Gandhi Jayanti

Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution towards bringing peace and non-violence to this world is unparalleled.  His teachings must be promoted to resolve current conflicts, avoid violence, find peaceful solutions and to make our world a better place to live.

To keep the spirit of Gandhi’s teachings alive, the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, The Thakore Charitable Foundation, and The JS Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities at Simon Fraser University will join hands in celebrating Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd and of this year to foster the principles of truth, justice, human rights and non-violence.

The recipient of the 25th annual presentation of The Thakore Visiting Scholar Award will be to Judy Graves for her dedicated work as a tireless advocate for Vancouver’s homeless and educator on the need for ending homelessness.

The celebration will be in the form of two events:

1) The Garlanding Ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi located in the Peace Square on the Burnaby campus (south side level 3 of the Academic Quadrangle) from 6:45pm – 7:30pm.

We welcome all those interested to attend.  This event is free and open to the public.  A small reception will be held after the garlanding ceremony in the James Douglas room at SFU.

*Important Information: If you are planning on garlanding the Gandhi statue, please bring your own garland or flowers to pay your respects.   If you wish to have your name called out for garlanding you must register below:

Parking details (see map link below): Guests can park for free under the Convocation Mall covered parkade.

Map of SFU and the Peace Square

2) We are presenting the annual Gandhi Student Peace Award and the 25th annual Thakore Visiting Scholar Award at the Gandhi Commemorative Lecture on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Vancouver:

  • 7:00 pm- Introductions and Gandhi Peace Award Presentation (1420-1430 Segal Centre)
  • 7:30 pm- Thakore Visiting Scholar Award recipient Judy Graves

We welcome all those interested to attend. This event is free and open to the public, but since space is limited we require registration for this event.  Registration is available on SFU’s event registration site by clicking on the following link:

Map of SFU Downtown Campus
Directions for Sky Train and Parking