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Student volunteers at Creating a Diverse and Resilient Economy in Metro Vancouver (Greg Ehlers, Simon Fraser University)

About Our Volunteer Program

During your time as a volunteer, you will make contributions both on-campus and at events in the community. We believe learning is two-way; you will learn from us and we will learn from you as knowledge and skills are shared amongst our diverse team.

As a volunteer you will help to support our events, host tables at SFU and other events such as our annual Community Summit. You will learn valuable tools such as communications, facilitation, note taking, event planning and promotion, as well as data management and interpersonal strategies. Best of all, you'll get credit on your SFU Co-Curricular Record!

Whether you are a natural born ‘people person’ who loves to interact or someone who would rather support from behind the scenes, your contribution will be valued.

Want to get involved? All are welcome. Community members without a connection to SFU are welcome to apply!

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Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a Place to Volunteer? 

SFU Public Square is looking for office volunteers. 

This position is an excellent starting place for individuals who would like to experience community engagement in a professional office environment. The office assistant will provide general office support including; maintaining online databases, populating websites and newsletters, capturing and organizing notes from facilitated sessions, transcribing audio and video, helping prepare for events and other duties as needed. This position is a great opportunity to enter the arena of public dialogue, and will provide skills in event planning, communications, and design.

BMO Public Lecture with Dr. Nava Ashraf

THU, SEPT 5 | 5:30 - 9:30 PM
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street

Behavioural economics shows us that we do not always act in our own best interest. Our internal biases and cognitive limitations can lead us to make poor choices despite readily available information and resources.

Fortunately, human nature can be accounted for to solve the problems that human nature creates. Through an understanding of the cognitive processes behind our decision making, we can apply the tools of behavioural economics to design better policies and organizations as well as improve social welfare.

On September 5, Canadian economist Nava Ashraf will deliver a free public lecture on this topic, drawing on her research that combines economics and psychology to test insights from behavioural economics in the context of global development in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

Week of Welcome 

Campus Resource Fairs 

Wed, Sept 4 | 10-3 pm | Surrey Campus

Thur, Sept 5 | 10-3 pm | Burnaby Campus

Wed, Sept 11 | 10-3 pm | Vancouver Campus

 

We All Live From the Land with Dr. Harriet Friedmann

Event Volunteer 

SAT, SEPT 14 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings Street

How does climate change and food insecurity affect international migration?

Because it is difficult to measure migration and track people’s movements, we are not yet fully aware of how environmental challenges and the industrialization of food production affects immigration.

Which is why it is crucial that we establish a dialogue between academics, students, policy analysts and – most importantly – refugee communities.

Yıldız Atasoy, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with SFU Public Square and SFU Lifelong Learning, invites you to a series of forums about the relationships between climate change, food insecurity and immigration, each hosted by an internationally recognized scholar.

The lived experience of refugee communities will be at the forefront of these dialogues.

As a volunteer you will attend the event, assist with registration, engagement, and event logistics. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the themes and topics of the event. Volunteer shifts are from 8:30am - 4:30pm.

 

Meet our Volunteers
 

QUEENIE TRAN

"I first came across SFU Public Square as they had nifty and interesting community events that I had attended. Then, one day, I decided to throw my name into their e-mail newsletter list and applied for a volunteer position at an event. I enjoyed my experience and interaction with the staff members and community whilst volunteering and continued ever since. What makes SFU Public Square such a dandy place to be? It is a space in which you can build social capital, advance your interpersonal and administrative skills, and optimize your university experience. It is a symbiotic combination of a convivial and professional environment. Staff are accommodating and supportive of their volunteers as well as provide informative instructions for daily duties. It has been overall a splendid experience with SFU Public Square."

KAREN DAR WOON

"In recent years, I’ve changed from being an Interested Member of the Community to one who is engaged in the planning, research and execution of events through SFU Public Square. Introduced to programing through subscription to SFU Centre for Dialogue, I began volunteering with the Youth Summit in 2014. I saw an opportunity to learn more large organizational behaviour, and decided to become an in-office volunteer for SFU Public Square.


Being a regular volunteer with the SFU Public Square office provides me an opportunity to develop skills around research, communications and interpersonal relationships. Because the people include a range of ages, skills, and interests, I can learn something new, almost every day. Continuing to volunteer with SFU Public Square aligns with my personal development goals to increase my awareness of public policy discussions, and to develop new skills. One of the most fun skills I’ve learned: how to use live streaming social media. Sometimes I feel like an outsider, as I’ve no prior relationship with SFU; but the community is open and welcoming, and we all support each other."

HENRY TRAN

"When you’re volunteering for SFU Public Square, your supervisor and co-workers don’t view you as a volunteer, but rather, they view you as an active member of the community. They are there to support you every steps of the way; and help you develop your leadership skills and discover your leadership potentials. 

From the community engagement events and to the city dialogues, you get to learn about the social issues that occur in our community and the work that is being done to combat them. As an aspiring medical student, SFU Public Square has helped me gain the experiential skills that are seldom offered in classrooms and allowed me to connect closely with people from all walks of life. The experience that comes from volunteering with SFU Public Square is truly invaluable and I can attest that!"

SARAH DUGGAN

"I really enjoy volunteering for SFU Public Square because it allows me to get more involved in events both on campus and in our community. The events I have attended are topical and focus on participation and dialogue, which connects to what I am learning in my certificate in Sustainable Community Development. I have had a lot of fun also practicing and developing skills in graphic and website design and event photography. The volunteer and staff team are all extremely welcoming and the office space is a very positive and supportive space to work!"

 

CHARANVEER SAHOTA 

"Volunteering with SFU Public Square has been invaluable, and by far my most favourite volunteer experience! I have had the opportunity to make new friends, work with many inspiring individuals and become more active within the community.  If you’d like to improve your research, planning and networking skills, SFU Public Square is for you.

Overall, this experience has really helped me develop skills required to become successful. Things that would normally put me out of my comfort zone have become easy. I was able to learn what I was truly capable of. Thank you SFU Public Square!"

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If you have any additional questions or comments, please contact us at: volunteer_publicsq@sfu.ca.

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