Charles Hayter, MA'76
I’m thrilled to announce the recent publication of my new book, Cancer Confidential: Backstage Dramas in the Radiation Clinic, from University of Toronto Press.
I am a University of Calgary Drama Alumnus. After graduation, I taught drama, then switched careers and entered medical school. I trained as a radiation oncologist and spent 30 years in the field. During my medical career, I never lost my passion for theatre, mainly through playwriting.
My book shares stories of people living with cancer, woven together by the story of my father’s cancer and death — which occurred in Calgary — and my own journey of self-identity.
Here's a testimonial: "This courageous and splendidly written book deserves to be read by patients, their families, and health care professionals.” — Dr. Philip Hébert
For more information, visit https://utorontopress.com/9781487528171/cancer-confidential/.
Maureen Armstrong, BSW '80
Besides feeling blessed seeing my two grandchildren, Ada, 6, and Cillian, 3, play together in the park, I have written two books since 2018, after returning from China where I taught English for two years in the province of Anhui.
Essences of Tongcheng is written in prose with B & W photographs. Horizons in Tongcheng is a book of journals from free-verse poetry with colour photographs and original collages of student names from classroom name-tags.
Connect with Maureen via email or on Twitter at 250-308-5773
Heather Hastie, MA'04 (Communication Studies)
I've worked for the City of Calgary since 2006, and have had a varied career. I've supported the Fire Department, HR, Parks and been Communications Leaders for the Communications Services Department. I now have two teenagers, with the oldest in first-year at UOttawa, who is completing the Communications and Political Science program. While I didn't actively encourage her to enrol in this program, being at home during the pandemic gave her a window into my work. I'm now Manager of Communications and oversee a division of 120 communicators who support all departments and business units at the City, as well as media relations, employee communications and crisis communications. I also took a one-year self-funded leave of absence, and travelled to Asia, Africa and Europe with my family. The U of C program gave me the education and skills to achieve all this, and I'm forever grateful for my degree.
Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, BA'09, (Political Science & International Relations)
I was elected as a municipal councillor for the District of Saanich, British Columbia, on Oct. 15, 2022. I served as an elected official (Social Sciences Faculty Representative on the Students' Union) for three terms, where I met my partner Stephanie Ferguson. While studying at UCalgary, I also ran for parliament in Calgary West (2006 + 2008) and the Alberta Legislature (2008). I was fortunate to attend UCalgary on a Chancellors Club Scholarship.
In addition to now serving on Saanich Council, I chair the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception in BC, and work as the Director of Research for OceansAsia, and help build little free libraries around the Greater Victoria Area. I recently returned from research fieldwork in Gabon, where I studied the strategy of the marine conservation organization, Sea Shepherd, and, some say, I am a leading expert in sea cucumber wildlife crime!
Raman Gill, MEd'13
I received the prestigious award "Bhartiya Kirtiman Alankaran" Award at the 17th Bhartiya Divas, celebrated in Indore (India) on Jan. 10. It was awarded for my services for the wellbeing of society and humanity. It is bestowed to people across the globe for their contributions in Justice, Education, Awareness, Environment, Technology, Spiritualism, Social and Cultural Spheres — all of which aim to serve society.
On Jan. 19, I also finished a coffee-table book for which I am very proud: Beginnings Of Landscape Architecture In Punjab: An Untold Story, which is about historical events, facts and efforts for the beautification of the Punjab State in India that happened in the late 1960s and early '70s. This work has been much applauded. The book also has many rare black and white pictures and events that the public is unaware of at large.
Connect with Raman on email or at 403-585-9675
Dr. Sochi Iwuoha, PhD'20 (Geology and Geophysics)
I have been elected to the volunteer Board of Directors of CAUSE Canada and will be serving as Vice-Chair of the Board for the 2022/23 term.
CAUSE Canada (headquartered in Calgary, Alberta) is a not-for-profit organization that delivers community development programs in hard-to-reach rural communities in Central America and West Africa.
The group is working to reduce infant mortality, improve access to education for youth, reduce child marriage, and provide support for entrepreneurship through microfinancing.
Connect with Sochi via email or at 403-678-3332