A $750,000 donation from TD Bank Group to create the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC) has moved Simon Fraser University closer to its goal of being Canada’s most community-engaged research university. TD has recognized the importance to SFU students, staff and faculty of engaging with the community and the transformational impact this can have on SFU students and community members alike. For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.
The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community engagement and artistic excellence through the celebration of bhangra. The mandate is to bring British Columbians of all heritages together in the promotion of arts, culture, and dance. The SFU Surrey - TD CEC has partnered with VIBC to offer “Bhangra Village” - a networking and educational event for music and dance artists which includes informational seminars, dialogue and networking. VIBC also held their volunteer training at the SFU Surrey - TD CEC. About ⅓ of the volunteers for the 2014 Bhangra Festival were SFU students. For more information about VIBC, please see: http://vibc.org.
SFU Surrey-TD CEC has partnered with the YMCA to deliver the Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program that gives youth ages 10-18 a chance to grow as individuals and learn what it means to be a leader in their community. Youth explore relevant issues in today’s society in a safe and fun environment while building positive relationships and preparing for their future. This program, hosted by the YMCA, is held at the SFU Surrey-TD CEC once per week on Thursday evenings and includes SFU student volunteers as youth leaders. For more information about the YMCA, please see: http://www.vanymca.org/centres/tonglouie/.
YOUCAN is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to building a culture of peace among youth. YOUCAN is run for-youth-by-youth and specializes in youth-led methods for non-violent conflict resolution. YOUCAN equips youth to engage and inspire others to peacefully resolve conflicts and develop healthy relationships in their communities. The SFU Surrey - TD CEC and YOUCAN have partnered to offer training to SFU students. YOUCAN will be providing training sessions to SFU students who will be volunteering with the SFU Surrey - TD CEC in the community. For more information about YOUCAN, please see: http://youcan.ca/national/.
The YWCA is one of Metro Vancouver's largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. Their holistic, intergrated programs and services help lift women and families out of poverty, provide the best start for children and create new opportunities for education, employment and leadership.