Outstanding alumni

February 19, 2004, vol.29, no.4

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SFU boasts many accomplished alumni and each year the SFU Alumni Association asks alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends in the community to nominate outstanding alumni for recognition. The 2003 outstanding alumni awards will be presented Feb. 25 at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons hotel. The association will also honour SFU student Tracy Chandler with a $2,000 outstanding leadership award. Below are the 2003 outstanding alumni award winners.

Daphne Bramham
Master of arts liberal studies 1999. Professional achievement award.

Award-winning Vancouver Sun journalist Daphne Bramham's professional career and strong focus on civil society in all its dimensions reflects the liberal arts tradition at Simon Fraser University. Bramham has filled many roles at the Vancouver Sun, working as a business writer, economics reporter, Asia Pacific reporter, editorial page editor and, most recently, columnist. Her subject matter reflects all facets of Canadian society at the local, provincial and national levels and also explores Canada's place in the world. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious Jack Webster award, a Genesis award commendation from the Ark Trust, a journalism animal advocate of the year award and an Asia-Pacific foundation journalism fellowship.

Dave Cobb
Bachelor of business administration 1987. Professional achievement award.

As chief operating officer for the Vancouver Canucks and Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, Dave Cobb is responsible for leading the overall strategic direction of the company, including sponsorship and tickets sales, broadcast, finance, human resources, communications and arena operations. Under Cobb's direction, Orca Bay has thrived in an extremely competitive industry. Cobb has reconnected with fans, business and the city community to build a season's ticket base and encourage higher attendance at games. As an alumnus and former soccer player for Simon Fraser University, Cobb has also served as a patron, spokesperson and mentor. He has participated in ceremonies, supported fundraising efforts and acted as a role model to SFU students.

Hendrik Hoekema
Bachelor of arts 1971. Award for service to the communty.

Hendrik Hoekema lives and works in Vancouver's east end. His tireless commitment to this community is demonstrated by his selfless involvement in numerous committees and programs aimed at improving the standard of living for east Vancouver residents while attempting to bring equality to the lives of the disenfranchised. A catalyst by example, he manages to forge a link between the political, social and academic communities. Currently, the executive director of the Vancouver Eastside Educational Enrichment Society, Hoekema manages a number of contracts, including the jobSTART pre-employment training program, the newSTART bridging program for abused women and the newCHAPTER community employment resource centre. It is easy to understand why Hoekema is recognized as one of the Vancouver east side's strongest community builders. On more than one occasion, SFU's department of continuing studies has benefited from Hoekema's community connections, knowledge and expertise.

Marlene Moretti
Master of arts 1982, PhD 1986. Academic achievement award.

Marlene Moretti's contributions to research in clinical psychology are outstanding. Her current research includes leading a multi-site Canadian Institutes of Health Research team investigating issues of gender and aggression in youth. Moretti also sits on a committee that is developing a children's mental health plan for the B.C. government. She has provided support to the B.C. Children's Commission regarding issues of gender and aggression. Recognized for her ability to move easily between basic research and applied need, Moretti is also an accomplished teacher at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a well-respected colleague in SFU's department of psychology.

Tracy Chandler
Bachelor of science 2003. Student leadership award.

Tracy Chandler graduated from SFU in June 2003 with a BSc in biological science and a concentration in cellular and molecular biology. A top student, she won the Governor General's silver medal for her academic performance. A top achiever in all aspects of her life, Chandler also holds both performer and teacher's diplomas in piano and has been a competitive swimmer and water polo player for 10 years. An active community volunteer, Chandler assists the recreation therapist at the Sunny Hill hospital for children; provides entertainment for residents at the Fellburn care centre and, most recently, worked with the international service program of the Canadian Red Cross.

Tickets for the award banquet are available online at www.sfu.ca/alumni/events or by calling the alumni office at 604.291.4154.

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