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They say you can’t go home again. But in many ways, SFU professor emeritus A. H. “Som” Somjee never really left. Born in India in 1925 and educated there as well as in Europe, Som...
Writer and adventurer Jason H. Schoonover’s not-so-ordinary life has seen him trek in the Himalayas, archaeologically dig in caves along Thailand’s River Kwai, lead expeditions for Phil...
With 25 years in the investment industry, Pamela Yoon knows it can be difficult to plan strategically when making a donation. “A lot of times, giving can be reactionary or sporadic,” says...
If you Google the Kelmscott Chaucer, you’ll begin to understand why it’s considered one of the most beautiful books in the world. Printed in 1896, intricate florid illustrations adorn...
The COVID crisis has served as a profound reminder of just how much people benefit from face to face interaction whether that be a quick chat with strangers or an in-depth planning discussion with...
If you’re an SFU alumnus or donor, you’ve likely received a phone call from one of the hardworking student fundraisers from the SFU Annual Giving Call Centre. The call centre connects...
It’s been said that bad times bring out the best in people. Proving the truth in this adage, the SFU community has come together in these uncertain times to help students most adversely...
Past students take care of current students. That’s part of the beauty and an underlying philosophy of a vibrant alumni network. It’s also part of the mission of the SFU Alumni...
After emigrating from East Africa in 1973 at the age of four, Amyn Rajan, his parents and two siblings settled in North Vancouver. “It was a different Canada back then,” shares Amyn, an...
We know education is good for the mind. Turns out, it’s also good for the heart. According to a sweeping global study conducted by SFU Health Sciences professor Scott Lear, among other...
Ensuring newcomers to Canada thrive—not just survive—is the focus of SFU’s Refugee Livelihood Lab , a vital initiative that is inspiring new voices, ventures and solutions in Surrey...
Doug and Sandra Cramen understand the importance of financial security and the foundation it can provide for a happy, purposeful life. Both proud SFU alumni who pursued careers in banking and then...
Raymond Galer was a hard-working man who never had the opportunity to attend university. But he valued education and saved carefully to ensure his two children would. A century after Raymond was born...
Haida Gwaii, a remote group of islands located in the Pacific Ocean off British Columbia’s north coast, is known for its vibrant culture and unique wilderness. For new graduates of Haida Gwaii...
National Philanthropy Day originated in the 1980s as a day to celebrate charitable activities. By 1986, the United States officially proclaimed November 15 as National Philanthropy Day and since then...
Canada’s clean energy sector is growing faster than the rest of the nation’s economy, accounting for almost 300,000 jobs and attracting tens of billions of dollars in investment each year...
It’s been said that golf is the game that most closely resembles life. “You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies...
As a high school senior in Moncton, New Brunswick, Laura Jones knew that there was something special about SFU—no other university golf program could provide a Canadian education and the chance...
Joseph (Joe) and Rosalie Segal are extraordinary community leaders whose generosity and creative energy have enriched countless lives and organizations. Fostering that spirit of giving in others is...
Many bright, highly motivated high school students lack the financial resources to attend university, and many aren’t considered for entrance scholarships because they can’t augment their...
It is regarded as one of the most beautiful books ever printed—and now a rare copy can be found at the SFU Library. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer , published in 1896 by Kelmscott Press, was...
As donors, you understand how good it feels to give back to your community. Social science conducted at Simon Fraser University supports what many faiths, cultures and benefactors like you have long...
As artificial intelligence (AI) changes our world, SFU is helping to change the face of AI. Through its partnership with AI4ALL, a not-for-profit working to increase diversity and inclusion in AI,...
1. Transforming the learning environment SFU is in the midst of a dynamic revitalization and expansion to improve and innovate the learning environment, enhance the campus experience and further our...
The university environment presents many possibilities as well as its share of academic, financial and social demands. For students with learning disabilities, it can pose unique hurdles. Phil Gerard...
The journey to and through SFU is unique for each student. Driven by his learning goals and life aspirations, Christopher Ilori is committed to solve tough challenges and create positive change...
As dedicated members of the SFU community since its earliest day, Marianne Gibson and the late Edward Gibson have inspired many through their passion and leadership in education and the arts. Now,...
Cutting-edge robotic instruments and a robotic arm integrated within a sterile glass chamber are changing chemical biology research at SFU—and could speed up scientific discovery for treating...
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...
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...
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...
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 –...
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...