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ROGER BARNSLEY, BA, is the president of Thompson Rivers University and was recently awarded an honorary degree from St. John's University in Bangkok for his leadership in education. He earned his PhD from McGill after finishing his psychology degree at UVic and he led TRU's transition to full university status last year.
PETER ARMSTRONG, BA, seeks help in tracking down a friend: "Up until a year or more ago, Ivor Alexander and I were in touch with SANDY GRAHAM, BA '66, by e-mail. He then retired from his last consular post in Hong Kong and was to get back to me with his new address. I am indeed worried about what may have happened." Anyone knowing Sandy's whereabouts can reach Peter at email@example.com.
RIK HALL, BSc, retired as the manager of instructional technology from the University of New Brunswick in July of 2005. After spending the summer sailing with wife Linda, he is now doing eLearning support and teaching for St. Thomas University in Fredericton during the fall and winter and sailing during the summer. Rik and Linda have two married children and three grandchildren.
ROBIN PATERSON (Rasmussen), BA, and her partner Victor operate Bluewater Bait Corporation of Victoria. They went to China last September and October to seek out business investment opportunities and experience the country.
ROBERT DAVIDSON, BA, Hon. DFA '92, known worldwide for his Haida carvings of totems and masks, received a 2005 Vancouver Arts Award from the City of Vancouver and the Alliance for Arts and Culture. His work is found in the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and many other important public and private collections. . NEIL RAWNSLEY, BSc, is a managing broker with Royal Lepage Coast Capital Realty in Victoria. . PHIL WATT, BEd, retired after 34 years with the Victoria School District and now works as the coordinator of school experiences (secondary education) in the Faculty of Education.
RICK WALKER, BSc, is the president and CEO of WorldSkills Calgary 2009. He directs the planning of the 40th international competition of the WorldSkills organization to be held in Calgary in September 2009. The Olympic-style competition will host 1,000 international competitors from 42 countries, competing for medals in all aspects of technical and polytechnic skills. Cuisine, IT/PC support, Web design, cabinet-making and aircraft maintenance are among the 40 individual competitions. Married with four children, Richard lives in south Calgary.
DEV DLEY, LLB, was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005. He has been in private practice in Kamloops since 2000 after previously working in various capacities including general counsel with the Western Hockey League and vice-president for the Canadian Hockey League. . GREGORY RIDEOUT, LLB, has been appointed judge of the BC Provincial Court. He had 25 years of private practice in the areas of criminal and family law, and civil litigation.
BRIAN PARROTT, MPA, has been named to the board of directors of the Canada-America Society of Seattle. He is currently consul and senior trade commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle.
JOHN JAMES O'BRIEN, BA, writes from Hong Kong: "I have just wrapped up my term as director, government records service, for the Hong Kong SAR government. The new focus is R&D to launch irmstrategies.com, my independent consultancy offering human and information resource management with online education services. Exciting times to be in Asia! Great to have visits from BC friends including classmate ROD NOBLE. Looking forward to more travels in the region now that time is on my terms! Drop a line if in Hong Kong."
MARGARET POWERS, BA, writes from her home in Whitby, Ontario: "I graduated from the Faculty of Human and Social Development and I have many fond and very happy memories of my life on the Coast, as we easterners refer to Victoria. I would be more than remiss in not recognizing the many opportunities, professionally and personally, that I would never have experienced had I not graduated from the University of Victoria-most notably the invaluable wisdom, dedication and support of my professors from the faculty-that has enabled me to provide a private foster care program in the Greater Toronto area since 1987."
DEAN N. HENDERSON, BSW, is the pastoral care coordinator at Mount St. Mary Hospital and pastoral assistant at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria. He sends this update: "Since leaving UVic in 1984 I have pursued an adventurous life of ministry and domestic life. Linda and I married in 1986 and have been blessed with five children, all of whom are in the Catholic school system this year. Immediately following UVic I went on to graduate studies and was ordained an Anglican priest at Christ Church Cathedral in 1990 and served parishes in Parksville and Nanoose Bay. In 1999 I was received into the Roman Catholic Church and spent three years in the Comox Valley ministering within both the parish and local hospital, moving most recently (and we pray for the last time in a long time) to Victoria in 2002. It's good to be back and resume connections with many old friends and acquaintances."
ARLENE HERMIONE HENRY, LLB, was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2005. She practices in the areas of corporate/commercial, real estate and wills and estates, with an emphasis on providing legal services to First Nations. She runs her practice in Vancouver. . BRENT ENGLAND, BSc, and GILLIAN ENGLAND (Mitton), BA '84, report: "(Brent) has now been a chartered accountant for almost 10 years and is a partner at Hutcheson & Co. Chartered Accountants. We have three young children (ages nine, six and four). Brent enjoys travelling and scuba diving and tries to go on at least one trip per year to a tropical destination before dreaded Tax Season arrives. Now that our children are more involved in extracurricular activities we are trying to get used to our new role as a chauffeur service. We think back often to our years at UVic and how much we enjoyed them, though it is certainly hard to believe that this thriving, growing, bustling place was once the sleepy little campus we remember!"
FANCY CHING, BA, and DAVID WONG, BSc, have now been happily married for 17 years and are living and working in Victoria. Fancy is a certified financial planner who was involved in the UVic Alumni Association, having served on the board of directors for a term. David owns and operates the oldest pub in BC (est. 1855), the Six Mile Pub.
BOB DIXON, BSW, just started a new social worker position in child, youth and family services in Baie Verte, Newfoundland and Labrador. . MICHAEL GEOGHEGAN, BA, writes: "After a three-year stint on CFAX Radio and a six-month stint as CEO of the BC Construction Association back in 2003, I've returned to my first love: government and media relations consulting." . CATHERINE KEAN (Lord), BA, updates us: "Drawing from my double major in English and history and my antiques and fine art training from Sotheby's auctioneers in London, I have begun an exciting new career: historical romance writer. My debut medieval historical romance Dance of Desire was published by Medallion Press in March 2005. My book's also unique in that it is published with two different covers, thanks to a cover-voting contest my publisher ran earlier in the year which ended in a tie, thus Medallion printed both designs."
RASMA BERTZ, BMus, sends news from the UK: "I live in the northeast of Scotland and have established a successful complementary health clinic as a sekhem and biofeedback therapist. I also teach voice lessons and am hoping to start an ad hoc 16-voice choir for fun."
BRUCE DOIG, BEd, and DAWN DOIG (Young), BSc '88, have news: "Since our last update, we have returned from England to Yellowknife. However, due to a phone call from out of the blue, we are now in the process of making yet another move- this time to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will be a welcome change from the seven months of winter here in YK! Dawn has been hired as senior audiologist at the King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, where she will oversee the department startup. Our children, who experienced Kuwait with us, are excited about moving again. We would love to hear from our university friends. Feel free to drop an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org."
DAVID A. MACFADDEN, BEd, writes: "I married CATHERINE WILLING, BA '92, and moved back to Port Alberni after my BEd grad in 1993. Worked as a teacher on call, then in career counselling field beginning 1997. Currently working with a non-profit career centre providing job-search support services, with emphasis on gathering, analyzing and presenting information on labour market trends. Catherine works part-time for the local community care services office as a scheduler of home support workers. Our son, Justin, was born in June 2001."
DAVID GARRISON, BEng, and SHANNON HUNT, MA '93, publishers of YES Mag, Canada's Science Magazine for Kids, marked 10 years in the magazine business with the addition of a new publication: KNOW. The new magazine is targeted at younger readers between the ages of six and nine. ADRIENNE MASON, BSc '88, is the editor of KNOW. . PHILIP EVANS, BA, is a pilot and sends an update: "After finishing university I completed a two-year aviation diploma at Selkirk College in Castlegar. I have been a pilot ever since, working and living all over northern and western Canada. I have just taken a position with WestJet Airlines and have moved my family to Calgary."
CONSTANTINE (Dino) ASPROLOUPOS, BA, writes from Australia: "I am currently managing a three-year pilot project to increase literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous Australians in remote and regional communities." . CLAUDE A. GIROUX, BFA, has been appointed artistic director of Theatre New Brunswick. He takes the helm of the regional company nine years in the US where he completed his MFA at the University of Maine and worked extensively all over the country. Most recently he had been at the helm of Playhouse Merced in California. Claude is extremely happy to finally be back on Canadian soil and looks forward to reconnecting with his Canadian colleagues and UVic alumni. . BARNEY HICKEY, BSN, gives an update from Vancouver: "Since finishing my BSN at UVic, I went on to complete my MScN at UBC, where I completed a major essay on "HIV/AIDS-Psychosocial Issues: Implications for Nursing Leadership and Nursing Practice in Canada." I also switched focus from working many years in psychiatric and mental health nursing to occupational health nursing." . JOHN LEE, MA, the freelance travel writer (and regular Torch contributor) has won the Tourism Media Award from Tourism BC. His coverage of the province has been extensive and his stories have been picked up by nearly every major newspaper in the English-speaking world. . LAISHA ROSNAU, BA, received the 2005 Acorn-Plantos Award for People's Poetry for her debut collection, Notes on Leaving (Nightwood Editions). "When someone who doesn't usually read poetry-a great aunt, a friend who's a scientist-reads my work and lets me know they enjoyed it and can relate to it, it is always a great compliment," she said.
DOUG BLACKIE, MPA, and DORI BLACKIE, BA '94, send news: "Doug has recently been appointed director, primary care services for the Interior Health Authority in the North Okanagan with responsibility for primary health care, chronic disease management and wellness programs. Dori is the new coordinator of the adult literacy program at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College. Doug and Dori relocated back home to the North Okanagan in the spring of 2005 after seven (cold) years in Alberta." . MATTHEW SCOTT, BCom, attended law school at UBC and, in 2001, moved to Toronto to join the law firm of Groia & Company. He focused on securities litigation and worked on some of Canada's leading securities cases over the last few years including the corporate governance disputes at Hollinger Inc. Late last year, Matthew joined a start-up securities litigation boutique in Toronto, Crawley Meredith LLP. Matthew is married to Meghan Whittaker-Van Dusen and they have two children.
PHIL FROST, BA, writes from Florida: "Last December I earned my master of science degree in social science from Florida State University. I recently returned to teaching and accepted a position with Chipley High School. In addition to my teaching duties I am coaching football and soccer at Chipley High. I'm also working as a sports correspondent for the Washington County News writing about prep football games. This semester I changed my major at Florida State University from criminology to education and hope to start working on an education specialist degree in the spring (time permitting)." . ERIN WAGG, BCom, is going into law enforcement: "I was hired by the Municipality of Saanich in December 2005 and am currently in the police academy at the Justice Institute of BC in New Westminister. I'll graduate in July 2006 as police constable after eight months of schooling and on-the-job-training."
SAMANTHA REYNOLDS, BA, is president of Echo Memoirs, a Vancouver-based company specializing in writing, designing and printing the life stories of individuals and companies. Her clients have included Jim Pattison, Tony Parsons and Todd Bertuzzi. Business in Vancouver magazine named her one of its Top Forty under 40 for 2005.
KELTIE WATSON (Conover), BCom, reports: "I am excited to announce the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Keira Fae, in July 2005. She was born happy and healthy and I am enjoying my maternity leave. Since graduating, I went on to earn a Diploma in Computer Systems Technology at Camosun and now work as a software developer at IBM (formerly PureEdge Solutions)."
GORAN JOVANOVIC, BSc, writes from Massachusetts: "I've been working at UMass Medical School for almost a year. I'm involved in a national evaluation of the implementation of the 6-Core Strategies to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion in psychiatric hospitals. I wanted to say that I owe all of my success and knowledge to the great work done by the faculty and staff in the Psychology Department at UVic. I have been proud to make people here in the USA know that I am a UVic graduate!"
SONYA CHANDLER, BSN, was elected to Victoria city council in November 2005, as a member of the Green Party. KRISTY DELLEBUUR O'CONNOR, MA, and PAUL O'CONNOR, PhD '05, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Declan Joseph Dellebuur O'Connor, on March 4, 2005. Declan weighed 9 pounds 9 ounces at birth, and he is a busy, giggly bundle of energy. Fellow grads of CYC or Chemistry interested in contacting Paul or Kristy can e-mail email@example.com. MORAG WEHRLE, BA, writes: "Having obtained my MA from University College London in museum conservation, I was recently named the new heritage collections officer for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston. This makes me a collections manager, curator, conservator, registrar, archivist, librarian, exhibit developer all rolled into one. I have this job because of the exceptional education I received at UVic, and I'm pretty much a poster child for the (former) Arts and Writing Co-op program, which gave me museum experience in locations as diverse as White Rock, Prince Rupert, and a small town in Greece. Now I work in a very cool industrial site full of machines, and a diverse collection of some 12,000 artefacts."
DAVE WEBB, BFA, tells us what's new: "Since 2004, I have been the editor of two national outdoors magazines at OP Publishing: Western Sportsman, and Adventurous. Western Sportsman is in its 38th year of publication, and Adventurous is a start-up publication in its first year. I also write a freelance column in TV Week magazine, called 'Driver's Seat,' where I test and review new cars."
DAVE MOSSOP, BA, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose latest project is an avalanche education DVD for backcountry skiers. It's a project close to his heart-as a teenager, four of his friends lost their lives in an avalanche while skiing in the Rockies. . LARA SCHULTZ, MA, recent graduate of the counselling program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, won the Outstanding Masters Thesis Award from the Canadian Counselling Association. The award was presented at the group's national conference in March. . STEVE SLAVIK, MA, writes: "After having spent two years in Vancouver, I am returning to Victoria to set up a practice of counselling individuals facing the challenges of retirement."
ANDREW ANTONOPOULOS, BA, checks-in from Down Under: "After completing my undergraduate degree I began studying law in Australia. I have received a partial scholarship from the law school and will be finished a fast-tracked degree in two years. We'll see where my political and legal education takes me. I wish all UVic graduates the best!"
LAWRIE WALLACE, VC '30, PNS '31, respected civil servant and community leader, passed away Jan. 12, 2006 at the age of 92. He served as deputy minister to former premiers W.A.C. Bennett and Dave Barrett. Lawrie received the alumni association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.
PERCY WILKINSON, PNS '26, passed away Jan. 1, 2006 at the age of 102. A proud alumnus, Percy was known as a "teacher among teachers" and remained actively involved with PNS and UVic Alumni groups. He was granted an honorary doctorate from the university in 2004.
D. ALLAN NICOLSON, VC '46, passed away in Vancouver on June 13, 2005. A former member of the college basketball team, he entered a contest to name the school's sports teams and won with his suggestion: "Vikings." He was a supporter of the university for years.
KEITH TRUEMAN, BSc '80, succumbed on August 15, 2005, at age 57, to leukemia. He leaves two sons, Andrew and Christopher, their mother Diana Lokken, his sister, brother and mother. Some of Keith's most rewarding times were spent learning at UVic.
PATRICIA VAN TIGHEM, BSN '90, died Dec. 14, 2005. Nearly mauled to death by a grizzly bear in 1983, Patricia wrote a widely acclaimed, best-selling account of the attack, The Bear's Embrace. In subsequent years she suffered post-traumatic stress, 30+ surgeries, and chronic pain.