Wosk gift kicks off Surrey campaign

April 05, 2006, volume 35, no. 7
By Terry Lavender

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A $100,000 gift from Yosef Wosk marks the first contribution to the $3-million fundraising campaign for Simon Fraser University's expanded Surrey campus.

Wosk is director of interdisciplinary programs in SFU continuing studies where he founded the Vancouver chapter of the Academy of Independent Scholars as well as the Philosophers' Café, one of the world's largest series of gatherings dedicated to public conversation.

His father, the late Morris Wosk, was the driving force behind the creation of the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue at SFU's downtown Vancouver campus.

An author, rabbi, businessman and community leader in the arts, museums, heritage conservation, libraries and education, his donation to the Surrey campus will support the Yosef Wosk student learning commons.

Says Wosk, “The new campus will be a centre of education and life for students, faculty and administrative staff. This dynamic group of people will attract business to the area. Business attracts culture. In essence, by supporting SFU, I will be able to provide benefits to the entire community.”

“Yosef and his family have been large supporters of SFU for many years,” says SFU President Michael Stevenson.
“The Greater Vancouver area has already felt the impact and will continue to benefit from his intellectual, hands-on and financial commitment to the university. It is an honour to have a central facility at our Surrey campus bear his name.”

The $80-million expansion to the Surrey campus opens in September.

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