Carla Boteselle

June 5 PM
Carla Botteselle, BBA (above)

2007 convocation student speakers

June 1, 2007

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Carla Botteselle (above) has a simple motto: Take advantage of every opportunity. That spirit of adventure led to exchange semesters in both Copenhagen and San Diego, co-op education work semesters, participation in business competitions, and membership in student clubs ranging from AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) to the Human Resource Student Society. Along the way, Botteselle earned a variety of awards and honours. Her next adventure is an international internship.

June 6 AM

Derek Chew, B.Sc

Originally drawn to the university by its tight-knit community, Chew entered SFU in 2003 on a Simon Fraser Entrance Scholarship. He is one of two recipients of a 2007 Governor General’s Silver Medal and will graduate with a bachelor of science in molecular biology and biochemistry as well as a certificate in liberal arts. Chew says he greatly appreciates the friendly fashion in which the faculty share their expertise with students.

Derek Chew
Amy Parent

June 6 PM

Amy Parent, BA

A member of the Nisga’a Nation from Hazelton, B.C., Amy Parent studied both political science and anthropology. A national Millennium laureate and a National Aboriginal Achievement laureate, she also served as a council member with the SFU First Nations Student Association and as a student representative for the university-wide Aboriginal Steering Committee. Parent has a keen interest in aboriginal community development and innovative educational initiatives and will pursue a master’s degree in education at UBC.

June 7 PM

Peter Morelli, BA

Peter Morelli is graduationg with an honours BA in English, a humanities major, a love for the smell of books and the scratch of a pen and a general glee in playing with thoughts and words.
Ravi Bansal June 7 PM

Ravi Bansal, BA

Ravi Bansal remembers coming up to SFU as a child with her grandfather for walks. A psychology major, Bansal immersed herself in SFU activities, first joining the SFU Psychology Student Union as a member at large, then taking on various positions culminating in a stint as president during her last year. She also sat on many university boards, including the recent search for a new dean for the arts and social sciences faculty. Her proudest accomplishment, however, is co-founding the SFU Giddha dance team, which is now among the Giddha teams in North America. "SFU has allowed me to find a new community within the university and opened me to a lot of different options," she says, "but it has also allowerd me to share my heritage with SFU through this dance team".

June 8 AM

Courtney Brown, B.Sc Kinesiology

Born and raised in the small town of Orillia, Ont., Brown came to SFU to join the women’s basketball team. During her five years with the team she won two national championships and served as team captain for two years. She is graduating with a bachelor of science in kinesiology and will pursue a master’s degree in the science and medicine of athletic performance at the University of Oxford this fall.

Courtney Brown
Candace Bonfield

June 8 PM

Candace Bonfield, BA

Candace Bonfield is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree with a major in communication and a certificate in sustainable community development. She came to SFU "to study with the outstanding faculty in the communication department." She is the co-founder and external relations director of Sustainable SFU and a student member of the SFU Sustainability Advisory Committee

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