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Susie Card
(BEd ’78). “I am teaching at Claremont Secondary, the high school my husband (Tom) and I both attended. Tom and I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and have two daughters (ages 20 and 17).” • Verna Graves (née March) (BEd ’92). “Hi there! I am a proud grad of UVic’s Faculty of Education. I have moved around quite a bit and lived in Japan for a year. I currently teach in the Abbotsford School District.” • James Hoffman (BA ’69, MEd ’80). “Since UVic, I have obtained a PhD in theatre at New York University and am now a professor of theatre at University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops. Researching mainly in British Columbia theatre, I have produced a biography of playwright George Ryga (1995) and, recently, co-edited Playing the Pacific Province, An Anthology of British Columbia Plays, 1967-2000. At present, as an editor of Textual Studies in Canada, I am co-editing a series of monographs entitled Critical Performance/s in Canada.’ A recent ‘big discovery’ for me was finding what I am calling B.C.’s “first play,” in the British Library in London: a play staged at Covent Garden theatre in 1790 all about the Nootka Sound crisis. Next year, I will be offering something unique and exciting at UCC: a full year, upper-level course in the history of theatre in British Columbia.” Web: cariboo.bc.ca/ae/vpa/jhoffman/home.htm


Aaron Fyke (BEng ‘95) was a CSME Gold Medal recipient from UVic. He graduated in June from MIT with an MS in Engineering and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management. Aaron is employed by Aerovironment, a technology company in Pasadena, California.

Fine Arts

Liza Painter (BA ’93). “I will be walking 26.2 miles (that’s 42.2 kms) in the 2002 Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii on December 8, in honour of my aunt and father who suffer from arthritis, and to raise funds for the Arthritis Society. Anyone interested in learning more about the marathon or wishing to support my efforts can e-mail me at <lizap@shaw.ca>.


Tim Moshansky (BA ’88) has written and published the A - Z Guide to Film Terms, a pocket dictionary of filmmaking terms and phrases. • Rachel Peterson (BA ’99). “Still volunteering at CFUV Radio after eight years. I co-host the Artlet show where I meet and interview great musicians, fine arts students involved in Phoenix plays, and all kinds of other artists. There is so much in the way of arts in this town, it can’t possibly all be covered on the show. As a participant in this year’s Scrapshots, and member of Cinevic Society, I’m proud to be part of the local thriving filmmaking scene, producing and crewing short films with friends.” • Gareth Rees (BA ’91) is the new chief executive officer of Rugby Canada, based in Vancouver. Rees had been living in London after a successful playing career and sports media personality in England. Rees was presented with a UVic Alumni Association Distinguish Alumni Award in 1999.

Human & Social Development

Anastasia Curry (BA ’98, BSW ’01). Anastasia and Colin Redekop (BEng ’02) married March 31, 2001. They met at UVic and currently reside in the Lower Mainland. Colin is employed at Ballard Power Systems and Anastasia is with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. • Patrick McDonald (BSW ’78) worked in social work/counselling for the past 23 years. Also worked in Australia for several years. Married to Cheryl, with two beautiful children, Riley and Olivia. Still skiing and involved in triathlons.


Deborah Chaney (née Bear) (BSc ’00) has self-published The Little Inspiration Book: Ideas to Empower Women based on journal entries compiled during backpacking, sailing and cycling adventures on the West Coast and in Iceland. • Paul Wilson (BSc ’94). “I am presently working with Thurber Engineering/Thurber Environmental as a terrain consultant and environmental specialist.” <pwilson@vic.thurbergroup.com>

Social Sciences

Dave Aharonian (MA ’94) and Tim Shuff (MA ’99) spent the summer kayaking 1,250 kilometres from Prince Rupert to Victoria. They chronicled their adventures in a series of reports— written by Tim with accompanying photos by Dave—printed in the Victoria Times Colonist. • Mark Franke (BA ’86, BA ’94, MA ’92). “After receiving my PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1998, I moved to Prince George to take up a teaching position at the University of Northern British Columbia. I taught in the International Studies program at UNBC from 1998 through 2002. During my time at UNBC, SUNY Press published my book, Global Limits: Immanuel Kant, International Relations, and Critique of World Politics. I have now moved to London, Ontario, where I have accepted an appointment as assistant professor in the Centre for International Studies at Huron University College, an affiliated college with the University of Western Ontario.” • Angela Heck (MA ’00,) is currently working in the Vancouver studio of the National Film Board of Canada and is responsible for public relations throughout Western Canada. She recently spearheaded the Academy Award bid for the NFB animated short, Strange Invaders by Cordell Barker. Ruth Kidd (BA ’78). “Enjoyed every moment of learning at UVic. I entered university as a mature student and studied under many excellent professors. I felt very fortunate indeed to be at such a lovely campus.” • James Kwantes (BA ’94). “Recently took a job as a copy editor at the daily newspaper in Red Deer, where I live with my wife Shannon and baby son, Evan. Travelled to Iraq in 1999 as a journalist accompanying a Mennonite Central Committee Peace Delegation.” • Enock E. Moyo (MA ’79). “Thanks for all the mail you have been sending through my sister in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe since my graduation. We have two daughters Nontokozo and Ntozakhe. Nontokozo who was born at the Victoria General in 1977, graduated last year with a BSc Honors in Geological Sciences from UBC and is now in Dallas reading for an MSc in Applied Economics. She plans to enroll for a PhD in Mathematical Finance in September next year. Our youngest daughter will be completing her degree in economics next year from the University of Cape Town. Since 1978, I spent two years in Lesotho working for CIDA and in 1980 I joined the government where I spent the next 11 years in agriculture, statistics and co-operatives. Since 1992 I have been heading the local office of a German Liberation Foundation, the Friedrich Naumann. We promote market reforms and good governance. We are more like a think-tank. In 1990, I took time off to polish my economics at Harvard. My wife Kokeletso, who is an alumna of the Nursing School, is now in business. Best regards.” • Alex Vey (BA ’87, MA ’90). “I am a visiting assistant professor teaching English at the Language Center of Seoul National University in Korea. I am now starting my third year with one of the most professional teams of educators that I have ever had the opportunity to meet. Although I missed Victoria and Canada for a time, I now have many Korean friends and my life here is very enjoyable.”

Victoria College

Jack Giolma (VC ’33). “My only year at Victoria College, trumpeted the end of my formal schooling. I escaped the flying chalk by inches!” • Victor D. Harrison (VC ’50). “I moved to Saskatchewan in 1994, bought a home in Churchbridge. Enjoy reading the Torch. I have fond memories of the college. Now busy with an antique car club, gardening and travel.” • Terry B. Varcoe (VC ’57). “I was awarded an Honorary LLD at the spring convocation of Brock University. Will be returning to Victoria in the fall after 39 years in Ontario. Looking forward to renewing old friendships at that time.” <varcoe@brocku.ca>

In Memoriam

John Aldous (VC ’38) passed away peacefully April 5 in Newport, Hants County, Nova Scotia. He served as head of the Dalhousie University Department of Pharmacology from 1950 to 1975 and was named professor emeritus in 1981. John grew up at Ten Mile Point and during his years at VC served a term as editor of the yearbook (in 1934-35).
Yuk Wah John Chan (BA ’78). It is with great regret that Corinna Chan has informed the university that John Chan passed away May 25 while visiting family and friends in Vancouver and Victoria. John held a number of executive positions while working in Canada and China and was most recently with SUN Microsystems in Beijing and Hong Kong. John will be missed by his friends in British Columbia and by his colleagues who serve as executive committee members for the recently established University of Victoria Hong Kong Foundation.

VCCCAA Reunion

A reminder to Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle alumni—let us know if you plan to attend reunion celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Victoria College and the 40th anniversary of the University of Victoria.
Your VCCCAA executive needs to know how many are interested so that we can plan for parties, events, and set the cost. The dates are September 26 to September 28, 2003 and current plans include visits to Craigdarroch Castle and a banquet at UVic.

Please send your name, partner’s name, college year, address and phone number to: Eric Gee, 807 St. Charles St., Victoria, B.C. V8S 3P4.

It will be great to see you!

Photo Cutline: Heather Wallace and Jennifer Decker
Samantha Carter Photograph

Heather Wallace (BSc ’96), Jennifer Decker (BSc ’97), Samantha Carter (BSc ’96) and eight other B.C. women began to scale Mount Kilimanjaro in early October. Their climb to the “roof of Africa”—the world’s tallest free-standing peak (5,895 metres)—is part of an effort to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s programs for kids with life threatening illnesses. “We started our physical training for the climb at the beginning of June,” Wallace said before leaving for Africa, adding the Vancouver-based team had become achingly familiar with Grouse Mountain’s steep and rugged Grouse Grind trail.

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