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By age 15, Rhiannon Tschirhart’s future seemed limited. Though not using herself, she was living transiently and immersed in a world of drugs and abuse; she couldn’t possibly see a life that included...
For decades, David Sweanor gave quietly, anonymously. But a year ago, he decided to go public with his philanthropy. What changed? “When you give anonymously, you truly don’t expect anything in...
Mamadi's life started in Guinea. He came to Canada with his mother and sister when he was four years old. Settling in Montreal, Mamadi's mother raised him and his sister on her own, with no family...
There’s a classroom at SFU where the students range in age from 16 to 69, and they all have one thing in common: passion. The group is made up of women and men from Surrey taking part in a unique 12-...
Chelsea DesLauriers’ background in physical movement runs deep. Her mother was a professional figure skater and her father heavily involved in football. She was only three years old – with not enough...
Eighteen-year old Daniel Joson recalls vividly the feeling of an “electric shock wave” running through his body when he found out that he’d won the McEwen Family Entrance Award. An excellent math and...
It was the 1980s and Janis Horne was a single mom with two young sons. She had attended SFU in the past and was thrilled to come back to campus as a staff member – she also welcomed the opportunity...
An iconic building stands in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada. Open its doors and you’ll discover a space bursting with creativity, imagination and courage. What is this place? SFU...
In 2010, four Faculty of Applied Sciences students came together to create SFU's only competitive team focused on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or, more commonly, drones. Their first competition...
Growing up there were a few things Julie Andreyev felt sure about. She had a deep affection for animals, a love of learning and an innately creative spirit. As she matured into an adult, these...
Rachel spent three weeks this summer researching volcanoes in Terrace, B.C. - yes, we have volcanoes here! She had this incredible opportunity because our donors understand the value of gaining...
While caring for her ailing father, Lorna experienced first-hand the gaps that exist within seniors' health care, particularly for patients with dementia. She saw a desperate need for improvements...
Shireen was an aspiring teacher in the Professional Development Program at SFU when she heard about the International Teaching Education Module (ITEM) in India. She was immediately interested. Every...
That's the question business leader and entrepreneur Charles Chang, BBA '95, asked himself as he prepared to sell his plant-based protein powder business, Vega. "I wanted to not only make my parents...
In 1967, Sylvia was 30, with a young daughter and no formal education. She’d once dreamed of being a teacher, but without a high school diploma, what was she going to do? She started taking night...
When Barry and Guenther began thinking about their legacy, SFU seemed the natural choice for their bequests. Professor Barry Truax has been teaching acoustic communication at SFU for 40 years. He...
A few years ago, Ruth’s parents passed away within two months of each other. But through her grief, she found a sense of purpose. Ruth works in the Back on Track (BOT) program at SFU. She helps...
That day has come. SFU researchers have been working with Danny to design a new control system for one of the world's most advanced bionic hands. And this life-changing technology is about to grab...
I arrived at SFU in 1998 as the newly appointed Shrum Chair in Science. The university is the perfect place to teach and mentor students in the wonders of geology and to positively influence young...
How are Emily and Maple connected? It will warm your heart. Emily Leaman recently graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences and plans to apply to medical school in 2016. Maple Batalia was an SFU...
Ambitious Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business student, Maria Fernanda, has just completed her final semester of accounting studies. Originally from Puebla, Mexico - just two hours’...
Addiction, homelessness, crime. As first responders, this is what fire fighters see every day. They know first hand the source of these issues is often mental illness. With the hope of better...
It may be a family member. It may be a close friend. The reality is we’ve all been affected by cancer. The statistic is staggering – more than 185,000 people in B.C. have survived some type of cancer...
RADIUS – RADical Ideas, Useful to Society – is SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator. Sparked by Beedie School of Business adjunct professor Shawn Smith in 2013, RADIUS supports several...