SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT (PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT), 2003
Daphne Bramham is a journalist who has dedicated her career to excellence in the public’s interest. Her byline will be familiar to most through her wide-ranging columns with The Vancouver Sun that have resulted in a number of awards and honours, In June 2013, she was granted an honorary doctor of letters by Capilano University for her writing on social justice issues.
A finalist for the 2012 National Newspaper Award for column writing, Daphne won that award in 2005. That year, she was also named Commentator of the Year by the Jack Webster Foundation. Other awards have included a Genesis’ Awards Commendation from The Ark Trust, a Journalism Animal Advocate of the Year award and an Asia-Pacific Foundation Journalism Fellowship.
She is a three-time winner of the Beyond Borders Media Award for her investigative work on the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. and for a multi-media series on sex tourism in Cambodia. Her book on Bountiful - The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada's Polygamous Mormon Sect - was published in 2008 by Random House and was a finalist for three national non-fiction book awards.
Daphne has worked for the Vancouver Sun as a business writer, economics reporter, Asia Pacific reporter, editorial page editor, and 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. Overall, Daphne’s work provides a significant contribution to our knowledge economy and helps better inform our citizens regarding ways that everyone can become more involved in working towards causes that benefit our society.