SFU's Office of Community Engagement fosters engagement for co-operative community relationships, partnerships, projects and initiatives for the purpose of making a positive difference in communities. We seek to find ways to make meaningful, transformative and lasting impacts in our communities.
The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), with the support of the Department of National Defence and partnership from SFU, is hosting a Youth as Peacebuilders Forum as part of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on November 14-15, 2017.
The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will elevate Canadian youth perspective on peacebuilding as well as review and validate the global progress study on the contribution of youth to peacebuilding. The Progress Study is mandated through UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security, the first resolution to recognize youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The resolution highlights five pillars for action: Participation, Protection, Prevention, Partnership and Disengagement and Reintegration. The Youth as Peacebuilders Forum will explore these pillars and will culminate in a final report to be submitted to the Prime Minister, the Minister of National Defence and UN Secretariat.
The SFU Student Community Engagement Competition (SCEC) started in 2014 as a collaborative initiative involving Blackwood Partners Management Corp., Central City, the City of Surrey and Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus. Now in its fourth year, the competition is excited to offer an even wider array of awards designed to encourage innovative community-student engagement for positive social impact in both Surrey and Burnaby communities.
The Burnaby Festival of Learning is co-presented between SFU and the City of Burnaby, the Festival focuses on providing low-barrier opportunities for our connected communities. All events are free and engaging audiences including children, families, youth, and seniors. It provides a platform to showcase the many opportunities for learning and community engagement that are available in Burnaby. Through this, the Festival hopes to inspire the Burnaby community to explore and discover through learning.