Skip to main content

Silvia, Christine, Lindsay, Martyna

SFU Students
Health Sciences

empty
Two girls holding custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case
FHS is committed to addressing health disparities both in Canada and globally... We believe there should be a seamless relationship between research, education and engagement in addressing the major health challenges in the world today

This story was initially published as a media release by SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations: SFU Open House: Health sciences engagement improves lives on May 17, 2012.


Lindsay Belvedere, Christine Lukac, Martyna Purchla, Anam Hameed and Cici Chenliu, whose studies span five disciplines, unveil at 2012 SFU Open House a custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case as well as sharing stories about their co-op experiences in India.

Designed by the student team and sewn by female survivors of human trafficking in Kolkata, India, the students will sell their products locally and eventually North America-wide to raise funds for Destiny Reflection

The Kolkata-based non-profit organization has helped about 20 girls and women in India, such as the sewers of SFU-conceived products, escape sale into the sex-trade industry by earning a living as sewers in the textile industry.

“We will give the funds from the bag sales to Destiny Reflection to help the organization economically empower more female survivors of human trafficking by training and hiring them as sewers,” explains Belvedere. Deeply moved by her exposure to the women’s plight in a course taught by Tucker, Belvedere engaged in co-op work at Destiny Reflection, where Tucker was simultaneously working as a volunteer.

“Human trafficking is a global problem, not just confined to India ... In Kolkata alone, there are more than 60,000 sex workers, the majority of whom have been trafficked.” - Lindsay Belvedere

The evolution of Belvedere's and her fellow student partners’ development of BAGS mirrors SFU’s commitment to being Canada’s most community-engaged research university and the FHS’s credo.

“FHS is committed to addressing health disparities both in Canada and globally. We believe there should be a seamless relationship between research, education and engagement in addressing the major health challenges in the world today.” - John O’Neil, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

Three other FHS presentations at open house will engage visitors in an experiment, a discussion and a debate.  The presentations will exemplify how research, education and community engagement at FHS are intersecting to unravel the genetic to social causes of health disparities globally.

Beyond the Blog

About the Author

Silvia, Christine, Lindsay, Martyna

SFU Students
Health Sciences

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Career Exploration, Seeking, Work Term Extension

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

picture of glichelle pondering a though
Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

person with their head in a book
Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

Two girls holding custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case
library_books
Blog
Health Sciences Engagement Improves Lives
Co-op Reflections, Culture, International, Life Experience, Professional Development, Intercultural Communication

After their four incredible months in India, the girls are finally back. This Co-Op inspired them so much so that they have decided to take the initiative to start their own fun-raiser for Destiny Reflection. Read on to find out what they have been doing since they got back and how the experience has changed them. 

Two girls holding custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case
library_books
Blog
Health Sciences Engagement Improves Lives
Co-op Reflections, Culture, International, Life Experience, Professional Development, Intercultural Communication

After their four incredible months in India, the girls are finally back. This Co-Op inspired them so much so that they have decided to take the initiative to start their own fun-raiser for Destiny Reflection. Read on to find out what they have been doing since they got back and how the experience has changed them. 

Two girls holding custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case
library_books
Blog
Health Sciences Engagement Improves Lives
Co-op Reflections, Culture, International, Life Experience, Professional Development, Intercultural Communication

After their four incredible months in India, the girls are finally back. This Co-Op inspired them so much so that they have decided to take the initiative to start their own fun-raiser for Destiny Reflection. Read on to find out what they have been doing since they got back and how the experience has changed them. 

Two girls holding custom-made SFU book bag and pencil case
library_books
Blog
Health Sciences Engagement Improves Lives
Co-op Reflections, Culture, International, Life Experience, Professional Development, Intercultural Communication

After their four incredible months in India, the girls are finally back. This Co-Op inspired them so much so that they have decided to take the initiative to start their own fun-raiser for Destiny Reflection. Read on to find out what they have been doing since they got back and how the experience has changed them. 

You Might Like These... Career Exploration

a CRA directory
Learning on the Job

Leo Ng is a fifth-year BBA candidate in the SFU Beedie co-op program who worked for Canada Revenue Agency for 8 months. In this article of his three-part series, he shares his experience learning on the job.

Advisor helping student
From Advising in Person to Advising at Home – My First Co-op Work Term

JenJen was not quite expecting to be advising fellow SFU students as a Student Academic Advisor from the comfort of her home as her very first co-op experience. Read on to learn more on how she found her stride in getting used to a new work environment as a new co-op student in unusual circumstances.

Smantha Garcia on the SFU track smiling
Samantha Garcia: A Co-op Student's Success Story

Samantha Garcia graduated this past June with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, with a Co-op designation for her four Co-op work terms. Read all about her experiences here!