Judy Graves dons a cap and gown after a lifetime of service to the city

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      Last week, Georgia Straight movies writer Craig Takeuchi wrote a post about filmmaker Deepa Mehta receiving an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from SFU.

      Another colleague, arts editor Janet Smith, highlighted the same honour being bestowed on artist Ken Lum, who created the Monument for East Vancouver, aka the East Van Cross.

      So now it's my turn to highlight other local Vancouverites who were given similar honours at the university's spring convocation ceremonies.

      Judy Graves, the city's long-time tenant-assistance coordinator, was granted an honorary doctor of laws degree after devoting much of her life to finding shelter, nutritious food, and clean water for homeless people in Vancouver.

      Last year, she was awarded Freedom of the City.

      Another receipient of a doctor of laws was Maggie Ip, founding chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., which offers language training and social services to immigrants.

      The chair of Knowledge, Nina Baird, chefs Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij, peace activist and philanthropist Jennifer Simons were also awarded doctor of laws degrees. And poet Lorna Crozier, a professor emeritus at UVic, was awarded a doctor of letters degree.

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