(RRC alum Judy Richichi, with sons Raf, left, and David, right. All three are graduates of RRC's Business Administration program.)
Her younger years were marked by some serious ups and downs — including experiences with poverty and the child welfare system — so it’s no surprise Judy Richichi was at first wary of working with some of Winnipeg’s most marginalized residents.
But the Red River College grad has for years been doing just that — helping to enrich and improve the lives of those currently experiencing homelessness, first as an accountant and more recently as Director of Resource Development for inner city shelter Siloam Mission.
“To be honest, when you go through something like that, the last thing you want to do is to come back to it,” says Richichi, a mother of four who graduated from RRC’s Business Administration program in 1985.
“But having been a product of the system, I knew that change can happen. I know you don’t have to be stuck in that situation. We as a society tend to stereotype and say, ‘They’re never going to change.’ I and seven brothers and sisters can attest that is wrong. If you give people a hand up and help them out, then change can happen.” Read More →
When locally-renowned chef Adam Donnelly was a kid, he couldn’t have cared less about cooking, menu planning, or even the means by which food ended up on his family’s dinner table.
But after two years of training at Red River College’s Culinary Arts program, Donnelly — now the head chef and co-owner of Segovia Tapas Bar & Restaurant — found he’d discovered his true calling, an epiphany that would kick-start his career as one of the most buzzed-about young chefs in the city.
“When I was younger, I’d just come home and food would be on the table,” says Donnelly, a 28-year-old Pinawa native. “I never helped my mom make food because I was never really that interested in it. Then I got older and moved away, and I had to learn to do it all myself.” Read More →
This just in! Global National Anchor and Executive Editor Dawna Friesen will serve as emcee at the College’s 2011 Alumni Dinner.
Friesen, a 1984 graduate of RRC’s Creative Communications program, will take time out of her busy schedule to host the event, held in part to celebrate the accomplishments of 2011′s Distinguished Alumnus Wayne Morsky. (Friesen herself is a fellow Distinguished Alum, having received the same honour in 2009.)
“It’s a great pleasure to be part of the Alumni Dinner,” says Friesen. “I have such fond memories of Red River College, and am so proud of how it’s thriving, producing the next crop of talent as only Winnipeg can.”
The Alumni Dinner will be held Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at the Fairmont Winnipeg (One Lombard Place). Tickets are $140 each, or $1,120 for a table of eight. To order tickets, or to learn more about becoming an event sponsor, contact Dale Oughton, RRC’s Alumni Coordinator, at 204-632-2359 or email@example.com.
Click here to read more about Friesen’s many accomplishments.
Click here to learn more about past winner’s of RRC’s Distinguished Alumni Award.