Alvia was born in Bathurst New Brunswick in 1943, graduating from Fredericton Business College before she began her administrative career at the University of New Brunswick.

She was an avid outdoor sportswoman and was always up for a new travel adventure. After a move west, Alvia worked at the University of British Columbia as Associate Registrar for 35 years until her retirement.

Alvia joined Abreast in a Boat in 2003 as a very active paddler with The Richmond crew.
She so enjoyed the summer composite crews and looked forward to the Nanaimo Regatta each year.
She then joined Deas Regatta Crew and was an integral member in the formation of the Hope Recreational crew which she managed with a most capable and loving hand until 2017.

Alvia provided us with wonderful moments ….. now wonderful memories.