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UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 8 | Jun. 6, 2002


Women of Distinction

Three members of the UBC community have been named YWCA Women of Distinction. Linda Siegel was recognized in the Education, Training and Development category.

A professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education, she has contributed significantly to the understanding and treatment of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder and of children at risk for learning and behaviour problems.

Siegel is the Faculty of Education associate dean, Graduate Programs and Research, and also holds the Dorothy C. Lam Chair in Special Education at UBC.

Dr. Martha Donnelly earned an award in the Health and Wellness category.

An assistant professor of Family Practice, Donnelly specializes in geriatric psychiatry and has worked at Vancouver Hospital since 1984 with an interdisciplinary outpatient outreach team.

Recognized for her contribution to the welfare of seniors and to the training of caregivers, Donnelly is director of the Enhanced Skills Program in the Mental Health Evaluation and Community Consultation Unit of the Dept. of Psychiatry. She is part of a process to identify best practices in mental health for the elderly.

Law faculty alumna Patricia Proudfoot was recognized in the category of Management, Professions and Trades. She completed her law degree in 1952 and has the distinction of becoming the first woman judge in three levels of B.C. courts and the third woman to become a Justice of the Court of Appeal before her retirement in January.

She is recognized as an outstanding jurist and for her contributions to the development and reform of family law.

New Associate Vice-president Appointed

Brian Silzer has been appointed new Associate Vice-president, Enrolment Services and Registrar. Silzer comes to UBC following a 30-year career at the University of Alberta where he held several positions including registrar and associate vice-president of the university.

As UBC's associate vice-president, Enrolment Services and Registrar, Silzer will provide leadership on the integration and improvement of enrolment services. His responsibilities will include recruitment, admissions, scholarships, financial aid, classroom services, student information systems, records and registration functions, supporting both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Silzer will also partner with the faculties and senate to plan and build each year's Class and ensure that new initiatives are consistent with the University's Trek 2000 vision and new Academic Plan.

He took up his position May 1.

Renowned Jurist Elected UBC Chancellor

Former Chief Justice Allan McEachern, a UBC alumnus, begins a three-year term on June 25, 2002 as chancellor of UBC. He succeeds William Sauder, chancellor since 1995.

"I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with such a well-respected member of the community," says UBC President Martha Piper. "Mr. McEachern is a life-time resident of the province, an alumnus and faculty member. He is very well-suited to serve in this role."

McEachern graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, a law degree in 1950 and was given an honorary doctor of Laws degree in 1990.

In September 2001, McEachern joined UBC as Douglas McK. Brown Visiting Professor and Peter Wall Distinguished Fellow in Law Faculty.

"It is a special pleasure to be so honoured by the alumni and faculty of the university from which I graduated," McEachern said.


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