951 Memorial Page

Dallas-T-CUPE951Dallas Tomniuk, a valued staff member in the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, passed away May 22 following an accident in Tofino.

Tomniuk held the position of assistant technical director at the auditorium, where he had been employed since 2003. Through nearly 13 years with the auditorium, Tomniuk was the audio engineer for more than 120 events every year. A talented sound technician with a far-reaching reputation, Dallas mixed audio for world-renowned artists including B.B. King, Raffi, John Cleese, David Foster, Nelly Furtado, Wynton Marsalis, Nana Mouskouri, The Kingston Trio, Martin Short, Randy Bachman, and many others.

Dallas was a veteran supporter of UVic ceremonies and events, taking care of the audio requirements for 133 UVic Convocation ceremonies. He also mixed audio for Victoria’s Ska Festival for several years, helping countless internationally renowned musicians bring joy to their audiences.

Outside work, Tomniuk was an avid outdoorsman and adventurous man, enjoying dirt bike adventures, ATV’s and guns.

Tomniuk leaves behind his loving wife Lindsey, two sons Ryder (5 yrs) and Theo (16 mos), his sister Dionne and brother Nick. He is survived by his mother Patricia and stepfather Lloyd.

Donations are being accepted to the Tomniuk Family Support Fund to provide for his young family: gofundme.com/265ekecc


Bill-JohnstonBill Johnston Only recently retired after 33 years of service to the University, Bill passed away on June 15th, 2016 after a brave battle with cancer.

For nearly half of those years, Bill was a member of CUPE 951. Raised in a “fairly anti-union household” Bill was “not too thrilled” to find himself in a unionized workplace. Cuts to public services under Bill Bennet in the 1980s prompted him to attend his first union meeting where he was surprised to realize that “all that (he) had known up to that date was false.”

So impressed by then-president Liliane Morgan that he signed on as a shop steward.

Bill took the week-long stewarding course at Harrison Winter School and jumped in with both feet. While Bill took several union education courses, the stewarding training and practice is what he credits for giving him the confidence to speak as himself.

Bill applied what he learned as shop steward and moved up to Chief Steward. Not long after that, he was elected President.

Within three rounds of bargaining, Bill led CUPE 951 to “make the breakthrough” with management over the annual December closure.

“I’ve had the privilege to be on both sides of the table in bargaining. In the last round of bargaining, representing management — but I was still able to understand the perspective of the union.”

Bill believed that it came down to respect, regardless of what work group a person was in.

Over the years, Bill has “had the opportunity to work with some extraordinary people.” Many of those he worked with while he was a CUPE member remained friends, even as he and others have moved from one work group to the next.


Jeannette-Elizabeth-Mary-WilkinsonJeannette Wilkinson – Accounting/Payroll employee at UVic and CUPE 951 member – passed away suddenly but peacefully in her home in Victoria. She was predeceased by her twin sister Jeannine in 2007 and is survived by her siblings Kathy, Norman, Debbie, Robert, Carol, and June.

Referred to as “Auntie Toonie”, she leaves her nieces Meghan, Mika, Mollie, and her nephew Anthony, as well as other relatives.

She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her and her trusting and giving personality.

The St. Francis of Assisi statue that Jeannette kept on her porch attested to love and caring which Jeannette gave to any animal or human being that came her way.

A special thanks to Shirley for her guidance and caring, and to Michael for giving Boo his forever home.

The Celebration of Life to honour Jeannette will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Parish at 1pm on June 28th.

A small reception will be held afterwards for family and friends.


Priscilla-Scott-UVic-LibraryPriscilla Scott – Born in Vancouver, British Columbia at St. Paul’s Hospital on September 20, 1927, Priscilla was predeceased by her dearly beloved parents Wilbur B. Scott (1951) and Elizabeth Pearl Bell/Scott (1986). Priscilla leaves to mourn her much loved cousins Hugh MacCrostie and Marnie Bradfield (husband Leigh), her second cousins Marsha Bradfield and Heather Bradfield (husband Tyler, daughters Cecileigh and Lizelle), Eric Burr (wife Lori and daughters Amanda and Ashley), Marguerite Csikos (husband Dan, daughter Megan and son Anthony) and many friends, noting especially her enduring friend Frances Gillespie. Priscilla completed her Bachelor of Library Sciences at the University of Toronto and then worked as a librarian for 30 years.

Her career started at the University of British Columbia Library but she later moved on to the University of Victoria Library. On retirement from the University of Victoria, Priscilla returned home to Vancouver to enjoy the city she knew and loved so much. She was an active member of of Fairview Presbyterian Church. Shortly after joining the church in the early 1990s, Priscilla assumed the role of Church Librarian and, with much joy, tackled the reorganization of the church library. She was also a member of Session and, as an Elder, provided tremendous support to parish members in the community. In her early retirement, Priscilla also studied at Regent College where she completed a Diploma in Biblical Studies, which represented the fulfillment of a life-long interest. An avid art, design and travel enthusiast, Priscilla made several trips to New York to enjoy its museums and galleries.

She was a frequent visitor to San Francisco where she and her mother, her constant companion, enjoyed shopping for the latest fashions. Other travels took Priscilla to England and Wales, Hawaii, Alaska, and latterly to South Africa, Japan, China, Russia and Ireland. Priscilla’s cousins and friends will cherish the memories of many lovely family birthdays and holiday gatherings that she hosted at her apartments, and later at her favourite restaurants including Seasons In The Park and The Shaughnessy at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Always attentive to others, Priscilla was generous and thoughtful, and will be remembered for her care and concern for all of us.