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Carol Wooton, BA (English/German), has published a new book of essays, Preening Clefs (Towner). Her fourth book includes a copy of her presentation on Glenn Gould, in 1983, to the Victoria branch of the Royal Conservatory of Music alumni as well as an image of the concert program Gould signed for Wooton at a 1960 performance in the Royal Theatre. Carol lives in Oak Bay.


Dan Gallacher, MA (History) received the Canadian Museums Association’s 2007 Award of Distinguished Service. Dan is currently curator emeritus, Canadian Museum of Civilization, retiring from his position as director of history in 2002. During the early ’80s he served as UVic Alumni Association president. Dan and his wife Joan, BSN ’79, reside in Kelowna.
Diane Grutschnig-Bishop Petersen, BEd (Secondary), sends this: After 33 years of joyfully teaching English in Surrey School District, Diane is retiring. She looks forward to new adventures and would enjoy hearing from fellow grads (dpeterse@sfu.ca).



Darin Gunesekera, BA (Economics) writes from Sri Lanka: “From UVic I went on to Yale and after academics opted for the 'real world.' After setting up stock exchanges and regulators in Sri Lanka, Kenya and part of the work in other countries (and about 400 pages of national law) I changed my line. I now do re-housing of slum and shanty dwellers using stock exchange methods. I have projects in several countries. This second career saw me start with marriage plus a daughter and social entrepreneur fellowships. I am looking for persons to join me in ‘Capital Markets for the Marginalized.’” E-mail: wiroshermes@yahoo.com


Adrienne Chan, BA (Psychology), is a professor of social work at the University College of the Fraser Valley, and an adjunct professor at UBC’s centre for policy studies in higher education. Before returning to complete her PhD, she worked as a social worker, adult educator, and consultant. Her areas of interest include anti-racism, diversity, multiculturalism, academic/ institutional culture, ethnography, feminist methods, and narrative methods.



Prints from the late Ojibway artist Carl Beam, BFA (Visual Arts), were featured in an exhibit this summer at the Art Gallery of the South Okanagan. His influential and varied work often juxtaposed autobiographical, historical and commercial images dealing with conflicts between Western and Aboriginal cultures.


Ed de Walle, LLB, a BC provincial court judge, was transferred from Terrace to Salmon Arm this year. He was first appointed to the bench in 1991 and was Terrace’s only provincial court judge during that time.



Mark Muldoon, BA (Psychology), recently published Tricks of Time: Bergson, Merleau-Ponty and Ricoeur—In Search of Time, Self and Meaning (Pittsburgh; Duquesne University Press, 2006). It’s a study of the relationship between time and the self, and how they form meaning. Lynda Williams, BA (Liberal Studies), is a Prince George-based science fiction writer whose latest novel, Righteous Anger, was released late last year by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy. She also works at UNBC, in education technology. Dianne Grimmer, BA (Political Science), writes: “It was challenging for me to return to full-time university studies as a mature student, a relatively poor single parent of three in 1980-81. Luckily I did graduate and my family story has turned out so much better than I ever expected. My children are now grown, all successful in careers and families, and I am happily retired in my new (to me) warm and cheerful home in Nanaimo. Daragh Hourigan (née Coulter), BA (History), has big news: “Hey, I got married(!) and changed my surname. I'm still teaching at Queen of Angels in Duncan—but not high school—this is my fourth year in elementary and I now am loving it. Had my first practicum student this year. Great experience for us both. And through the ‘net two former UVic’ers from Gordon Head Residence tracked me down, with excellent reunion results!”


David Forde, BSc (Psychology) and Linda Forde send an update: “After 11 years in Memphis, we’re heading further south to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. David will join the University of Alabama as professor of criminal justice. Linda continues her work as a CPA. A long distance from UVic, but we’re doing very well and enjoying life with our new baby, Robert Reinhart.” John M. McIntosh, BSc (Computer Science), is part of the One Laptop per Child initiative, an international non-profit collaboration to develop low-cost computers for education in developing countries. The effort is led by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, who hopes to have the cost of the durable devices lowered to $100 US within two years.



Cynthia Munn (née Dojack), BMus (Education), writes: “Hi friends. Just thought I'd give y'all an update. I’ve been happily married to my soul mate for 16 wonderful years, we have three beautiful children, ages 15, 10 and 7 (girl, boy, boy). I keep busy playing horn with Symphony New Brunswick, teaching piano, and teaching school full-time. In my spare time I've been training for a 5K run! Life is great here in the Maritimes and I invite you all out to see the beautiful fall colours. Take care everyone, keep in touch!” Art Pollard, BA (Political Science), has an update: “I have been working for BC Ferries for 20 years now and married for 10. I have had a very active volunteer life outside of work that has kept my wife Patti and me very busy. We are currently enjoying doing renovations to our house and I would love to hear from old classmates and what they are doing.”


Sharon Danard, BA (French), is assistant professor of Spanish at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. DLI is the largest language school in the US. Sharon previously taught French and Spanish at Camosun College for more than a dozen years. Alvin Kube, BA (Sociology), checks in from Ottawa: “I have been with the federal government now for 20 years. Without question, achieving a degree made a huge difference. As an Aboriginal man I believe that because of the skills and knowledge I gained in university I have made a significant contribution not only to society but to my people.”



Diane Kennedy, BSW, has been appointed the first executive director of Social Planning Cowichan where she’s working on a number of issues, including access to affordable housing in the region. Mark Leiren-Young, BFA (Theatre/Writing), is the writer and director of The Green Chain, a “powerful, funny and thought-provoking” film about environmentalists and loggers. The movie, his first, is scheduled to be on the festival circuit this fall.


Kelley Lee, MPA, works in Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and is to become head of its public and environmental health unit later this year. She has also been named a fellow through distinction of the faculty of public health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK. She also plays for the Milton Keynes Falcons of the English Ice Hockey Association. Darren E. Lund, MA (Language Arts Education) has published a co-edited book (with Paul Carr), entitled The Great White North?: Exploring Whiteness, Privilege and Identity in Education (Sense Publishers). He is an associate professor in the faculty of education at the University of Calgary, and was recently named one of Red Deer’s Top Educators of the Century. Ken Merkley, MPA, retired as president of Three E Training and dedicates his time to the non-profit sector. He volunteers with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, where he is vice-president of the BC Branch and holds various committee positions as well as an executive position with the Victoria chapter. Ken also holds an advisory position with the IT branch of BCIT and a director position with the Vancouver Island Safety Council. Trish St. Onge, BSW, is executive director of Catholic Family Services of Saskatoon, which offers professional counselling, education and community programs.


Ian Thornton, MSc (Biology), has left his post as senior instructor in Biology: “After 38 enjoyable years of teaching, I retired this year. To all my colleagues and students, past and present, thank you for a memorable and rewarding experience.”



Rosemarie Collins, BA (History/Political Science) has an update: “Since graduation I have worked mostly for the BC Government in First Nations research and information management.” Rod Corraini, BFA (Visual Arts), turned his visual memories of the winter storms of 2006-07—cloud formations, in particular—into a recent exhibit of oil paintings at the downtown Nanaimo Art Gallery. Patrick O’Rourke, LLB, writes: “On January 5, 2007 I had the honour and privilege to be appointed chief gold commissioner for British Columbia (in addition to my duties as an assistant deputy minister). The chief gold commissioner is one of the oldest public service positions in BC, dating back to 1859 when Chartres Brew was appointed the first chief gold commissioner of the Colony of British Columbia.”
Miki Hansen, BSW, is the executive director of AIDS Vancouver Island and in March she received the first Alayne Hamilton Community Award from the School of Social Work. Her career has included extensive experience in addictions counselling, education and community development. As part of her AVI responsibilities, she went to Libode, South Africa to work on a bereavement support project for children affected by HIV/AIDS.


Michael Geoghegan, BA (Economics). After having spent a month in Mexico, Mike is back in Victoria doing a mix of consulting and business venturing while spending time with friends and family, especially his son and daughter.


Colin Fidler, BA (Political Science), is the global services operations manager with Platform Computing, Canada’s sixth largest software company, based in Toronto. Colin, his wife Tania Jones, BSc (Biology) ’92, and their three-year-old son Callum, settled in Richmond Hill after completing master’s degrees (MBA and MSc, respectively) at the University of Saskatchewan and starting their careers in Ottawa. Tania is a former member of the Vikes and the 1992 Canadian University champion in the 3000m. She remains one of Canada’s top marathon runners (ranked third in 2006) and a national team member. Tania balances athletics with a career in Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals as a senior regulatory affairs manager.
Rebecca Kratz, BFA (Visual Arts), lives in Nova Scotia with her partner, recording artist Joel Plaskett. She is the creator of “House of Sugar” comics and has contributed artwork to four of Plaskett’s releases.



Greg Evans, MA (History), is executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC. He also helps out alumni travel partner, Maple Leaf Adventures, with their Tall Sales and Ales trips, serving as brewing historian and guide. His master’s thesis was on the Vancouver Island Brewing Industry from 1858 to 1917. Nicole Gervais, BSN, runs a successful and secluded bed and breakfast at Long Beach called Long Beach Haven. She also practices reflexology treatment.


John E. McDonald, BA (Pacific and Asian Studies), has been named the BC’s trade representative to China. He is based in Shanghai and is responsible for generating investment leads, targeting new clients for BC industries, and gathering market intelligence. He has been working in the region since 1994.


Joe Vosburgh, BEng (Electrical), is “living, working and playing in Vancouver! Married to the lovely Quinn in 1998 and lucky dad to Mia, 7, and Morghan, 5.”


Peter Brady, LLB, has joined the online brokerage, Qtrade Financial Group as its general counsel. Maureen Gordon, BA (Writing) and Kevin Smith, BA ’97 (Geography), were married on Flora Islet, on August 18th, 2007: “A small group of family and friends joined us for our ‘Wooden Boat Wedding.’ The celebrations took place on our 92-foot schooner, Maple Leaf (pictured), in Tribune Bay at Hornby Island. We’ll be sailing the Great Bear Rainforest this fall with our nature cruise business, Maple Leaf Adventures (see the Alumni Travel Program for info), and then spending the winter at our home in Victoria.” Felice Mazzoni, BA (Geography), is the director of planning services for the town of Ucluelet, which won the 2006 Federation of Canadian Municipalities award for sustainable community planning. The town, in partnership with Malaspina University-College, also won three medals at the United Nations “LivCom” sustainability awards in Hangzhou, China.


Tamara Vrooman, MA (History), became the new chief executive officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, on Sept. 1 after three years as provincial deputy minister of finance. She rose quickly through the ranks of the public service after completing a co-op placement with the ministry of children and families. Widely respected, she was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2003 and in 2005 was listed among Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Caldwell Partners.



Peter Hilton, MPA, lives in Sweden with his wife Sofi Almers, MPA ’96, and their two children Emily, 12 and Nicholas, age nine. Peter is director of international relations and recruitment at the Jonkoping International Business School. The school works with over 200 universities around the world, including UVic Business. Robert Laird, BCom, has been named vice-president responsible for the natural gas business line of the Canadian Resources Exchange, a Calgary-based trading a clearing service for future and options trading in the energy, metal and soft commodities markets. Colinda Latour, BA (Anthropology/Linguistics), reports: “I am working in Ottawa as an information management consultant with CONDAR Consulting Inc. It has been very exciting as I have worked with some interesting clients within the federal government and private sector. I love it because in order to do my job well I really have to learn about the organizations that hire us and how they function.” John Threlfall, BA (History/English), was promoted this summer to the editor’s chair at the Victoria weekly news and entertainment paper Monday Magazine. John’s writing has also appeared in these pages, most recently in an autumn 2006 profile of one-man Star Wars performer Charles Ross. Cathleen With, BA (English), has successfully auctioned the Canadian rights to her first novel. Having Faith in the Polar Girls’ Prison is to be published in January 2009 by Penguin Canada.


Jessica Berglund, LLB, and Volker Helmuth, LLB ’95, were married in 2002 and live in downtown Vancouver with their son Hugo, born in October 2006. Jessica practices law in the occupational health and safety enforcement department of WorkSafeBC and Volker is the director of planning and research with the Vancouver Police Department.


Connie Hosie (née Beel), BFA (Theatre), and husband Grayson Hosie are pleased to announce the birth of their son. Logan Jonathan Alistair Hosie was born on May 21st, 2007 at Burnaby General Hospital, weighing in at 7 lbs, 2 oz and measuring 21.5 inches long. The family returned to Victoria in the fall when Connie went back to work with Pacific Opera Victoria. Tyrone Pile, MA (History), became rear admiral of Maritime Forces Pacific in a ceremony July 27 at CFB Esquimalt. In a 32-year navy career, he has served in missions in Haiti, the former Yugoslavia and the Arabian Gulf. He had spent the previous two years at defence headquarters in Ottawa, leading the overhaul of the military personnel system. His son, Byron Pile, graduated with a BEng (Computer Engineering) in the spring. Bob Yarish, BCom, is the manager of the new TD Canada Trust branch in the Tillicum Shopping Centre. He first worked for the TD during a co-op work term, staying with the bank after graduation. He had been manager of the Quadra-McKenzie branch.



Gail Anderson-Dargatz, BA (Writing), currently teaches fiction in the creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia and lives in the Shuswap, the landscape found in so much of her writing, including her new novel Turtle Valley. Her website is at gailanderson-dargatz.ca. Tyler Gingrich, BA (English/Political Science), completed a master’s of divinity at the University of Saskatchewan in 2004: “I’m a mission pastor in Kelowna. I’m doing some campus chaplaincy work at UBC-Okanagan.” Gillian Wigmore, BA (Writing), has released a 40-poem meditation on emotion and landscape, entitled Soft Geography (Caitlin Press). She resides in Prince George.


David Kidd, BCom (Entrepreneurship), has an update: “I received a promotion, to sales manager, within the power monitoring and control division of Schneider Electric/Square D Company. This is a sales specialist role responsible for developing our enterprise energy management business globally.”



Michelle Kralt, BSN, and Douglas Kralt, BSc (Biochemistry) ’00, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their daughter, Charlee Ella Kralt on April 16, 2007 in Winnipeg. Michelle completed her master's of nursing at the University of Manitoba in 2005 and has been working as a clinical nurse specialist at Cancer Care Manitoba for the past three years. Douglas completed his medical degree from the U of M in May 2007. The Kralt's will be relocating to Edmonton for Doug's residency. Carmen Lansdowne, BA (History), of the Heiltsuk First Nation was ordained in the United Church of Canada at St. David’s United Church, West Vancouver on May 27. She serves as the United Church chaplain at UBC and is pursuing a second graduate degree in theology at the Vancouver School of Theology. Carmen also serves as the Canadian delegate to the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (where she’s the only indigenous representative from any region) until the 10th General Assembly in 2013. Caroline Rueckert, BA (English/Germanic and Slavic Studies), writes: “I recently co-authored The Study Abroad Handbook (Palgrave MacMillan) and it will be available in 13 countries.”


Michael MacGillis, BEng (Electrical), writes from Scotland: “Just wanted to say hello to my UVic friends. I was married in Edinburgh on May 19, 2007 to my long-time girlfriend Rhona Freeman and we’ve recently moved back to Scotland from London, England. I have just started a new job with STMicroelectronics doing chip design. Any old UVic friends can reach me at mikemacgillis@yahoo.com.Tara MacNair (née Bergmann), BA (Sociology) and Clayton MacNair, BA (English), welcomed their first born, Kyleigh Anna Maria MacNair, on May 15, 2006. Stacey Slager, BA (English), writes: “Since graduation I spent a couple of years teaching English in Asia. I returned to UVic in 2005 to start a second undergraduate degree, this time with the School of Health Information Science. I completed the first two years and have been accepted into the grad program in the same school, which I started in September. I’ll be getting married next spring (2008) to Dan Feldman.”


Jason Fan, MBA, is the associate general manager with Dragon New Media in Shanghai.
Gareth Gaudin, BFA (Visual Arts), is the creator of the “Perogy Cat” cartoon character. In the summer, he sent 2,000 copies of a special-edition comic book, “The Perogy Cat for the Troops,” to Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. “If I can’t get them to laugh with my comic strips, then I’ve literally got to go back to the drawing board.” He also operates Legends Comics shop in Victoria. Heather McDonald, BSc (Geography), and Given Popowich, BA ’04 (Geography), are operating Seaway Express, a new ferry and wildlife sight-seeing service connecting Ucluelet and Bamfield. They’re on the web at seawayexpress.net.



Steve Galipeau, MEd (Education Leadership), is a military observer stationed with the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and sends this: “Currently deployed to Southern Sudan as the coordinator of the ceasefire joint military committee. The work involves bringing former warring parties together aafter 20 years of civil war.” Cyndi Pallen, BSW, writes from Powell River, where she is: “working in a new job implemented by the ministry of children and families, incorporating traditional and cultural perspectives of Tla'amin People native teaching. Building a brand new home, too.” Sarah Petrescu, BA (English), is a reporter with the Times Colonist: “I report on classical music and write a weekly fashion column. I credit my years at the Martlet as an arts and news editor as the biggest and best learning curve in my career.” Jessie Sutherland, MA (Dispute Resolution), has published Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out. The book grew from her graduate research and thesis. Since then, she’s focused on helping First Nations, immigrants, refugees and the larger community find a sense of belonging. Jiang Nan (Jane) Zhu, MBA, writes from Guang Zhou, China: “After UVic, I came back to China and established the Dragonpass Consulting Co. Our company is targeting on the emerging high-end market and providing all kinds of VIP services in the airports in China.”


Ethan Canter, BFA (Writing), has published his first novel, here, there and nowhere (published by Inexpressible Publications of Kimberley, BC), a three-part examination of consciousness. Henry Coman, LLB, a graduate of the Akitsaraq law program in Nunavut, returned to work for the RCMP after a five-year education leave. He is now in Kandahar, Afghanistan and part of the RCMP’s international peacekeeping branch. He is among eight Mounties who are training Afghan counterparts in regular policing duties and investigations. It’s a one-year posting. Patrick Estey, BA (Psychology), writes: “I have been living in Calgary for about a year now. For the past six months I have been working at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as the supervisor of the SAIT student calling program in the alumni & development department.” Marjorie McQuarrie, BA (Child and Youth Care), is working as a child/youth counsellor with the Prince George Native Friendship Centre.



Alestine Andre, MA (Interdisciplinary), earned a 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award (culture, heritage and spirituality category). A heritage researcher, she is a leading voice in the preservation of the Gwich’in language of the Northwest Territories. Todd Halpen, BSc (Psychology), who had 13 individual wins with the Vikes golf team, is now based in Calgary. He’s working in the oil industry while preparing his game (and gathering financial support) for a possible run at the professional ranks. Andrea Holmes, BCom (International Business), is the four-time Canadian Paralympic champion in long jump and three-time champion in the 100-m sprint. After the Beijing games next year, she plans to switch to snowboarding with a goal of competing in 2010 in the Vancouver Paralympics. She also spends time speaking to school kids about the importance of setting goals. Chris Housser, BA (History), wrote on May 20: “Currently in Afghanistan with Charlie company of 3 PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry). It's a six-month tour which began in February and is slated to end in August. The majority of local nationals in our area of operations have received us warmly. They are glad we are there to help rid them of the Taliban. We've been working closely with the Afghan national army to help them improve their skill sets so we can eventually leave the security of their country to them. To put it bluntly it’s been an engaging experience. Peace.” Cpl. Housser returned home to Victoria safely on Aug. 28. – Ed. Jill Lamberts, MSc (Biology), lives and works in Seattle with Frontier GeoSciences where she has been recently promoted to QA officer—“a prestigious role in our small environmental chemistry laboratory.”


Bruce Deacon, MEd (Leadership Studies), has joined the Canadian Olympic Committee as manager of education and community relations. He’s responsible for youth outreach programs, including the Canadian Olympic School Program. It’s a natural fit for the marathon runner who represented Canada at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. Annie Shum, MA (Musicology), writes: “These days, you can find me at the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society. I volunteered in the ESL classroom for a year while finishing my thesis, and got hired as a case manager/ employment counsellor just before my thesis defense at the end of 2006. The best part of my job is meeting people from all over the world and helping them realize their potential. Our web site is www.vircs.org.” Nick Sullivan, MMus, completed studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School and is working at the University of Lethbridge as low brass instructor in the school of music.



Sebastian Alexander, BA (English) ’93, passed away in Chengdu, China on March 15th, 2007 where he had been running a café after several years of travel and teaching.

Vic Escude, BEd ’77, passed away July 7, 2007. Family man, educator, athlete and music lover, Vic was a member of the 1975 men’s soccer team which won the university’s first national title.

Nastassia Kunz, BEng (Mechanical) ’06, lost her life in a bus accident while travelling in Sucre, Bolivia on May 27, 2007.

Sheila Landucci, MA (Spec Ed.) ’96, succumbed to cancer on December 19, 2006 in Fort St. John. At the time, she was teaching at the Halfway River First Nations school.

Harvey Mickelson, VC '41, died on March 20, 2007. The husband of former Chancellor Norma Mickelon was supervisor of special education in the Greater Victoria School District and had a special interest in youth and mental health issues.

Alan Oliphant, BA (History in Art) ’73, passed away August 30, 2007. Alan was an employee of UVic Facilities Management and husband of Athletics and Recreation office supervisor Kathryn Oliphant. He will be missed for his quick wit, genuine character, and kind heart.

Prof. Ted Wooley, a faculty member in the Department of History from 1968 to 2003, died May 27, 2007. He specialized in US diplomatic history and was well regarded for his humour, clarity and openness of thought. Donations may be made to the Ted and Jane Wooley Scholarship fund, UVic History Department.

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