We at VIOCS wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of our fellow alumnus, Brian Scarfe (St. John’s ’63 & Nuffield). Brian served as Treasurer for the Vancouver Island Oxford and Cambridge Society between 2011 and 2017, during which time he brought his good humour and proficiency to the organization of events that retained the vitality of our collegial society. Here is the link for Brian’s obituary.
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Report on Annual VIOCS Boat Race Party 2016
Approximately seventy members and guests attended on the evening of 23 April 2016 our annual Boat Race Party held in the splendor and comfort of Rockland’s historic Highwood House owned by Leigh Large, Sr., father of Leigh Large (Trinity 1995). Continue reading →
Through the formation of the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club (OUIHC), Canadian students at the University of Oxford helped bring Canadian hockey rules to prominence in Europe, thus influencing the development of British and European ice hockey.
Read about the history of the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club in this article published on-line in the The Canadian Encyclopedia Continue reading →
What is The Boat Race?
The Race takes place close to Easter each year on the River Thames in West London between Putney and Mortlake.
The first race took place in 1829 in Henley on Thames following a challenge between old school friends. Since the second race in 1836 the contest has taken place in London.
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We at VIOCS wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of our fellow alumnus, Michael Finnis. His son, David, has kindly provided the following obituary for inclusion on our website:
Born in London, England on July 4, 1921, Michael was the eldest son of Major Herbert Continue reading →
We at VIOCS wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of our fellow alumnus, Paul Wesson. His friend Pat Lapcevic has kindly provided the following obituary for inclusion on our website:
Paul died unexpectedly at home on Gabriola in the early morning of September 16th 2015, Continue reading →
We at VIOCS regret to inform you of the death in April 2015 of our fellow member, Justin Fryer, whose toast to Cambridge enlightened the festivities of our 2014 boat race party. Justin’s comradery, grace, and good cheer will be missed at our annual party. With the permission of his wife, Sue, who hopes to join us at future VIOCS events, we are providing this link to a thoughtful eulogy prepared by Jim Wiggins for Rowing Canada
On May 20th, 2015, Professor Jack Lohman, CEO of the Royal British Columbia Museum, gave an engaging talk to VIOCS members concerning the museum world and what it is about Canada that we might celebrate in 2017 to mark 150 years of Confederation. Drawing extensively upon the writings of BC’s highly-regarded artist Emily Carr, Jack suggested that we might rename our Victoria International Airport to honour her extraordinary portrayal of our natural and cultural landscapes. Following the talk, VIOCS treasurer Dr. Brian Scarfe and his wife, Marg Gardiner, hosted a drinks reception in their residential suite in the Shoal Point Condominium.