Nov 1, 2018

Vancouver, BC –  Langara College honoured its 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients at an on-campus lunch reception on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The awards celebrate the significant contributions made by Langara alumni in their profession, at Langara, and to society-at-large.

"The contributions of this year’s alumni award recipients truly are outstanding," said Dr. Lane Trotter, President and CEO, Langara College. “This year we are proud to honour people who are professional and personal champions for others. From a politician and pioneer for LGBTQ rights to an accomplished indigenous accountant, doctor and medical researcher, and young reconciliation advocate, each, in their own way, are making a positive impact.

"The 2018 recipients illustrate how the College and students and are making a difference in the community, now and over the past 49 years. We are so proud to call them Langarans," he added.

The 2018 Langara Outstanding Alumni Award recipients are:

  • Dustin Anderson – Arts & Science (2005) – Doctor, medical researcher, and prolific musician and songwriter.

  • The Hon. Tim Stevenson – General Arts (1972) – Pioneer and champion for the LGBT community as a politician and activist. Tim is also one of Langara’s first students in 1970.

  • Charlene Taylor – Arts & Sciences (1979) – Role model in her community, blazing a trail for women and indigenous people in accounting.

  • Charlene Seward (Rising Star) – Geography (2010) – Advocate for the people, facilitating conversations about reconciliation across Canada. 

Learn more about this year's recipients on our website.

The Outstanding Alumni Awards will be replaced in 2019 by 49 Langarans - a special anniversary award and event. To celebrate Langara’s 49th anniversary on 49th Avenue, the College will honour 49 outstanding Langarans who have had the greatest impact on the College, their field or the community. Nominations for 49 Langarans are now open online. The selected 49 Langarans will be honoured at an event in November 2019. All alumni, employees, students and community partners that have been part of Langara’s 49-year journey are eligible. Further information on 49 Langarans is available at

About the Outstanding Alumni Awards
The Outstanding Alumni Awards (OAA) celebrates the remarkable contributions are making in their profession, at Langara, and to society-at-large. Each fall, the Langara community gathers to honour the best and brightest and recognize the impact they have had on the world. Past recipients include the Hon. Ujjal Dev Sing Dosanjh, Colin Mochrie, Simi Sara, and Sam Sullivan.

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. 

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Carly Barrett
Communications Officer