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United Way 2007

November 1, 2007

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By Diane Luckow

November 1 kicks off the annual United Way campaign and SFU Library loans staffer Sylvia Richardson (above) is hoping SFU will reach its goal to raise $200,000 in donations.

Richardson, who took a four-month secondment from SFU to work as a loaned representative to the United Way’s Lower Mainland campaign, knows first-hand the value of the United Way. When she came to Canada almost 20 years ago from war-torn El Salvador, she received assistance from various agencies funded by the United Way.

"The United Way played a huge role in my life because of their funding to programs in the community that assist new immigrants and create a sense of community and connections," she says. "I’ve adopted my new community and benefited greatly from having a support network that helped me achieve great success in my life."

"My story," she says, "is of the things we can achieve when a community cares to create building the blocks of success and ensure that every human being has dignity, respect and access to a home and education. The United Way can’t do it alone."

Everyone at SFU can participate in the campaign by supporting the book sale on Nov. 6-7 and bake sale on Nov. 14 on the Burnaby campus, the Market in the Mezzanine at the Surrey campus Nov. 22, the Vancouver campus book sale Nov. 6 and bake sale Nov. 20 or by contributing to the Burnaby campus’ silent auction November 19-23. Best of all, however, is an ongoing commitment through payroll donations. More: sfu.ca/united-way

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