In 1972, Jackie Hooper, BA’50, BLS’64, BSW’82, MSW’84, became the driving force behind the idea of buying an apartment block to provide housing and a supportive community to people with mental illness. Having suffered from depression, Jackie realized one of the primary needs of people with mental illness is safe and affordable housing with appropriate support. Coast Foundation (now Coast Mental Health) agreed to spearhead the project and today the organization houses approximately 1,000 people with mental illness, and other agencies have adopted Jackie’s model. The original apartment building acquired in 1973 is now named Hooper Apartments in her honour. After receiving her master’s in social work, Jackie worked in the mental health community until her retirement in 1992. Since retiring, Jackie has published two books, Hiking in Colour – a collection of paintings, accompanied by descriptions of her favourite hikes around the Lower Mainland, and Big Ken – an eclectic collective of stories, both funny and sad.
With Nora Hughes Wheeler, BHEc’52, as chair, a group of the 1952 BHEc graduating class put together a reunion at UBC’s Alumni Weekend that included a tour of the wonderfully renovated Old Aud led by Professor Nancy Hermiston, a lecture on wine making at the Wine Research Centre, and lunch at Tapestry in Westbrook Village. Other committee members were Ada Kirk Brown, BHEc’52, Hazel Joe Chong, BHEc’52, Hilary Yates Clark, BHEc’52, MEd ’90, Anne Howorth, BHEc’52, MA’70, and Joan Slinger Hoyles, BHEc’52.
Janet (née Montgomery) Fernau, BSN’57, was honoured on November 15, 2011, at Buckingham Palace, when she received her Member of the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II for 20 years of service running the Haemochromatosis Society from her home in Barnet, Herts, England. Janet founded this volunteer society in 1990 to promote awareness of this common genetic disorder among professionals, patients and their families, the general public and policy-makers and to offer support and information to people with Haemochromatosis. The disorder is often unrecognized, but when detected and treated promptly serious damage to the liver and other vital organs can be prevented. In May, Janet joined her UBC nursing friends and classmates in Vancouver and celebrated 55 years of graduation from UBC with a coastal cruise.
The Hon. Walter McLean, BA’57, former MP from the Ontario riding of Waterloo, was honoured by the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) with the 2012 Distinguished Service Award on June 4, in Ottawa, in recognition of his years of parliamentary service, his contribution to and respect for the institution of Parliament and for his continued interest and activity in the promotion of education, human rights and parliamentary democracy in Canada and abroad. Walter currently serves as Honorary Consul in Canada for the Republic of Namibia.