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Edel­gard Ma­hant (née Pet­zelt), BA’62, was not pre­pared to re­tire when she reached the age of 65 in 2006. She loved her job as a pro­fes­sor at York Univer­sity so much that she found an­other one like it, in Botswana. There she be­came a part of lo­cal life – not a vis­i­tor, but a pro­fes­sor who, like the lo­cals, trav­elled on the mini-buses and shopped in the su­per­mar­kets. Af­ter re­turn­ing to Canada in 2012, she wrote a book about her life in Botswana: Grandma’s

Gone to Africa. One Woman’s Jour­ney to Botswana the Good. (Toronto: EP2M En­ter­prises, 2016). It is her first non-aca­demic book; she hopes that read­ers will find it en­joy­able, amus­ing and per­haps even in­for­ma­tive. • Richard

Gar­ner, BSc’63, (MD’67, Johns Hop­kins), con­tin­ues to prac­tice or­thopaedic surgery in An­chor­age, Alaska, with a ten­ta­tive re­tire­ment date of April 2018. • Rick

Atkin­son, BCom’64, pub­lished his sec­ond book on re­tire­ment plan­ning in the sum­mer of 2016. Strate­gies for Re­tir­ing Right! is de­signed to help read­ers build a per­sonal re­tire­ment plan to en­hance life af­ter work. Rick’s first book,

Don’t Just Re­tire – Live It, Love It! (2009) be­came a best­seller. He is founder of RA Re­tire­ment Ad­vi­sors (Toronto), help­ing boomers suc­cess­fully tran­si­tion into re­tire­ment. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.when­canire­tire.info. • Fred

Af­fleck, BA(Hons)’66, is cel­e­brat­ing 45 years in Aus­tralia with his wife Mar­garet, a re­tired teacher, mu­si­cian, and artist. They moved there af­ter three years in Ot­tawa – Af­fleck hav­ing re­ceived his PhD in his­tory at the Univer­sity of Lon­don – and lived in Perth, Ade­laide, and Syd­ney. Af­fleck worked in gov­ern­ment, as a man­age­ment con­sul­tant, as a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive in two na­tional rail­way com­pa­nies and as a pro­fes­sor at Curtin Univer­sity and The Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia, re­search­ing trans­porta­tion and ur­ban/re­gional plan­ning. In semi-re­tire­ment, he served as a mem­ber of Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion and as chair or deputy chair in Crown cor­po­ra­tions, in­clud­ing Western Aus­tralia’s Fre­man­tle Port Author­ity. Af­fleck was re­cently ap­pointed an Of­fi­cer in the Order of Aus­tralia for his long ca­reer of ser­vice to the trans­porta­tion in­dus­try and the arts. Since re­tir­ing, he has been vol­un­teer­ing as re­form­ing pres­i­dent of Arts Mar­garet River in south­west Aus­tralia’s top wine and beach re­sort town. • Pierre Josseron, BA’66, says he trans­ferred from the Univer­sity of Lau­sanne (Switzer­land) to UBC in order to broaden his hori­zons. It worked. Af­ter two years teach­ing in Bu­rundi, he be­gan his ca­reer as a del­e­gate of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross. This work – which has con­cerned the pro­tec­tion of civil­ian pop­u­la­tions, refugees, and pris­on­ers of war – has taken him to the Is­rael-oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Gaza and the West Bank; Nicaragua just af­ter the San­din­ista Rev­o­lu­tion; East Ti­mor un­der In­done­sian oc­cu­pa­tion; Iran just af­ter the Khome­ini Rev­o­lu­tion; Ar­gentina, Chile and Uruguay un­der their former mil­i­tary regimes; Peru in the con­text of the Sen­dero Lu­mi­noso guerilla war­fare; Geneva dur­ing the Ar­gentina/ UK con­flict over the South At­lantic is­lands, when he was in charge of the Red Cross Task Force; In­done­sia; Aus­tralia/ Pa­cific, where he lec­tured law stu­dents on In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law and was in­volved in pro­tec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties fol­low­ing the coup d’état in Fiji; Thai­land, for the pro­tec­tion of Cam­bo­dian refugees es­cap­ing the Kh­mer Rouge; Ar­me­nia, in the con­text of war with Azer­bai­jan; Uzbek­istan and former Soviet Cen­tral Asia, fol­low­ing the breakup of the Soviet Union; and Syria. He is spend­ing his re­tire­ment in both Switzer­land (his home­land) and Por­tu­gal (for the ocean and the hori­zon).

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