Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Selected Press

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement is involved with producing public talks, community partnerships, accessible education opportunities and SFU student placements with community organizations.

2017

Seeking an Antidote to BC's Overdose Crisis

A series produced in partnership with the Tyee Solutions Society and SFUs Vancity Office of Community Engagement

    In Throes of Overdose Crisis, a Community Unites to Fight Back
    The Tyee - Jan 25, 2017
    Meet the people on the front lines of a public health emergency, and the solutions they seek. 

    An Urgent Call on Overdose Crisis: Prescribe Drugs, End Prohibition
    The Tyee - Jan 26, 2017
    Simply put, ‘fentanyl is a product of our drug policies.

    The Overdose Crisis: We Know How to Save Lives, Doctors Say
    The Tyee - Jan 27, 2017
    From an Albertan reserve to Vancouver’s inner city, caregivers share solutions for turning the tide.

    Five Ways to Stop BC’s Overdose Drug Deaths Now
    The Tyee - Jan 28, 2017
    Stopping the drug war and improving housing access is key.

2016

Cartoonist draws inspiration from global conflicts
CBC News - Nov 2, 2016
Every picture tells a story and Joe Sacco's political comics tell the difficult stories photojournalists can't always capture. . . He's in Vancouver to speak about his work Wednesday evening at an event sponsored by Simon Fraser University.

SFU hosts public discussion on gentrification in Chinatown
The Peak - Oct 11, 2016
For many citizens, gentrification in Vancouver’s Chinatown is an ongoing concern. . . On October 5, many of those citizens gathered at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, for a panel discussion addressing the question: What is the Vision for Chinatown? The panel was presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Heritage Vancouver Society.

Vancouver summer camp empowers Syrian children to tell their own stories, however they want to tell them
rabble.ca - Sep 20, 2016
In early August, 2016, Simon Fraser University masters student Shawk Alani worked with colleagues like photographer Nawar Tawami to organize "Capturing Our Stories," a photography summer school and exhibition, a series of workshops for Syrian children who have recently arrived in Vancouver.

Libby Davies still tries to beat back cynicism
The Georgia Straight - Sep 14, 2016
Nearly a year after leaving federal politics, Libby Davies is in a reflective mood. . . Libby Davies will discuss her political career at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (September 21) at SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

More than just refugees: Syrian kids tell their stories their way
CBC News - Sep 1, 2016
New photo exhibition puts focus on Syrian kids themselves rather than their story of migration.

With Cameras in Hand, Young Syrian Refugees Learn Storytelling
The Tyee - Aug 18, 2016
SFU photography workshop aims to help newcomers develop a voice.

'Against the Tide': Two Radical Legacies Remembered
The Tyee - Feb 20, 2016
Shipworkers' historic uprising, chronicled by Jim Green, earns Vancouver stage reading.

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Canada today?
Vancouver Observer - Feb 19, 2016
A dialogue, discussion and book launch hosted by Simon Fraser University Woodward's on Thursday, March 3 from 7-9 PM.

Four Highlights from Tyee's Evening with Andrew Nikiforuk
The Tyee - Feb 8, 2016
Andrew Nikiforuk surveyed the latest energy battleground for a packed Vancouver theatre.

The Life-Saving Movement to Reclaim Indigenous Language
The Tyee - Feb 4, 2016
Kwi Awt Stelmexw and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement host a panel featuring Indigenous language activists sharing stories of language learning and community building.

2015

Vancouver has an inequality problem
The Peak - Nov 9, 2015
SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Vancouver City Planning Commission hosted a panel discussion on the issue of “Social Inequality in the City.”

CTRL ALT DEL: Vancouver Talks Disrupting With Passion
BetaKit - Oct 27, 2015
How are you disrupting the status quo? That’s what the CTRL ALT DEL event at SFU Woodward’s in downtown Vancouver last Thursday was all about: discovering how Vancouver’s top tech entrepreneurs are changing their world.

What Makes an Engaged University?
The Tyee - Oct 19, 2015
To SFU 'engagement' chief Am Johal, it starts with getting neighbourly.

Best of Vancouver 2015: Best impresario of community engagement - Am Johal
The Georgia Straight - Sep 30, 2015
The Director of SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Am Johal, has been named the "best impresario of community engagement" as a part of the Georgia Straight's "Best of Vancouver 2015" list. 

Vancouver heritage conservation plan up for debate
CBC News - Mar 05, 2015
Vancouver's plan to update its heritage conservation program is prompting dialogue on architectural innovation and what should be considered a heritage building hosted by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver Society.

At Four Sisters co-op, an affordable housing dream realized
The Tyee - Feb 23, 2015
A reflection on the legacy of the late Jim Green, former Vancouver councillor and an advocate for the city’s Downtown Eastside, who led the development of many housing projects.

2014

Former senior U.S official Barnett Rubin will speak at SFU Woodward’s on future of Afghanistan
The Georgia Straight - Nov 19, 2014
An introduction of Barnett Rubin, who spoke at the GCA on November 19 acknowledging that Afghanistan is marred by ethnic conflicts, corruption, and poverty.

2013

SFU Vancouver Speaker Series: A lecture by Dr. Gwynne Dyer
Vancouver Observer - Nov 18, 2013
Drawing on interviews with scientists, policy-makers and military strategists in a dozen different countries, Dr. Gwynne Dyer explores the grave geopolitical implications of large-scale (and probably rapid) climate change.

Renee Sarojini Saklikar draws large crowd to SFU Woodward’s for launch of new book of poems
The Georgia Straight - Nov 14, 2013
On November 13, 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's, Saklikar characterized the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 as "such an interrupted story".

Experts renew calls to solve foreign investment housing affordability puzzle
Metro News - Mar 17, 2013
Is Vancouver’s housing the second least affordable in the world because of foreign investment? This is one of the questions that will be discussed at a sold out forum organized by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement featuring panelists Andy Yan, Tsur Somerville and Sandy Garrosino.

2012

Kids in need can thrive in Limelight
The Vancouver Sun - Jan 30, 2012
Sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver latched onto the arts as a way to express themselves at a very young age. This experience motivated them to give back to the area with Project Limelight, a free arts program dedicated to children in the area that will offer four-month semesters of after-school workshops in acting, dancing, music, creative writing and more.