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Governor General's Gold Medal Recipients

The Governor General's Gold Medal is one of the most prestigious awards that a Canadian graduate student can receive. Each year UFV grants the award to the graduate-level student with the highest academic standing.

2013
Diane Keegan, MSW, Master of Social Work

 
This year, the Master of Social Work program graduated its first batch of students, and Diane Keegan of Abbotsford emerged as the top academic with an astounding 4.27 GPA. But for Keegan, that distinction is simply another step in her academic work, focused on breaking dangerous cycles in family conflict while easing pressure on B.C.’s congested family court system. Keegan’s major paper examined existing services available for parents dealing with high-conflict issues after separation, with a focus on services as a means for reducing conflict and improving overall family functioning. Read more

 2012
Donna Allary, MA Criminal Justice

Photo of Donna Alary   Alary and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UFV have a long history together. She grew up in Mt. Lehman and lives in Abbotsford these days. She chose to major in crim soon after arriving at the university in 1994, and was among one of the first classes of bachelor’s degree grads from the program in 1999. She worked for the New Westminster police service as an analyst for three years, and then returned to UFV for a job in institutional research. She’s been with the university ever since, and even completed a six-year stint on the Alumni Association board. Read more

2011
Brian Young, MA Criminal Justice

Young's research focus was on the application of different ‘intensive supervision’ models for high-risk young offenders. He did a comparative study of how this model is applied in different jurisdictions throughout Canada and internationally, research that was directly related to his work as a youth probation officer. "Doing this research for my master’s degree allowed me to look at my field of work in an academic way and study issues more deeply than we can in the everyday work world." Read more


2010
Kim Williams, MA Criminal Justice

Photo of Kim Williams   What do prostitution, midwifery, and youth crime have in common?

All three activities have at times been considered extremely deviant criminal behaviour and at others been tolerated or even accepted, depending on the social values of the times and the government in power.

Kim Williams, an MA in Criminal Justice student at the University of the Fraser Valley, turned her interest in social interpretations of deviance into a thesis for her master’s program. For her efforts, and her near-perfect grade point average, she is this year’s winner of the Governor General’s academic gold medal winner at UFV. Williams earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.17, which stands about halfway between an A and an A+ average. The gold medal goes to the student with the highest GPA in a master’s-level program. Read more


2009
Darren Caul, MA Criminal Justice

Photo of Darren Caul   Darren Caul regarded a master’s degree as a bit of unfinished business, and as an opportunity to excel academically that he’d missed the first time around.

And excel he did: Caul graduated this spring from the University of the Fraser Valley’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program as the winner of the Governor General’s gold medal. This award is given to the student at the graduate level with the highest GPA at each university. Read more


2008
Sherry Bot, BA Criminal Justice

Photo of Sherry Bot  

Sherry Bot just keeps making history. She was one of the first two students to ever earn a master’s degree at the University of the Fraser Valley. Now she’s the first to be awarded the governor general’s gold medal for academic achievement at the master’s degree level.

Her research for her MA degree focused on the very topical subject of crime reduction, with a particular emphasis on the role of inter-agency partnerships at the local level. She was part of a City of Surrey fact-finding mission to England, and did some comparisons between the two jurisdictions. Read more

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