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Jacob Wolak
Jacob Wolak

Arthur John Wolak, BA’90, Dip(Art Hist)’94, MA, MBA, PhD, and his wife, Anna Lizelle Wolak, MD, are pleased to share the news of the birth of their son, Jacob Edward Wolak, who arrived on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. Arthur, Anna and Jacob reside in Vancouver where Anna is a family physician and Arthur is a business consultant and writer.

Cornelia Oberlander
Cornelia Oberlander

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, LLD’91, has been awarded this year’s Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, the International Federation of Landscape Architects’ premier award. As a female pioneer in the field of landscape architecture, Ms Oberlander has been producing designs for a greener future for six decades. Working initially with low-income communities, her attention has broadened to include playgrounds and parks, and latterly more global perspectives. She has shown a deep commitment to environmental sustainability not only through her designs and the quality of her work, but also through sharing her knowledge and ideas by writing books, preparing exhibitions and presenting lectures.

Christina Pao, BA’93 (International Relations), and Elan Cohen are delighted to announce the birth of their fifth child, Asher Samuel Bers Cohen, on December 30, 2010. Christina is northeast Asia sales manager for Alfred Publishing. Elan is a managing director at UBS in private banking, covering India. They’ve been living in Singapore for the past 12 years.

Commitment to Caring: Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary’s 100 Years, 1911-2011 by Andrea Lister, BA’94, was published by the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary. The book tells the story of determined women, in a time before they were considered persons under the law, who fundraised, sewed, canned, and knitted to establish Chilliwack’s first hospital. All proceeds from the sale of this book go towards the purchase of equipment for the Chilliwack General Hospital.

Megan Gilgan, BA’96 (Hons, Poli Sci), and her husband, Patrick Fruchet, are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Lucien Dawson Fruchet, on May 3, 2011, at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Big brother, Jacques, now three, assists his parents in welcoming Lucien in to the world. Megan continues to hold a position with UNICEF as chief of field operations for Kenya.

Since leaving UBC, Parnesh Sharma, MA’96, worked for the Immigration and Refugee Board for several years before resigning and returning to school to do a second master’s degree at Cambridge followed by a PhD at Oxford (2010). His new book, The Human Rights Act and the Assault on Liberty: Rights and Asylum in the UK, which is a revised version of his dissertation, was recently published by Nottingham University Press in the UK. Find it on Amazon UK.

Gloria Tsang, RD, BSc’97, just released her latest book, Go UnDiet: 50 Small Actions for Lasting Weight Loss, which aims to help women lose weight for good without following a rigid diet plan or counting calories. Encouraging small, achievable steps, Go UnDiet calls out highly-processed foods (HPFs) as the real culprit for obesity. Gloria is the founder of nutrition network HealthCastle.com, which was the finalist for the 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

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