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To Apply or Not Apply?

ENGAGE

During last month’s Volunteer & Civic Engagement Week, a lot of students came up to me and asked me this similar question: “If I saw an opportunity that I really want to apply for on Symplicity but the organization asks for volunteers that are in a different major or field, can I still apply?”

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Spread Your Love for Music with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

If you love classical and popular music and you often find yourself converting families and friends into music fanatics, becoming a student ambassador for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) may just be the right volunteer opportunity for you…

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The Vancouver Aquarium: More than just a place to visit

Volunteering

I visited the Volunteer & Civic Opportunity Fair at SFU Burnaby campus last month to find out about different volunteer opportunities in and around the university. One of the guests at this year’s Volunteer and Civic Engagement Week was the beloved Vancouver Aquarium. Many people see the Aquarium as just a place to visit but there is another great way to get involved with the Aquarium…volunteering!

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What’s YOUR cause? A Meaningful Adventure!

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Want to make your next trip fun and meaningful? Sima Gerami, a future group leader for Developing World Connections, has some great ideas for you…Developing World Connections (DWC) is a non-for-profit organization that connects volunteers to developing countries where they can provide assistance and care to those in need while traveling abroad.

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No Volunteers, No Elizabeth Fry

ENGAGE

Many are familiar with Elizabeth Fry, often affiliating the name with a volunteer organization in Vancouver. But who exactly is Elizabeth Fry? And what kind of volunteer services does it provide to the community?

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Become a LEADer

Volunteering

You may have heard of LEAD, the Certificate in Leadership at SFU. This program is a great way to learn how to be an effective leader within the SFU community and beyond the campus borders by completing a community project that tackles and attempts to address or solve a real life problem or challenge.

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GoVolunteer.ca: A web resource for off campus opportunities

ENGAGE

For access to a variety of off campus volunteer opportunities that fit your needs and schedule, go to govolunteer.ca. While SFU’s Symplicity posting system posts off campus opportunities, it focuses on volunteer positions that are connected to skill development or an academic discipline. Govolunteer.ca, on the otherhand, includes everything from long term opportunities to short term event volunteer positions.

By: Laura Thornborough 7647 reads | 0 comments
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Opportunities for Various Faculties at the Fellburn Care Centre

Opportunities

Located in Burnaby, the Fellburn Care Centre is a 110 bed extended facility for residents and families. It is part of Fraser Health and offers many services, including both residential and day care for seniors.

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Health Sciences Student Profile: Mubnii Morshed

Volunteering

Heath Sciences offer students one of the most comprehensive and diverse programs, focusing on everything from epidemiology, molecular biology to political science anthropology. These days, there are many volunteer opportunities associated with the Health Sciences.

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An SFU student perspective on the Big Sisters Study Buddy program

Volunteering

You may have heard of them–you may even have an idea of what they do. But have you ever thought of being one? Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland has been serving girls in one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1960, with the mission of “enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women”. Each Big and Little Sister match gets together once a week for at least one year. 

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Advancing causes at SFU – intestinal disease awareness

Volunteering

Many SFU students have causes that they are passionate about. Some join clubs, some volunteer for related organizations, and others see a gap in what is out there and take initiative to further their cause. Deanna Douglas, a 4th year student at SFU, is passionate about increasing education and awareness of intestinal diseases, reducing the stigma so people can talk openly about it, and supporting other students at SFU with these diseases. This may not be a cause with a high profile or celebrity following, but it’s an important one.

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Organization Profile: SFU Pocket Farmers Market

SFU Pocket Farmers Market

SFU staff and volunteers are putting in hours every week to bring the SFU community a sustainable, cost-effective and healthy farmers market that is conveniently located at Cornerstone on the east side of SFU’s campus.  

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Volunteering: Is it dead?

ENGAGE

The concept of altruism and donating one’s time selflessly in the form of volunteering has undoubtedly changed to adapt to modern times. Not surprisingly, the state of volunteering has been a topic of constant deliberation.

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How can you contribute? Connecting your skills with the community

ENGAGE

He is a familiar face around the SFU Surrey campus–you may recognize him from banners on the SFU main page celebrating the fact that he was named Entrepreneurial Leader of the year by ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship)and SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), or perhaps even from the Volunteer Services ad in the Peak this week that asks “how can you contribute?”

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What’s your cause? Polar regions, climate change, cultural awareness, new immigrant

Volunteering

Over the course of the past semester, SFU Volunteer Services set out to learn what causes motivate SFU students to get involved in their communities–either on campus or beyond. We collected information through the ENGAGE blog and want to highlight some now in hopes of inspiring others to think about what their cause is and how they can contribute!

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Next Leader’s Network: Volunteer Vancouver

ENGAGE

This time of year can be very bittersweet–sure, maybe you are graduating but that means the never ending job hunt is just around the corner. As many career advisors will tell you, the key to a successful job search begins and ends with networking, networking, networking. But what if corporate networking isn’t really your thing? Volunteer Vancouver has an answer.

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Education: Friends of Simon tutoring project

Company/Organization Spotlight

SFU students are at it again–lending a hand in the community, that is. Recently, the United Way of the Lower Mainland featured the Friends of Simon tutoring project on their website, highlighting a community based partnership between them and Simon Fraser University’s Education department.

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Finding employment in the non-profit sector

Opportunities

Early this semester, Volunteer Services and Career Services hosted a panel on “Working in the Non-Profit Sector.” The session, featuring a variety of employees in the non-profit sector, was well attended and informative, and highlighted the interest of many SFU students to work in the non-profit sector upon graduation.

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Neat web tip for student-led social change initiatives – bring your web actions together

ENGAGE

Students as a group are very active in their communities and society in general. They promote, advocate, volunteer, protest and on and on with goals to enact change. At SFU, this can be seen by the variety of clubs dedicated to social and environmental causes, as well as other student groups such as SFPIRG Action Groups.

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What’s YOUR cause? Health Promotion and Prevention

Volunteering

If you have ever heard the Health Matters radio show on SFU’s campus radio station, CJSF, you know very well who Madiha Mahmood is and what her cause is all about. As host and producer of the bi-weekly show, Madiha has the freedom to tailor her program to express her passion–to increase awareness of health promotion and prevention. A third year Health Sciences student, Madiha has always had an interest in health.

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