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Parinaaz Deboo

Overcoming obstacles

October 4, 2007

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When Parinaaz Deboo (right) addresses her fellow graduands at the Oct. 5 convocation ceremony for the faculties of Business Administration and Arts and Social Sciences she will talk about failure as well as success.

"For me, life is not so much about achieving or failing but about whether you can overcome obstacles without getting negative," says the North Vancouver resident, who completed her BBA in human resources management with first-class honours. "When one deals with difficult situations positively and learns from them, that in my mind is true success."

When Deboo wasn’t excelling at her own studies, earning numerous awards including the Human Resource Management Association Scholarship, she spent much of her time helping other students.

Among other things, she mentored first-year business undergraduates and addressed first-time co-op students on what they could expect from their work terms.

She also represented SFU in human resources case competitions, winning first place in the JDC (Jeux du Commerce) competition and the MOS Master competition.

Off campus, she volunteers with North Shore Emergency Social Services helping families resume their lives after a disaster.

Deboo completed three co-op terms including one with global video-gaming software giant Electronic Arts (EA). The company was so impressed they hired her for a permanent position before she completed her degree, as often happens with SFU co-op students. She’s now the human resources administrator at EA Canada’s Blackbox studios in Vancouver, home of the company’s popular Need for Speed racing videogame franchise.

Deboo credits her parents and brother for their support and for teaching her that "hard work, determination and perseverance will take you far." "You must knock on doors until your knuckles bleed," she says, quoting Batman movie producer Michael Uslan from a recent commencement address at his alma mater. "Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again. It’s the only way to achieve your goals."

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