SIMON Fraser University will celebrate its 6th annual Diwali event at a gala at Surrey’s Crown Palace Banquet Hall on Thursday, October 24.
More than 300 business and community leaders, along with SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni are expected to attend the event, celebrated in India as the festival of lights.
The evening, featuring South Asian performances and cuisine, includes a reception (5:30 p.m.) and dinner (7 p.m.).
SFU President Andrew Petter, the evening’s host, says the event continues to be one of the many ways in which the university celebrates Indian culture and connects with the South Asian community.
The event will feature entertainment by Shiamak Davar International as well as an array of speakers. SFU graduate student and filmmaker Tom Delamere will showcase his latest video project on the highly successful Indian Summer Festival, which began as an SFU initiative.
“Diwali is a perfect opportunity to celebrate diversity, and our support for this traditional festival of lights is one of the ways we hope to keep enriching the communities in which we live and work,” says Steven Mo, District Vice President, TD Business Banking, the event’s title sponsor. “We’re delighted to once again be a part of SFU’s Diwali, an annual event that we believe, not only respects and supports cultural differences, but fosters a true spirit of inclusiveness in this community.”
Funds raised from the event go toward SFU student scholarships to support opportunities for students to work, study and volunteer in the cities and villages of India, through the university’s mobility initiative.
Joanne Curry, SFU’s associate V-P of external relations, says the cultural and business-networking event, supported by the SFU-India Advisory Council, provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about SFU’s India initiatives, including the university’s India Strategy, and meet council members as well as students who are current and former recipients of the India mobility initiative funding.