Endowments support the quality and quantity of SFU Gerontology Research Centre activities and are possible through the generosity of the community. The impact of this support reaches thousands of people locally, nationally and internationally.

BC Real Estate Foundation Fund

The BC Real Estate Foundation endowment supports research, teaching and outreach activities in the area of environment and aging with a focus on British Columbian older adults. The fund supports a resident post-doctoral position; the Seniors Housing Update (SHUP) newsletter; an active research program in housing and related themes, such as homelessness among seniors; and local conferences and other dissemination activities.

Three-Year Report

John K. Friesen Lecture Series

John Friesen was one of Canada’s leading contributors to the field of adult education. In his more than forty year career, Dr. Friesen served in university extension work in Canada and overseas and was involved in enhancing the lives of older adults in many different ways - from community arts to credit unions. For his leadership role in adult education, Simon Fraser University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1985. The series is designed to meet the continuing education needs of agencies and individuals responsible for planning, administering and providing services to the elderly. The Friesen Lecture Series embraces two of John Friesen’s lifetime interests – the education of adults and the special needs of an aging population. Additional information about past and future conferences can be found on the GRC web site (

Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture Fund

This endowment fund was established in 2002 with an initial contribution by the university and donations from family and colleagues from across Canada. It supports an annual lecture by a distinguished speaker in honour of Dr. Gee who for many years was chair of the GRC's Steering Committee.

Barbara Guttmann-Gee Lectureship

The Barbara Guttmann-Gee Lectureship Endowment was established in 1996 by a generous gift from Barbara Guttmann-Gee, an alumna of Simon Fraser University, receiving a Masters Degree at the age of 81 from SFU's Women's Studies Program. The endowment is used to support sessional lecturers and for research and development.

GRC Endowment Fund

Interest from this fund supports the core operating budget of the GRC.

SFU/BCIT Tong Louie Living Laboratory Endowment Fund

The Lab’s mission is to conduct and promote research in the area of person-environment fit and foster the development and testing of enabling technology and housing designs to enhance and enable independent living and quality of life for elderly and disabled people.

Five-Year Report

Fred Silber Lecture in Gerontology

As a permanent tribute to their father, Mr. Fred Silber, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, the Silber family established an endowment fund bearing the name “The Fred Silber Lectureship in Gerontology”, which is to be used to underwrite annually, in full or in part, one or more courses in SFU’s Diploma Program of Gerontology.

Squibb Canada Lectureship

Funds are used to bring one or more Distinguished Visitors for a short period of time.

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You can make a contribution to any of our existing initiatives by clicking on the button below and searching for your fund of choice. In addition to supporting the work of the GRC and our other initiatives, your donation is considered a charitable gift for which you will receive an tax receipt.


There are many different ways that you can support the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University. Get in touch with us directly to talk about how you can make your own personalized contribution.

Nicoleta Radoi
Director of Advancement
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 
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