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Marnie Fleming, MA’80, won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. She worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery before moving to London (London Regional Art Gallery) and then the Oakville Galleries, where she has been for 24 years. The citation reads: A complex, dynamic and ever‑evolving sense of place has been the organizing principle – if not the driving force – behind Marnie Fleming’s impressively diverse and ambitious practice as a curator.


James Giles, BA’80, MA’83, has written several books, the latest of which is Sexual Attraction: The Psychology of Allure, which explores the universal yet highly individualized experience of being sexually attracted to another person. After leaving UBC, Giles travelled to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the UK, where he earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. His travels continued in Asia and Europe, while his career took off as a researcher, writer and university lecturer. His areas of focus include metaphysics, the nature of perception, personal identity, Buddhist and Taoist thought, ancient Greek philosophy, human relationships, and evolutionary theory. Giles is currently a professor of psychology at Roskilde University in Denmark. Visit his website at www.james‑giles.com.


The 2015 Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research (Sir John A. Macdonald Prize) will be awarded to Jean Barman, EdD’82, for her book French Canadians, Furs, and Indigenous Women in the Making of the Pacific Northwest, published by UBC Press in 2014.


Paola Durando, BA’83, MLS’85, and Suzanne Maranda, MLS’82, are team members in the Queen’s University AHEAD (Access to Health and Education for All Disabled Children and Youth) project in Bangladesh. Working with the local Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), the project’s goal is to educate and train over 1,000 health professionals, students in health studies, and 12,000 community members, including children, in five regions in Bangladesh. Durando and Maranda have been collaborating with the CRP librarian to build library capacity, which is enabled by an e‑library with ready access to scholarly resources. Library users receive instruction in resource terms of use and database search skills, all with the intent to foster a research and evidence‑based culture of learning.


Marjorie Simmins, BA’84, (MA), is a journalist and author whose new non‑fiction book, Year of the Horse, published by Pottersfield Press, is now available in bookstores and online from Amazon and Nimbus Publishing. A story of horses, healing and improbable dreams, Year of the Horse is set on the East and West Coasts of Canada. After a cross‑country book tour, Simmins held a West Coast launch at Southlands Riding Club in Vancouver on November 24, 2016.

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