A compass.

The people in these stories capture the essence of a compass – finding direction and leading the way. They are life-guides on the road less travelled, blazing trails for themselves and helping others find their own path.

Stories:

Committed to community.

Randy Robinson, Student, Aboriginal Studies

March 15, 2013

Randy has years of experience working for charity organizations, and hopes to become an Aboriginal lawyer so he can better serve his community.

Investigating trends.

Majd Agha, Bioinformatics Student

August 13, 2013

Majd grew up in Damascus, Syria. After resettling in BC as a refugee, he discovered Langara's Bioinformatics program.

Wildlife photographer.

Paul Colangelo, Photography Alumnus

August 13, 2013

Paul's obsession with photography led him to Langara's renowned Photography program, where he could get the best start in his career.

Wild about archaeology.

Rudy Reimer/Yumks, Anthropology

August 13, 2013

Langara’s Archaeology Field School was the first step towards a successful career in Archaeology for Rudy Reimer.

Goat Money.

Catherine Glass and Kasey Moran, Faculty, Alumna

March 21, 2013

Catherine Glass and the Moran sisters have founded an initiative called “Goat Money” to help empower Olkoroi women in Kenya.

Developing global skills.

Robert Fougner, Arts and Science (Commerce) Alumnus

August 13, 2013

Robert Fougner landed a job at Hootsuite Media Inc, where he specializes in social relationship platforms for educational institutions.

Giving back.

Rebecca Struivig De Groot, Nursing Alumna

August 13, 2013

Rebecca longed to see the world. She realized that a nursing career would allow her to travel while making a real difference in people’s lives.

Enabling success.

Olivia Rasulov, Nursing Alumna

August 13, 2013

Olivia was attracted to Langara’s Nursing degree program because of it’s reputation, but once there discovered that the vast number of clinical placement hours and international opportunities provided unparalleled hands-on experience.

Nursing on the world stage.

Pat Woods, Assistant Chair - International, Langara School of Nursing

November 19, 2013

Pat Woods is a nurse, a teacher, and an advocate for global citizenship, creating opportunities for nursing students to gain international experience and perspective.

A photo opportunity.

Rod Bland, Continuing Studies Student

March 21, 2013

Rod Bland used the Continuing Studies Photography Program to turn his passion into a profession.

Projecting success.

Riz Rafiq, Alumnus

August 19, 2014

Enrolment in the Advanced Project Management program and networking with his cohort led Riz Rafiq to an unexpected career move.

Rolling out a business.

Boris Martin, Alumnus

August 19, 2014

Soon after leaving Langara’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, Boris Martin launched the world's first fully integrated mobile bicycle-repair shop.

Exploring First Nations.

Carly Wignes, Alumna

June 9, 2014

Carly Wignes, awarded the first Read-Mercer fellowship, followed her passion for exploring First Nations issues and published the Tyee series, “Treaty Troubles.”

Spirit through discipline.

Raymond Chow, Computer Technology Program Coordinator - Continuing Studies, Faculty

March 21, 2013

Raymond Chow founded the Langara Kendo Club to provide students an alternate way to socialize on campus while training their minds and bodies.

A second chance.

Dustin Paul, Alumnus

August 19, 2014

After a motorcycle accident left Dustin Paul a quadriplegic, he found a new life at Langara's Criminal Justice Program.

Leading by example.

Christian Westin, Alumnus

November 20, 2013

Christian Westin translated his passion for leadership into one of the Langara's largest and most successful student-led events: TEDxLangara.

Drawing some attention.

Jeff Burgess, Continuing Studies Program Coordinator

August 26, 2013

Jeff Burgess, one of Vancouver's leading commercial illustrators, brings a passion for his craft to Langara's growing Commercial Illustration Program.

An incredible comeback.

Carling Muir, Alumna

March 25, 2013

During her time at Langara, Carling Muir defeated a host of opponents as a leader of the Falcons women’s basketball team. But her biggest win was beating cancer. Twice.

Getting down to business.

Lynn Kitchen, Manager of Custom Training

August 15, 2013

Lynn's dedication to volunteerism has her carrying the Langara community to all corners of the city.

An epic journey.

Richard Olak, Alumnus

June 26, 2014

Richard Olak started with a loose story idea in the Digital Film Production program, and turned it into an epic feature film.

Education heats up.

Kelly Sveinson, Chemistry Instructor

August 15, 2013

Kelly Sveinson gets students involved with his biochar project on campus.

Balancing research.

Ryan Cawsey, Kinesiology Instructor, Faculty

June 6, 2014

Ryan Cawsey uses visual feedback to help improve postural control for people susceptible to falls, and is testing new technologies in lower-limb prostheses to help improve the quality of life of amputees.

Taking C.A.R.E.

Jade Arignon, Business Student, Volunteer, and Employee

March 18, 2013

During her time at Langara, Jade has been a student, an athlete, an ambassador, an international volunteer, and most recently, an employee.

A helping hand.

Samantha Watson, Alumna

September 9, 2014

Samantha Watson has dedicated her life to helping special-needs students transition from high school into a training program or into the workplace.

Setting the stage.

Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director, Studio 58

August 13, 2013

Over the past four decades, artistic director Kathryn Shaw has established Studio 58 as one of finest acting and production-training programs in North America.

Building campus culture.

Emma Munro, BBA Graduate and Design Formation Student

August 15, 2013

Between finishing one program and starting the next, Emma Munro managed to revitalize one of the largest student clubs on campus.