Honors for Beedie school ‘mentor’
Sam Thiara, manager of student engagement and recruitment at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, has been recognized for his engagement and leadership with the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow program (LOT).
Thiara was selected as Mentor of the Year by the Board’s LOT initiative, which recently held its annual graduation.
LOT is a student mentorship program that engages final year post-secondary students with industry professionals from across the Lower Mainland. Students develop skills in mentorship, leadership, networking and volunteerism. LOT has had more than 1,500 students and 700 mentors participate to date and contributes several thousand volunteer hours to the community annually.
The program recognizes one mentor who “considerably exceeds the program requirements in multiple ways.” Thiara was lauded by students for his commitment to the success of others, and was noted for making his students “feel comfortable from their first meeting…..he is a tremendous listener, and gave valuable advice throughout the year. His leadership and commitment is an inspiration to many.”
That sentiment is echoed by Austin Nairn, the BOT’s program manager. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Sam for the last three years and he has become an outstanding example to me and all mentors in the program,” he said. “Sam truly lives what we try to teach young people and we are fortunate to have him involved.”
In addition to his award, Thiara’s mentee – Will Swanston of BCIT – was given the honour of Mentee of the Year at the same graduation – resulting in a clean sweep for the mentorship pairing.
Thiara has been involved with Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow since it was established in 1999 and annually hosts a popular leadership and development session encouraging students to, as he puts it, “make their autobiography worth reading.”