Red Deer College Board of Governors
Report to the Community 2009
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Red Deer College Board of Governors
Back row standing (left to right): Dale Russell, John Harms, Trent Rix, Ron Woodward (retired RDC President)
and Guy Pelletier (Vice Chair)
Front row sitting (left to right): Paulette Hanna, Lyn Radford, Janice Wing, Herb Der (Chair), Erin Konsmo
and Janet Welch
Joel Ward, President – Joel became RDC’s 10th President in September, joining
us after serving in various leadership roles at other colleges across Canada. Most
recently, he led Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. Joel is
actively involved as a volunteer with many community organizations, including
the United Way. He and his wife, Lise, who has previously lived in Calgary, are
looking forward to getting re-acquainted with life in central Alberta.
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It has been my pleasure to serve on RDC’s Board of Governors for the past six years
and as Chair since 2005. This introduction of RDC’s 2009 Report to the Community
is one of my last official duties as Board Chair.
As I reflect on my experience, I feel I’ve been privileged to be a part of what RDC
has accomplished. For 45 years, RDC has trained students in central Alberta to lead
successful lives and successful careers.
We do, however, recognize that without your valued support, in the various
communities we serve, we would not be as successful as we are today. Thank you.
On behalf of our Board, I also want to recognize the extraordinary contributions of
our faculty and staff, who create a thriving learning environment for our students
RDC has had an exceptional past year. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff
continue to reach amazing new heights of success.
Among our highlights, we opened the doors to our new Four Centres, providing
new programming opportunities and expanded space for our students. This
growth has allowed us to welcome more learners than ever before to RDC!
With Ron Woodward’s retirement announcement in December, 2008, the Board
began its search for the 10th President of RDC. After an exhaustive process, we
were pleased to welcome Joel Ward to our College on September 1. We look
forward to working with him in the coming years as the next chapter in RDC’s
With more students in our halls and our regional classrooms, new programs and
growing facilities, RDC is excited about our future! Drop by and visit – I know I will
continue to keep in touch – because when you get here you understand.
Herb Der, Chair
Red Deer College Board of Governors
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GH Dawe Memorial Award of Excellence
– Bob Mills
Bob has been an enthusiastic leader in
our region for many years, helping central
Albertans in a variety of roles - teacher,
entrepreneur and politician, to name just a
few. He served as Red Deer’s MP for 15 years
until retiring in 2008.
This annual award is presented by RDC to a
community member who best exemplifies
the values of the late Mr. George Harold
Dawe, a strong supporter of the College
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year –
Lieutenant Colonel Jay Janzen
Jay is the Director of Public Affairs for the
Canadian Army, a role he has earned after
almost twenty years of public service. His
contributions to our country are plentiful,
including tours in Afghanistan.
This honour is given to an RDC alumnus
who has distinguished him or herself with
outstanding achievements in their careers
and through public service.
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Governor General’s Academic Medal
Recipient – Jessica Bot
Jessica is a graduate of RDC’s Legal Assistant
program. In addition to her studies, Jessica
also served on the College’s Legal Assistant
Society. She plans to one day pursue a law
Achieving an overall GPA of 4.0 and six
A+’s, Jessica is a deserving recipient of
this Medal, awarded each year to an RDC
graduate who has achieved the highest
academic standing within all of our two-
year diploma level programs.
Foundation Outstanding Student –
Marshall is a graduate of the College’s
Bachelor of Education university transfer
program. As RDC’s Students’ Association
President last year, he exhibited strong
leadership and student interest in all his
This award is given to a student who has
demonstrated outstanding leadership
through participation in, and contribution
to, the College.
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ACCC Award Recipients
Each year, the Association of Canadian Community College (ACCC) recognizes
outstanding contributions of individuals to their college communities and
highlights the role of our institutions in social, cultural and economic development.
Jim Madder, Ph.D., Leadership
Excellence Award Recipient
Jim has been a leader at RDC since 2005
as our Executive Vice President, Academic.
He is an energetic and respected leader,
committed to designing learning
opportunities, facilities and curriculum.
Jim is focused on helping others succeed.
He empowers and collaborates. Through
Jim’s years at the College he has shown
his leadership style to be effective and
consistent with the character of RDC.
Erin Konsmo, Student Leadership
Erin is in her fourth year of a Bachelor
of Arts (Sociology) degree at RDC. Born
and raised in Innisfail, Erin is passionate
about seeing local and global change. She
served as Student Representative with
the RDC Board of Governors from 2007-
2009. Her outstanding leadership has led
her to be involved in Community Service
Learning - an educational approach that
combines service in the community with
very intentional learning opportunities
for students. Outside RDC, she is actively
involved as a volunteer.
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A Taste of Our Success
• As a member of Team Canada, Craig Spady, RDC journeyman electrician
alumnus, competed at WorldSkills Calgary in September. Craig received
Gold at the Provincial Skills Competition and Bronze at the Nationals in the
“Electrical Installations” category last year. Numerous RDC instructors and staff
put in countless hours to help make WorldSkills a successful event. RDC thanks
the Alberta Government for the equipment we’ve received as part of the
WorldSkills Legacy Program – equipment that was used during the competition
that’ll now be put to good use by our apprenticeship students in the years
• Two RDC Theatre Studies graduates, Jen Shaw and Glen Mills, made it to
the top six finalists in Toronto auditions for the CBC show Triple Sensation,
a performing arts reality show.
• After nearly 30 years of contribution to the central Alberta community, Lyn
Radford, RDC Board Member, was awarded the Rotary Citizen of the Year.
She received this honour for demonstrating leadership and community
service commitment – RDC definitely appreciates your contribution to our
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A Taste of Our Success
• Each fall, RDC recognizes outstanding staff and faculty who have made
extraordinary contributions to our campus. This year, Pat Couture (Humanities
& Social Sciences), Laurel Mutch (Student Services) and Janet Welch (Centre for
Teaching and Learning) received RDC’s Awards of Excellence.
• Vern May, RDC’s new Manager of Security and Emergency Response, has been
ranked among the Top 500 wrestlers in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
He also published his first book in October, Wrestling in the Canadian West,
a factual account of the history of wrestling in Western Canada.
• Virtual Assistant instructor, Bev Pederson, was instrumental in developing
a credible, unbiased and internationally recognized certification process to
ensure Virtual Assistants are recognized for their skills, education, professional
experience and industry contributions. This certification will assure clients that
the professionals they hire have a unique skill set.
• RDC received top international honours from an organization representing
marketing and public relations professionals in post-secondary education
for our brand implementation. Last fall, RDC proudly revealed a new brand,
including a logo and tagline, to showcase our many advantages in a competitive
market for future students, faculty and staff.
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A Taste of Our Success
• Our Pharmacy Technician program received national accreditation this year.
This certification, recognizing the quality of our program, opens more doors
for our graduating students.
• RDC was honoured by Red Deer Express readers with a number of “Best of Red
Deer” awards last spring. Ron Woodward received Gold for being Red Deer’s
Best Corporate Citizen. RDC was voted Silver for being the Best Place to See
Live Theatre and the Best Business to Work For. Additionally Talbot Walton
(Queens Volleyball) and Aaron Schulha (Kings Volleyball) received Gold and
Silver, respectively, as Best Coaches.
• Sheila McKay, RDC Nursing instructor, was honoured as one of Canada’s Top
100 Nurses by the Canadian Nurses Association. After 35 years in the profession,
this prestigious award is well-earned.
• Thanks to our generous donors, RDC students are better able to concentrate on
their academic achievements. In large part through the success of our Building
Communities Through Learning campaign and the Access & Excellence initiative,
RDC students received close to 600 awards and scholarships this year.
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RDC’s New Facilities Creating Expanded Opportunities for
Enhancing learning opportunities and being able to accommodate more students
has been RDC’s vision during the past three years of construction on campus. This
vision became reality in June, when our new Four Centres officially opened.
The Centres for Trades & Technology, Innovation in Manufacturing, Corporate
Training and Visual Art are all part of the College’s Building Communities Through
Learning initiative to expand programs, services and support available to students.
State-of-the-art visual art, apprenticeship and audio-visual equipment ensures
that our students have the tools they need to make their learning as effective
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The four learning Centres are strategically co-located, creating a synergy between
programs. Students enhance their learning opportunities by seeing how diverse
their profession can really be – and how it connects to another. A business student
studying for a presentation in one of the classrooms can wander down the hall
and see a sprinkler systems installer student tightening pipes to perfection.
This new facility was designed to be a place where students can learn in and learn
from. For example, all of the mechanical and structural systems are exposed to
provide a viewing opportunity of the inner working of the systems.
The Centres feature flexible, adaptable space that enables RDC to continue to meet
the changing demands of the region. As an example, our new building is already
being used by Nursing students, to help accommodate that program’s growth.
As we move forward, our plans include accommodating even more students and
offering a hub of health and wellness activities for central Albertans, serving our
region well for future generations.
Thanks to our donors, more than $15 million of a $35 million goal has been raised
so far to support RDC’s current and future students. We also appreciate the Alberta
Government’s support, with their commitment of $59 million to help fund this
Building Communities Through Learning provides an optimistic and challenging
plan for the future of Red Deer College. It supports the rapid change and growth
of the Central Alberta Region and demonstrates a renewed focus on community
leadership and development.
To find out more about RDC’s Building Communities Through Learning initiative, call
403.342.3320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tony Clement, Minister of Industry (second from left) and Earl Dreeshen, Red Deer MP, (far left) tour RDC’s new
Four Centres with RDC representatives
• RDC’s first class of students started this September in new Information
Technology programs: Networking and Software Developer one-year
Certificates. The second year of these programs will be offered starting next
• Beginning this fall, Rig Technician is being offered through eCampus Alberta.
This is RDC’s first apprenticeship training offered through distance delivery.
eCampus Alberta is a consortium of 15 Alberta colleges and technical institutes
established to facilitate greater access to quality online learning opportunities.
• Planning for new space to house The Donald School of Business is underway.
The School will bring the College’s diverse business programming under one
umbrella. The Donald School of Business has been made possible thanks to
a generous donation by long-time RDC supporters, Jack and Joan Donald.
• Exploring opportunities with other post-secondary institutions to support
our students remains a priority. We continue discussions with the University
of Lethbridge for RDC to offer a collaborative business degree and with the
University of Calgary for increased offerings within the Bachelor of Arts degree.
• Thanks to $4.5 million funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments,
RDC has been working hard to upgrade numerous facilities on campus,
including those used by students in the Hospitality & Tourism Management
program and Nursing programs. RDC was pleased to host Tony Clement,
Minister of Industry and Earl Dreeshan, MP for Red Deer and to provide
a tour showcasing the renovation projects. This funding from the Government’s
Knowledge Infrastructure Program is being used to help repair and expand
educational facilities across Canada.
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Together, With Our Community
At RDC, we are connected – to our neighbours, to the world. We take care of
our mind, our bodies and each other. RDC connects with our community to
enhance learning opportunities for our students through a number of successful
• Regional Delivery - RDC is working with partners across our region to make
it possible for more central Albertans to learn in their communities. New
programs are already in place in Stettler, Rocky Mountain House, and Hanna.
RDC and Olds College recently entered into a formal partnership to explore
effective ways of increasing adult education in our region.
• Rural Health Professional Training - working with Alberta Health Services, we
are developing programs that will enhance the retention and recruitment of
experienced nurses and clinical instructors who can help nursing students
transition from theory to clinical practice in rural communities. We are currently
piloting our programs with a clinical group in Drumheller, with plans to expand
to Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka, Rimbey and Olds in the coming months.
• Regional Trades Initiative - RDC is offering trades programs to more high
school students as we work with school districts in Lacombe, Ponoka, Trochu,
Three Hills, Strathmore, Drayton Valley and Rocky Mountain House. Currently
offering Carpentry, Welding and Automotive Service Technician programs,
we help students make a seamless transition into future apprenticeship
training. RDC also hosts professional development sessions with high school
teachers to provide them with enhanced industry-driven training to share with
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Together, With Our Community
• A group of RDC’s Visual Art students collaborated with students at a university
in Columbia last winter to complete an international animation project to raise
awareness about carbon dioxide emissions. The students interacted through
blogs and intercontinental web conferences. Visit: www.350.org/about/
blogs/canada-colombia-cross-continental-collaboration to view the
• RDC was excited to host the Reach for the Top provincial championship in May.
Hosting this CBC quiz game for high school students was a lot of fun – and
a great learning experience for everyone involved!
• Staff in our Learning Resources Division participated in an exhibition of their
own creations during the summer months. A variety of techniques and media,
including oil painting, woodworking, ceramics, photography and needlework,
were displayed in our Library for students and the community to enjoy. Many
different exhibits are hosted in RDC’s Library throughout the year.
• More than 300 engineering students from across Canada were busy
building toboggans made of concrete and steel at RDC last February.
They were competing in the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.
The toboggans had to safely navigate a snow-covered downhill course.
This event was first held in 1975 at RDC and we were excited to host the
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Staying Connected With Our Alumni
RDC is proud of our many extraordinary graduates who help shape our community,
our country and our world.
This fall, to celebrate RDC’s 45th anniversary, we collected 45 stories from 45 of our
outstanding alumni (we know we have more!) and profiled them in our alumni
magazine, Notebook. Check it out at www.rdc.ab.ca/alumni. While you’re there,
you’ll find special e-zine articles that get published throughout the year, as well.
Our annual Welcome Back Weekend was held at the beginning of November to
welcome former students and the community to our campus. We were excited to
host Lunch with the President, our annual Wine Tasting Festival, a number of Kings
& Queens games and the College’s annual Open House.
RDC alumni recognize the importance of encouraging current and future student
success and so the Alumni Association hosts fundraisers each year that contribute
to scholarships for RDC students. As well, initiatives such as the RDC Private Label
Wine, sold in local liquor stores, helps fund student scholarships.
We look forward to connecting with our alumni at future events, and encourage
you to re-connect with RDC if you’ve lost touch. Visit our RDC alumni webpage,
or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Ning.
Living Our Values
Learning is at the heart of RDC. Our values form a constant guide for planning,
decision-making and working together as a learning community.
Our values are: excellence, integrity, accountability, exploration, inclusiveness
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Red Deer College Leadership Team
Joel Ward President
Dr. Jim Madder Executive Vice President, Academic
John Chapman Vice President, College Services
Michael Donlevy Associate Vice President, Community Relations
Janet Gilmore Associate Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Lesley Kendall Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Cyndy Lorincz Associate Vice President, Student Services
Dr. Gerry Paradis Associate Vice President, Strategic Planning and Research
Dr. Torben Andersen Dean, Arts
Michael Kulchisky Dean, Trades and Manufacturing Technologies
Alice McNair Dean, Learning Resources
Linda Moore Martin Dean, Science, Health, Sport & Education
Joanne Packham Dean, Business and Human Services
Judy Robins Weir Dean, Program Development
Deborah Kehler Chief Financial Officer
Brenda Munro Director, Continuing Education
Doug Sharp Director, Facilities
Dale Jarrell Chief Information Officer
Elaine Vandale Director, Board and Executive Operations
Red Deer College Foundation Board
Lowell Hodgson Chair
Craig Soderquist Vice Chair
Lloyd Lewis Secretary
E. Dianne Allen Director
Holly Dickson Director
Peter Fink Director
Jeremy Jablonski Director
John Kowalski Director
Dr. Arun Mishra Director
David Oxley Director
Doug Sandall Director
Marlin Styner Director
Michael Donlevy Associate Vice President, Community Relations - Ex-officio Member
Joel Ward RDC President - Ex-officio Member
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For more information contact:
Red Deer College | 100 College Boulevard
Box 5005 | Red Deer | AB | T4N 5H5
T: 403.342.3233 | F: 403.341.4899