Laurine Harrison

Endowment pays tribute to Laurine Harrison

July 26, 2007

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Family and friends of the late Laurine Harrison, ombudsperson for the Simon Fraser Student Society, are establishing an endowment to commemorate her life and work.

A 30-year employee of the Student Society, Harrison died unexpectedly on June 17 at age 51.

As ombudsperson for the past 14 years, she advocated for students in trouble, intervening or negotiating on their behalf but also helping them to help themselves. Highly respected by faculty and staff for her quiet persistence and belief in "doing the right thing", Harrison made a difference in the lives of countless former and current SFU students. Many were among the more than 400 people who attended her memorial service June 26.

"The principles of caring and justice ran through everything she did, and the university is a poorer place for her passing," says Jon Driver, dean of graduate studies.

Harrison had a soft spot for students such as single mothers and First Nations and foreign students who traditionally have a hard time entering and then remaining at university. She often went beyond the call of duty to help these students resolve their issues and stay in school.

The endowment fund monies will go towards creating awards for such students. Harrison’s family and friends anticipate a yearly fund-raising drive to augment it. To make a donation, please contact Preet Virk in the university advancement office at 604.291.5310.

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