Memorial Awards

Donors ARE the difference at Red River College. Below is a listing of generous donors who have established memorial awards. Click on the awards to see past recipients.

Norm Konowalchuk Memorial Scholarship

Norm Konowalchuk The Norm Konowalchuk Memorial scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to deserving Red River College Business Administration diploma graduates who wish to further their education by enrolling in a business undergraduate degree program and/or an alternative professional designation program at an accredited institution.

After graduating from high school, Norm completed the Business Administration program at Red River Community College and soon after was employed by the College for 33 1/2 years holding various positions, starting with the Accounts receivable Department and ending, in the highlight of his career, with a senior management position as Vice-President – Administrative Affairs.

Norm was of the belief that people should always better themselves and to push their abilities to the highest limits. Norm strongly believed in what Red River College had to offer individuals in terms of education and training of students, which was a testament to his long career at the College.

This unique scholarship was set up in Norm’s name by his loving family (along with the generous financial support of Norm’s former work colleagues, friends, and family) to assist students with an opportunity to better themselves by obtaining further education. The award’s criteria was designed to best reflect Norm’s values and personal attributes that made him the remarkable man that he was.

In 2014, the Konowalchuk Family made a decision to expand their support and provide two substantial awards for Hospitality students.

Norm Konowalchuk Memorial Award Recipients

2016 – Caroline Crawford, Tara Hall, Jeff Davey, Brittany Peto
2015 – Niu Xiao Meng, Coleen Antonio , Natalie Faye Hunte, Hozan Ibrahim, Devyn Bartel, Mathieu Yahiro, Joshua Griffin, Roy Scott
2014 – Roberto Montanino, Leah Single
2013 – Kirk Smith
2012 – Robyn Bronk, Amanda Hofer
2011 – Karen Kembel, Brittany Pedden
2010 – No recipient
2009 – Carlee Friesen
2008 – Jennifer Formaniuk
2007 – Nikita Kippen

Peter Nykoluk Memorial Bursary

Peter’s bursary was created to recognize students in Business Administration, Business Administration Integrated, Applied Accounting and Commerce/Industry Sales and Marketing.

On his return home in the spring of 1990 from a tour of Australia and New Zealand, Peter decided to enroll in Business Administration at Red River College. Following graduation, his goal was to establish his own small business.

That summer, Peter joined the Winnipeg Rowing Club and was chosen to compete in the final regatta of the season in Minneapolis. While traveling to the regatta on October 12, 1990, Peter died accidentally when he came to the aid of his teammates who were involved in a car accident.

During his 25 years, Peter was enthusiastic about life and worked hard in all his endeavors. He had a great love of family, friends, sports, music, his faith and the Canadian wilderness.

Peter Nykoluk Memorial Award Recipients

2017 – Presley Bordian, Cole Corlett-Hedley, Jieun Kim, Rizaley Patio, Abbiyel Ramirez, Shaun Spence
2016 – Jack Keenan, Kevin Friesen, Dawn Jackson, Michelle Meeches, Julianne Sevilla, Caroline Hook
2015 – Victor Savino-Rielle, Hien Lai, Chantel Delorme, Nicholas Albrecht, Yuliya Shevchuk, Leslie Lobel
2014 – Patricia Baker, Dennis Boger, Heidi Lenz, Carrie Manitopyes, Melodicah Ng’aya, Roy Scott, Dayna Zaharia
2013 – Sarah Maynard, Coleen Nicole Pagar, Crystal Smith, Amber Stade, Yue Zhang
2012 – Jason Chubey, Andrew Hodgson, Aminata Koroma, Kirk Smith, Jennifer Usunier
2011 – Thomas Barnicki, Ella Betke, Amanda Hofer, Tara-Lynn Luchuck, Anh Tuan Nguyen
2010 – Thon Abraham Dout, Karen Kembel, Digna Navarro, Rufaro Sangarwe, Erin Wavey
2009 – Amanda Cantwell, Sonya Dubois, Clarisse Joven, Sophia Kattenat, Paul Kelemen
2008 – Rachelle Girard, Chantelle Graham, Justine Hayward, Torrie Sato, Michael Yarema
2007 – Mark Pilon, Julie-Ann Deaffie, Mark Boychuk, Kristopher Hartung
2006 – Brent Turner, Chantelle Graham, Victoria Irvine
2004 – Shelley McKay, Johannes Schalkwyk, Kyle Schewe
2003 – Desiree Tan, Katty Bains, Ana Tan (Adriosula)
2002 – Crystal Easter, Valerie Favelle, Rene Poluyko
2001 – Cindy Gjura, Sandra Melgar, Myrna McKenzie, Tonya Enns
1999 – Christina Sears, Victoria Goodall
1998 – Jeffrey Moon, Laura Jadeske
1997 – Rosemary Merasty, Enrique Callejas
1996 – Vinh Le, Tamara Sholler
1995 – Christopher Byrne, Wendy Sutherland
1994 – Mitchell Dixon, Brenda Richard
1993 – Robert Neufeld, Agatha Reimer
1992 – Dean Hales, Lori Peluk

Barbara Nagler Memorial Bursary

“Barbara’s Bursary” recognizes students in the Animal Health Technology program who strive for academic excellence and community service by providing financial assistance during their studies.

Before she passed away in 1995, Barbara Nagler shared an immense love for animals with her younger sister Lara, who died in 1999.

Barbara’s great compassion extended to all creatures, whether domesticated or wild. She believed they should be treated with the utmost care and respect.

In memory of Barbara, her family chose to foster the well-being of animals as well as to help other young people achieve their educational goals.

They felt it fitting to establish “Barbara’s Bursary” for those students who share her conviction.

Red River College was honoured to establish this award. The unending devotion shown by Barbara for the animals she adored, and the family who cherish Barbara’s memory, embody the spirit of this award.

2017 – Courtney Smith, Courtney Peters
2016 – Haley Dempsey, Callie Hilton, Amanda Malam, Hayley Stewart, Courtney Peters, Stephanie Kolodka, Jordan Currie
2015 – Elizabeth Petrycky, Desiree Fowler, Kimberely McCarthy-Pisiak, Amy Bartley, Alyssa Hill, Shiyrah Friesen, Keara Landry
2014 – Amy Bartley, Kimberley McCarthy-Pisiak, Caitlin Halek, Jennifer Peters,
Ashley Recksiedler, Brittany Sear
2013 – Jennifer Peters, Ashley Recksiedler, Jenesis Caughy, Caitlin Fewings,
Stephanie Bourgeois, Melanie Hildebrand
2012 – Jenesis Caughy, Caitlin Fewings, Jennifer Peters, Ashley Recksiedler, Cynthia Tonn
2011 – Susan Margretta Hepburn, Madison Toews
2010 – Erin Bell, Susan Margretta Hepburn, Jennifer Pearson, Laura Stepien, Cynthia Tonn, Melissa Young
2009 – Erin Bell, Kayla Dupuis, Jennifer Pearson, Kristen Peters, Amanda Salo
2008 – Kara Dawn Harder, Heather Laurie, Jessi McIntosh, Jade Preston,
Mela Beverley Salaam, Tiffany Tilley
2007 – Tanya Joy Lautermilch, Colin Rene Philippot, Warren Reis, Courtney Anne Sabo
2006 – Andrea Kelpin, Catherine Bourne
2005 – Melanie Brown
2004 – Alison Rempel
2003 – Alyson Mitchell
2002 – Melissa Lyon
2001 – Marlee Ritchie, Heather Knox
2000 – Michelle Lussier

Betty Andrich Memorial Awards

Betty AndrichThe Betty Andrich Memorial Awards are awarded to mature students in the Library & Information Technology program who combine academic excellence with volunteerism.

Betty Andrich, herself a mature student, was a graduate of the College’s inaugural Library Technician program in 1963. Her intelligence and curiosity brought her great success in the field of library reference work. Throughout her life, Betty was tenacious with answering research questions and her volunteer commitment.

In memory of Betty, her husband Jack and daughter Sheila established these awards to reward students who share her devotion to service through library reference work and community involvement.

Betty Andrich Award Recipients

2017 – Joanna Dueck
2016 – Joshua Mailhot, Melanie Godin
2015 – Jolene Shepherd, Kaitlin Desrosiers, Mervin Koscielny
2014 – Jolene Shepherd
2013 – Christine Janzen
2012 – Diana Saunders, Darren Wesselius
2011 – Kristin Johnson, Darren Wesselius
2010 – Mikaela Oldenkamp, Lisa Zvanovec
2009 – Krista Maynard, Mikaela Oldenkamp
2008 – Fatima Demelo, Yu Fang Zeng
2007 – Elizabeth Stregger
2006 – Leesa Girouard
2005 – Diane Moran
2004 – Frances Harms
2003 – Eleanor Dorst
2002 – Monique Arbez
2001 – Joan Baker