The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Autumn 1998

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Arts, Humanitues, Social Sciences

Teresa Beauregard (BA '82) moved to Friedrichshafen, Germany this past July. Her husband, Andrew Timms, will be working on a Nortel-DASA joint venture and Teresa plans to continue her career as a translator/interpreter.

Sherri Bird (BA '97) is currently an MA student at UVic and President of Blue Heron Productions Inc. Her half-hour video production Victoria Memories: The Heritage Houses, produced in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture, was broadcast internationally. As in her first major video production, Victoria: You Have Arrived, she employed local actors, artists, consultants, production people and facilities in showcasing the city.

Sarah Bonner (BA '87, MPA '97) was accepted into the Legislative Internship program after graduation, travelled through Europe, and obtained a broker's licence and Canadian Securities Course designation. Sarah worked in research and communications for various BC MLA's. She's currently travelling through Asia with her husband.

Marilyn Bowering (BA '71, MA '73) will have her latest novel, Visible Worlds, released in the US and the UK this Fall. The book has already earned the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize at the BC Book Prizes and is one of three Canadian novels nominated for the Dublin IMPAC award. She lives in Sooke and teaches creative writing at UVic.

Steve Elliott (BA '93) is working in construction sales for Permasteel Construction in Edmonton.

Alison (Hughes) Gardner (BA '67) is a freelance journalist, travel columnist and national magazine editor, specializing in ecological, educational, cultural and volunteer service tourism throughout the world. She recently signed a contract with a major travel guidebook company in the U.S. to research and write the first-ever alternative travel handbook for mature (50+) vacationers. Any personal recommendations for her new book would be most welcome. When not globetrotting around the world, she lives in Victoria with her husband, Peter Gardner (BA '68), an economics professor at Pearson College.

Janette Grant, née Gelzinis (BA '93) married Steven Grant (BEd '92) in Nelson on May 20, 1995. Janette received her Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 1997. Janette and Steven now live in Penticton, where Steven is a teacher.

Derek Graham (BA '82) is the new president of the Victoria chapter of the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Eric Hall (BA '87) is an RCMP officer working with the Proceeds of Crime Unit in Vancouver. Eric and his wife Nancy had a baby girl-Annie Evelyn-on March 4 of this year.

Meghan Hanwell (BA '93) has opened Hanwell Business Services, providing bookkeeping and secretarial services for Victoria businesses.

Yvonne Lam (BA '97) earned simultaneous honors degrees in Hispanic & Italian Studies and French Language & Literature with a grade point average of 8.96/9.

Frank Leonard (BA '82) has been Mayor of Saanich since 1996 and was first elected to Saanich council in 1986. He has also served five terms as Chair of the Capital Regional District and Hospital District. He managed the family tire business prior to his election as mayor. While in business, Frank also served as President of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Victoria, and the Greater Victoria Economic Development Commission. Frank is married with two teenage children.

Patricia Peddlesden, née Zeamer, (BA '71) married Brian Peddlesden on May 31, 1997. She's retired from the Department of National Defence, Civilian Personnel Administration.

Dan Massey (BA '87) and his wife Donna met at UVic in 1987. Their first child was due in June. They have been living in Hong Kong for the last two years, but are on their way to Seoul where Dan will be employed as the vice president of the Hongkong Bank's securities division.

Gordon Munn (BA '69) is a CGA with past experience in the banking industry and is currently working with a cooperatively-owned, industrial concern in Victoria. He is also on the BC Central Credit Union Board and the Canadian Central Credit Union Board. He lives in Victoria with his wife and two sons. His interests include competitive cycling.

William Wellburn (BA '69) has been a Director of Pacific Coast Savings since 1992 and Board Chair since 1995. A Chartered Accountant, specializing in small business, Bill has a long association with the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Pearkes Clinic and serves as Chair of the Queen Alexandra Foundation which raises funds and supports programs for children, youth and families. He and his wife Denise have two children, one a nurse and one a CA. Travelling is their favorite hobby.

Paul Welk (BA '93) is studying architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Tracy Zander (BA '93) completed her Master of Planning degree at Queen's University after leaving UVic. She's the Conservation Planner for the Essex Region Conservation Authority, near Windsor, Ont.


Ane Marie Gjerulff Bennett (MEd '88), Principal, Richmond Elementary School, is an educator, administrator, and public speaker concerned with special education programs and environmental issues.

Janet Sheppard (MEd '91) works in Counselling Services at UVic where she has helped develop the Peer Helping Program. She's chair of the Sexual Assault Committee at UVic.

Mary Lou Oswald (MEd '98) and her daughter Rielle Oswald (BEd '98) graduated together in June. Rielle is seeking a teaching position in high school art and music while Mary Lou has returned to Nelson and is a volunteer counsellor with community agencies. Mary Lou recently retired after 19 years as secretary at St. Joseph Elementary School in Nelson.


B.Eng grads hoping to catch-up with former classmates now have their own website at: The site includes contact information, an alumni news page, engineering co-op news, and a "jobs for graduates" page. The plan is to establish a searchable database of engineering alumni.


Neil Barman (BFA '95) is studying architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Barbara Barron (BFA '93) is co-owner of Anything Grows Ltd., a floral and tropical plant rental service for business and residential interiors, conferences, and special events. Her focus is on creativity, flexibility and giving a sense of life, color and seasonal change to indoor environments.

Manon Elder (BFA '76) is doing oil portraits that characterize 10 great Canadian women. She has completed portraits of the late philanthropist Dorothy Lam, Olympic rowing medalist Silken Laumann, and successful Vancouver businesswoman Wendy McDonald.

Candace Elliott, née Brydon (BFA '92) is a photographer for the Edmonton Journal. Reach her at:

Sarah McCleave (MA '87) is a lecturer at the School of Music, Queen's University of Belfast. Her email is:

Lisa Samphire (BFA '90) has mastered the art of glass and is co-owner of Starfish Glassworks, displaying the diversity and quality of Canadian glass artworks. She attended the world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School.

Ann-Marie Thompson (BMus '87) is a musician, singer and conductor and the creator of the Sidney Community Music School.


Gernot Beaumont (BSc '80) studied organic chemistry between 1976 and 1978. He's looking for fellow student Patricia Lauren Lupton. Anyone knowing where she is can reach Gernot at:

David R. Gray (BSc '67) has travelled to the Arctic almost every year since 1968 and has been a member or leader of numerous scientific expeditions-often two-man parties-to study wildlife on Bathhurst, Axel Heidberg and Ellesmere islands. He has written several books on Arctic wildlife and was elected Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America in recognition of his contributions to Arctic science. David's most recent publication is ALERT-Beyond the Inuit Lands: The Story of Canadian Forces Station Alert.

Erin Pleshak Star (BSc '98) is at Harvard University with a full scholarship for the Doctoral Program in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She plans to spend the next five years working toward her PhD and hopes to teach biochemistry. She is a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarship.

Anna van der Kamp (BSc '97) was named Victoria female Athlete of the Year after she won a silver medal with the Canadian Women 's Eights at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. She went to Paraguay in September to volunteer on an environmental project and to help develop the country's Olympic rowing program.


John D. McNamee (LLB '91) and wife Mi-Jung announce the birth of Jonah. Mother, son (and father) are doing well.

Randy D. Smith (LLB '93) has been practicing law with Shaw Sauder Barristers and Solicitors for the past year and a half in Victoria where he was born and raised.

Susan Loney (BA '89, LLB '92), together with Brian Gifford (LLB '87) and Odette Coccola, are practising law at Gifford & Company in Victoria's Fernwood neighbourhood. All three are also accredited Family Law Mediators.


Kenneth Strong (VC '58) has completed 35 years of teaching in Dawson Creek, Thailand and Victoria where he spent the past 25 years on staff at Oak Bay Secondary School. He taught biology and served on a number of science education advisory boards. He is also a past-president of the BC Science Teachers' Association. Now "sort of" retired, Ken lives with his wife Cecilia in Victoria where he is well into a second career writing and maintaining a web site dealing with caregiving for people with anxiety disorders (


Lise Nicole (BSc '91) died in an avalanche January 2, 1998 in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, north of Nelson. Lise majored in Environmental Studies at UVic and was a member of the 1988 women's field hockey team that won the Canadian championship. Family and friends remember Lise's enthusiasm for the outdoors-whether it was back-country skiing, whitewater kayaking or mountaineering. She climbed Mt. Logan, Canada's highest peak, in 1997. At the time of her death, Lise was completing her elementary school teaching practicum in Nelson.


Mike Wynne (BA '87) is the new contact in Toronto at (416) 228-3002 and a new branch leader is being sought in Calgary. In the US, the new Washington, D.C. contact is Kenneth Lo (BSc '92). Reach him at (703) 313-5023.

Dylan MacLeod, (LLB '94), is the new alumni rep in Norway. And the alumni branch in Singapore is being headed by Wilson Tok Su Bin (BA '94), (W) (011-65) 735-8485, (H) (011-47) 22 20 64 41.

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