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Student Leadership Opportunity: Red River College WUSC Local Committee Executive – Co-Chair Position

May 22, 2018 • Written by

Red River College WUSC Local Committee Executive Co-Chair Position

Role and Responsibilities

Term: June 2018 to April 2019

Hours: Average 5+ hours per week (more at the beginning of the semesters, varies week to week)

Report to: Student Integration Coordinator


As a member of the executive team, you will oversee and engage with members of the Local Committee in the planning and organization of events and campaigns for WUSC’s programs, and connect with the Student Refugee Program volunteer teams in order to offer appropriate support.


  • Be a dedicated and passionate team member of
  • Recruit, motivate, promote, and inform students, staff and faculty about WUSC programs and
  • Attend the WUSC Leadership Training in Ottawa on behalf of Red River College (August 2018)
  • Train, support and onboard new local committee members
  • Support the rest of the executive team and local committee members
  • Attend local committee meetings – 1 per week (4 per month)
  • Attend executive team/ co-chair meetings – 2 per month (or as necessary)
  • Volunteer at local committee events
  • Update transition documents and facilitate transition for future executive members
  • Ensure effective student engagement, and communication between team members


  • Oversee and direct the LC activities and programs:
    • Work with the LC to set annual goals, plan to ensure that these goals are
    • Manage communications and updates to the local committee
    • Delegate tasks to LC members
    • Facilitate monthly LC members meetings and bi-weekly LC Executive
    • Communicate with the SRP Coordinator to ensure that they are kept up-to-date with all LC activities and seek advice where
    • Coordinate transition between executive teams at the end of the winter semester


Please send your Resume & Cover Letter (and any questions) to Student Integration, Lauren Konrad, lkonrad@rrc.ca .

Please address the following question in your cover letter: “Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?”. Please indicate your date of graduation.

Also, please indicate the position you are applying for on the subject line of the email. It must be clear!

Volunteer Opportunity: Committee Member – WUSC Local Committee – Apply today!

May 22, 2018 • Written by

WUSC Local Committee

2018 – 2019

Volunteer Committee Member/ Support Person – Role Description Student Refugee Program (SRP):

Term: June 2018 – May 2019

Hours: Average 3+ hours per week (more at the beginning of the semester)

Report to: Student Refugee Program Coordinator (Student Integration Coordinator)

Through a unique youth-to-youth sponsorship, WUSC’s Student Refugee Program provides student refugees with an opportunity to pursue their education at a Canadian university and/or college, as permanent residents.

For more information about the SRP and WUSC’s programs, please see our website: https://srp.wusc.ca/


Along with a team of other volunteers, partner with a student arriving at Red River College through the WUSC Student Refugee Program (SRP), in order to offer support during their transition to life in Canada, on campus and in the Winnipeg Community.


  • Communicate regularly with the student you are partnered with and the rest of your team (at least once a week) to provide support as appropriate. This includes but is not limited to:
    • connecting students with academic resources, medical services,
    • finding textbooks, selecting courses, class information
    • finding weather-appropriate clothing
    • finding housing for the summer after the first year
    • finding a summer job after their first year
    • being regularly available by phone or e-mail to answer any questions or concerns the student may have as they
    • Spending time with the student outside of the classroom to help integrate them into life in Winnipeg.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of information pertaining to the sponsored
  • Meet with the SRP Coordinator and other SRP volunteers at least once monthly to plan and coordinate tasks and activities, and to problem-solve and raise awareness on campus.
  • Attend training sessions as arranged by the SRP Coordinator.
    • Read and familiarize yourself with the Guide for Sponsoring Groups as well as the WUSC Local Committee SRP Support
  • Keep appropriate records as requested by the SRP coordinator and update Guidebook information as
  • Attend Local Committee meetings and contribute to the activities of the organization (particularly activities and events promoting awareness of the SRP & refugee issues).

o Mandatory attendance of at least 1 Local Committee meeting per month



  • Prepare welcome packages for students residence rooms and help with room set-up
  • Ensure that all immediate needs of the sponsored students are arranged for before and upon their arrival to Canada (e.g. dorm room set up)
  • Attend the airport welcome and welcome diner to meet the new student in August.


  • Be a current Red River College Student for the 2018 – 2019 academic year
  • Have an interest in international development issues, particularly refugee issues
  • Have the willingness and ability to dedicate the appropriate time needed, including balancing one’s other responsibilities, in order to successfully help the sponsored student with their resettlement
  • Having previously participated in the intercultural mentorship program is an asset
  • Strong communication skills and cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Interest and enthusiasm to meet new people and commit to this position

If you are interested in this position, please send your resume & cover letter to the lkonrad@rrc.ca Please indicate the position you are applying for on the subject line of the email.

Please address the following questions in your cover letter:

“Why are you passionate about this position, and/or about refugee issues? and why you would be the best candidate for this position?”

Apply by: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Student Experience Event: Free RRC International Student BBQ @ Assiniboine Park

May 22, 2018 • Written by



Hosted by International Education

Join your RRC international student community for a picnic in the park! Come out for a night of games, sports, music and friends.

Event Details:

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

TIME: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Assiniboine Park (Picnic Site #3 and #4 West Shelter)

Complimentary BBQ Hotdogs/ Veggie dogs, drinks and chips will be served.

 Click Here To Register

All Students who wish to attend this event must register on-line no later than, Monday, June 11th.

Note: A park map with detailed directions will be sent out to those who register

It wouldn’t be a Canadian BBQ without live music and bonfire! Students are encouraged to bring any instruments or music of their choice to play for the group. Take part in fun sports games and join us for a marshmallow roast around a camp fire.








Victoria Day at the Electrical Museum

May 14, 2018 • Written by

Learn the story of hydroelectric development in Manitoba from 1870 to today. This unique museum guides visitors through the safe use of electricity and how electrical energy works. The museum is a volunteer organization of retired members of Manitoba Hydro and the electrical industry.

Embark on a journey through Manitoba’s electrical history. Visitors of all ages can:

  • travel through the pre-electricity days of the late 1800s;
  • discover the beginnings of hydroelectric power;
  • find out about the first uses of electricity in the province;
  • peek into a 1940’s farm kitchen;
  • follow the evolution of modern electric appliances;
  • see an operating scale model of a wind turbine;
  • learn how generating stations are built in Manitoba;
  • get a glimpse into present and future electrical development in Manitoba.


Monday, May 21 from 1-4 pm

at 680 Harrow Street

For more info, go here


Family Mental Wellness Festival

May 14, 2018 • Written by

Last year, the Winnipeg March for Mental Health hosted over 1000 people. The event this year is designed to be even more family friendly, celebrating our strengths, raising awareness and lowering the stigma that surrounds mental illness and differences. Inspire Community Outreach Inc. encourages all members of our community to celebrate themselves and their own experiences with mental health.

The Family Mental Wellness Festival is open to the public. Registration is not required for enjoying the celebration or attending the live performances. Organizers are planning a vibrant event appropriate for all ages, with guest speakers, live musical and dance performances, children’s entertainment, local artisan vendors, and representatives of local mental health programs and other resource organizations.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

11 am- 6 pm

at the FORKS

For more info, go here

Ongoing Scam Targeting International Students

May 8, 2018 • Written by

Please see this message from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

Ottawa, April 24, 2018 – International students in Canadian cities including Ottawa and London have recently reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be employees of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The caller tells the student that to avoid deportation, they must send prepaid credit and gift cards, money wires or e-transfers as payment to avoid arrest or deportation.

It appears that the calls are coming from local phone numbers, but it is believed that the calls are coming from outside Canada. IRCC wants international students to know that these phone calls are a scam. It is important not to respond to the caller or transfer any money to them.

In these calls, the caller identifies themselves as an IRCC officer and tells the student that they are subject to an immigration investigation, or that they have been charged with a crime in their home country. The student is told to provide personal/financial information or send payment, or face deportation if they do not.

While this scam has emerged most recently in Ottawa and London, international students across Canada should be aware of these types of phone calls.

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting immigrants and Canadians alike from this type of fraud. IRCC wants to remind everyone that if someone posing as an immigration official threatens to arrest or deport you, suspend your account if you don’t pay money or give your personal information, or tells you that your visa or immigration status is in jeopardy, it is a scam.

IRCC will never contact you in person, online, or by telephone to collect fees or fines and say it’s to avoid deportation or face other consequences.

For more information on how to protect yourself against immigration scams, visit our website. You can also find a number of helpful questions and answers on how to identify fraud, and how to report it, in our Help Centre.

 Please read the full post for important information about this scam.  Don’t be afraid of these schemes, but be aware and prepared to identify them and to avoid being a victim.

Science Rendezvous 2018

May 8, 2018 • Written by

What’s fun, free and filled with chances to learn about all things “Science”? Why, it’s “Science Rendezvous”, of course, and it’s coming back to the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Here is your chance to experience the Manitoban edition of this nationwide science and engineering carnival.

Participating U of M faculties include:  Engineering, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Arts, Fine Arts, and Kinesiology and Recreation Management.


There’s no better way for young families to enjoy a spring Saturday than with educators and students who are thrilled to demonstrate science in a kid-friendly, hands-on way. Previous years have included bits of whimsy such as a robotic painting snake, homemade slime, magicians revealing the science of card tricks and potion classes offered by our very own chemists.

For more info, go here

Dashin Expo at St. Norbert Arena

May 8, 2018 • Written by

Dashin Expo will feature Artisans, Bakers, Crafters and Vendors. The event will be held inside the St. Norbert Arena. A 50/50 draw will be held to support The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Admission is free.

Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm

3450 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg, MB R3V 1A1, Canada

For more information, go here

Last Chance to Sign up for the Pride Parade and Receive a Free T-shirt!

May 8, 2018 • Written by

The annual Pride Winnipeg Parade and Rally is taking place on Sunday June 3, 2018 and Red River College is participating! We’re looking for students and friends to join us in the fun. We need a large group of energetic volunteers to walk along the parade route carrying flags and a large College banner. It’s fun for the whole family; bring your kids, pets and friends and enjoy a beautiful summer’s day strolling downtown Winnipeg.

All participants will receive a t-shirt, a small rainbow flag, and the chance to show their support for Winnipeg’s LGBTT* community.

Click here to complete your registration.

In order to receive a T-Shirt you must register before Friday, May 11, 2018.

For more information about registration contact Charmaine Jennings at 204-632-2376 or cjennings48@rrc.ca. For more information on the Pride Parade and the Festival visit www.pridewinnipeg.com.

International Tabletop Day at McNally Robinson Booksellers

April 24, 2018 • Written by

McNally Robinson will again be celebrating International Tabletop Day with a day of gaming and fun inside the bookstore.

Saturday, April 28

10:00 am-10:00 pm

1120 Grant Avenue

Starting at 10:00 AM in the morning and running until 10:00 pm at night, there are tables and chairs set up within the bookstore for casual gaming.  Just remember the term casual: just drop in any time and play! No need to register, and there are no fees involved. There will be demo sets provided for you to use, or you can bring your own games from home, OR you can purchase something new off the shelf and crack it open!

More details:
• Open to everyone of all ages.  Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
• Snacks and refreshments will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own or purchase some from our Prairie Ink Patisserie counter. Please keep it tidy, as you will be responsible for your own mess.
• Come alone, come with a friend, or come with your group! Parties of any size are welcome (yes, including parties of one).
• You’re also welcome to stay for as long or as little as you’d like. Some people like to sit through just one round, others come for the whole day.

For more info, go here

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