Langarans of Community Day
We were excited to welcome many former students and graduates back to campus on Saturday, June 15 to be part of Community Day. From food truck owners to entertainers, these individuals really show what it means to be a Langaran.
We wanted to take the time to share their stories and showcase the talent and skills. The Langarans of Community Day follow a select group of Langarans and share their stories – their connection to Langara, what they are doing now, and what Langara means to them. They come from different areas of the College and the experience and knowledge they received during from their time at Langara have helped them to become active members of their communities.
Meet some of the Langarans of Community Day
Food Truck Vendor – Acasia Biln, Innocent Ice cream
School of Management grad, Acasia served up handmade, gluten-free, all natural ice cream sandwiches at her Innocent Ice cream food truck. Acasia knew from the being that she wanted to run her own business and give back to her community. The Business Planning course at Langara reaffirmed her goals and she is now the owner of a successful vegan ice cream sandwich shop just a down the road.
Performer – Lyndsay Ferguson
Lyndsey found her calling in her sixties while taking the Continuing Studies Singer-Songwriter Program, writing 20 songs in her short time at Langara. Lyndsay played with her band ‘Lyndsay Wills and the No Frills String Band’.
Kids’ Zone Volunteer – Matthew Bains
An avid cyclist, Matthew used to cycle up Cambie Street hill daily while pursuing his Recreation Leadership studies. He was driven by the constant support and enthusiasm he received from his instructors and peers. Although he always looked forward to the downhill ride home, he never minded the initial uphill climb. At Langara, Matthew found his true passion, teaching. He is now pursuing a degree in education and has volunteered to teach abroad.
Matthew is riding his bike back to Langara for Community Day presented by @RBC on June 15 to volunteer his skills at the Kids’ Zone. How are you getting to Community Day? Check out the link in the bio for tips on how to prepare for the day.
Strangers on at Train Speaker – Marc Perez
After completing the Social Service Worker Diploma at Langara, Marc came back to Langara further his education. Under the encouragement of Langara instructors, Marc’s natural ability for creative writing grew. His work was appearance in Ricepaper Magazine, PRISM international, and TAYO Literary Magazine. He credits Langara for mentoring his writing abilities which has won him the CNF First Prize in the Langara Writing Contest. Mark was one of many alumni that presented at the Strangers on a Train speaker series session.
Photographer – Amanda Waschuk
During Amanda’s studies in the Professional Photo Imaging Program at Langara, her internship gave her the chance to be on set with Canadian icon Sarah McLachlan! But Amanda’s favorite memory came from the intimate class structure and final showcase put together by her fellow classmates. She loved the accessibility of Langara and the ability to focus on her true passion, photography. Amanda now works as a freelance photographer captured some epic moments at Community Day. Visit our Community Day Flickr Gallery to see some of her photos.