We Fell in Love @SFU

SFU wasn’t just a place where our alumni studied, participated in fun activities and graduated. For many of them, SFU was also the place where they met their significant other. It’s where they fell in love!

If you are an SFU grad and you met your significant other at SFU during your time as a student, please share your story with us! You could win some incredible prizes like Fairmont Hotel and Air Canada gift cards.

Only one of you needs to be an SFU alumnus, but SFU needs to have played a role. Add your story to our We Fell in Love @SFU campaign that we are running until Valentine’s Day. If you participated in one of our past campaigns, we'd love for you to share again!

Check out some of the stories submitted in 2017 on Facebook.


Who can enter?

One of the people must be an SFU alumni. 

What to submit?

  • Story: SFU alumni can submit their story, up to 300 words, on how they fell in love while attending SFU or answer three questions: How did you meet? 2. What is your favourite SFU memory together? 3. What are you up to now? 
  • Photos: Provide at least one photo, but you're welcome to provide two if you wish (e.g. one photo from back in the day, and one photo from today). 


All accepted stories will be entered into a random draw to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 x $1,000 Fairmont Hotel gift card
  • 1 x $500 Fairmont Hotel gift card
  • 1 x $500 Air Canada gift card 
  • 2 x SFU swag prize packs (worth approximately $150 each)

Where will submitted stories be posted?

As entries come in, we will be posting on our Facebook page in an album and will feature some on Instagram. We will also have a page on our website in late February, early March.

Instructions on how to submit your story

To make the process as easy as possible for you, we recommend preparing the following information before you open the submission form:

  • Write your SFU love story OR answer three questions: 1. How did you meet? 2. What is your favourite SFU memory together? 3. What are you up to now.
    • Whether you've written a story or answered the three questions, you can upload a word.doc or copy/paste it into our form. If you choose to upload a word.doc, please include your name in the file name.
  • Gather a photo or two
    • If possible, please include your name in the file name
    • If possible, please provide a high-resolution (large) photo
  • Gather details about you and your partner. We will ask you
    • Your names
    • Your graduation credentials (e.g. BA 2001, PhD 1987)
    • Your area(s) of study (e.g. English, economics, kinesiology)
    • Note: When your photo and story is published, we will only share your first names and your credentials. Your area of study and your last name will not be published.

Once you've gathered the pieces above, share your love story!

Terms and conditions

These Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) govern the “We Fell in Love @SFU” story submission offered by the SFU Alumni and by submitting an entry to the campaign, you have accepted these Terms in their entirety:
Eligibility. Anyone can enter but only those stories submitted where one of the individuals in the story is an SFU alumnus, and where SFU played a role in the love story, will be eligible. SFU Alumni reserves the right to review the eligibility of the potential winner before the story is published and the Prize is awarded.

Entries. To enter the campaign, those graduating must upload their photo and story by February 13, 2020, 3:00 p.m. (PST). The odds of winning prizes depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Photos may be used to continue to promote this event and for use in future SFU Alumni programs/publications, digital/print. The entry must be original content developed and owned by the entrant and they irrevocably assign all intellectual property rights, including trademarks associated with the entry to Simon Fraser University. The entry becomes the property of Simon Fraser University and may be used for any other promotional materials. Entries containing nudity, words and/or visuals deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

Prizes. SFU Alumni will award five (5) prizes that vary in composition. The Prize is offered “as is”, cannot be exchanged for cash, and there is no written, expressed, or implied warranty. 

Draw. The winner will be selected in a random drawing held on February 17, 2020 from all eligible entries received by SFU Alumni, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. The potential winners will be notified via email or phone. If the potential winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Terms, if the Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if the Prize is rejected, the potential winner will be disqualified and the Prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner. The Prize is non-transferable and no cash redemption or prize substitution is permitted, except at the sole option of SFU Alumni for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes will be mailed via Canada Post or sent through email. Undeliverable prizes will not be awarded. 

General. SFU Alumni disclaims any responsibility for incorrect entry information, including, but not limited to, human or technical error. By participating, entrants acknowledge and agree to be bound by these Terms and the decisions of SFU Alumni, which are final. The Prize is non transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. All personal information will be used in accordance with SFU Alumni’s privacy policy (www.sfu.ca/alumni/privacy.html). SFU Alumni reserves the right to disqualify, and seek any applicable legal remedies and damages from, any individual or entrant tampering with the entry process or the event in any way whatsoever.

This event is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administrated by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite or other social media platforms, nor is it sponsored, endorsed, or administrated, or associated by the companies from where the gift certificate prizes are from.

Read Corinna and Patrick's story

"If you ask our friends they’ll tell you that it was all their doing that we got together. We like to say though it was a box of rocks disguised as chocolates. Patrick and I met through mutual friends. I was a student at SFU Surrey and Pat was a teaching assistant and research assistant in my friend’s classes in Surrey, as well as finishing his studies at SFU Burnaby. We had seen each other around the Surrey campus but never really interacted until our friend had me help her play a prank on him by switching out a box of chocolates for a box of rocks. I’ll never forget Pat running down the hallway yelling at our friend to get the real chocolates back.

We officially met later at a group get together and although our friends were not very subtle in the fact they were setting us up, it worked and we went on our first date together a few weeks later. We are now celebrating over 11 years of marriage and 15 years together. We also have two amazing children who attend elementary school on the Burnaby’s campus. We have such great memories of our time at SFU and through our work and volunteering and love how we’re still able to connect with the SFU community. Thank you to SFU, and our friends, for bringing us together."

Read Candy and John's story

"SFU's Co-op program proved to be much more than a career-building resource for Candy and John. They were both stationed in their final work terms in Student Services at SFU; Candy in Student Development, and John in Co-op. Neither knew each other, though crossed paths every day as their offices were side-by-side. Each time John would stroll past Candy's space he would notice the cute girl sitting behind the reception desk - and he was convinced that she noticed him as well… though she’ll never admit to it.

After some time they came to know each other through various work-related activities and one day in 2007 John mustered up the courage to have his yellow Dodge Neon ask out her Mini Cooper.... yes cars. It's a bit of a long story, but the main point is they soon-after started dating, and then exchanged vows in true SFU-fashion - at the Diamond Alumni Centre a few years later.

That wasn’t the end, though, with their SFU ties; it was only the beginning. They purchased their first place atop Burnaby Mountain in UniverCity – despite John being adamant that he didn’t want to live on the mountain. More than 10 years later, they upgraded into a larger unit on the hill as they loved it so much and needed to accommodate room for their son, Logan – who is now enrolled in SFU’s Childcare Centre. Both Candy and John also went on to serve as long-time employees with SFU, and both completed their Master’s of Education degrees there. Additionally, they established an endowment to support Education grad students through their studies.

Despite having recently transitioned to both serve as faculty members with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, they don’t have plans to move off of Burnaby mountain as they truly consider it home – in so many ways."