Alumni honours for community work

Feb 09, 2002, Vol . 23, No. 3
By Diane Luckow

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Simon Fraser University's outstanding alumni awards celebrate SFU graduates who have made exceptional contributions to the communities where they live and work. This year's awards honour:

Gyda Chud
Service to the community, (PDP 1971)

Gyda Chud, an alumna of the education faculty's professional development program, is a tireless advocate for preschool children. In the late 1970s, she worked to draw attention to the needs of preschool English-as-a-second-language children. In the 1980s, she helped to develop what is now Westcoast Multicultural and Diversity Services and co-founded the Westcoast Child-Care Resource Centre.

The resource centre provides training, resources and information services to B.C. families, child-care providers and organizations. Chud, it has been said, “is a woman who quilts her life with her values, beliefs, passion, knowledge and expertise, and creates a priceless and seamless masterpiece.”

Chris Spence
Professional achievement (B.A. 1985 criminology)

An educator with a distinguished record of community service, Chris Spence's strong vision for education in the 21st century, and his commitment to life long learning, have touched the lives of thousands of students.

Spence, currently the youngest superintendent with Canada's largest district school board in Toronto, has a special place in his heart for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has used his writing, film-making and public speaking skills to help enrich their lives and is an inspiration to all those who work for and with him.

D'arcy Warner
Service to the university (EMBA 1972)

For the past 20 years, Executive MBA alumnus D'Arcy Warner has dedicated countless hours to numerous boards and committees at SFU. A member of the EMBA Association since 1981, he served as its president in 1984-85. The president of his own human resources consulting firm, Hr Network, Inc., Warner has been a frequent participant on selection committees for senior administrative positions at SFU.

He has acted as a mentor to students, helped to steer the alumni planning committee, and sat as a member of the executive board of the Alumni Association, taking on the role of president in 1995-96.

As well, he has facilitated alumni board retreats, chaired the outstanding alumni awards committee from 1996-2000, chaired the Executive MBA (EMBA) fundraising drive in 1989-90 and has been a member of the EMBA alumni endowment fund committee for the past 13 years. Warner has made an enormous and lasting contribution to the SFU community.

Scott Logie
Outstanding student leadership award

A senior systems engineering student as well as a third-year theatre student, Scott Logie is an outstanding example of student leadership.

An honour roll student since 1998, Logie has found the time to raise funds, coordinate committees and plan competitions and events for the engineering faculty at SFU, including a highly successful five-day engineering conference in downtown Vancouver. He has also organized social and sporting events for engineering students and the residence community and has played in volleyball, tennis and curling tournaments as well as participated in numerous charity events. Logie has also shone onstage, performing major roles in several on-campus productions.

Chris Wilson
Athletic achievement (BBA 1999)

An outstanding student athlete for SFU, Chris Wilson helped the SFU wrestling team win its first team title with a bronze medal in 1988. He went on to win many other national and international competitions, including the gold medal in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. The US-based National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), B.C. and Canada have all recognized Wilson's athletic achievements with induction into their halls of fame. Wilson has always been willing to give his time and energy to assist SFU and sport and is the vice-president of administration for the B.C. wrestling association.

A graduate of SFU's business administration faculty, Wilson has formed two highly successful speaker groups, the Power Tour and the Esteem Team, designed to represent positive role models for young students.

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