SURREY, BC, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - A $750,000 donation from TD Bank Group
has moved Simon Fraser University one big step closer to its goal of
being Canada's most community-engaged research university.
The donation will establish a community engagement centre in the heart
of Surrey from which SFU will deliver a wide range of community
Located in the new Surrey City Centre Library, the SFU Surrey - TD
Community Engagement Centre will foster stronger links between the
university and Surrey's diverse and growing population. Its mandate is
to inspire and positively influence new Canadians to pursue
post-secondary education while providing opportunities for SFU
students, staff and faculty to connect with and have an impact upon the
The centre will offer a range of courses, workshops and learning
experiences to enable faculty and students to work with local partners
to strengthen the community's economy and social fabric. It will be
home to SFU's Friends of Simon, a program that pairs student tutors
with immigrant and refugee children in after-school settings, as well
as financial literacy workshops and outreach programs on topics ranging
from digital media to world literature.
"We are proud to open this new centre in Surrey, one of the fastest
growing metropolitan areas in Canada," says Frank McKenna, Deputy
Chair, TD Bank Group. "At TD, it's important to us to give back to
organizations that make a difference in the communities where our
employees live and work. When the team at SFU came to TD with the idea
to create a community engagement centre, it was an opportunity to
support teaching, research and outreach in a way that strengthens ties
between the university and the community that surrounds and sustains
Adds SFU President Andrew Petter: "The SFU Surrey - TD Community
Engagement Centre reflects SFU's new vision as 'The Engaged
University,' and will enable the university to strengthen its
connections with Surrey's ethnically diverse and growing population.
The centre will connect children, adults and local organizations with
SFU students, faculty and staff in meaningful ways that will enhance
the quality of life for residents of the community."
TD Community Giving
TD Bank Group invests in communities to make a positive impact where it
does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and
work. In 2012, TD Bank Group donated over $65 million to support
community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy,
Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more
information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.
About Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university
and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old.
With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU recently
adopted a new Strategic Vision "to be the leading engaged university
defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education,
cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. "
SOURCE: TD Bank Group
For further information:
Simon Fraser University
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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca