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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.

Rethinking Philanthropy: Building a Just Society

THURS, NOV 14 | 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Room 1200, Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6

Is it time for a new model of philanthropy to meet our rapidly changing world with increasingly complex problems? Do we need new ways to understand what makes a philanthropist, how they give and why?

To celebrate National Philanthropy Day, Simon Fraser University is assembling social change leaders and current and future philanthropists for a conversation moderated by CBC’s Gloria Macarenko about how philanthropy can evolve (or if it has to) to tackle society’s most pressing challenges.

At Rethinking Philanthropy you will hear stories of donors and organizations making an impact; stories of lived experience, of struggles and successes; and stories of results –– of how this kind of philanthropy has led to real social change. 

Volunteers for this event will provide general support as needed including set-up and take-down. 

President’s Faculty Lecture Series

TUES, NOV 26 | 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings Street 

New Digital Approaches to Mathematics Learning with Dr. Nathalie Sinclair

This lecture is part of the President’s Faculty Lecture Series. 

Join Dr. Sinclair as she discusses her design of touchscreen technologies that extend the mathematical reach of learners. This work draws on diverse bodies of knowledge ranging from neuroscience on the neurofunctional between finger and number processing, to materialist and feminist philosophies refusing mind-body dualisms that undermines the role of fingers, hands and their gestures in thinking. These insights help us imagine new storylines about mathematical learning that break with the all-too-common trajectory leading from confident and curious children to mathematically anxious, benumbed and disempowered adults. 

Volunteers will provide general support for the duration of the event. 

Meet our Volunteers


"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."


"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."


"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!"


"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!"



"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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