University of British Columbia, 1960, BSc, Agriculture (Plant and Animal Science)


Elizabeth Thunstrom (née Gunn) was born in Kent, England, in 1938 and came to Canada with her mother at the age of 7. She graduated from Lester Pearson High School in New Westminster in 1956, then from UBC with a BSA (Majors in Plant and Animal Science) in 1960.

Elizabeth’s first job was as a Research Assistant with Dr W S Hoar of the UBC Department of Zoology, from 1960-1962. For the next three years she lived and worked at a variety of jobs in Britain and Europe, after which she completed in-service training in Social work with the Province of BC in 1966 and became a social worker in Dawson Creek and Coquitlam. In 1985 she took up the post of Animal Care Assistant with the Wildlife Rescue Association (WRA) of BC. From then until 2000 she was Rehabilitator, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Community Relations Director with the WRA and she obtained training certificates from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, California.

Elizabeth is now into an active retirement as President of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of BC, member of the Board of Colony Farm Park Association (GVRD) and member of the Board of the Como Watershed Society. Her memories of UBC include “Dean Blythe Eagles and his Agriculture 100 course. He knew all the students by name and was very paternal to the few girls in the faculty, seven in my year! He and his wife hosted many parties at their home on Deer Lake in Burnaby. Long walks to the barns in pouring rain; classes in the tarpaper huts which were very cold in winter; feuds with the engineers; final exams in the Armories: carpooling, leaving and arriving home in the dark for months; 3 hour labs in almost all subjects!”.

Elizabeth resides in Coquitlam, BC. She has one daughter (Holly), one son (Eric) and two small granddaughters whom she enjoys. Her husband, Axel, passed away in 1979.

R Blair 2001

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