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.
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.