In Memoriam

WUSC wishes to honour the memory of the following individuals who have made a significant contribution to international development, including WUSC's work.

Paule Doucet (1943 - 2016)

Paule Doucet

The WUSC Community would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Paule Doucet. Paule passed away peacefully on May 25, 2016, at the age of 73 in Hawkesbury, not far from her cherished L'Orignal home.

Paule grew up on the Acadian Peninsula and started her post-secondary education at the Collège Notre-Dame d’Acadie and at University of St-Joseph, from which she graduated as top of her class “Magna cum laude” with a Bachelor of Arts in 1963, in Religion, French and Philosophy. She later attended Université de Montréal (1963-1966) where she earned a Bachelor and a Masters in Sociology. Read more... 

Jane Banfield (1930 - 2016)

Jane Banfield

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jane Banfield. Jane passed away peacefully on February 6, 2016 after a short battle with cancer. A cherished member of the WUSC family, over the years Jane has been both a valued staff member and a passionate supporter of our work.

Born in Vancouver, Jane’s history with WUSC began when as a student in 1953, when she participated in WUSC’s 6th International Seminar to India, a time which she said “changed her life”. A year later, Jane completed her law degree from the University of British Columbia - one of five women in her graduating class. Read more... 

Paul Herzberg (1936 - 2015)

Paul HerzbergWe are very saddened to hear of the passing of a dear friend and dedicated alumnus Dr. Paul Herzberg who passed away on December 2, 2015.

Paul was born in Saskatoon on Sept. 23, 1936, to parents Luise and Gerhard Herzberg. Both refugees from Nazi Germany, his parents studied at the University of Saskatchewan. They both become acclaimed scientists; his mother an astrophysicist and his father a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. Paul later authored a memoir of his mother, highlighting her accomplishments as an astrophysicist and the challenges she faced as the wife of a world-famous scientist. Read more...


Jennifer Joy Logan (1982 - 2015)

Jennifer LoganWUSC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jennifer Logan who passed away on January 17, 2015. Originally from Saskatoon, Jennifer devoted much of her life to helping others around the world and was a positive influence in the lives of many. While studying geography and international development at the University of Winnipeg, Jennifer was a member and chairperson of the WUSC Local Committee, where she played an active role in fundraising for the Student Refugee Program and supporting sponsored students on campus. She later pursued a master’s degree in geography from York University in Toronto where she studied how to improve services for immigrant and refugee communities in Canada by exploring the difference between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’.


William Dobell (1928 - 2014)

William Dobell

WUSC was deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. (Professor) William (Bill) Dobell, a dedicated WUSC alumnus and professor emeritus from Western University. Professor Dobell passed on peacefully on October 25, 2014 in his 86th year.

Bill was born and raised in Montreal, but attended secondary school in Port Hope before returning to Montreal to complete first degree at McGill University. Both of his subsequent post-graduate degrees were completed in England at Oxford University where his studies focused on politics, governmental policy, history and international relations. After his graduate dissertation was accepted in 1956, he returned to Canada to begin a 5-year contract with the National Research Council. Read more...


Peter Loan (1950 - 2012)

WUSC is deeply saddened to hear about the death of former WUSC co-worker and friend Peter Loan. Peter passed away in his sleep of heart failure on December 23rd, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Peter joined the WUSC team in 1984 and worked in several different areas during his time here including: Program Officer for the Zimbabwe Education Program, Deputy Director for the Relief & Recovery Program, Manager of the Indonesia Program, Country Director Peru, Deputy Director Overseas Program and Director of Program Development.

In 1995, Peter left WUSC to work for the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) and Hickling. In 2008, Peter rejoined WUSC as the Country Director Sri Lanka and in 2011 was hired as the Director for the Afghanistan Education program. Most recently, he was on an assignment with the Association for Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) in Tanzania.

Born in Toronto, Ontario on August 13th, 1950, to Russell and Juanita Loan, Peter loved music, dancing tango and spending time with his family. He dedicated his career to improving education by managing various international development projects.

He is survived by his mother, his wife Elizabeth, his brother David and sister Cathy, his daughter Julia, his son Christopher, his daughter-in-law Jennifer and his grandchildren Zoë and Vincent.

Peter (far left) with the PCP team in Sri Lanka


Arthur Pape (1942 - 2012)

WUSC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Arthur Charles Pape who passed away on December 6, 2012. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Arthur was a lawyer who spent most of his career fighting for Aboriginal and workers' rights across Canada. From a young age he fought for social justice and peace. This commitment carried over in 1962 when Arthur participated in the WUSC International Seminar to Poland.

Arthur went to law school in 1976 so to further focus on social justice and Aboriginal issues. Arthur and his best friend, Rick Salter, started the law firm Pape and Salter in 1982. His legacy will live on in his wife, children and grand-children.


Robert Kaplan (1937 - 2012)

WUSC is very saddened to hear about the death of dedicated WUSC alumnus Robert Kaplan, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.B. He passed away in November after a long battle with cancer.

Kaplan led a life full of achievements. As a former veteran Liberal MP and cabinet minister, he is probably best known for his 1980-84 stint as Canada's solicitor general and for the creation of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

He was a participant in the 1957 International Seminar to Ghana and then became a strong advocate for WUSC and our programs. During the 50th anniversary of the 1957 seminar, he graciously organized a reunion at his home.

Click here to read a touching obituary written by former 1957 seminar participant, Lionel Tiger


Kenny Doren (1966 - 2012)

Kenny (far right) with the WUSC Botswana team.

WUSC would like to extend deepest condolences to the family of former Uniterra volunteer Kenny Doren who passed away after a difficult but courageous battle with cancer.

Kenny is survived by his wife Gayle and newborn child Kenneth.

Kenny was a former multi-media artist and composer whose art installations, videos and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, France and the U.S.A. He obtained his MFA from NSCAD University in 2005 and received an Alumni Award from Alberta College of Art and Design for recognition as one of the top 75 students throughout ACAD's seventy-five year history.

In 2010, Kenny came to Botswana as a Uniterra volunteer based in the WUSC-Botswana office. As a communications volunteer, he was tasked with building the capacity of partners in telling their stories as well as helping WUSC-Botswana better communicate the Uniterra program.

“He very quickly endeared himself to staff and partners alike with his gentle humour and his deeper analysis of the challenges facing a country like Botswana. He could be seen in the field always with a video camera and a tripod, filming volunteers, questioning partners and engaging with the beneficiaries of the program. When he got sick, it was very difficult for he and his wife Gayle (another Uniterra volunteer working with SADC) to leave their beloved Botswana as he said he still had so much to do. He is dearly missed by all who met him.”

- Philip Landon, Regional Director, Botswana


Daun Kennedy (1947 - 2012)

Our dear friend and colleague Daun Kennedy passed away on April 18, 2012 at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. More than anyone, Daun understood the history and embodied the essence of WUSC.






David Holtzman (1959 - 2012)

WUSC is saddened to hear about the passing of David Holtzman who died suddenly of a heart attack, April 10. His memory lives on in his friends and family who remember him as a kind and compassionate man.

David dedicated much of his life to activism and community development. Living in Vancouver, he was director of operations and human resources for Out on Screen and an outspoken voice in the gay and lesbian community.  

He spent five years in Jakarta, Indonesia overseeing higher education development programs for WUSC and has also worked in Europe and around North America with the Department of External Affairs and Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion tour.

With files from Xtra newspaper. 

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Norma E. Walmsley (1921 - 2011)

WUSC is saddened to hear about the passing of Norma Walmsley, an alumnus who did so much for international development and women’s equality.

Norma’s connection with WUSC began when she was a student, joining the Local Committee at McGill University. After graduation, she became a professor of Political Science at Brandon University and formed the Local Committee at the school.

Norma remained closely involved with WUSC throughout the years, becoming a member of the Board of Directors. In 1987, she received the Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development.

She was the founder of MATCH International, and has been honoured numerous times for her work in international development and in the Ottawa Community. Notable accolades include, Officer of the Order of Canada, LLD Brandon University and Carleton University, Governor General's Persons Award, Queen Elizabeth Silver and Gold Jubilee Medals; honorary life member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Ottawa-Gatineau Society for International Development. 


George Wesley McCullough (1923 - 2010)

WUSC is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of George Wesley McCullough on November 29, 2010 at the age of 87.

George began his career as a teacher in Cumberland and from 1981 to 1986, he taught in Lesotho Africa through WUSC. After he returned he lived in Toronto, Norwood and Peterborough.


Shirley Thomson (1930 - 2010)

WUSC would like to extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of Shirley Thomson, former WUSC Associate Secretary General and board member. Ms. Thomson died in her sleep at the age of 80.

Born in St. Mary’s Ontario, Ms. Thomson attended the University of Western Ontario where she began her relationship with WUSC as a Local Committee Member. In 1951 she participated in WUSC’s International Seminar in Canada.

In the early 1960s she became Associate Secretary General for the WUSC Secretariat. She continued to participate in International Seminars, this time as an advisor in 1963 and 1964. Afterwards, Ms. Thomson became a member of WUSC’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Thomson is best remembered as a great advocate for the arts. Throughout her long and distinguished career, she served as head of the National Gallery of Canada. She was also on the board of the Ottawa Art Gallery, a director for the Canada Council for the Arts, and taught at the University of Ottawa for the Department of Visual Arts.


W.O. Fennell (1916 - 2010)

Bill Fennell with former WUSC Executive Director Paul Davidson.

WUSC would like to extend its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rev. William Oscar Fennell who passed away on May 25th, 2010 at the age of 94.

Born on January 10th 1916, Rev. Fennell led a life full of helping others. In 1942 he graduated from Emmanuel College and was ordained and served at St. John’s United Church in Levack, Ontario. After graduate work at the Union Seminary in New York he joined the faculty of Victoria University in 1946 where served for 35 years.

He was elected to World University Service of Canada’s International Committee in 1960, where he began a long-lasting relationship with WUSC. As a regular donor he would often show up at WUSC events happening in Toronto.


James Coates (1972 - 2010)

WUSC is saddened by the passing of former WUSC and Uniterra volunteer James Coates, who died this year while working in Haiti.

He was stationed in Port-au-Prince for the United Nations as an Information Management Assistant when the magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit on January 12th. His body was found over a week later.

James spent a year as a Development Worker for WUSC in Vietnam in 2003. The following year, he transitioned into a volunteer for Uniterra, working in the education sector as an ESL trainer.

Growing up in Deer Lake, James completed a Bachelors of Arts degree at Laval University and a degree from the London School of Journalism. With a passion for adventure and international development, James also worked as a junior TV editor in Toronto and had been working in Haiti for a year and half.

“James was made for development work. He was well liked by all, very agreeable to take on any task and got along well in the community, was involved in sports and other activities with Vietnamese colleagues and friends.”

- Elizabeth J. Noseworthy, friend and former colleague of James. 


Geoffrey Pearson, OC (1925 - 2008)

WUSC mourns the death of WUSC alumnus Geoffrey Arthur Holland Pearson and we extend sympathy to the Pearson family. Mr. Pearson, who participated in the 1949 International Seminar to Holland, died in Ottawa, Ontario on March 18, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Senator Landon Pearson, and their five children, including National Post journalist Patricia Pearson, Hilary Pearson (WUSC Alumnus 1975) and trustee for the Lewis Perinbam Award, Anne Pearson and Katherine Pearson, an employee at The McConnell Family Foundation. Geoffrey Pearson was the second of three members of his family to serve in Canada's diplomatic service. His father was Secretary of State for External Affairs and his son Michael Pearson is a Canadian diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Born in Toronto on December 25, 1927, Geoffrey Pearson was the son of former Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson and Maryon Pearson. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario, the University of Toronto and Oxford University. Mr. Pearson joined the department of External Affairs in 1952. He held diplomatic appointments at the Canadian embassies in Paris and Mexico City, and at the high commission in New Delhi. From 1980 to 1983, he served as Canada's ambassador to the Soviet Union.

In late 1983, Mr. Pearson was appointed as a special representative for arms control to then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and in 1984 he was seconded to the Canadian Institute for International Affairs. In January 1985, he was appointed as the first executive director of the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, where he served for six years. Pearson was a past president of the United Nations Association in Canada. In 2000, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Judith “Judy” Padua (1941 - 2008)

WUSC alumna Judy Padua passed away July 20th, 2008, at the age of 67, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Judy was known in Edmonton for her contributions in social services and to the charitable world. At the time of her death, she was a Director of the Muttart Foundation, an organization that works to improve the early learning of young children.

Throughout the years, she was involved with WUSC in various ways - board member, local committee member and staff person. In addition, Judy was a past recipient of the WUSC Award. She also participated in the 1965 International Seminar in Chile. This trip would be a great influence in her life.

Upon her return to Chile in 1967, she went on to obtain a Masters Degree in Sociology. Enthralled by Latin America, she remained there for 15 years. Returning to Edmonton in 1981, she kept her focus on philanthropy, focusing on early childhood education and the arts. She served on many boards including the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Mayor's Task Force for the Arts, and the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security, as well as terms as vice-president of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. She was inducted into the City of Edmonton's Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003.

Judy will be missed by her beloved partner Carman Cumming and her children Michael and Melina. WUSC board members, staff and volunteers express our deepest condolences to her friends and family. A memorial service will be held in Edmonton on Thursday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Maclab Theatre, Lee Pavilion, Citadel Theatre.

Note: WUSC thanks the Edmonton Journal for some of the above information, found on the website.


Macdonald Mbicholo (1976 - 2008)

WUSC is saddened by the loss of a cherished staff member in our Malawi office. Mr. Macdonald Mbicholo passed away in the evening of July 31, following a severe asthma attack.

A dynamic young man, Macdonald joined WUSC Malawi as an Administrative Assistant in early 2005. His enthusiasm and hard work earned him praise from his co-workers and led to a promotion in 2007 to Assistant Program Officer responsible for WUSC's Students Without Borders TM and Bike for Aids programs in Malawi.

WUSC staff, volunteers and partners expressed shock. WUSC's Associate Executive Director, Ravi Gupta, recalls meeting Macdonald on his last visit. "We had many wonderful discussions about his family and his career plans. To lose someone at such a young age is a huge tragedy." He personally expressed his sincere condolences to Macdonald's wife, Atupele, and two young daughters' on behalf of all WUSC staff.

His remains are commemorated in the Lilongwe cemetery.


Akanyang Kelaotswe (1986 - 2008)

Akanyang Kelaotswe was one of the first South-North volunteers of the Uniterra programme.

Testimonial from Canadian partner André Beaune, of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Training Centre which had hosted Akanyang during her internship in Canada.

Akanyang was a beautiful presence at our side along her stay amongst us, a stay we found too short to go deeper into things and exchange more.

Beneath her frail and reserved appearance, we discovered an engaging person, despite the language barrier; at first, her faith surprised us, but after a while we realized that what she most wished for was to help others.

In her daily professional work, we found her to be very bright, reliable and mature despite her young age, with an innate sense of professionalism coupled with a huge talent, as well as the need, always present, to do well.

May her determination, perseverance and courage that honor the African Woman be an example to all. Ke itumetse Akanyang, your experience amongst us was a very enriching exchange for all.

Good bye, Akanyang, we are happy and proud to have met you.

Tsamaya sentle,

The whole team


Dr. Audrey Griffiths (1922 - 2008)

WUSC is saddened by the passing of Dr. Audrey Griffiths, an alumna who touched the hearts of many with her generosity and compassion. Audrey’s first connection with WUSC was in 1988 as a volunteer in Lesotho, a southern country in Africa. There, she travelled to remote villages by airplane delivering assistance to the resident nurse and seeing as many as 125 patients a day.

Gladys Audrey Griffiths (née Meigh), who went by her middle name, studied medicine during the war at Newnham College Cambridge and Royal Free Hospital in London. She married Dr. Alan Griffiths in the fall of 1948 and together they had six children.

In 1957, the Griffiths immigrated to Canada, living in parts of Saskatchewan before settling in Leduc, Alberta. She was very committed to public service both in her community and her province. She sat on many boards including Leduc’s Library, Recreation and County School Board. As a school trustee, Audrey became president of the Alberta School Trustees Association and executive of the Canadian School Trustees Association. Dr. Griffiths was also a member of WUSC’s board of directors and its Alberta committee.

For over 15 years, Audrey donated generously to WUSC, helping us sustain and expand our programming. In 1998, WUSC recognized Audrey for her contribution to our work by presenting her with the WUSC alumni award.


Ralph Hazleton (1938 - 2008)

Former colleague and a good friend the dedicated and passionate Ralph Hazleton, who died suddenly on December 30, 2008, had an engaging and varied association with World University Service of Canada (WUSC). An economist, Ralph worked as a WUSC volunteer from 1980-82, serving as Head of Department of Business Studies and Senior Lecturer in Economics at Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Subsequently, he returned to Prince Edward Island and served as a member of the WUSC Board of Directors and started the WUSC Local Committee on University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) campus.

In the mid-80s he joined the WUSC staff as Country Director in Botswana and Lesotho. Upon his return he worked briefly with the Eastern Caribbean Economic Management Programme before settling in to the Indonesia Program. He moved to CARE Canada in 1993 and in 1997 he received a Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his work in the Rwandan refugee camps in Zaire.

"Ralph Hazleton was someone who inspired more than one generation of students at U.P.E.I. to help change the world. His leave from UPEI to work for WUSC in Africa inspired his lifelong passion for Africa where he ultimately accomplished so much humanitarian work. Before he left UPEI, he left a legacy in founding the Student Refugee Program on campus in which so many UPEI students participated."

- Leo Cheverie, WUSC Board Member, former student and friend.


Dr. Lewis Perinbam (1925 - 2007)

It is with great sadness that World University Service of Canada (WUSC) marks the passing of Dr. Lewis Perinbam, O.C. on December 12, 2007.

Dr. Perinbam served as WUSC's Executive Director from 1953-59, a period during which WUSC was incorporated as a non-profit international development organization. During his tenure, he also spearheaded WUSC's efforts to resettle and support students fleeing the communist takeover of Hungary, a precursor to today's Student Refugee Program. He helped launch WUSC's popular Treasure Van (later Caravan), an annual sale of crafts from developing countries on campuses across Canada.

Concurrently, Dr. Perinbam participated in five WUSC International Seminars - India (1953), Europe & West Africa (1954), Japan (1955), Germany (1956) and Ghana (1957). He received the WUSC Alumni Award in 1997.

"Lewis was often described as the heart and soul of WUSC," says Alastair Summerlee, President of the University of Guelph and current chair of the WUSC Board of Directors. "Throughout his long and distinguished career, he remained steadfast in his commitment to our organization and in his belief that, no matter the global challenges we face, universities and colleges have a vital role to play in building a more humane and just world."

Since 1983, the Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development has recognized exceptional grassroots achievements in improving life in developing countries and increasing awareness of those countries among Canadians. The award, which is presented at WUSC's Annual Assembly, will continue to serve as a lasting testament to his lifelong devotion to international cooperation and increased global understanding.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Perinbam served as the first Secretary General of the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO; Vice-President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1974 to 1991; advisor to the United Nations, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; and Chair of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) from 2003 to 2006.

Recipient of honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities, he authored or contributed to several books on international development. He also served on the boards of the Greater Vancouver Citizenship Council, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Canadian Organisation for Development through Education (CODE) among others.

Dr. Perinbam was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 and was the recipient of the 2001 Sir Edmund Hillary Humanitarian Award and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for 2002.

To make a donation to the Lewis Perinbam award, click here