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Let your friends from UVic know what’s been going on in your life. Send your latest news to torch@uvic.ca. You can also go to uvic.ca/torch to find our online reply form.


Syd Bulman-Fleming, BSc (Physics), and Barbara (McKellar) Bulman-Fleming have news: “We’re very excited to be returning to Victoria after living for over 40 years in Ontario, 37 of them in Waterloo. Syd is a long-time member of the Wilfrid Laurier University math department and will enjoy a ‘terminal’ one-year sabbatical before officially retiring in June, 2010. Barbara has been retired from the University of Waterloo psychology department for the last couple of years. Our sons Jon and Neil and their wives, many old friends, and the (normally!) mild Victoria winters are part of the magnet that draws us back to BC. The saddest part, of course, is moving farther from our eldest son Andy and his family in Montreal, as well as from our many other dear friends and relatives in ‘the East’. But we will continue to visit them, and hope they will come to see us often as well.”

James Goff, BA (Geography). After 25 years as a travel wholesaler, Jim is now a realtor with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty in Saanich.

Carol Wootton, BA (English and German), has published a new book, Out of Hungary, which includes an account of her days as a piano student in Vienna in 1956 and the influence on that city of the Hungarian Revolution.


Sam Frketich, BEd, began his teaching career at Pemberton elementary/secondary school in 1960. “With the exception of one school year to complete my degree, I have been involved with teaching at all grade levels and in a variety of teaching and administrative positions since. After retirement in 2002, I began supervising student teachers—a task I greatly enjoy. My goal is to be involved in education for 50 years.”

Rupee Pallan, BEd, and Corol Pallan (née Smith), BEd, are living in Victoria and have retired from their teaching careers. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2009.


Richard Brown, BSc (Psychology)
, writes from Halifax: “I have been reading the spring 2009 Torch and was saddened to read of the death of Dr. Bill Gaddes of the Psychology Department. After graduating from UVic, I completed an MA, a PhD in psychology at Dalhousie University and then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the animal behaviour research group at Oxford. I was inspired to go into psychology by professors at UVic, especially Charles Tolman, Dick May and Howard Simmons. I was inspired by Nicolas Tinbergen’s lecture at UVic in 1967 or 1968 to study animal behaviour and was fortunate to work in the research group that he founded at Oxford. Since 1978, I have been teaching psychology at Dalhousie University and from 1989-96 and 2002-2008 was the chairman of the psychology department. During the 2008-09 academic year, I was the senior visiting research fellow at St. John’s College Oxford, and worked on projects in psychology and physiology. So, although I did not take any courses with Bill Gaddes, I do have fond memories of my UVic years and am happy that I was so well prepared at UVic for my future in psychology.”


Marjorie (Mardi) Davis McKellips, BFA (Theatre), has “moved back to Portland from Ashland, Oregon. It has been a long, strange ride but all is well. I have been terrible at keeping in touch. Please feel free to contact me, all you early ’70s theatre people mmckellips@jeffnet.org.”

Richard Stevenson, BA (English), is an English teacher at Lethbridge College and in 2008 published three books, bringing his total to 23 titles. A former editor-in-chief of Prism international, he has served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities over the years. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the US, and overseas. He has also given numerous workshops in writing and publishing and has read to enthusiastic audiences at venues across the country. He also performs with the jazz/poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch.


Cathy Lavoie (née Clarkson), DPED, retired in June 2008 after 33 years of teaching French at the secondary level. She’s remained in Victoria all her life and “is loving the retired life in this beautiful city.”



Sophie Lang, BA (Linguistics), returned to live and look for work in Victoria. “After leaving UVic, I became a registered nurse, then a stay-at-home mother, and now a psychologist. I have two grown sons, and have had a thriving career as a counselling psychologist in Calgary, but now am eager to come ‘home’ to Victoria and hope to bump into several old classmates.”


Theresa Kishkan, BA (Writing), has released a new novel, The Age of Water Lilies (Brindle & Glass). It tells the story of the relationship between a seven-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman and is set near Ross Bay Cemetery. Theresa wrote about the development of the novel in her Vox Alumni contribution to the spring 2007 edition of the magazine.

Evelyn LeRose, BEd, sends this: “After teaching 36 years in BC I retired because I had reached the magic number. But I still was keen and energized to continue teaching so I accepted a job at the American School of Dubai, UAE. This is teaching like it used to be in BC in the 70s: lots of money, camaraderie, fun and teachers are respected. Only 18 kids in a class and a minimum of two preps a day and sometimes three a day. I am in teacher heaven. If there are UVIC alumni in Dubai I would love to hear from you or if you would like more info on teaching overseas please write me, teachdubai@gmail.com.”


Monica Kulling, BA (Writing), continues her authorship of books that introduce biography to kids who are just learning to read. Her latest, It’s a Snap (Tundra Books), is about film and Brownie camera inventor George Eastman. She has written 26 non-fiction and fiction books, including picture books, poetry and biographies.



Mariam S. Pal, BA (Sociology), writes: “After working in international development for 20 years, I returned to Canada in 2002 and studied law at McGill. On March 16 I was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board’s Montreal office, in the immigration appeals division.”

Richard “Rick” Philps, LLB, is practicing law in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the law firm of Petersen & Philps. “I love Costa Rica, but I still dream of Vancouver Island in the summer.”


writes from Castlegar:
“ I have recently completed a book called The Gated Society (Rowman and Littlefield) in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators. The book calls for a fundamental reform of public education systems around the ‘form, function and practice” of the Information Age.’”


Thomas Lowry, BA (Political Science), writes from his home in Ottawa: “I have been with the RCMP for the last 24 years. I have been posted to Quebec, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and now Ottawa. I am currently the senior financial officer for Quebec and Ontario. I have been married for 20 years and have two boys, 14 and 10, who are both busy with hockey. I continued my studies and completed a Diploma in Public Sector Management with UVic, an MBA from the University of Regina, and a master’s fegree in economic crime management from Utica College in upstate New York. We moved to Ottawa two years ago and decided to stay since the children are getting older and looking for some stability. We have had seven transfers over the last 24 years. All my family live in Victoria so I try to get home as often as I can.”

Kelly Orr, LLB, ran a sole practice for many years and has been practicing with Browne Associates for the past 10 years. “I am also a founding member of the Mount Douglas Secondary Alumni Association and invite all graduates of Mount Douglas Secondary School to join by going to mountdougalumni.com.”

Tracy Redies, BA (Economics and Asian Studies), was appointed president and CEO of Coast Capital Savings this spring. Her hiring followed a 20-year career with HSBC, including the post of executive vice-president. Tracy lives in Surrey with her husband and four school-aged kids. Coast Capital Savings is the second largest credit union in Canada, with 50 branches on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Warren Taninbaum, MPA, writes: “Since February, I have been mobilized to active duty, serving with the Navy Seabees in Iraq as their supply officer. I have been a commander in the US Navy Reserves for 22 years. When not in the military, I sell body armour to the US military and federal agencies.”



Terence A. Schultes, LLB, has been appointed a judge of the BC Supreme Court after six years as Vancouver’s regional Crown counsel.


Kerry Godfrey, BSc (Geography), writes: “I’ve returned to Canada after 20 years in the UK, to take up the position of director of the school of hospitality and tourism management at the University of Guelph. It was only ever meant to be one year abroad, but…”


Rob Calnan, MEd, is the 2009 winner of the School of Nursing Alumni Award of Excellence. Rob, who completed his BSN in 1987, was recognized for his work in advancing nursing education and inspiring public confidence in nursing. He is the manager of general surgery and women’s health services at the Victoria General Hospital and a team member of program and home therapy support with the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Rob was a representative at the World Health Organization through the International Council of Nurses, helped establish major funding for HIV/AIDS education in South Africa, and led funding efforts for the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Initiative.

Douglas Clark, BSc (Biology), has been named the centennial chair in the University of Saskatchewan’s school of environment and stability. He spent 11 years in natural resource conservation with Parks Canada after earning his PhD in geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Vanessa Winn, BA (English), is a writer in Victoria: “My first novel of historical fiction, The Chief Factor’s Daughter (TouchWood Editions), has been released for fall 2009.”



Gary Anderson, BSW, is working for the new Alberta Health Services as a mental health therapist in Three Hills, Alberta.

Andrew Hendry, BSc (Biology), received a 2009 NSERC Steacie Fellowship for research. He is an evolutionary biologist based at McGill University.


Troy Griffiths, BCom, president and CEO of Vigil Health Solutions, was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver magazine’s Top Forty under 40 for 2008. Vigil specializes in seniors housing technology, including nurse call and dementia monitoring systems.


Brad Cran, BFA (Writing), is the City of Vancouver’s new Poet Laureate for 2009-11. Under the city’s terms of the honorary appointment, he will be “a champion for poetry, language and the arts, and create a unique artistic legacy through public readings and civic interactions.” His book, Hope in the Shadows: Stories and Photographs of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (with Gillian Jerome, Arsenal Pulp Press) won the 2008 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Matthew Scott, BCom, left Crawley Meredith Brush LLP in June 2009 to join CI Investments Inc. as vice-president, chief litigation counsel. Matthew is very much looking forward to a trip back to Vancouver with his family to enjoy a men’s qualification playoff ice hockey game at Canada Hockey Place, and freestyle skiing at Cypress, during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Matthew is married to Meghan Scott, an assistant crown attorney in Toronto, and has two children, Turner and Alexandra.



Phil Frost, BA (Psychology/Sociology), has been living in Florida since graduation. “While living on the island I did a lot of fishing and have continued to do so since moving to the Sunshine State. I’ll be spending much of my summers pursuing trophy bass, looking to hang another one on my wall (see photo of eight-pounder caught late last summer). Any of my old friends from the SUB who want to come to Florida for a visit can e-mail: rottiesofpdl@embarqmail.com.”

Diana Weld, BEd, has been teaching social studies and geography for 10 years at her old high school. She finished her masters in administration and supervision in 1994 (Gonzaga). Her husband Bill has recently sold a business he spent 10 years building and has bought a fishing gear distributorship. They got married earlier this year and have two young children (4 and 1).


Bevin Carithers, BA (Geography), writes from Colorado: “I am serving as the director of outdoor stewardship programs at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Our organization works with federal, state and local agencies to execute large-scale conservation and preservation programs throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. We are currently embarking on a strategic effort to create citizen stewards of our natural resources through hands-on outdoor volunteer experiences.”

Mary-Anne Neal, MEd, went to Africa this summer: “I accompanied a small team of five Canadians from Teachers Without Borders Canada. We developed curriculum materials and resources to share with teachers in Kenya. We met with government officials, school staff and community members. Our primary goal was to build capacity within the community by conducting professional development workshops, collaborating, mentoring and supporting our African colleagues and their students. This project is something I have wanted to do since I was 12 years old.”

Sarah Roberts, BA (English), has published her first book, a collection of short stories entitled Wax Boats (Caitlin Press). “I studied writing and it was the amazing connections I made at school which helped keep me focused all these years on this lofty goal of being a writer. My teachers Jack Hodgins, Patrick Lane, David Godfrey, and Mark Jarman, inspired with such fire that my passion kept burning for a decade (while waitressing, etc.) until I got a book deal!”


Kelly Neufeld Buccini, BA (Child and Youth Care), sends an update: “After three wonderful years with Lalum’utul’ Smun’eem (Cowichan Tribes), I have moved to Mission in the Fraser Valley (my husband’s job forced the move). I have been fortunate enough to continue my career with Xyolhemeylh Child and Family Services as a team leader for the Agassiz office. I’m enjoying the rural life and focus of the work, and look forward to learning more about the Sto:lo people, and making new friends.”

Randy Hart, MA (Sociology & CSPT), writes: “After leaving UVic, I earned a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Toronto. In 2007-08 I was an assistant professor in the department of social sciences at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto. Since 2008, I have been an assistant professor at Southern Utah University. I have recently been invited by UNESCO to present in Frankfurt at the UN’s conference, UNESCO and the Cold War.”

Erin Karpluk, BFA (Theatre), received a Gemini nomination for her leading role in the CBC Television dramatic comedy Being Erica. See the spring 2009 edition of the magazine for our feature profile of her.

David Kidd, BCom, sends an update: “On June 1, I changed to a new position in the power business unit for Schneider Electric. This is a global position and my new role will be strategy director, power solutions for data centres. I continue to live and work in San Francisco and I recently married (June 6, 2008). My wife is from Beirut, Lebanon and we met via my friend and her cousin in late 2007.”


Daniel McElroy, BA (History), writes: “I’m back in Victoria, working as in-house counsel, after doing my law degree in Halifax and working in Calgary for three years.”
Kelly W. Sundberg, BA (Political Science), and Caroline D. Lesser Sundberg “would like to announce the birth of our first child, Maxfield Thomas Sundberg. He was born March 24th, 2009 at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, at 9 lbs. 7 oz.”



Gerald Chang, BCom (International Business), is the new chief financial officer of ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. of Victoria, a supplier of antibodies for research labs. Chang co-founded the Commerce Mutual Investment Club at UVic and he studied and worked in Beijing in the year after graduation. ImmunoPrecise was founded by Robert Beecroft, BSc ’84, and is based at the Vancouver Island Technology Park in Saanich.

Tara Lynne Cox, BSN, writes: “I am very excited, as I have just purchased a new home. Moving from Vancouver (Marpole area) to Maple Ridge. Can’t wait to be settled in to the place.”

Charlotte Rennison, BA (Psychology), is the owner of Victoria Costumes, offering costume rentals for practically any occasion. “Saanichton’s costume sweetheart” earned the 2009 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce award for best new business and second prize for innovation and entrepreneurship.


Sarah Kobayashi (née Edwards Glide), BSW, moved to Toronto after graduation and married Toshi in 2005. She got her MSW from York in 2008 and had a baby girl, Naomi Marie, on October 27, 2008. She has been on maternity leave from the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto.

Philip Kevin Paul, BA (Writing), made the shortlist for a 2009 ReLit Award for his poetry collection Little Hunger (Nightwood). The ReLit Awards were founded in 2000 and emphasize the importance of ideas over big-money prizes. A member of the WSÁ, NEC (Saanich) Nation, he resides in Brentwood Bay.

Shaun Wysiecki, BA (Political Science), was elected to Colwood City Council in November 2008, at the age of 23.



Emily McGiffin, BSc (Biology), won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, with a cash prize of $5,000. Emily was selected for her collection, Wokkpash and Other Poems, which the judges found to be “perceptive, visceral, and steeped in lyrical wisdom.” Her poetry has twice been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and has appeared in the Malahat Review. She is working toward an MSc in rural development through the University of London. Last year’s recipient was also a UVic alumna, Marjorie Celona, BA ’06 (Writing).

Corey Newcomb, BA (History), and Wanqing Wang, BA (Linguistics), send an update: “After finishing UVic, we spent three years in Japan. I taught English on the JET program while my wife completed her MA in linguistics at Kobe University. After returning to Canada I completed my urban planning diploma at Langara College, and my wife worked in tourism in downtown Vancouver. We currently live in Surrey because of its geographic location, proximity of transportation connections, lower housing costs, and mix of cultures and food choices.”

Benjamin Perry, BSc (Linguistics), is in Vancouver and works as a speech language pathologist: “I work for the First Nations Steering Committee. We are a provincial resource body for First Nations schools (on reserve). I fly, boat and drive to on-reserve schools and provide consultative speech and language services.”


Amanda Dalgetty (née Nowak), BSN, was one of the first three recipients of the Rising Star Award from the College of Registered Nurses of BC. The award is for “registrants who have exceeded the expectations of their employers or colleagues and demonstrated excellence in the nursing profession.” She’s a clinical nurse educator at BC Children’s Hospital, serving as a preceptor to countless new nurses and designing a mentorship program.


John Kirkpatrick, BEng (Mechanical), writes: “I have just about finished my training to be a Wireline engineer, but with the slow times it has been difficult to get the hands on experience I need to complete my training. The ‘compact’ tools I will be working on have all sorts of capabilities to tell us about rock formations such as density, resistivity and porosity (nuclear, resistive and sonic tools). Some of the wells I have been working on were more than 3500m deep, other wells have been down to depths of 6000m or more.”

Alexandra Seidenshaw, BSc (Psychology), sends this: “My husband (Blake Seidenshaw, BA (Anthropology/Environmental Studies), and I moved to New York City after both being accepted to schools here. We had been traveling and living in India for the last two years studying yoga. I am doing an MA in the applied psychology – counselling program at NYU Steinhardt. I am also teaching yoga and developing a yoga program as addictions therapy for people in 12-step programs. Blake got a full scholarship to Fordham University in interdisciplinary studies, and we are happy to be back in school together. We are just enjoying life in the big city.”



SDacia Douhaibi, BA (Psychology), became one of the first two members of the public to receive an e-mail from Queen Elizabeth, in April. The message was in response to a blog the social worker wrote for the Buckingham Palace website in conjunction with the Commonwealth’s 60th anniversary. Dacia, 24, blogged about her experiences in northern BC working as a youth and family program coordinator for an aboriginal run non-profit organization.

Helen HL Wong, BSW, is currently working towards her diploma program in counseling psychology at UBC. Beside her employment as a social worker with the Providence Health Care, she works at several residential group homes to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities. She also volunteers on the crisis line, and facilitates a weekly parent support group.


Isaiah Bell, BMus, won the classical voice competition and the Jan Simons Award for Song Interpretation at the National Music Festival this summer in Saskatoon. The competition included 45 minutes of singing the music of Rossini, Gluck, Bach, Schumann and Britten. Bell, who performed at the 2008 UVic Legacy Awards, is part of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists Program.

Victoria College

Michiel Horn, VC ’58, “retired from full-time employment in 2008 but still teach one course a year. My most recent book, York University: The Way Must Be Tried, was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2009. Currently I’m translating Concentration Camp Diary, by David Koker (1921-45), from Dutch into English for publication by Northwestern University Press in 2010.”

Charles La Vertu, VC ’62 The former Martlet editor (64-65), after 20 years in the news business and another 20 years in government communications has come out of a short retirement to launch a Vancouver Island sports news network (islandsportsnews.net). A weekly local sports newspaper is slated to follow. Noting that there is virtually no coverage of local non-professional sports in the mainstream media, La Vertu says ISN will be relying on the teams, the leagues, parents, spectators, the athletes themselves to feed the network with stories and picture from their games, tournaments, events.



Mollie Archibald, VC ’27, passed away on April 19, 2009 in Duncan and is lovingly remembered by her family.

Alan H. Batey, VC ’38, died on April 10, 2009. He taught woodworking at Victoria High and later became principal of the Institute for Adult Studies. He was a driving force for the creation of Camosun College.

Peggy Bell, VC ’31, died on March 5, 2009 in Victoria. Peggy taught kindergarten for many years and travelled much of the world.

Muriel Buller, PNS ’28, died on April 4, 2009. She was committed to caring for others and loved horseback riding, driving her 1967 MGB, and being among family and friends.

Don Cameron, VC ’43, passed away on March 14, 2009. Don served as a pilot in the RAF and worked in forest engineering for the BC Forest Service. He’s remembered for his humour, loyalty and smile.

Marilyn Clayards, VC ’42, passed away on April 7, 2009. Born into a Saanich pioneering family, she was an active volunteer with the St. Stephen’s ACW, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary, and the Saanich Agricultural Society.

Margaret Colley, VC ’46, died on April 15, 2009 in Victoria and is remembered as a kind, gentle lady.

Pat Collis (née Payte), VC ’42, died on February 3, 2009. She was a born teacher and enjoyed many years with her students.

Norman Colvin, VC ’37, died on May 15, 2009. He worked as a chemist for the provincial government and enjoyed painting and music—especially baroque and jazz.

Arthur William Eede, VC ’45. A trusted insurance agent, he worked for Boorman’s for many years, he was also a talented hockey player and coach in his younger years and maintained a lifelong interest in the game.

Dr. William Gibson, VC ’29, University Chancellor from 1985-90, died on July 5, 2009 in Oak Bay. From 1950 to 1978, Dr. Gibson was at UBC, initially as professor of neurological research and then professor of history of medicine and science. Dr. Gibson was involved in municipal politics in Vancouver and generated support for construction of the Stanley Park seawall and Van Dusen Gardens. He wrote 11 books and more than 150 scientific papers. His achievements were recognized with the awarding of the BC Centennial medal in 1967, the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 1967 and the Order of Canada in 2002. “Long before becoming our chancellor, he was involved in advising the university on forward-thinking academic program development and after his two terms…he remained engaged with many aspects of university life,” Vice-President of External Relations Valerie Kuehne told the Times Colonist. “We have lost one of the university’s true builders and friends.”

Robert Harrison, MSc (Physics) ’72, joined BC Cancer Research after completing his master’s degree and worked with medical biophysics team and the medical physics group. His work involved the development of advanced treatment systems.

Gordon Harwood, VC ’41, passed away on March 14, 2009. He spent his entire career as an accountant for Victoria Plywood. He was beloved for his humour and unfailing generosity.

Dr. William Levis, VC ’47, completed his medical training at UBC and was a co-founder of St. Anthony’s Clinic in Colwood. He was born in Allan, SK and moved with his family, in 1933, to Dr. Tolmie’s Braefoot Estates subdivision.

Shirley McPhail (née Cook), VC ’39, died after a short illness in her 88th year, in Victoria. She had a keen interest in national and world events, music, history, art, archaeology, reading and wildlife.

Leslie Millin, VC ’59, died at the age of 66 on June 10, 2009. A career writer, editor administrator, and a Globe & Mail columnist by his mid-20s, he held positions with the CRTC, Secretary of State, Science Council of Canada, Expo ’86, the Spicer Commission on Canada’s Future, the Task Force on the Atlantic Fishery, and Health Canada’s Science Advisory Board. Leslie leaves a sister, Roseann, daughters Deirdre and Sarah, and his wife Elsie Wollaston, BA ’65 (English).

Margaret Phillipson, PNS ’28, passed away on March 25, 2009 in Victoria. She enjoyed a lengthy career in education, starting in the Peace River School District.

John Richardson, VC ’44, died on Dec. 26, 2008 at the age of 81. John served in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry from 1945 to 1973, retiring as regimental sergeant major.

Hugh Rundle, VC ’40, died on April 19th, 2009, in Victoria—a wonderful father, devoted husband, and a kind, generous man. He served in World War II from 1942-45.

Bob Thompson, VC ’46, died on Dec. 26, 2008. He taught in BC for 30 years, including 25 years as a science teacher in Maple Ridge.

Clara Wilson, VC ’33, died on April 10, 2009. She was a long-time member of the Oak Bay United Church and active at the Monterey Community Centre where she played crib and attended photo club meetings.

Bob Zellinsky, VC ’42, passed away on Jan. 22, 2009 after a brave struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a mechanical engineer and a passionate golfer, joining Point Grey Golf Club in 1977.

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