Best of 2009: Community

New UniverCity elementary school takes shape
UniverCity, SFU’s Burnaby campus mountaintop community, began construction in April on an elementary school in the university’s old East Annex building opposite the Hub residential complex. The school will have space for 40 kindergarten and 275 elementary students when it opens in September 2010.

Raising awareness of the Chinese head tax
The university’s Learning and Instructional Development Centre began work on a comprehensive and interactive education program, tentatively entitled Reconciliation Day, for B.C. high school students. The project will examine the impact of the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants and highlight the Chinese-Canadian community’s contributions to building Canada.

Honouring a university icon
Retired biology professor Thelma Finlayson just keeps on going and going and going. The university’s grande dame, who celebrated her 95th birthday in 2009, still counsels SFU students twice a week some 30 years after retirement. Adding to her many accolades, Finlayson was chosen in 2009 to receive SFU’s Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award.

Pipe band drums up sixth world title
The SFU Pipe Band won its sixth title—and its second straight—at the World Pipe Band Championships in August. The victory on Glasgow Green in Scotland capped a winning summer for the band and its “farm team”, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band.


Employees, students give big to those in need
As always, SFU staff, faculty members and students gave generously of their time and money in 2009 to support those in need, both at home and abroad. They ran across deserts, shaved their heads, jumped into freezing ponds, dug deep in their pockets and engaged in all manner of pursuits in aid of cancer research, student bursaries, the United Way and numerous other causes.