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GDC BC News: Inaugural GDC Community by Design Award

Awarded to GDC BC member Pauline Lai
Pauline Lai

 GDC Community by Design Award recipients are recognized for demonstrating leadership at all stages of their career, and for advancing the goals of the society while giving back to the GDC community. We recognize these award recipients of being our ambassadors of living by the society’s values of Community by Design.

Pauline Lai was presented with the award on March 12, 2020.

She is a UX/UI designer specializing in cross-cultural design for web and mobile development. She has worked with businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs and startups for the past 20 years. Currently, she's also teaching in the Interaction Design and Communication Design Program at Emily Carr University @EmilyCarrU. She has been involved with GDC/BC for 16 years, first as a volunteer, then as Admin Chair and for the past 12 years as Web Communication Chair. Recently she's been working on a series of UX workshops for GDC to help designers transit to UX. Pauline is also a community builder who has been helping organize Creative Mornings and DesignX events.

“I’m so honoured and grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with all the talented GDC executive team members during the years. With GDC, I’m not only making friends or mentors, I feel like I’ve joined a big family. Looking forward to working with the new team and having great events in the coming years.” — Pauline Lai


GDC BC announces new executive team

The GDC BC 2020-2022 Executive Team:

President: Carolina Becerra CGD
Past-President: Leanne Prain CGD
Treasurer: Hannah Friesen
Administration: Matt Warburton CGD, FGDC
Education: Mike Cober CGD
Membership: Craig Cullimore CGD
Partnerships: Marga Lopez CGD
Communications: Doaa Jamal
Events: Pauline Lai
Association Liaison: Scott Gray
Volunteer Coordinators: Twoo Nguyen, Lien Quach
Student Rep: Kathryn Zhang
Ethics: Dennis Boyle CGD
Copywriting: Steph Ganea
GDC Okanagan Rep: Diana Bartel


Will Arndt CGD

The Chapter AGM was followed by an in depth presentation by Will Arndt CGD, Creative Director at OXD who walked attendees through the process by which their firm rebranded themselves. At one one point they had a list of over 3,000 potential names!