Fundraising & Updates

Silent Auction and Storytelling Event Announced!

On October 3, 2013, the friends and family of Lenami Godinez-Avila are hosting a silent auction benefiting a memorial fund set up in her name at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

The endowment fund supporting a bursary established in Lenami’s name gives a student in financial need at SFU the chance to explore their education and discover their passions. Your support will help fulfil that dream each year.

Like many international students, Lenami and her family sacrificed a lot for her opportunity to study abroad. She worked and studied tirelessly at SFU to complete her degree expediently. However, it was only after graduation that she found her passion for sustainability and waste management. Lenami dreamed of, one day, creating a bursary fund to help students like her discover their passions during their studies and to launch their careers sooner and strengthen their communities.

Through our silent auction, we hope to raise funds to ensure an annual bursary can be awarded which could cover the costs of at least one course, associated books and some living expenses. We are reaching out to companies and organizations willing to honour Lenami’s memory by giving a young deserving student the opportunity to continue her studies. We are currently requesting:

a) Donations of products and services for auction, b) Donations or sponsorship of food or beverages during the event, c) Sponsorship to help cover venue costs, d) Sponsorship for incidental costs (print materials, etc.), and e) In-kind support in promoting the event.

Further details about the event, including ticket information, auction items, and our generous donors and sponsors will be posted here in the coming weeks. If your company or organization is willing to join us and our supporters with this Silent Auction please email: