Gordon Powell (MEd, 2009) is a public library trustee for Surrey Public Library and the former District Principal of Aboriginal Education for the Surrey School District.


Alumni Feature: Meet Gordon Powell

June 17, 2022

SFU Degree(s): Master of Education – Educational Technology and Learning Design, 2009

As a public library trustee, I recognize that libraries provide critical supports to our communities, and I am happy to be a part of this work. I have a strong interest in languages, literacy, technology integration and Indigenous issues. I am proud of my Mi’kmaw heritage and have supported Indigenous initiatives in my previous administrative role for Surrey Schools, in my teaching at UBC and in my current position as public library trustee. I was born in Québec (Wendat-Huron territory) and am fluent in both French and English. Although I am retired, I believe I have a responsibility to share my expertise and passions with my community.

What advice do you have for SFU students going through their degree? 

Participating as fully as you can in all aspects of university life will give you perspectives and connections that you will turn to often as your career and goals take shape. University is a tremendous opportunity for academic learning combined with personal growth.

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