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72 years of History from

trade school to college to university

Golden Girls of Malaspina


The Flavour of Culinary Arts


Campus Developments · the new BreeD of mBas • a-Channel’s DavID wIwChar

Alumni stay connected with malaspina university-College—now Vancouver Island University please keep in touch with us! We would love to hear about your accomplishments. please update your contact information at so we can send you your copy of Journey and keep you informed about relevant news, reunions, and events.

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HAve you purCHAseD your Alumni privilege CArD? malaspina and viu alumni can purchase an Alumni privilege Card for an annual fee of $10 and receive these on-campus benefits: Vancouver Island University Library Access to most of the library resources at less than half of the regular community rate Vancouver Island University Gymnasium Approximately 25% discount on regular rates on memberships and squash courts Vancouver Island University Theatre present your card at the box office to get student rates the suCCess of any sChool Is DetermIneD By the strength of Its graDuates.

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table of contents 3 president’s viewpoint 4 Campus news malaspina university-College receives university designation 10 Alumni news 16 The new Breed of mBAs Tomorrow’s executives today 18 Athletics The golden girls of malaspina

20 malaspina Foundation Festival of Trees and student success 22 The lens Doesn’t lie Filmmaker and activist shoots and scores 24 The media is the voyage The journey of mal u-C’s first BA english grad 26 Class notes 28 milner gardens 29 Calendar of events

photo: John gardiner

19 Hyde and gold seek mariner coach named best all around in CCAA

enjoy the It is an honour to offer the inaugural edition of Journey to the alumni of Malaspina University-College, Malaspina College and the Vocational Training School. Journey will be published in the spring and fall to keep alumni connected with the institution and share in the accomplishments of distinguished alumni. Malaspina is currently going through a period of dynamic change, including the creation of new facilities, new programs, and the recent announcement that the institution will receive full university status and be renamed Vancouver Island University (VIU). University designation will lead to increased access for students to university degree programs without impacting the current quality of education. Whether you graduated last year or more than 60 years ago, alumni are a vital part of the legacy of Malaspina and a key contributor to where the institution is today. Inside this issue, you will find the personal stories of just a few of the successful alumni around the world that are now making a difference


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in their communities. Also, you will read about the changes happening at Vancouver Island University including new programs, new faculty, and new facilities. We are also proud to highlight the Mariners women’s volleyball team that did not lose a game all year on their way to a national title. I hope the stories bring back memories of when you were on campus and renew your sense of pride in being alumni of Malaspina UniversityCollege.

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We are proud to celebrate alumni accomplishments and we encourage you to contact us about those people, places, and things that you would like to see highlighted in the magazine. Feedback is always welcome and you can contact the Alumni Relations Office by e-mail,, phone (250) 740-6215, or fax (250) 740-6491.

Journey is published in the spring and fall by vancouver island university’s Development and Alumni office and is distributed free of charge to alumni and friends. All material is copyright © 2008, vancouver island university Development and Alumni, and may be reprinted with written permission. opinions expressed in the magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of vancouver island university. The vancouver island university community acknowledges and thanks the Tla’Amin, Qualicum, snaw naw As, snuneymuxw, Quw’utsun, Halalt, penelakut, lyackson, Chemainus, and lake Cowichan First nations on whose traditional lands we teach, learn, research, live and share knowledge.

Sincerely, David Forrester Manager, Alumni Relations Vancouver Island University

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President’s Viewpoint Welcome to the first edition of Journey, a publication designed for the Alumni of Malaspina University-College and Vancouver Island University.

ment to maintaining strong connections

College, between 1969 and 1989;

with our alumni will never change.

Malaspina University-College 1989

Our connections to you represent one

– 2008, and now the students that will graduate in the future from Vancouver

of the most important relationships we have. As Malaspina ambassadors you

Island University.

represent our institution around the

As Malaspina (now VIU) continues

The timing to release this new publica-

world. In recognition of this important

to grow, input and support from our

tion is perfect. As we launch this new

role you play, we want to ensure that we

alumni will be valuable and cru-

magazine, we are also moving forward

are providing you with opportunities,

cial. You represent our history; you

an important new chapter in our insti-

benefits, information, and support that

embody the very best of what we do.

tutional “Journey.”

allow you to stay connected with your

It is my hope that we will remain con-

peers and instructors.

nected and enjoy a long and rewarding

Malaspina University-College has

Although our Alumni Relations office

journey together.

received full university designation and

is relatively new and was established

has been re-named Vancouver Island

in May, 2003, the office represents

University. Although our institution

over 35,000 graduates from the Vo-

continues to undergo considerable and

cational Training School, Nanaimo,

exciting transformation, our commit-

between 1936 and 1971; Malaspina

As some of our readers may be aware,

Dr. Ralph Nilson President and CEO Vancouver Island University

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by David Forrester


Now Enjoying the VIU The Malaspina Theatre was filled to capacity on April 23rd as Premier Gordon Campbell and Education Minister Murray Coell announced that Malaspina University-College will become a university, re-named Vancouver Island University.

for post-secondary education in B.C., which includes a responsive system that creates more high-quality opportunities for students, and to be a leader in research support.”

“Vancouver Island University will

“This is in part because an innovative

be a critical educational, social and

institutional model that incorporates

“University status will bring enormous

economic hub, giving thousands of

developmental, vocational and un-

benefits to our students and communi-

students from Vancouver Island a

dergraduate education has not been

ties, while retaining our local focus and

chance to get the education they want

adopted elsewhere in Canada. It is in

our emphasis, above all, on excellent

closer to home,” Campbell said. “VIU

part because the label was deliberately

teaching,” said Malaspina University-

will build on its international reputa-

intended to connote a hybrid, and

College president Ralph Nilson. “This

tion for its Aboriginal focused pro-

therefore something which is neither

designation will increase access to

grams, leading-edge Coastal Resource

completely one thing nor another. And

university degree programs in central

Management programs, and trades

it is, in part, be-

and technology programs.”

cause Thompson

Officials from Malaspina University-

Rivers University

College had been lobbying for university designation since 2004. Support for such a designation was made in a comprehensive 2007 report that analyzed the state of British Columbia’s higher education system. The report, entitled Access and Excellence: The Campus 2020 Plan for British Columbia’s PostSecondary Education System, made 52 recommendations to government on how to build on the strengths of B.C.’s


this new university is part of our vision

and UBC Okanagan were created to respond to regional demands for access. These initiatives, while innovative, implied there was

Vancouver Island and

“University status will bring enormous benefits to our students and communities, while retaining our local focus”

something transitional, rather than final, in the concept of the university college.”

in Powell River without impacting the breadth of training currently available.” While university designation is a significant step for Malaspina University-College, the history of the institution will not be forgotten. Faculty, staff, and students that

attended the Vocational Training School, Malaspina College, and Malaspina Uni-

existing system of higher education.

The new Vancouver Island University

versity-College created the history of the

These recommendations included the

will focus on the training needs of the

institution and will play a key role in the

re-designation of B.C.’s university-col-

region and build on its provincial, na-

future of Vancouver Island University.

leges as regional universities.

tional and international reputation.

President Nilson is committed to

“The university college model of learn-

“It was clear from the Campus 2020

honouring the Malaspina name and

ing has succeeded, but, for several

process that British Columbians want

will be recommending that the Na-

reasons, the label has failed,” project

access to university degree programs

naimo campus of VIU be named

leader Geoff Plant said in the report.

closer to home,” Coell said. “Creating

the Malaspina campus.

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shellfish genomics lab established at viu


ancouver Island University will expand existing research capacity

at the Centre for Shellfish Research by establishing a Genomics Laboratory, thanks to an investment of more than $400,000 by the Government of Canada through Western Economic photo: viu Communications

Diversification Canada. “Our government’s contribution to this project will ensure Canadians are at the leading-edge of shellfish aquaculture,” said James Lunney, Member of Parliament for NanaimoAlberni. “Shellfish aquaculture has significant economic potential for coastal communities, and this project will be the first of its kind in British Columbia.” The funding will support and enhance shellfish genomics research capacity in B.C. through the acquisition and installation of genomic science equipment that will examine

l-r: Dr. ralph nilson, viu president; Dr. Helen gurney-smith, Csr research manager; Dr. James lunney, mp nanaimo-Alberni; Brian Kingzett, Csr Field station manager

biological and environmental stress

and in doing so, providing valuable

factors inherent in shellfish.

research opportunities for VIU undergraduate and graduate students.”

“Shellfish aquaculture is an important component of sustainable coastal

As a result of the investment, VIU will

economies,” said VIU President Dr.

also develop research tools to diagnose

Ralph Nilson. “The Centre for Shellfish

stress factors related to transportation,

Research has taken a leadership posi-

pollution, and environment in hatch-

tion addressing critical research needs,

ery-reared larvae and adult shellfish. According to VIU’s Director of Facilities and the project’s coordinator, Ric Kelm, the Master Plan will be developed with input from a wide range of constituents, including alumni. “Input from the community, both graduates and current students, our neighbours, employees and anyone using or visiting the

Alumni opinions needed for new campus master plan

campus, is an important factor of this plan,” said Kelm. “This input will assist VIU in creating a vision to grow our campus in ways that best support the needs of the entire community.” VIU has held several campus open houses to gather data and has set up a

Vancouver Island University has seen

“This new Master Plan will provide VIU

website to allow the public to comment

unprecedented growth over the past

with a strategic and organized approach

on the plan. “We want the community

ten years, and the pace is not about to

to expand our Nanaimo campus,” said

to tell us how they envision the campus

slow down. To plan for that growth,

President Ralph Nilson. “The plan is

of the future,” said Kelm. “We hope the

the institution is about to undertake a

also an important requirement when

community will tell us how they would

master planning process that will plan

applying for government funding and

like the campus to look and feel.” To ac-

for the next five, ten, fifteen, twenty

will assist us in saving facilities and

cess the website, alumni are encouraged

years and beyond.

infrastructure costs in the future.”

to go to

spring/summer 2008 | viu.CA/Alumni


VIU Offering Graduate Programs Master of Business Administration and MScIB In 2007, Vancouver Island Univer-

applied at regional, national, and

sity began offering its first master’s

international levels.

degree program.

“Our faculty has wanted to offer this

Students can earn both a VIU Master

program for five years,” said Mike

and a University of Hertfordshire Master of Science in International

Mann, Dean of the Faculty of Management. “It’s very exciting that this master’s has our own stamp on it and it’s very satisfying to

Business (MScIB) at the same time, without leaving Nanaimo. This dual Canadian/British program is a partnership between VIU

“It’s very exciting that this master’s has our own stamp on it and it’s very satisfying to offer it.”

and the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. It is designed to give students an opportunity to combine knowledge and practical experience through the integration of theory, research, and practice that can be

photo: viu Communications

of Business Administration (MBA)

offer it.” With credentials from two continents, this intensive 14-month program provides

Brock Dykeman

graduates with the

“They will learn how to manage in an

support and skills

international context, as well as learning

needed to apply

standard management elements.”

for management

While the program is very demanding,

positions in North America and around the world. “Students will get an excellent management education through this program,” said Brock Dykeman, director of MBA programs at VIU.

Dykeman says it is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree. Students will not only learn the intricacies of international business in a classroom setting, they will also gain hands-on work experience through internships.

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership


Vancouver Island teachers have an exciting opportunity to upgrade their education.

or north Island region by a local

the B.C. context and engage in active

post-secondary institution. “Many

research of importance to themselves,

American universities have offered

their students, and their schools.

educational leadership degrees, but

Janzen said the new M.Ed was devel-

these programs are not embedded

oped after an extensive review of VIU’s

enough within the B.C. context,” said

education programs. He said plans are

Vancouver Island University is launch-

Dr. Harry Janzen, Dean, Faculty of

underway to develop another master’s

ing a new Master’s Degree in Edu-

Education at VIU. “Vancouver Island

program in special education, a new

cational Leadership at the Nanaimo

school districts have been asking for a

five-year Bachelor of Education degree

campus in September 2008.

made-in B.C. program for years.”

redesigned for elementary school teach-

It’s the first time a master’s program

The two-year program, delivered part-

ers, and a new post-baccalaureate pro-

in educational leadership is being

time, will allow teachers to enhance

gram to train teachers for the secondary

offered in the mid-Vancouver Island

their practice with a clear focus on

school system.

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VIU offers new degree in Graphic Design

graphic design student michelle martineau and instructor iris Churcher

Vancouver Island University’s Visual

“is exciting news” for anyone with a

Students will have the opportunity

and Applied Arts department will begin

creative spirit who is thinking about

to complete a practicum or work

offering a new degree in graphic design

starting a career as a graphic designer,

placement in their final year, and

starting in September, 2008.

or for former diploma program gradu-

graduates will leave VIU with an

“This Bachelor of Arts major in Graphic

ates who want to upgrade their skills.

extensive portfolio of their design work

Design will be the only full degree pro-

“We’re inviting all high school students,

for employment application.”

gram in graphic design on Vancouver

grads from Malaspina’s graphic design

Another unique feature of VIU’s new

Island,” said Steve Lane, Dean of Arts

diploma program, as well as diploma

graphic design degree program will

and Humanities. “As the industry stan-

graduates from other institutions to

be a management stream for students

dard in graphic design moves towards

check out our new degree program,”

interested in studio management or

an expectation of degree-level qualifica-

Hodgson said. “The degree program

entrepreneurial management. “This

tions, expanding our two-year diploma

will provide diploma graduates with

could appeal to someone who wants to

program into a four-year degree is not

skills in critical thinking and digital me-

become a creative director at a graphic

only wise, but necessary.”

dia that will complement their existing

design studio,” Hodgson said. “There’s

Instructor Karen Hodgson said expan-

skills and training. It’s an initiative to

currently no similar program in Canada

provide the best education and skill set

that includes this component.”

sion to a four-year degree program

needed for this growing discipline.

VIU launches degree program for Interior Design Vancouver Island University has launched a new Bachelor of Interior Design, which is great news for students who want to focus their creativity towards a professional career in design. “Rapid technological changes and higher industry standards in interior design have been the catalyst for the launch of this new degree program, which is the only one of its kind on Vancouver Island,” said VIU interior design instructor Bodil Ellins. “The degree program will replace our highly successful two-year diploma program in interior design, which has been extremely popular for the past fourteen years.” New regulations and guidelines have been set in motion in the interior design field, Bodil said. “The interior design profession will soon be governed by the Architects Institute

of B.C. with stricter requirements for members. Graduation from a recognized degree program will be a requirement for AIBC membership.” Ellins expects the new program to be popular with young and seasoned aspiring designers alike, and hopes it will attract diploma transferees from other schools on the mainland and across Canada who may apply for advanced standing and admission to third year. Graduates from the two-year diploma program in interior design have excelled in the workforce, and Ellins anticipates similar success for those who complete the degree program. Applications for first and third year of the new Bachelor of Interior Design degree are now being accepted. spring/summer 2008 | viu.CA/Alumni


viu opens a gateway to India

Malaspina University-College now VIU has its first overseas office in India. The Centre for Canadian Education (CCE) opened in March 2007 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, in recognition of the importance that India plays in the long-term objectives of VIU. Prashant Srivastava (MBA ’04), director of the Education Centre, is eager to promote VIU to students in India. “I had the most amazing experiences at Malaspina,” he said. “The quality of education has given me an edge at the start of my career, and the friendships with fellow students will last a lifetime.” The office will provide Indian students with quality support services to apply to one of the many certificate, diploma, degree, or post-graduate programs available at VIU. It will also help Indian students access the many online programs available to VIU students. These students, along with students from more than 45 countries at VIU, provide global insights and perspectives that Canadian students might not typically be exposed to. One of the initial objectives of the centre will be on recruitment to increase the number of undergrads coming to VIU. Currently, there are approximately 30 students from India attending VIU, with most enrolled in master’s degree studies. “We have seen a steady growth in requests for information on Malaspi-

photo: David Forrester

na now VIU since the centre opened its doors,” Srivastava said. “This past summer, Malaspina International High School, in partnership with the CCE, hosted a group of students from India and their school principal for a summer camp on the Malaspina campus.” For more information, contact CCE Director Prashant Srivastava at prashant srivastava: bringing a world view to viu

A new aluminum boat building program is ready to launch a lot of new careers. The five month program at the Nanaimo campus will give students the essential skills in a growing industry filled with employment opportunities. “We’ve built a great program,” said Mark Gall, chair of the Welding Program at VIU. “We’re using the same modern equipment and techniques that boat manufacturers are using, so our students will be able to walk into jobs as soon as they graduate.”


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Students will start the program with aluminum fabrication projects, building up to fabricating an aluminum boat from scratch: an 18-foot centre console fishing boat. Students will learn aluminum fabrication, layout, rigging, how to work with aluminum materials, and metallurgy with aluminum. “Manufacturers in this industry have to do their own in-house training because the skill set involved just isn’t out there right now,” said Gall. “We’re creating opportunities for students and those employers by giving them that training in our program.”

“ We’re creating opportunities for students...” Welding program chair mark gall is buoyed by the new program

photo: viu Communications

New boat-building program launched

VIU Serves the Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island Chef Debbie shore and the Civi turn raw students into seasoned Culinary Arts alumni

photo: viu Communications


With a growing shortage of profes-

Shore said students in the program

professional baking students. One

sionally trained chefs throughout

already get daily hands-on experience

such graduate is Tobias Grignon (Cook

Canada and around the world, Vancou-

working in VIU’s $1.5-million profes-

Training ’00), who ranks among the

ver Island University is expanding its

sional teaching kitchen at the Nanaimo

world’s top chefs under the age of 28.

renowned Culinary Arts program. VIU

campus, preparing meals for two busy

He won a national cooking competi-

currently offers a one-year certificate pro-

cafeterias and the Discovery Room fine

tion in Toronto in 2006, sponsored by

gram, but starting October 2008, a second

dining restaurant.

the worldwide culinary arts society, La

year of study will be added for students who want a diploma.

Chaine des Rotisseurs. His first place

“I’ve seen a lot of

win qualified him to compete in Frank-

culinary arts schools

furt, Germany, at the prestigious La

across the country

Chaine des Rotisseurs Society’s interna-

Debbie Shore, chair

and the fact that VIU

of Culinary Arts,

students prepare food

said the introduc-

that is consumed by

tion of the two-year

the public on site is

17 contenders.

diploma program

terrific experience,”

Now formally inducted into the La

said Canada Food

Chaine des Rotisseurs Society, Grignon

coincides with the

tional cooking competition. Representing Canada, Grignon placed third out of

official launch of VIU’s new Culinary

Network chef David Adjey on a visit

said the main thing aspiring chefs

Institute of Vancouver Island, a new

to the Culinary Arts department. “It

need to remember is that “whenever

umbrella organization that houses all

makes their training real.”

you’re competing, you have to maintain

of the culinary, professional baking,

Culinary arts students routinely enter

your composure and think quickly on

and food-related apprenticeship

your feet. The secret is not to look too

competitions, including the BC Junior Chefs Hot competition in Vancouver and

stressed out.”

According to Shore, second year culi-

the Culinary Salon/Cold Show. “CIVI

Immediately after graduation, Grignon

nary arts students will receive advanced

faculty are very well connected with

landed a job at the downtown Vancou-

dining room experience, advanced

industry and are committed to helping

ver Delta and Waterfront Hotels. He

pastry training, and a solid understand-

students become successful profession-

worked there for one season before

ing of basic management skills in the

als in industry,” Shore said. “One way of

joining the Fairmont Empress Hotel in

restaurant and hospitality industry.

doing that is through competitions.”

Victoria. He is currently the sous-chef

They will also benefit from two paid co-

VIU’s kitchens have graduated over

at the Wedgewood Hotel’s Bacchus

training programs.

operative education placements during the summer months.

2,000 culinary arts students and 300

Restaurant & Piano Lounge in Vancouver.

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Alumni create scholarship fund for VIU students photo: roger prior

by Roger Prior

Two early alumni from Malaspina College have created their own foundation to give back to Vancouver Island students. Ian Dubé and Kim Miller, together with Ian’s parents Dr. ‘Mac’

l-r: mike Johnston, Chanda eap, Doug Johnston, Tarah Howie, pauline Dickinson, erin olson, Jeff merry, Jeremy Clegg

Dubé and Vilma Dubé, created the Macville Foundation in 2002 that provides two full-scholarship awards to qualifying students

Local Accounting Firm creates Alumni Chapter

working towards an undergraduate degree. Dubé and Miller both started at Malaspina College in 1973. The Macville Foundation supports students from Vancouver

by Roger Prior

There is a strong two-way connection between

Island who have a vision for their future and demonstrate

Malaspina University-College now VIU and the

their potential, commitment, and motivation for developing

Nanaimo accounting firm of Johnston, Johnston and

their personal human capital through education. “Overall, our

Associates. There are six Malaspina alumni working

experiences at Malaspina contributed most to shaping our

in the firm and senior partner Doug Johnston hopes

careers and we have had a long association with the universitycollege, so we are very glad to create this partnership here as a

there will be more.

way of ‘giving back’ to our community,” Dubé said.

Currently forming their own alumni chapter at the

The Macville Foundation Awards are open to students who have

firm are Mike Johnston (Accounting Clerk Technician

completed their first year of study, are continuing in a university transfer or degree program at Vancouver Island University,

’97), who earned his CGA in 2003 and became a partner in 2005; Jeremy Clegg (BA ’04) and Erin Olson (BA ’06), both of whom are expected to receive

and have been residents of Vancouver Island for at least the

their CGA in 2008; Chanda Eap (BBA ’06), who is

previous five years. Selectors take into account the student’s financial need, academic achievement, and recommendations of faculty. Final selections are made by the VIU awards selection committee. To date, ten full tuition awards have been granted to Vancouver Island students.

expected to earn her CGA in 2009; Jeff Merry (Dipl Business Management ’04), who is also expected to earn his CGA in 2009; and intern Tarah Howie, (BBA ’08). Howie is the fifth VIU student to have served an internship at the firm. Former employee Jennifer Farr (BA ’05) was also recognized for recently receiving her C.A. degree. “We are very strong supporters of the accounting program at Malaspina,” Doug Johnston said. “Malaspina has strong faculty members who are also or have been in private practice, so the students get instruction that relates directly to the workplace and

photo: mark Kaarremaa

the profession.”

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Doug Johnston is also giving back to the program by establishing a permanent endowment with the Malaspina Foundation. The fund will provide an annual award for a high achieving accounting student and support them towards their Certified General Accountant certification.

Adult Basic Education helps change careers Shona Pickup knows the value of mak-

VIU’s Parksville-Qualicum Centre, but

Lewis said Pickup stood out in the

ing positive change. The 36-year-old

thanks to encouragement from ABE in-

classroom because of her dedication

mother of two and former aerobics

structor Allen Lewis, it didn’t take long

and commitment to learning. “Shona

instructor returned to school after 13

to feel at home and excel in her studies.

demonstrated wonderful leadership

“I was worried I’d feel out of place in

qualities. She is exactly the kind of

years to upgrade her high school education and launch a major career change.

adult learner who benefits in a big way

the classroom, but didn’t,” said Pickup.

Pickup admits she was nervous when

“Allen is an incredible instructor. Ev-

from programs like ABE.”

she first walked into the classroom at

erything came naturally. I loved it.”

Testing at the Parksville Career Centre pointed Pickup towards the health care field. “It makes perfect sense because I’ve always enjoyed helping people,” Pickup said. “This is the journey I’m supposed to be taking.” Pickup received the Rich Johnston photo: viu Communications

Award for maintaining an A average and is now volunteering to gain handson experience in the health care field. Eventually, after further training at VIU, she hopes to work at a seniors care home as a licensed practical nurse. into her eyes and knew instantly I

instructor Allen lewis discusses, with shona pickup, the pieces of a biology assignment

needed to find a new, more meaningful and better paying career,” he said.

ABT Grad shares recipe for success

Lyderik upgraded his math and English through the popular Adult Basic Education program in 2005. He enrolled in

Work hard and think positive—that’s Chris Lyderik’s (ABT ’06) recipe

pleting level one at the Cowichan cam-

for success.

pus and level two in Nanaimo. Lyderik

After graduating from Vancouver Island

chose to specialize in accounting, and

University’s Applied Business Technology program, he was hired by Lafarge,

Hub City Paving, a division of Lafarge, immediately after graduation.

70,000-plus employees and connec-

Don Hubbard, general manager for

tions around the world.

Lafarge’s North West Division, Van-

“I couldn’t be happier,” said Lyderik.

couver Island, and Vocational Trade

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landed a job as an accounting clerk with

a top international company with

“Things have worked out extremely

Chris lyderik is living large with lafarge

VIU’s 10-month ABT program, com-

played a big part.” Today, Lyderik is a construction estimator for Island Slipform in Victoria, a division of Lafarge. Two years ago, he was managing a fast-food restaurant. His motivation for a career change came from his newborn baby. “I looked

School alumnus (Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanics, ’66) said it’s rewarding to see grads like Lyderik succeed. “Malaspina grads all come out of school prepared to work,” said Hubbard. “They’re fresh and learn quickly. If they work hard and persevere, they’ll go far and we’ll help them get there.”

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“ Life got really bad.

After two years, I knew I couldn’t live like that anymore.

Jason Devlin: the sky’s the limit

Malaspina takes student from Adult Basic Education to medical school Jason Devlin (B.Sc. ’07) knows all about overcoming life’s challenges. Several years ago, he was addicted to drugs and living on the streets of Vancouver. Today, he’s a confident and successful graduate of Malaspina University-College and attending medical school. “I’m excited and glad things have worked out for me,” said Devlin, who was courted by graduate and medical schools across the country with scholarships and entrance awards. “A career in medicine has been my goal for quite some time.” Devlin’s personal and academic success is miraculous when you consider that at age 15, as a rebellious teenager, he left home and got addicted to heroin in Vancouver. “Life got really bad,” he said. “After two years, I knew I couldn’t live like that anymore. The only way to survive was to remove myself from that situation.” Devlin returned to Powell River at age 18 and sought the help he needed. During his withdrawal from drugs, various counsellors with Family 12

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Devlin, a biology major, received the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal for outstanding achievement in a four-year degree program. He scored a 9.7 Grade Point Average out of a possible 10. He also received a prestigious Canada Graduate scholarship worth $17,500 and was a three-time winner of the Undergraduate Summer Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Services recommended he find something positive to occupy his time. “I figured school was better than working, so I enrolled in Adult Basic Education at the Powell River campus,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do more than ABE at the time, but I thought it was an appropriate first step for anything, and wouldn’t be a waste of time.” Devlin moved to the Nanaimo campus in 2003 and enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. He excelled in his studies, and was hired to work for three

consecutive summers in VIU’s multimillion dollar Applied Environmental Research Lab. Chemistry professor Dr. Chris Gill said Devlin “has been a valuable member of the AERL team. His contributions to research have resulted in presentations at several international conferences and a peer reviewed publication. I’m proud to have been directly involved in his growth as a student and researcher. He’s a great example of the excellence possible here at VIU.”

Chester and the amazing Technicolour dream job

photo: Bob Cooney

Design grad finds success in Alberta At 25, graphic designer Stephenie Chester (ITAS Digital Media Dipl ’04, Applied Arts – Graphics Dipl ’03) is already at the top of her game as the

senior designer at the University of Lethbridge. She is responsible for designing everything from advertisements, recruitment materials, invitations, and

institutional publications, as well as

cate the industry environment as much

directing photo shoots. Her favourite

as possible, Chester not only graduated

project is an annual report to the com-

with two diplomas, but with a complete

munity, which circulates to 325,000

and diverse portfolio—a crucial element

households in Alberta.

for anyone working in a media and

After graduating from high school,

communications related field.

Chester applied to three schools: Mala-

“Without Malaspina I would never have

spina University-College, Emily Carr

had the well-rounded portfolio and the

Institute of Art and Design in Vancou-

practical knowledge of the design in-

ver, and the Alberta College of Art and

dustry that I have now. Both the graph-

Design in Calgary. Malaspina came out

ics and the digital media programs at

on top because it was close to home

Malaspina have given me the only thing

and would provide her with an intimate

I ever wanted for my future—a chance

class setting.

to be me, be challenged and be success-

“I wanted a truly personalized educa-

ful in a career that is driven by passion.”

tion with room to grow and define

Her passion has paid off. Her team has

myself as an artist, and I found that

won national design awards from the

at Malaspina,” said Chester, who also

Council for Advancement and Support

served as art director for Malaspina’s

of Education. Already in 2008, Univer-

student newspaper, The Navigator. “I

sity of Lethbridge’s Annual Report for

wouldn’t have changed a thing about

2006/07 has won awards from CASE

my education at Malaspina. I learned

(bronze) and the Canadian Council for

more in two years than I ever could

the Advancement of Education (silver).

have completing a degree at a larger

Chester also runs her own design

design school.”

studio, Chester Creative:

Because the VIU programs aim to repli-

Waugh is the Director of Equipment

where he stayed until it was bought by

and Facilities for the Hayes group of

Hayes in 1981. Waugh credits a range

companies, and manages up to 90 em-

of jobs in oil, mining, forestry, and

ployees. An average week can take him

road building for preparing him for his

from mining operations in northern B.C.

multi-faceted job at Hayes.

to the oil patch in Alberta and back to his

Heavy duty grad leads forest industry team Al Waugh, Cam mclellan, Dustin parein

photo: mark Kaarremaa

huge maintenance shop in Duncan.

Waugh is a long-serving member of the advisory committee for the Heavy

He remembers his time in the Heavy

Duty Mechanic program, ensuring that

Duty Mechanics program fondly, and

the curriculum and the instructors are

credits the influences of instructors

kept up to date on industry’s needs.

Ross Dingwall and Emil Sorensen for

He estimates that almost all of his

his success.

employees came through Malaspina

“At that time, we were in the old army

programs, including a current lineup of seven apprentices and 10 welders

tank shop from World War Two,” Waugh said. “The heavy duty guys were

and fabricators.

at one end and the tire repair guys were

Waugh’s relationship to VIU has

at the other. Welding was next door in

expanded through his family. His two

the old shed. We had some great times,

sons, Mike and Glen, are currently in

and our instructors really inspired us.”

Heavy Duty apprentice training, and

and moved into a dorm room in the old

After graduation, Waugh went to work

daughter Alyse is in her fourth year of

army huts where the Applied Stud-

for the Mangel heavy equipment com-

ies Building (180) stands today. Now,

pany and later Pat Carson Bulldozing,

Al Waugh has come a long way since he walked into the old heavy duty shop on Wakesiah Avenue for the first time in 1977, when he signed on for a sixmonth course in Heavy Duty Mechanics

BA studies, majoring in history.

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A Current Perspective

music students phil Albert (bass), nico rhodes (saxophone - obscured), and Ayaka Kinugawa (piano) perform at the malaspina Theatre, highlighting the donation of an electric grand piano to viu by Don and Karla irvine

l-r: Alec Watson (BA ‘05), suzanne Teresa (BA ‘05), at an alumni reception in the spring of 2007 mBA student volunteers. l-r: sujie guo, ye Qian, lukman garbadeen

A successful alumni social was hosted by the Department of recreation and Tourism in march, 2007, at the new Faculty of management Building richard Crowley (BTm - recreation ‘07), Aggie Weighill (recreation Admin ‘97), Heather prencipe (BTm - recreation ‘07), richard giele (BTm - recreation ‘07) Dino Tsembelis (BTm - recreation ‘06)

The First Annual mBA Alumni reception was held at the royal Arbutus room in may, 2008. l-r: Dana sirri (‘06), iliana Correa (‘06), Cameron Wilson (‘06), Tolga Habali (‘04), Dalia gonzalez (‘05), Joanna Hesketh (‘05), Feron Ann Walker (‘06). missing: Anne Crocker (‘04) and victoria Trebesh (‘03)

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The New Breed of MBAs by John Woychuk

They dream of being CEOs of billion dollar companies. They dream of living the life of Jimmy Pattison, with private yachts anchored in the harbour year round, just waiting to whisk them off on a private exotic holiday. This might well be the dream of any one of us, but these are people that actually have a solid plan to get there—by age 45. Right now, they couldn’t be further

tional Business program is redefining

Quite the contrary to good hearty

from that dream. They’re students,

all generalizations about the dog eat

laughter, the above scenario begins

living off the working grid to earn their

dog MBA world. This remarkable shift

with challenges that surface within the

Master of Business Administration

is due to collaboration, and on an

first days and weeks of the program.

at Vancouver Island University. For

international scale.

Students who have grown up having

What do you get when you put thirty

robust success communicating in their

many, the mere utterance of the acronym ‘MBA’ stirs up the notion of extreme competition; that MBA students are typically the type of people who are willing to do what it takes to make it to the top, and it wouldn’t be the top if everyone made it there.

people from twenty different countries in the same room and tell them that not only do they need to get along, but their success is inextricably tied to the actions

various culturally rewarded ways suddenly find those ways failing. Misinterpretations occur and fragile new relationships between students are

of one another? If this sounds like the

put to the test. If this were a Bruce Lee movie, it

MBA class at VIU. In fact, it would be a

would now be the time for Bruce to

ty’s dual Master of Business Adminis-

comedic opportunity if so much weren’t

advance courageously and defeat the

tration, Master of Science in Interna-

on the line for each of these students.

over-sized villain, defying the per-


lead-in to a joke, it’s not. It describes an

However, Vancouver Island Universi-


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ception that power is based on size. The battle happening in the MBA classroom is also about perception, knowing that every experience is inevitably filtered and understood thought a cultural lens. It is a battle that is won by learning and adapting—being one with the situation rather than opposing it. Enter Joanna Hesketh, Malaspina MBA graduate in 2005 and present MBA mentor. Hesketh, a Canadian, experienced the intercultural, collaborative learning model of the MBA program at Malaspina, and is now thriving from it. Hesketh knows that collaboration, especially intercultural collaboration, is a tremendous learning experience—one

Joanna Hesketh with friends and colleagues she met through the mBA program

been for her disability, she never would have met so

that she sees as much value in as her MBA.

many amazing people in Canada.

“I learned so much from working with

“I hope that my experience in the

students from around the world,” said Hesketh, who currently works as a coordinator in the Marketing & Recruitment Services Office at VIU. “The impact of these collective intelligent

There is a kindred friendship that has developed between Hesketh and Lai that has given something of great value

program can help Peggy in her stud-

to both of them. They respect one an-

ies,” Hesketh said. “It’s so important

other and because Hesketh represents

when going through such an intense

the potential of Lai’s future, Hesketh

program that someone tells you it’s all

mentors her through the inevitable

right to take some time for yourself or

minds—all of which grew up with a

that they are doing well in the program.”

very different lifestyle and culture—

Hesketh’s story, as it relates to the

discussing issues that directly impact-

intercultural, collaborative MBA pro-

ed one or another of those around the

gram, is not a rarity. Many other grads

room is something I will never forget.”

from this program have confirmed that

Hesketh is mentoring Peggy Lai, an

the diversity of learning has uniquely

international student who completed her undergraduate business studies in Canada with a focus in marketing. Being from Taiwan, she faces many of the cultural and language barriers that other international students

difficulties she will face on the way to graduating. Vancouver Island University’s outstanding MBA students are currently seeking internships. Internships are 10 – 16 weeks in duration and are typically project based work experi-

contributed to their current paths. However, Hesketh has taken the learning full circle. What she once suffered to understand, she now teaches to others. It appears to be her way of giving

ences. If your organization has a project or research in business areas such as marketing, finance, IT, human resources, or operations management, please contact Brook Pearce, VIU In-

back, but strictly speaking that’s only

ternship Coordinator, to learn how Lai

face. Unlike other international MBA

half true.

students, however, Lai also happens

Hesketh admits that she is blessed to

to be deaf in both ears. With hearing

call such an amazing person like Peggy

aids and an incredible will to learn and

Lai her friend. “Peggy is inspiring and

For more information on becoming

excel, Lai is doing what many would

endearing in one breath,” she said.

an MBA mentor, please contact

never attempt in her situation. And

“I’m continually amazed by the level

John Woychuk, (250) 740-6575,

she’s doing it with gratitude in her

of work that she produces, considering


heart. According to Lai, if it hadn’t

English is her second language.”

or another MBA intern can benefit you: (250) 740-6574, or

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The Golden Girls of Malaspina

by Matt Carter

The Malaspina Mariners women’s volleyball team capped off an incredible season by winning the 2008 CCAA National Championship at Mount Royal College in March. This was the first national title for the women’s volleyball team, and Malaspina’s first national title since the women’s basketball team brought home the hardware in 1998. The women’s volleyball team has been a powerhouse for Malaspina Athletics over recent years. Before winning gold in 2008, the team won bronze at the 2007 and 2006 national championships to go with second-place finishes in 2002-2004 and 2000. The program can also boast eleven BCCAA provincial championships over the last thirteen years. In terms of wins and losses, it was a perfect season. The Mariners ran off 23 consecutive wins to complete an undefeated regular season, and roared through the provincial and national championships without losing a single game. After defeating UBC Okanagan to capture the provincial title, the team earned victories over St. Thomas University and again over UBC Okanagan in the preliminary rounds of the national championship. In the title game, the Mariners defeated the host Mount Royal Cougars 25-18, 25-9, 30-28. Malaspina’s Ashley Greig was named Tournament MVP, while Kylie Crick was named to the 1st All-Star Team and Leigh Dreher to the The Mariners were coached by three Malaspina alumni: head coach Shane Hyde (BA ’06) and assistants Danielle Hyde (Rec and Sport Management ’01, BTM ’03) and Rob Barcelos (PE Dipl ’03, Rec and mariner Britt grydeland: serving it right

Sport Management ’04, BTM – Rec ’06).

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Mariners Best in British Columbia


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Malaspina’s athletics department is the top program in B.C. for 2007-08 after the Mariners were co-awarded the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) Aggregate Trophy. With a combined score of 56 points across five sports, the Mariners tied Douglas College and will share the honour this year. This is the second consecutive year and sixth time overall that Mariner Athletics has taken the top honour. The Mariners were led by the women’s volleyball team, which went undefeated and captured the first national title for the Malaspina in ten years. Other highlights included a provincial silver medal for the men’s volleyball team, three silver medals in badminton at the provincials, berths in the provincial tournaments for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, and a seventh place finish for the golf team at the national championships. Malaspina now VIU competes in badminton, basketball, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Visit for more information.

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2nd All-Star Team.

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Hyde addresses the team during the national championship game

Hyde on campus

National award caps off perfect season for M’s coach by David Forrester

Shane Hyde (BA ’06) can add another

said Mariner Athletic Director Bruce

sors, and of course the amazing views

distinction to his already impressive

Hunter. “His hard work in all aspects of

on campus and wonderful community.”

coaching resume. The Mariners wom-

the program has created a culture that’s

One notable recruit for 2008-09 is

en’s volleyball coach was recognized as

second to none in both on and off court

John Philip’s daughter Keri, a setter

the 2007-08 Canadian Colleges Athletic

activities, and that has led to the suc-

who comes to VIU after playing three

Association Coaching Across All Sports

cess of his teams.”

years with Simon Fraser University.

Before getting his break as head coach

Hyde also takes pride in being a part

of the women’s volleyball team, Hyde

of the overall development of student

benefited from the guidance of two

athletes. “I enjoy seeing the teams have

coaching influences: John Philip from

success on the court, but I love to see

Ballenas Secondary School and Mariner

athletes succeed off the court as well,”

“The award is a huge honour and I

coach Rick Bevis. “John was a big influ-

he said. “It’s great to see one of my

wasn’t expecting it after missing out on

ence early on and Rick really showed

players succeed in class or see a former

the provincial and national coaching

me how to become a college coach,”

athlete in the community that is suc-

awards this past season,” Hyde said.

Hyde said. “I wasn’t the best indoor

cessful in their career, recently married,

“After seven years as head coach, it is

player as I prefer the beach game, but

or has kids now.”

amazing to be recognized for the suc-

I really enjoyed being part of the team.

cess of the program.”

Leadership has always interested me, so

The Mariners have been nothing short

coaching came naturally.”

of dominant under Hyde’s guidance,

Hyde, who graduated with minors in

it appears that he will be there for the

winning eight provincial gold medals

physical education and history, consid-

foreseeable future. “I’m excited about

and seven national medals. The nation-

ers his time on campus an asset to get-

the direction of the program, especially

al medal haul includes two bronze, four

ting the best players to commit to VIU.

during this time of change as Malaspi-

silver, and the gold medal from 2007-

“When recruiting players, I can tell

na becomes VIU and the athletic depart-

08, when the Mariners did not lose a

them about my experience on campus

ment considers joining the CIS. It will be

game on their way to the national title.

and how I enjoyed the small class sizes,

interesting to see what the next chapter

“Shane is very deserving of this award,”

one-on-one interactions with profes-

of the athletics program will be.”

Award at the Mariners year-end athletic awards banquet. The award recognizes overall coaching contributions, leadership, and commitment to education goals over a five year period.

If previous success is any indication, the Mariners are in good hands with Hyde at the helm. By all indications,

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photo: David Forrester

The gingerbread village is an annual tradition

guy Doiron has the santa spirit

Festival of Trees Enjoys Record Breaking Year The popular Christmas fundraiser for the Malaspina University-College Foundation, Festival of Trees, raised $130,000 in 2007, up from $106,000 the previous year. The bulk of the proceeds, $75,000, will go towards the Foundation’s Keys to Success campaign, which supports student scholarships, awards, and bursaries. The remainder will go into student programs and to the Foundation’s endowment fund. The good news was announced at the 12th Annual Business Breakfast held in March at the Nanaimo campus. The sold out event attracted over 250 community and business leaders, many of whom are alumni and long-time supporters of the Festival of Trees and Malaspina.

george Hrabowych

New leader for Malaspina Foundation George Hrabowych, partner in the Nanaimo firm of Herold Engineering, is the new chair of the Malaspina University-College Foundation for 2008. Hrabowych has been a Foundation Director for seven years and has been very active in the annual Festival of Trees and the Foundation’s Keys To Success campaign to raise funds for

Jeet Manhas, 2007 Festival Chair, said funds donated from local businesses or

new scholarships, awards and bursaries

individuals to the Keys to Success campaign will be matched with pledges of $500 or

for Malaspina students.

more per year over three years to support student scholarships, awards, and bursaries. A total of 35 new pledges were received at this year’s Business Breakfast. Support from the business community and fundraising efforts by the Foundation go a long way to making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible for students, said VIU President Dr. Ralph Nilson. “The ongoing community support for

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events such as the Festival of Trees and the Business Breakfast is gratifying,” said

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Nilson. “Our students benefit directly.”

Realtors who are established donors to the Malaspina University-College Foundation have pledged continuing

Tartan, Kilts, and Bagpipes at 2008 Festival of Trees

support for Malaspina students by

The Festival of Trees is going Scottish in 2008. The festivities will run from Nov. 21

commission on purchases and sales of

to 29 with a Scottish theme throughout six events, ranging from an elegant gala to fun-filled family days that bring upwards of 3,500 visitors to the Nanaimo campus.

property by, or referred by, Malaspina University-College staff or students.

The Festival of Trees is a Christmas celebration and an annual tradition in Nanaimo,

These contributions will be donated

jointly supported by the Foundation, Vancouver Island University, and supporters

to the Malaspina University-College

and volunteers.

Foundation fund for student awards,

For more information on the 2008 Festival of Trees, please contact Susie Caswell at the Vancouver Island University Foundation Office by phone at (250) 740-6216, or by e-mail:


donating 25 per cent of their net

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scholarships, and bursaries. If you wish to participate, please contact Susie Caswell by phone at (250) 740-6216.

Lisa Radetic | How an Award Helped Me Lisa Radetic is a Malaspina business student, majoring in accounting and finance. She is a second-generation Malaspina student; her father, Boris Radetic, studied in the Millwright Apprentice Program from 1980-82. High levels of academic achievement have helped Lisa earn the Millennium Scholarship Award, the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Business Scholarship, and the A. Rod Glen Business Management Award. In May, 2008, Lisa was part of a field school that visited Shanghai and Guangzhou, China, to study Chinese financial markets, cross-cultural marketing, and the management of multicultural and multilingual groups. Following is an excerpt from her address to participants at the Malaspina

photo: matt Carter

University-College Foundation and Alumni’s 12th Annual Business Breakfast in March, 2008.

lisa radetic: destined for success

Being a Malaspina student means many

give back to this school which has done

things. It means friendship, learning,

so much for me. It has become a pas-

opportunities, community, and con-

sion to enrich the community feeling;

nections. With its smaller class sizes,

not only in the business faculty, but

intimate campus, and warm people,

across the entire campus. Last Novem-

Malaspina is without a doubt a com-

ber [2007], a team of seven colleagues

munity with a welcoming and inclusive

and I created and organized the first

environment. You will walk through

annual Malaspina University Leader-

campus and see people you know—peo-

ship Conference, which played host to

ple you’ve only had one class with in

75 students from Malaspina, UBC, SFU,

first year, but you still know their name

and Kwantlen. The event sought to in-

and say “hello”. Professors know your

spire young leaders about the creativity,

name; they know details about your life

innovation, and imagination needed in

and who you are. This is truly unique

today’s fast-paced, constantly changing

and has made for a school that fosters

world. Preparations for the 2008 Mal-U

learning and connections and makes it

Leadership Conference have already

a pleasure to come to every day.

begun, with the challenge of topping all

As I’ve learned during my four years

that was accomplished in 2007.

here at Malaspina, school is more than

My passion is to own my own busi-

just classrooms and textbooks. There

nesses. The opportunities I have had to

is so much learning that needs to occur

run events and projects, create business

beyond the scope of a lecture, and it is

plans, and network with other enthu-

learning that involves becoming a well-

siastic business students from across

rounded student and human being. As

Canada has made it clear to me that this

soon as I discovered this, I decided to

is what I want to do. When I begin my

run for president of the Malaspina Busi-

businesses, I will have already experi-

ness Students’ Association, the official

enced what it means to manage people

club of the Malaspina Business Pro-

with differing values and personalities,

gram—and I won! This club is now the

do contingency planning to effectively

most active club on campus and seeks

deal with anything that comes my way,

to supplement students’ education with

and start projects with zero dollars to

networking events, professional work-

our name. This un-traditional learning

shops, and scholarship opportunities.

has changed my life and moulded my

Because I’ve been so fortunate to

future in directions I didn’t even know I

receive financial assistance that has

could take—

helped me take part in opportunities such as these, I have done my best to

- and for that, I am so grateful.

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by Matt Carter

paul manly records the front lines at a protest in montebello, Quebec

Adopting that mantra is filmmaker

After earning a broadcast diploma from

traits. I saw TV dumbing itself down for

Paul Manly (BA ’07), who has garnered

Algonquin College in 1991, Manly began

audiences, and saw a lot of crap—espe-

attention for his footage and films that

working as an independent producer

cially violent programming—become

promote social activism and encourage

and freelancer in the television

accessible on normal cable.” In order to

public debate on political issues. He

industry. He credits his first “victory”

regroup, he looked to empower himself

also owns a full service media produc-

as an activist filmmaker to a shoot in

with more skills and strengthen his

tion company, Manly Media.

1993. Disappointed in the lack of media

writing and researching, which led him

Manly, who grew up in Ladysmith and

coverage of logging and erosion around

to Malaspina.

Ottawa, embraced music before video. He played bass professionally for ten years and studied jazz at Humber College. Inspired by his mother Eva, a video producer, Manly turned to filmmaking with the intention of producing

the Sooke Reservoir—Victoria’s primary source of drinking water—Manly rented a plane and shot footage of the environmental degradation. Local television picked up the footage, and within ten days, public outcry led to a

volunteering with the Chiapas Media Project, a group that helped Zapatista villagers in southern Mexico produce their own indigenous media with computers and video cameras. To as-

music videos. He saw video as a more

moratorium on logging in the area.

powerful medium than music.

However, in the early 2000s, Manly

Spanish at Malaspina. However, all of

became disillusioned with industry

the introductory Spanish courses were

following the cancellation of a number

full, so he enrolled in political sci-

of series he was working on, combined

ence, global studies, and media studies

with changing trends in programming.

courses. Manly had no intention at

“I wouldn’t make TV that I wouldn’t

the time of pursuing a degree, but was

“I didn’t think rock and roll was going to change the world anymore,” Manly said.

watch or that I wouldn’t want my kids to watch,” Manly said. “Reality TV tends to put people into situations in order to exploit humanity’s worst


One of Manly’s projects involved

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sist his efforts, Manly decided to study

excited to find instructors and fellow students who were also interested in talking about the environment and social justice.

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The lens doesn’t lie.

ters that existed on the West Coast of

cover officers. As of May, 2008, the

able to dig into their subjects and do

Vancouver Island for more than thirty

YouTube clip had been viewed over

substantial research, which was able

years, earned praise from a number of

380,000 times.

to be applied to work in the ‘outside

media outlets, including CBC Radio,

world’,” said Manly, who graduated

the Globe and Mail, and Victoria Times

with minors in global studies and

Colonist. Its premiere and second

media studies. “I really enjoyed the

screening at the Victoria Independent

education experience.”

Film and Video Festival were sold out.

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“I really appreciated that students were

paul, samantha, and Aven in Belize

Manly and his wife, Samantha Letourneau (BA ’07), completed global studies internships in Belize in 2007. Travelling with daughter Aven, Manly shot promotional footage for the University of Belize for both domestic and international markets, while Letourneau studied municipal governance and community planning methods. “It was wonderful that we both had opportunities to work in Belize at the same time,” Letourneau said, whose internship recommendations led to the establishment of a Malaspina field school to Belize by the Geography department. “This kind of international experience opens

something new.” Manly has had continued success with his video projects. Sombrio, a 2006 documentary about the eviction of a diverse community of surfers and squat-

profession. But the initial lack of coverage shows how mainstream media can

because it was an example of self-

people should watch news on different

sufficient living in the modern age,”

networks, CBC, and YouTube to see

Manly said. “There were never serious

how they cover the same story. If you’re

problems with the community but once

always watching the same network,

the government became interested in

you’re always getting the same slant.”

creating a park, the community was

“Video is a powerful medium,” Manly

re-branded by the media as a bunch of

adds. “Information sinks in, but in an

rowdies and freeloaders. I made Som-

emotional way.”

brio not just because it is an interest-

Manly’s work as a student and profes-

ing story but because I also wanted to

sional has not gone unnoticed by his

give the people in the community the

professors. Marshall Soules, chair of the

respect they deserved.” In 2007, at a summit meeting of North American political leaders in Montebello, Que., Manly shot footage of a standoff between demonstrators and a trio of combat-gear wearing ‘protestors’ wielding rocks, their faces hidden behind bandanas. The scene was framed by a line of helmeted riot police, across the street from a cemetery. Demonstrators accused the three men of being police provocateurs, dispatched to incite violence in order to discredit the protest.

chance to step outside the box and try

officers. “I believe it’s an honourable

bury a story, and that’s why I think

Video is a powerful medium. Information sinks in, but in an emotional way.

your perspective, and gives you a

ing that his uncle and sister are police

“Sombrio is an important story

The accusations

and broadens

“I’m not anti-police,” Manly said, not-

were dismissed by government sources and hardly analyzed by mainstream media. However, after Manly

uploaded his footage to YouTube, his video clips were picked up and broadcast for three consecutive nights on national newscasts and the story made the front page of the Globe and Mail. Quebec provincial police were forced to

Media Studies program, lauded Manly’s dedication to his craft and beliefs.

“It’s been a pleasure and an

inspiration to know Paul as a student, an independent filmmaker, and an engaged social activist,” Soules said. “He’s obviously talented and hard-working, but equally important are his infectious commitment to social justice and his keen sense of ethics. Paul’s a mover and a shaker with a conscience—someone the Malaspina community will want to watch with interest.” Manly is currently working on a documentary, Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule, which critiques a number of proposed North American trade agreements. For more information on this film and other projects, visit

admit that the three men were under-

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The Media is the Voyage

by Matt Carter

If you’ve lived on Vancouver Island at any point over the last 23 years, chances are good that you’ve seen the face, heard the voice, or read the words of Malaspina University-College’s first Bachelor of Arts graduate to major in English. With experience in radio, print, electronic media, and now television, David Wiwchar (BA ’98) is a key figure in Vancouver Island journalism and was named one of the Island’s “Top 40 Under 40” in 2006. Wiwchar was born in Port Alberni and raised in Nanaimo, where he started his media career at CHUB Radio. With encouragement from a family friend in the radio industry, Wiwchar recorded a demo tape in a production studio, and was hired the next day. He was 17 years old. After seven years with CHUB and CKEG, Wiwchar began to photo: A-Channel

explore other career options. With a childhood often spent

David Wiwchar turns it up, brings the news.

to enrol in Malaspina now VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technology program. Before taking RMOT courses, Wiwchar had to complete academic foundation courses, including an entry-level English course taught by Elizabeth Grove-White.

“I vividly remember marking David’s

Edmonton to create their online news

in Port Alberni. The newspaper’s

first English assignment when he

portal, While in Ed-

aim to provide a culturally sensitive

was a student,” said Grove-White,

monton, Wiwchar continued to take

viewpoint to First Nations stories

who now teaches at the University of

courses at the University of Alberta

resonated strongly with Wiwchar. “I

Victoria. “David’s assignment jumped

before returning to Vancouver Island

always felt that I wasn’t just working

out from the pile because his eye was

to complete his degree at Malaspina.

for a paycheque, but for principles

“Before convocating, I was given the

I strongly believed in—Aboriginal

so sharp, his writing voice so fresh. I returned the paper and told him he

choice of receiving my English BA

rights, title, and self-determination.”

from Malaspina University-College or

Through Ha-Shilth-Sa, Wiwchar won

the University of Victoria,” Wiwchar

a number of high-profile awards,

said. “I chose Malaspina, where I was

including a Canadian Association of

on a first-name basis with everyone

Journalists award for investigative

from the janitor to the president, and

journalism in 2004 for “Nuu-Chah-

where I had received a fantastic edu-

Nulth Blood Returns to West Coast”.

Wiwchar switched into a BA program

cation and the confidence I needed

The story documented the unethical

and focused largely on journalism

for my career choice.”

use of blood samples collected from

After graduating, Wiwchar assumed

members of the Ahousaht First Na-

had potential. I also told him—rather briskly—if he wanted to become a good writer, he’d better work on grammar and spelling, and I thought he should consider the university stream at Malaspina.”

and literature courses, earning the L. C. Parkin Award scholarship in 1996. He also took multimedia courses from professors Grove-White and Marshall Soules, which led to his hiring by Southam Newspapers in 24

exploring the forests in south Nanaimo, it was a natural choice

J o u r n e y | F e AT u r e

the role of managing editor at HaShilth-Sa, the oldest First Nations newspaper in Canada, published by the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

tion. The story, researched in collaboration with Michael Tymchuk of CBC Radio, spurred international debate on ethics in health and human research.

After winning the CAJ award, Wiwchar was offered jobs from a number of media outlets. Citing a desire to stay on Vancouver Island, he accepted a job with Victoria television station AChannel to serve as their Alberni Valley and West Coast videographer. The leap from print to television, Wiwchar says, was challenging. “When I was at The Edmonton Journal and The Nanaimo Daily News, I would write at least five stories every day. In television, it takes a lot of energy and time to put together even one or two stories. Because I’m a video journalist, I’m a one-man band—I set up interviews, do the editing. It’s not easy to juggle everything at once.” Still, the power and scope of television is recognized by Wiwchar. “Television is arguably the most effective form of journalism,” he said.

international award winning, full-service graphic design studio that is owned and staffed almost exclusively by malaspina alumni

Shilth-Sa, but notes that the best day


for First Nations journalists is when

Journey. Twice per year you will read

“No other media conveys emotion as well, or reaches as many people.” Wiwchar still subscribes to Ha-

First Nations newspapers are no longer needed, signaling fair coverage of Aboriginal issues from the mainstream media. “I think mainstream coverage for First Nations issues has improved, mainly because of First Nations leaders who understand the power of the media and invite reporters into their communities,” Wiwchar said. “I also think that mainstream media are aware that there are important stories in First Nations communities that aren’t receiving the attention they should, but unfortunately most newsrooms still aren’t doing anything about it.”

ur school has an amazing his-

brochures, websites, tourism literature,

tory filled with amazing peo-

logos, brand identities, advertisements,

ple, and their stories deserve

and product packaging, including a

to be shared. This is the impetus behind

highly-regarded series of wine labels. Dodds and his crew’s professionalism

about personal triumphs, professional

and dedication to this magazine is not

accomplishments, emotional connec-

only an excellent example of the skills

tions, student successes; VTS, Mala-

that VTS, Malaspina, and now VIU

spina, and VIU graduates are among

graduates possess, but a great example

the best ambassadors that Vancouver

of the intense pride that we as alumni

Island could ever hope for.

have for our school. I hope that this en-

In your hands is a tangible alumni suc-

thusiasm to share these stories spreads

cess story. The superlative first issue

throughout the VIU community.

has been designed by Primal Commu-

The journey to a post-secondary educa-

nications, an international award win-

tion forges powerful relationships and

ning, full-service graphic design studio

changes lives. This is what the alumni

that is owned and staffed almost exclu-

perspective celebrates, and we thank

sively by Malaspina alumni. President

Primal Communications for their sup-

and Creative Director Rob Dodds (Dipl

port in bringing that perspective to life.

Applied Arts – Graphics ’90) started the company in Nanaimo in 1994. In addition to magazine publishing experience, Primal has designed catalogues,

Matt Carter (BA ’06) Editor, Journey

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photo concept: rob Dodds, photo credit: Alec Watson

shooting, write the script, and do the


s e t o N s s a l C Brodie Ketelsen

(JAzz STUdIeS ’01) is currently working with both municipal and regional governments as a research planner. Ketelsen followed up his Malaspina studies with a BA in Urban Planning from UBC and has recently completed a MA degree in community planning from Alberta. Ketelsen also competes in regional surfing competitions and plays drums in two working bands.

Mike Deines (JAzz STUdIeS Lisa Hooper

’98) ANd

Linzie Kluss (HAIrdreSSING ’03) recently co-founded Studio Vogue Hair Design in Nanaimo with Kathy Grant.

(BTM – reCreATION ’00) were married in Harrison Hot Springs in 2007, and now live in Burnaby, B.C. Lisa is currently a personnel administrator with an IT company, and Mike is an effects animator with Atomic Cartoons.

Chelsea (Crane) Barr (BTM ‘03) is working as a communications clerk with the City

Scott (B.ed ’00, BA ’00, Pe dIPL ’96) ANd Sarah Jolly (B.ed

of Nanaimo’s Economic Development Office. Chelsea works with Destination

’00, BA ’00) live in Busan, Korea

Nanaimo looking after media relations

(population: 4 million people) with

and travel trade.

their daughters McKenna and Macyn

Aran Gough

and their golden retriever Soju. They

(B.SC ’96) is a Project Manager

work at the Busan Foreign School,

with Knight Piésold Consultores

an American international school.

S.A., the Peruvian office of Knight

Scott is currently the principal and

Piésold Consulting, a multinational

Sarah teaches kindergarten. They have also helped to develop the school curriculum, and have coached a

Cleopatra Corbett

number of soccer and basketball teams.

(BTM – reCreATION ’04) is the

with the preparation of social and

Dustin Bodnaryk

Manager of Development Services/

environmental impact assessments for

Planning with the Town of Golden

mining and hydroelectric industries.

(BTM – reCreATION ’07) is the Tourism Development Coordinator for the City of Dawson Creek—known as Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. Bodnaryk invites all alumni to visit the Mile 0 City to experience the

certificate from SFU. Corbett still finds time to take to the stage, acting in local plays and playing funky bass and guitar.

Mike Stone

and attractions that are provided in


Northern British Columbia.

and his brother Marcus started Top

(B.ed ’06, BA ’06) is heading to Hong Kong on a two-year teaching contract this summer. Journey | Alumni ClAss noTes

consulting firm. Gough works principally

(B.C.) and is pursuing an Urban Design

history, culture, activities, events,

Adam LaForest


environmental and engineering

Drawer Graphics & Screenprinting in Nanaimo, and have served a variety of corporate, athletic, and personal clients.

Alumni, send us a class no te to tell us about your new job, pr omotion, wedding, family addition, tra or further academic achieve vels, ments!


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Milner Gardens & Woodland has been

Milner Gardens was the dream and

received national acclaim after being

open to the public. Malaspina Univer-

creation of one very determined

listed as one of the top ten public

sity-College acquired the property in

woman, Veronica Milner. Her second

gardens in Canada.

1996 to provide learning and research

husband, Horatio “Ray” Milner, was a

“Spirits on site are pretty high after the

opportunities in the art and science of

successful Canadian businessman and

horticulture, as well as other activities

lawyer who purchased what is now

appropriate to the garden and forest.

Milner Gardens in 1937 and began

The property provides an amazing

developing the site. Veronica Milner

living laboratory for Malaspina’s

saw the garden and forest as a single

horticultural students, as well as the

living organism, a microcosm of calm

ders last fall.”

general public.

and tranquility.

Only a short drive north of Parksville,

The 70-acre property is a sensuous

Alumni are reminded that they are

delight. Old growth Douglas firs and

entitled to discounts on membership

cedars frame breathtaking views of the

rates, guest passes, and regularly-priced

Strait of Georgia, while the Gardens’

merchandise and plants with the presen-

small orchard, berry and vegetable

tation of their Alumni Privilege Card.

gardens, more than 400 varieties of

For more information about Milner

rhododendrons, blue-green hostas,

Gardens & Woodland, including hours

fragrant honeysuckle and delicate lace-

of operation, call (250)752-6153

cape hydrangeas soothe the eye.

or visit

recent listing by the Canadian Geographic Travel magazine,” said executive director Geoff Ball. “This comes on the heels of Milner Gardens being named one of Oceanside’s Seven Won-

Milner Gardens & Woodland features several special events throughout the year including the annual fall plant sale and Christmas Magic Celebration. Milner Gardens is also available for weddings and rental needs. This year marks the eighth year that


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GIVING BACk graduates of malaspina are great supporters, returning contributions to the school from which they earned their careers. They contribute to awards for students, often in the program from which they graduated, and also into programs and services, such as athletics, which benefited them through their student days.

For more inFormATion on HoW To give BACK, ConTACT

malaspina university-College Foundation 114 – 59 Wharf street nanaimo, B.C. v9r 2X3 phone (250) 740-6212 Fax (250) 740-6491 regisTereD CHAriTy 88733 3482 rr0001 (1994)

CALeNdAr Of eVeNTS 19th annual rBC Charity golf tournament fairwinds golf & Country Club nanoose Bay, B.C. September 9, 2008 partial proceeds to benefit the vancouver island university Foundation twenty-fifth anniversary men’s soccer national Championship reunion nanaimo, B.C. September 13-14, 2008 For more information, contact: mike Armstrong (physical education ‘73) (250)753-3245 - local 2493

2008 BCCaa provincial soccer Championships nanaimo, B.C. October 24-25, 2008 mariner Field

vancouver Island leadership Conference presented by vIu Business students nanaimo, B.C. November 13-15, 2008

Department of recreation and tourism alumni reunion-Celebrating 35 years of recreation and 20 years of tourism at malaspina nanaimo, B.C. November 7 and 8, 2008 For information or to register, contact: Aggie Weighill (recreation Admin. Dipl ’97) (250) 753-3245 - local 2416

2008 festival of trees In support of vancouver Island university and the vIu foundation malaspina (nanaimo) Campus November 21-29, 2008 For more information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact: susie Caswell (250) 740-6216

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Vancouver Island University Alumni magazine - Journey, Spring, 2008