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Barrie Brill

Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

49 Facts — NO. 37

In the 1980s, VCC Langara offered its first international field schools to Latin America and Europe. Langara students now have access to field schools in London, Europe, Japan, Korea and China.

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  • Patricia Woods

    Patricia Woods

    Current Employee | Nurse Educator

    Patricia has been teaching nursing for over 20 years with strong focus on health equity, advocacy, and nursing globalism. She was formerly the Assistant Chair of the Langara Nursing department. Patricia was part of the initiative that created the first-ever Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management for international nurses in Western Canada. She was also the Coordinator of the Continuing Studies Health Care Assistant program, which was the first educational partnership between Musqueam First Nation and Langara College. The program prepared Indigenous students to provide elder care in their community and to pursue a career in health care. Additionally, Patricia led Langara’s smoke-free campus initiative as Co-Chair of the Smoke-free Committee. She has received many awards including Langara’s Leadership Excellence Award in 2014; the Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (non-tenured) in 2015 from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing; and the Nursing Advocacy Award from the Association of Registered Nurses of BC in 2015. As the epitome of a lifelong learner, Patricia is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing at the University of Victoria.

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  • Gail Sparrow

    Gail Sparrow

    Langara Alum | Indigenous Leader

    Gail Sparrow is a former Chief of the Musqueam First Nation. An alumna of Langara, she returned to the College as an Elder-in-Residence, helping to provide a supportive environment for Indigenous students. She played a key role in strengthening the connection between the Musqueam and the College, educating the Langara community on the history, culture, and teachings of the Musqueam and the land on which the College is located. Gail was also instrumental in Langara receiving its Musqueam name, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, which means house of teachings. Outside of Langara, she has been a passionate community advocate as a Native Employment Specialist with Canada Employment and Immigration Centre, Project Manager with Tribal America Consulting Los Angeles California, Community Development Director with the Musqueam Indian Band, Owner with LIFT Computer Institute, and as the President and Owner of Native Personnel Services.

  • Brian McGibney

    Brian McGibney

    Retired Employee | Fine Arts Champion

    Brian was a Fine Arts institution at Langara. Over his 35-year career, he worked as a workshop coordinator, instructional assistant, and instructor. He guided an entire generation of students on how to use the equipment in the workshop safely and effectively, helping them to gain the confidence and skills they needed to achieve their artistic vision. An active supporter of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), he worked tirelessly as a shop steward to advocate for his members. Outside of Langara, Brian is a talented keyboardist, singer, and sailor. He and his partner Jo have three grown children. His son James is a graduate of Langara’s Criminal Justice program.

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