After receiving four degrees at UBC, Christian Dy, BASc’94, BEd’95, MA’02, MBA’08, has been successful in two careers: teaching and financial management. In 2003 he received an Outstanding BC Teaching Award, and in 2008 he took over his father’s financial practice after completing his MBA. In his 20s, Christian spent a lot of time in developing countries – Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Guatemala – participating in and leading education and health projects. In July 2010, he brought 17 volunteers to Guatemala, most of whom were university students, to work on building and education projects involving sponsorship for abused women and children. The volunteers then travelled and explored the surrounding areas on their own, learning about the region and various cultures – an experience he refers to as voluntourism. He plans on recruiting and leading teams to developing countries throughout his career. Christian lives with his wife and three daughters on the North Shore.
In October 2011, James Hooper, MA’98, was elected president of the British Columbia School Counsellors Association, which advocates for the enhancement and high quality of counselling in BC schools. After studying at Manitoba, McGill and Carleton and working as a reporter and editor with the Toronto Star, James migrated west and enrolled in UBC’s secondary education program in 1976. Upon graduation, he taught with the Maple Ridge school board for almost two decades and then returned to UBC where he received his MA in counselling psychology in 1998. James has been an elementary counsellor in Maple Ridge since 1999.
UBC Alumni Association board member, Chris Gorman, BA’99, MBA’09, was elected a trustee on the Board of Education for School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) – the fifth largest School District in British Columbia – on November 19, 2011. Chris was elected by colleagues to serve as vice-chair, chair of the board’s Finance and Legal Committee, and member of the Planning and Facilities Committee. Prior to his election, Chris worked as executive assistant to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Peter MacKay, PC, QC, MP, and in various roles in the international shipping and insurance industries in Canada and the United States. Chris resides in Kelowna with his wife, Elizabeth and two daughters, Isabelle (four) and Naomi (one).