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IAN MUNRO, BA, and his wife Paula live in Merriam, Kansas where he’s a professor at William Jewell College.


CHRISTIAN FIBIGER, BSC, has been named vice-president of neuroscience research at Amgen, the world’s largest biotech firm. Christian had been a vice-president Eli Lilly and prior to that had spent 28 years in teaching and research at UBC.



PHILIP ALLINGHAM, MA, MA ’81, has published a major paper on Phiz’s illustration for A Tale of Two Cities in New York University’s Dickens Studies Annual. He was recently awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. He’s married to ANDREA HOLM ALLINGHAM , MA '91. • Robin Louis, MSc, has been appointed president of the Canadian Venture Capital Association. He is also president of Ventures West Management, one of the country’s larger private capital companies.


CLAUDIA WEISS, BSW, is a librarian with the Greater Victoria Public Library and lives in town with her husband Fred.



JOHN HERRING, MA, writes from Fort Simpson, NT: “My university career was scattered through five different universities over several years and UVic is the only one that kept in touch. I am impressed! We did enjoy our year in Victoria 30 years ago, and the information gained has been invaluable—not only while I was in the classroom but also since I have been semi-retired (maybe just retreaded) and working on my own. Many people have asked if (Sharon and I) are going to remain in the Northwest Territories when we retire, but we haven’t come to that bridge yet. I have lost touch with most of the people that we knew at UVic, but it would be fun to be back in touch with Claude and Marion, Steve, etc. We have tried for the past 36 years to convince people that the road really does run both ways from Fort Simpson and only a few have tested the theory and come to visit. You are welcome to come and see!”


DESMOND LINDO, BA, writes from Courtenay: “After taking a countless number of courses at UVic almost every year from 1959 to 1993 I miss the old place, and keeping in touch is important to me—more so now that my daughter Zoe has started her doctoral program there. In this regard, I would like to hear from other former Faculty of Education students who participated in the special one-year elementary teacher training program that was offered at Victoria College in the 1961-62 session.”



CASSIE DOYLE , BA, was named associate deputy minister at Environment Canada in December. A career civil servant, she has in the past worked for the City of Ottawa and the BC government. • HAZEL RAMSAY OSBORNE, BMUS, is living in Brisbane, Australia with her husband David. She’s a teacher and musician.


DUNCAN DAVIES, MSC, is the CEO of International Forest Products of Vancouver and was named one of the country’s top executives in a survey published last year by National Post Business magazine.



DAVID BENNETT, MEd, held one of two sessions provided by Canadian presenters at the Phi Delta Kappa International 2003 first professional development conference in St. Louis.


DONNA LIVINGSTONE , BA, has been hired as the new executive director of the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver. She previously held senior positions with the Fraser River Discovery Centre and the Western Heritage Centre in Alberta.



ERICA FOULKES , BSc, is a medical lab tech with Canadian Blood Services in Vancouver. • MARIAM S. PAL, BA, has left her job with the Asian Development Bank in Manila after 20 years to return to Montreal. She’s in her second year of law at McGill.


SHERIDAN SCOTT , LLB, has been appointed federal Commissioner of Competition, an appointment seen by many in the legal profession as an indication of a growing trend toward more women in senior law positions. After graduation, Sheridan was a law clerk to Bora Laskin, Chief Justice of Canada and has spent 20 years in corporate law. A Globe and Mail profile called her “arguably one of the country’s most powerful civil servants.” The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency overseeing mergers, anti-competitive corporate behaviour, criminal matters relating to competition, fair business practices, competition policy and compliance.


KIRSTEN MAWLE JENKINS, BSc, married Eric Jenkins at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria on May 24, 2003.



DARREN LUND, MA, is an assistant professor in the University of Calgary’s education faculty. He topped off his PhD at UBC by earning a 2002 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association.


RUSSELL KENNEDY , BSc ’87, is making the career change of all career changes. A doctor, he’s giving up his general practice in Victoria, to take a serious stab at being a full-time…get ready for it: stand-up comedian. Kennedy told the Times Colonist that he felt burned out and frustrated by the medical system. He keeps extensive notes from his shows—he did more than 50 at Victoria’s Comedy Cellar before moving to Vancouver. “I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive, but I prefer compulsive-obsessive because that’s in alphabetical order.”


BRENDA EATON, MA, has been named one of Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. She is deputy minister to Premier Gordon Campbell.



LOUIS-MARIE LANDRY , BSc, is a consulting biologist based in Charlesbourg, Quebec. She initiated a new series of CDs that include thousands of images of indigenous and introduced plant species (flore-images.com). • FRANK STONEBANKS, BA, writes from Radnor, Pennsylvannia: “I wanted to let you all know of a new opportunity I am transitioning to, effective immediately. I will be moving to Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation’s newly announced Internal Ventures unit as VP/Venture Leader.” Frank will be responsible for marketing new healthcare products developed by Johnson & Johnson.


PETER HEPBURN, BA, is an assistant librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


KELLI KRAMER, BEd, is an elementary school teacher at Nootka Elementary in Vancouver, teaching fine arts and dance. Husband Jason Baker is the director of academic services with ILC-Interactive Learning Corporation. • (REV. MR.) CHRIS MORASH, BMus, writes: “Greetings from Virginia, USA! I want to let you know that I was ordained a Roman Catholic Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia on February 15, 2003. I am married to Peggy Cornett, the director of the Center for Historic Plants at Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) in Charlottesville.”



VICTORIA WILLIAMS KENNEALLY, BA, has been a resident of Seoul, South Korea since 2002. “My husband is stationed here with the US Army. I keep busy teaching conversational English to Korean children and travelling around Asia enjoying delicious food and great shopping bargains!” • BRYAN GRIFFIN, BA, is the manager of the Zellers store in Vernon. The promotion comes after seven years with the company, in Victoria and Courtenay. • MIMI HARVEY , MA, is a Presidential Fellow at the University of Iowa. She won the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship last year and spent time in Indonesia and Korea conducting an ethnographic study of migrant workers. • SHERI RADFORD, BA, is an assistant editor with WHERE Vancouver magazine. Lobster Press is publishing a series of her children’s picture books, starting this spring. Her husband, paul cordick, BFA, recently completed the 3D animation and visual effects program at Vancouver Film School.


BARBARA REUL, PhD, is assistant professor of musicology at Luther College, University of Regina. “I am successfully coping with the weather, as my license plate reads CWR (Cold Winters in Regina). • LISA ROSITANO, BA, is a caseworker with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Prince George.


CORINNE DESHAW, Dipl, is living in Kingston with her husband Ted, who is a flight safety officer with the Canadian military, and their children Jack (3) and April (1). Corinne started work with the public affairs branch of Kingston General Hospital earlier this year. • SAMUEL MERCER, BSc, is a proposals manager with MDS Pharma Services and residing in Wokingham, UK. • SHELLEY WERBOWESKI, BEd, is an elementary school teacher with the Vancouver School Board.



SCOTT ALLEN, BA, is a sport development and management consultant in Montreal. He reports: “After working from the end of 2001 to mid-2003 for both the 2010 Legacies Now Society and the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, I am happy to say we were successful in our goal to bring the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Vancouver, BC and Canada! Following the conclusion of my contracts, I was fortunate to be selected as one of two Canadian delegates to the 2003 International Olympic Academy (Olympia, Greece). After the conference, I enjoyed sights and sounds of Europe as I travelled for three months. I’m now settled with my girlfriend in my new home of Montreal.” • ANGELA HECK, MA, is the producer of In the Shadow of the Chief —a film about the first ascent, in 1961, of the “unclimbable” Stawamus Chief in Squamish. The documentary had its world premiere in December at the Whistler Film Festival. • MARY LYNN HERON (née pollack), MEd, is the co-ordinator of volunteers for the Military Family Resource Centre in Victoria. She and her husband Paul live in Brentwood Bay. • ACTRESS ERIN KARPLUK, BFA, starred alongside Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in It Must Be Love, an American made-for-TV movie. She’s worked on several other feature and commercial projects and is currently auditioning for more in LA.


DARRAN LOVE, BComm, is in Winnipeg where he’s a cost accountant with Western Glove works. • DOROTHY MCKAY, BSN, lives in North Saanich and works as a home care nurse for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. • SAM PATCHELL, BSc, holds the rank of sub-lieutenant with the Canadian Navy and is based in Halifax. • NEIL SEDGWICK, MEd, has been named head coach of the women’s soccer program at the University of Montana. Sedgwick, with his master’s in coaching studies, had been assistant head coach at the University of Southern California. He’s noted for his soccer mind and ability to prepare his teams.


MEGAN GILLINGHAM, BEd, is a teacher on call with the Saanich School District. Since graduating, she’s taught in London, England and travelled through Australia and New Zealand. • CHERI MAISONNEUVE, BComm, is the executive director of the Canada Peru Chamber of Commerce, in Lima and writes: “I had horrible culture shock at first even though this is the fourth continent that I’ve lived on but am now warming up to the idea of staying for a few years. I can’t believe that I’m using a lot of what I learned at UVic in my undergrad because at the time I thought it was all theory and not practical. Things are going really well. We hosted UVic’s ESL group and took them to Peruvian universities. If there are any other alumni here, give me a call.” • JENNIFER SPENCER, LLB, has been named an associate with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP of Vancouver. • MARITZA (SOSA) STINSON , BA, married Douglas Stinson on June 21, 2003 in Nanton, Alberta. Maritza continues to be a family support worker with Claresholm Family and Community Support Services. • SARAH-JEAN MORAG WEHRLE, BA, is doing an MA in archaeological conservation at University College, London. She plans to proceed to an MSc in the same field next year, including an internship at a European museum. • GAVIN WORK, MBA, and his wife ALISHA WORK, MBA, are living in Hong Kong and raising little Victoria Karen, who was born in 2002.



CHAD BENSON, MSc, is an athlete performance consultant at Vancouver’s Studeo 55 fitness club. He had previously been an assistant conditioning coach with the Vancouver Canucks. • LAURA KORMOS, PhD, is doing a post-doctoral fellowship with Queen’s University and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory. • ZACHARY STEVENSON, BFA, has been starring in the one-man play The Ballad of Phil Ochs by Victoria playwright Ross Deprez. Zachary discovered his appreciation of the social commentary of Ochs’ folk music after combing through is dad’s record collection. • GREG STRONG, BA, resides in Calgary where he’s working with ENCOM Wireless Data Solutions.


MICHAEL AUDAIN, VC ’59, is chair and CEO of Polygon Homes, leading the company through 120 building projects in Greater Vancouver comprising 10,500 homes. An art collector, he also runs the Audain Foundation for supporting the arts in BC. • LORNA MARSDEN, VC ’60, is counted among Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business. Lorna is president of York University and a 2003 UVic Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.


JAMES GIBSON, VICTORIA COLLEGE 1927, died peacefully in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2003. Dr. Gibson was the founding president of Brock University and served as private secretary to former Prime Minister MacKenzie King during World War II. He was known for his strong moral fibre, clarity of thought and a general uprightness, all tempered by a warm and gentle touch. Last summer, he was the oldest of more than 1,000 Rhodes Scholars who gathered at Oxford to honour the program’s centenary. He was 91.

GAVIN MCLAREN, BEng ’91, passed away peacefully Dec. 5, 2002 at age 35 in Vancouver after a brief battle with cancer. A software developer, he loved to ski, read and play music. He’s survived by his wife Nicola (Horner), daughter Shannon and son Ian. Donations to the Crohn’s/Colitis Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

ROBIN WOOD, LLD'78, died Feb. 28, 2004. Dr. Wood had a pioneering role in the Victoria Conservatory of Music and a profound impact on his piano students at the UVic School of Music. Days before his passing, Lt.-Gov Iona Campagnolo awarded Dr. Wood and his wife Winifred Scott Wood lifetime achievement awards for their work with the conservatory.


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