Bollywood Film Star Shabana Azmi To Receive SFU Honorary Degree


VANCOUVER – Bollywood film star Shabana Azmi is among the recipient for Simon Fraser University honours, which also include two world-renowned SFU Pipe Band brothers, a former SFU president, an Olympic soccer medalist and a cardiology trailblazer. They  are among 10 distinguished people SFU is recognizing with honorary degrees at its spring (June 11-14) and fall (Oct. 10-11) Convocation ceremonies.

Azmi, an Indian actor, member of Parliament and Gandhi International Peace Prize winner, is a passionate advocate for the rights of women, minorities and displaced slum dwellers, and a vocal supporter of India’s secular liberal values.

The others include Barry Downs, a Vancouver architect, Michael Ingham, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, Brothers Jack and Terry Lee, two of the world’s most accomplished bagpipers, Andy MacKinnon, a B.C. Forest Service research ecologist, Kelvin Ogilvie, a Canadian senator,

The three fall convocation recipients are Christine Sinclair, a two-time Olympian, Michael Stevenson, political scientist and president emeritus of Simon Fraser University and John Webb, a physician and director of interventional cardiology at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.

LINK editor R. Paul Dhillon is also a graduate of this distinguished post secondary institution, graduating with a degree in Communications and Film.