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. 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.
In-Office Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for some valuable volunteer experience in event planning, communications, admin, design or volunteer management? Interested in volunteering at the SFU Public Square office? We always recruit in-office volunteers on a rolling basis.
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Event Volunteer Opportunities
June 26, 2018 | Shift: 5:00 - 9:00pm
Labs for Social Change: Stories of Impact for the 'Lab Curious'
Canada is home to what might be the most diverse social innovation lab ecosystem in the world. Social innovation lab practitioners are working tirelessly across a wide range of intractable issues that are important to Canadians - including reconciliation, sustainable energy transitions, poverty reduction and civic participation. With the increasing popularity of labs in recent years - and their proliferation at universities, within governments and in communities across the country - the time has come to showcase and share this work!
June 27, 2018 | Shift: 5:00 - 9:30pm
Milton K. Wong Lecture: It's a Brown New World. Now What?
This decade has brought us a global refugee crisis and a return to authoritarianism on scales not seen since the Second World War. Whether in Europe or North America, Asia or Australia, much of our political and economic discourse and/or subtext is dominated by a seemingly sudden awareness of skin colours, ethnic identities and religious affiliations.
Kamal Al-Solaylee is a journalist, university professor and national bestselling author. In his upcoming Milton K Wong Multiculturalism Lecture he makes a case for understanding the intersections of race and politics through the lens of brown skin and the emergence of brownness as a distinct racialised experience and demographic game changer.
Meet our Volunteers
KAREN DAR WOON
"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."
"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."
"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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