Anita (Fuoco) Boscariol, BA’78, LLB’82, recently retired as director general, Treaties and Aboriginal Government Negotiations West, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, and joined Vancouver law firm Watson Goepel LLP as leader of its new Indigenous Law Practice Group. Following a high-quality education obtained at UBC (for both her undergraduate degree in French and subsequent law school training), and a lengthy career in law and public policy, Anita’s latest adventure with the new practice group involves assisting and advising a variety of clients in matters related to issues of Indigenous self-government, economic development, governance, and engagement, consultation and accommodation. Anita’s husband is also a UBC alumnus, and, following in the family tradition, her two daughters have gone on to receive undergraduate degrees from UBC as well. The next generation? Well, that’s still TBD.
Ken Cameron, MA’70 (Community and Regional Planning), has published Showing the Way: Peter Oberlander and the Imperative of Global Citizenship, focusing on the life of the late Peter Oberlander, founder of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning. The book traces Oberlander’s remarkable trajectory from refugee to key member of the team assembled by UBC President Norman Mackenzie to provide the trained teachers, lawyers, architects and planners needed to build a new society in British Columbia after World War II. Oberlander’s life epitomized the concept of citizenship as a set of rights and responsibilities that we must exercise at local, national and global levels. The book is available online as well as through the UBC bookstore.
Kristina Mayer, BEd’75, of Victoria, BC, remarried on December 9, 2017, to a long-time friend in Chicago, Illinois. Kristina’s new husband, Wayne M. Erck, is a retired two-star general of the United States Army. Kristina and her husband now split their time between Victoria and Chicago.
Charles Ernest Watson, MA’74, remembers fondly his years at UBC obtaining a degree in comparative literature and teaching as an instructor in the Department of English for several years. He relocated to Mesa, Arizona, after graduation and has retired after more than 40 years in the car business, most recently Penske Automotive Group. He will be the first to point out, however, that he is not a “car guy!” He is an advocate of high levels of empathy and integrity in the sales profession. Charles has recently published two books: Sales Coach for Beginners: Ten Basic Rules and Ten Best Practices. In addition, he has written several books of poetry in the phoenix desert series. All are available through amazon.com.
Wes Wong, BSc’74, (MMath’78, U of Waterloo), retired from full-time vocation in informational technology at the turn of the decade. Now, he is focused on serving the Lord Jesus Christ in church ministry, and has transitioned from IT (Information Technology) to OT (Old Testament) and NT (New Testament). To be more efficacious in his ministry service, Wes returned to school and earned a Master of Theological Studies (‘12, McMaster Divinity) and Doctorate of Ministry (‘17, Tyndale Seminary). Blessed with over 40 years of management and ministry experiences, Wes currently serves the Lord in a voluntary role as management consultant at the Canadian Chinese Alliance Churches Association.