media release

SFU grad student award honours Judy Graves

January 31, 2014

Charlotte Lawson, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences, 778.782.6827,
Erica Branda, SFU Advancement, 778.231.1274,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742, 

A new bursary will assist community-minded Simon Fraser University graduate students who share Judy Graves’ passion in fighting for social justice and advocating for those living on the margins of society.

Graves has changed the lives of thousands in need of a helping hand. She has been an advocate for the homeless for more than 20 years and has worked with Vancouver’s street population since 1974.

She has received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of British Columbia, an honorary doctorate of sacred letters from St. Mark's College, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

To celebrate Graves’ legacy upon her retirement from the City of Vancouver in May 2013, a group of community leaders joined forces to raise more than $50,000 for this endowment:

  • Agnes Hall, C.M., chair, 2013 AFP Giving Hearts Award nominee
  • Judy Graves, advocate for the homeless
  • Jean Budden, chair, End Homelessness Now, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
  • Michael Anhorn, executive director, CMHA Vancouver-Burnaby branch
  • Faith Garriock, DestinationImagination, B.C. Original Minds Association
  • Wilma Laninga, End Homelessness Now, St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
  • Charlotte Lawson, SFU, director of advancement, Faculty of Health Sciences

“Judy was a force in this community and a role model for young people who want to make a difference,” says Hall. “With SFU’s strong commitment to its vision of being Canada’s engaged university, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to establish this award.”

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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