UVic Torch -- Spring 2007
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Victoria College

Stuart E. Brown, VC ’60, is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at the new Abti-American University in Yola, Nigeria: “Classes began in September 2005 so by the time I arrived a year later we had both first and second year students; we expect to have our first graduation in May 2009. For now, we have no ‘departments’ but we do have embryonic faculties. In my first semester here I taught two sections of African history (along with a sociologist, and anthropologist and an economist, as we have nobody who is officially a ‘historian’), and an introductory course on Islam and Christianity. My wife, Margaret, is the library assistant for reference, so she can tell me which books are available, and which of my students are using the library. As this university is new and growing, there may be readers who are interested in joining our number. (There are other alumni of Canadian universities here, mostly from McGill, McMaster and Ryerson so far.) The Web site is: www.abti-american.edu.ng.


ROSALIND BOYD, BA, took up a two-year assignment in June 2006 as special advisor on international research in the office of the vice-principal (research and international relations) at McGill University. She has been based there since 1968 after a stint as a CUSO volunteer in Nigeria. Rosalind received her PhD from Concordia and was previously the director of McGill’s centre for developing-area studies (from 1996 to 2004)—the only woman to hold that position since the centre was established in 1963. Her travel, research and publishing concerns social, political and economic problems in dozens of countries in the developing world and she continues to conduct research, write and guest lecture. Her Web site is at rosalindboyd.ca.


TONY CHAN, BA, is an associate professor of communication at the University of Washington. Before entering academic life, Tony was a senior producer and a television journalist in Hong Kong where he anchored a public affairs show and produced documentaries. He also worked as a reporter for CBC television. His independent films include a series on Asian Americans and Vietnam: The Insanity of it All (2002), Sweet Heat (1998), and American Nurse (1992). The latter was shown at film festivals in Hiroshima, New York, Olympia and aired on PBS, KCTS-TV in Seattle. Tony’s most recent book is Perpetually Cool: The Many Lives of Anna May Wong, 1905-1961, a chronicle of the life of the legendary Chinese-American actor.



KEITH HOMER, BA, writes: “After teaching secondary school in Prince George, Armstrong and Sooke, in 1981 I joined BC Systems Corp in Victoria and spent a thoroughly enjoyable 20+ years in information technology. Despite some health issues I’m finding retirement suits me just fine—although my wife and two sons may disagree. I see a fair number of alumni, but I always look forward to hearing from old classmates.”


writes: “I recently achieved certification as a deputy district registrar in the civil registry at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. I am currently serving as a registrar in the probate and bankruptcy registry. I was previously with the BC Ministry of Transportation for 11 years. During the last seven years of this tenure, I was a development technician.” • BILL MCELROY, BA, was recently elected president of the Community Social Planning Council of Greater Victoria. This marks Bill’s 35th year of volunteering in the non-profit sector in which he has assisted more than 20 different organizations. He was recently the executive director of the Island Corridor Foundation, and oversaw the donation to the foundation of the assets of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway from Canadian Pacific Railway and RailAmerica, worth more than $370 million. Bill currently provides management and fundraising advice to several non-profit organizations.



KAREN KLOEBLE, BA, says: “Hi to all the friends who helped me ‘study’ on the third floor of the library and in the SUB Pub!”


In January
PETER CICERI, BA, became president of Victoria-based Custom House Global Foreign Exchange. Ciceri is a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award and he’s a member of the UVic Board of Governors. Ciceri is tasked with expanding Custom House’s global reach. It currently has trading offices in Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States. • JAMES EDWARD O'REILLY, BED, has been married to Bernadette Alford (former support staff employee for the English and philosophy departments) since 1977 and five beautiful children followed. After receiving his degree, Jim joined the faculty at St. Andrew’s, Victoria, as a teacher of music and English. In 1983, he helped, with other faculty members, to establish St. Andrew’s High School on McKenzie Avenue. In 1984 he returned to St. Andrew’s Elementary as head teacher. He remained at St. Andrew’s until 2001, serving as vice-principal then principal. Over the last five years he continued to serve Island Catholic Schools as an administrator at both St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s in Victoria. Last June he was appointed religious education coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria.



DULCIE MCCALLUM, LLB, became Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy review officer in February. She was BC’s ombudsman for seven years, until 1999, and is a past recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. More recently she was a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nations, helping to draft the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


ROBERT LOUIE, LLB, Chief of the Westbank First Nation in Kelowna, was among 87 new appointees to the Order of Canada announced Feb. 20 by the Governor General. Louie was the first Okanagan Nation member to practise law and has been deeply involved in Aboriginal law and economic development locally and on the national level. • CHRIS WEICKER, BSC, reports: “My wife and I are attending a year-long course at the Chinese military’s language school in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. This is a new school that is situated 50 kilometres from Shanghai. So we are university students again!”



MICHAEL CAHILL, BED, writes from Brunei: “Since leaving UVic in 1985, I spent four years in the Philippines, and then went to Bangkok, Thailand for 10 years. For the past six years I have been living in Brunei with my lovely wife and two children.” • KEITH SMITH, BSC, earned an Award of Merit from the BC Soccer Association for his 35 years of involvement in the Victoria soccer community. The former Vikes soccer member has served on the Vancouver Island Soccer League’s board of directors for more than 15 years.


Becky Kwan, BA, is an assistant professor in the department of English and communication, City University of Hong Kong. • Faith Mackay, BEd, has an update: “After graduating from UVic, my husband Alisdair and I moved to Mackenzie, BC where I started teaching English and social studies at Mackenzie Secondary School. I have completed my teacher librarian diploma in education through UBC and am currently in my last course of a master’s in educational leadership through the University of Calgary. I now hold the position of principal in my school after teaching for 17 years (vice-principal for three years). We have made Mackenzie our home and have raised two wonderful children here: our son Duncan (19), who is currently in his first year at Simon Fraser University, and our daughter Kelsey (16), who attends my school, wrestles, and plays volleyball with our school teams. Alisdair obtained his tradesman papers as an instrumentation mechanic and now is a maintenance supervisor at a local pulp mill. We would love to hear from any other education 1985-86 graduates, in particular those in the intern program (fmackay@telus.net). Hard to believe it was 20 years ago!” • T. K. Vinod, PhD, is a professor of chemistry at Western Illinois University: “Both my wife and I often fondly reminisce of our days at UVic and of our basement ‘accommodation’ in Jean’s house in Cadboro Bay. Almost 20 years later, the memories are still fresh and we hope to make a trip to Victoria to re-live the good old days after our second son, Prem leaves for college in four years. Our first son, Arun is now a junior at Harvard. We hope to connect with some of our friends from UVic through the Online Community Network (olcnetwork.net/uvic).”



Allison Fader, MPA, recently returned to BC and resides in the Okanagan Valley, where she expects to enjoy semi-retirement while following her passion for wine. • Tim Moshansky, BA, and his brothers published the A to Z Guide to Hockey Terms, a pocket-sized dictionary of over 600 terms and phrases related to hockey, as well as referee symbols, rink diagram, lists of teams, arenas and farms teams, NHL expansion timeline, words to the national anthems, famous hockey quotes, nicknames and much more. Visit thehockeybook.com.


Lorrie Joron, BEd
, and Russell Herkes, BEd, are living in Masset, where he’s teaching and she’s taken on a new job: “After years of saying no way to an admin job, I got tired of training new principals and decided to take the job myself. I am now proud principal of George M. Dawson Secondary and want everyone to know what a great little school it is!”


Tania Reinecke (née D’Agostino), BA, and her husband Richard have a new addition to their home in Point Roberts, WA: “We have a beautiful little girl—her name is Amaya (nickname ‘Peanut’). She is 3.5 years old and is precocious and athletic and a bundle of energy. She keeps both of us smiling and laughing. We thank God daily for our wonderful little blessing!”



Noor Ahmed, LLB, writes: “After 12 years of private practice in the Comox Valley and six great years as a municipal councillor in Courtenay, I felt it was time for a career change. Last year, I joined the Canadian Forces and completed three months of basic training and seven months of French language training. In November 2006, I was given my first posting as a captain to the deputy judge advocate unit at CFB Petawawa. It’s been an extremely positive move and wearing ‘CadPat’ is a lot more comfortable than wearing suits!”


Garth Miles, BSc, says: “Hello Co-op Computer Science!” • Janet Williams, BEd, was recognized with a 2006 certificate of achievement from the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She’s on staff at MacKenzie Secondary School in MacKenzie, BC.


Michele (Misha) Gardiner, BA, is a child and youth counsellor in Summerland: “Life has been busy and full of interesting change since graduating. Having a BA in psychology has provided unique career options that I never imagined. Knowledge and skills gained through this type of degree program are truly limitless. Now, four years after completing my degree, we have bought a wonderful little house, and I have finally landed my first ‘real’ career role(s) as a child and youth counsellor for ARC, and addiction prevention worker for Pathways in Penticton. The picture includes Duncan, my husband, me, and our adorable GSD, Dori. We adopted Dori two years ago from the SPCA and she’s been a wonderful addition to our family! We’re looking forward to getting into our new house in Summerland so she can enjoy the big back yard.” • Susan Kellock, BA, is enjoying the restaurant business in the Alberta capital: “My daughter Amy and I opened a small organic bistro in Edmonton on Dec. 1: Skinny Legs & Cowgirls—A Sort of Bistro. My daughter is a Tom Robbins fanatic hence the name. We serve Latin inspired tapas (attention Prof. Duncan Taylor: I’m serving my famous vegetarian polenta!) and carnivorous bistro fare—it is Alberta after all. I don’t eat meat but apparently I cook the best rack of lamb and strip loin steak ever! If you’re ever in Oil Country come visit us.”



Jill Arango (née Scheffer), BA, has news: “I moved down to the US in 1998 to work for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon. I met my future husband there and we moved to Ellensburg, WA in 2000. In Ellensburg, I founded the Kittitas Environmental Education Network and worked for the Cascades Conservation Partnership. In 2002, my husband received a fellowship at Notre Dame for the PhD program and we moved to South Bend, Indiana. I worked as the director of the Midwest program for the Land Trust Alliance. My husband and I had two children—Nathaniel and Serena—while in Indiana. Just last August—after four years in Indiana—we returned to Ellensburg and I took a job with the Cascade Land Conservancy as the director of conservation where I am proactively conserving open space. I love being back in the Northwest and am looking forward to a visit to Victoria soon.” • Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, BSW, is UVic’s new director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs. She had been acting principal of the K’ak’ot’latsi School in Port Hardy and in 2006 was elected Chief of the Quatsino First Nation. She’ll provide leadership in promoting UVic’s Indigenous academic programs, student services, protocol activities, and the First Peoples House, scheduled to open in 2009. • Mekala Padmanabhan, MA, completed a PhD in musicology at the University of Nottingham, UK in August 2006 and currently works as visiting assistant professor of music history and theory at the University of North Dakota.


Rowena Hart, BA, works in Victoria as a technical writer/trainer for ACD Systems and she sends this update: “I graduated with an MA in distributed learning at Royal Roads University in November 2006. I teach several technical communications courses in the writing and publishing program at SFU. I am also an industry advisor for the program. In the next year I will be working on a couple of proposals for technical communication textbooks as well as research papers and conference presentations.”


Errin Armstrong, BA, and Grant Morrison, BA ’98, met at UVic while completing their undergrad studies and got married on August 12, 2006 back where it all began, with a ceremony at the Interfaith Chapel and reception at the University Club. • Steve Burri, LLB, writes to say: “I recently returned to work as an intellectual property lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP in Vancouver after receiving a new (actually used) kidney from my sister. I keep busy with my family of kids Jazz (13) and Zea (4) and their UVic alumni moms Wendy Martin, BA ’91, and Coreen Hanson, BSc ’96. I also sing with the Vancouver Men’s Chorus.” • Matthew Collinge, BA, is “living in the False Creek area of Vancouver with my wife and three children (ages 6, 3, and 6 months). I am a realtor now serving Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Feel free to e-mail me at matt@6004homes.com.” • Charles Hotel, LLB, left the partnership at Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver to join the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as legal counsel. • Chris Smart, BSN/BA, has a new book of poetry called Decked and Dancing published by Hedgerow Press.



Patrick Ewing, LLB,
and Alynda Kingzett, BA ’91, were married on July 1, 2006. In December 2006, Patrick was promoted from senior policy advisor to manager of intergovernmental fiscal relations for the BC Ministry of Finance, working on files such as equalization and Canada’s health and social transfers. After spending six years in UVic’s Kiwanis youth program (Circle K), Patrick has continued to volunteer with Kiwanis, often in leadership roles. In October he was reappointed as marketing and public relations chair for Pacific Northwest Kiwanis and in December he published the first edition of a new magazine for almost 12,000 Kiwanis volunteers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Patrick attributes much of his career and personal success to making the most of his time at UVic—not just the education programs but also the clubs on campus. • Naomi Hazon, BEd, says: “I took an incredible course at the Vancouver Art Gallery offered through UBC this past summer. It was a wonderful teacher’s institute. It would be incredible to open it up to UVic students as well.” • Darlene McGougan, BSN, received the School of Nursing’s first Alumni Award of Excellence during its 30th anniversary celebrations last October. Darlene is manager of nursing for Aboriginal health at the Vancouver Island Health Authority and has stayed involved with the school by working with students in her workplace settings and by inspiring them with her classroom presentations. • Sarah Parker, BA, says: “I’m moving back to BC and very happy to do so. I’ve just completed writing a short piece for a Toronto filmmaker that will hopefully reach the festival circuit by the end of 2007.”


Laura Kraemer (née Nicol), BA
, and Martin Kraemer, BSc ’98, along with siblings Isaac and Natalie, are delighted to announce the arrival of the newest member of their family, Daniel Martin Kraemer. Daniel was born in the afternoon at home in Calgary on October 19th, 2006, weighing eight pounds, three ounces and sporting, in big brother Isaac’s words “a nice haircut.” • Roger Lu, BSc, is working as a component engineer with Flextronics Canada and keeping busy with his investment properties in Calgary. • Jennifer MacDonald (née Symonds), BEd, is teaching in Maple Ridge. She and her partner Ian welcomed Michaela Grace MacDonald on September 6, 2006. “She came a couple weeks early, weighing in at 5 lbs 12 oz. We moved into our first real house just before Christmas.”



Carla Larson, BComm, sent an e-mail from Calgary: “I recently re-located back from living and working in Toronto. I am working for a firm here in Calgary as a search consultant recruiting in the insane oil and gas market. After being gone for eight years it is amazing to witness a truly booming economy and all the changes that accompany massive growth. I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead with finding qualified talent. Go Flames Go!” • Carla Martinez (née Millar), BEd, brings this update: “Hello to all those fellow graduates and employees at Alumni House. I have been married for 4.5 years and have been working as a Grade 2 teacher in the same school for the past two years. Also, my husband and I received some exciting news. We will be expecting our first child on August 2, 2007! Please feel free to contact me: icmartinez@comcast.net.”


Baba Brinkman, MA, has been busy with his mission to popularize the works of Chaucer: “In 2006 I spent approximately 27 weeks on tour with The Rap Canterbury Tales, including visits to Australia, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Canada, and the USA (including the Deep South). During this time I also recorded and released a new album, Lit-Hop, re-recorded the whole Rap Canterbury Tales CD, and had my first book published. Now I’m just taking stock of it all and making plans for the next phase.” • Darcy Hughes, BA, is currently based in Toronto: “After graduating from the professional writing program, I wrote freelance for various publications. Further consulting work for the creative side of publishing soon led to marketing endeavours. From there the next logical step was the UBC MBA program which I completed in 2007. I helped UBC to a fourth place finish in a field of 23 Ivy League and international MBA programs in an Italian sailing race. I was then picked up by Procter & Gamble to join its head office management team in Toronto. I am currently writing a novel as well as a non-fiction project to be released in 2008.”


Sean Glickman, BA, a School of Child and Youth Care alumnus, helped establish a youth centre in a low-income area of North Dublin before returning to Victoria and a job with the YMCA. He’s assisting at-risk young people to find housing and develop independent life skills. • Sherman Quan, BSc, won the 2006 Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award for his contributions to the e-health program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.



Jason Wu, BSc, is working as a CIS lab assistant/tutor at West Texas A&M University while he works on his MBA.


Annie Lam, BSc, just graduated from Health Information Science: “I’m excited to learn about the real world!” • Hugh MacIntosh, BSc, has been accepted into a three-year marine biology PhD program at James Cook University in Australia, including a research scholarship and cost of living stipends. “Needless to say, I am thrilled at the prospect of beginning my studies in Australia. JCU is a well-regarded school with a strong focus on marine and tropical biology. My research will focus on the larval settlement of wood boring clams, known colloquially as Shipworms or Teredos.” • Janet Stepaniuk, BA, was the first place winner of the J.P. Guilford Award from Psi Chi, the US National Honor Society in Psychology. She received $1,000 US for her honours thesis which sought to identify risk factors for dementia in adults who participated in the Canadian Study of Health and Aging.



Corey Brown, BSc ’86, died Dec. 7, 2006, age 45. He was a popular biologist in the Campbell River aquaculture industry. He is survived by his wife, Shannan.
Alan Wong, BEng ’06, Alan passed away on Dec. 4, 2006 at the age of 23. He leaves to mourn several family members and friends. He was working as a mechanical engineer at Syncrude in Fort McMurray at the time of his death.

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