Meet Your Reunion Organizer

    May 2, 2011

    Hugh Hoyles, ’66 BPE

    For 33 years, Hugh served as the U of A’s director of campus recreation, which provides year-round recreational sports, fitness and lifestyle programs to more than 37,000 students and 7,000 staff. He also taught in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation and coached the Golden Bear and Panda volleyball teams for 13 years.

    Outside of the University, Hugh served as director of volleyball for the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, QC, and for the 1983 World University Games in Edmonton. As a result of his efforts, he received the Sports Canada Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal. He was also inducted into the Alberta Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Canadian Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.

    After retiring in 2004, Hugh has remained busy in sports organization, serving on boards and committees for the 2005 World Masters Games and Edmonton’s GO Community Centre, just to name a few. He also sits on the U of A Alumni Council as the representative for the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation.

    Hugh and his wife Bev Hoyles, ’74 BEd, live in Edmonton and have four adult children.


    Verna Yiu, ’84 BMedSc, ’86 MD

    Dr. Verna Yiu is the vice-dean for faculty affairs in the Faculty of Medi­cine & Dentistry at the Uni­versity of Alberta. After receiving her medical degree from the U of A, she completed a fellowship in pediatric nephrology (kidney disorders) at Harvard University before returning to the U of A as a faculty member in 1994.

    In 2000, Verna became the faculty’s assistant dean for student affairs, where she formalized the student advisor program, extending it to all four undergraduate student programs; helped to initiate the dental careers development program; and implemented the first program in humanism in medicine for Canadian medical students.

    In 2009, she assumed the role of vice-dean; however, she continues to practice as a pediatric nephrologist and an educator, teaching medical students and residents.