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Stephanie Ovsenek

Langara Alum | Nutrition Management Leader

Stephanie is currently the BC Representative of the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management and a past President of the Pacific Society of Nutrition Management. She completed the Nutrition & Food Service Management program at Langara as a single mother. Between summer semesters, Stephanie gained valuable experience and insight as a Sales Representative for Charles Masson Inc. allowing her to better understand the needs of food service providers across the healthcare sector. The dedication she showed during her practicum at Vancouver General Hospital led to a supervisor position upon graduation, where she managed a team of twenty people.

In 2003, Stephanie was recruited by Ray Cam Community Centre, who received a grant from the Vancouver Foundation to create the Families in Action program for multi-barrier lower east side residents. The objective was three-fold; training community members in food service for future employment; ensuring maximization of budget and adherence to cost saving, and finally producing nutritious healthy meals for children at inner city daycare centres. To overcome language and learning barriers, Stephanie created a graphic cookbook for this program utilizing pictorials of both ingredients and measurements. 

In 2006, Stephanie spearheaded a program at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, training at-risk women for careers in food service. This experience steered her to a position with Marquise Hospitality as a quality assurance manager and finally on to the WestCana Services/Proadmin team where she performed various operational roles leading to her current position as Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance. Stephanie has welcomed numerous Langara students for practicums and passed on firsthand knowledge of working in the foodservice industry.

Along with her Nutrition & Food Service Management diploma, Stephanie also holds a Certificate for Baking and Pastry Arts from Vancouver Community College. She attended BCIT and completed courses in HACCP and HACCP Auditing. Stephanie has been a Certified Basic and Advance Foodsafe Instructor for the Government of British Columbia’s Foodsafe Program and has taught for the past 18 years. She is a strong advocate for volunteerism and believes that grassroot participation can make a real difference.  In the past she held the position of Board President for both Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre in Vancouver and Sunset Heights Cooperative Housing.

49 Facts — NO. 11

In 2016 Langara was given the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ by the Musqueam people, which means “house of teachings” in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language. Langara was the first public post-secondary institution in BC to be honoured with an aboriginal name by a BC First Nation.

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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.

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  • Haisla Collins

    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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  • 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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