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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. 33

Langara College was a proud Community Partner for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Human Kinetics student Evan Eichler carried the Olympic Flame as it passed through campus during the final days of the torch relay.

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  • Gail Sparrow

    Gail Sparrow

    Langara Alum | Indigenous Leader

    Gail Sparrow is a former Chief of the Musqueam First Nation. An alumna of Langara, she returned to the College as an Elder-in-Residence, helping to provide a supportive environment for Indigenous students. She played a key role in strengthening the connection between the Musqueam and the College, educating the Langara community on the history, culture, and teachings of the Musqueam and the land on which the College is located. Gail was also instrumental in Langara receiving its Musqueam name, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, which means house of teachings. Outside of Langara, she has been a passionate community advocate as a Native Employment Specialist with Canada Employment and Immigration Centre, Project Manager with Tribal America Consulting Los Angeles California, Community Development Director with the Musqueam Indian Band, Owner with LIFT Computer Institute, and as the President and Owner of Native Personnel Services.

  • Barrie Brill

    Barrie Brill

    Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

    Barrie was one of the original instructors at the Langara campus when it first opened in 1970. He taught history at the institution for over 38 years and was actively involved in the expansion of the course offerings in the History department. He played an integral part in College affairs throughout his time at Langara, serving as the Chair of History department; Division Chair of Social Sciences on three separate occasions; as well as being the President of the Langara Faculty Association between 1977 and 1978. In addition to his contributions as a faculty member, he was a supporter and regular presenter at the Langara Community Lecture series, a foundational College community outreach event first held at Robson Square and later at the Vancouver Public Library. In 2015, Barrie inspired his colleagues to start a fresh series of public lectures in collaboration with the Dunbar Community Centre.

  • Guy Robertson

    Guy Robertson

    Current Employee | Instructor & Emergency Management Consultant

    Guy is a Director of the Alcuin Society, which is dedicated to the world of fine printing and rare books. He is a multidisciplinary instructor at Langara and has taught courses on rare books and bibliography, archives, museum studies, records management, reference services, and readers’ advisory, Indigenous references, disaster planning, and information security. He has published several books and dozens of articles on different aspects of disaster response, business continuity, corporate security, risk management, fraud and forgery detection, and post-disaster recovery. He is an internationally experienced emergency management consultant and planner. Guy has managed the library at Thurber Engineering Ltd in Vancouver since 1982 in addition to teaching at Langara. In 2011, he became an instructor in information management and security in the School of Public Safety at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In 2016, he joined TMC IT & Telecom Consulting Ltd. to provide information security, records management, and disaster planning services to a broad range of clients.

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