In Memoriam – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Fri, 07 Feb 2020 01:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png In Memoriam – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Langara Creates Scholarship Honouring Delaram Dadashnejad https://www.langaravoice.ca/delaramdadashnejadscholarship/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 23:26:25 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=45153 By Kristen Holliday   A new scholarship fund has been opened in memory of Delaram Dadashnejad, the Langara food and nutrition student who died when UIA Flight 752 was shot down over Tehran. The disaster occurred on Jan. 8, 2020. Monica Molag, chair of Langara’s nutrition and food service management department, said her department officially […]]]>

By Kristen Holliday

 

A new scholarship fund has been opened in memory of Delaram Dadashnejad, the Langara food and nutrition student who died when UIA Flight 752 was shot down over Tehran.

The disaster occurred on Jan. 8, 2020.

Monica Molag, chair of Langara’s nutrition and food service management department, said her department officially requested the fund. Molag said she wants to see Dadashnejad’s memory continue, as the student made a difference on campus during her time here.

“We need to remember her, and the efforts she made to get here,” Molag said. “She had an impact while she was here, and that impact will continue.”

On Jan. 20, the Langara College Foundation announced the establishment of the endowment fund. The foundation is accepting donations, with all money raised going towards a scholarship for students enrolled in the food and nutrition university transfer program. A donation page has been set up online, on Langara’s website.

Molag said Dadashnejad’s loss has left a hole in the department.

“She had a way of impacting where she was with her attitude and joy of living,” Molag said. “She was almost always smiling.”

Moira Gookstetter, the executive director of the Langara College Foundation, said they are hoping to raise $25,000.

“There’s a lot of very generous people out there, and a lot of people that really cared about our student,” Gookstetter said. “It strikes a chord with all of us. We’re all children, parents, colleagues, family members, friends.”

Cristel Moubarak, a food and nutrition instructor who volunteered alongside Dadashnejad, said the fund honours a “beautiful soul” and her commitment to becoming a professional.

Moubarak said she believes this scholarship recognizes all international students and their families who make sacrifices to attend school in Canada.

“For us to commemorate the kind of commitment someone has [to make] in order to be at Langara…it’s a really big attribution,” Moubarak said.

“I view it as a tribute to all the students that come to Canada and to Langara. Their parents are trusting and they are putting their kids out there for them to have a better future, a stronger future.”

Neha Sharma, a second-year general science student at Langara, said she believes the scholarship will ensure Dadashnejad is remembered by Langara students and will also honour her family.

“It will make her parents proud if we are continuing her memories in the college. So it’s a good idea,” Sharma said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kerrisdale school holds ceremony in memory of Canadian journalist https://www.langaravoice.ca/kerrisdale-school-holds-ceremony-in-memory-of-canadian-journalist/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 02:30:28 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=44271 A Kerrisdale school is remembering the only Canadian journalist who died in the War in Afghanistan.]]>

Reported by Kristen Holliday

A Kerrisdale school is remembering the only Canadian journalist who died in the War in Afghanistan.

Magee Secondary School held a Remembrance Day event on Thursday, Nov. 8 to honour one of its alumni, Michelle Lang, who was killed while on assignment to cover the war. 

A plaque was unveiled during the ceremony, which will be permanently placed in the school to commemorate the journalist. Lang’s family and friends were in attendance, along with Member of Parliament for Vancouver-Granville, Jody Wilson-Raybould.

An inspiring journalist

In front of a full auditorium of students and faculty, Catherine Lang, Lang’s aunt and a former Langara Journalism School graduate, spoke about Lang’s life, career, and the assignment in Afghanistan.

She said Lang was aware of the dangers, but knew it was important to tell Canadians the stories of ordinary Afghan people.

 “She loved to learn, and wanted to see that the women and girls would finally be able to get an education after five years of brutal Taliban rule. If she could write about those people and their stories, maybe Canadians would pay attention,” Catherine said. “Maybe Canadians would care more, and better understand why we were there fighting that long and messy war.”

Lang, an SFU graduate, started her journalism career at the Prince George Free Press. She moved on to the Moose Jaw Times Herald and then the Calgary Herald, where she worked on the health beat before accepting a six-week assignment in Afghanistan.

Lang’s mother, Sandra Lang, said her daughter was interested in writing and current events from a young age.

 “We’ve always had two newspapers coming into the house, we discussed a lot of news at the time,” Sandra said. “She was very well informed, and she loved to write.” 

‘A tenacious yet kind reporter’

Catherine said politicians and officials “learned to duck” when they saw her coming. 

“She lambasted them on many occasions, and drew attention to the shortcomings in the delivery of healthcare in Alberta,” she said. “She worked incredibly hard, and was often the last reporter to leave the office.” 

Kelly Cryderman, a Globe and Mail journalist and a former colleague of Lang’s at the Calgary Herald, also reported from Afghanistan. She said Lang did a lot of research before going overseas.

“She met with everyone who had been there already and peppered them with questions,” Cryderman said. 

“We often talked about the dangers, but we talked about the important stories too, about women, about poverty, about the Canadian Forces’ work there, about telling Canadians as much as we could about what was going on a world away.” 

Cryderman said she remembers Lang as a tenacious yet kind reporter, who cared about accuracy and communicating the facts.

“I’ll never forget her sitting across from me, and her beautiful smile, and her interest in everything,” Cryderman said. 

In December 2009, Lang left for Afghanistan. She had only been in the country for two weeks when the light armoured vehicle she was travelling in was hit by a series of improvised explosive devices.

Lang and four Canadian soldiers were killed.

Catherine Lang says the event has left an “inescapable” impact on her family. 

“We lost a loved one. Canada lost a fine journalist,” Catherine said. “I carry it with me all the time, as of course do all her family and friends. It comes with a sense that life is ever so fragile and that we are obliged to be vigilant in preserving it.”

 

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