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Student convocation speakers

October 09, 2014
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Each of the four convocation ceremonies, October 9-10, will feature a student speaker who will represent their peers and reflect on their SFU education.

Kjell Sadowski, B.A.Sc. Oct. 9, 2014  9:45 a.m.

While pursuing a degree in mechatronic systems engineering, Sadowski developed a strong passion for renewable energy during a co-op education work term with a wind-turbine design company in Germany. In 2011 he won the SFU Leadership Award for his work with SFU’s Student Ambassador Program and his departmental student union. Sadowski completed two more co-op terms and is currently employed with a Richmond-based company as a process control and automation engineer, working on Skytrain’s new Evergreen Line.

Christine Tulloch, BA, Oct. 9, 2014  2:30 p.m.

Despite frail health from intensive leukemia treatments, Christine Tulloch’s spirit shines brightly. Recipient of the 2013 Terry Fox Gold Medal for her courage in the face of adversity, Tulloch has been steadfastly championing educational and mentorship opportunities for young cancer survivors. She has helped raise $40,000 through various groups inside and outside of SFU. Now she is creating a social networking app for cancer patients through her job at Curatio, a mobile patient-engagement platform. Tulloch plans on returning to SFU to pursue a master’s in clinical psychology and to continue to “make a difference in the lives of young cancer survivors”.

Michiko Araki, BBA (Hons.) Oct. 10, 2014  9:45 a.m.

Grappling with the rigors of varsity-level athletics and business school was a cinch for Clan wrestler Michiko Araki, who not only achieved three all-American honours in women’s wrestling, but also good grades. As well, she found time to mentor first-year students, attend a Beedie international exchange program in Italy, complete two co-op education work terms and, through Enactus SFU, teach financial literacy to young mothers. Araki says these ‘valuable experiences’ helped her land a four-month internship at Football BC, where she is coupling her communication skills with her love for sports.

Andhra Azevedo, B.Sc. Oct. 10, 2014  2:30 p.m.

Andhra Azevedo has been passionate about environmental sciences since high school. After entering SFU in 2010 on a $34,000 BC Secondary Simon Fraser Entrance Scholarship, she helped found “SFU 350” a climate-change action club. The club successfully lobbied the University’s board of governors to adopt a responsible investment policy in accordance with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). Azevedo has completed four co-op education work terms, including one with Environment Canada in Nova Scotia and another at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. Armed with an impressive grade point average of 4.31 out of a possible 4.33, she plans to pursue a Juris Doctor in environmental law.

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