RRC instructor Dawn Froese (right), in her capacity as Executive Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie, with (from left) Earl Porter, Mayor of Portage; Ian Wishert, MLA for Portage; and Daniel Bolton, President of the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce.
A student and an instructor from Red River College were among the honourees at a recent event recognizing the best and brightest of Portage la Prairie’s business and volunteer communities.
The Portage & District Chamber of Commerce’s annual Best Business Awards were held Oct. 20, 2011, at the William Glesby Centre in Portage. Among those honoured was RRC student Christina Trandifir, who picked up the Chamber’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award for her ongoing work with a number of local organizations.
A first-year student in RRC’s Business Administration program, Trandifir (who’s completing her studies at the College’s Notre Dame Campus) played an instrumental role in the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation’s “Sharing Our World” event, and has also served as an in-school mentor for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie, a Children’s Day volunteer at the Glesby Centre, and a volunteer for the MS Society of Manitoba’s annual MS Walk.
Coincidentally, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portage was also honoured at the event, where it received the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business. The award was accepted by longtime executive director Dawn Froese, who is also an instructor at RRC’s Portage Campus, where she teaches courses in the Administrative Assistant and Business and Administrative Studies programs.
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When you spend a year working in a foreign country — in a part of the world you’ve only heard stories about — the actual “working” part can be kind of a necessary evil.
But when the country in question is Angola — and the work involves flying a Cessna Caravan over much of south-central Africa — it’s probably fair to say there are worse ways to spend 12 months.
Just ask Red River College grad Jonathan Epp, who got a bird’s-eye view of Africa as a pilot and aircraft mechanic with Mission Aviation Fellowship, a faith-based international group that provides charter flights to doctors, missionaries and aid workers in developing nations.
A native of small-town Saskatchewan, Epp had never been outside North America before, and was quickly taken by the beauty of Africa’s landscape — the sweeping grasslands and mountains, plunging cliffs and waterfalls. He says he expected to encounter some culture shock on arrival — a lack of amenities and certain creature comforts — but admits to feeling even greater shock when he returned home to Winnipeg.
“After being there for a year and coming back, it really shocked me how materialistic we are,” says Epp, who graduated from RRC’s Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprenticeship program in 2002, and now works as an instructor for the program at the College’s Stevenson Campus on Saskatchewan Avenue. Continue reading