BBA (Join Major: Political Science), 1986
When someone looks back and examine their life, they identify key moments and key people who have made a real positive difference on their personal journey. A familiar face for most SFU Business students during this type of reflection is Sam Thiara.
For over a decade Sam has inspired, mentored and befriended a generation of community minded individuals. While his passion to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development is obvious, it is somewhat difficult to measure and articulate the true impact that Sam has had on the community and for Canada.
His students are leader's around the globe. They found organizations and raise money for charity. They are business leaders, activists, and social entrepreneurs. They run non-profit organizations and are thought leaders on a wide array of topics. They have attended the world's top schools, and have competed in the Olympics. To hear the story of a single mentee of Sam Thiara is an astounding and humbling experience. To know that Sam has touched the lives of over 9000 students in his various roles at SFU is mind blowing.
In 2006, Sam's tireless work was recognized when he received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award for leadership and community involvement, and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sam continues to be a leader in the community both on and off campus contributing endless volunteer hours to charity and various initiatives.
Sam always tells students that "Everyone's life is an autobiography, but you have to make yours worth reading." Well we think that the world would truly be a better place if everyone took a page from Sam's life story.
Submitted by: Terry Beech Shawn Smith