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Ivor Alexander, VC61, BA66, is living and working in Bilbao, Spain. Ivor has found working in Spain to be a challenge, but is sticking it out for the time being and would love to hear from anyone he knew back in those great days.

Colin Dobbin, VC46, and his wife Kathleen have been spending their days running the Colleen Cottage Bed & Breakfast from their home in Milford, Ontario.

Amy K. Yamabe, VC54, taught for a year in New Denver, BC before moving to Summerland in 1955, where she taught primary grades and learning assistance at MacDonald elementary school for 34 years. Amy is keeping up her interest in photography and learning to use her computer.

Kathleen Y. Yamabe Yukawa, VC57, taught in Peachland for one year before moving to Penticton to teach for five years. In 1963 she married and moved to Seattle, raising three sons and working as a teaching assistant and a pre-school instructor for the Seattle school district for nine years. Kathleen is now enjoying retirement with her husband.


Dr. Ken Birch, BA66, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in March of this year. He will also chair the board of the General Council in addition to his duties as the executive director of Canadian ministries of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Erik de Bruijn, BA65, is currently working as an assistant university librarian at UBC while he continues to work towards a PhD in classical archæology. Over the summer, he will be on staff with UVics excavation project in Jordan.

Robert D. Fyvie, BSc68, MSc73, is married with two children, lives in Calgary, and works as a geophysicist with Amoco Canada. Over the past 22 years he has worked in Chicago, London, and Norway, and currently enjoys jogging and running a genealogy business part-time.

J.A. (Tony) Markle, BA68, is a semi-retired freelance writer living on Salt Spring Island.

Major Bob Vincent, BSc69, has left his position as an instructor at the Canadian Forces Staff School and is now at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment in Cold Lake, Alberta.


John Ballard, BSc77, is currently teaching in Sendai, Japan. Prior to this he taught science in international schools in Taiwan, the Philippines, Libya, and Nigeria. He sends thanks to Dr. Ring and others in the Biology Department for setting me out in my interesting career.

A. David H. Bennett, MEd78, is an elementary vice-principal with School District No. 62 (Sooke). In June, he attended the Hartman Conference on Children and Their Families in New London, Connecticut, where he gave a presentation on the importance of self esteem in relation to all the players in a successful schooling partnership.

N. William (Bill) Bingham, BA73, DipEd74, married Karen Hunter, the delight of my life on March 18. Both Bill and Karen are teachers and reside in the beautiful Alberni Valley.

Richard Flury, BSc70, has been elected to the North Central College board of trustees in Naperville, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Elizabeth. Richard is the Amoco Corporations senior vice president for shared services and a member of its strategic planning committee. Richard joined Amoco in 1970 as a geophysicist and was named a senior vice president in 1989.

Dr. Robert E. Gore-Langton, BSc73, is now senior staff scientist overseeing research in the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Genetics in affiliation with the National Center for Human Genome Research in Bethesda, Maryland.

John Herring, MA73, lives in Fort Simpson, NWT, where a hearing difficulty has caused an early retirement from teaching. He is involved in various community activities and doing financial planning.

John Lund, BA75, has returned to Vancouver Island after ten years working as a freelance writer and photographer out of Bellingham, Washington. John continues to publish in west coast magazines while working full-time as a writer and photographer for the communications department of Malaspina University College in Nanaimo. John is working at taking his photography into the digital era, writing into creative non-fiction, and golf game into the mid-80s.

Laurie MacBride, BA76, DipEd77, is currently living on Gabriola Island and working in Nanaimo as the executive director of the Save Georgia Strait Alliance, a regional coalition focused on protecting the marine and coastal ecosystem. Laurie was previously a teacher in Qualicum Beach for eight years and in her (rare) spare time she enjoys going out on her sailboat and spending time on the water.

Gervase Marson, MA72, became an education officer in the Bermuda governments Department of Education, responsible for reading programs in all of Bermudas schools.

Barbara (Homme) Puetz, BSW79, is the family school liaison person for the Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Centre in Sicamous, BC. Barbara is living in Salmon Arm and is married with four children: Matthew, 10; Janine, 8; Marcus, 5; and Jonathon, 3. After part-time and intermittent employment for the past ten years, she is now in her second year of full-time work at Parkview elementary school in Sicamous.

Donald P. Ronahan, BA70, is currently in Indonesia, where he is vice president in charge of marketing and sales at Manulife Financials Joint Venture Company. He has spent the past 14 years living and working in Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia.


Brian Benson, BSc80, BEd91, After teaching for four years in Northern Saskatchewan and Northern BC, and seven years teaching in Invermere, Brian is heading south. He will be teaching in a bilingual school in Manizales, Colombia, in the heart of the coffee-growing region.

Brent Carlson, BEd89, has been living in Tokyo since the fall of 1989 but returns home every summer to Beautiful BC. Brent misses the scenery and his friends but is learning a lot in Japan and has made new friends from all over the world.

William Chan, BSc82, has been living in Calgary since 1986 and enjoys living in that city very much. William misses the parks and beaches of Victoria but says of Calgary: career-wise, its excellent here, a very young city and the people are very nice.

Abby Crawford, BA88, is living in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband Greg and two-year-old son Alec.

Allison Fader, MPA88, is in Hull, Quebec, working with the Treasury Board after a one-year assignment with Revenue Canada.

Robert Giles, BA80, is living in Cranbrook and working for BCs Parks Branch as a park ranger.

Ken Hegan, BA88, lives in Vancouver and works for CBC-TV as a writer and producer. Ken recently wrote, directed, and starred in his short film Farley Mowat Ate My Brother, based on an untrue story. He has written two feature-length films and is now capable of menial, repetitive tasks with only partial supervision.

Janice Jackson, BMus86, has been in the Netherlands for nine years. She received her masters degree in performance at the conservatory in Utrecht and has been working as a freelance singer specialising in 20th-century classical music. This summer Janice premiered a piece written for a Dutch orchestra and did a two-week tour playing and singing all over Holland.

Elisa Larsen, BSc88, has travelled considerably since her graduation and now lives in Vancouver, where she has been a real estate appraiser since 1992.

Ann (Klughammer) McCallum, BEd88, is a sixth-grade teacher in Kensington, Maryland, where she lives with her year-old daughter Chloe. Ann is currently working on a masters degree in English as a second language education and hopes to graduate in the spring of 1996.

Christina (Ernst) Messmann, BA86, lived in Hannover, Germany, for five years before moving this summer. Christina taught EFL to adults for a year and a half before taking time off to raise her son Richard. She and her husband are looking forward to renovating their new home in Ronnenberg.

Virginia (Jackson) Rego, BA89, BEd92, is living and teaching in Stewart, BC, with her husband Peter and baby Julia. They have a Malamute, Java, and a baby jogger so they keep busy outdoors.

Marc Rioux, MA88, is now a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Marc is moving to Hull to write his dissertation.

Pamela Joy Roper, MEd82, has just returned to BC after nine years in the US. She spent four years on a Navajo reservation as a therapist and educator, then five years in Milwaukee at the University of Wisconsin as a therapist. Pamela now lives in Ladysmith, working at the Tillicum Haus Clinic in Nanaimo as a therapist and at Malaspina University College as an instructor.

Adele Todd, BA88, is married to a US Army captain stationed in the Mojave Desert with their two sons. Adele is enjoying staying home to care for her children full time but still misses Victoria and her friends desperately.

Lanita (Shelton) Young, BSc89, is living in Farmington, BC, just outside of Dawson Creek, with her husband Greg, a BCTel mechanic, and children Terra, 2, and Kyle, 1. Lanita has been working part time for Bovar-Concord doing air quality sampling and monitoring. Lanita hopes to return to more biology oriented work when the children go to school.


James Blake, BEng93, has been accepted into the masters in engineering program at UBC in the new field of fire protection engineering. James will be starting part-time study this fall and will continue working full time as a fire protection consultant with Graham Harmsworth Lai & Associates Ltd.

Dennis Bogle, BEd94, is in his fourth year of teaching in the Stikine. Dennis is currently principal of Denetia School in Lower Post, BCs most northerly school, and loving his job.

Cori-Anne Burnett, BA90, returned to her home town of Chilliwack and has been teaching senior English and social studies at her old high school for the past four years. Though Cori-Anne misses Victoria, she lives at beautiful Cultus Lake and travelled to Britain for a month this summer.

Patrick Ewing, BSc92, is currently working on an LLB while his new wife Roxanne Graham works on her BEd at UVic. The couple is involved with the Circle K International club, a collegiate-level volunteer service club associated with Kiwanis International.

Garth Frizzell, BSc93, went to New York this spring as Secretary-General of the National Model United Nations Conference. Garth was the first Canadian to be Secretary-General and was responsible for bringing Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the Secretary-General for the United Nations, to the conference. Garth is now working on his MSc at UVic.

Sandy Gardner, BA93, has been accepted into the PhD program in clinical psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, so she will be toughing out Saskatchewan winters for another few years. Sandy has found Saskatoon a pretty nice place to live and has won a SSHRC doctoral fellowship to help her through her studies.

Kevin Koetke, BA92, has lived in Victoria since graduating, enjoying the Victoria lifestyle and building his business as a realtor for Remax of Victoria. Before he became a realtor two years ago, Kevin managed a local bike shop and doing a lot of mountain biking.

Matthew S. Mingus, MPA91, has recently started a new job as project director of TEAM Fort Collins for the Fort Collins Area United Way. His responsibilities include community organization and coordination to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and drug abuse in the Fort Collins area. Matthew also recently published a monograph entitled Part of the Solution: Useful Information from the Front Lines of Community Partnership Development (Behavioral Health Resource Press, 1994). Matthew and his wife Tabitha, who is pursuing a PhD in educational mathematics, live in a small farm house in Platteville, Colorado, just north of Denver.

Christopher Morash, BMus94, has been the liturgical ministries co-ordinator for St. Andrews Roman Catholic cathedral since July of 1994. Christophers duties are to facilitate the worship and music program at St. Andrews cathedral in Victoria.

Lawrence A. Nault, BSc91, is living in Saskatchewan and working in field services for Pig Improvement (Canada) Ltd.

Nancy Parkin, BA91, recently completed a dual masters degree in rehabilitation and teaching of the blind at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She has since moved to Atlanta where she is working for Blind and Low Vision Sevices of North Georgia as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind. Nancy sends a hullo to old friends and planting buds.

Mark Patterson, BSc90, lives in Tuscon, Arizona, where he is completing his second year of PhD work in water management at the University of Arizona. Mark is also the president of the Society of Geographers in Arizona.

Susan Predy-Gammer, BA93, recently moved from Victoria to Shawnigan Lake with her husband Roy, a mechanical engineer in Victoria. Susan works as a youth and family counsellor in the Behavioural Program for School District No. 62 in Sooke and enjoys gardening and renovating her house during her time off. During the summer, Susan and Roy travel through Northern BC, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories in their 4X4.

Simonne Ruff, BA94, will be going to Nairobi to receive training from the Washington-based Visions in Action and then move to Moshi, Tanzania for a year to be a volunteer health educator.

Erin E. Scott, BA95, was married on July 22 of this year to Robin A. Adams, BA95. The couple has moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where Erin is pursuing a masters in English at McMaster University while Robin pursues his business interests.

Laura Walsh-Kuroyedova, BA93, is living in Moscow where she is development executive officer (CIS) for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Lauras duties include assisting to set up and expand Guiding in the CIS and involve extensive travel within the CIS and to other countries.

BOX ITEM:Whats in a Decade?

See for yourself as UVic Visual Arts 93 grads Margitta Ben-Oliel, Anne Carlson, Joanne Emberton, Audrey Meeres, and Judith Saunders exhibit their artwork at the Auld Kirk Gallery in Shawnigan Lake, BC, in April 19936 This is the second annual exhibition for the group, who all claim Pat Martin Bates (Visual Arts) as their mentor. The exhibition of their prints, paintings, drawings, and watercolours will be open to the public on weekends only.

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