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Deborah Williams

Langara Alum | Playwright, Director, Actor

Deborah is a graduate of Studio 58, Theatre Arts program and an award-winning writer, actress, director, and theatrical event organizer. She has worked on numerous productions over the last three decades, including Lowest Common Denominator, After Jerusalem, Clybourne Park, Importance of Being Earnest, MatchMaker, 5@50, Becky’s New Car, Hir, and many more. She also curates, hosts and produces The Flame, a sold out monthly storytelling series she co-founded 11 years ago. She facilitates storytelling intensives to empower participants of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to craft and share their own true stories. Deborah is probably best known for her award-winning play Mom’s the Word. The story surrounding the joys and challenges of motherhood resonated so strongly with audiences that it not only toured Canada four times but has also broken box office records around the world in 14 languages and 19 countries. Mom’s the Word received the 1995 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical. The show also birthed two sequels that have toured across Canada: Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged, and Mom’s the Word 3: Nest ½ Empty. Deborah has been nominated for ten Jessie awards and won three.

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Every year exceptional Langarans are recognized through the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Past winners include comedian Colin Mochrie, former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, and broadcast journalist Simi Sara.

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  • Gavin Jones

    Gavin Jones

    Langara Alum | Social Advocate & Business Leader

    Gavin is the Director of Operations at EMBERS, the Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society. He graduated from Langara College with a BBA in Business Management in 2017 and took on his role at EMBERS in 2018. EMBERS is a Vancouver-based charity and the only not-for-profit temporary staffing agency in Canada. Their mission is to create economic and employment opportunities for people living on low incomes. Through his work, Gavin helps thousands of people facing barriers to work by offering economic and employment opportunities including job placements, training, and support. Gavin is also on the Advisory Committee of the Company of Young Professionals for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

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  • Glen Coulthard

    Glen Coulthard

    Langara Alum | Academic Writer

    Glen is an Associate Professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies and Political Science departments at the University of British Columbia. He has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Victoria and is an accomplished writer in Indigenous and contemporary political theory. His book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition has won multiple awards, including the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book, the Canadian Political Science Association’s CB Macpherson Award for Best Book in Political Theory, and the Rik Davidson Studies in Political Economy Award for Best Book. Glen is also a co-founder of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, a decolonial, Indigenous land-based post-secondary program operating on his traditional territories in Denendeh (Northwest Territories).

  • Valerie Dunsterville

    Valerie Dunsterville

    Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

    An “original Langaran,” who was part of the 1970 trek from Vancouver Community College’s old King Edward Campus, Valerie was the Dean of Student and Education Support Services for Langara College and had previously been the Registrar for the VCC Langara campus. Her impact on the College has been immeasurable. As the Registrar, she set up Langara’s student records systems and processes, many of which are still in use today. As Dean, she was responsible for all student and educational support services on campus which included the Library, Bookstore, the Registrar’s Office, Counselling, Health Services, Athletics, Daycare, Food Services, Disability Services, and First Nations Services. She was also a passionate champion for Langara outside of her work. In 1999, Valerie was awarded the Order of the Falcon for her support of the Langara Athletics department. She continues to support student success through her endowed award with the Langara College Foundation.

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