Vera LeFranc is the COO for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal and Business Studies.


Alumni Feature: Meet Vera LeFranc

June 28, 2021

SFU Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts - Major in Liberal and Business Studies, 2007

I graduated from SFU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal and business studies. Since 2019, I have been COO for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver where we operate homeless shelters and housing and services for women and children across the region, including five locations in Surrey. I have lived in Surrey since 1996, and it has been an absolute gift to watch our city grow. In 2018 I was elected to Surrey City Council and I’m especially proud of the emergence of the university district, and the youthful, diverse and innovative vibe that is growing at the heart of our City. Surrey is a place where I was able to really put my education and skills to work, where I was able to contribute to the direction of the City, and to work with my colleagues at SFU to encourage inclusion, social justice and equity.

What drew you to your area of study?

I loved the idea of gaining pragmatic business skills, while also having an opportunity to build a strong foundation of knowledge across disciplines.

What is your favourite memory of your time at SFU?

The people. Whether it was the cohort, many of whom I am attached to still, or some of our professors who I have built amazing long term collegial relationships with. I'm made much better by having them in my life.

What is your personal takeaway from your time at SFU?

Education is what you make of it, and it is not what happens during your degree, but how you apply it after.

What advice do you have for SFU students going through their degree?

Stay curious. Take courses that stretch your knowledge and beliefs. Give back. Get involved with your academic community.

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