Alumni Association Board of Trustees

Matthew Ashton '13

Matthew Ashton is a recent alumnus (’13) of SMUS and after a year of attending the University of Calgary, is currently in his last year of psychology at the University of Victoria, completing an honors thesis in concussion research. During his time at SMUS, Matthew dedicated himself primarily to several AP courses and the squash team. Presently, Matthew works and volunteers in two research labs at the university in the fields of couples and families, and minor traumatic brain injuries. He also works as an assistant clinical research coordinator at a local urology clinic, and as a Volunteer Team Leader for several of the programs at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He is currently intending to attend medical school and working on a business in disability services.

Matthew’s interest in alumni relations at SMUS began with wanting to introduce more opportunities for mentorship among alumni and students at SMUS. He also chairs the SMUS Mentorship Committee to advance such a program.

Barnabas Clarke '88

Barnabas Clarke has attended Glenlyon school (1975-82), SMUS (1983-1986) and The Southport School (1986-88) Qld, Australia. An avid rugby and cricket player who has represented the Vancouver island & BC at junior levels in both sports. After completing 2 years at Camosun college he moved on to work at his family business, The Butchart Gardens, which he currently runs with his mother Robin Clarke. He has been a director there for the past 10 years.

Jeremy Cordle '91

Jeremy Cordle '91 was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1972. Following two years in Northern Alberta, he moved to Victoria in 1986 with his sister Carole (GNS '88) and parents Una and Tony (SMUS staff 1986- present). Jeremy and his father became part of the SMUS fabric in the fall of 86. With a great love and aptitude for all sports, Jeremy thrived in the most successful athletic period in the school's long history. In five years at the school, Jeremy was fortunate to be a member of six island championship winning teams culminating in the school's first BC High School Rugby championship in 1991.

Since leaving the school in 1991, Jeremy had the honor of representing Canada in both cricket ('91) and rugby ('98). After completing his extensive career in sport, Jeremy settled happily into family life in Victoria with partner Alana and children Jaxson and Luci. 

In the spring of 2005, Jeremy and Alana opened Esteem Treatments Wellness Spa in Victoria where they enjoy helping their clientele find ways to maintain stress-free and healthy lives. Jeremy also has the pleasure of training and mentoring many young student athletes not only from SMUS, but also from a number of local schools in the Victoria area.

It is in this chapter of life where Jeremy finds himself drawn back to the SMUS community. Students, parents and staff (current and past) who are patrons of his business give Jeremy a unique perspective of life at the school. He has a deep love for SMUS, and finds the skills he acquired there serve him well in every day life. Jeremy looks forward to helping the school continue to link its excellent past to its limitless future.

It is for these reasons that Jeremy is both confident and ready to serve the school and the Alumni Society.

Bhupinder Dulku '09

Bhupinder Dulku attended St. Michaels University School between the years of 2002 and 2009. In his grade 12 year he was the co-head of student council and an elected school prefect. After graduation, Bhupinder, pursued a double major in Economics and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario; the nation’s leader in the discipline of economics. Furthermore Bhupinder was heavily involved in extracurricular activities in his time at SMUS and came back to work with Advancement in 2010 and 2011 summers.

Bhupinder has and will continue to be an ambassador of the school. Most importantly, he hopes to help grow the school’s mission, vision, and commitment to excellence as a member of the Alumni Board.

Tom Erlic '88

Tom Erlic ’88 started at St Michael’s University school in grade 6. After graduation, Tom attended Queen’s University where he earned his bachelor in Applied Science (’94). Shortly after graduating, Tom co-founded a high tech start up ‘Precision MicroDynamics’ in Victoria BC. The company is very active today and serves customers world-wide. In 2003 Tom decided to go back to school to improve his business skills and graduated with a masters in Business Administration from the University of Victoria in 2006.

The Erlic family has numerous SMU alumni as well as current students. They are Mile Erlic ’81 and his sons Martin ’09, Jure ‘10 and Joseph ’12 and Tom’s sons Simon (grade 9) and Liam (grade 7).

Alec Johnston '98

Alec Johnston joined the SMUS community in 1991 and attended until graduation in 1998. His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Geography (UVic, 2006) and a Master in Urban Planning (Dalhousie, 2011).

Alec’s keen interest in community development has led him to a career as a land development planner, where he brings a combination of strategic thinking, effective communication, and design expertise to lead meaningful community engagement and successful urban development projects. Currently, Alec and his wife Jenny (also class of ’98) live in Edmonton with their two young children, Jamie and Ella.

Alec remembers his time at SMUS fondly and would be honoured to give back to the School as a member of the Board.

Kim Lobb '98

Kim Lobb is from Victoria, BC and was a lifer of SMUS attending from 1986-1998. Kim was involved in many aspects of school life while at the school. She graduated with honours, was captain of the field hockey and basketball team, was a peer counseller and school prefect.

After leaving the school, Kim went to UVic and completed a bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology, while competing for the UVic basketball team. She won a national title with the Vikes in 2000, was a 3 time academic all Canadian and graduated with distinction. Kim then went to the University of Alberta and completed a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Here she was again involved in a leadership capacity as one of two class representatives.

Kim worked as a physiotherapist in Whistler and Squamish for 5 years, and volunteered as a ski instructor for people with disabilities during this time. Kim returned to Victoria in 2011 and works as a physiotherapist at Shelbourne Physiotherapy a few blocks from the school. She has stayed involved with school helping to organize the alumni basketball event for the last 3 years and this year is serving as the alumni representative on the steering committee reviewing the school’s athletic program.  

Kim looks forward to the opportunity to continue to give back to the school and to help foster strong alumni relationships.

Chris May '92

Chris May attended SMUS as a day student from 1987 to 1992. His first year at the school was spent at the Middle School’s Racquet Club campus, before returning to the Senior school for the remainder of his years.

In the SMUS environment with it’s teacher/mentor/coaches, Chris blossomed academically and athletically. Their standards, set in the classroom, were reinforced on the field. This foundation in his early years, led to both academic and athletic scholarships on graduation. The expectations of the school and it’s staff, on the character and integrity of it’s students, resonated with Chris and helped to develop strong leadership skills in rugby. In his final year at SMUS, Chris captained the provincial championship winning rugby team.

After leaving SMUS, Chris attended the University of Victoria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. During those years, Chris played rugby for the Vikes, as well as a Canadian development rugby team that was based in Victoria. Shortly after university, Chris stopped playing rugby and transitioned into coaching. The lessons and standards from his days on the SMUS fields, led to rugby coaching success, winning provincial Premiere league titles and representative coaching honours at Junior, provincial and National team levels.

After marriage and a move to Vancouver, Chris attended the University of British Columbia, where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Upon graduation, he returned to Victoria with his wife, Andrea, and started his career as a physiotherapist. He now works in Victoria at Rebalance MD. Chris quickly got back involved in rugby, now as a physiotherapist/coach, and has been involved with the national mens rugby team, and locally with the Castaway-Wanderers RFC. In 2007, Chris had the opportunity to work with the SMUS rugby program as a strength and conditioning coach. That year, the school won the BC provincial championship.

Now, with a young daughter, Harper (8), Chris is striving to give her the same foundation that he received in his years at SMUS. For all that he has received, he would like to give back to his school by seeking a place on the Alumni Board.


Danielle Topliss '91

Danielle Topliss '91 took the strengths of her SMUS education to a B.Sc. in Environmental Conservation Science (UofA) and then LL.B. (UBC). Building on the foundation of the SMUS community, after graduation Danielle remained engaged with her community (wherever that happened to be). Amongst all of the assets she obtained from SMUS, she places particular value upon the early opportunities for community service that were quietly facilitated by Ted Piete (Faculty 1965-1996). Danielle spent her early years in law as a Superior Court Judicial Law Clerk in Victoria, federal drug prosecutor, generalist and then complex traumatic injury litigator. In 2006, she hung up her litigation robes and now devotes her practice to providing solicitors' services to local families and businesses in the areas of real estate, business law, wealth succession, and wills/trusts and estates.

She prizes opportunities for community service and enjoys working with seniors, neighbourhoods, businesses, community arts & culture groups and health focussed charities. She has served formally as a volunteer for various groups, including Island Community in Business, Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live (participant) for The Prostate Centre, The Princess Douglas Coalition, Motorcycle Ride for Dad, Ballet Victoria, Tourism Victoria, the Cormorant Street Neighbourhood, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Hoop-Law! and the Vancouver Island MS Society.

In addition to sitting as a Trustee for the St. Michaels University School Alumni Association, Danielle currently serves on the executive committees for the Victoria Estate Planning Council, the CBA Vancouver Island Wills & Estates Subsection and the CBA Vancouver Island Commercial & Real Estate Subsection. She is also a member of the Elder Friendly Community Network.

Danielle is a competitive rower (VCRC), fastpitch player (CB Panthers), and surfer; but she also enjoys golfing, mountaineering, motorcycle touring, paddling, snow sports, and sailing. Her "most elevating” achievement to date was in 2009 when she hit the summit of Pico de Orizaba (18,490') (Mex), which is the highest volcano in North America. 

Stephen Yu '93

Stephen Yu attended SMUS between 1991-1993. He then went to graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Chemistry degree and is currently completing an MBA in Shipping and Logistics at the Middlesex University London. His business interests are in the trading, logistics and retailing of fuel products in the Philippines. He draws strength from his wife Darleen and their four children.

A growing interest to reconnect from various engagement opportunities, from Alumni and school administrators, has lead him to take interest in helping the Society to reach those goals. He regularly travels within the Far East, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore and is accessible to Southeast Asian destinations.

Beyond helping reconnect, he hopes to provide a perspective of that region as well as gain from the school and Society's deep sense of community in its 110 year history.