Fifty inspiring alumni: Ann Marie Fleming, Surita Parashar, Tamara Trotman and Nicole Read

October 30, 2015

As part of SFU's celebrations to mark the University's 50th Anniversary, the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows asked graduate program staff, faculty and retirees to choose the top 50 most inspiring graduate students from the more than 22,000 who have earned graduate degrees from SFU in the last five decades. 

Ann Marie Fleming, MFA ’92, contemporary arts

Ann Marie Fleming is an award-winning independent filmmaker and author. Her work typically explores themes of culture and diaspora.

She says, “Ironically, because of the nature of multiculturalism in Canada, kids here often don't value their own cultural history.

“I think that there’s a richness to life and a sense of responsibility that is lost when they don’t see themselves as part of a continuum that is connected to other parts of the world. My work is about helping people recognize that continuum.”

Surita Parashar, PhD ’14, health sciences

Vancouver has an international reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the world—for those who can afford it.

Surita Parashar, a postdoctoral fellow at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, is helping to prevent those who can't afford housing from falling through the cracks. She is part of a research team evaluating the impact of a supportive housing model on the health of HIV-positive residents who are at risk of homelessness. 

Tamara Trotman, MPP ’06, public policy

Tamara Trotman is helping governments from Denmark to Yeman thrive.

She is a finance counselor at the Canadian Mission to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international economic organization based in Paris that aims to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

Trotman works to advance Canada’s economic interests and promote economic growth and development for the OECD’s 34 member countries and key partners around the world by providing policy recommendations. 

Nicole Read, MA ’03, history

Maple Ridge mayor Nicole Read is digging up the past to answer some of today’s toughest problems.

She’s hoping to use her archival skills learned at SFU to raise awareness about socially relevant issues in her city through projects such as the Mayor’s Homelessness Solutions Task Force.