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PETER HARRISON, MA has been appointed to the new deputy minister level position of senior research fellow at the federal Department of Industry, and will be serving as senior research fellow (oceans) at the National Research Council. He has held various federal civil service posts since 1981. • Writing instructor and Vancouver Sun columnist STEPHEN HUME, BA won the 2002 Jack Webster Award for Commentary. The honour is given to BC “editorialists who present informed, intelligent, original and balanced” commentary that helps readers define and grapple with important issues.


LINDA HUGHES, BA has been given the Trailblazer of the Year award from the Canadian Women in Communications group. Hughes, publisher of the Edmonton Journal since 1992, was the first woman to be named publisher of a Canadian newspaper. She is also a past winner of the UVic Distinguished Alumni Award.



GLYNIS LEYSHON, BA is host of the Knowledge Network series, By the Book—a weekly presentation of feature films based on great works of literature. Glynis is also artistic director of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company.


SHANNON HUNTER HURTADO, BA formerly of Victoria, now residing in Edinburgh, Scotland has completed her PhD in history from the University of Manitoba. Shannon’s PhD thesis is entitled “Genteel Mavericks: Women Sculptors in Victorian Britain.” • Author W.P. KINSELLA, BA is one of the featured contributors to Baseball As America, published last year by the Baseball Hall of Fame and the National Geographic Society. An excerpt from Kinsella’s 1982 novel Shoeless Joe (which was filmed as Field of Dreams) appears in the 320-page book. A copy of the novel is also part of a travelling exhibit from the Cooperstown collection, currently at the Field Museum in Chicago.



PETER CICERI, BA has been named lead independent director with Sierra Wireless. Ciceri, a past recipient of the UVic Distinguished Alumni Award, acts as liaison between the company’s board of directors and management.


JOHN BARTON, BA of Ottawa was awarded second prize for English poetry in the 2003 CBC Literary Awards. • RON FRIESEN, LLB will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in June. The seven-time Canadian diving champion competed at the Commonwealth Games, Pan American games, and the 1972 Munich Olympics. Ron is married to Dr. Christine Loock, herself an accomplished diver and five-time US champion. Their daughters—Emma, 14, and Allegra, nine)—are both age group diving champions and provincial record holders. Ron is director of education with the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. • WILF JEFFERIES, BSc is leading a UBC team of researchers attempting to develop the first curative vaccine for cancer. The vaccine, already successfully tested on mice with lung cancer, is intended to help the immune system identify and destroy cancerous cells. Human trials are expected to begin within a year on patients with late stage skin cancer. • ROBERT LAPPER, LLB was appointed Queen’s Counsel for outstanding service to the legal profession. He is assistant deputy attorney-general for BC.



PINDER CHEEMA, LLB is a crown counsel with a private practice in Victoria. She has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in recognition of her outstanding service to BC’s law community.


ROBIN HARKNESS, PhD has been appointed vice-president, research at Aventis Pasteur in Canada, the vaccine division of international pharmaceutical maker Aventis. He has been with the company since 1990. Aventis Pasteur makes or distributes 30 vaccines and immunotherapeutic products. • HUGH HENRY, BA, MA ’91 writes: “Recently, I accepted a position as an intelligence analyst with the intelligence assessment secretariat, Privy Council Office, in Ottawa. The secretariat provides policy relevant intelligence assessments for the prime minister, cabinet and senior government officials. I am enjoying my new career as a public servant. The work is extremely interesting and fulfilling, and the position is one that I had been aiming for. Previously, I spent two years in a full-time posting as a military staff officer and historian with the directorate of history and heritage, Department of National Defence. I also taught foreign and defence policy masters-level courses for the Royal Military College of Canada’s distance education program. In 1997, I received my doctorate in history from St. John’s College, University of Cambridge.” • BEN GEORGE MYRICK, BSW is a mental health counsellor in Merritt, with his own consulting firm, Ben Myrick Counselling. • SUROMITRA SANATANI, BA has been named vice-president of corporate relations at Partnerships British Columbia, the new provincial agency tasked with setting up public-private partnerships. Sanatani was the BC representative of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. She is also a member of the UVic Board of Governors.



JIM OLCHOWY, MA moved to Nova Scotia, where he completed a PhD in English at Dalhousie. Between 1996 and 1999, following some travel in South-East Asia, Jim completed his LLB at Queen’s University and then moved to Toronto, where he articled with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Currently, he is completing York University’s part-time LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution while practicing law with Trepanier Verity, in Brantford.


IAN LAMPLUGH, BA announced his retirement from umpiring professional baseball in November, after 13 years including parts of four seasons in the major leagues. He plans to pursue other interests.



BRAD FORTH, BEng was selected by BC Business Magazine as its 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year, technology and communications category. The CEO of Victoria-based Power Measurement has helped guide the company, specialists in cost control units for electrical systems, to annual revenues of $70 million (2001). • JOHN C. ZANG, LLB writes: “After leaving the practice of law for a year while employed as the Vice President and General Manager of the El Paso Buzzards of the Central Hockey League, I have returned to Calgary as a director, officer and in-house counsel for Argo Energy.”


JONATHAN RATEL, LLB is in Sarajevo where he is part of an international legal team investigating and prosecuting organized crime and corruption in the former Yugoslavia. He’s on a one-year leave of absence from his job as a Crown prosecutor in Victoria.


CLAUDETTE CLOUTIER, BSc and her husband Charles are pleased to welcome their new son James Idris Vincett, born December 4, 2002. “He has big hands and big feet, so we’re hoping for either basketball or rowing!” Claudette will be on maternity leave from her job as the manager of the Gallagher Library of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary for the next year.



LORI HUGHES, BScN is an advisor with the Fraser Health Authority and is in the process of renovating a new, older, home. • Foreign service officer DAVID JEREMY WALLACE, BA, MA ’93, and his wife are expecting their second child and they will be going to Brussels this summer for a three-year diplomatic posting with the department of foreign affairs.


PHYLLIS (HITCHCOCK) CANN, BA is an English instructor at Malaspina University College and plans to marry Mike Ford of Snellville, Georgia in May if the paperwork with US Immigration goes through. She has also published her first book: A Thousand Words: Grammar and Writing in Context.


KANAE SAWADA, BA lives in Japan and is employed by the Tokyo branch of the Deutsche Bank Group.



AISLINN HUNTER, BFA won the 2002 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets for the best first book of poetry, Into the Early Hours. • LEE SITEK, BSc will be married to Frances Hall in October at the UVic Interfaith Chapel. Edmonton is their home. Lee is employed as a geographic information systems analyst with Genus Resource Management Technologies. Frances is attending the University of Alberta, pursuing a joint Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Forestry degree. Frances and Lee met each other through the Blizzard Bicycle Club while living in north-eastern BC. Frances and Lee actively participate in the sport of triathlon. The day following their wedding Lee and Frances will be running in the Royal Victoria Marathon and Half Marathon. Lee is also an Ironman Canada Triathlon 2001 finisher.


ANGELA MANGAN, BA writes to say she is teaching senior high English at Samuel Hearne Secondary School in Inuvick. The school has 380 students in grades seven through 12.


The floral and landscape artist,
BOBBIE BURGERS, BFA completed a successful exhibition of her new oils and paper monotypes this winter at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. She has had more than 20 Canadian solo exhibitions since 1995. Bobbie resides in Vancouver with her husband and family. The accompanying image is called “Beyond,” acrylic on canvas (40” by 40”). • SHAUN HAAGENSEN, BA is the CEO of Discovery Computers and Wireless and he made Business in Vancouver magazine’s list of top 40 entrepreneurs under age 40. Shaun and business partner Jim Koutougos were studying together at UVic when they hatched their business plan. Their franchise chain has 14 stores in BC and Alberta, with about 60 employees. • ANDREW MCALLISTER, BA has returned to Victoria to open his own firm, specializing in creative visual communication. After UVic, he spent three years working in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Amsterdam.



INEKE VAN DE LEUR, BEd and MIGUEL C. STROTHER, BA ’01, returned to Vancouver from their current home in Japan to be married in a small ceremony on August 17, 2002.


KEVIN JONES, BSc is a marine information technician with the hydrographic services office, Department of National Defence. • A. MICHAEL KEEP, BSc sends this news: “After graduation I spent 18 months working for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine in the field of cardiovascular research. My projects involved work with vascular smooth muscle heterogeneity as well as human vascular tissue studies, and were conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital. My work on human tissue contributed to a paper published in the American Journal of Physiology. I am now attending St. George’s University School of Medicine, an American medical school located in Grenada, West Indies to prepare to write the US Medical Licensing Exam to complete my MD in 2006.” • KEVIN TKACHUK, BA is working on a master’s degree in English local history at Oxford University while competing with the Dark Blues of Oxford rugby team. He scored a try in Oxford’s loss to rival Cambridge in the annual Varsity Match before 50,000 spectators at Twickenham field in December.


MICHIEL HORN, VC ’58 writes: “I continue to be professor of history at Glendon College of York University. Since July 2002, I am also university historian. This year I have been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and I have won the Milner Memorial Award, given by the Canadian Association of University Teachers ‘in recognition of a distinguished contribution to the cause of academic freedom.’”


BRUCE BROWN, Hon. DFA ’91, arts and antique collector and benefactor of the university, died December 10, 2002. He was 88. He collected an eclectic mix of historical items, hundreds of which were given to UVic, including a letter signed by Napoleon and a pencil-drawn self-portrait of Charlie Chaplin.

MARY RICHMOND, Hon. LLD ’91 passed away Nov. 29, 2002. She was a pioneer of the Canadian nursing profession and a guiding force behind the creation of the UVic School of Nursing. Donations may be made to the Mary Lewis Richmond Scholarship Fund, c/o the University of Victoria.

PHILLIP T. YOUNG, music professor and chair of the music department from 1969 to 1977, passed away Dec. 9, 2002 at the age of 76. His book, 2,500 Historical Woodwind Instruments: An Inventory of the Major Collections, is a standard reference work in music libraries. The school’s recital hall is named in his honour.

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