In Memorium: Michael McDonell

July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013

Dear All,

I was saddened to hear of Michael McDonell's sudden passing on Sunday July 21 following a drowning accident at White Pine Beach, Sasamat Lake, Port Moody. 

Michael graduated this June with a BA Major in Sociology and Double Minor in Labour Studies and Humanities. He was going on to do a MA degree at the University of Victoria in September.

Michael was a highly engaged undergraduate student, not just in the department through the Sociology Anthropology Student Union, but across campus through many other student bodies as well. He was a familiar figure in the corridors of the department, regularly sighted speaking with students, faculty, organizing meetings and events, and selling SASU t-shirts! Even as a recently graduated student, he remained actively involved in SASU, helping to promote and organize SASU events, including the upcoming Summer BBQ on Thursday July 25 from 12:30-3:30pm at Freedom Square, SFU Burnaby Campus. 

Now, the BBQ he was co-organizing is being held in honor of his life and service to fellow students across the university. Please see the email below for more information about the BBQ.

My heart-felt condolensces go to his family, close friends, fellow-students, teachers and co-workers.


Jane Pulkingham
Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology



"The Summer BBQ organized by Michael and Michelle for SASU will now be held in his honour.

The Facebook for the event is as follows:

"The Sociology/Anthropology Student Union (SASU) will be hosting a summer barbecue on Thursday, July 25th! We will be serving food and drinks by at Freedom Square in east Convo Mall from 12:30 PM onwards. $2 gets you your choice of burger or hot dog (veggie or meat) and soft drink. With ample sunshine and good music, we’ve got your Thursdayafternoon covered 

SFU's Freedom Square is known historically as a gathering place for publicly engaged students. In 1967, it was home to a 2500-student & faculty sit-down strike, in response to the firing of 5 TA's by the SFU Administration. Its distinctive plaque is now unfortunately sitting indoors, but we will be making full use of it!"