - 5:00pm; weekends 9:30am - 5:00pm.
www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org. 604.822.4529
David Pokotylo gave
up a promising guitar
career to pursue the
mysteries of early
human life.
/!vHilary Feldman
For nearly 30 years, Professor David Pokotylo has
painstakingly uncovered the lives of early humans.
He is passionate about ancient technologies and
specializes in tools made from rocks through
flaking techniques. Chips can be knocked off rocks
to create specific shapes and blades, producing
stone axes, scrapers, knives and points. "That's
the very first evidence we have, in most areas of
the world, of a durable cultural record - of what
people were doing to modify their environment."
Pokoylo says. Even more fascinating is the fact that
this technology was used across most continents
and endured until about 7,000 years ago.
Studying stone tools has led Pokotylo around
the globe. In East Africa, he works at early Stone
Age sites, teaches annual field schools and uses
the National Museum of Kenya's extensive
collections. While the Rift Valley is well known
for its early human archeological finds, Pokotylo
has been focusing on lesser known highland
plateau areas that date back about 400,000
years. These early Stone Age locations were used
by Homo erectus and shed light on key questions:
How did humans start to make stone tools? Why
and when did humans move out of the Rift
Valley? And when did humans start using fire to
stay warm at higher elevations? One intriguing
possibility is that developing tools allowed early
humans to be more flexible. Instead of responding to environmental changes by evolving more
(or less) body hair, the development of better
tools allowed them to adapt to changing
conditions, and take up new opportunities.
"This is the first real extension of yourbody,"
Pokotylo says. "You can do things with stone
tools you couldn't do with your feet, your teeth,
your fingers. They extend your body dramatically."
These new skills may have allowed Homo erectus
to move out of prime areas like the Rift Valley
into higher elevations, and eventually towards
Europe and Asia.
In northern China, flakestone technologies
persisted into the early Bronze Age, with stone
tools being used alongside more efficient and
complex bronze tools. Pokotylo and his
colleagues are working in AnYang, an important
city from the Shang Dynasty, and nearby sites
where the two technologies overlap, offering
unique insight into the value of stone tools in a
changing society. Closer to home, in the Interior
Plateau region of western North America, stone
tools were used until very recently. Portable,
durable and replaceable, these tools provide
evidence of other social changes, like seasonal
movement among camps, settlement of higher
elevations and increased plant-harvesting.
Having an academic foot on several continents
allows Pokotylo to make broader comparisons.
The sites correspond to very different time
periods, but the basic technology persists.
"Whatever they're doing with these things, they
worked incredibly well for over a million years,"
he says. "Something's going on there that makes
this a very flexible technology." To hammer in
that point, Pokotylo teaches his students to
make flake stone tools. Hands-on familiarity
allows them to recognize artifacts in the field. It
is also a revelation howwell these tools work. In
fact, they can rival modern tools.
In 1986, Pokotylo required hand surgery and
persuaded his surgeon, an amateur anthropologist,
to use a flake stone tool. A small linear flake of
obsidian, known as a microblade, can have edges
close to one molecule in thickness. Under high
magnification, these blades are thinner,
straighter, and sharper than a stainless steel
scalpel. Pokotylo's operation was filmed and
featured on an episode of CBC's Doctor Doctor,
and he found the subsequent healing time
phenomenally fast. Pokotylo points out that
creating such tools is a lost art and produces
cutting edges that cannot be duplicated with
modern tools (apart, possibly, from lasers). He
tries to ensure that students have a healthy
appreciation for how well this technology works.
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Rock and Roll Musician
Pokotylo is a keen musician. He grew up in
Winnipeg's fertile music community and took
up the guitar in high school. Mainly self-taught,
Pokotylo played in various bands around town.
One particular band became more successful
and was eventually picked up by the manager of
The Guess Who. Early success had a disruptive
effect on Pokotylo's first year of university; he
spent more time playing gigs than going to class.
Eventually, he had to face the decision to play
music or go to school. A surprisingly good mark
in anthropology, combined with a lucky
placement in an archeology field school, helped
Pokotylo find his direction. He made a clean
break and removed the temptation to play music
by selling all his equipment, including a 1959 Les
Paul guitar (now worth about $275,000).
But throughout his early academic career he
never stopped listening to music, and nurtured a
plan to return to playing it, this time for sheer
pleasure. The opportunity arose when he taught
his daughter to play guitar and he eventually
found his way back into the music scene. He has
been playing with the same group of people for
nearly a decade, rehearsing and performing a
wide repertoire of rock songs from the '50s to
the '80s. It's a comfortable fit and provides a
welcome diversion from work pressures, with
weekly practices and occasional gigs. They play
at various venues including fundraisers, bars
and corporate events. In addition, Pokotylo
spent over a year playing in a Neil Young tribute
band, but the intensive performance schedule
was very demanding and hard to sustain for a
busy academic. He's moved on to a new project
playing a blend of country and rock, describing
it as "rock and roll with a twang."
Pokotylo has since made up for losing all his
original equipment. He plays a variety of guitars
and has learned how to restore classic amplifiers
from the '60s and '70s. His jet-setting fieldwork
schedule allows him to track down elusive
vacuum tubes from electronics repair shops in
remote places. Never a mere dabbler, Pokotylo
has mastered the necessary electronics from the
ground up: power supplies, transformers,
capacitors and circuits. He happily deciphers old
schematics and wields a mean soldering iron.
After a long hiatus, Pokotylo is glad to be
making music again. "I love to play and that's all
there is to it." ©
Filling in
the Gaps
Jerry Lecovin was called to the Bar in 1958. While most
of his peers started their law careers, Jerry headed off to
tour the world for well over a year, beginning in England
and then visiting a long line of destinations that included
Finland, Russia, Turkey, India, China and Japan.
Returning to Vancouver, Jerry started
working as an assistant prosecutor. He
launched his own law practice a few
years later and began focusing on
family law, an area that became his
specialty. He was honoured for his
contributions in 2000 by being
appointed as Queen's Counsel.
Although now semi-retired, he
remains very active in his profession.
He continues to present cases in court
and to travel extensively.
"One of the things I came to
appreciate the more I travelled was
that there were gaps in my education,"
he says. "I had taken very specialized
courses in my university days and
hadn't had much exposure to the
liberal arts: reading the masters,
studying great works of art, or
learning about the history of the
places I would come to visit." He
heard about a UBC program from a
former classmate and thought it could
help fill some of those gaps. For the
last five years, he has attended the
Ageless Pursuits lecture series offered
each June by UBC Continuing Studies.
The program's week-long morning
sessions feature professors, past and
present, from UBC and other
institutions. They share their expertise
on a wide range of subjects, from
literature and music to psychology
and politics. "I've taken a variety of
topics over the years and enjoy those
eureka moments when I learn a new
fact or discover an old truth."
Jerry complements attendance at
these lectures with regular visits to
the symphony, opera and theatre.
While it's anyone's guess where his
travels will take him next, it's a safe
bet you'll find him at UBC this
summer, rounding out his knowledge
alongside other avid learners.
From Pole
to Pole:
Writing her way
around the world
After completing her degree, Lee Treloar began a
fulfilling career as a teacher that would take her from
Vancouver to Australia and back again. Fast forward to
2011 and now she enjoys life as a teacher of a different
sort. These days she's a travel journalist and
photographer who crafts her stories while visiting
remote polar destinations and shares her experiences
through multimedia lectures and presentations once
she gets home.
Lee has travelled quite literally to the
ends of the earth: from the extreme
north of Greenland to the Ross Sea of
Antarctica. Says Lee: "I have been
extremely privileged to have seen
some of the most pristine places on
the globe. I feel I have a huge
responsibility as a steward and
messenger for the polar regions,
which are in a state of high peril.
Through photography, I can capture
images of rapidly changing ecosystems. Through writing, I hope to
influence and encourage others to
make changes that can make a
Lee launched her writing career
after returning to her alma mater
several years ago to take two UBC
Continuing Studies courses on
freelance journalism with instructor
Jennifer Van Evra. "The courses gave
me a road map to the writing industry:
who to get in touch with, how to
approach an editor, how to make a
query stand out. Jennifer showed me
that the long and sometimes lonely
path to publishing was not only
navigable, but that the journey could
be enjoyable."
Energized by her continuing
education experiences at UBC, Lee
put what she learned to good use. Her
work has been featured in The Vancouver
Sun, The Globe and Mail and Canadian
Camera magazine. She also holds the
honour of Member International in
The Explorers Club of New York.
What comes next for someone
who has circumnavigated the Arctic
and completed five expeditions to the
Antarctic? With more icy adventures
sure to lie ahead, Lee plans to
continue expanding her library of
stories and images in her quest to
capture the magic of the poles.
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ledical attention and perhaps some paid time off work to recov
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even your life. A collaboration between UBC and a Ugandan medical
school is attempting to address the complex problems behind thi
isparity in health outcome
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On the casualty ward at Uganda's largest
hospital, patients with fractured legs and open
wounds are pressed up against one another,
each fighting for space on a few hospital cots. A
man lies naked on a blood-soaked foam mattress
on the floor. The rancid smell of urine, blood and
days-old sweat mixes with bleach. Patients must
bring their own pillows and blankets and rely on
family members to deliver food. They don't
know how long they'll be here, but it's likely
weeks or months because treatment is often
delayed and ad hoc.
In a far corner of the hospital, Piotr Blachut,
an orthopaedic trauma surgeon from Vancouver,
prepares for emergency surgery in what feels
like a scene from M*A*S*H. There's no running
water, a shortage of blood and limited drugs. His
unconscious patient, 19-year old Gorritte
Namaganda, has a broken thighbone and has
lost a lot of blood from a splintered shinbone
that's jutting out of her skin.
"It can't wait," says Blachut, with that calm,
matter-of-fact confidence that one wants in a
person holding a scalpel. "That kind of injury
can be life-threatening."
Namaganda, a university student, was
knocked off a speeding motorcycle taxi. She is
one of many victims who collectively amount to
a dismal ranking: Uganda has one of the worst
road accident rates in the world. If neglected,
Namaganda's multiple broken bones and open
wounds could result in deadly infection,
amputation or life-long disability.
Unfortunately, trauma injuries are often
neglected in Uganda's overcrowded national
referral centre, Mulago Hospital. Patients with
broken bones requiring surgery are more often
given cardboard splints.
As Namaganda clings to life on the operating
table, she can count herself lucky to have landed
in the hands of Blachut while he's on a teaching
trip to Uganda. A trauma surgeon at Vancouver
General Hospital, Blachut is also a clinical
professor for the UBC Orthopaedics Department
(the same department where he did his residency
25 years ago). In 2007, Blachut and Peter
O'Brien, head of UBC's orthopaedic trauma
division, visited Uganda to investigate the
emerging health crisis of neglected trauma
injuries. Shortly after, they started a partnership
between UBC and Uganda's medical school,
Makerere University, and teaching hospital.
It's called the Uganda Sustainable Trauma
Program (USTOP) and it recruits specialists
from Vancouver to train staff in the developing
country, fundraises for equipment and lobbies
Ugandan health officials for more resources.
Now on his fourth trip to Uganda, Blachut is
leading a 12-member team from VGH. These
surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and
technicians have volunteered their time and
paid for their own nights in order to provide the
training that will enable Ugandan hospital staff
and medical students to speed up the surgical
process and improve patient care.
The emergency surgery on Namaganda's
broken femur and tibia is a case in point: "In
Canada, you would normally treat it within 24
hours. Here, that treatment takes, on average,
35 days," says Blachut, who is dressed in blue
scrubs. His surgical cap sports a Canadian
The hospital's head orthopaedic surgeon,
Patrick Sekimpi, has a laundry list of reasons
why the treatment takes so long, but it boils
down to a lack of trained staff, equipment and
money. Uganda's health budget and international
donor money is largely consumed by HIV and
AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Sekimpi
sometimes cancels surgeries because he can't
find gauze or rubber gloves, and his patients are
forced to wait. "Sometimes the backlog extends
and someone stays for a month or six weeks
waiting for a surgery," he says.
Uganda, dubbed the "Pearl of Africa" by
Winston Churchill, is still recovering from two
decades of turmoil under the oppressive regimes
of Idi Amin and Milton Obote, as well as
lingering hostilities in northern Uganda by the
Lord's Resistance Army. Since 1986, the country
has maintained relative peace, strengthened its
economy and slowly rebuilt its services.
However, its population, now 32 million, has
grown faster than its infrastructure, causing
chaos on roads now jammed with rickety
mini-buses and motorcycle taxis that carry
three passengers at a time and recklessly speed
over goat-trail roads. Each day, on average, six
people die in road accidents and 33 people suffer
traumatic injuries. The accident victims who are
waiting for surgery are often breadwinners and
a prolonged hospital stay has a snowball effect,
plunging their families into deeper poverty.
Fifty-year-old Amran Kezaala, a tailor and
father of 10, lies on a bed with his scrawny leg in
traction, his undipped toe nails curling over at
the ends, his dry skin peeling off. At VGH he
would have had a rod inserted in his broken leg
within eight hours, then been released from
hospital on crutches within three to five days.
He's been laid up in Mulago Hospital for two and
a half months. When asked how his children are
getting fed, he replies, "God only knows."
That, says Blachut, inspires him to keep
working in Uganda. USTOP tries to be more
than a short term medical mission that simply
parachutes specialists into Uganda on a surgery
spree. The goal is to teach local surgeons, medical
students, nurses and administrators how to
streamline the hospital system. "We realize how,
with a system, you could dramatically change so
many lives, so you continue trying to help," he says.
In the operating room, Namaganda has
been sedated for surgery but the correct metal
clamps and tools aren't there. Then comes more
bad news. There aren't any sterilized drills in
the orthopaedic department, so the surgery
must be delayed. Blachut and the rest of the
VGH team bite back their frustration. Sekimpi
is embarrass ed in front of his Canadian visitors,
but, at the same time, says there's no point
sugarcoating the problems. The staff in his
department had simply gone home the night
before without preparing equipment for the
next morning. "It's poor planning," he says.
Organization is a major part of USTOP's plan
for systemic change. Trauma patients are spread
out on 12 different wards in the maze-like
hospital, with only scattered paper records
to trace them. Surgeries are delayed because
patients are lost or not prepped in time for
their procedure. On each trip, USTOP specialists
show the local staff how to improve triage,
create a database to track all patients and
expedite the transfer of new patients to the
pre-surgical ward. They also give workshops
and one-on-one training on surgical methods,
better instrumentation organization and
post-operative handling of patients.
Ultimately, sustainable change hinges on
more resource allocation from within the
country. USTOP members have lobbied the
Ministry of Health but they cannot control the
health budget for surgical supplies, equipment
or salaries for nurses and surgeons. Even
Sekimpi, a dedicated and talented surgeon, is
considering reducing his surgery time because
he earns just $750 a month and feels frustrated
every day by the poor working conditions.
"Here, people have lost the motivation to come
to work," he says. For that, the USTOP crew can
only give encouraging words and a pat on the
back to demoralized staff. But, says Sekimpi, it
helps. "They're bringing attitude change about
ethics of work."
Back in the operating room, Blachut finally
has everything he needs to insert a rod into
Namaganda's broken femur. When all goes well,
the Canadian team can reduce the average
hospital stay for a patient down to two days. And
all does go well for Namaganda, who hobbles out
of the hospital a few days after surgery to
recover at home.
But shortly after the USTOP crew leaves
Uganda, the backlog of surgical patients begins
to build up again and it makes Blachut question
whether he's achieving sustainable change. "It's
difficult when you come once a year. It's a long
time span between visits, and so a lot of things
you institute fall by the wayside."
Hamed Umedaly another clinical professor
from UBC, feels the same frustrations, but keeps
returning to Uganda for personal reasons.
Umedaly was born in Uganda, then forced to flee
to Canada with his family at the age of 12 when
Idi Amin expelled all Asians from the country,
accusing them of hoarding wealth. Umedaly
eventually graduated from UBC medical school
in 1986. More than three decades after he left,
the anesthesiologist has made four medical trips
to Uganda and encourages other clinical
professors in UBC's anesthesiology department
to do the same. UBC and Makerere University
have expanded their relationship to include
projects in seven areas: obstetrics, plastic
surgery, anesthesia, pediatrics, orthopaedic
trauma, club foot care, and ears, nose and throat.
For Umedaly, these trips to Uganda are an
opportunity to help a country he once called
home, and practice old-school medicine. "They
use their hands-on skills, finger on the pulse," he
says. "That's impressive because it's a bit of a lost
art in our system. We depend a lot on technology."
Blachut goes back to VGH's trauma unit with
a new appreciation for his well-lit, fully-stocked,
state-of-the-art surgical theatres. Then, he vows
to return to Uganda. "When you come back from
here, you realize how well off we are. It's almost
obscene to see the excesses in our system. So
you say, 'we have some responsibility to give
back.' So that's why you do it." 0
Bonnie Allen is a freelance journalist from Canada who
reports from Kampala, Uganda. More of her writing can be
read at www.bonnieallen.ca.
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On a November afternoon, soon after the sun
has left the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall in
darkness, a cross-section of Vancouver's ethnic
communities stands cozy-to-capacity watching
a fusion of Japanese and Punjabi drummers.
Back stage, a group of young women draped in
jewellery and dressed in bright purple and
turquoise - head scarves, vests and long skirts
embroidered with gold - prepare to perform by
bouncing up and down for five full minutes. The
UBC Girlz dance team is here to celebrate
Diwali, the festival of lights.
In the South Asian community, locally and
internationally, everyone knows the UBC Girlz.
Since 2000, when they split off from the UBC
Bhangra Club to form the world's first all-female
competitive bhangra team, the UBC Girlz have
performed at the Juno Awards in 2009,
Vancouver's 2010 Olympic Games, the Penn
Museum in Philadelphia, as well as the Lincoln
Center and Symphony Space venue, both in New
York City. With each performance, they have
taken bhangra beyond its more traditional
borders creating a cultural identity grounded in
their own reality.
Bhangra is a Punjabi folk dance of joy and
celebration traditionally performed by farmers
during Baisakhi, a festival that marks the arrival
of the spring harvest. While its roots are thought
to date back to the 13th century, some researchers
argue that the dance went through a significant
change after the Punjab was split between India
and Pakistan in 1947. The new Indian government
promoted it as the representative dance of the
Punjab and from that point, it is argued, bhangra
became an amalgamation of many other
traditional dances - jhummar, luddi, dhamaal -
absorbing some of their characteristics and
specific moves.
Whether or not today's version can be
considered centuries old or only decades old,
bhangra has always been a vibrant fusion of
dance, music and song. It is the expressive,
energetic dance movements and the heart-
pounding beat of the dhol (a large barrel-shaped
 drum with skins on two sides tightened by
metal rings and decorated with colourful
tassels called phummian) that are the markers
of bhangra. Naveen Girn is cultural researcher
and co-curator for the Bhangra.Me exhibit that
launches at the Museum of Vancouver in May.
"You can't have bhangra without a dhol," he
says. "It hits you in the chest and in the heart
and when different beats are played you are
connected to it."
And yet, there is no dhol on stage with the
UBC Girlz. The music that propels the team
through eight minutes of all-out energetic
head-shaking, arm-sweeping and leg-lifting
dance is a mash-up of five bhangra songs mixed
with hip hop. This merging of old and new forms
is what makes the past relevant. And if there is
one thing that distinguishes bhangra music, it is
constant evolution.
Wherever Punjabis have immigrated, they
have taken bhangra with them. From its
agrarian roots in the eastern part of Pakistan
and the Punjab in northern India, across the
ocean to the United Kingdom, the United States
and Canada, bhangra music has changed in
relation to new styles and influences. "It starts
in the United Kingdom in the '70s with people
from Southall mixing it with rock and disco,"
says Girn. Artists like Alaap and Apna Sangeet
fused new styles with old to create a new
cultural identity. Lyrics that were once about
looking for a lover in the fields of the Punjab
were transposed and the same search took place
in the same language but now in places like Soho
Road in Birmingham. An estimated 30,000
cassettes per week were sold in the UK during
the '70s. From there the recorded music went to
India then to British Columbia where bhangra
became part of everyday celebrations like
birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries.
"My first bhangra experience was with my dad
and my brothers, all sweaty in the basement of
our Richmond house," says Mandeep Patrola,
one of the founding members of the UBC Girlz.
"We would press Stop and Rewind and dance to
our favourite Punjabi songs." Since the '70s,
musical platforms have continued to shift. With
the walkman, and now the iPod, bhangra has
been de-contextualized and re-contextualized.
By plugging bhangra directly into your ears, the
music, once a celebration of farmers in a field,
can be a private party in an urban landscape
thousands of kilometres from where the seeds of
the songs were sown. Bhangra continues to be
remixed with musical influences from hip hop to
house and reggae to ragga. And technological
innovations - like the recent Pocket Bhangra
iPhone App, created by a Vancouver developer -
allow users to create their own bhangra songs by
looping pre-recorded beats. This re-imagining
of bhangra within a different context has created
space for new ideas.
Bhangra may have been transformed as a
musical genre but as a dance, it has certain
elements which many consider authentic. One
of these is the gender of the performers. "This
idea that women should be able to do bhangra is
unique to Vancouver," says Girn, who claims
that Vancouver still boasts the largest number of
female bhangra performers worldwide. In
Vancouver, women and men have been performing
bhangra together since the mid-'70s. The Surrey
India Arts Club, which took bhangra to stage at
the 1976 Montreal Olympics as well as Expo '86,
celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005 by
conducting a Girls Bhangra Survey. Of the 44
participants surveyed, an even split between
male and female, 73 per cent believed that girls
should be able to do bhangra. When asked what
is wrong with girls doing bhangra, 45 per cent
said that "bhangra actions and girls don't go
together" and 29 per cent said that "judges don't
like girls doing bhangra."
Bhangra competitions, which were started in
India as a way to patronize bhangra as the
authentic Punjabi dance form, continue in
major urban centres across the United States.
These inter-collegiate competitions have
specific guidelines including an eight-minute
time limit, and an integration of traditional and
innovative dance moves. Many moves, such as
squatting or slapping the inner thigh, are not
considered feminine, according to some judges
(and some members of the South Asian
community). "We would go to competitions and
be told that we shouldn't be doing bhangra," says
Patrola, the team's spokesperson. Making
bhangra a female dance became their mission.
"We actually entered the competition circuit
not knowing we were the first all-girls team to
compete," says Kiran Mander, another founding
team member, who remembers the Los Angeles
Bruin Bhangra competition in 2002 as "a
humbling moment." Ten years later, there are
many all-girls teams competing and dancing
worldwide, but until the UBC Girlz showed up,
inter-collegiate teams had been all-male or
co-ed, with 12 to 16 members performing
multiple stunts. At the Bruin Bhangra competition,
the UBC Girlz only had eight members and one
stunt: the peacock, ormohr, in which one person
stands in the middle with another person sitting
on their shoulders and another in front with legs
wrapped around the central person's waist.
While bhangra has always included stunts, in
the US, it is heavily influenced by cheerleading
culture. People make human chandeliers,
human hydraulics and human skipping ropes.
Girn recalls a performance in which an all-male
team got down on stage in the middle of their
People make human
chandeliers, human
hydraulics and human
skipping ropes. Girn
recalls a performance
in which an all-male
team got down on stage
in the middle of their
performance and
performance and did push-ups. Each display
illustrates the strength of the performer.
"We do so many squats and low moves," says
Mander, her chest still heaving from the
eight-minutes on stage at the Roundhouse,
"and you can feel it burn." The physical
endurance required to dance bhangra reflects
the UBC Girlz's ideological fight.
In many ways, the UBC Girlz have won.
Within two years of that first competition in
LA, they placed first at Bhangra Blast in Boston.
That same year, the UBC Girlz took third place
at Bruin Bhangra; in 2007 they secured second
place at Bruin Bhangra but took first at the
prestigious Vancouver International Bhangra
competition. In between is a long list of firsts,
seconds and thirds. Following their performance
at the Vancouver Olympics, they went to
New York to participate in Engendered, a
transnational human rights and gender rights
festival exploring dance as an anachronistic
suspension of modernity that, according to the
festival's executive director Myna Mukherjee,
"preserves, reworks and re-appropriates forms
of gender and sexuality."
This year, the UBC Girlz changed their name
to BC Girlz. The original moniker has served
its purpose. The participants, a rotating roster
that has had much turnover since the team's
inception in 2000, have moved into the
workforce or onto graduate studies and the
team is no longer competing at college events.
But they are still performing. Most recently they
were invited to audition for TV's America's Got
Talent. All because of their YouTube site, which
is still called UBC Girlz. O
Teresa Goff is a freelance writer and radio producer.
Anne Murphy is an assistant professor and
chair of Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh
Studies at UBC. As part of the Museum of
Vancouver's Bhangra.Me Exhibit, students in
her PUNJ 300 class are doing an oral histories
project that involves interviewing members of
the Punjabi community about their involvement in bhangra. The interviews will be part of
an interactive map that layers people's
memories of bhangra onto the city itself. This
map will include Flickr feeds mounted on the
walls. Newly submitted images will be
continuously updated and presented as a
The Bhangra.Me Exhibit, a collaboration
between the Museum of Vancouver and the
Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration,
runs from May through October 2011. The sixth
annual Vancouver International Bhangra
Celebration will take place May 4-14, with the
Opening Reception at the Museum of
Vancouver on May 4 at 6:00pm.
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Doreen Margetts made me who I am
today. I used to work in the technology
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me to follow my love of animals. I was
accepted to the UBC Animal Welfare
Program - a program partly funded by
her estate. This allowed me to pursue
a career that improves the welfare of
all animals: domestic, farm and wild.
Now I'm the Director of Farm Animal
Programs for the Vancouver Humane
Society. My degree gives me the
credibility I need to be effective in my
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You've inspired me to leave my own
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The following events are just a taste from the smorgasbord of activities on offer.
Most are free, many of them are kid-friendly and alumni are encouraged to invite their
friends and families. Please visit the website for a full schedule and to reserve your spot.
Vibrant Sustainable Communities:
Towards a Smart Future
Creating vibrant, sustainable and livable
communities involves visionary planning and
innovative design. UBC alumnus and former BC
Premier Mike Harcourt will join an expert panel
for a discussion.
The Culture of Flushing:
A Wastewater Story
While research on the social causes and
consequences of water scarcity is abundant, the
topic of wastewater receives scant attention.
What happens to water after the toilet is
flushed? A UBC expert will shed light on this
often forgotten side of water governance.
Explorers of the Unknown
The vastness of space is mindboggling. Planet
earth still holds hidden mysteries. And much
about the universe within our own bodies
remains in the realm of the unknown. Join us for
a discussion about the boundaries of current
human knowledge.
Urban Agriculture
People around the world are growing food
in cities in some surprising and creative
ways. What does it take to get started as
an urban farmer? This talk addresses both
theoretical questions (how many people
can urban agriculture feed?) and practical
suggestions (what are the best food crops to
get started with?)
Free Admission to UBC Attractions
Five campus jewels are opening their doors to
Alumni Weekend registrants: Beaty Biodiversity
Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Belkin Art
Gallery, Botanical Garden, and the Chung
Collection Exhibition. Revel in the wonders of
nature and human culture!
A Reading with Author and Historian
Richard Somerset Mackie
Richard Mackie's non-fiction books uncover,
salvage and interpret BC's forest industry and
the stories from its past. Trading Beyond the
Mountains (1997) and Island Timber (2000)
won the Lieutenant-Governor's Prize and
Mountain Timber (2009) was on the BC
Bestseller list for 32 weeks.
RSVP, see the full schedule and get your questions answered:
alumni, ubc.ca/alumniweekend
or call 604.822.0515
 We have the doctors behind the doctor treating
your heart disease.
Our medical researchers constantly uncover new
treatments and diagnostic techniques for a wide range
of illnesses. For instance, the team of MD/PhD student
Claire Heslop, Professor Jiri Frohlich, and Associate
Professor John Hill found an enzyme that can be an
indicator of severe coronary artery disease (CAD). High
levels of this enzyme, myeloperoxidase, can double the
risk of death in patients with CAD. Which is important
to know if you're one of the thousands of Canadians
who suffer from this common form of heart disease.
If we can identify a disease earlier it can be treated
earlier. And that's justs '"    " ' ''     '
a place of mind
We're here, we're there, we're everywhere!
No matter where you are in the world, chances are there are other UBC alumni living nearby. With more than 50 alumni branches, we make it easy to stay
connected whether you're living in Calgary or Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last three months.
• Attended a reception with Professor
Toope ■ Tokyo
• Learned about alumni volunteer
opportunities ■ Calgary
• Attended a Canadian alumni
reception, hosted by the Canadian
Consul General ■ Minneapolis
• Enjoyed dinner with Professor
Toope ■ Shanghai and Beijing
• Celebrated the festive season at
the annual Christmas Dinner ■
Hong Kong
• Spent an afternoon in conversation
with Canada's first female prime
minister ■ Vancouver
o Attended a provocative dialogue
about "storytelling from the fringe"
at the Film Festival ■Whistler
• Held a reception to support the
rebuilding of Haiti ■ Toronto
• Watched the Canucks take on the
Rangers ■ NYC
• Attended a networking luncheon ■
• Connected with other ResLife
alumni as well as current and future
advisors ■ Vancouver
• Chose a side and cheered on the
Canucks (or Sharks) ■ San Jose
• Learned effective self-marketing at
Granville Island ■ Vancouver
• Enjoyed a pint at pub night ■ London
o Played a round at the UBC Desert
Classic ■ Palm Desert
• Read three great books for Book
Club ■ Vancouver
o Watched the men's and women's
basketball T-Birds take on the Vikes ■
• Discussed the future of fish ■ Richmond
• Watched a family-friendly performance
of Alice in Wonderland ■ Toronto
• Held a lively dialogue about police
reform ■ Surrey
• Sailed the Nile, protest erupted, made
unscheduled flight to Qatar ■ Egypt
• Voyaged to the southernmost
continent ■ Antarctica
• Observed astonishing wildlife
while sailing the Galapagos
Islands ■ Ecuador
• Spotted big game on safari before
relaxing in Zanzibar ■ Tanzania
• Drifted through the islands of the
Caribbean ■ Lesser Antilles
• Cruised through the tributaries of
the Amazon on a riverboat ■ Peru
• Explored cloud forests and
volcanoes before cruising the
Pacific coast of Central America ■
Costa Rica
• Went on safari ■ South Africa
• Ate, drank and were merry at the
Third Tuesday pub night ■ Toronto
1961 Law Grads Reunion
Patrick Dohm and Thomas Hara are organizing a 50th anniversary class
reunion for the Law Class of 61 and request their classmates to contact
them atbjdohm@telus.net (Patrick) ortomhara@shaw.ca (Thomas) and
provide their "snail mail" address.
Past Imperfect, Present Tense
Bayeux Arts, $17.95
Derk Wynand, BA'66, MA'69
Wynand's 11th collection of poems is just as
sharp, perceptive and heart-felt as his first. Did
I mention the blue butterfly? (See page 11.)
The Knife Sharpener's Bell
Coteau Books, $21
Rhea Tregebov, UBC Assistant Professor
of Creative Writing
Annette Gershon, the novel's protagonist and
narrator, is a young woman trapped in the
undertow of an economic and political upheaval.
She tells the story of her passionate pursuit of
wholeness during a historical epoch that has
splintered previously-held notions of nationality,
family and selfhood.
Lured back to the Ukraine by the promise of
Stalin's first Five Year Plan, Annette's parents
relocate from Depression-era Winnipeg to
Nazi-threatened Odessa. Then, forced to flee
Odessa, Annette finds herself behind the Iron
Curtain in Stalinist Moscow where pre-war
promises evaporate in the oppression of a
paranoid and anti-Semitic regime.
Tregebov's unpretentious prose propels the
story forward with a series of flashbacks by an
elderly Annette, lookingback on decades of loss
and survival as if arranging the fragments of her
life on the table and trying to piece them
together. Tregebov presents this life skillfully,
with an unflinching pace and great attention to
historical detail.
Rhea Tregebov is an accomplished poet and
children's author. This is her first novel.
Reviewed by Kyle Sullivan, MA'og
Fishing With Gubby
Harbour Publishing, $19.95
Kim La Fave & Gary Kent
Great artwork in this graphic novel for kids
(of all ages). We follow Gubby and his fish boat
crew up the west coast for an authentic,
entertaining look at the lives of flsherpeople.
Sort of a Now You'reLoggin' (a great graphic
novel from the '40s) for the fishing industry.
New Star, $19
George Bowering, MA'63
The western novel reinvented by Canada's first
Poet Laureate. A great read set in BC's interior
in the 1890s. Caprice is a new kind of western
heroine, and Bowering gives her all the spark
she needs.
City of Love and Revolution:
Vancouver in the Sixties
New Star, $24
Lawrence Aronsen, BA'70
Ah, the blissful days of hippiedom. Free love,
great dope, good vibes. Aronsen skillfully traces
the coming of age of the Boomer generation in
its first flower. Flower power, that is. The
stresses and strains of the '50s ethos bucking up
against the Age of Aquarius are evident here,
and even though the new age finally won out, it
didn't survive intact. Aronsen shows how
inherent contradictions within the movement
ultimately caused it to disintegrate. Too bad. It
was great dope.
Other Alumni Books
Love Game: A Personal History of the
Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club
Hon. Garde B. Gardom, $40.00
David R. Williams, QC and Hon. Garde B.
Gardom, QC, OBC
The inside story of one of Vancouver's oldest
and finest sports traditions.
From Country to Country
Trafford Publishing, $23.50
Peter I. Buttuls, BSc'64
Personal story of a Latvian family that fled
Soviet oppression during WWII and survived
Nazi Germany before settling in Canada.
daddy's Wake
Second Story Press, $19.95
Barbara Anderson, BEd'74
The story of a grandmother with an anarchist
past and her Muslim convert granddaughter who
is on trial for a bombing at a college in New York.
Chopin Revisited 1810-2010
Towner, $21.95
Carol Wootton, MA'70
A personal reflection on Chopin's work and
literary influence, published on the bicentenary
of his birth. ©
Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Let your old classmates know what you've been up to since leaving campus.
Send your news and photographic evidence to Mike Awmack at michael.
awmack@ubcca or UBC Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road,
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1. (Mail original photos or email high resolution scans
preferably 300 dpi.) Please note that Trek Magazine is also published online.
David E. Carey, BA'38, who resides
in Ashville, North Carolina, was
featured in the US Tennis Association
magazine in spring 2009, complete
with a photograph of himself and
Andy Roddick. Carey, who is 96,
has won 31USTA national senior
championship trophies for singles
and doubles (more national
championships than Roddick and
Serena Williams combined) and
has been nationally ranked in the
Top 10 every year starting in the
80s age division. He won the 2000
World Singles titles for 85s and
held the No. 1 world ranking in the
90-year-old age group. Carey notes:
"Yes, there were more than two of
us playing in all these tournaments!"
Knute Soros, BASc'49, and other
members of the civil engineering
class of 1949 met up on September
15,2010, for their 61st year reunion.
It took place at the Beefeater's
Chop House and Grill in Nanaimo,
BC. Of the 65 original members of
the grad class, 29 still survive. As
they are all well into their 80s and
time passes by quickly for them, in
recent years they have held an
annual reunion. At the 2010
reunion, they celebrated the first
anniversary of the establishment
of their UBC Civil 1949 Bursary
Endowment Fund, which supports
bursaries for undergraduate
students in the department of civil
engineering. They established the
fund in 2009 to commemorate the
60th anniversary year of their
Ted Hunt, BPE'57, MPE'6i, EdD'76, has
been busy in his retirement,
authoring three books in as many
years. The first two, Ben Hogan's
Magical Device: The Real Secret to
Hogan 's Swing Finally Revealed and
Ben Hogan's Short Game Simplified,
are instructional golf books. His
third book, The Company of Heroes,
is a historical epic that draws
together three true stories of
international political intrigue that
were hidden by the Americans and
Russians after WWI. Hunt carried
out 23 years of research to complete
the novel, which will be published
soon. Learn more about these books
and find out where to purchase
them at www.tedhunt.org.
The International Society for
Horticultural Science recently
recognized Hugh Daubeny, BSc
(Agr)'53, MSc (Agr)'55, emeritus
scientist with Agriculture Canada,
for his studies on red raspberry
breeding, carried out cooperatively
with the Scottish Crop Research
Institute (SCRI).
Starting in the 1960s, Hugh and
Dr Derek Jennings of SCRI
exchanged germplasm and
information, resulting in a series of
raspberry cultivars that increased
the adaptation range of the crop.
They combined genes originating
from the European and North
American red raspberries (Rubus
idaeus and Rubus strigosus,
respectively) with genes from the
northeastern North American
black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis).
Agriculture Canada's Tulameen is
an outstanding example of a
cultivar developed from the
cooperation; it has become the
most widely-grown fresh market
raspberry in the world and the
standard on which other cultivars
are judged. These cultivars are now
widely grown in all raspberry
production regions, including
those in Britain and throughout
Europe and in the southern
hemisphere, as well as in the Pacific
Northwest and California. Some of
the cultivars are well-adapted to
forcing under protected structures,
ensuring fresh raspberries
throughout the year.
The studies are being promoted
as an example of international
cooperation, the type of which is
now endangered by the increasing
degrees of privatization in fruit
breeding programs. Hugh and Derek
were honoured at a special dinner
held in August in Lisbon during the
28th Congress of the International
Society for Horticultural Science.
They were also the subject of a
dedication in the latest volume of
Plant Breeding Reviews.
Hugh is also responsible for the
Totem strawberry cultivar which,
after more than 30 years, is still
widely planted in the Pacific
Northwest. Currently he is an
active member of Friends of the
UBC Botanical Garden, on the
board of the Native Plant Society of
BC, and regional representative of
Seeds of Diversity of Canada.
Palm Springs-based philanthropists
Harold Meyerman, BCom'69,
LLB'70, and his wife, Dorothy,
received the Ann Angel Award for
their support of local charities,
including the Stroke Recovery
Center. Harold also serves as
chairman of the Palm Springs Art
Museum and Dorothy is an active
and founding member of the
Architecture and Design Council
of the Palm Springs Art Museum.
The annual award is given to
community members who have
donated time, expertise and
resources to those less fortunate.
There was a special reunion on
May 27,2010, at Alicante Airport
when Hispanic and Italian studies
master's grads, Nicholas Collins,
MA'70, and Robert (Bob) Howes,
MA'70, met. They had not seen each
other for 40 years, yet they
recognized each other immediately.
In the 40 years since graduation,
"Busy" Bob Howes returned to
Cambridge for a PhD, followed by
an MA in library science at Leeds.
He worked at the British Library
and Sussex University before
joining the LSE library. Nicholas
worked at the Vancouver School
Board, Vancouver Community
College and Capilano University,
where he had been since the 1970s.
At the reunion, they spoke
Spanish and English and ate, drank
and reminisced for a whole week.
Bob, a rail buff, tried the single track
train to Alicante and also the train/
tram from Valencia to Castellon.
Forty years of Christmas cards
had kept them in touch. Bob feels
his one year at UBC was just about
perfect. They plan to meet again
before another 40 years pass.
Kim A. Stephens, BASc'73,
MEng'75, has been appointed
executive director of the Partnership
for Water Sustainability in British
Columbia, an autonomous
non-profit society that was
incorporated in November 2010.
The Partnership provides a legal
entity for delivery of program
elements developed under the
umbrella of the Water Sustainability
Action Plan for British Columbia,
released in February 2004. In 2010,
the British Columbia Water and
Waste Association honoured Kim
with its Bridge Building Award.
This award recognized his
accomplishments since 2004 in
building a partnership network
that is implementing the Water
Sustainability Action Plan in the
local government setting.
Ronald Wilson, BSc'74, MD'78,
was recently presented with the
award for Family Physician of the
Year in British Columbia.
In December 2010, David Walkem,
BSF'80, was re-elected as chief of
the Cooks Ferry Indian Band,
Nlaka'pamux Nation, for his
seventh term. When not riding his
Harley, he is also chair and
president of Stuwix Resources
Joint Venture, which in December
was awarded the BC Aboriginal
Business Award for Best Joint
Venture of 2010. Stuwix Resources
is a forest management venture
that is owned and operated by
eight First Nations in southern
BC, surviving despite the best
efforts of mountain pine beetles
and the American softwood
lumber trade war.
Jackie Hildering, BSc (Agr)'85,
won the Vancouver Aquarium's
Murray A. Newman Award for
Excellence in Aquatic Conservation.
She is communications director
with the Save Our Salmon Marine
Conservation Organization and has
dedicated her life to marine
conservation through education.
Nancy J. Powers (nee Cocking),
BSc'87, and Jerald W. Powers were
married on Saturday, September 11,
2010, at St. Francis-in-the-Wood
Anglican Church, West Vancouver,
and the ceremony was followed by
a reception at West Vancouver
Yacht Club. Nancy recently
celebrated her 20-year anniversary
working for the law firm Borden
Ladner Gervais LLP (formerly
Ladner Downs).
Jason Farris, BSc'89, authored
and published Hockey Play-by-Play:
Canuck Captains with Jim Robson.
In commemoration of the
Vancouver Canucks' 40th anniversary, this publication chronicles
and celebrates the 10 captains who
have led the Canucks, from Orland
Kurtenbach to Roberto Luongo.
The book is a supplement to Farris'
2005 national best-seller Hockey
Play-by-Play: Around the NHL with
Jim Robson and lets hockey fans
re-live another 10 great games
armed with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson's hand-written
game notes and hockey memorabilia. Canuck Captains is available
at www.canuckcaptains.com, with
part proceeds to benefit Canuck
Place Children's Hospice.
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Canuck Captains with Jim Robson
On January 1,2011, Alexander
H.CKask.,BA'9i, LLB'99, joined the
partnership of Guild Yule LLP, a
Vancouver-based law firm that
traces its history back to 1924. Alex,
who completed his undergraduate
degree in Asian Studies in 1991,
spent the following five years living
in Tokyo and working as an editor
at the Charles E. Tuttle Publishing
Company. This position involved
identifying, developing and
managing book projects on a
variety of topics related to East
Asia and Japan in particular. He
was also a freelance writer and
interpreter during that time. In
1989, Alex met Akemi and in 1994
they married. In the years that
followed, he wrote five books
concerning the Japanese language.
During his time in Japan he also
began his study of classical
Japanese martial arts. In 1996, he
returned to Canada to study law at
UBC and began teaching martial
arts at the university, which he
continues to this day through the
UBC Sports and Recreation
Program. During law school, Alex
worked for the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police as a civil litigation
analyst. He was called to the British
Columbia Bar in 2000 and has
practiced as a litigator since then,
providing advocacy before all levels
of court in BC as well as before a
variety of administrative tribunals.
In 2008, he joined Guild Yule LLP
and has a practice that involves
general insurance law, municipal
law, professional negligence,
products liability law, human
rights law and personal injury
law. He has been an instructor for
both the BC Continuing Legal
Education Society and the
Paralegal Certification Program at
Vancouver Community College.
Sal Ferreras, MMus'oi, PhD'os,
received the 2010 Mayor's Arts
Award for Music in the Performing
Arts Category on November 24,
2010. Vancouver City Council
established the Mayor's Arts
Awards in 2006 to recognize
established and emerging artists in
a variety of disciplines, including
literary, culinary, performing and
visual arts.
On November 29,2010, in Toronto, Anna Murray, BA'03, MBA'07,
received a 2010 Canada's Most
Powerful Women Top 100 Award in
the Future Leaders category. Her
career is focused on corporate
social responsibility and balancing
corporate profit with ethical
business practice. It has taken her
around the world, to the United
Nations and back to the private
sector. Throughout her career she
has focused on the integration of
international business and society.
Having worked in China, the
United States, Switzerland, the
Dominican Republic, Tanzania and
Canada, she has strategically
aligned her business skills with the
growing demands of a globalized
economy and the importance of
corporate social responsibility.
Currently Anna is a senior advisor
at Xstrata Nickel and works with
both the Corporate Affairs and
Sustainability teams. Her expertise
includes stakeholder engagement
and community relations, human
rights and security, international
communications and issues
management, social performance
and governance activities including
corporate policies and procedures.
Jhenifer Pabillano, MJ'06, is the
online communications advisor for
TransLink, the transportation
authority in Metro Vancouver. She
was named to Mass Transit
Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 list
for 2010. In addition, her work
writing TransLink's blog was
honoured with the 2010 Best Blog
award from the American Public
Transportation Association.
The Spanish ambassador in Pakistan, Gonzalo Maria Quintero, on
behalf of King Juan Carlos of Spain,
conferred on Al-Nashir Jamal,
BCom'79, the outgoing chief
executive officer of the Aga Khan
Foundation (Pakistan), the
prestigious award of the Knight
Commander of the Order of the
Civil Merit. The ambassador said
the work carried out by Ilustrisimo
Senor Al-Nashir Jamal during his
tenure as the CEO is an example of
how international co-operation can
be a real instrument both in the
development of local communities,
and in achieving understanding
between different cultures.
Jean-Marc Dykes, BA'og, is
travelling, starting with a trek
through the Himalayas. He spent
three weeks hiking the mountains
and reached the base camp of Mt
Everest. After spending a month in
Nepal, he progressed on down to
India where he is spending time
exploring the western coast. He is
recording his adventures on a blog at
He hopes to compile his writings
into a book after making his way
through Thailand, Cambodia
and Vietnam. O
Alumni and Friends: $60.00
Recent graduates (2006 and after): $45.00
Table of ten: $550.00
May 12
Noon - 2:00 pm
Windsor Arms Hotel,
18 St. Thomas Street
Given recent world events, there is a lot of uncertainty in the
global economy. How will this impact the Canadian economy?
What should we expect for the rest of 2011? Special guest David
V      J     Dodge, former governor of the Bank of Canada and current senior
advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, will have a one-on-one dialogue
with Wendy Dobson, BSN'63, PhD, the co-director of the Rotman School of
Management's Institute for International Business.
This traditional annual event was initiated by three Great Trekker Award
recipients - the Rt. Hon. John Turner, SA'49, UD'94 (this year's honorary chair),
Allan Fotheringham, BA'54, and the late Pierre Berton, BA'41, DL1Y85 - who met
at UBC and maintained strong ties in Toronto.
For more information and to RSVP (before May 6), please contact Nicola
Wootton at 1.800.883.3088 or at nicola.wootton@ubc.ca.
What a Backpack Can Teach Us
Videsh Kapoor, BSc'88, BEd'92, MD'93, teaches students to
approach international volunteering with respect and sensitivity.
Helping Students Choose the Right Path
Carmen Lee, BA'oi, loves her job, and volunteers to help
students find the same level of satisfaction in their future careers
5_ylRINA DRAGAN, 4th year science student
Videsh Kapoor still remembers her
first international volunteer experience,
shortly after graduating from medical
Accompanied by a friend from her
class, she decided to lend a hand at a
health post in remote Nepal. The
excitement was overpowering: their
ethnicities - Hindu and Japanese -
would surely allow them to blend
seamlessly with the local population.
But as they boarded the small plane
that would take them to their
destination, they saw that they were
the only foreigners, and that their
$200 hiking boots, high-tech
backpacks and western appearance
stood in stark contrast to the
mountain-weathered locals who
carried sacks, bags of rice and chicken
pens as their personal luggage. One
man even had a goat!
Embarrassed and feeling highly
conspicuous, they finally understood
how naive they had been to think they
would blend in simply because they
shared the same facial features, to
believe that they understood the locals
simply because they looked like them!
Today, Videsh is the director of the
UBC Division of Global Health in the
department of family practice and
voluntarily contributes her time and
expertise as co-founder of the Global
Health Initiative (GHI), a program that
offers skill-building workshops for
UBC medical students interested in
helping abroad. The Medical
Undergraduate Society recognized her
with the 2011 William A. Webber
Award for her contributions to
undergraduate medical education and
commitment to the future physicians
of British Columbia.
Through the GHI, she supervises
four projects: the India Spiti Health
Project, which seeks to improve the
health of children attending the
Munsel-ling Boarding School for
children Kindergarten to Grade 10; the
India Voice of Children project, which
is aimed at improving basic health and
hygiene in the Uttarakhand province
at the foothills of the Himalayans; the
Kenya Pamoja project, intended to
address urgent health needs in
Kisumu, Nyanza province; and the
Uganda Nacodi project, devoted to
serving the locals through improved
medical care and education. This
April, she is pioneering a partnership
between the GHI and Nicaragua
Children's Foundation, focusing on
improving the healthcare of children
at three schools in San Juan del Sur.
Throughout all of this, Videsh has
always remembered the lesson that
her first international volunteer
experience taught her: respect for
cultural diversity. She hopes to
impress that learning upon future
volunteers through the GHI program.
She believes volunteering abroad is a
collaborative partnership with host
communities that requires humility
and sensitivity.
.RyGllLNAR Patel, BA'07
Carmen Lee is someone who wears
many hats. Somewhere between
working as the marketing manager for
a global consulting company,
kneading dough as a culinary student,
taking classes on image consultancy,
and refining her palate through
involvement with the Wine & Spirit
Education Trust, she finds time to help
UBC students and young alumni tread
the oft-perilous path towards
professional fulfillment as a volunteer
with Career Services.
Carmen describes volunteering as
part of her lifestyle. It's a value that's
been ingrained in her since she was
young. As a UBC student she
volunteered for student organizations
such as Imagine UBC, and the Political
Science Students'Association.
Through these roles she built valuable
relationships at UBC, many of which
lasted long after graduation.
Carmen graduated from UBC in
2001, at a time when the job market
was still reeling from the bust of the
dot-com bubble. Armed with a degree,
yet unable to officially declare the end
of her days as a 'starving student'
Carmen's career path reached a
crossroads early on. She could have
chosen the path where many political
science students had gone before, law
school, or she could tap into her
natural abilities as a people-person
and pursue a career in communications. After completing the LSAT, and
on the verge of applying to law
schools, Carmen made a career
defining (and much less expensive)
detour and enrolled in the one year
Corporate Communications program
at Seneca College in Toronto. Shortly
after graduating, opportunity knocked
in the form of a marketing internship
with Deloitte, a firm that consults
Fortune 500 and 1000 companies and
that employs more than 100,000
people worldwide. Marketing
presented Carmen with a learning
curve, but one that excited, rather
than intimidated, her.
Even though Carmen has been at
Deloitte for nine years now, she still
talks about her job with as much
passion as she had on the first day.
She remembers her time at UBC
with a fondness that inspired her to
return to campus as a volunteer. She
now lends her time and talent to a
number of organizations at UBC such
as the Alumni Association, Career
Services and the Faculty of Arts'
Tri-Mentoring Program.
Carmen has provided career and
interview advice to students, a role
she takes seriously since mentors
have been important in her own life.
Whether it was her elementary school
teacher who taught her to take risks,
or her professor at UBC who
encouraged her to take learning
beyond the classroom, Carmen knows
the importance of good advice.
As a volunteer, she continues to
help others understand the importance
of relationship development and
communications, skills she learned at
UBC that have helped her navigate
successfully through work and life.
Will UBC join the NCAA Division II?
Since 2008, UBC's administration has been
considering joining the NCAA (National Collegiate
Athletic Association) as the main organizing body
for the university's varsity sports. Currently, BC is a
member of CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) in
the Canada West Region, and NAIA (National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) in the
United States.
The issue has both positive and negative aspects,
and there has been an intensive process of
consultation. UBC's administration would like to
come to a final decision before the NCAA's annual
application date of June 1. This spring, alumni were
invited to make their opinions known.
Membership in the NCAA would help UBC
attract academically qualified student athletes from
across Canada and the US, who would otherwise
choose NCAA affiliated schools. One of the main
issues is scholarships: under CIS rules, host schools
are only allowed to cover tuition costs with athletic
scholarships, while NCAA schools can include
housing and other costs in their offerings. It would
also ensure a future for NAIA sports if that league
merges with the NCAA.
On the other hand, membership in the NCAA
would eliminate UBC's ability to compete with other
Canadian schools (except for SFU, which is an NCAA
affiliate). As well, NCAA membership requires UBC
to undergo an institutional accreditation conducted
by one of six US-based agencies.
UBC would enter the NCAA as a member of the
Great Northwest Athletic Conference in Division II,
which would include UBC among institutions such
as Seattle Pacific University, Western Washington
University, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
A decision is anticipated by the end of April.
Please visit www.students.ubc.ca/ncaa for updates
and a review of the issues.
CIS National Champs
d:    :
Women's Volleyball
It was another banner season for the T-Birds as
they picked up their third straight Canada West
title with a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over
their rivals from Trinity Western in the
championship final. They followed up that
performance with a dominating performance at
the CIS championship in Laval, bringing home
their fourth straight national title. Earning CIS,
CIS tournament and Canada West Player of the
Year honours was third year hitter Shanice
Marcelle while fifth-year middle Jen Hinze
was named the sport's top student-athlete.
Hinze and Kyla Richey also joined Marcelle on
the CIS tournament all-star team. Setter Brina
Derksen-Bergen earned the fair play award at
the national tournament. In addition to their
amazing 2010-11 season, the T-Birds were
recognized for their undefeated 2009-10
campaign with the Team of the Year award at the
45th annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year awards.
Doug Reimer, in his 14th season at UBC, was
also named Sport BC's Coach of the Year.
Men's Volleyball
The regular season record, 7-11, of this scrappy
T-Bird squad could have well been over .500 as
they pushed some of the top teams in the
country to five sets only to fall just short.
Leading the way for the T-Birds the entire
season was Blair Bann, who captured his fourth
straight Canada West Libero of the Year award
in his final year at UBC. Over his five year career,
Bann never missed a set and owns Canada West
records for digs in a game, season, and career.
With the loss of only Bann and setter Ryan
Zwarich, the 2011-12 edition of the UBC
Thunderbirds appear primed for a great season.
Men's Basketball
The T-Birds once again placed near the top in
the nation this year, holding down the number
two ranking in 12 of the 14 CIS top-ten polls.
They finished first in the Canada West conference
with a 22-2 record, both losses by two points or
less. Josh Whyte, the 2009-10 CIS Player of the
Year, was named a Canada West first-team
all-star while his backcourt mate, Alex Murphy,
earned second-team honours. Murphy, a
fifth-year point guard, also kept his ironman
streak intact and did not miss a UBC league
game over his entire five-year career. He ranks
first all-time in conference history with 111
games played. Kevin Hanson, in his 11th season
leading the T-Birds, picked up his second
consecutive and fifth overall Canada West Coach
of the Year award. UBC, which has finished
runner-up in the last two CIS national title
games, brought home the Canada West banner
as conference champions in their own gym.
They went on to collect a bronze medal at the
CIS Final 8 in Ottawa.
Women's Basketball
In the always-tough Canada West conference,
the T-Birds put together a 17-7 regular season
campaign which was good enough for a
fifth-place finish in the regular season standings.
They lost their opening round playoff series to
Alberta but under the new CIS playoff format,
were still being considered for a spot in a
regional tournament which acts as the opening
round of the national championship tournament. Zara Huntley was named a second-team
Canada West all-star after leading the T-Birds in
scoring and finishing second in rebounding.
Men's Hockey
In one of Canada West's most tightly contested
seasons in recent memory, the Thunderbirds barely
missed a trip to the post-season. Injury struck
when the playoff race was most heated, allowing
the T-Birds to dress only three defencemen. The
good news is that the team showed a marked
improvement over last year's squad, finishing
ten points better than in '09-10. Justin McCrae
led the team in goals and assists, putting up 10
and 13 for 23 points in 27 games. In goal, Jordan
White played all 28 regular season games,
leading Canada West with 717 saves, nearly a
hundred more than the next most prolific
netminder. Ben Schmidt was the team's
outstanding rookie, finishing third in team
scoring and adeptly moving to defence when the
'Birds were short on blueliners.
Women's Hockey
The Blue and Gold started the 2010-11 season
with great promise, scoring early road victories
over Canada West's top teams. But the pace
slowed as the season went on. The injury bug
struck the team hard, and at one point UBC was
icing fewer than three forward lines. But the
women showed heart, competing closely with
their opponents despite adversity. It was a
monumental year for a number of core T-Birds
who graduated after five seasons, having played
more than a hundred games apiece. The team's
biggest loss will be outstanding goaltender
Melinda Choy, who gave the T-Birds a chance
to win every night.
UBC brought home a pair of conference banners
this season, claiming Canada West titles in both
men's and women's swimming in their home
pool. They went on to finish second at the CIS
Championships in both the men's and women's
competitions. Savannah King, a 2008 Olympian, was named the CIS Female Rookie of the
Meet after posting gold medal finishes in the
women's 400 and 800-metre freestyle at the
national meet. Thirteen T-Bird swimmers were
recognized as CIS All-Canadians this season.
Spring Shorts
Both the UBC Thunderbird baseball and Softball
teams have begun their seasons with road trips
down the coast. The men's baseball squad are
ranked no. 10 in the NAIA and opened league
play over the final weekend of February. The
women's Softball team began their year with a
couple of strong performances and were 8-8
through the month of February... Competing
against NCAA Division I schools, the men's golf
team brought home a pair of top-5 finishes from
tournaments in the newyear. They are preparing
for a run at another NAIA national title behind
the play of veterans Andrew Bobb and Dave
Sheman... Alpine skiing brought home a ton of
hardware from their regional competition with
the men finishing second and the women third.
At nationals, the men finished fifth overall and
the women were sixth, an impressive feat for the
only Canadian school in the competition... the
Track and Field team is just starting to get its
season underway with a number of its distance
runners already having qualified for the NAIA
national championships scheduled for May.
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Douglas "Buzz" Moore, LLD2002
April 20, 2011 - 6:30pm
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By Don Wells, BA'89
The day following Douglas "Buzz" Moore's
official retirement in April 1986 started out like
any other. He got up at the usual hour, turned
the keys of an aging Plymouth station wagon
and drove the familiar route from his West
Vancouver home to UBC. And just like every other
work day of the previous 22 years, he went about
his usual chores at UBC's Athletics Department.
Nobody was surprised to see Buzz turn up at
the War Memorial Gym offices that day. Always
one step ahead when he needed to be, he hadn't
told a soul he had reached the age of mandatory
retirement. The only person who knew he was
officially off the payroll was then athletic
director Bob Hindmarch, who secretly hoped
nobody would notice. And while the paycheques
stopped, Buzz didn't. Loyal to the core, he
carried the ball for another 20 years as the UBC
Thunderbirds' "Mr. Everything."
After returning from naval service during
WWII, he operated Moore's Bakery in Kerrisdale.
Among his regular customers were UBC's
physical education director Bob Osborne and
athletic director Bus Phillips, who convinced
him to put his business skills to work at UBC.
For more than 40 years, Buzz served as the
department's business and facility manager,
fund raiser, rugby coach, media relations officer,
construction superintendent, and overseer of
the 8,000-member Big Block Club.
His annual "Sweater or Better" fundraising
campaign resulted in sufficient alumni contributions to pay for the iconic Big Block sweaters
given to all UBC student athletes. Not only did
he acquire the sweaters, he fitted them too -
some 5,000 over the years - and took great
pleasure in being the first to congratulate new
members. His irreverent humour and generous
spirit didn't go unnoticed by the students, who
eventually inaugurated the Buzz Moore
Leadership Awards in his honour. The university
tipped its hat too, when in 2002 his unflagging
service was officially recognized with the degree
of Doctor of Laws, honouris causa.
Born in 1921 in Regina, Buzz moved with his
family to Vancouver at the age of four. As a
16-year-old student at Lord Byng High School,
While the pay cheques
stopped, Buzz didn't
carrying on for 20
years past the age of
mandatory retirement
he joined the Vancouver Meralomas rugby team
and began a 37-year playing career. A member of
the BC Sport Hall of Fame, he played in every
international match in which BC participated
between 1948 and 1964, and was the first Canadian
to receive the Barbarian Jersey, the highest
honour in traditional British rugby circles.
On the evening of March 21,2011, Buzz Moore
walked off the playing field for good. Just a few
weeks later, on a night closely coinciding with
what would have been his 90th birthday, the UBC
Athletic Department staged the 90th annual Big
Block Athletic Awards banquet, and dedicated
the evening to his memory.
It was a fitting coincidence that the Big Block
Club came into existence in the same year Buzz did.
To all who knew him, they were one and the same. ©
A. Bruce Macdonald
With great sadness we announce former director
of UBC Botanical Garden, A. Bruce Macdonald,
has passed away following a long illness.
Bruce came to Canada in 1980 to take on the
role of associate director at the Botanical
Garden, with responsibility for horticulture and
plant introductions. He became acting director
in 1985 and director from 1987 to 2002. Bruce
was involved with the International Plant
Propagator's Society (IPPS), both in Britain and
after he immigrated to Canada, eventually
becoming international president. He was
senior lecturer in nursery stock production at
Hadlow College in England, and later, during his
tenure at UBC, taught plant propagation in the
Horticulture Program. He was much admired
for his encyclopedic knowledge of cultivated
plants and plant propagation and production
methods and for his enthusiastic, yet easy and
relaxed teaching style.
Bruce was well known in the nursery industry
around the world through his work with IPPS,
and as author of the widely acclaimed Practical
Woody Plant Propagation, an exhaustive
exposition of propagating methods. Throughout
his years with UBC, Bruce worked exceptionally
hard, bringing together staff, industry and the
Garden's volunteer organization, the Friends of
the Garden, to make the Botanical Garden a
viable, dynamic institution, sometimes, against
considerable odds.
In 1998 Bruce was awarded the Royal
Horticultural Society's most prestigious
international award, the Gold Veitch Memorial
Medal. The award is given for outstanding
contribution to the advancement of the science
and practice of horticulture. Among his many
achievements, Bruce helped develop the
Botanical Garden's innovative Plant Introduction
Scheme, which selected and introduced new and
improved plants to nurseries. This was the first
time the medal had been given to a Canadian
since first presented in 1922.
Bruce loved UBC Botanical Garden and saw it
through some very difficult times. He always had
a smile, and his door was always open. At the
request of Bruce's family, UBC Botanical Garden
will graciously accept memorial contributions in
Bruce's honour. Please contact Marcia Thomson
at marcia.thomson@ubc.ca or 604.822.0623.
Phoebe Noble, ba'35 (Hons)
Phoebe was born in Victoria in 1915 and
attended local schools before entering Victoria
College at age 14. After completing her bachelor's
degree in honours mathematics and teacher
training, she returned to Victoria to teach in
high school. She married Jack in 1941 and their
daughter, Sandra, BA'65 (Math and Russian), was
born in 1942.
Phoebe joined the faculty at Victoria College
in 1945 and retired 33 years later from what had
subsequently become the University of Victoria.
She was a professor emerita of the university.
During her years at UVic she took an active
part in university life. She was president of the
Faculty Association for several years, organized
the Omega chapter of Phrateres International in
1961, was the coordinator of women's activities
(a position that evolved into dean of women) for
many years, was instrumental in having the first
residences built on the UVic campus and was
the first woman to head any department when
she became head of the mathematics department, a position she held twice for several years.
Phoebe was also active in the community. In
1966 she and Jack were co-chairs of the Greater
Victoria United Appeal drive. She was on the
executive of the United Commercial Travellers
and served on the board of governors of St.
Margaret's School for many years.
In 1968 Phoebe organized a Victoria
chapter of Zonta, an international classified
service organization of executive women in
business and the professions. In 1999, the
Victoria chapter honoured Phoebe by providing
a Zonta Bursary at Camosun College to be
given to a mature female student in the field
of landscaping/gardening.
In 1977 she received a Queen's Silver Medal
in recognition of her outstanding dedication to
the teaching profession and to community
service. The following year she received one of
the 100 Jubilee Medallions minted to celebrate
UVic's Jubilee year in recognition of her years of
service. In 2002, she received a Queen's Golden
Jubilee medal in recognition of her dedicated
volunteer service.
Phoebe had always been interested in gardening
and, after her retirement in 1978, it became not
only a full-time hobby, but also a passion. In
addition to developing an internationally-
known garden of her own, Phoebe was active in
the formation of a volunteer group to restore
and maintain the gardens at Government House
in Victoria. Those gardens are now among the
most beautiful public gardens in the world and
in 2002 the Government House complex was
designated as a National Historic site.
In 1994 Phoebe published a small booklet on
hardy geraniums, her great passion, and two
new hybrids that originated in her garden are
now in commerce worldwide. One of them was
named in her honour: Geranium oxonianum
"Phoebe Noble."
Her energy and enthusiasm knew no
bounds. Phoebe was also known for her quick
wit and humour.
Evelyn Wilena (Billie) Burgess, BA'39
Billie passed away peacefully January 31,2011,
after a brief hospitalization. Predeceased by
Norman, her husband of 57 years, Billie
continued her international travels and was
vital and active right up to the summer of 2010.
Born in Ottawa, Billie moved with her family
to Vancouver when she was 13. She and Norm
met at UBC and married in 1942. Following
RCAF discharge, Billie and Norm settled in Port
Alberni where they raised their three sons and
stayed for 30 years. Billie was always active in
the community through involvement in many
groups and organizations. At retirement, they
moved to Bowser where son Jim built their new
home on their long-time summer camp
property. Over the ensuing 30 years, Billie
enjoyed the community and the people of the
Bowser/Qualicum area: the various bridge
groups, swimming buddies, the writing club, her
golf partners and her dear friends.
Billie will be missed by her sons and their
families: Ken and Tami; daughters Diana and
Anita - David Bergman and Nana's great
granddaughters Claire and Olivia; Jim and
Cathy and son Jessy; Warren and Erin and sons
Shane and Clayton.
Douglas Macdonald Wilson, BA'40
Douglas passed away peacefully into God's
hands at the Leacock Care Centre in Orillia
on Tuesday, December 7,2010, in his 93rd year.
Doug was the beloved husband of Blanch
Elizabeth Huggins for the past 60 years; the
loving father of Stephanie Roy of North Bay,
Leon Wilson of Barrie, Laurie Charbonneau
of Kelowna, and Seon Wilson and his wife,
Doreen Lynch, of Coldwater. He was the
cherished grandfather of Jean-Luc and Daniel
Roy, Tamara and Dahlia Wilson, Brett and Glenn
Charbonneau and Liam and Drew Wilson.
Doug enjoyed working for more than 25 years
with the Boy Scouts Executive of Orillia. He was
a member of the Orillia Historical Society, a
Brewery Bay Tennis Club enthusiast and had a
special place in his heart for all animals. Many
boys and girls enjoyed his outstanding hockey
rink in the backyard of his family home on
Laclie Street. Doug enjoyed all forms of
entertainment on Lake Couchiching, whether it
be swimming, sailing or canoeing.
Doug was a WWII veteran who served
overseas. He was a pilot and RCAF Captain.
He retired as an English teacher with the Orillia
District Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
If desired, memorial donations to the Orillia
Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation would
be appreciated.
Eric Nicol, BA'4i
Eric Nicol, a Vancouver writer best known for
his 30 years as a humour columnist with The
Province, passed away on Wednesday, February
2, at 91 years old.
Nicol's career was prolific. It started at UBC,
where he received his degree in French and
wrote articles for The Ubyssey. Nicol didn't just
write articles; while serving in WWII he wrote
comedy skits to entertain the armed forces, and
after completing his master's degree at UBC (as
well as a brief stint in a French university), he
wrote comedy for the BBC.
In 1951 Nicol returned to Vancouver to work
as a regular columnist for The Province until
1986. In adition to this he published more than
40 books, had several stage plays produced, and
wrote a few radio comedy plays for CBC
"I love his humour," says Claire, one of his three
children. "It was real wit, never hurtful. He
wrote about the everyday, common experiences,
that's why he was so well read." He had spent
most of his life in the city and was much loved by
readers throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
Nicol received an award for "an exemplary
literary career in British Columbia" as well as
the Order of Canada for his work.
We mourn the loss of a genuinely funny man who
was, and will continue to be, a legend in this province.
Grace Irene Mussallem
(nee Cuthbert), BCom'4i, BA'46
Grace was born August 26,1923, in Maple Ridge,
and passed away December 4,2010. Grace
attended high school in Maple Ridge and
graduated in 1938 at the age of 14 with the
highest senior matriculation exam results in the
province. In 1962, she completed her certified
management accountant degree. During WWII,
she was employed by the Weather Bureau and
Boeing Aircraft. In 1945, she joined BC Electric
(later BC Hydro) where she worked for 20 years
in labour relations and budgeting. She then
worked in the hospital field, mostly in Victoria,
returning to Maple Ridge in 1970 when she
married George Mussallem. Grace served on the
board of the Ridge Meadows Hospital for eight
years and as a director of the Maple Ridge
Community Foundation.
Muriel (nee Whimster) Griffiths, BA'44
Muriel Griffiths was born in Nelson in 1923 and
passed away in Trail on July 18,2010. Muriel
worked at Cominco in Trail where she met and
married Don Griffiths in 1948.
Muriel was an active community volunteer in
arts and culture all her life. She helped establish
the Celebrity Concert Series, one of the longest
running series in BC. She was a director for the
southeast region of BC in the BC Touring
Council, developing cultural opportunities in
small towns in the Kootenays. She served on the
Trail and District Community Arts Council for
14 years. Her greatest accomplishment was the
creation and upgrade of performing and visual
art spaces in the Greater Trail Community
Centre. She raised funds and oversaw all other
aspects of the project, which resulted in the
birth of the VISAC Gallery, the renovation of the
Charles Bailey Theatre and the creation of a
recital room that bears her name. In later years
she was active in Communities in Bloom, which
put Trail in the top spot in Canada.
In 1992, Muriel received the Les Carbeau
Award from the Governor General "in recognition
of outstanding contributions to regional
culture." The same year, she was awarded the
Canada 125th Commemorative Medal in
recognition other support of the arts in BC.
In 1997, she was made a "Champion of Trail,
Home of Champions" for her work in arts and
culture in Trail and district.
Muriel will be missed by her family and
friends, especially for her devotion to improve
the cultural life of the Kootenay area.
Inez Una (nee Morse) Chalupny, BA'48
Inez passed away on January 16,2011.
Frank S. Fraser, BASc'49
Born March 25,1924, Frank spent the first years
of his life at his family's log cabin on the north
shore of Shuswap Lake near Anglemont, BC.
Predeceased by his wife, June, on August 22,2009,
Frank passed away peacefully in the Penticton
Regional Hospital on November 8,2009.
Frank graduated from Magee High School in
1941 and attended UBC for two years before
enlisting in the RCAF in 1943, serving as an aircraft
electrician until returning to UBC in 1945.
After graduation, he started his working
career in eastern Canada with Canadian
Marconi and Rogers Majestic, before returning
to Vancouver where he worked for Research
Industries Ltd. and the Northwest Telephone
Company. The mission of NWT was to provide
telephone service to the hinterland of BC using
the newfangled radiotelephone technology to
replace miles of copper wire on poles, economically
and reliably.
Frank was in his element working as the radio
equipment engineer with other enthusiastic
WWII veterans who were out to prove that
multi-channel radio systems could be built
inexpensively and that they would indeed work
reliably. Frank directed his department in the
design and installation of multi-channel VHF
and UHF radio and microwave equipment for
systems serving Vancouver Island and the north
coast of BC as well as the interior and northern
regions of BC. He played a major role in the
design, installation and commissioning of the
BC portion of the Trans-Canada TD2 microwave
system, which first linked Canada from east to
west with two
television channels
and several thousand
long distance
telephone circuits.
Leaving the BC
Telephone Company
in 1957, Frank moved
to Lenkurt Electric
Co. in Burnaby, BC,
Frank Fraser
as head of the microwave systems design
department, eventually being promoted to
production engineering manager. In 1973, Frank
was appointed head of the engineering physics
department of the BC Research Council and
president of Tech West Enterprises, a company
owned by the council.
When Frank retired in 1981, he and June
moved from Vancouver to a home with a
magnificent view of Okanagan Lake and
downtown Penticton. Renovating the 1912
house and the backyard swimming pool were
ongoing projects, interspersed with bouts of
rebuilding his beloved old Dodge Power Wagon.
Unavailable parts or tools? No problem; Frank
simply made them!
As an admirer of old radios, Frank actively
searched for old battery-operated radios from
the early 20th century. He took extreme delight
and pride in designing, building and installing
new power supplies and giving the old fashioned
radios a new lease on life.
His hobby of model railroading led to his
serving as president of the Kettle Valley Model
Railway Club in the late 1990s. The club still
maintains a large fully-operating diorama in the
historic S.S. Sicamous in Penticton, where the
electronic controls were designed and built
under Frank's oversight.
Frank was a devoted husband, father,
grandfather and the sole caregiver when June
became incapacitated in the late 1990s.
Gordon Hughes, BA'50, BEd'63, and
Beth (nee Simmons) Hughes, BA'49
Gordon Earl Hughes passed away on April 30,
2007. His wife, Mary Elizabeth "Beth," passed
away on November 7,2009. Both were the first
university graduates in their families and both
worked hard to earn their degrees through
correspondence courses and summer school
while supporting themselves with their early
teaching assignments. Following the war, Gord
attended UBC full time for one year, completing
his BA in geography in 1950 and a BEd in 1963;
Beth completed her BA in biology in 1949,
having never attended a regular fall or winter
session on campus.
Beth was born Mary Elizabeth Simmons in
Vancouver on January 11,1922. She graduated
from Britannia in 1939, completed Normal
School in Vancouver in 1940, and then taught
elementary school at Miocene, Mayne Island,
Hollyburn in West Vancouver and Ridgeway in
North Vancouver before marrying Gordon on
Boxing Day in 1949. She then joined him in
Vernon, where she taught home economics at
Vernon Junior High (later known as Seaton),
Fulton and Vernon Senior Secondary. She
retired in 1969.
Gord was born August 12,1919, in Salmon Arm
and graduated from high school there in 1937
and from the Provincial Normal School at
Victoria in 1938. He taught in Crowsnest and
Castlegar before serving as an RCAF radar
mechanic in India. On his return to Canada at
Christmas in 1945, he taught at Hollyburn
(where he met Beth) before moving to Vernon
where he taught at both the junior and senior
high schools and later served as principal of
Harwood Elementary and then Beairsto
Elementary (from which he retired in 1976). He
also served two wonderful tours with DND in
Germany, from 1965-7 as principal of the
Canadian elementary school in Ramstein and
from 1969-72 as an assistant superintendent,
first in Soest and then Lahr.
In 1977, Beth and Gord moved to Richmond to
be near their daughter's family. Beth was an
accomplished cook and craftsperson. She was
also a lifelong gardening enthusiast who
volunteered at VanDusen Gardens. Gord was a
consummate story-teller and conversationalist
who could draw the life history out of a total
stranger over a single cup of coffee. They were
wonderful parents, attentive and adoring
grandparents, unfailingly generous of their time
and resources.
Gord and Beth are survived by their daughter,
Catherine; son-in-law David O'Keefe BSc'73;
grandsons Kyle O'Keefe, BSc'97 (Kim Barsalou,
BSc'97), Derrick O'Keefe, BA'99, BEd'oe, and Aaron
O'Keefe, BSc'04 (Rebecca Goldstein); and greatgrandchildren Amelia, Cora, Samuel and Veronica.
Gordon Keith Heydon, BA'50, MD'54
It is with sadness we announce that on August
16,2010, after a courageous battle with cancer,
Gordon passed away peacefully in Chemainus
with his family by his side. He was born
November 15,1929, in Victoria. Gordon is
survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra,
son Keith (Denise), daughter Elizabeth (Mark),
and cherished grandchildren Spencer and
Georgia Bennett. He graduated from South
Burnaby High in 1946 and went on to receive an
honours degree in bacteriology and immunology
from UBC. In 1950, he was accepted into the first
class of the UBC's new School of Medicine. He
was especially proud to be president of his
medical school graduating class, and responsible
for its class motto "Hi primi viam monstraverunt"
which means "these first showed the way." After
receiving his degree, followed by an internship
at the Vancouver General Hospital, he moved
with his young family to Chemainus where he
practised medicine for almost 45 years. He
was a highly regarded and much-loved family
doctor, practising at a time when making house
calls, delivering babies, giving anesthetics and
performing surgeries was the norm for a general
practitioner in a small town. In 2002, he was the
recipient of a Canadian Medical Association
commendation awarded to senior physicians
of distinction.
In retirement, he remained busy pursuing his
interests in travel, photography, videography,
jazz music, computers and desktop publishing.
He always had
projects on the go and
loved working around
his home and property.
He cherished time
spent with family and
friends, particularly
enjoying his role as
Grandpa. Gordon
will lovingly be
remembered for his kind, caring, and selfless
ways; his generosity, sense of humour, intelligence
and abilities; and his love and dedication to his
family, friends, profession and community. He
was our rock.
Colin Lea, BA'51, BSc (Pharm.)'55
Born in Vancouver on October 4,1928, Colin
passed away suddenly on July 25,2010, at the
age of 81. He was predeceased by his parents,
Timothy and Kelowna Lee and his brother, Don
Lea. He is survived by his loving children,
Sharon (Don), Barbie, Jeff (Claire), and Greg;
their mother, Irene; adored grandchildren
Lauren, Graeme and Carson; Aunt Myrtle Lee
and cousin Bunnie Sam in Ontario; and many
dear friends. Affectionately known as Gummy
by his grandkids, Colin graduated from Magee
High School and UBC, where he was a member
of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He
owned Clyde Avenue Pharmacy in West
Vancouver for many years and retired as a life
insurance representative with London Life. As a
retiree he proudly worked as a commissionaire.
He was actively involved with the Masonic
Lodge for 49 years and was a member of King
David Lodge 93 AF and AM. He was a long-time
member, past president and secretary of the
Gizeh Concert Band. He was a member of The
Kitsilano Boys Band since 1940. A celebration of
life was held at the Gizeh Shrine Centre on
Wednesday, August 11,2010.
Donald J. Moffett, BCom'53
Don - often called D.J. - was born February 28,
1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following
university, he started working at Seaboard
Lumber. He then worked at Alsto Lumber until
1962, when he started his own business. He
owned Tideland Pacific, which was a prehung
door business, until he retired in 1988.
Don was an outdoorsman and as a young man
would hunt all over BC. He met his wife,
Barbara, in 1961, and they were married in 1963.
At this time he was heavily into playing polo.
Horses were his big love and he and Barbara
would trailer the horses up into the interior of
the province for horse-riding excursions. In 1970,
they moved from Vancouver to acreage in Langley
In 1972, his son, Craig, was born and his
daughter, Dina, followed in 1974. Polo was
time-consuming so, as a devoted father and
husband, Don switched from horses to boating
with the family throughout the San Juan Islands
in Washington. Later they purchased a camper
and the family travelled down the Washington
and Oregon coast. His next hobby was falconry.
He purchased a Harris Hawk and started
hunting with it near and around their home.
In 1993, Don and Barbara took a one month
holiday and went to Grand Cayman in the
Cayman Islands. Don fell instantly in love with
Grand Cayman. A year later, they returned to
make it their home.
Through the years Don enjoyed drawing and
acrylic painting. He also loved to play the piano
and was known to play for hours on end. He
loved to improvise music.
He never wanted to leave Grand Cayman
so when he passed away his family decided to
leave him there by spreading his ashes in the
sea in front of his home. Some of his ashes
were brought back to BC and will be taken to
a cabin they have in the Pasayten Valley, near
Manning Park.
He will be greatly missed by his family as well
as his friends in BC and on Grand Cayman.
Joseph Ctirad Vrana, BCom'59
Joe passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre on Saturday January 30,
2010, in his 85th year.
Born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, on August
23,1924, he distinguished himself in the Czech
resistance during WWII. He was arrested, days
before finishing his doctorate in law, for partisan
activity by the then ruling communist party.
After his escape from a concentration camp he
immigrated to Canada, sponsored by his cousin
Blanche Kantor of Tilbury, ON (now deceased),
arriving in Halifax on March 11,1951.
His 33-year career at Bata shoes began in July
1951. He was active in the Czech and Slovak
Associations in Canada and was commissioned
as an officer in the Canadian Reserve in 1959.
While at UBC, he met Bernice, BHE'52. They were
married on February 20,1960, adopted two
children and lived in Toronto. Joe completed his
MBA at York University in 1972.
Joe and Bernice enjoyed travel and returned
frequently to the Czech Republic after the
Velvet Revolution in 1989, where they lived in
the family apartment on Trida Svobodi in
Olomouc and managed the restituted family
Joe/Dedo will be missed for his generosity,
passion for history, humour and deep faith.
Emile Joseph Lautard, BA'62, BSW'63
Unexpectedly but comfortably, with his
niece Esther at his side, Emile Lautard passed
away at Vancouver General Hospital on
September 30,2010.
The first child of Edouard and Marie Lautard,
Emile was born in Greenwood, BC, on October
29,1921. The family home at that time was the
general store and post office in Carmi, BC, a
predominantly French community. When his
father was employed by the Canadian Pacific
Railway, the family moved to live at various
stations along the Kettle Valley line, settling at
Rhone in 1934, where Papa was a section
foreman. Emile attended school in Rhone, and
spent some time mining before following his
father into a railway career. This path was
disrupted by the commencement of WWII when
Emile, at age 18, volunteered for the army. He
served in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps.
As a teenager, Emile had accepted and completed a challenge to build a cabin teacherage for
a young lady, Mary Bernice Bubar, who had been
employed to teach at the Rhone school. On
January 9,1943, they married.
Demobilized from the army, Emile became
CPR section foreman at Ruth, Jellicoe and
Copper Mountain. He also worked as extra-gang
foreman. The couple now had two sons, Hugh
and Guy. Leaving the CPR, Emile completed his
secondary education and went on to graduate
with a Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree
in social work. He spent the rest of his working
life in service to the community, becoming a
social services supervisor in Delta, BC. After
retirement, the Commissionaires occupied
Emile's time. The failing health of his precious
wife and her care and comfort became the focus
and devotion of Emile's life for her final years.
Emile was laid to rest beside Bernice in the
cemetery at Rock Creek, BC.
A memorial service was held at St. Mary's
Anglican Church, Kettle Valley, BC, on October 9,
2010. Emile's recent years had been supported,
comforted and enlivened by Margaret Lautard
and Esther Lautard, for whose warmth, love and
assistance he often expressed touching
gratitude. Uncle Emile was loved and honoured
by his many nieces and nephews and by the next
generation to whom he showed great affection.
Memorial donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada and to the Alzheimer Society of
BC would be appreciated.
William Edwin Norrish, BEd'63
William Edwin Norrish died peacefully in
Chilliwack, BC, on November 27,2010, after 93
fully-lived years. Bill was a proud member of
Branch 57, Royal Canadian Legion in Mission,
BC. He served in WWII as a member of the
RCAF and saw duty in Alaska, England and
Holland. Bill dedicated a significant part of his
life to teaching. He first taught at Nicomen
Island Elementary School. After his war service,
he resumed teaching at Stave Falls and Hatzic
elementary schools. In 1950, he became the
first principal of Edwin S. Richards Elementary
School in Mission and retired in that position
in 1973.
Bill enjoyed gardening, travelling and
attending the five-year Norrish family reunions.
He loved the sport of curling and was a member
of the Mission Curling Club from 1954 to 2005.
A memorial service was held at Woodlawn
Mission Funeral Home in Mission, BC, on
December 4,2010.
Leszek Karpinski, BLS'69
Leszek was born on September 11,1937, in the
multicultural border city of Lwow, then part of
Poland. In April 1940, his father, an officer of the
Polish Army and a medical doctor, was murdered
in Katyn.
Les finished his higher studies in Krakow at
the Jagiellonian University. For two or three
years he hesitated about whether to do a degree
in music at the conservatory or pursue an
academic career. Finally, Mediterranean
archeology won out. Having previously studied
Latin, English, Russian, German, French and
Italian, he added Hebrew and Arabic to his
language base. Leszek graduated with a MA and
was offered a position with the Jagiellonian
University Library. He continued taking
graduate courses both at the University of
Krakow and commuted for some courses to
Warsaw University.
In 1966, he received a government fellowship
to do a PhD in Denmark and became fluent in
Danish. To supplement his government grant,
he worked as a reference librarian at the
University of Arhus and soon realized this was
the avocation he enjoyed. Immigrating to
Canada in 1967, he received the position of
technician in the cataloguing department of the
library at Carleton University in Ottawa. Shortly
thereafter he decided that the harsh climate was
not to his liking and received an appointment to
work at Simon Fras er University Library. He fell
in love with Vancouver and its environment at
first sight. Realizing that he needed a Canadian
professional degree in librarianship, he applied
to UBC Library School.
After receiving his degree, he was appointed
as a cataloguer, later as a humanities reference
librarian and finally as a bibliographer at UBC
Library. He built a strong library collection in
the field of religious studies, German, French,
Italian language and literature, classical studies,
archeology and European history. Leszek
published The Religious Life of Man: a guide to
basic literature and Religious Studies Without
Tears: student guide to basic literature.
In 1975 he was granted leave to study at the
Institut Bourguiba in Tunisia and the American
University in Cairo. He also became active in
Vancouver's musical world and for many years
sang with the Vancouver Opera Chorus, Bach
Choir, North Shore Light Opera and the
Vancouver Men's
Chorus. Leszek and
Ken, his life partner,
travelled extensively,
always on a low-budget
to meet and be with
the locals. Both
enjoyed outdoors
Leszek Karpinski       activities, especiaUy
hiking. Leszek retired
in 1996.
He will be sadly missed by his family, colleagues
and friends. Leszek is at peace after a courageous
six year struggle with prostate cancer.
Renz Crema, BA'70, MSW'72
On Friday, September 24,2010, Renz Crema
died suddenly at his home in Pritchard, BC, at
the age of 63. He is survived by his wife, Pat,
BSN'67; son Colin (Shannon) and granddaughter
Brooke of Burnaby; brother Glen of Trail, BC;
as well as sister-in-law Joan and niece Lauren
of St. Albert, AB. In addition, he is survived
by numerous uncles, aunts and cousins in
Canada, Australia, Argentina and Italy. He was
predeceased by his father, Giovanni, mother
Lucia, and brother Alfio.
Coming to Canada from Italy at the age of
three, Renz settled into life in Trail. A BA in
psychology and a MSW from UBC established
his future career. Following some European
travels, He and Pat settled in the Kamloops
region, raising Colin on their acreage in
Pritchard. Renz touched many people's lives in
his role as a psychiatric social worker over the
past 34 years. His genuine concern and caring
for others provided solace for their pain. He was
tremendously proud of his son, volunteering for
all the sports in which Colin took part. No one
was a more devoted "Nonno" as he delighted in
his granddaughter, Brooke. Retirement two
years ago provided Renz with the time to tackle
his huge list of projects: gardening and tending
his flowers and grapes, taking bass guitar
lessons, fixing fences, cleaning the barn for Pat's
horses and training for his runs. He enjoyed
taking part in the recent Terry Fox Run.
A celebration of life was held on October 5,
2010, at Schoenings Funeral Service, Kamloops,
and a private family event took place at his
home, as he had wished, on October 16,2010.
Should friends desire, donations maybe made
in Renz's name to the Thompson Rivers
University Foundation, TRU Social Work
Bursary, Box 3010,900 McGill Rd., Kamloops,
Rolf Andersson, husband of Diane (de Bruyn)
Andersson, BA'70, passed away peacefully in his
sleep on September 5,2010. He would have been
70 on September 17. Diane now lives in Genelle,
a small town between Castlegar and Trail. Her
son, Garry, is living with her for the time being.
Bradley Adam Wilcox, BASc'98
We are sad to announce the passing of Brad
Wilcox, 42, on December 15,2010, in a motor
vehicle accident on Highway 15, east of Winnipeg.
Brad was born in Niagara Falls, ON, on
September 6,1968, to Maureen (Greenway) and
Murray Wilcox. He attended elementary and
secondary schools in Niagara. After UBC, he
obtained an MSc in engineering physics from
the University of Saskatchewan. He worked as a
health physicist for the Radiation Compliance and
Protection Branch at Whiteshell Laboratories in
Pinawa, MB.
Brad was a man of boundless energy,
passionate dedication in his pursuits, and
loyalty to the people he loved. With his robust
personality, he was always fully present and
seemed larger than life. His many friends will
remember his vibrant sense of humour, his
engaged conversions and his abundant charm.
Brad lived life "at the ready."
Brad's lifelong involvement with athletics
included hockey, lacrosse and running, in which
he was recognized for his performance and
physical endurance.
In Brad's brief life he confronted and
overcame many challenges through his
determination and perseverance. He leaves this
world on a high note, having enjoyed the
freedom of his healthy lifestyle, a successful and
rewarding career path and the fulfillment he
found with his beloved Sarah.
Brad's passing is a loss to all who knew him and
he will be especially missed by his immediate
family, his friends from Sakatchewan and the
Whiteshell Nuclear Facility.
Thomas Edward James
(TJ) Bennett, BASc'07
Thomas died on Mount Shasta in northern
California on April 1,2010, at age 26. While at
UBC, Tom completed an 18-month engineering
co-op work placement with INCO in Thompson,
MB. His final year project was a feasibility study
on installing a solar energy system in an
engineering building at UBC.
After graduating, Tom worked as a process
engineer for Fluor Corporation in Vancouver. In
the fall of 2009, he moved to the company's
office in Dublin, California. As an engineer, Tom
was passionate about making a difference
through sustainability. He played a key role in
bringing a biodiesel production project to UBC.
A plaque will be hung in Tom's honour near the
reactor that is part of the biodiesel project.
Tom loved the outdoors. He loved to bike and
play soccer, football, hockey and other sports.
He actively pursued his passion for outdoor
activities and adventures, adding new adventures
such as snowboarding, climbing, hiking and
Whistler barbecue cooking competitions. He
was also a self-taught guitarist, a member of
Oakland's CAOS (climbing) group and a Kung
Fu student (Wing Chun group in Vancouver).
Tom was passionate about climbing. It was an
expression of his mantra to live life to its fullest.
He and his friend Mark Thomas reached the
summit of ML Shasta, California (14,179 feet)
and were planning their descent when Tom took
ill with altitude sickness. Extreme weather
hampered rescue attempts for five days. On
Thursday, April 1,2010, at 10:04 am, rescue
teams finally found Tom in the snow cave Mark
had dug for him. Tom was deceased.
Tom touched so many lives along the way.
His gentle, confident, sociable, witty, kind
manner was loved throughout his life.
Tom's family, friends and colleagues have
established the Thomas Bennett Student
Enrichment Memorial Fund in Chemical and
Biological Engineering at UBC. Each year, the
Department of Chemical and Biological
Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science at
UBC will recommend one student to receive
$1,000 in support of student enrichment activities.
Preference will be given to students who
demonstrate high academic achievement,
leadership, and social and environmental concern.
A winter mountain climbing brochure has
been developed by alpinists, climbing rangers,
Tom's climbing friends and his mother, Mary
Kenny. It outlines lessons learned from Tom's
tragedy, in the hope of keeping future young
alpinists alive. The brochure is "Wikipedia-
style," so Tom's climbing friends with knowledge
on the various brochure topics can contribute
what they know in their friend's memory.
Ms Kenny hopes the brochure will expand
into a permanent climbing educational
program. The brochure can be found online at
http://tomspirit.posterous.com. ©
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I Memoriam materials. Please send obituaries
of 400 words or less (submissions will be edited
for length where necessary) to MikeAwmack at
michael.awmack@ubc.ca or:
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Trek Magazine is also published online.
 Canadian-born lyric coloratura Nancy Hermiston has performed
throughout Europe and North America. She has worked as voice teacher,
stage director and coordinator with the University of Toronto's Opera and
Performance divisions.
In 1995 she joined UBC's School of Music as the Head of the Voice and
Opera divisions, and established the UBC Opera Ensemble. In 2004,
Nancy was named the UBC University Marshal and in 2008 the university
awarded her the Dorothy Somerset Award for Performance and Development
in the Visual and Performing Arts. She received the Killam Prize for
teaching in 2010.
Nancy is a favourite guest for master classes throughout Canada, China
and Germany. Her UBC Opera Ensemble tours regularly to the Czech
Republic, Germany, Ontario, China and throughout BC.
What is your most prized possession?
My doggie, Valentino. He is a Havanese
and a real rascal but very sweet. Man
and woman's best friend. Life without
doggies would be terrible.
Who was your childhood hero?
The Lone Ranger
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
Warkworth, On., a little village of 6oo
people where I grew up. My family
and friends are still there. I always find
refuge, peace, kindness and lots of fun
in the village. It's a big contrast to the
major centers of the world where I
have spent most of my life.
Whatwas the last thing you read?
[Vancouver bandleader] Dal Richard's
biography. I am a big fan of Dal.
What or who makes you laugh
out loud?
Comics of the past and present - Red
Skelton, Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett,
Victor Borge, Lucille Ball. Their facial
expressions and physical portrayal of
characters were priceless, a real study
in the actor's handiwork. Vancouver
Symphony's Bramwell Tovey always
makes me laugh. The same is true of
Christopher Gaze of Bard on the Beach.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
There is no replacement for hard work
and discipline. Talent will only get you
so far.
Whatwasyour nickname at school?
What would be the title of your
Never Say It Can't Be Done.
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
To find a cure for cancer, strokes, heart
disease, MS - all the terrible things that
take our friends and family away from us.
What item have you owned for the
longest time?
A little figurine of a dancer, given to
me by my mother when I was a very
little girl.
What is your latest purchase?
My family home in the village of
Warkworth. It is very dear to me.
Whom doyou most admire
(living or dead) andwhy?
My mother. She was never able to go
to secondary school and certainly not
university, yet her music brought so
much joy to so many people. She
played the piano in my family's dance
band. She played at wedding dances
and at the 6o,h anniversaries of the
same couples. She was so open-minded
and fair. She loved life and the door
was always open, coffee pot on. There
were always good things to eat for
visitors. She took in boarders, baked
for fairs, neighbours, or events, and
worked at a clothing store so that I
could go to university and follow my
dream to be a singer. I would not be
where I am today if it had not been for
my mother's love, determination, hard
work and belief in me.
In which era would you most like to
have lived, andwhy?
If I was wealthy, I would like to have
lived in the i8,h Century. I could have
heard Mozart's music, gone to
wonderful theatres and maybe even
met him. Still, as a whole I think I am
happy to have grown up in rural
Ontario in the '50s. It was a simpler
time, a simpler life. Children could still
be children and families stayed
together much more. I was very
fortunate. We were poor but were a
close and loving family.
What are you afraid of?
For me - ending up in my old age in a
nursing home. That would be horrible!
For the world - I am afraid that we are
becoming more and more isolated from
each other and I worry that we are not
caring enough about our fellow humans,
animals and our environment.
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
I would like to be a wonderful writer
or, if I could not have that talent, I
would like to know all about carpentry
and electrical work.
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart; Der
Rosenkavalier - R. Strauss; Tosca - Puccini
What is your pet peeve?
Someone wasting my time makes me
really angry.©
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