Champions for a Healthy Campus Community

The 2019 Champion Award recipients are announced below. Stay tuned for the upcoming call for nominations in early fall of 2020.

The 2019 Champions for a Healthy Campus Community are the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr. Kevin Lam. Read their stories below.  

An upcoming call for nominations for the 2020 Champions will open soon. If you know a person, program, or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the Healthy Campus Community initiative, we encourage you to submit a nomination package that will be available in early fall 2020.

Note: The 2019 round of Champion nominations, adjudications and stories were collected and reviewed during the fall of 2019 but the announcements were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These Champion stories were collected prior to transitions related to COVID-19 and recent public racial injustices. We cannot focus on highlighting these examples of well-being without also being mindful of our responsibility against anti-Black racism and to engage in necessary change around equity and anti-racism. This list of resources and calls to action are intended to be a starting point for anyone looking to incorporate anti-racist activism into daily life.

Since 2012, SFU has recognized a “champion” for their outstanding contribution to the Healthy Campus Community initiative. View our list of Champions below and see how they are supporting the health and well-being of the university community.

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Dr. Kevin Lam

Dr. Kevin Lam creates supportive learning environments for students through opportunities for meaningful connections, building resilience, and confidence. He also develops practical teaching tools for others to enhance well-being in their classrooms.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Students, faculty, and staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences collectively contributed to enhancing well-being, student life, and students' experience outside of the classroom. Key themes resulted in the redesign of a new Student Commons space and university transition course titled Working for Health.

Dr. Petra Menz

Dr. Petra Menz offers an exceptional amount of support to her students and fosters social connections with—and between—students in her classroom.

FASS Mentorship Program

The FASS Connections Mentorship Program contributes to a healthy campus community by embedding well-being within its design and activities and creating a sense of belonging.

The Learning Hub

The Learning Hub provides a space in the Education Building with design elements that support well-being such as multifunctional use, flexible furniture options, views of the outdoors, and access to natural light.

The Dining Hall

The Dining Hall creates a physical space that is supportive of student well-being: multifunctional in design, it has sofas, electrical outlets, access to natural light, and views of the outdoors.

The Academic Enhancement Program

The Academic Enhancement Program provides students with opportunities for social connection and personal reflection while introducing academic resources and strategies.

Dr. Anderson

Through his leadership, Dr. Anderson drives a range of programs at the Downtown campus that fosters a sense of community and social connection, encouraging personal and professional development through dialogue.


BusOne equips students with the necessary experiences and skills to thrive at SFU such as building a social network, linking students to resources, and connecting students with mentors and community engagement opportunities.  

Career and Academic Services

Career and Academic Services adopts a holistic approach to career and life exploration to create a positive focus, help build resilience and optimism, and support the overall well-being of students.

Semester in Dialogue

The Semester in Dialogue program fosters social interaction and a sense of civic responsibility among students while encouraging personal and professional development through dialogue and community service.

FASS First-Year Learning Communities

The FASS First-Year Learning Communities creates opportunities for classmates to connect and form meaningful friendships in the process of developing their academic and personal skills.