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1964

Ian Reid, BA (Mathematics), has been married to Viviane since 1969 and they have two children. He’s semi-retired from a day job after 44 years in the software business in Vancouver but still “keeping my hand in” with several companies.

1967

Barrie Lee, BSc (Mathematics and Physics), director of the seed and gift store at Butchart Gardens, was recognized for a half-century of service. Robin Clarke, owner of the gardens and great-granddaughter of Jennie Butchart, presented a platinum 50-year pin plus a generous travel allowance to Barrie at a staff recognition ceremony in April.



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1971

J. Grant Donaldson, BA (Psychology), and Lynne Donaldson have moved back to the Island to enjoy retirement after living in the Lower Mainland for most of the last 28 years.

1972

Stephen Lane, BSc
(Mathematics), is teaching at Shawnigan Lake School and this spring received a Prime Minister’s Award in recognition of his classroom skills.

Lynne Reeve (formerly Dumka/Cormack), BSW, was a social worker from 1973 (in Victoria and Kamloops with BC child welfare and community living services) and left during the downsizing in March 2003. She accepted a position as social worker for adults with learning disabilities with the London borough of Merton, and has been on a working holiday there since 2003. She writes: “I am lucky to work with a great team of health professionals and social workers. It is lovely to be able to travel and I have been to France, Germany, Greece, Spain, and many destinations in the UK. My daughter Kimberly joined me for her working holiday in London for most of last year. A great experience for us both. Looking forward to returning to retire in Victoria in 2010 when my current work visa ends.”


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1974

Peter Grossgardt, BSc (Biology), has an update from the Hub City: “My wife, kids and I are still living in Nanaimo (still, for me, 55 years and counting!) Our two boys, Josh and Matt, are 13 and 10, respectively, and are doing quite well.  Both are attending the Nanaimo Christian School. I am the school’s part-time bus driver. My wife, Peggy, is retired now and devoting most of her time to our kids and our home. I’m always interested to see how others are doing and we encourage anyone from 1970–’74 to drop a line (mpnkids@islandnet.com) we’d love to hear from you!”

1975

Rhonda Batchelor, BFA (Writing), has published her first novel. She Loves You (Dundurn Press), is for 10 to 13-year-old readers and is set in the 1960s. It explores some of the less than liberal prejudices that still persisted in those days of “peace and love.”

Julian Martin, BA (English), has been appointed to the Royal Military College Saint-Jean board of governors by the federal government. He is an associate professor of history at the University of Alberta with a special interest in modern state-building.

Kirk Patterson, BA (Geography), retired in December 2007 as dean of the Japan campus of Temple University and left Japan, his home for 25 years. After backpacking through Asia and Europe, he returned to Victoria (following an absence of 33 years). He has bought a 40-foot steel sailboat and will be spending the next two years getting himself and the boat ready for many years of offshore cruising, with the first goal being to sail to and around Japan. Friends may contact him at fbr337@shaw.ca.


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1977

Allen Halverson, BEd, joined a group of accomplished educators when he received one of the Prime Minister’s Awards announced this spring. The Ballenas Secondary (Parksville) teacher is also a past recipient of the UVic Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.



1978

Don Stewart, BSc (Biology), writes from his home in Victoria: “Just bought an electronic set of drums and started taking lessons. I played in a band during the early ’70s but then went disco and ran the music system for the SUB Pub until 1981. Then it was off to Saudi Arabia for seven years. Three children later—now it’s time for music again.”


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1979

Annette Bellman (née Chan), BA (Economics), is in England and wants to “keep in touch with my old friends from UVic around 1979, and I would like to hear from them.”
Dominic S. Haazen, MPA, is a lead health policy specialist with the World Bank, and recently moved to the country office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he will be responsible for the bank’s health programs in Tanzania and Uganda.

Al Rydant, PhD (Geography), received from Keene State College the Award for Faculty Distinction in Research and Scholarship in recognition of scholarly research, distinguished teaching, involvement in professional organizations, and leadership of the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance.

Terence Young, BA (English), is a recipient of this year’s Prime Minister’s Awards recognizing innovative teaching methods. He teaches at St. Michael’s University School.



1980


Ellen Hounsome (née Pitura), BA (Child and Youth Care) is “still living in Victoria after all these years. I have three grown children; two have married since 2007. I have three granddaughters and a grandson. Life sure throws us some ups and downs, but it is what we do to keep smiling that is important in the grand scheme of life.”

Rick McKee, LLB, has joined the Calgary law firm of Code Hunter following six years as senior counsel to the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board.


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1982

Geri Hinton, BSN, received the School of Nursing’s Alumni Award of Excellence this spring. The former executive director of the BC office for seniors, she was cited for her contributions to seniors health policy initiatives at the provincial and federal levels as well as her mentorship of nursing students. She was a member of the third graduating class of UVic nurses.

Michael Martin, BA (Pacific Studies), was appointed in May as Canada’s chief negotiator and ambassador for climate change. A career civil servant, he joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1984, with subsequent diplomatic postings including Islamabad, Tokyo and deputy head of mission in Beijing. Most recently he had been assistant deputy minister of Environment Canada’s strategic policy branch.

1983

David Ball, BSc
(Physics), writes from Winnipeg: “I completed a master’s degree in geography with a specialization in meteorology in 1987 and have been working in various storm prediction centers within Environment Canada ever since. I’m currently the science transfer and training meteorologist (STT) at the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre in Winnipeg, one of the largest centres of its kind. I’ve been married for nearly 25 years and have two daughters.”

James Chabu, BA (Political Science), is in Malaysia: “Greetings from Sarawak. I would like very much to keep in touch with those who know or remember me when I was a student from 1979-83. Cheers.” james_chabu@yahoo.com

Sandra Hardy, LLB, has been promoted to executive vice-president, general counsel and secretary for Cadillac Fairview. She’s been with the commercial real estate giant since 1996.

Marion Morrison (née Evamy), BA (Psychology), checks in: “After a 25-year hiatus from beautiful BC, I have returned to enjoy Victoria once again. Multiple careers in marketing, public relations and real estate kept me busy until 2004, when I ‘retired’ from business life and pursued my interest in the arts. I now have a career I love, painting and working as an artist, and living with my wonderful husband and partner of 17 years, Brian Morrison. We enjoy all Victoria has to offer, especially beach walks with our two Golden Retrievers! I look forward to catching up with some of my former UVIC’ers from those ‘excessive early ’80s.’“



1984

Rick Aylward, BA (History/Political Science), continues to put his computer skills to good use: “After managing Coast Capital Savings’ IT operations and help desk group since 2003, I have been appointed as the new director, technology services for the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC.”

Tim Perrin, LLB, and his writing partner Lance Rucker, a UBC dentistry professor, won a 2007 Angie Award for best new screenplay at the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Kentucky for Albatross, a romantic political thriller.




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1985

Arlene Henry, QC, LLB, was honoured with the President’s Medal from the BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Her career has evolved to focus on aboriginal law, including recent participation in self-government implementation and treaty negotiations. She has also been behind the launch of the Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust and its two new scholarships for Aboriginal law students at UVic and UBC.



1986

William Ng, BA (Economics), was given the 2007 Community Service Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants for his extensive volunteer work with the BC Regional Council of the Red Cross and the Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society. In September he joined the Victoria e-commerce software company, RevenueWire, as director of finance.



1987

Shannon Turner, BSc (Health Information Science), is the director of public health for the Vancouver Island Health Authority and recently received the James M. Robinson Award from UBC for significant contributions to the field of public health. She also holds a UVic History degree (BA, ’82).


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1988

Johannes Bosma, MEd (Language Arts), retired from teaching in 2004 and since 2005 has been the drama teacher at Eel Ground First Nation School in Miramichi, NB. Along with his drama club, John was the recipient of the national Kaiser Award for 2008 for aboriginal programming for his play After the Thunder: The Simon Bishop Story. The drama deals with teenage stress and suicide. It was also made into a movie and has been distributed to First Nations communities across Canada. John has fond memories of UVic, especially his advisor, Prof. John Harker.

Joyce Thierry Llewellyn, BA (Writing), has taken a leave from her senior instructor position in the writing department at the Vancouver Film School and is moving to Aix en Provence for a year with her husband and 16-year-old son. While in France, she will be completing her research on Pilgrimage for her SFU masters in graduate liberal studies.



1992

Clint Hamilton, MEd (Physical Education), director of Vikes Athletics, has been appointed Canadian Interuniversity Sport president-elect. Clint is also the Canada West Universities Athletics Association president.

Susan Mide Kiss, BA (English/Political Science), is in Calgary: “I married in 2002 and I have two beautiful children, ages 4 and 6. I am in the final stages of completing my master of arts in leadership degree at Royal Roads University. I work with the Ward of the 21st Century, an exciting initiative led by the Calgary Health Region and the University of Calgary.”

Michael Wozniak, BA (Geography), is living in San Francisco and pursuing a career in marketing: “I’ve been working for a branding consultancy in San Francisco since 2000 that focuses on food and beverage marketing. I’ve had the fortune to work with clients ranging from Cadbury Schweppes, PepsiCo and SABMiller to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Ocean Spray.”



1993

Tom Dinsdale, MEd and Joy Dinsdale, BEd ’86, write: “After 18 years in Kitimat in teaching and administration we have been in Kamloops for the past 10 years. Tom is principal of Brocklehurst Secondary and Joy teaches home economics at Valleyview Secondary. We have two children, Darren (15) and Brie (12).”

Sarah Slaymaker, BSc (Biochemistry), sends this from her home near Boston: “After conducting scientific research for a non-profit research institute in San Francisco for 10 years, I moved to Switzerland where I married my husband, Ryan Stever. After two years in Europe, we moved to Boston where I am competing for the New Balance Boston running team while awaiting visa processing.”



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1994

Brenda Lettsome-Tye, MEd (Music Education), has been appointed the first deputy director of culture for the government of the British Virgin Islands. A music teacher for most of her career, Brenda supports the department’s mandate to preserve and enhance BVI’s cultural heritage and to develop opportunities for artists and crafts people.

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1995

Sharon Turner, BFA (Visual Arts), is a home childcare resource person in Victoria: “Presently I am raising my adopted granddaughter and care for my twin grandchildren after school, Pro-D days and throughout the summer. It has been a busy and challenging time adapting to the many changes surrounding single parent adoption.”



1996

Bertil Johansson, MEd (Physical Education), has been named to the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder/Cross-country Running category. He has been involved in coaching track and field and cross-country in Lethbridge for more than two decades, starting a club for elite athletes in 2000.

Jason Pires, BA (Psychology), received the 2007-08 Fred “Gus” Collins media award from the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. Jason reported on sports for A-Channel Victoria before moving over to CTV Vancouver earlier this year. During his time in Victoria, he and the A-Channel sports team brought enhanced coverage to the Vikes and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.



1997

Tamara Marie Kucheran, BFA (Theatre), received a 2008 Dora Mavor Moore Award for her costume design for the play Intimate Apparel at the Obsidian Theatre Company in Toronto.

Angela Magon, BSc (Chemistry), is a 2008 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence (Certificate of Excellence) recognizing outstanding educators. Angela teaches at Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan and she completed her teaching certificate in the Faculty of Education in 2000.


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1998

David An, MBA , is the executive vice-president of the CIBT Education Group of Vancouver: “Frequent traveller between Canada and Asia. A lot of air miles.”

Roberta Cottam, BFA (Visual Arts) and Elizabeth Cottam, BEd (Language Arts) ’94, created Blue Bear Aware in 2006, Canada’s first allergy awareness product line for anaphylactic children. With Elizabeth’s experience in childhood education (and being a mom) and Roberta’s experience as an illustrator, they design fun and trendy gear, injecting a cool factor into a peanut-free lifestyle. In addition to running an online store, the sister-creators travel Canada to help support groups and non-profit organizations raise awareness about allergies.

Patrick Ewing, LLB, has been elected governor of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International. He’s responsible for an organization of more than 10,000 volunteers in about 350 clubs. At 38, he is the youngest to hold the position.  

Cameron Zubko, BComm, is working as a consultant at the United Nations in Beijing, helping foreign-based private equity and venture capital funds to get involved in China’s capital and industrial markets.



1999

Marjorey Hope, BFA (Visual Arts), writes: “I started university rather late in life but it was something I always wanted to do. I took a year off in 1997 to go on a teaching trip to Japan for one year. It was such a wonderful experience that I came back and quickly finished my degree and went right back to teaching in Japan again for two years. I have been home in Nanaimo since 2002 and am planning to go back for a six-week visit. My husband Ken is there now teaching English and I will join him and we will take a trip to Hakkaido, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kofu, which is where I was teaching.”

Christina Newberry, BA (English), resides in Vancouver where she has launched a full-time career as a freelance writer, editor, and communications strategist. She writes and edits web sites, brochures, articles, newsletters, press releases, eBooks, blogs, and other communications materials for a number of clients, and “has more than the usual amount of admiration for a well-used dash.”

Konrad Ng, MA (Political Science), is the brother-in-law of US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He is married to Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro. The couple lives in Hawaii where Konrad is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii, where he earned his PhD.

Regan Ross, BEd, is teaching at Earl Marriott Secondary in Surrey and in the spring received a Prime Minister’s Award for innovative teaching.

Gillian Wigmore, BA (Writing), won the 2008 ReLit Poetry Award for her book, Soft Geography (Harbour). The ReLit Awards were founded in 2000 to recognize Canadian independent literary publishing.


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2000

Malcolm Johnson, BA (English), is living in Victoria after five years in Tofino. He works as a writer for a number of publications in Canada, the US and the UK. The photo was taken at Meares Island, in Clayoquot Sound.

Tzenka Dianova, MMus, writes: “Last year I completed my doctoral degree in piano performance (20th century and contemporary music) at the University of Auckland, and now I am back in Victoria. At the moment I am concentrating on an international career as a concert pianist and an extended-piano-techniques instructor. I recently recorded two CDs for Atoll Records (New Zealand): one with solo keyboard works by Satie and Cage, and one with a piano concerto by NZ composer Eve De Castro-Robinson. My book John Cage's Prepared Piano: The Nuts & Bolts won the University of Auckland Best Doctoral Thesis Award and was published in Canada last month. I’m online at tzenkadianova.com

2001

Lisa Dorozio, BSW, completed her bachelor of education degree from the University of Calgary in April and will be teaching junior and senior high school social studies, as well as counselling women and youth. She finished her UVic Child and Youth Care degree in 1991.

2002

Stephen Mogatas, BSN, writes: “I am entering my fourth year as a clinical intern at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and was recently elected students’ council president. My wife and I are moving home next summer, where we will start our practice in Vancouver.”

Melanie Senick, BA (Political Science), has joined the Spokane, WA law firm of Lukins & Annis as a tax associate. She has worked previously in the US Tax Court in Washington, DC after earning her master of laws at New York University.


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2003

David Hill, MSc (Sport Science), has been named the new director of the National Coaching Institute of BC, based at UVic.

Thomas Lau, BA (Pacific and Asian Studies), lives in Kowloon, China where he has become the master franchise licensee of New York Fries, for Hong Kong and Macau with plans to expand into China and Taiwan.

Howard White, LLD (Hon), received the Order of Canada from Governor General Michaëlle Jean in Ottawa April 11, 2008.

2004

Maria Gallo, Dipl (Public Sector Management), sent an update from her home in Ireland: “I married a local Irishman artist, Morgan Ferriter, in January 2008 and we live happily in the breathtaking scenery of County Donegal. I also started a new job this year as senior development officer of St. Angela’s College, Sligo, the northwest campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway. I am currently reading for my doctorate in education at the University of Sheffield and extend warm greetings to all those who I met at my time at the School of Public Administration.”

Patrick White, BA (History), won the 2008 National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer, for an article entitled “Red Rush” that appeared in The Walrus (April 2007). The same article earned an honourable mention in the science, technology and the environment category. After UVic, Patrick graduated with honours from the School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and now works as a reporter for the Globe and Mail in their Toronto newsroom. He contributed the Vox Alumni column for the Torch, autumn 2006 edition.


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2005

Timothy Darvell, MEd (Counseling), is working with Vancouver Coastal Health: “My new position as a child and family therapist, with the Foundations Program, entails helping foster parents and children in care deal with issues relating to mental health. I have been a pre-games volunteer for VANOC, driving the shuttle for VANOC employees (cutting down on carbon emissions). I also work part-time (weekends) in the Downtown Eastside with adult mental health clients in a supported housing program run by MPA (Motivation, Power and Achievement Society).”

Jeremy Lutter, BA (Writing), is directing music videos and received the award for best BC music video at the Okanagan Film Festival this spring. That’s the good news. Things took a tragic turn while he was in Vernon for the awards presentation. Riding in a taxi one night, another vehicle broadsided the cab. The taxi driver was killed in the collision. Jeremy escaped with a few broken bones. While the injuries forced him to miss the presentation, he dedicated the award to the cab driver.

Rhonda Lee McIsaac, BA (English), has an update from her home in the Yukon: “After graduation, our family took a tour of the East Coast for about nine months. We returned to Ontario to work in my traditional territory for seven wonderful months. We then decided that we hadn’t travelled quite enough and figured the only road we hadn’t yet travelled was the highway to the Yukon. We’ve survived two winters up here in Whitehorse. I was recently hired by INAC to work as an implementation officer. There are 17 self-governing First Nations in Canada and we have 11 of them. I am putting my degree to work and am looking forward to educating the public and government about the self-governance model that is evolving in the Yukon. Life really is better up here!”
Michael Meehan, MBA, is leading Carbonetworks, which markets “green software” designed to help companies manage carbon emissions. The Victoria-based company is going through a considerable growth phase as its products are being used by more than 180 organizations around the world. The concept first occurred to Michael during his undergraduate studies at UVic.

Alistair Newton, BFA (Theatre), offers an update: “In August, I wrote and directed The Pastor Phelps Project: a fundamentalist cabaret, part of Toronto’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival. I collaborated with (four) fellow Phoenix Theatre alumni. The play parodies Christian fundamentalist pastor Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, and explores religious fundamentalism and the perpetuation of homophobia. The WBC caught wind of the play and promised to picket the opening performance, setting off a media storm. Although the WBC were prevented from entering Canada, over 200 members of Toronto's gay community showed up at the opening night in a show of solidarity. The show ended up selling out every performance, and was selected by Toronto’s NOW magazine as best ensemble, best direction, and best production. The experience was the most stressful and rewarding of my brief career.”

2006

Harrison Ayre, BA (Philosophy), writes: “After graduation, I accepted a position as office manager of St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the position as a director of the Edith Stein Society. Both positions have offered me invaluable opportunities for growth. Recently, I participated in the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, Poland, which was a life-altering experience that has only increased my love for learning that was instilled in me at UVic. I have also recently been accepted by the Diocese of Victoria as a seminarian and am now pursuing a master of divinity at Newman Theological College. This will be my first step towards eventually becoming an ordained Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Victoria.”

Peter Cavell, MMus (Composition), performed his one-man multimedia drama Walking the Labyrinth in the Ottawa and Toronto Fringe festivals this summer. He also staged a new, original musical called Death! in the London Fringe festival. www.petercavell.com.

Daniel Post, BA (History), writes: “In January, through a Canadian NGO (Volunteer International Christian Service), I began a volunteer teaching position in the Kingdom of Tonga.  I teach at ‘Api Fo’ou College in the island-nation’s capital of Nuku’alofa. I will be teaching history to form 5, 6 and 7 (grade 11, 12, and 13) until January 2010.”

2008

Tracy Carmichael (née Fischer), BSN, is employed by the Vancouver Island Health Authority: “I am working in the operating room and loving it. Thinking about doing my master’s but enjoying making some money finally.”


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IN MEMORIAM

Jerome “Joe” Armitage, VC ’42, died Aug. 9, 2008. An RCAF veteran, after he returned to Victoria Joe operated the Armitage Shell service station at Fort and Yates.
Kenneth Boulter, VC ’39, died Aug. 26, 2008. Ken had a career in library sciences at Simon Fraser University, following service in the RCAF.

Shawn Cafferky, MA ’90 (History), a professor in the Department of History, died suddenly on Sept. 6, 2008. After completing his PhD at Carleton, he held a joint faculty position between UVic and the Royal Military College. He had been centrally involved in the department’s Veterans’ Oral History Project. Donations may be made to the Dr. Shawn Cafferky Scholarship in Military History, through the History Department.

Paige Cameron, BA ’07 (Child and Youth Care), died on Aug. 11, 2008 at the age of 24. She leaves behind an incredibly large circle of friends and family and had just begun her career with Sooke Family Services. Diagnosed with CREST syndrome seven years ago, she was committed to living her life to the fullest.

Shirley Case, BA ’00 (Leisure Service Administration), was murdered by Taliban forces on Aug. 13, 2008 while on a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan. Two other aid workers were also killed in the ambush. All were working for the International Rescue Committee. Shirley had arrived in the country in June and had been focusing on improving the lives of Afghan people, particularly women, girls and children with disabilities. She had previously coordinated and supported programs for CARE in Banda Aceh and Chad. During her years at UVic she became known for her dedication, enthusiasm and her ability to help people with exceptional needs. She was 30.

John Climenhaga, DSc ’96, died on May 27, 2008. Joining the faculty of Victoria College in 1949 as the head of physics, John became an influential builder of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UVic. He also served as dean of arts and science during the turbulent years of 1969–72 and became widely regarded for his trademark consistency and fair-mindedness. The Elliott Building’s observatory was named in his honour upon his retirement in 1982.

Horace Dawson, VC ’33, died Aug. 23, 2008 in his 95th year. He taught in the Victoria school system for 46 years, beginning at the age of 17.

David Ferne, MPA ’77, passed away April 26th, 2008. He’s survived by his wife Joy, daughters Linda Adams (Marty), Sharon Sinclair (Robert) and son-in-law Mike Waterman. He was an active member of the UVic Alumni Association and the Toastmasters club. A man of integrity and a respected investment advisor, Dave worked for 38 years for James Richardson and Sons (later called Richardson Greenshields). Donations in David’s memory may be made to the UVic Alumni Association.

Gladys Mah (née Nipp), VC ’42, died Aug. 7, 2008 at the age of 84. She and her husband enjoyed many years of travelling the world together.
Mike McCahill, VC ’43, died June 18, 2008 at the age of 82. Mike earned his BLSc at the University of Toronto and spent most of his career at the U of T’s Robarts Library, having a major role in establishing its computer cataloguing system. Mike returned to Victoria in 1986 and enjoyed politics, culture and volunteering—including an active role with the Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle Alumni Association.

Ina-Marie Ostendorf (née Salmon), VC ’45, died in Seattle on Aug. 4, 2008. Ina and her brother, Dr. Peter Salmon, were excellent swimmers with the Archie McKinnon Flying Y Swim Team.

Margaret Constable (née Schofield), BEd ’89, died of breast/bone cancer on May 10, 2008 in Invermere, a few weeks shy of her 45th birthday.  She leaves her husband Greg and their two children, William age 15 and Christine age 8. Margaret taught in Yahk for two years and in Edgewater for a year. She’s also survived by her mother, Betty Schofield, BEd ’70.

Jonathan Sutherland Snyder, BA ’03 (English), a captain with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, died on June 8, 2008 while on foot patrol near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was 26 years old and originally from Penticton. Jon’s commanding officer remembered him as an exceptional soldier and leader.

Tommy Tomkinson, VC ’46, died Sept. 4, 2008 after a long military career and many years of service to the Victoria community.

Norman Wylie, VC ’46, died Aug. 17, 2008. He spent his entire career with the provincial government ministries of transportation and health.






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