UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 8 | Jun.
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
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
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 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