Langara College announces new Board members

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - David Chiang, Chair of the Langara College
Board of Governors, is pleased to announce that the following individuals have
been appointed to the College Board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council
effective July 31, 2008.

    Bruce Falstead (one-year term)

    Bruce Falstead is the Aboriginal Relations Manager for Terasen Gas Inc.
who created Terasen's First Nations corporate strategy and Terasen's
Aboriginal Relations Statement of Principles. His background in economic
development dates back to 1985 with the Lac Laronge Indian Band's Kitsaki
Development Corporation, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the
CFDC of Alberni-Clayoquot and the Central Region Chief's MaMook Development
Corporation on Vancouver Island. Over the past 20-plus years he has developed
extensive knowledge of First Nations issues, protocols and history. Mr.
Falstead has a Diploma in Small & Medium Enterprise Studies from the Institute
of Canadian Bankers.

    Anne Lippert (two-year term)

    Anne Lippert retired from her position as Vice-President Strategic
Initiatives, British Columbia & Yukon for the Royal Bank in 1999 and presently
provides consulting services in the area of philanthropic strategies for
business, corporate governance and revenue and development strategies in the
not-for-profit sector. Her current board memberships include: British Columbia
Investment Management Corporation (Director); The Bill Reid Foundation
(Director and Chair, Finance Committee); Salvation Army Kate Booth House
(Chair); KCTS Channel 9 Advisory Board (Vice Chair, Canada); and Pacific Coast
Public Television (Director). Ms. Lippert is a recipient of the Association of
Women in Finance "Award of Excellence"; a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for
Management and the Professions; the Salvation Army Outstanding Achievement
Award; the Leadership Vancouver's Outstanding Graduate Award; and Business in
Vancouver's Influential Women in Business Award.

    Megahn McCarthy (one-year term)

    Megahn McCarthy is the Principal of Dr. George M. Weir Elementary School
at 2900 East 44th Avenue in the Killarney area of Vancouver. With the
Vancouver School Board, she has held a variety of teaching positions since
1977 and administrative positions since 2000. Ms. McCarthy has been an active
community volunteer with the Girl Guides of Canada; the BC Cancer Foundation;
and the Kidney Foundation of Canada; and is actively involved as a coach with
a number of Vancouver School Board teams. She earned a Bachelor of Recreation
(1975); a Bachelor of Education (1977); and a Master of Education in
Administration (2000) from UBC.

    The Langara College Board is empowered by the College and Institute Act
of British Columbia to manage, administer, and direct the affairs of the
institution in the areas of property, revenue, expenditure, business and other
matters within the context of process and duties accorded it. The Board's
primary responsibility is to oversee the strategic direction and management of
the College and ensure it carries out its mission. To that end, the primary
functions and roles of the Board are to: establish the institution's purpose
and direction; ensure the institution is effectively and efficiently managed;
establish policies that have institution-wide application; and provide
effective communication with the community.
    The membership of the Board is legislated within the College and
Institute Act and includes: eight government appointed members; one elected
faculty member; one elected staff member; and two elected student members. The
College President and the Chair of the College's Education Council are
ex-officio members.

    Located in Vancouver, BC, Langara College has earned a reputation for
academic excellence providing 8000 students a year with university and career
studies programs. Students may choose from more than 70 programs of study,
culminating in degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Langara
offers the most comprehensive Arts and Science (university transfer) program
in the BC College system, and UBC accepts more transfer students from Langara
College than any other College in Canada. More than 90 percent of career
program graduates find employment in their chosen field within four months of
graduation. Langara's Continuing Studies offers more than 700 courses for
personal growth and professional development to more than 15,000 life long
learners each year.
    Langara students, graduates, and employees regularly win prestigious
awards in academic achievement, creative pursuits, business competitions and
community service.

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