Sad news — Fay Hyndman has passed away: UFV memorial on Jan 27

Many of us at UFV will be saddened to learn that Fay Hyndman, who retired from UFV in 2009 after coordinating UFV’s Writing Centre for many years, passed away Jan 10, 2017, after graciously facing cancer.

Fay began her work at Fraser Valley College in 1987, following careers as a high-school teacher and flight attendant. Fay was one of the two initial hires, along with Diane Griffiths, in the newly minted Writing Centre in 1989.

Fay contributed significantly to institutional work, including co-chairing JCAC for many years and serving on Arts Heads, the Research Advisory Committee, and the Student Appeals Committee. Fay was co-editor of the scholarly journal Technostyle (now Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing) from 2002 until her retirement.

Perhaps Fay’s most enduring legacy lives on through the countless students she generously mentored in academic and professional writing in the Writing Centre. As many of you know directly, Fay’s support also extended to many others at UFV, through her mentoring, friendship, committee contributions, scholarly work, and collegiality.

Fay was deeply devoted to her sons and her grandchildren, and her husband Doug, who passed away in 2001. Fay was a proud mother to David (wife Lisa, and grandchildren Hugh and Claire), and to Tim (Krystal). Fay also leaves behind in Australia devoted sisters Barbara and Heather and their spouses Jeff and Jim, and many nephews and nieces.

Fay had  a giving heart — her kind generosity has helped provide funding for roughly 15 students through the Doug Hyndman Memorial Endowment Scholarship in Aviation. This gift will continue to touch other UFV students moving forward because she had the foresight and wisdom to grow it into an endowment.  That endowment has now grown large enough to generate a $1,000 scholarship annually.

Please join us in honouring Fay’s life and contributions to UFV on Fri, Jan 27 between 12 and 1:30 in F125. If you cannot attend and you wish to drop off a card or pass on condolences for David and Tim, please contact Gloria Borrows at, extension 4237.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Nolte at


Newman’s book launch leads to media whirlwind

The recipe for 15 minutes of Canadian fame? Write a book about Canadian cuisine. In one week, Dr. Lenore Newman, whose book Speaking in Cod Tongues launched officially on Jan 12, has been interviewed by CBC’s The Current, had her book excerpted and reviewed in the Globe and Mail, and been interviewed for numerous regional CBC Radio shows, including North by Northwest.

Coverage is also coming in the Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun.

“Yes, it’s been pretty intense,” notes Newman. “When I lived in California I used to surf, and this feels a bit like that — at some point the water just sort of carries you along. I’ve got some fun events coming up- including a CBC interview held at Vancouver’s culinary bookstore, Barbara Jo’s Books To Cooks, that will include some cooking (not by me)! Right now I’m doing a lot of CBC regional things as well. In a weird twist my food class looks at Canadian cuisine this week, so I shouldn’t have trouble with that lecture!”

Raabe book translated and released in Korea

Peter Raabe of the Philosophy department is celebrating the translation of his latest book into Korean.

“The 600-page Korean version of my book Philosophy’s Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy was painstakingly translated during the past year by Dr. Soo Bae Kim, Professor at the Dept. of Philosophy, Chungnam National University,” reports Raabe. “It’s the second one of my books that Dr. Kim has translated. The first one, Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice, was selected by the Korean National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as one of the outstanding books of 2011. This honour came with a $15,000 grant from the NAS to distribute the book to universities, public libraries, and research centres throughout Korea. I can only hope that the current volume does this well.”

Alisa Webb wins BCCAT award

alisa-webb-assoc-dean-of-arts-students-blogCongratulations to Alisa Webb, Associate Dean of Students, College of the Arts, on receiving the Rising Star award from the BC Council on Admissions and Transfers.

“As Associate Dean of Students in Arts at UFV, Dr. Webb has significantly improved approaches to articulation at UFV and has completed a range of innovative and new block transfer agreements. She ensures maximum recognition of student learning, focuses on clear language, and ensures a multi-level approach,” noted  Dean of Arts Jacqueline Nolte.

More here.

New Hires, Moves and Changes — Nov 2016

Welcome to the following new employees, and congratulations to those who are moving to a new position within UFV.

Sherri Magson — Manager, Advancement, University Relations; moved from Advancement Officer, Major Gifts

Kelly Gardner — Assistant, Director, School of Business

Katrina Owens — Coordinator, Athletic Events

Evgenia Pyzhyanova — Department Assistant, Graphic & Digital Design

Ashley Johannesson — Assistant, Human Resources

Amanda Pierce — Assistant, Enrolment Services

Shannon Preist — Material Handler; moved from Janitor

Sarah McLean — Department Assistant, Geography & the Environment; moved from Committees Assistant, College of Arts

Michelle Johnson — Educational Developer; moved from Educational Technologist

Holly Zonneveld — Academic Advisor

Nicolle Bourget hired as project manager for Pedagogy Investment Project

nicolle-bourgetNicolle Bourget has joined the ITS department and UFV as the Project Manager responsible for the Pedagogy Investment Project, announced by Provost Eric Davis earlier this year. Nicolle most recently worked at TELUS, where she managed a number of technology, infrastructure, and business transformation programs over the past 19 years. Nicolle holds a PMP certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Doctor of Social Sciences from Royal Roads University.

A member of the UFV CIS Program Advisory Board from 2005-2013, and a former student, Nicolle is looking forward to contributing to teaching & learning investments at UFV.

The Pedagogy Investment Project is a $1.5M investment in Teaching and Learning to advance UFV’s use of innovative technology, facilities, and techniques in the classroom.

If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Maureen Wideman, Director, Teaching & Learning; Darin Lee, Chief information Officer or Nicolle Bourget, Project Manager.



Sad news: security officer Lorne Rowan has passed away

Lorne Rowan, a security officer based at the Chilliwack campus at CEP, passed away on Nov 12. Members of the UFV community who wish to attend his funeral service will find details below, along with his obituary, as printed in the Nov 16 Abbotsford News.

Tuesday, November 22.
1030am, open invitation.
St. Anne’s Catholic Church,
33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford

Donations to Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

ROWAN; Lorne Gordon Perry

Lorne Rowan died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016. He is now with his late father, Gordon and his memory is cherished by his wife Angela, his son, Stuart, his daughter, Heather, his mother, Winnifred, his sister, Carol, brother-in-law, Bernard, extended family, and many friends and associates. Born in Manitoba, Lorne moved to Abbotsford with his family at the age of 9. After graduating from WJ Mouat, he completed his degree in Geology from UBC. Lorne loved raising his children in the Fraser Valley. He was active coaching minor hockey for both of his children. Lorne’s career spanned geology, BCGEU and operations security. He is deeply loved and respected by his family and friends and will always be remembered for his honesty, sense of humour, and love of the outdoors. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:30 am at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Avenue, Abbotsford, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated by the family. Tributes and condolences may be left at:
Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-854-5534

Births: Daddy Kinvig welcomes son and meets deadlines

img_5300Dan Kinvig, communications coordinator for UFV Athletics, usually has one main job on Cascades game days: get the word out to media about the results from UFV’s various athletic teams.

But this past Saturday, Nov. 12, he faced a dilemma: four Cascades teams were playing, and his wife Danielle was in labour with their third child.

Dan knew where he had to be: by his wife’s side in the hospital. But he also knew that those game stories needed to be filed, for all Cascade teams in action that night. Luckily, the coaches cooperated, texting him quotes and statistics.

Baby Boaz Daniel Kinvig was born at 9:48 pm, weighing 8 lb, 4 oz.

After the initial elation, and while mother and baby slept, Dan got to work filing the four post-game summary stories from his laptop at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

img_5288Siblings Cadence, 5, and Caleb, almost 3, are happy to welcome baby Boaz to Team Kinvig.


Dart book on High Tory tradition published

ron-dartUFV political scientist Ron Dart is celebrating the publication of his latest book, The North American High Tory Tradition, from American Anglican Press.

In the book, Dart “shines light upon the classical lineage, deep wisdom and enduring nature of the High Tory tradition as it has been planted and grown in the soil of North America, and in doing so reveals how Canada may serve as a north star to lead North Americans to a different destiny than that planned for them by a certain few in 1776” (from publicity material on the new book).

Dart has taught in the department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies at UFV since 1990. He was on staff with Amnesty International in the 1980s. He is the political science advisor to the Stephen Leacock Home and Museum, and serves on the boards of the Thomas Merton Society of Canada and the Society of Archbishop Secker. He has published more than thirty books and booklets, served as an editor for The Anglican Catholic, The Friend: The High Tory Review and Anglican Tradition journals, and has contributed poems, articles and reviews to a wide range of publications in both North America and the United Kingdom. Ron Dart is a leading authority on the North American High–Red Tory religio-political tradition.


Betty Harris receives Librarian Emeritus award

Current University Librarian Kim Isaac presents Librarian Emeritus award to Betty Harris. Retired UFV librarian Barbara Pinkiewicz joined them for the occasion.

Univerity Librarian Kim Isaac visited her old mentor, Betty Harris, recently to present her with the UFV Librarian Emeritus award.

Here are some words from Kim about the key role Betty played in the development of the UFV library:

Betty was the founding library director at Fraser Valley College, and served in that role from 1974 until 1998, when she retired from what had by then become the University College of the Fraser Valley. Very few academic librarians have the experience of developing a library from an idea to reality, and in some ways Betty did this twice: first by establishing the FVC Library, and then by leading the transformation from a college library to one that would support undergraduate education at the degree-granting UCFV. To accomplish all this, Betty led the planning of at least five new library facilities (three in various locations in Abbotsford, and one each in Chilliwack and Mission), grew the library’s collection from nothing to a respectable undergraduate library collection, and hired and mentored many librarians (myself included) and library technicians. Although years have now passed since Betty’s retirement and many current UFV faculty, staff and administrators did not have the opportunity to know her, employees and students are still benefiting from the extraordinary work she did in laying the foundations for academic library services at UFV.

Betty’s long and distinguished career at FVC/UCFV was marked by many accomplishments and milestones. In addition to her contributions in building the library, its collections and services, Betty made significant contributions to the governance and administration of FVC/UCFV. As Director of Library Services, Betty represented the library at senior tables within the institution. She was actively involved in the establishment of the Faculty and Staff Association, and served in key positions from its founding through most of the next 15 years, a period of time when the FSA played a major, formal role in collegial governance and decision-making at this institution.

In addition to her work within FVC/UCFV, Betty Harris was also a respected leader in the library profession provincially and nationally. She held elected positions with the BC Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors of BC. She served as a member of the advisory board of the National Library of Canada. Her active commitment to cross-institutional collaboration and shared services was instrumental in the establishment of some of the underpinnings of library services today, such as interlibrary loans and consortial purchasing and licensing.
Betty’s commitment to the library profession did not end with her retirement from our university. She has shared her knowledge and expertise through private consulting as well as through a number of international volunteer experiences.


UFV’s Messamore quoted in Maclean’s national survey of Canada’s leaders

UFV history professor Barbara Messamore is quoted in a Maclean’s survey of Canada’s 23 prime ministers, published today on Oct 7.

A panel of 123 academics and journalists, from Canada and around the world, rated the country’s leaders since Confederation in 1867, on a scale of 0 to 5.

Top ratings went to W.L. Mackenzie King (PM, 1921-48 with two brief gaps), who scored 4.76, and Quebecer Wilfrid Laurier (PM 1896-1911), close behind on 4.62.

Dr Messamore is one of a handful of experts directly quoted.

Where others praised Laurier for his Canadian spirit of compromise, Messamore criticized him for ‘moral evasion’, citing his abandonment of Manitoba’s French-speaking minority.

Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, who ushered British Columbia into Confederation back in 1871, ranks third, scoring 4.59.

The jury’s out on Justin Trudeau, but with 3.27 he could be poised to overtake his father, who scores 4.10.

BC’s only national leader, Kim Campbell, has the lowest rating, 1.36 — hardly surprising, as she only held office for five months in 1993.

The Maclean’s 7 October survey is at:

— submitted by UFV adjunct faculty member Ged Martin.