SFU plans to honour Margaret Trudeau and four others with alumni awards

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      Margaret Trudeau was married to one prime minister and gave birth to another. But these aren't the only reasons why she will receive an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award on March 3 in Vancouver.

      Trudeau is also a charter SFU student, graduating in 1969, and she's written four books. In addition, she's gone public with her struggles with bipolar disorder and has been a long-time advocate for clean water, serving as president of the charitable WaterAid. Her award will be for contributions to public service.

      Trudeau isn't the only grad being honoured that day.

      Another charter student, David Mark, is also going to be presented with an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award for academic achievement. He's a geography professor at State University of New York and has received numerous honours for his research into principles of vehicle-navigation systems.

      RBC's chief human resources officer, Zabeen Hirji, will receive an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award for professional achievement.

      Another alumni award will go to B.C. Centre for Disease Control scientist Jennifer Gardy for being a new rising star. She occasionally hosts CBC's The Nature of Things.

      The fifth alumni award winner is David Fong, managing director of Hip Shing Hong Group, for service to the community. His company has set aside 10 percent of the space in a commercial project in Wong Chuk Hang on Hong Kong Island for young people at one-third less than market rates.