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Shirley Cohn

Oral history interview with Shirley Cohn. Shirley Cohn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Hungarian Jewish immigrants who came to the US before WWII. Several of her father's siblings and her 2 year old cousin were killed in the Holocaust. This has heightened her sensitivity to issues of discrimination and prejudice. She has been a member of the BCASW (BC Association of Social Workers) Multicultural and Anti-Racism Committee for many years.

In 1977 Shirley Cohn and her family moved to Burnaby, BC. Holding a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, Shirley earned her Master's of Social Work at the University of Michigan and has been dedicated to her practice in the field ever since. Shirley has worked in her profession at Burnaby Hospital for the past twenty years. She has been a member of both the BC Association of Social Workers Multicultural and Antiracism Committee and the Ethical Resource Committee at Burnaby Hospital (which educates staff on ethical issues, and reviews complex cases).

Shirley's life-long had an awareness ofpassion for fighting discrimination from an early age stems, stemming from the loss of family members in the holocaust. After Shirley's move to British Columbia, she submitted photos of her relatives for an exhibit at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

Shirley is married to Dr. Ted Cohn.

Gloria Levi

Oral history interview with Gloria Levi. Gloria (née Hammerman) Levi was born in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. From a very early age, Gloria understood the importance of engaging in her community and dedicating herself to issues of social justice. Since moving to Canada in the 1950s, she has continued to help improve the lives of those around her through her work with groups such as Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Habitat for Humanity, Innovative Care Advocacy, and other organizations in Vancouver.

Gloria is a Gerontologist, Social Worker, and Author. With 30 years of experience in the field of aging as a social services consultant, trainer, and educator. Gloria has authored among other works "Dealing With Memory Changes As You Grow Older". Undergoing a Google search for Gloria Levi will find that she is extremely active in the community and sits on a variety of boards. Please take note of her work with the Louis Brier Home and Hospital as well as Habitate for Humanity.

Dr. Peter Suedfeld

Oral history interview with Dr. Peter Suedfeld. Peter Suedfeld was born in Hungary and emigrated to the United States in 1948. After three years of active duty in the US Army, he received his bachelor's degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1960 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1963. He taught at the University of Illinois and at University College, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey before moving to The University of British Columbia (UBC), where he was appointed Professor of Psychology in 1972. He served as Department Chairman at Rutgers from 1967-72, and at UBC as Head of the Department of Psychology from 1972-1984 and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies from 1984-1990. In 2001, he was appointed Dean Emeritus of Graduate Studies and Professor Emeritus of Psychology. Suedfeld has held Canada Council and Killam Foundation Fellowships, and sabbatical or concurrent appointments as Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales, Visiting Fellow at Yale University, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies.

His research is generally concerned with how human beings adapt to and cope with novelty, challenge, stress, and danger. The research has three major aspects: laboratory and clinical studies on restricted environmental stimulation (for example, in flotation tanks); field research on psychological and psycho-physiological concomitants of working in extreme and unusual environments such as space and polar stations; and the archival and experimental study of information processing and decision making under uncertainty and stress. Archival and interview studies have concentrated on leaders at the national and international levels, but have also included combat officers, prisoners, and students. During the past ten years, he has been conducting an extensive series of studies of the long-term adaptation of survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. He is the author of more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. Among books that he has written, edited or co-edited are: Personality Theory and Information Processing, Attitude Change: The Competing Views, Restricted Environmental Stimulation: Research and Clinical Applications, Psychology and Torture, Restricted Environmental Stimulation: Theoretical and Empirical Developments in Flotation REST, Psychology and Social Policy, and most recently (2001), Light from the Ashes: Social Science Careers of Young Holocaust Survivors and Refugees. He has presented invited and keynote addresses at many institutions and conferences in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.

Suedfeld has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Book Review Editor of Political Psychology; he is currently Associate Editor of Environment and Behavior. He is also on the editorial boards of Political Psychology, the Journal of Environmental Psychology, and the Interamerican Journal of Psychology. He was the organizer and director of the Polar Psychology Project, a multi-national, transpolar project investigating human adaptation to high-latitude environments, as well as of the High Arctic Psychology Research Station near the magnetic North Pole. He has served as an expert witness in US and Canadian courts, and as a consultant to the Canadian Department of National Defence, NASA, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the Canadian Space Agency, and the US Peace Corps.

Among other organizational offices, he has been President of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Western Association of Graduate Deans; he was the founding President of the International REST Investigators' Society; and has been Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Antarctic Research Program. In that capacity, he represented Canada in the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). He represents both Canada and the International Union of Psychological Science in the SCAR Standing Scientific Group in Life Sciences. He was the co-founder with M.E.P. Seligman, then President of the American Psychological Association, of the American/Canadian Psychological Associations' Joint Initiative on Ethnopolitical Warfare, and continues as a member of its Steering Committee. He has been Vice President and a member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology, and is or was a member of various committees of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, as well as other scientific organizations.

Suedfeld has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association (6 Divisions), the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the New York Academy of Sciences. In 1994, he was awarded the U.S. National Science Foundation's Antarctica Service Medal; in 1996, the Donald O. Hebb Award of the Canadian Psychological Association for distinguished contributions to psychology as a science; in 2000, the Zachor Award of the Canadian government for contributions to Canadian society, and the Just Desserts Award of the UBC Alma Mater Society for service to students; and in 2001, the Harold D. Lasswell Award for distinguished scientific contributions to political psychology. In 2002, he was named as the Monna and Otto Weinmann Memorial Lecturer by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Dr. Ted Cohn

Oral history interview with Dr. Ted Cohn. Theodore Cohn, SFU Professor Emeritus. His research interests include global and regional trade policy, international institutions, theories of international relations, and global cities. He is the author of Canadian Food Aid: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications (1979), The International Politics of Agricultural Trade: Canadian-American Relations in a Global Agricultural Context (1990), 2 editions of Global Political Economy: Theory and Practice (2000 and 2003), and Governing Global Trade: International Institutions in Conflict and Convergence (December 2002). He is a co-editor of Innovation Systems in a Global Context (1998) and Power in the Global Era (2000). Dr. Cohn has also written many smaller monographs and articles on international trade, foreign debt, international development, crossborder issues, and global cities. Currently he is co-authoring a book on international organization.

Ted is originally from Detroit. He is married To Shirley Cohn.

Peter Barnett

Oral history interview with Peter Barnett. Peter and Jeffrey Barnett are twin brothers who went into a number of business ventures including restaurants, clubs and property investments. They are best known for being the founders and owners of: Pizza Patio, Elephant and Castle, Ole Cantina, the first topless club in Canada, the first discothèque in Richmond, etc.

They are also very involved in community (both Jewish and non-Jewish) organizations. They were both heavily involved in the Variety Club telethon for years; Peter Barnett was the founder of Variety Club #1047 and past Variety Club World President (and the youngest world president of Variety Club). Jeffrey is very involved with the BC Restaurant Association and the JCC's (Jewish Community Centre) annual Sports Dinner.

They are both 2007 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductees in the Pioneer Category (Pioneers of the BC restaurant industry either retired or deceased).

Peter is a past president of the BC Restaurant Association.

Peter was one of the founding members of Hebrew Free Loan Association and was a member from 1979-2008.

Peter is a past president of Tourism Vancouver.

Harry Caine

Oral history interview with Harry Caine in preparation for an online exhibit on Oakridge.

Ed Lewin

Oral history interview with Elana Wenner in preparation for an online exhibit on Oakridge.

Sandy Rogen

Oral history interview with Sandy Rogen in preparation for an online exhibit on Oakridge.

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