Langara College Board of Governors Elects New Chair, Welcomes Three New Appointees

The Langara College Board of Governors has elected Ian Mass as its new Chair. Mr. Mass has been a member of the Board since December 2017 and he begins the new position effective today. He replaces Jas Sandhu, a member of the Board since August 2012 and Chair since August 2017.

Ian Mass is a self-employed non-profit social service consultant with previous experience as a child protection supervisor and a frontline social worker. He was recently the Executive Director of the Pacific Community Resources Society. He has previously held roles as the Executive Director of the Vancity Credit Union Community Foundation; BC’s Deputy Advocate, Office of the Child, Youth, and Family; Provincial Coordinator for First Call; and Program Director for Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Mr. Mass volunteers as a board member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in BC and he has previous board experience with Vancouver Community College, the United Services Cooperative, and the Federation of Community Social Services in BC. He is active in community journalism and various art organizations. Mr. Mass attended the University of Windsor and holds certificates in cooperative economic studies and non-profit management from Simon Fraser University.

“I am excited to work with Ian in this new capacity,” said Lane Trotter, President and CEO of Langara College. “He brings a wealth of experience to the Board Chair role and the College is sure to benefit from his leadership as we continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities to our community.”

“On behalf of the College I also want to extend my thanks to Jas Sandhu for his many years of service to Langara,” said Trotter.

Mr. Sandhu is the President and founder of Brixton Properties and a well-respected community leader. He was recognized for his many accomplishments as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Achievement,

The Board of Governors also welcomes three new members appointed by the Province of British Columbia. Krisha Dhaliwal, Michal Jaworski, and Raza Mirani join the Board for an initial one-year term, effective August 1, 2018.

Krisha Dhaliwal is an immigration lawyer with Larlee Rosenberg in Vancouver. She has a particular interest in equality rights, anti-discrimination work and access to justice issues for immigrant communities, racialized people, and women. Ms. Dhaliwal sits on the boards of the College of Physical Therapists of BC and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre. She also serves on the South Asian Bar Association of BC. She holds a JD from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in the humanities from Simon Fraser University.

Michal Jaworski is a partner and co-chair of the higher learning practice group at Clark Wilson LLP, and a member of the Board of Directors of the UBC Staff Pension Plan. Active in the legal community, he was previously an adjunct professor for the Allard School of Law and Sauder School of Business. He currently volunteers as member of the executive of the charities and not-for-profit subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and a mentor to first year law students. Mr. Jaworski completed his Bachelor of Laws and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology at UBC.

Raza Mirani is the vice-principal of Windermere Secondary School and the former vice-principal of Eric Hamber Secondary School. He is active in his community as the vice-president of education services for the BC Muslim Association and the vice-president of the Pakistan-Canada Association. Mr. Mirani holds a Master’s of Education from UBC and a Graduate Diploma in educational technology.

Original article from Langara College