Faculty and Staff

2016 Staff Achievement Award winners: Michael Boucher, Nancy Johnston and Julie Glazier

March 10, 2017
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SFU's annual Staff Achievement Awards honour staffers' exceptional personal and work-related accomplishments. Every Friday until Apr. 7, SFU News will post short profiles of the 2016 winners, all of whom were acknowledged at an awards dinner on March 8, 2017.   

Artistic Achievement

Michael Boucher, director, cultural programs & partnerships, SFU Woodward’s

As SFU’s “impresario,” Michael Boucher has spent the past seven years building artistic partnerships and programs with a special focus on academic collaborations. These partnerships have helped establish SFU Woodward’s and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts as a contemporary arts presenter at the heart of Vancouver’s cultural landscape.

Boucher’s tireless efforts ensured theatrical artist Robert Lepage’s The Blue Dragon production became the centerpiece of the 2010 Cultural Olympics. Subsequent presentations of Lepage's Far Side of the Moon and, most recently, 887, sold out. These productions exemplified contemporary storytelling interwoven with innovative stagecraft, a constant of Boucher’s curation. 

His programming for SFU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations included cutting-edge, 3D immersive work from internationally acclaimed artists Jeffrey Shaw, Sarah Kenderdine and Stan Douglas, further establishing SFU as a leader in arts and technology.

Significantly, Boucher has created a diverse community arts network of more than 25 partners that  all support innovative presentations and provocative discourse for SFU's community. These partnerships now provide year-round programming, with over 200 presentations attracting more than 25,000 patrons annually.

Boucher’s choice of programming and cultural community engagement reflects his commitment to diversity. His leadership has guided how SFU engages the Downtown Eastside (DTES) community, particularly on issues relating to First Nations, gender identity and social justice.  

Says a nominator, “Through the many partnerships he has developed, and the projects he has brought to completion, he has made an outstanding contribution to SFU’s standing in the community and to the value of the arts in our society,.”  

Lifetime Achievement  

Nancy Johnston, executive director, student affairs

An accomplished administrator, educator and researcher, Nancy Johnston cares deeply about students and their academic and career success.

In her 29-year career at SFU she has advanced the university’s national and international reputation as a leader in co-op education and experiential learning and sought new ways to improve students’ academic success. She also worked to improve student recruitment and retention, particularly for students at risk, such as international and indigenous learners, and those for whom English is an additional language.

As executive director, student affairs, Johnston has led many initiatives to improve the student experience. These include championing the groundwork for strategic enrolment management, developing a national, award- winning, online co-op curriculum, conducting research on international students' success, and leading the recent residence and housing master plan.

Her published research on experiential education and international student success can be found in peer-reviewed journals and in several book chapters. Johnston also teaches and works with graduate students in the Faculty of Education.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, she has always been a vocal proponent of change, and hasn’t hesitated to push boundaries when she believes it is in the best interests of students or the University.

 “Her willingness to step up for the sake of our students and the institution, over many, many years, is just one of the reasons Nancy’s contributions to SFU should be recognized,” says one nominator.

 Says another, “She has left an indelible mark on the University and on the lives of many, many students, and she is greatly deserving of this award.”

Work Performance

Julie Glazier, director, community safety, and personal security advisor, Safety and Risk Services

Julie Glazier is passionate about supporting students, faculty, and staff so they can have a safe and successful SFU experience.

In her role as SFU’s director of community safety and as a personal security advisor, she oversees campus security’s day-to-day operations and investigations, including incident command, security programs at SFU, and advises on personal security.

The latter sometimes finds her reaching out to students during times of adversity—yet she calls her job one of the best at SFU.

Available to students in crisis at any time of the day or night, Glazier often offers to accompany students to various off-campus appointments during her off-time to ensure they receive the support they deserve to recover from traumatic events.

Glazier works tirelessly to ensure SFU remains at the forefront of best practices, both through her own education, and her advocacy for best practices in University policies, processes and initiatives related to sexual violence.

For example, she has dedicated herself to building relationships with students, campus stakeholders and external partners to develop a framework of supports for students and staff who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Glazier does this with the utmost professionalism, compassion and empathy.

“I'm continually inspired by Julie's integrity and commitment to providing a survivor-centred approach that prioritizes the needs of those she supports,” says a nominator.