Lisa Skakun, LLB’01, received an Association of Women in Finance Rising Star PEAK Award. Lisa has been Coast Capital Savings Credit Union’s general counsel and corporate secretary since early 2010.
Debbie Roque, BA’02, started the next chapter of her life as she and her fiancé exchanged vows on August 20, 2011, and went on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon journey to Africa. They met at Best Buy Canada, where she worked in the marketing department and he worked in e-commerce.
Hugo Passarello Luna, BA’05, was awarded the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl Prize for his article “In a Buenos Aires slum, dreaming of Paris”. His article tells the story of a teenage soccer team in a slum of Buenos Aires, getting ready and dreaming to participate in the homeless World Cup in Paris.
Upon graduation, Russell Ward, MA’05, left Vancouver to take up employment with the Canadian Federal Department of Public Safety in Ottawa, where he spent two years working with police, intelligence and customs on issues relating to mass transit security and policing policy. In 2006, he moved with his wife and two dogs to Sydney, Australia (his wife’s home city), where he has been working for the New South Wales State Government for the past five years in areas such as law enforcement and human services policy and programs. He writes about his expat experiences on his blog at www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com and regularly for the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. He and his wife were recently featured on an episode of the US television show House Hunters International, which recreated their move from Canada to Australia and filmed their search for a new home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Jenny Ooi, BA’05, MA’08, is now a mortgage consultant with Mortgage Alliance.
Late this summer, Beth Snow, PhD’06 – who is a sometimes UBC sessional instructor – as well as Tamaki Kano, BSc’00, MSc’06, and students Josie Chow and Elysia Allen were among the participants of the Longest Game of Hockey for Cystic Fibrosis (longestgame4cf.com). The game, which set the world record for the longest game of hockey, was put together to try to raise money and awareness about Cystic Fibrosis. It involved 40 women playing hockey at Burnaby 8 Rinks for 243 hours and five minutes, and raised over $125,000.
Wendy Kei, BCom’07 (Hon), MSc (Bus)’11, was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) during her master’s program. This scholarship supported her master’s research – exploring the linkages between Open Skies agreements and international trade development. The SSHRC scholarship was one of the highlights of her master’s program because only top-ranked applications selected from the university-wide competition are forwarded to SSHRC (a federal government agency) for a nation-wide competition. Wendy started her PhD studies at UBC in September 2011. She is happy that UBC has offered her an attractive awards package for her PhD program.
A new work by writer/director Adrienne Paulson, BMus’09, breaks the traditional roles of both theatre and art song. Clara/Clara, which ran from August 18-20, 2011, at the new VSO School of Music, is the dramatization of Clara Schumann’s (née Wieck) struggles throughout her courtship and marriage with Robert Schumann. Montreal soprano Emily Forsyth plays Clara Weick, while Vancouver mezzo-soprano Debi Wong, BMus’08, performed as Mrs. Schumann. Damien Jinks, BMus’09, is the collaborating pianist. Staff included set designer Amanda Larder, BFA’11, assistant director Hersie Init, BFA’11, and lightning designer Alia Stephen, BFA’11.