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SFU's alumna garners 2014 Woman of Distinction Award

June 04, 2014

Yesterday, several outstanding women were honoured with 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

The awards are given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to the well-being and future of the community.

Among the award recipients was SFU Alumna Jennifer Gardy who received the award in the Technology, Science & Research category.  An SFU science graduate who has made regular appearances on the Nature of Things and Daily Planet, Gardy has made significant contributions to science research, while mentoring young scientists.

Winner in the Business and the Professions category was Lisa Vogt, Partner & Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer at McCarthy Tetrault LLP.  Lisa, who has a longstanding relationship with SFU as external counsel, is a nationally-recognized lawyer who has done much to promote diversity and inclusiveness for women within the legal profession.

Congratulations as well to the talented SFU women staff members, students and alumni who were nominated in the following categories:

·        SFU Earth Sciences professor Diana Allen - Environmental Sustainability

·        SFU Venture Connection founder Justine Bizzocchi - Entrepreneurship

·        Executive Director, SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks Shauna Sylvester - Non-Profit & Public Service

·        SFU student Vuitton Chan - Young Woman of Distinction

·        SFU student Tesicca Truong - Young Woman of Distinction

·        SFU alumna Susan Van Der Flier - Arts, Culture & Design

·        SFU alumna Deborah Jacobs – Education, Training and Development

·        SFU alumna Almira Bardai - Entrepreneurship

·        SFU alumna Sofi Hindmarch - Environmental Sustainability

·        SFU alumna Anita Huberman - Non-Profit & Public Service

It is wonderful to see so many women with SFU connections gaining recognition for their extraordinary work and contributions.

My hearty congratulations to all the outstanding 2014 YMCA Women of Distinction winners and nominees!