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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.

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Studio 58, which is widely regarded as one of the best theatre schools in Canada, got its start in 1965 under the direction of theatre giant Antony Holland.

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    Kathryn Shaw

    Current Employee | Artistic Director

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