2003 Outstanding Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the distinguished winners of the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Awards: Daphne Bramham, Dave Cobb, Hendrik Hoekema, Marlene Moretti and Tracy Chandler. These individuals were honoured at a special event on Wednesday February 25, 2004 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.  (Visit our online photo gallery from the Outstanding Alumni Awards event >>)


Daphne Bramham, MALS ’99 Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement 

Daphne Bramham is an award-winning journalist. She has been the recipient of a Jack Webster award, a Genesis’ Awards Commendation from The Ark Trust, a Journalism Animal Advocate of the Year award and an Asia-Pacific Foundation Journalism Fellowship. She has worked for the Vancouver Sun as a business writer, economics reporter, Asia Pacific reporter, editorial page editor, and, most recently, as a columnist. Her subject matter reflects all facets of our society at the local, provincial or national level as well as Canada’s place in the world. In many respects, Daphne’s professional career and strong focus on civil society in all its dimensions is reflective of the liberal arts tradition of SFU. Daphne's award was presented by Patricia Graham, Editor-in-chief, Vancouver Sun


Dave Cobb, BBA ’87 Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement 

As Chief Operating Officer for the Vancouver Canucks and Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, Dave Cobb is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company, including broadcast, sponsorship and tickets sales, finance, human resources, communications and arena operations. Under Dave’s direction, Orca Bay has thrived in an extremely competitive industry, by reconnecting with fans, business and the city community, building a season ticket base and getting more people to attend games. As an alumnus and former soccer player for SFU, David has also served as a patron, spokesperson and mentor. He has participated in ceremonies, supported fundraising efforts and acted as a role model to SFU students. Dave's award was presented by Brian Burke, President and General Manager, Vancouver Canucks


Hendrik Hoekema, BA ’71 Outstanding Alumni Award for Service to the Community 

Hendrik Hoekema lives and works in Vancouver’s East End. His tireless commitment to serve his community is evidenced by his selfless involvement in numerous committees and programs aimed at improving the standard of living of East Vancouver and its residents, while attempting to bring equality to the lives of the disenfranchised. A catalyst by example, he manages to forge a link between the political, social and academic communities. Currently, Hendrik is the Executive Director of the Vancouver Eastside Educational Enrichment Society and managers a number of contracts including jobSTART Pre-employment Training program, newSTART Bridging Program for Abused Women and newCHAPTER Community Employment Resource Centre. It is easy to understand why he is recognized as being one of the Vancouver Eastside’s strongest community builders. On more than one occasion, SFU’s Department of Continuing Studies has benefited from Hendrik’s community connections, knowledge and expertise. Hendrik's award was presented by Gail McKechnie, Director, Advancement Services/Planned Giving, SFU.


Marlene Moretti, MA ’82, PhD ‘86 Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement 

Marlene Moretti’s contributions to research in clinical psychology are absolutely outstanding. Her current research includes leading a multi-site Canadian Institutes of Health Research team investigating issues of gender and aggression in youth. Marlene is also a committee member for the BC government's development of a Children's Mental Health Plan, and has provided support to the BC Children's Commission regarding issues of gender and aggression. Marlene is known for her ability to move easily between basic research and applied need. She is also an accomplished teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a well-respected colleague in SFU’s Department of Psychology. Marlene's award was presented by Dan Weeks, Chair, Psychology Department, SFU


Tracy Chandler, BSc ‘03 Alumni Association Outstanding Student Leadership Award 

Tracy Chandler graduated in June 2003 with a BSc in Biological Science, with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology. While at SFU, she was at the top of her class and received the Governor General’s Silver medal at the convocation ceremony in June 2003. Tracy has achieved both the performer and teacher’s ARCT diplomas in piano. She has been a competitive swimmer and water polo player for ten years. Tracy actively volunteers in the community, assisting the recreation therapist at the Sunny Hill Hospital for Children; providing entertainment for the residents at the Fellburn Care Centre; and most recently, working with the International Service Program of the Canadian Red Cross. Tracy's award was presented by Lynne Quarmby, Professor, Biology Department, SFU