Barbara Mikulec, BEd ’69

Community leader, educator, and philanthropist, Barbara Mikulec is recognized for seniors’ advocacy and philanthropy in education.

Mikulec received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education from the University of British Columbia in 1969, and educated students at Van Horne Elementary in Vancouver until her retirement. She currently serves in over ten leadership roles of in her community: Board member of the Kerrisdale Community Centre, Director of the BC Retired Teachers’ Association (BCRTA), committee member of the National Pensioners Federation, Director of BC Forum, Secretary of Metro Vancouver Cross Cultural Seniors Network, presbytery representative of the Ryerson United Church, and vice-president of the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC (COSCO). She wrote many articles in support of both the BCRTA and the National Pensioners Federation, and through COSCO has organized roundtables on senior Health and Housing issues.

Mikulec serves as director of the RR Smith Foundation, a memorial fund dedicated to the advancement of public education in British Columbia and developing countries. The fund provides scholarships and bursaries, administers grants, supplies school materials, and provides funding to support innovative projects that advance public education. With UBC, Mikulec endowed a fund in her own name: the Barbara Mikulec Prize in Education, for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education. The award is offered to students whose teaching practicum demonstrates success in teaching English as an additional language. She also established an endowment fund in the Faculty of Law, in memory of Kenneth Douglas Landels. Known as the Landels Fund, it supports an award for a student entering the second year of the JD program who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to community service.