Simon Fraser University

Campbell earns staff award

Jan 09, 2003 , vol. 26, no. 1

By Diane Luckow

Frank Campbell (right) makes SFU look good, not only in his creative video productions but in the local community, where it's not unusual to find him dispensing sandwiches left over from SFU events to the homeless.

An employee since 1969 when he started work in the audio visual services department, Campbell now runs the television studio in the learning and instructional development centre (LIDC). His tireless enthusiasm and interest in helping LIDC clients, coupled with his willingness to volunteer his time for SFU community events spurred his boss, Fred Kyba to nominate him for the annual staff achievement award, which he will receive Feb. 6.

“Frank will go the extra mile to keep a client happy and often will come in on his day off or on weekends to accommodate emergencies,” says Kyba. “His significant contributions to SFU would easily encompass humanitarianism, lifetime achievement and work performance.”

Campbell's personnel file overflows with grateful commendations from staff, faculty and students whom Campbell has helped with audio and video production or with SFU events.

No one should miss Campbell's humorous address to the haggis during annual Robbie Burns day festivities. He's equally comfortable addressing the campus community, frequently volunteering as master of ceremonies for many SFU community events. The SFU pipe band has also reaped the rewards of Campbell's video and audio expertise. He has produced several albums and a video about them. Next on his agenda is an audio recording of the Robert Malcolm memorial pipe band.

For Campbell, it's all about helping others, on the job or off. “My mother, Marguerite (Peggy), was always one for doing things for others,” says Campbell, who has invited her to the awards luncheon where he will receive his citation. “Whatever I'm doing, I want to make people feel better about being alive.”

Campbell is ever hopeful that his charitable efforts, such as trekking downtown to hand out tuna and toques to the poor last Dec. 17, will inspire others to perform similar acts of kindness.

The date has significance for Campbell, whose brother, Christopher, was born on that day. He says it's a way of honouring his brother's memory.

“I like to set positiveness in motion,” he says. “It's why I jump in to do things.”