Discover what’s possible when university students and communities work together | SFU Student-Community Engagement Competition

February 06, 2018

The 2017 Student-Community Engagement Competition (SCEC) Awards Nights are here! Over the winter break, difficult decisions were made, but 9 projects were selected as finalists, each earning the opportunity to compete for an award to help put their innovative project plans into action.

This year will be the first year that the SCEC has taken place in two locations. Four finalist project teams intend to have a meaningful impact in Burnaby communities, while five have been chosen as finalist projects for Surrey.

Burnaby Awards Night - Tuesdsay, February 27

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Surrey Awards Night - Thursday, March 1

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Please join us – it will be more than just an Awards Night!

The SCEC Awards Night has traditionally held a community dialogue to remind everyone about the spirit of the competition and to ground the thinking and intention of the project teams, judges, and community.

Facilitated by Gary George, this year’s dialogue is entitled: Indigenizing your work: exploring ideas for embedding and honouring Indigenous practices in your organization, activities, or projects. It will aim to provide the space for each of us to consider what Indigenization might mean in our own work, as well as help us imagine what a first concrete step might look like.

The SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s (ARC) 2017 report, Walk This Path With Us, invites SFU to Indigenize many aspects of the institution. Because much of SFU’s work takes place in partnership with Indigenous and settler communities, we felt it was appropriate to bring this discussion to the SCEC Awards Night.

Events like this are built by the people who attend them. People like you. Please join us – we want you there!

Registration is free, but space is limited, so please register today:

Burnaby SCEC Awards Night (Burnaby Neighbourhood House)

Surey SCEC Awards Night (SFU Surrey Campus)

All questions are welcome – please email us at

About Gary George

Gary George hails from the Bulkley Valley around the Telkwa/Smithers/Houston/Burns Lake region in North-central British Columbia.Gary is also from the Wit'suwit'en First Nation. Many names in the Bulkley Valley reflect the Wit'suwit'en Culture including names like Telkwa and Suskwa. Gary holds aBA degree from University of Northern BC(U.N.B.C.)in Prince George, Professional Development Program Certificate (PDP), and Master's in Education (MEd) from Simon Fraser University. Before returning to school, he worked as the Wit'suwit'en fisheries manager and grew-up watching theDelgamuukwcourt case wind its way through court. Gary believes that he grew-up in one of the nicest places in the world and often tells people in the Lower Mainland that, "if you haven't seen Northern BC, you haven't seen BC."


Hey, students  – What would you  do with $3,000?

Up to $30,000* is available to fund SFU students who want to work with community partners to create meaningful impact. Register today – all you need is your name and a brief description of your idea.