Myrna Condie is a former student who greatly benefitted from taking classes at College of the Canyons. She is a graduate of California State University at Northridge (CSUN) and has taught Advanced Sewing and Textile Science for the American College in Westwood, LA Unified Adult Schools, Santa Monica Community College and Pierce College. She has also worked in the costume department at California Institute of the Arts.
In 2005 College of the Canyons named the costume shop at the new Performing Arts Center after her – The Myrna R. Condie Costume Shop – in recognition of her achievements.
It was in 1974 when Myrna and her husband, Gary, and their daughter moved to Valencia so their daughter could attend the best schools. Shortly thereafter, Myrna began taking a German class at College of the Canyons. This class became very beneficial as she was able to travel with her husband on a few business trips to Germany & Europe. More classes followed such as a Chemistry Class with Lab class and a Computer Class. These class credits were also transferrable to CSUN for her Bachelor's degree requirements.
Myrna enjoyed sewing over the years and has made several bridal gowns, prom dresses, evening dresses and other fashions. Her style is to sit down with a client and sketch out what they want. She then creates her own pattern from the sketch and makes the dress. One year a winner at the Emmy Awards wore a gown created by Myrna.
Myrna has battled health problems her whole life. Two open heart surgeries, several electro-cardio conversions and eight heart pacemaker surgeries as a result of multiple congenital heart defects.
However, this has not stopped her from developing her talents, earning a college degree, raising a family with foster children and serving in the community in many different ways.
Her community service includes:
Founder SCV Festival of Trees
Co-Founder Boys & Girls Club of SCV Foundation
Past Co-Chair SCV Festival of Trees
Past Co-Chair COC Silver Spur Celebration
Past Chair COC “Circle of Friends” Committee
Past Member COC Foundation Board of Directors
Past Member COC Foundation Board Governance Committee
Current Member SCV Boys & Girls Club Foundation Board of Directors
Current Member SCV Festival of Trees Executive Committee
Current Member COC Resource Council
2012 SCV Woman of the Year
2010 COC Silver Spur Award Recipient
2009 California Mother of the Year
2006 Boy Scouts of America "Leaders of Character" Award
` 2005 College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center Costume Shop Naming
2004 SCV Boys & Girls Club Samuel Dixon Award
2003 SCV Boys & Girls Club Foundations Board Member of the Year