Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Congratulations to SFU’s Staff Achievement Award recipients

January 11, 2018

The SFU Staff Achievement Awards highlight some of the exceptional work performed by SFU employees over the past year.

The awards recognize those who have gone above and beyond to make contributions to the university and broader community. Through their combined efforts, they help to build SFU’s reputation as a world-class institution and to advance our vision as Canada’s engaged university.

I am pleased to congratulate the following 2017 Staff Achievement Award Recipients:

  • Greg St. Germain from SFU Athletics was honoured in the Community Contribution category for his extensive volunteer and fundraising work with the ALS community.
  • Amanda Goldrick-Jones, Writing Service Coordinator with the SFU Library, was recognized with the Innovation Award for continually improving and enhancing the services offered through the Student Learning Commons.
  • Tara Smith, Manager, Academic & Administrative Services, was honoured with the Leadership Award for the incredible and inspiring impact she makes to the School of Engineering Science.
  • Donalda Meyers from the Faculty of Education was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her long and distinguished career at SFU, which spans over 35 years.
  • Wolfgang Richter from IT Services was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service and leadership over the past 40 years.
  • Devi Pabla of the Faculty of Education was recognized with the Student Service Award for exemplary service over 35 years.

Congratulations also to the winners of Work Performance Awards: Richard Blackwell Department of Psychology; Laura Bologea, Department of Philosophy; Robert McAdie, Science Stores; Beverly Neufeld, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences;  Soo Oh, SFU Library; and Ellen Yap, School for International Studies.

The 2017 Team Awards recognized the Back on Track (BOT) program, which for the past ten years has helped students in academic difficulty develop strategies for improving their academic and personal success. The BOT program is a collaboration amongst Student Engagement and Retention, Career and Volunteer Services, Health and Counselling, and the Student Learning Commons. SFU AV Services also earned a Team Award for their dedication and commitment to the SFU community in delivering a variety of classroom and event technology.

The Staff Achievement Awards remind us of how much of SFU’s success depends upon the talents and commitments of our dedicated staff.

The university will formally acknowledge these individuals – together with outstanding faculty, students and alumni – at the SFU Awards Dinner on February 27.