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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.

49 Facts — NO. 1

On October 13, 1970, a crowd of staff, students, and VIPs made the “great trek” from the King Edward Education Centre to herald the opening of the new VCC Langara campus, including a motorcade of 150 cars.

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  • Lynn Carter

    Lynn Carter

    Retired Employee | Faculty Leader & Social Advocate

    Lynn was a Social Services instructor at Langara for 35 years. While at Langara, Lynn served as Department Chair, was Langara’s first Education Council Chair, and the President of the Langara Faculty Association from 2007 until her retirement in 2018. Her influence on the College can still be felt in the policies and processes she helped to guide and develop, including her work to bring the University of Northern British Columbia Bachelor of Social Work program to the Langara campus. An advocate for children and families she was a leader within the social services community through her work with various government organizations and commissions, including the Ministry of Children and Families, the Gove of Inquiry into Child Protection Commission, the Board of Registration for Social Workers, Open Learning Agency, and Family Services of Vancouver. A passionate volunteer, Lynn has chaired BC Benefit Tribunals; as a Chairperson for Vocation, Rehabilitation, and Disabled Persons Appeals; and as a member of the Panel Roster of the Complaints Division, of the Children’s Commission. In addition, she served as Chair of the Board of the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society. She currently serves on the Board as Vice Chair of the RainCity Housing and Support Society.

  • Gordon Hoekstra

    Gordon Hoekstra

    Langara Alum | Investigative Journalist

    Gordon is a reporter at The Vancouver Sun. He graduated from the Journalism program at Langara College in 1992. He worked at the Prince George Citizen for 19 years before joining The Sun. His investigations have delved into everything from workplace deaths and air pollution to securities fraud and money laundering. He has won seven Jack Webster awards. In 2009, he won the McGillivray Award for Investigative Journalism by the Canadian Association of Journalists. In 2007, he won a National Newspaper Award, and was a finalist for the same award on four other occasions. Gordon won the Michener Award for Public Service Journalism in 2006 and was a finalist in 2012 and 2017.

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  • Audrey Tolhurst

    Audrey Tolhurst

    Retired Employee | Nurse Educator

    Audrey began her career as a Nurse Instructor in the Langara Nursing department in 1972. Audrey graduated from the Montreal General Nursing program in 1966. She earned a Bachelor of Nursing in 1971 from McGill University, and a Masters of Education, Higher Education in 1995 from UBC. She was present for the first graduating cohort of the Nursing program, and later, was involved in the College offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Throughout her 35 years at Langara, she was responsible for many innovative curriculum changes and served as Curriculum Coordinator, Department Chair, and dedicated Instructor. She was also involved in Langara Nursing’s partnership with the University of Victoria. Audrey was an ambassador for the Nursing department on multiple provincial committees, and has served on several school committees. She was highly respected by faculty, many of whom she mentored, and was known as a nurturing, caring, and passionate instructor. Audrey’s incredible influence has touched hundreds of instructors and thousands of nurses.

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