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SFU alumni aim for better health, cities, social justice

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Jan Horne, executive director, alumni association, 604.291.3994;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.291.4323 

December 14, 2006

Four outstanding alumni and a science graduate student from Simon Fraser University will receive 2006 outstanding alumni awards for their contributions to society. SFU’s Alumni Association will present the awards in February.

The awards are given annually and recognize achievements in several areas. An award for outstanding student leadership is also given. Award recipients include:

Professional Achievement

Dr. Robert Armstrong, BSc (Hons) ’75, chief of pediatric medicine at B.C. Children’s Hospital, for his role in advancing health care for children. He is the founding chair of the National Coalition for Child and Youth Health and helped establish B.C.’s Provincial Child Health Network.

Public Service

Larry Beasley, BA ’73, former senior city planner for the city of Vancouver, for his role in shaping Vancouver. His downtown “living first strategy” doubled the inner-city population and established Vancouver as a model for new urbanism.

Service to the Community

Dr. Sarah England, MBA ’97, a humanitarian and health activist with the World Health Organization (WHO), for her work towards eradicating global tuberculosis.

Arts and Culture

Roy Miki, MA ’70, an SFU professor, poet/writer, and advocate for social justice. In 2006, Miki’s writing and voluntary contributions were recognized with SFU’s Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, the Gandhi Peace award, and induction into the Order of Canada.

Outstanding Student Leadership

Dua’a Riyal, an SFU science student from Amman, Jordan, who hopes her forestry-related research will lead to new ways of breeding trees that can replenish and preserve the world’s rapidly deteriorating ecosystem.

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