Alumni Stories

See what these Kin alumni are up to and what they’re doing with their Kinesiology degrees.

Chuang, Pauline

Graduating year: 2017
Degree: BKin
During her studies, Pauline successfully implemented a pilot project at the Pacifica Treatment Centre that explored the relationship of physical exercise and recreation in the recovery from substance abuse.

Chung, Jonathan

Graduating year: 2014
Degree: BKin
After his graduation from the UBC School of Kinesiology, Jonathan moved to Hong Kong where he pursued his interest in business further at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received his Masters in Accounting in 2016. He has decided to return to his Kinesiology roots, and has started a side project: FITTCODE.IO, a health analytics-driven, offline-to-online service with a goal to improve affordability and effectiveness in the personal training space.

Cue, Victor (1929-2018)

Graduating year: 1951
Degree: BPE
In 1995 Cue was inducted into the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Hall of Fame and is also an inductee in the Basketball BC Hall of Fame. The team he coached, the Dueck Powerglides, is an inductee in the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Cunnings, Don

Graduating year: 1962
Degree: BPE
His extensive and varied career has been acknowledged by his 2012 induction into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, his 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and his 2014 Freedom of the City, Coquitlam’s highest honour. The Freedom of the City recognizes his long-term contributions to the city, both in his professional capacity and as a volunteer.

Dang, Joe

Graduating year: 1960
Degree: BPE
A popular and energetic graduate of the class of 1960, Joe Dang is the first Canadian of Chinese descent to graduate from Physical Education – now Kinesiology. Joe was the manager of the Thunderbird football team during some of coach Frank Gnup’s most successful seasons.

Diewert, Gordon (1951 -1981)

Graduating year: 1973
Degree: BPE
Described as a prolific scholar with wide-ranging interests, Dr. Diewert also worked on issues such as reaction times in people who had been drinking. He was involved in the development of employment screening programs and was the author of several articles in academic journals.

Dowdeswell, Jennifer

Graduating year: 2001
Degree: BHK
Through her own personal experience Jennifer became aware of the immense challenge for those diagnosed and their families. She created 5 Free Documents aimed to help people with some basics, such as what signs to watch out for, top 10 signs of caregiver stress, and how to best communicate with someone with dementia.

Drake, Clare (1928-2018)

Graduating year: 1951
Degree: BPE
Clare Drake is one of UBC Kinesiology’s most acclaimed graduates. A native of Saskatchewan, Clare, in 1947, chose to come to UBC because of its newly-created Kinesiology program – the first such program in Western Canada.

Durante, Dave

Graduating year: 1976
Degree: BPE
Dave Durante, a 1976 UBC Physical Education graduate, ranks as one of this faculty’s most versatile athletes, which is saying something.

Eatmon, Rebekah

Graduating year: 2009
Degree: BHK
Rebekah is currently a Family Medicine Resident at UBC in the Vancouver Indigenous site. Her program is a small distributed program, with strong ties to Indigenous communities. “I am learning how our preceptors help to build strength at a community level by building up individuals. As a multitude of our patients have experienced trauma, building safe spaces in health care is of utmost importance,” she says.