Brad Atchison

Brad Atchison, MSc’71, was unexpectedly presented with a business opportunity based in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. He has relocated to the Arctic for the foreseeable future and is now the CEO/President of Inuit-owned Kitnuna Corporation. The move also represents an opportunity to network with Inuit carvers, sea kayak and whitewater paddle, visit ancient Dorset sites, integrate with a very different culture, examine the impacts of climate change on this front line, and to make a positive impact. His wife, Cheryl, will hold down the fort in Vancouver and Victoria for the first year, and they will keep their home in Victoria

On October 15, Howard Soon, BSc’74, was formally inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in the Friend of the Industry Category. Howard, master winemaker at Sandhill Wines, was inducted for his consistent and exceptional support to the BC restaurant industry.

Susan Murray, BSc’77, MSc’89, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and professor of Arboriculture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is the 2012 co-recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) prestigious Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education. ISA president Colin Bashford stated: “Susan is one of the pioneering women in arboriculture. For more than 30 years, she’s maintained a consistent approach in the classroom, offering her students the most up-to-date instruction on tree care in addition to promoting volunteerism. Susan has dedicated her life to teaching, and thousands have benefitted from her commitment.”

The Van der Stars

For 40 years the Van der Stars of Oyama, BC, have been involved with UBC. Jack, BASc‘77, MASc‘82, and Kathy, BSR’77, met when they were students in Vancouver and are very proud that their three children, Trisha, BSc’05, Alex, BASc’07, and Todd, BKin’12, are also UBC grads. Jack was a founding member of the industry engineering group in the Okanagan that successfully lobbied for an engineering school at UBC Okanagan and continues to be involved as a volunteer, guest speaker and student mentor. Kathy is a long-time supporter of the UBC Okanagan Heat athletic department and volunteered with several championship tournaments and other events. Trisha is treasurer on the organizing committee for the national Pharmacy Student conference, to be held at UBC Vancouver in January 2014. They look forward to celebrating Trisha’s graduation with a BSc(Pharm) in 2014, and perhaps Todd’s graduation with an MSc(PT) if he is successful in his application. Go Blue and Gold!


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