Emeritum is Latin for "those having merited discharge by service". It is an honourary title conferred to retiring or retired faculty or staff to recognize their distinguished service to an organization.

Langara College introduced the Emeritum Designation Policy in 2013 and is proud to announce the awarding of the 2020 Emeritum Awards to Barbara Binns, Lynn Carter, and Duncan McCallum for their outstanding contribution to teaching, service, or leadership.

Barbara Binns

Barbara Binns
Faculty Emeritum, Interdisciplinary Studies

Barbara Binns is a retired Langara Instructor and Coordinator in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department (1988 – 2006), teaching primarily in Women's Studies and Canadian Studies. Born in Jamaica, and Canadian since the 1960s, Barbara earned degrees in nursing, education, and social work. An outstanding instructor, she has devoted the last 20 years of her life to improving the lives of women in developing countries and to combating racism in Canada. She inspired students and colleagues through her extensive work in anti-racism, community development, human rights, and international development. Barbara has received many awards and accolades for her work in the community, including the Rosemary Brown Award for Women in 2005 and the Development Education Award in 1994. She was honoured recently as a 49 Langaran.


Lynn Carter

Lynn Carter
Faculty Emerita, Social Services

Lynn Carter is well known at Langara College for her superior leadership – in teaching, in curriculum development, and in policy development. Lynn was also a vital and contributing member of the broader social services community and maintained excellent connections so she could provide Integrated Experiential Learning opportunities for her students in the community. Lynn served as president of the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society for many years. She was also instrumental in the development of a regulatory system for the social work profession in British Columbia and chaired the Board of Registration for Social Workers. In her role as President of the Langara Faculty Association, Lynn was the epitome of professionalism, dedication, and honesty.


Duncan McCallum

Duncan McCallum
Director Emeritum, Athletics and Faculty Emeritum, Kinesiology

Duncan was the men’s basketball coach at Langara College (formerly Vancouver Community College) from 1970 to 1991. He was the institution’s first, and longest serving, Director of Athletics, a title he held from 1970 until retirement in 1994. During that time, he led ten BC Championship teams to the CCAA Championships. He ran the most successful and decorated athletic program in the Province and one of the top college athletic programs in Canada. In 1999, the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) named the CCAA Duncan McCallum Men’s Basketball Fairplay Award after him for his many years of dedication to college basketball in Canada. Duncan also spent time in the classroom and was instructor in the Kinesiology (formerly Human Performance) Department throughout his tenure at the College.


Click here for a complete list of Emeritum designated since 2013.