Alumni Notes – Fall/Winter 2018

Class Notes


Brian Stubbings BEd’71, BA’92 spent 37 years teaching young people, including nine years in Zambia, three and a half years in Malawi, and 26 years with Regina Public Schools. Post-retirement, he was a teacher on-call with Regina Public Schools and Luther High School. He also taught English to newcomers to Canada at the Regina Open Door Society and worked at the Conexus Art Centre.

Brenda Bacon BSW’75 retired from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Social Work in 2014 and has since been happily doing volunteer work. She has volunteered as an assistant in English as a second language (ESL) for adult refugees and as an interpreter at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.



Mark Gelowitz BA’83 has published the fourth edition of his book, Sopinka and Gelowitz on the Conduct of an Appeal. Gelowitz co-authored the book in the early 1990s with the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada. The book continues to be a leading legal text in Canada on the subject of the law and procedure relating to appeals.

James Trettwer CA’86, CCE’87, CDP’90, BA’97 published his story collection, Thorn-Field, through Thistledown Press in Saskatoon. The collection was a Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Awards winner in 2016.



Jayne Barnard-Robertson CA’92, CCE’93, BA’95, BA’97 is the author of the award-winning mystery When the Flood Falls and three books in the young adult fantasy series The Maddie Hatter Adventures. Barnard-Robertson’s works have been shortlisted for two Prix Aurora Awards in young adult fiction, an Alberta Book Publishing Award, a UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and three Great Canadian Story prizes.

Lorne Nordal CVTEd’93 spent one year on a teacher exchange to Australia and was involved in a Canadian International Development Agency project in Vietnam.



After more than 20 years in the non-profit sector, Richard Kies BAdmin’93, CPR’03 fulfilled a career goal by becoming the executive director of the Kinsmen Foundation. Kies was also recently elected to the University of Regina Senate as representative for Saskatoon. He will serve a three-year term.

Meseret Mamo BSc’99 has worked in international development in Africa and Asia. She also founded a growth accelerator and financial advisory firm based in Ethiopia.



Steven Jackson’s BFA’00, BA’01 first play, The Seat Next to The King, won best new play at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2017. The play drew sold-out audiences and had a second run at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.

Katie Bergman BHJ’11 has written two publications: When Justice Just Is: Confessing Brokenness, Cultivating Joy, and Creating Space for Authenticity in the Justice Movement; and Urban Shalom: Restoring Hope and Justice to Global Communities Affected by Modern Slavery.


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Upcoming Alumni Events

University of Regina President Vianne Timmons is looking forward to meeting alumni across Canada. We hope you and a guest will join us if you are in any of these centres on these dates.

President’s Reception

Calgary, Alta.
November 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

President’s Reception

Saskatoon, Sask.
January 30, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Remai Modern Gallery

President’s Reception

Ottawa, Ont.
May 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Rideau Club


Alumni Leadership Groups

Contact information

: Lisa King BPAS’95, MAdmin’11 –

Edmonton: Brad Rollins BAdmin’78 –

Calgary: Stuart Quinn BAdmin’81 –

Saskatoon: Richard Kies BAdmin’93, CPR’03 –

National Capital Region (Ottawa):
Joanne Pomalis BSc’86 –

University of Regina Alumni Association:
Bert Yakichuk PGDGCS’73, MEd’77 –

Levene Graduate School of Business Alumni Association:
Chuck Sylvester CDP’99, CCSc’02, MBA’14 –

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Alumni Association:
Rebecca Gibbons BAHons’99, MBA’13, MPA’16 –

Hill Alumni Association: Nicole Nameth BBA’15 –