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Mary Kemmis

Langara Alum | Community Publisher

Mary is the President of Prairie Division of Black Press Media. A champion for community journalism, she started her career as a reporter in her hometown paper, The Smithers Interior News, and then the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. She then moved into newspaper sales and sales management, and spent several years in radio in Alberta and BC. An advocate for women in media, she has mentored many women to achieve leadership positions. She believes that community leaders have a responsibility to drive positive change in their communities. Over the course of her career, Mary has served on many volunteer and organizing boards, including the Red Deer Health Foundation; Volunteer Richmond; Tourism Richmond; the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association; and Banff Canada Day and First Night boards. She is a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship and Inspirational Women of Richmond Award.

49 Facts — NO. 29

Every year students in the College’s Design Formation program create a fashion exhibition of couture dresses – constructed entirely from paper.

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  • Deborah Williams

    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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  • 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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  • Judy Boxler

    Judy Boxler

    Retired Employee | Problem Solver

    Judy is the founder and developer of the Langara Computer Technology Diploma program. She was the original computer science coordinator in Langara’s Math, Statistics and Computer Science department, and became the first Department Chair of the Computer Science when it became its own independent department. She also served in various academic leadership capacities, including Division Chair of Math and Sciences and as a member of the Langara Faculty Association Board for several years. Outside of Langara, she has volunteered with agencies such as the BC Cancer Agency, One to One Literacy, and St. John Hospice at UBC. Judy now lives on Pender Island where she volunteers as Duty Officer in the emergency program, serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Pender Post, and serves as Librarian on the Board of Directors of the Pender Island Choir.

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