UVic Torch -- Autumn 2006
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LARRY MCCANN, BA, earned the Victoria Hallmark Society’s Award of Merit for his efforts to teach students about local heritage and for his ongoing contributions to heritage preservation. A veteran faculty member in the Department of Geography, Larry was also a contributor to the spring edition of this magazine.


BOYD PAYNE, BSC, is now president and CEO of Elk Valley Coal Partnership. Elk Valley is made up of Canada’s senior metallurgical coal mining properties and is the world’s second largest coal exporter.


MARK BAILEY, BA, has been appointed Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic. A career diplomat, he joined the department of external affairs in 1973 and prior to his new posting was director general of the foreign affairs department’s Middle East and North Africa Bureau.


SUSAN MCFADDEN, BED, is an adjunct assistant professor of dance at Western Oregon University. Early this year, she received the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She says her philosophy can be summed up in a quote from comedian Lily Tomlin: “Everything I’ve done is collaborative.”



GRAHAM CARR, BA, is living in Victoria and says he’s “taken early retirement, and enjoying it immensely. Would love to hear from former UVic students with whom I was once connected.”


CHRIS HEBB, BA, has been appointed senior vice-president of broadcast for Toronto Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. The Vikes basketball hall-of-famer had spent the prior 11 years in a similar post with the Vancouver Canucks parent company, Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment. • MARTIN CHARLES MCNEIL, MA, writes: “After leaving Canada Post Corporation I spent some time working in Fort McMurray, Alberta. In both of these organizations I was involved in employee assistance and organizational development. In my private practice I work with police, the workers compensation board, and a number of other companies.”


GORD ANDERSON, BA, was promoted to deputy fire chief with Esquimalt Fire Rescue this spring. He served in the navy after graduation, then spent five years with the Victoria Police before joining the Esquimalt service. Esquimalt Fire Rescue was established in 2003 when the police operations amalgamated with the Victoria force.


JOHN O'BRIEN, BA, reports: “After completing a contract as director, government records service, I am now in start-up mode for IRM Strategies, based in Hong Kong and active throughout the region. Still finding the time to experience the wonders of Asia.”


WADE KEARLEY, BFA, has released a new collection of poems, Let Me Burn Like This (Creative Book Publishing). He resides in St. John’s and is a founding member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador. • TERESA MILLS-CLARK, BSN, sends an update: “My family and I will be returning to Canada this year from Brussels. Since graduation I worked as a nurse in Victoria, Ottawa and Dartmouth primarily as an emergency room nurse and as a community college instructor for student nurses in the areas of maternity, transplantation and med-surg. My husband and I have proudly raised three sons, two of whom (twins) are attending Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. Our third is attending an international baccalaureate program in Ottawa. Once settled, I will again look for work as an RN. I would also love to hear from any other classmates or teachers from our class of ’83: tmc56ca at yahoo.com.”



IAN D. GRAHAM, MA, has assumed the post of vice-president of knowledge translation with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa. He had been associate professor in the University of Ottawa’s nursing school and director of the clinical epidemiology program at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. His new role will see him helping to bring research evidence into use in the health system.


ELENA CHRISTOPHERSEN-BOWEN, BED, writes: “After having taught in Kitimat and Armstrong, I left BC in 1991 for a round-the-world trip that hasn’t ended. I traveled through Europe and Australia, spent three winters in the French Alps and taught in London before marrying David, an Australian accountant with that all-important UK/European passport. We have lived in Luxembourg since 1994 where I’ve taught ESL, banking English, and social studies at the International School of Luxembourg. I am presently a stay-at-home mother to Charlotte (8), Gabrielle (6) and Nicholas (4) and benefiting from the generous family-friendly economic policies here. Our children are bilingual in English and Luxembourgish and at school they are learning to read and write in German. At least I can help them with their homework when they start learning French in grade two. Hello to fellow 1985-86 UVic interns.”


ROSANNE LA BOUCAN, BSC, began studies in the UVic Faculty of Law this September. • PETER OUTERBRIDGE, BFA, was nominated in the best actor category for his performance as a headstrong scientist in the Movie Central/Global Television high-tech thriller ReGenesis.


VARINDER “VLAD” DHILLON, BSC, is a member of the Canadian Forces CF-18 fighter squadron. The native of Aldergrove is also involved in recruitment and outreach efforts, representing the forces at this year’s Calgary Stampede and the Abbotsford Air Show.



KRISTA CARTWRIGHT CHATTERS, BED, has an update: “I have lived in Maine for the last 10 years due to my husband’s career and I am proud to have recently completed my master’s in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in literacy from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. We have just relocated to Sequim, WA and we’re pleased to be back in the Pacific Northwest after 16 years! We have two sons, ages 10 and 7.” • PAUL STEPHEN HACCK, MA, writes: “Since leaving Victoria in 1996 I have had a rather eventful life. I lived and taught in South Korea for six years, married, and moved to Hong Kong in 2002 to become the panel head of history at Wah Yan College. My wife and I live on a boat and love it!” • DEBORAH A. JUCH, BFA, reports: “ Putting that writing degree to very good use, I wrote a proposal in 1993 to operate provincial parks for the province, and community parks for a local government. Ten years of many hats—businesswoman, operations manager, enforcement officer, grunt. I found I liked enforcement work the best, and local government, so I became a bylaw enforcement officer in 2003, working for the CRD, the Town of Lake Cowichan, and most recently with the City of Langford. Undoubtedly my career so far can be credited to an ability to communicate well. Some days all I do is persuade, persuade, persuade, and then write about it!”


MARIANNE VANBUSKIRK, BED, went on to get her MA in administration and curriculum from Gonzaga University in 1996, while teaching French Immersion in Salmon Arm. After serving as an elementary school principal for three years, Marianne decided to start a family with her husband, Calvin. Marianne is now a proud mom of Colin (5) and Julia (2 and a half). This year, she is looking forward to a new contract with UVic to supervise a French immersion teacher during her final practicum. “It’s all coming around full circle—it wasn’t too long ago when I had mentors showing me how important children’s education is and now I get to help future teachers in their endeavours.” • SUZANNE WILTON, BA, a senior writer with the Calgary Herald captured Canada’s top political writing prize at the 57th National Newspaper Awards in May. Wilton and a colleague were honoured for their extensive coverage of a municipal voting scandal that erupted following the October 2004 elections.


SUZANNE BUFFAM, BA, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the Canadian League of Poets for the best first book of poetry published in 2005. Past Imperfect (House of Anansi Press) is what the judges termed a “haunting” examination of her body’s place between here and elsewhere. Matt Rader, BFA ’00, was also shortlisted for the Lampert Award for his collection, Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Edition/Harbour Publishing). • WENDY FRENCH, BA, has published her third book of “chick lit humour,” After the Rice, which focuses on a young bride in Victoria struggling to cope with the reality of family life. • GEORGE PRINGLE, BA, checks in: “After spending five years in Ottawa as the executive assistant to Reform MP Ted White, I returned to BC to work on a variety of political projects. The latest one was to try to get Howard Jampolsky, 1990-91 UVSS President, elected as a member of parliament.”


GLEN HALLS, PHD, an Edmonton-based contemporary jazz pianist, composer and improviser, has released a new CD, Progression Meditation. Apart from composing and performing, his current research and creative interests include the spirituality of improvisation, aesthetics, eastern religion and philosophy. • MARK SEEPMAN, BCOMM, writes: “In August 2004 I’m happy to announce that I got married to my wife Keri in our hometown of Vernon. Also in 2004 I left my role as an independent technology consultant and took on a new position with Reynolds & Reynolds Canada as the senior account manager for Central BC. This year we built a new home and I am thoroughly enjoying both married life and my position with Reynolds.”


RICH FAST, BED, and Maureen von Tigerstrom, MEd, have welcomed a son. Liam (sporting the Vikes diaper shirt in the photo with father Rich) was born on May 2, 2006. • JOHN WENSVEEN, BA, became the senior director of planning for Marriott this August. “I am responsible for planning efforts of new resort development worldwide.” John has an extensive background in aviation and the airline industry and has published two books: Air Transportation: A Management Perspective and Wheels Up: Airline Business Plan Development. He’s living in Orlando, Florida. • CATHLEEN WITH, BA, has published her first book, SKIDS (Arsenal Pulp Press), and read at the Vancouver International Writer’s Festival in October. • JOHN YEUNG, LLB, is a lawyer at Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson in Hong Kong practicing law in the areas of corporate-commercial, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and trusts and succession planning. In his spare time, John is learning to play ice hockey.



HEATHER BELL, BA, and CAMERON LANSDELL, BA '87, never met on campus, but found each other years later in Vancouver. Heather writes: “We were married in September 2005 and currently live in Richmond. Cameron works at the head office of London Drugs in the IT department and plays soccer and ultimate. I’ve been working in recreation with seniors and people with disabilities and, having just completed two diplomas in gerontology and adult education, am in Halifax to do my master’s at Dalhousie. I still occasionally play water polo, am an avid dragonboat/kayak paddler and just began to play ultimate under Cam’s tutelage! Warm thoughts to our UVic friends!” • KATHERINE WU, BCOMM, has news: “After graduation from UVic, I came back to Hong Kong for career development. I am now working for an international firm, which manages financial documentation. My area of focus is in human resources and people development.”


SIOBIAN ANDRIAMAMPIANINA (née SMITH), BA, is working with the United Nations: “Finished working with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the UN Development Program in Kosovo from 2000-2006. Just took up an assignment with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Kathmandu, Nepal. Married on July 26, 2005 in Vancouver.” • Morgan Collins, BFA, married Robin Imrie on February 18, 2006 in a small and beautiful ceremony in Burnaby. They are now living in Vancouver. • CARL GOMEZ, MA, has been appointed vice-president, research with Bentall Capital, the real estate advisory and service firm. Prior to the new job, he held senior economist positions with two leading Canadian financial institutions and he was a real estate economist with CMHC. • TIM MCGUIRE, BCOMM moved houses, moved offices and continues to work on his golf swing. • MATT POLLARD, LLB, reports: “After a year in the UK studying for an LLM in International Human Rights Law, I’m working as a legal adviser to an international non-governmental organization in Geneva: the Association for the Prevention of Torture. The work is very interesting, the people I work with are great, and the opportunity to travel is incredible. I’d love to hear from others from Law (1998), Political Science (1994), or UVic Students Society politicos (1993-1994)!”


KELLY NEUFELD BUCCINI, BA, reports: “I left the Ministry of Children and Family Development in 2003 to return to Vancouver Island. Got married and was employed as a family counsellor on the Southern Gulf Islands for 18 months. I returned to child protection in 2005 when I was hired by Lalum’utul’ Smun’eem, a fully delegated child protection agency within Cowichan Tribes. I love my job and working for this agency, and hope to stay here a long time.” • ERIN KARPLUK, BFA, earned her first Gemini Award nomination for her supporting role in the Bravo! series, Godiva’s.


KEIR WILMAT, BSC, has an update: “I’ve just graduated from law at University of Toronto and will be articling at Torys. I’m also working for MTU as their legal and policies correspondent.”



ROB HANLON, BA, writes: “After graduating, I moved to Taiwan for two years with my wife and continued with graduate school in Australia. I am currently working as a consultant for the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in Hong Kong.” • CHERI MAISONNEUVE, BCOMM, is off to France: “I returned to Canada from Peru about a year and a half ago now. I’ve enjoyed my time at home but I am off traveling again with my BComm in International Business Degree in hand. I am excited to be able to finish my MBA in marketing in Paris. I have been working as a business development analyst with Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Cariboo and have been loving it, but it’s time to move on. Changing careers and countries has started to become second nature to me and I feel like I am becoming a professional student...of life.” • STEPHEN MOGATAS, BSN, is a chiropractic student at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and he’s the students’ council vice-president. • MARK SHANNON, BCOMM, has an update: “After finishing my BComm in Victoria, I spent half a year (and 30,000 kms) in Australia taking pictures. Since returning to Calgary, I’ve started my own professional photography business specializing in commercial work, weddings and outdoors. Some recent highlights include getting published in Architectural Digest and winning a national outdoors photography contest. I know much of what I’ve been able to accomplish has come through my experience with the Faculty of Business Entrepreneurship program. I can be reached at mark at mark11.com.”


DAVID CHONG, BSW, has this to report: “I studied at UVic for about seven years. Initially I was in the program of Health Information Science. After I had gone through the study until third year, I switched to the social work program. Since I graduated in 2003, I came back to Hong Kong to work as a school social worker. It’s a great pleasure for me to be a UVic graduate.” • JAKE MCEWAN, BA, was selected for a $20,000 Action Canada Fellowship to study leadership development and public policy issues. He and 14 other young people, all early in their careers, will focus on enterprise in Canada. McEwan operates First Principles Group in Vancouver. Action Canada is a federal government/private sector initiative affiliated with SFU. • MEGAN VANDERSLUYS, BA, brings us up to date: “After graduation I moved to South Korea and taught English for a year at Gongju National University. In 2004 I returned and started working with Nanaimo Youth Services in the youth employment centre. I am also a graduate student now with UVic, and will finish my masters in counselling in September 2007.”


BASIL ALEXANDER, LLB/MPA '04, is currently practicing in Toronto with Klippensteins. His major files have included the Ipperwash Inquiry, representing the estate of Dudley George, who was killed by Ontario Provincial Police during a land claims dispute in 1995. • MURRAY CLUFF, MED, coached Torino Olympic champion Jenn Heil to a gold medal in freestyle moguls. Murray competed for 10 years on the freestyle World Cup circuit before turning to coaching. He’s a National Coaching Certification Program Level 4 coach. • KARA FLANAGAN, MA, writes: “I’m planning a silent auction for United Way to raise money for agencies in Toronto.” • CYNDI PALLEN, BSW, returned to Powell River after graduation and is working as a counsellor with the Tla’Amin Community Health Service’s addictions program. She’s initiated a drug awareness walk, jog or run to encourage Powell River-area Aboriginal people to stay off drugs and alcohol.


Former Vikes soccer player and assistant coach DEAN ANDERSON, MED, and wife TARA ANDERSON (née ELLIOTT), MA ’03, welcomed Carter James Anderson into the world on Feb. 4, 2006. • JONATHAN MARTIN, MASC, was among six Canadian scientists invited this spring to the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah sponsored by the Mars Society of Canada, promoters of space exploration to the Red Planet. The two-week research and training exercise simulated a Mars environment and included experiments in psychology, biology, energy utilization and exploration protocol. A space buff, Martin works in Vancouver as a mechanical engineer with the National Research Council’s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation. • ADAM PERRY, LLB, is this year’s recipient of the $60,000 BC Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship for scholastic achievement in higher education. He’ll apply his award to his study of legal history, at Oxford University.


Victoria College

RICHARD LIPSEY, '46, HON. LLD '85, author of An Introduction to Positive Economics—and known internationally for his ability to analyze, measure and predict the economy—was awarded the Gold Medal for Achievement in Research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The prize is worth $100,000 and recognizes the profound influence of his work over the course of more than 50 years.

In Memoriam

GERRY DUNN, BED '64, died on April 19, 2006. A member of the first UVic graduating class, Gerry taught for 34 years in the Greater Victoria School District, starting at Metchosin School. He was a pilot officer in the RCAF prior to his university years and he shared his time volunteering with a variety of community organizations including the Boy Scouts and Victoria Hospice Society.


JANICE SARGENT, VC '61, succumbed to cancer on July 11, 2006 at the age of 63. She was the daughter of Grace and Harry Hickman, former principal of Victoria College and the first (acting) president of the university. Like her father, Janice was a French language scholar, educator and strong supporter of the UVic Alumni Association. Donations in her memory may be made to the Grace and Harry Hickman Scholarship Fund.


ISOBEL SEARLS (née GIBSON), VC ’32, passed away on August 5, 2006. After her Vic College years, she moved to the US to study nutrition. Her husband, Elmer Searls, taught animal nutrition at the University of Washington and following his death Isobel came back to Victoria and pursued her love of botany. She’s survived by her brother, former UVic Chancellor William Gibson, nieces and nephews.


PETER SMITH, VC '49, unofficial university historian and founding chair of the classics department (now Greek and Roman Studies) died Aug. 29 following a stroke. He was UVic’s longest-serving faculty member when he retired in 1998, closing out a career that included, apart from his much-loved teaching position, a series of administrative responsibilities including dean of fine arts and appointments to the UVic Senate and the faculty association executive. Known for his humour and good nature, Smith was actively involved with the alumni association and on its behalf wrote the history of post-secondary education in Victoria, A Multitude of the Wise: UVic Remembered. He was also a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Those so inclined may contribute to the Peter L. Smith Scholarship in Greek and Roman Studies, through the UVic Development office. A tribute to Dr. Smith appears in the Seven Flames column.

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