Giardini new SFU Chancellor
June 19th, 2014
Anne Giardini has become the first B.C. author chosen to be the Chancellor of a university. Giardini was installed as the eleventh SFU Chancellor, taking over from outgoing Dr. Carole Taylor in June of 2014, having served on the university’s board of directors from 2009-2014. Giardini has already received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013 for her fundraising efforts for Plan Canada’s “Because I’m a Girl” campaign, which supports females in Tanzania, and won a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013 as well the Robert V.A. Jones Award in 2011. Once named one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers, she has somehow found time to follow her mother’s career path as a novelist. Her books are The Sad Truth About Happiness (HarperCollins, 2005) Advice for Italian Boys (Harpercollins 2009). Her mother, Carol Shields, also served as Chancellor for the University of Winnipeg from 1996 -1999, making Ms. Giardini a “second-generation chancellor.” Meanwhile Canlit interview for CBC, Shelagh Rogers, will become Chancellor of University of Victoria.