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Richard BrownBSc 70 (Psychology), writes from Halifax: "I have been reading the spring 2009 Torch and was saddened to read of the death of Dr. Bill Gaddes of the Psychology Department. After graduating from UVic, I completed an MA, a PhD in psychology at Dalhousie University and then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the animal behaviour research group at Oxford. I was inspired to go into psychology by professors at UVic, especially Charles Tolman, Dick May and Howard Simmons. I was inspired by Nicolas Tinbergen's lecture at UVic in 1967 or 1968 to study animal behaviour and was fortunate to work in the research group that he founded at Oxford. Since 1978, I have been teaching psychology at Dalhousie University and from 1989-96 and 2002-2008 was the chairman of the psychology department. During the 2008-09 academic years, I was the senior visiting research fellow at St. John's College Oxford, and worked on projects in psychology and physiology. So, although I did not take any courses with Bill Gaddes, I do have fond memories of my UVic years and am happy that I was so well prepared at UVic for my future in psychology."

Alexandra Seidenshaw, BSc 06 (Psychology), sends this: "My husband (Blake Seidenshaw, BA (Anthropology/Environmental Studies), and I moved to New York City after both being accepted to schools here. We had been traveling and living in India for the last two years studying yoga. I am doing an MA in the applied psychology – counseling program at NYU Steinhardt. I am also teaching yoga and developing a yoga program as addictions therapy for people in 12-step programs. Blake got a full scholarship to Fordham University in interdisciplinary studies, and we are happy to be back in school together. We are just enjoying life in the big city."

Charlotte RennisonBA 02(Psychology), is the owner of Victoria Costumes, offering costume rentals for practically any occasion. "Saanichton's costume sweetheart" earned the 2009 Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce award for best new business and second prize for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Phil FrostBA 98 (Psychology/Sociology), has been living in Florida since graduation. "While living on the island I did a lot of fishing and have continued to do so since moving to the Sunshine State. I'll be spending much of my summers pursuing trophy bass, looking to hang another one on my wall. Any of my old friends from the SUB who want to come to Florida for a visit can


Randy HartMA 00 (Sociology & CSPT), writes: "After leaving UVic, I earned a doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Toronto. In 2007-08 I was an assistant professor in the department of social sciences at the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto. Since 2008, I have been an assistant professor at Southern Utah University. I have recently been invited by UNESCO to present in Frankfurt at the UN's conference, UNESCO and the Cold War."

Mariam S. Pal, BA 80 (Sociology), writes: "After working in international development for 20 years, I returned to Canada in 2002 and studied law at McGill. On March 16 I was appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board's Montreal office, in the immigration appeals division."

Political Science

Thomas LowryBA 84 (Political Science), writes from his home in Ottawa: "I have been with the RCMP for the last 24 years. I have been posted to Quebec, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and now Ottawa. I am currently the senior financial officer for Quebec and Ontario. I have been married for 20 years and have two boys, 14 and 10, who are both busy with hockey. I continued my studies and completed a Diploma in Public Sector Management with UVic, an MBA from the University of Regina, and a master's degree in economic crime management from Utica College in upstate New York. We moved to Ottawa two years ago and decided to stay since the children are getting older and looking for some stability. We have had seven transfers over the last 24 years. All of my family lives in Victoria so I try to get home as often as I can."

Shaun WysieckiBA 03 (Political Science), was elected to Colwood City Council in November 2008, at the age of 23.


Tracy Redies, BA 84 (Economics and Asian Studies), was appointed president and CEO of Coast Capital Savings this spring. Her hiring followed a 20-year career with HSBC, including the post of executive vice-president. Tracy lives in Surrey with her husband and four school-aged kids. Coast Capital Savings is the second largest credit union in Canada, with 50 branches on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.


Kerry Godfrey, BSc 87 (Geography), writes: "I've returned to Canada after 20 years in the UK, to take up the position of director of the school of hospitality and tourism management at the University of Guelph. It was only ever meant to be one year abroad, but…"

Bevin CarithersBA 99 (Geography), writes from Colorado: "I am serving as the director of outdoor stewardship programs at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Our organization works with federal, state and local agencies to execute large-scale conservation and preservation programs throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. We are currently embarking on a strategic effort to create citizen stewards of our natural resources through hands-on outdoor volunteer experiences."


Blake SeidenshawBA 06 (Anthropology/Environmental Studies) got a full scholarship to Fordham University in interdisciplinary studies. Married to Alexandra Seidenshaw BSc06 Psych