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Raven August (BA ‘99, Dipl ‘99) was one of nine chosen for Health Canada’s 1998/1999 National Native Role Model Program.

Shirley Avril (BEd ‘75, MA ‘85) is operating a new mail order company, HOMEASY Products and Design for Independent Living.

Joyce Baker (DipE ‘78) has retired from school teaching to play more music. Her husband, Ray Grigg keeps busy writing about the environment. Together they kayak and maintain their vegetable garden on their Quadra Island acreage of maples and ferns.

David Blades (BEd ‘79, MEd ‘87) is living in Edmonton, where he is an associate professor of science education and curriculum studies at the University of Alberta. His recent book is Procedures of Power and Curriculum Change. David and Edith’s four sons are all grown and he reports that he’s happy to not be a grandparent yet! Even though they have lived on the Prairies for 10 years, they still call Victoria home and visit often.

Eileen Curteis (BEd ‘73), Sister of St. Ann Queenswood, teacher, Reiki practitioner, poet and artist, recently published her third composition of photography and poetry, entitled Wind Daughter.

Kirk DeFazio (MEd ‘95) is a former Torontonian who has moved west to take new position in the Fraser Valley. Kirk is sure that his MEd from UVic in Coaching Studies has helped too. E-mail: kdefazio@meadowridge.bc.ca.

Peter Ellison (BA ‘91, BEd ‘98) recently started teaching at the Victoria Youth Correction Centre. He really enjoys the experience and hopes that he can be a positive influence on troubled youth. Peter would love to hear from any of his fellow education graduates.

Chris Hambleton (BEd ‘90) has been teaching in a kindergarten to grade eight school with 220 students for the past nine years. He is a teacher-librarian and runs an elementary music program.

Carole Ireland (BA ‘85) is married to Patrick Martin and gave birth to son Joseph on April 15th. Carole is a recreation manager for Corporation of Saanich.

Ron Jorgenson (MEd ‘96) is a special education teacher for School District 70. E-mail: ronpenn@-island.net.

Dale Morrison (BEd ‘81) is president of the executive chapter of BNI (Business Network International), a world-wide referral networking organization based on the concept that business is generated by personal referrals.

Scott Morrison (BEd ‘91) has finished his masters degree in educational technology at Concordia University and has landed a job at Selwyn House School in Westmount, Quebec teaching middle school math and computers.

Donald S. Mosedale (BEd ‘67) retired in May from his faculty position at UBC. Returning to Victoria, Don looks forward to continuing his music studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, exploring every nook and cranny of the B.C. coast in his sailboat Phinocchio, and doing some serious rollerblading.

David Shatford (BEd ‘93) was married to Lynn Cretney of St. Catherines on July 26th, 1997. David is a grade six teacher at Chilliwack Christian School.

Anne Margaret Sutton (BEd ‘93) has just moved to a new house after 18 years. Anne’s eldest son, William, has graduated in June. Anne currently teaches for School District 28.

Audrey Trenholme (BEd ‘75), International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, co-chair of Breastfeeding Matters Group, now offers private consultations to help mothers and babies with the challenges of breastfeeding.

Beverly White (BSN ‘81, Dipl ‘96, MEd ‘98) is the new director of care at Parkwood Care Centre and a member of the UVic President’s Council. (250) 598-1575 or e-mail: beverly.white@lrc.ca.


Brad Forth (BEng ‘88) of Power Measurement keeps an eye on critical devices the company manufactures. Brad joined the fledgling company a decade ago as an electronics engineering grad fresh from UVic, and now is the company president.

Brent Hamilton (BEng ‘94) has started his own business providing computer troubleshooting, repairs, upgrades, and training to homes and offices in the North Okanagan. He says, “It’s been quite a learning experience, but the seven-day work weeks are gradually paying off. I think. Funny how those all-night cram sessions in the lab actually did prepare me for the real world!”


Pat Schandl (BFA ‘84 ), editorial contributor to Focus on Women, has won the Toastmasters 1999 Golden Gavel speech competition, open to Vancouver Island residents with less than 15 months training/experience in public speaking.


Joan Barton (MPA ‘89) is director of the Legislative Library, guiding staff who field inquires from the province’s legislators on issues ranging from child abuse to leaky condos. She has found time to teach classes at UVic’s school of public administration and has held executive positions with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Ellen Brown (BSN ‘99) started her nursing career by studying part-time and has completed her degree through tele-conferencing and study groups. She plans to spend the next two years travelling.

Sheila Guenard (BSW ‘79) has moved back to the Okanagan in 1998 and is a resource team leader for the Ministry for Children and Families. Her eldest son Chris graduated in June 1999.

Matthew S. Mingus (MPA ‘91) received his PhD in public administration from the University of Colorado in May. He teaches at Western Michigan University where his wife, Tabitha, teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Their daughter, Rene Elizabeth, turned four in July and is an exciting bundle of energy (and joy).

David Sutton (BSW ‘79) is a social worker for the Ministry for Children and Families--Adult Community Living Services.


Barbara Black (BA ‘83), writer/editor and instructional designer, has formed a guitar/vocal jazz duo with long-time Victorian musician Randy Waldie.

Tammy Brissette (BA ‘90), realtor for Pacific Coast Savings, would be happy to assist all UVic grads with their real estate needs.

Daphne Campbell (BA ‘88) recently established a professional home-based soundtrack studio, New Media Sound. Soundtracks include original music, sound design, live foley & ADR. Her first soundtrack produced for a computer animation, won honourable mention in a Houston festival.

Doug Canty (BA ‘72) has joined the KPMG Cleveland office as a partner in the firm’s consumer and industrial markets consulting group. Doug has more than twenty years experience in information systems management. KPMG’s web site is www.us.kpmg.com.

Paul Clark (BA ‘86 History). Hello! When you visit China, call me! I am in Shanghai.

David Finnis (BA ‘80) is the new manager of the Kamloops--Okanagan Presbytery Resource Centre. He’s also involved with Amnesty International, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society, and the South Okanagan Victims Assistance Society. David is also a councillor in the District of Summerland.

Janice Simcoe (BA ‘88) is chair of the B.C. First Nations Co-ordinators Council, representing all First Nations co-ordinators and advisors in the provincial post-secondary system. She’s department chair of First Nations education at Camosun College.

Jeanine Soodeen (BA ‘91) has written for the Victoria News/Weekend Edition for the past year. She worked at Kamloops This Week for four years.

Jill Tate (BA ‘93), assistant to the director of the school of physical education, has been elected as the staff representative on the UVic board of governors for a three-year term.

Michiko Walraven (BA ‘82) was awarded a master of arts in Japanese translation and interpretation by the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Michiko expects to pursue a career in freelance translation and interpretation.


Sandra Harper (LLB ‘82) has started a new law firm, Harper & Company, with preferred areas of practice in administrative law, civil litigation, family law and family, personal injury and commercial mediation. E-mail: harperlaw@home.com

Shawn C.D. Neylan (LLB ‘87) has joined the firm of Stikeman, Elliott in Toronto, where his practice will focus on competition law.


Jack Firkins (BSc ‘65) has joined Orenco Systems in Oregon, managing the development of product lines, financial analysis and market assessment. For 20 years, Jack has worked in technology development for forest products companies.

Roslyn Henderson (BSc ‘99) is the third generation of her family to be involved with Victoria College and UVic. Both of Roslyn’s parents are UVic graduates: James Henderson (BSc ‘71 Mathematics) and Sylvia Henderson (BSc ‘71 Mathematics). Roslyn’s four grandparents all attended Victoria College: Peter Henderson (VC ‘39), Betsy Henderson (VC ‘39), Raymond Warburton (VC ‘46), and Tannis Warburton (VC ‘42).

Sharlene Hudson (BSc ‘99) finished her bachelor of science degree in June with an 8.82 cumulative grade point average, earning the Governor General’s Silver Medal.

David Jensen (BSc ‘97) won the $4,000 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship and the Commonwealth Scholarship. He plans to put them towards a masters degree in integrative bio-science at Oxford, with a focus on conservation biology.

Vivan Kilvert (BSc ‘96) graduated from the University of Calgary with a MD in 1999. Now in residency, Dr Kilvert is actively teaching and performing research.

David Lavay (BSc ‘96) is working in computer as a certified service technician and a certified Novell administrator. He is also doing telephone support for one of the ISP’s in Golden, B.C.

Donald McCabe (BSc ‘82) and family are in Calgary where he’s with the province’s environmental impact assessment branch. He would like to touch base with some of his elusive biology classmates.

Pascale Poussart (MSc ‘99) received the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal as the top master’s level graduate student.


Galia Artzy (PhD ‘95)has joined Aegis Psychological Services, specializing in relationships and seniors.

Sherri Bruce (BA ‘89, MA ‘94 , PhD ‘99) is a counsellor for Mill Bay Personal & Family Counselling Services. E-mail: lotz@uvic.ca.

Jim Burns (BA ‘75) is an organizational process specialist assisting international corporations in safety, communications, organization, and culture. He’s founder and president of Positive Attitude Safety System, with offices in Kelowna, Australia, and Indonesia.

Claudia Fabbri (BA ‘97) won a $32,000 Rotary scholarship for tuition and housing at an international graduate school. She’s opted to attend the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Peter Graydon Hatt (BA ‘88) has been employed at Gar-Smith Garbage Bags as an inside sales associate in New Jersey. Peter and his wife Kathy recently bought a bungalow to accommodate their German Short-Hair Pointer--Jazzy. Peter has been accepted into the pre-dentistry program at the University of Saskatchewan starting this fall, so he will be in for more schooling. Any former classmates can give him a call at (201) 512-0217 or e-mail: vireo2000@aol.com.

Len Hayley (BA ‘74 ) is with Macmillan Bloedel in Vancouver and travels extensively looking after operational and corporate real estate matters. Len lives in Coquitlam, with his wife, Tara, and his two children, Raquel (13), Richard (10), with another child due in November.

Luigi Guerra (BA ‘91) is now a sales rep for SaniTech Services, a cleaning and restoration services firm, after seven years as a local realtor.

Sandra Hamilton (PhD ‘97) is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Victoria.

Sandra Jacobsen (MA ‘92) is a health and well-being consultant in the Capital Region.

Timothy Kucher (BA ‘87) and his wife, Carolyn (along with eighteen-month old twin boys, Nicholas and Julian) moved into their new home in June. Timothy is a lawyer with Silversides, Seidemann & Kucher. E-mail: tskucher@citytel.net.

Pamela Lafayette (BA ‘99) announces Sunshine Licensed Family Day Care celebrated its grand opening in July as a fully-licensed facility, providing child care in a home environment, as well as special needs and respite care.
Julius Ozioko (MA ‘77) obtained a PhD in 1990 and was promoted to professor in 1995. Julius’ specialization is experimental and social psychology. He would love to visit UVic again.

Elizabeth Rotenburger (BA ‘99) is enjoying a “normal” life after more than seven years of study. She’s with the Ministry of Education’s communications branch, hoping to get a permanent position. Elizabeth also writes advocacy material for the blindness movement. She and her fiancé Jeff are planning their wedding, set for January 1st.

Erik Solbakken (BA ‘93) began at Field & Company Chartered Accountants in 1989 through a self directed co-op program. In 1993, he started articling full-time and completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants two year income tax course in 1998.

Brian Stevenson (BA ‘84, MA ‘87). After three years in Ottawa in senior policy roles (international trade and foreign affairs), Brian has been appointed associate vice-president (international) and associate professor in the faculty of business at the University of Alberta.

John Underhill (BA ‘85) and Sandra Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, John Edward (Jack) Underhill in Halifax on June 16th. Jack is a nephew of Paul Underhill (BA ‘94 Psychology & LLB ‘99), of Victoria.

John Wensveen (BA ‘96) is assistant professor in aviation business administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida. He’s also providing consulting to U.S.–based airlines.


Michiel Horn (VC ‘63) has written Academic Freedom in Canada: A History, published this past spring by University of Toronto Press. As well, the York University history professor received the Principal’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at spring convocation.


Charles Wyse (BSc ‘91) passed away May 5, 1998 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Charles worked as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit of Vancouver Hospital from 1992—98, served active duty with the United Nations Medical Corps in Bosnia in 1995, and worked as a clinical nurse instructor with the B.C. Advanced Life Support program. He and June were married in 1993. Charles requested support to the Leukemia Research Fund of Canada and whenever possible, blood donations.

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