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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...
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-...
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...
Convocating grads take selfies
Your generosity can change a student's life when you create and name your own student award for only $84 per month or $1,000 per year, with a minimum commitment of three years. With a variety of...
Finances were tight growing up, but Mamadi dreamed of going to university and playing professional soccer. Because of our donors, including many SFU alumni, Mamadi is now in his second year at SFU,...
In September 1965, SFU opened its doors for the very first time. The campus - still under construction - stood prominently atop Burnaby Mountain against the backdrop of Pacific coastal forest...
Did you know that 78% of SFU donors are alumni? Each year, we reach out to alumni by phone, letter and email to ask for your support. We are constantly amazed by your generosity! Many people have...
Christian 'Chris' Friesen's early life was filled with adventure. He grew up exploring his family's lush acreage in Langley, visiting nearby relatives in the Fraser Valley, making memories on road...
Meet Brian and Janis. They attended SFU generations apart, but each shared the same unique struggle. On her own with two young sons, Janis Horne worked and studied at SFU. It was a tough balancing...