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Bill White, BA, is a guidance counsellor at Millwood High School in Halifax. “Following graduation I was a navy officer for three years, then left to pursue a teaching career in Nova Scotia. My UVic geography degree was a great selling feature! I’ve been a guidance counsellor since 1983.”


Larry Rose, MA, is the news director at CKCO Television in Kitchener-Waterloo, and writes: “Anyone remember the old Lansdowne campus? Lectures in the Young building (which, of course, was actually a very old building)? Or perhaps the dart between Lansdowne and the new campus at Gordon Head? Well, the above goes back to 1964 so chances are most faculty, graduates and, most certainly, present day students, would not remember. So there’s definitely a geezer factor in my recollections of UVic. It was an exciting time with a feisty political climate on campus and off. We took part in huge protest marches to the legislature over university funding; the university was new and exploding in growth; and the experience on campus was a marvelous though intimidating adventure for someone from the small community of Rossland. I have gone back to Victoria only rarely but I did visit a couple of years ago and the changes to the scale of the campus and the number of new buildings is astonishing. As news director at CKCO I receive stacks of resumes from prospective employees. Last spring I came across one from an outstanding young journalist and noted that we shared a background at UVic. As it happened we were able to offer him, Kyle Christie, BA ’99, a job and he has done exceptionally well. So, we are UVic’s K-W connection and I have enjoyed sharing UVic experiences.”



PATSY PETERS (nee BAWLF) BA, is teaching core French and is the department head of modern languages at David Thompson Secondary School in Vancouver. "I completed my teaching diploma in French and socials at UBC and went on to teach 12 years at John Oliver Secondary School before moving over to David Thompson in 2001. I completed my master's degree in leadership and administration in 2004 at UBC. My daughter Lara Peters is now completing her degree at McGill University. Love to hear from any of the old partiers from the "SubPub" days.


Vicki Easingwood, LLB, recently moved from Victoria to Duncan: “I have started a boutique-style legal practice dealing primarily with family law matters as well as providing support services to clients in day-to-day changes and challenges facing them during a separation and divorce. Mediation and negotiation are preferred to litigation.”



Gerald Kazanowski, BA, has been named to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame. After leading the Vikes to four straight national titles (1980-83), Gerald was drafted by the NBA’s Utah Jazz and enjoyed a pro career in Europe, Argentina and Mexico. He also played for Canada at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. • Ian Reston, BA and Barb Reston (nee Ferrie), BEd ’88 provide this update from their home in Bratislava, Slovakia: “After 10 years of teaching in Invermere, we attended a job fair at Queen’s University; we were hired by Quality Schools International and placed at one of their schools in Slovakia. Our two boys (Brodie, age 9 and Peter, 6) attend the same school. After years of people asking us, ‘Where is Invermere...?’ we have apparently moved to another obscure location—no it is NOT Czechoslovakia nor is it Slovenia! Bratislava at one time was the capital, called Pressburg, of the Austria-Hungarian Empire. We are a mere 40 kilometres from Vienna! Our family is surrounded by history, new experiences and a challenging new language!”


Warren Taninbaum, MPA, is a commander with the US Naval Reserve and recently served two years of active duty in Rota, Spain. He will be partnering with a Toronto-based training company offering programs in sales, management development, communications and team development. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Loretta and their two daughters.



Jacquie Pearce, BA, completed a master’s in environmental studies at York and worked briefly in Toronto at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre before returning to BC. “When health problems forced me to reprioritize my life I decided to focus on my real love: writing for children. In 2002 my first novel for children, The Reunion, was published by Orca Books and my fifth book, Dog House Blues, will be out this fall. I am married to Craig Naherniak, BA ’85.” • Robert Slaven, BSc, reports from his home in Surrey: “As a former five-time Jeopardy champion (1992, where I won $53,202 US), I was invited to participate in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, which started airing Feb. 9. My first-round appearance aired in March. The tournament will culminate in a three-day final in May against Ken Jennings for a first prize of $2 million. Details at jeopardy.com.”


David Arsenault, BA, is working in Penticton where he and his partner have welcomed a new baby boy. David also completed his MBA in 2004. • Kerry Godfrey, BSc, has been appointed dean of business and leisure studies at the UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands) Millennium Institute in Scotland. He was director of postgraduate programmes and principal lecturer in tourism development at Oxford Brookes University before joining UHI. • Denyse Koo, BA, has joined the Sooke Neighbourhood House as its program co-coordinator.



David Buchan, BMus, has been involved with music since graduating from UVic through both choral and instrumental conducting as well as through accompanying. He’s the choir director and head of the music department at Collingwood School, in West Vancouver. The music department there has performed in Japan, England, Scotland, Australia, and the U.S. David has also worked with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir as both pianist and associate director over the past 10 years, performing through Russia, England (Royal Albert Hall) and Wales. • Dawn Doig (nee Young), BSc, and Bruce Doig, BEd and BA ’92, check in from their home in Yellowknife, NWT where she’s an audiologist and he’s a teacher: “Bruce and I and our two children (ages 10 and 13) have recently returned to Yellowknife after a year abroad, living and working in England. We lived an hour southeast of London by train and had a very rewarding year. I worked for the National Health Service at Medway Maritime Hospital and Bruce taught in a large all boys comprehensive school, the Howard School for Boys. We previously lived and worked overseas in Kuwait. Who knows where the wind will blow us to next!” • Jeffrey Dyment, LLB, and Elaine Dyment (nee Anglin), BEd ’00, recently moved to Kelowna where he has taken up a new position as deputy regional Crown counsel. “Life is great in the Okanagan!”


Jonathan Ratel, LLB, earned his master’s in law last December from the London School of Economics and Political Science, specializing in international law. He is currently in Sarajevo working as an international prosecutor with the special department for organized crime and corruption in the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jonathan is on leave from his Crown counsel duties in BC. • Alison Sydor, BSc, was named Sport BC’s senior female athlete of the year. The mountain biker (and 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award winner) won a bronze at the 2004 world championships and narrowly missed an Olympic medal in Athens, finishing fourth. She has ranked in the world’s top five for 14 straight seasons.



Colin Macrae, BA, is a self-employed communications and business consultant in Vancouver. He writes: “I’ve been involved in the public relations and communications industry in Vancouver for the past 11 years. In fact, my career in public relations started when I worked for the UVic PR department while in my 3rd and 4th years. Those early days of writing articles for the Torch, helping organize events and writing media advisories seem to have paid off. After graduating, I hit the road for three years of travel, working abroad, aid work and skiing. I’ve been in Vancouver since 1993, working in a variety of PR roles. Last year I started my own consulting practice, focusing on communications and business strategy development. It’s rolling along really nicely. I’ve been married to Sue since 1999, and have two young daughters (Kate and Claire).”


Charles Montgomery, BSc,
won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book, The Last Heathen: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in Melanesia (see Bookmarks section). The honour includes $25,000 in cash. Montgomery is a freelance journalist based in Vancouver and specializing in travel, environment, globalization and myth. • Rasma-Vinca Bertz, BMus, writes: “Guess I am feeling that 15 years away means I should be getting back in touch. Currently snowed under in Scotland, literally, with the weather and work as I’m creating a successful health assessment business.”


Midge Blake, MA, is the marketing and resource development manager for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, one of the 47 partners of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. Midge and her partner Phil Hurworth have a daughter—Isobel Louise Blake Hurworth, now nearly two years old. “We are fortunate to be living in the beautiful surroundings of England’s Peak District in Derbyshire,” writes Midge, “and we encourage all Canadians to come and visit somewhere other than London!” • Jennifer McKeen, LLB, completed her master’s in international law at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and is working with the federal justice department in Ottawa.



Garth Frizzell, BSc, is the CEO of Terra Cognita Software Systems in Prince George. “A lot has happened since we were in touch. I moved to Prince George, married Sue and have a son, Ioan Thomas. I completed a master’s in international studies at UNBC and established my software company. We are experiencing some pretty impressive success despite being a young company.” • Judy Kelly, BEd, is an advancement assistant with PacificSport Victoria.


Derek Ireland, BSc, graduated from New York University with a PhD in biology (June, 2004) and moved to Los Angeles to pursue immunology research at the University of Southern California. He married Joanna Lynn Hodges, on Sept. 4, 2004.


Amy Collum (nee Morrisey), BA, is the executive director of Enchanted Woodland Children’s Society in Nanaimo where they offer childcare programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She recently got her MA in early childhood education from Concordia University (St. Paul, MN). Her research was on the pairing of seniors in long-term care with preschoolers who attend daycare full-time. “A highlight for me in this study was when a grandma said, after volunteering for a year, ‘See Amy, we are still good at something.’ Community at work!”



Cam Elford, MA, has joined San Diego-based Triathlete magazine as news editor and editor-at-large. He has been involved in the sport for 10 years as a competitor and writer. • Ian Moyer, MA, has been named assistant professor of classics and history at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He’s teaching introductory classical Greek and history courses and researching the cultural interactions between the ancient Greek and Egyptian worlds. • Cecilio Mulleda, BSc, is living in North Vancouver and working for Air Canada as an aircraft maintenance engineer. • Lisa Rositano, BA, is a teacher-counsellor at College Heights Secondary in Prince George. • Gail Greenwood Wakulich, MA, is an instructor of English and creative writing at the College of the Rockies, Cranbrook campus, where she has taught since 1999.


Phil Frost, BA, writes: “I just graduated from Florida State University with an MSc in social science with a concentration in executive management. I was accepted by FSU’s PhD program in criminology and began my studies in January. Six months ago I took a job as a caseworker with the Florida department of children and families here in Florida and hope to transfer to investigations soon. • J. Spencer Rowe, BSW, has published The Last of the Dodo’s: Voice of the Two Spirit—“a collection of narratives of the two spirit by a two spirit Ojibwa Indian.”


Martin Ainsley, MA, and Jill Newton Ainsley, BA ’97, are very pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ciaran Douglas, on July 6, 2004. Martin is now happily occupied as a full-time father, and Jill is kept busy as the production manager for Hansard, the official report of the debates of the BC Legislative Assembly. • Christina McLean (nee Newberry ), BA, is working as a product development manager at an Internet company in Vancouver, as well as doing freelance writing and editing work. This summer, she’s taking part in the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, a 60-km walk through Vancouver to raise funds for breast cancer research and care. Information on how to donate can be found on her Web site at christinamclean.com. • Leslie McRae, LLB, has been appointed in-house legal counsel for Northwestel, which provides telecommunications services in northern BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. • Rachel Peterson, BA, has launched Your English Communications in Victoria, for the English writing needs of secondary and post-secondary students, ESL and international students, professionals and business. “Demand was huge when I started last year and it’s still going strong.” • Jason Williams, BCom, has been named vice-president of business development for Bingo.com. He joined the Vancouver-based company in 2001 and led its sales and marketing strategies. He specialized in entrepreneurship at UVic.



Laura Kraemer (nee Nicol ), BA, and Martin Kraemer, BSc ’98
are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter and baby sister to Isaac. Natalie Marion Kraemer was born in Calgary on Sept. 20, 2004. Martin continues to work for Shell Canada and Laura has quit her job at the University of Calgary library and taken the leap into full-time motherhood, enjoying (nearly) every minute.


Hamidah Hemani, BA, has moved to Karachi, Pakistan. “I’m working full-time as an assistant editor at Women’s Own Magazine . I’m having adventures by travelling and exploring many sub-cultures. • Julia Johnson, BA, has been working on a unique arts-based approach to HIV/AIDS prevention for youth in Botswana, a country with a 40% HIV infection rate, one of the highest in the world. Using entertainment to educate and empower youth, she is volunteering with the Youth Health Organization (YOHO) to organize the annual Dzalobana Bosele Arts Festival, a traveling festival of young artists who use dance, drama and music to create awareness among youth about HIV/AIDS infection and prevention methods. “The reality is that three people die of HIV/AIDS and five people become newly infected every hour of every day in Botswana,” says Johnson. “But what I find most encouraging is the spiritual strength and perseverance of people facing such dire and devastating situations. • Kerrie Scott, BSW, has joined the Open Door as a counsellor, including weekly outreach work in downtown Victoria.


Barry Gough, VC ’56, writes: “I have returned to (Victoria) after a full career as an historian, consultant and university professor (now Prof. Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo). I am also Fellow of Kings College London and historian of Canada’s most famous warship HMCS HAIDA. I am author of a number of prize-winning books on Northwest Coast history and on the Royal Navy and I’m currently President of the Organization for the History of Canada.”


Ernie Harper, BA ’71, died suddenly on June 18, 2004, while diving in the Galapagos Islands. He was gifted in the field of digital electronics, working for many years in the development of communications technology in Sweden.

Saul Holiff, BA ’83, who managed Johnny Cash’s career in the 1960s and the early ’70s, died March 17 in Nanaimo at the age of 80. He earned a history degree after leaving a show business career that included managing Canadian country singer and TV host Tommy Hunter and the Statler Brothers.

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