Simon Fraser University hosted its 10th annual Diwali Gala at Surrey’s Aria Banquet Hall on Oct. 17. The event is held annually to celebrate the festival of Diwali along with the University’s initiatives in India and engagement with B.C.’s South Asian diaspora.
This year’s event, marking a decade of celebrations, drew one of its largest gatherings—more than 350 business and community leaders joined SFU students, faculty, staff and alumni at this year’s event, which opened with a street-fair style reception and featured South Asian cuisine and performances by the Mohamed Assani Trio and Shiamak Dance Team of Vancouver.
In his welcoming address SFU President Andrew Petter told the gathering that over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $180,000 to support SFU’s India Student Mobility Award fund, helping more than 140 SFU students travel between B.C. and India.
Petter also thanked past and present members of the SFU-India Advisory Council for “donating their time and energy” to provide guidance to SFU on its India Strategy. The council was established a decade ago and has been integral to the University’s success in engaging with India, and in furthering relationships within B.C.’s South Asian community.