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Mowafaghian boosts donation by $1.5 million

October 16, 2008

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Philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian bolsters research at Blusson Hall

By Erica Branda

Djavad Mowafaghian surprised everyone by announcing an additional $1.5 million gift to SFU at a ceremony naming the atrium and lecture theatre in his honour at Blusson Hall, the new home of SFU’s health sciences faculty.

The North Vancouver developer and philanthropist donated $4 million to the university last January to support children’s health-policy research and fund the construction and outfitting of a Level 3 containment laboratory for infectious disease research at Blusson Hall. The new money will support more children’s health research.

"Djavad Mowafaghian’s generosity will allow our researchers to contribute to improving the health and development of children worldwide," says SFU president and vice-chancellor Michael Stevenson. "By increasing his support, he has demonstrated confidence in our research team and a strong belief that their research and teaching can make a tremendous difference."

Mowafaghian, an Iranian-Canadian, earned his fortune as a developer in Iran before moving to Vancouver in 1987. His mother raised him in a modest household after his father died when he was a child, and he attributes his passion for giving back to the community to her influence.

Over the past 30 years, Mowafaghian has expressed that passion by supporting projects and charities throughout the world. In 2003, he created and funded the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation to guarantee the continuation of his philanthropy.
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