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Stephen Hume, BA, along with five co-authors, won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize at the 2005 BC Book Prizes for A Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming. During his student years, the former Martlet editor played Vikes rugby for coach Howard Gerwing.


Christine Micallef, BA, has worked as a psychologist for the Okanagan Skaha School District for more than 20 years and has a particular interest in autism spectrum disorder. "I have two children, Leneigh (23) and Alaina (20) and have lived in the most beautiful place on earth, Summerland, for the past 25 years. I am married to TOM JOHNSTON, BA '75, who is also the mayor. Our two daughters have thrived here, Leneigh has a BA from UBC and Alaina is working towards her BSc in nursing at TRU in Kamloops."



Kevin Gillett, LLB, reports: “The University of Victoria Law School opened in 1975 and accepted some 70-odd students. Yes, the students were indeed odd—not to mention the faculty. Nineteen of those students (still odd after all these years), along with their seemingly normal significant others, gathered in Parksville over the May long weekend to celebrate the passage of 30 years since they first wandered into what looked very much like a spare room in the university library but was actually the law school. They were joined in their revelry by the present dean along with some courageous members of the present faculty. Stories were swapped, old photos were viewed, new ones were taken, waistlines were compared, and much wine was consumed. In fact, so much wine was consumed that it led to songs being sung as Julian Greenwood, LLB and I (in the tradition of many aging rock stars) resurrected some of our greatest hits from the glory days. The weekend was an unqualified success and demonstrated once again that, the older we get, the better we were.”


Greg Beattie, BSW
, and his wife Jo Beattie, BEd, graduated in the same year. Many travels later (and three children later) Greg is the acting chair of the School of Social Work at UNBC and is the director of counselling. Jo continues to teach for School District 57 in Prince George. They both have music passions on the side. Jo founded the new international Prince George Folkfest after working for many years as a promoter and agent in the folk/roots music industry. Coerced this year into his role as festival producer, Greg hopes to see lots of UVic alumni come on up to hear the likes of Sarah Harmer, Ruthie Foster, Gordie Sampson. Where have the years gone to?  • Debbie McKinney (nee Coleborn), BSc, writes: “My husband Brian McKinney (MSc ’86) and I are taking our kids on a year-long around the world trip starting in August. We currently live in Calgary. If anyone is interested in catching up with us, please come and check out www.fatturtletravel.com.”



Marilyn Livingstone, BA, completed her PhD in economic and social history at Queen’s University of Belfast in 2003. Since then she has researched and written (with her partner, Morgen Witzel, MA ’86) The Road to Crecy: The English Invasion of France in 1346. She also undertakes contract research for various clients. Morgen works as a writer, editor and historian. He is the author of 11 books including Doing Business in Greater China (with Tim Ambler); How to get an MBA; Builders and Dreamers: The Making and Meaning of Management. His forthcoming books include a history of the Teutonic Knights and Robber Barons and Muck-rakers: the birth of American corporate culture. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and has taught at London Business School and the University of Exeter. • Peter Terry, MA, is now head of the psychology department at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and is much in demand as a consultant. After leaving UVic, he returned to England to complete a PhD at the University of Kent before eventually becoming professor of sport psychology at Brunel University. Together with his wife Sue and children Dominic and Lucas, he moved to Australia in 2000. A former UVic Viking and chair of the rugby club, he has been lucky enough to travel the world as a team psychologist in many sports, including working at seven Olympic Games. He still misses Victoria.


Eric Nash, BFA, is president of PhytoCan Pharmaceuticals, a marijuana-based research and product development company in BC. “The significant future in cannabis research and product development has enabled me to merge my horticultural, communications and business background. It’s quickly becoming a profitable facet of our Canadian economy.” Eric has consulted for Health Canada providing input on the medical cannabis industry in Canada.



Carey Denholm, PhD is now professor and dean of graduate research at the University of Tasmania. He was on staff in the school of child and youth care (1979-91) and is a registered psychologist in Tasmania specializing in family and adolescent psychology. At UTAS since 1991, he was awarded the University Teaching Excellence Award in 1993 and the University Award for Outstanding Community Engagement in 2004. • Roger Gaudet, BFA, has been named head of theatre for the Canada Council of the Arts. A former director and playwright, Roger is responsible for developing and overseeing the council’s $22-million annual theatre grants program.


Lori Ranchuk (nee Moore), BSc sends this update: “I have 3 children: Zack 12, Samantha 6 and Michelle 5. I work in the emergency room at St. John Detroit Riverview Hospital in inner city Detroit. It’s very exciting.”



Tobin Stokes, BMus, has been named a composer-in-residence by the Victoria Symphony. Previously, his music has been commissioned by CBC Radio 2, Festival Vancouver and the 2010 Winter Olympics bid.


Ken Henderson, BFA, is living in San Francisco with his wife, Robin and their new baby daughter Mhari Elizabeth Rhiverson, born on July 25th, 2005. Ken is currently working as an Art Director for the new Star Trek Online MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) video game. • Catriona Johnson, BA, and Benjamin Dorman, PhD ’90, live in Columbia, MD with their three children—Tara, Asher and Tavis, along with their granddaughter, Aleena. Catriona received a Kennedy Foundation Fellowship and is working with the US Senate committee on finance in the area of health and disability policy. Ben is a senior software developer with Fannie Mae. Both are involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. • Neil McKinlay, BA, has published Learning to Swim: Reflections On Living. Looking back on his long involvement with competitive swimming, the book offers insights that illuminate the lives of athletes and non-athletes alike. “It’s really about life,” he says. Concurrent with this release, Neil has embarked on a career as a speaker and meditation coach. • Lori Waters, BFA, writes: “After graduation, I earned an MFA in Ghana as a Commonwealth Scholar. Worked in corporate communications upon returning to Canada, earned a pilot’s licence and diving ticket for recreation, designed and built my house, and began studying sciences. In 2004 I gained admission to the Institute of Medicine of the University of Toronto. I will return to BC upon graduation to be with my family. I hope to travel part of the year with research work.”



Tom Dinsdale, MEd, and Joy Lawrence, BEd ’85, have an update: “After spending 18 years in Kitimat as a secondary and elementary teacher, vice-principal and principal we moved to Kamloops with our two children.” Tom is now a secondary school principal and Joy is a secondary school teacher in Kamloops.


Wendy Little, BEd,
is president of Island Harvest, the world’s first certified organic medical cannabis grower. The company supplies organic cannabis to patients across Canada with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS and other health conditions. “In 2000 I combined my health interests with my education expertise to start the business. There is phenomenal demand for Island Harvest’s product; the certified organic industry is huge." Wendy recently co-authored the book Sell Marijuana Legally: A Complete Guide to Starting Your Marijuana Business.


Josh Blair, BEng, is the vice-president of learning and development with Telus and was named 2005 international Learning Leader of the Year by Thomson NETg for his role in increasing the rate of participation in e-learning courses among Telus employees. • Melanie Johnson, LLB, graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2005 with her masters of social work degree, and is now a medical social worker at Powell River General Hospital. After three years on Maui she, her husband, and their two children are enjoying the Sunshine Coast, near family and friends. • Tamara Vrooman, MA, was named to the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40 list of talented young leaders. BC’s deputy minister of finance was the only public servant to make the list. She became interested in government decision-making while working on her master’s thesis on the history of the province’s sterilization laws.



Jacqueline Bedard, BA, writes: “In January I moved back to Victoria from Santa Barbara, where I had been working for the University of California system. I’m now with Camosun College, in international education. It’s good to be home!” • Helen Walker, BSW, is a retired social worker/filmmaker/writer and reports: “Happily moved back to Victoria a year ago after four years of living in lovely Qualicum Beach and driving the wild roads to Port Alberni (through magnificent Cathedral Grove), Courtenay and Parksville. Great to be back in this amazing city!” • Chin Yuen, MA, has lived in Italy and Japan. She returned three years ago to Victoria, where she works as a full-time artist. Her paintings are exhibited and sold worldwide.


Isabel Alberto, BEd, has a request: “I am wondering what some of my old roommates are doing now. If anyone knows where Monika Tang, Kevin Yoshihara or Allison Wagg are, please let me know.” • Doug Blackie, MPA, and Dori Blackie, BA ’94, have moved to Armstrong, BC after spending seven (cold) years in Alberta. Doug is manager of Interior Health’s new primary health care centre in Enderby. • Mia Goss, BComm, checks-in from Calgary: “Since graduation, I completed my CA designation and spent four years in accounting public practice. I have recently made a move into industry, and am now the divisional controller at Producers Oilfield Services of Calgary. I am loving the opportunity to be so involved in such a dynamic public company. Since January we have acquired four trucking companies so it has been challenging and busy, but very rewarding. Recent major accomplishment: paying off my student loan!”


Elizabeth Skanes, BScN, left Whitehorse this summer (where she was working in public health) to return with her family to Asia—Bangkok, specifically. She lived in Pakistan and completed last her last two nursing courses by distance from Islamabad, Pakistan.



Andrea Beuhler, BEd, reports: “I have had another successful year teaching Grade 1. I am really enjoying teaching in Delta. Hello to everyone that I went through UVic with—I miss those days!” • Brad Skene, BEd, has been named assistant coach of the national senior women’s rugby team. He teaches at Cowichan Secondary School and has coached the Cowichan Rugby Club’s under 19 women’s team to two consecutive undefeated seasons and back-to-back provincial championships. • Russ Teed, BSW, asks: “Where are all my former classmates? I’m in Edmonton working for the Metis Settlements Appeal Tribunal.”


Emma Burns, BSc, writes from Kenya: “I spent the school year of 2004-05 taking a break from my medical school training that started in 2001 at Dalhousie. I have been living in Narok, Kenya teaching at an NGO called Maasai Education Discovery, a college that sponsors women to complete their secondary school (which isn’t free in Kenya). It then supports them as they study computer and business skills in Narok. I have been teaching the science requirement, human biology, and have been helping develop health counseling and mentoring programs for the students. It has been a wonderful year. I will return to Halifax to complete my last year of the MD program and graduate in June of 2006. My other news is that in August I married Georg Hofmann, who I met while living in Paris in 2000.” • Catherine Claiter, BSc ’00, has been appointed chief information officer at the Vancouver Island Health Authority. • Tim Loge, BA sends this update: “After UVic I went on to earn a bachelor in education from the University of Windsor in 2002. After graduation I took a position with Havasupai Elementary School in the heart of the Grand Canyon. I taught 7th and 8th grade. From there I entered graduate school at Dalhousie University. I have completed my master’s in library and information studies. I’m working full-time as a generalist librarian for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library in Ohio.”


Kevin Ablett, BComm, has news: “I’ve got two careers rolling full steam ahead right now. On one hand, I own a real estate investment company that specializes in Alberta real estate—the best place to put RRSP money in Canada right now! And on the other hand, I’m following my other passion, which is sustainable development, by running the wind energy program at the Pembina Institute. Things are going great and I’d love to keep in touch with all of you.”



Laura Kormos, PhD,
writes from the UK: “I’ve recently taken up a position at Lancaster University as a lecturer in physics, and am doing research on the T2K experiment, which is a long-baseline neutrino experiment based in Japan.”


Anna Hostman, MMus, joined the Victoria Symphony this summer as a composer-in-residence. Her past work includes an opera with poet P.K. Page and a stint with a theatre company in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Frank McKenna, is attempting to build a network among Canadians living in the states. There are 2,200 UVic alumni in the US. To learn more about the initiative and to get connected, visit connect2canada.com.


Carl Beam, BFA ’76, contemporary artist, member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and 2005 recipient of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, died July 30 on Manitoulin Island, Ontario after a lengthy illness. He was 62. He worked in a range of media—from large format drawings to pottery—and eight of the Ojibwa artist’s works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada.

Bill Burrill, MA ’87, died July 13 from stomach cancer. In a life dedicated to pulling up the poor and disadvantaged, Burrill was a volunteer president and board member of the Together Against Poverty Society of Victoria and an active member of the James Bay Community Association.

Joan Emde (nee Scythes), BEd ’69, passed away July 20 surrounded by members of her family. After graduation from UVic, Joan taught Grade 2 in Cranbrook for two years before staying home to raise her three children. Joan’s husband, Wayne Emde, BA ’69, retired in 2002 after teaching in Cranbrook and Vernon and now freelances for various magazines and newspapers. Joan will be long remembered for her laughter, storytelling, loyalty to friends, and her pride in the achievements of her children.

Prof. Barbara McIntyre passed away June 8. An authority on speech and hearing, she came to the university in 1971 to chair the Theatre Department. When the Phoenix Theatres building was opened, the teaching theatre was named in her honour. Her retirement in 1983 was followed by many active and appreciated volunteer hours with the UVic Alumni Association.

Bob McKean, VC ’38, instrumental in starting the Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle Alumni Association, died in his 92nd year on Aug. 10. A man known for his sense of duty, Bob attended Victoria College and the University of Washington before WW II and, later, enjoyed a career as a chartered accountant.

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