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Haisla Collins

Langara Alum | Indigenous Arts Advocate

Haisla is an artist, musician, teacher, and community leader. She is an Indigenous expressionist artist working out of Raven’s Eye Studio. She also serves as the Community Leader for Indigenous Women Artists, a collective that brings together female Indigenous artists for collaborative works, art shows, workshops, and community projects. This year, the collective won the Creative City Strategy Grant from the City of Vancouver to do a residency at the Roundhouse Community Centre and had shows at Gallery Gachet and Britannia Library Art Gallery. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, spent six years training with performance coach and renowned jazz singer Ron Small, and for the last 13 years has been the lead singer and harmonica player for the blues and roots band “Haisla with Nasty, Brutish and Short”. A champion of the community and the arts, Haisla has been a Project Manager at The Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts, Coordinator of the Aboriginal Artisan Program at Carnegie Community Centre, and Director of Raven’s Eye Mentorship Program. She is best known for her work on mural Spirits of the Realms and Through the Eye of the Raven and this year she won the City of Vancouver Indigenous mural contest to produce Sisters, Daughters, Clan Mothers – Honouring Indigenous Women which will be displayed at the central Vancouver Public Library in fall 2019.

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In 2011, Langara Fine Arts alumnae Rebecca Brewer, renowned for her work in bridge figuration and abstraction, won the prestigious national RBC Canadian Painting competition.

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    David Turpin

    Langara Alum | Academic Leader & Scientist

    Dr. David Turpin is the 13th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Alberta. One of Canada’s most admired and respected post-secondary leaders, he has held several leadership roles including President of the University of Victoria, Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, and head of the Department of Botany at the University of British Columbia. He is past Chair of the World University Service of Canada, Vice-Chair of the U15 Executive Heads, and serves as a Member of both the Universities Canada Board of Directors and Research Advisory Committee. A distinguished scholar and highly cited researcher in plant biochemistry and physiology, he has earned many honours and distinctions for his research, teaching, and service. He is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, as well as a recipient of the Steacie Memorial Fellowship (1989), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal (2002), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal (2012).

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  • Kathryn Shaw

    Kathryn Shaw

    Current Employee | Artistic Director

    Kathryn has been the Artistic Director of Langara’s theatre arts program Studio 58 since 1985, a program she first joined as an instructor in 1974. For over 40 years, she has directed productions and taught acting across Canada. Under her leadership, Studio 58 has achieved a national reputation as one of the top professional theatre training programs in Canada. In 2010, Kathryn was listed by The Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s 100 Most Influential Women. The same year she received the Career Achievement Award from the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and the ACCC Bronze Medal for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Kathryn was elected into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and received a star on the sidewalk in front of the Vogue Theatre on Granville Street. She was the recipient of the 1996 Sam Payne Award given by UBCP/ACTRA in recognition of “humanity, integrity, and the encouragement of new talent.” Kathryn has served as the Festival Adjudicator for Theatre BC’s Mainstage on three occasions and has also adjudicated many zone festivals. She has been nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards for her directing work and has received two for Direction and Best Production.

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    VOLT Volunteer Program Founders

    Langara Alumni & Current Employee | Volunteer Advocates

    Jade Arignon, Warren Springer, and Clayton Munro are the trio behind the creation of Langara’s remarkable VOLT Student Volunteer program. Started while Jade and Warren were still students at Langara and championed by Clayton, the Dean of Student Services, VOLT’s mandate was to create community engagement, social awareness, and student development through volunteerism. Proud VOLT volunteers are now a fixture at every Langara event, welcoming and helping fellow students onto campus; creating change by leading Langara neighbourhood clean ups; and supporting dozens of off-campus organizations, including the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the Metro Vancouver Parks. Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the program has grown by leaps and bounds to include over 3,000 student volunteers, generate more than 73,000 volunteer hours, and engage an entire generation of students to learn new skills, gain experience, and give back to the community.

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