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President Obama to Gay Teens: It Gets Better

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“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay.  But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong.” – President Barack Obama

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Love Drinking Bottled Water? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t!

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Bottled water has always been marketed to us as a healthier alternative to high-calorie pop drinks. It’s no wonder then that sales for bottled water have soared these past years. But have you thought about the impact of bottled water products to our environment?

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Volunteer Profile: Jamal Saad

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My journey into exploring and seeking the right volunteer opportunities for my skills started right out of high school. I used my interest in and strong command of language by becoming a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor at a conversation club downtown. 

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Volunteering for the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Fair: Esther and Jovita Reflect

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The SFU Volunteer & Civic Engagement Fair happened last week in Burnaby and this week in Surrey. In Burnaby, the Fair ran alongside the Career and Graduate Fairsand attracted a huge number of students. Over 40 non-profits were on campus to inform students about their causes and how students can get involved.

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Big Sisters of BC – More than just a mentorship program

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland mentorship program. Since its founding in 1950, the Big Sisters of BC have grown to become a thriving organization, with over 400 volunteers, hundreds of girls served each year, 17 staff members, a Board of Directors and Honourary Advisory Board, and many community supporters.

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Student Profile: Robert Lutener. Filmmaker, Musician and Activist.

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A few days before I transitioned from Vancouver to Montreal, I got the opportunity to meet 4th year political science Robert Lutener. On most days, Robert can be spotted at SFU Burnaby campus’ Highland Pub discussing university politics. However, what made me choose Mr. Lutener as an interview subject was the success that his recent documentary Up North: Conversations on the Impacts of Change has generated.

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Open Media: Engage, Educate, Empower

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Open Media is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to advance and support an open and innovative communications system in Canada. Their goal is to increase public awareness and educated participation in Canadian media, cultural, and telecommunication policy formation.

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Student Profile: Tanya on Her Experience With the Burnaby Art Gallery

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If you’ve visited Symplicity recently, you may have noticed the volunteer opportunity being offered by the Burnaby Art Gallery.  The gallery is looking for docents –   energetic individuals interested in leading school tours of the gallery exhibitions and assisting students with creating art in a warm, supportive environment.  The position certainly caught my eye, and so I’ve asked the gallery if we could profile a former or current volunteer.

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Support Autism Awareness

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Did you know that 1 in 165 children will be diagnosed with autism in Canada? This is just one of the many reasons why October is Autism Awareness Month.  It is a way to spread the word and inform people of the effects of autism and help them understand what it actually is.

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Explore the Possibilities with the Vancouver Art Gallery

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The Vancouver Art Gallery has been a big part of Vancouver culture throughout the years.  It has been at the forefront of introducing both new contemporary art as well as historical works.  If you are interested in the arts or just working in a fun social environment, volunteering with the Vancouver Art Gallery would be the perfect fit.  The gallery has a wide range of opportunities available for both short-term and long-term.  There is definitely something there for everyone.

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A Festival No Longer on the Fringe

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When the summer season is concluding and the foliage begins to turn shades of sunset and amber, we know that autumn is near and for many of us the heavy course loads return.  Before we begin to process theoretical principles and hand in poorly written essays, why not enjoy Vancouver’s annual theatrics.  The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, performing from September 9th -19th, is North America’s most internationally participated Fringe Fest and BC’s largest theatrical event. 

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Injecting Social Change

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Opened September 21 2003, Vancouver InSite is North America’s first and only supervised injection facility.  Located in the heart of the Downtown East Side, the clinic supplies drug addicts with a safe, clean, and structured environment in which to inject their drugs.   The facility’s central mission is based on reducing the harms associated with injection drugs for both the users and the community.

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Domestic Dilemma

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On July 26th 2010, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) eliminated its domestic violence and counselling program. The program, established in 1992, has been increasing effective in managing and minimizing domestic abuse in the Metr-Vancouver area, helping individuals, mainly women, develop the emotional and mental tools needed to escape abusive partnerships.

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Spread the Word About Your Favourite Causes Using Crowdrise

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Are you passionate about a cause but can’t find the right organization to work with?  Or maybe you just want to help your favourite charity raise some money.  If so, you can stop looking elsewhere and create your own project pages with Crowdrise.  This innovative new website allows anyone to sign up and promote their favourite causes easily and efficiently.

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Volunteer with Volunteer Burnaby

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For nearly forty years, Volunteer Burnaby has been enriching the lives of volunteers and citizens building community through volunteering. It functions as a primary resource for volunteer involvement in Burnaby/New Westminster and the surrounding regions by providing services in four core competencies.

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Join Katimavik and spend 6 months volunteering in various communities across Canada!

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“Katimavik offers Canadian youth the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development of communities across Canada through challenging volunteer service programs.” – Katimavik.org. Created in 1977, Katimavik is the brainchild of Montreal journalist and human rights activist, Jacques Hébert.

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Student Profiles: Colleen and Iris on their AIESEC Experience

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As you’ll see below, AIESEC provides many students the platform to discover and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC is completely powered by students who volunteer their time. Its Global Internship Program allows students to acquire international work experience.

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Volunteer with the CNIB to Support those with Vision Loss

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Our eyes are what we depend on everyday for just about everything.  We would be lost without them.  But for some people this is the unfortunate reality that they have to live with on a daily basis.  This is why the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has been established.Ever since 1918, the CNIB has been a wonderful source of support, information and hope for Canadians suffering with vision loss. 

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A Stroll with Artistry

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Are you interested in volunteering with an organization that values artistic interpretation, creative thinking and local history? If you do, then Walking Home Yaletown Public Art (WHYPA) is the perfect opportunity for you to learn, analyze, and interact with your community.

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Volunteer with Beauty Night Society – Because Dignity is Beautiful

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Are you interested in volunteering with a charity that helps marginalized women, youth and children?  If so, then Beauty Night Society is the perfect choice.  This unique charity provides wellness, literacy, fitness, personal and leadership development programs for marginalized women so they can increase their self-esteem and make positive changes in their lives.

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