Michael Stevenson, former president of SFU, presents the Staff Achievement award to Lana Cooke in 2009.

New student fund honours Lana Cooke

May 12, 2015

Lana Cooke worked at Simon Fraser University for 28 years and provided unwavering dedication to students and colleagues in the university community. It is with great sadness that we announce her passing on May 10, 2015.

In honour of her outstanding service to the university and in keeping with her desire to support students in gaining global experience, the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) has set up the Lana Cooke International Mobility Award. This award will assist FAS undergraduate students with the cost of travel and living expenses while studying abroad. Each year at least one award, valued at a minimum of $1000, will be given to a FAS student meeting the criteria.

From 1989 until her passing, Lana held the position of dean’s secretary in the Faculty of Applied Sciences—her longest-serving role while at SFU.

Prior to joining SFU she worked at the University of Lethbridge for 11 years. In 1987, she joined SFU as director’s secretary in the School of Engineering Science. She then moved to SFU’s School of Criminology as director’s secretary until she was later hired by the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Throughout her time at SFU, Lana generously shared her extraordinary knowledge of university policy with co-workers and continuously sought to attain the best outcomes in each and every situation.

She was recognized with a 2009 Staff Achievement award for work performance after more than a dozen nominators came forward, including past deans and co-workers, raving about her exceptional and meticulous work.

Combined with her personal charm, tact and compassion, Lana Cooke leaves a special legacy in the SFU community and touched the lives of many people.

For anyone wishing to donate to the Lana Cooke International Mobility Award, please click here or call Erin Morantz at 778-782-5687.