49 Langarans

49Langaran

Valerie Dunsterville

Retired Employee | Langara Pioneer

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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  • KC Emerson

    KC Emerson

    Current Employee | Educator, Athlete, Coach

    Kathleen “KC” is an instructor in the Kinesiology department and has spent over 25 years as a faculty member at Langara. She is an advocate for and a generous contributor to the College’s Support Our Students (SOS) fundraising campaign, an initiative that celebrates Langara’s spirit of giving and helps students succeed. As an instructor, KC has provided a steady hand through two major curriculum reorganizations. When she is not in the classroom, KC spends many hours as a swim and triathlon coach. She was a top triathlon competitor in her age group in Canada, and successfully coached and managed several provincial and national teams, including Team Canada at the 1999 Pan American Games. She also served as the Vice-President of Triathlon BC from 1993 to 2007 and as a Board Member of Triathlon Canada from 1993-1997. KC has received many awards for her work and dedication, including the Daryl Thompson Award by Sports BC in 2010. She was also named Triathlon Canada’s age-group Athlete of the Year in 1997. KC cycles to work daily and continues to compete in open water swim races!

  • 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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  • Mary Kemmis

    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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