Sustainability is an important concept at Red River College, continuing to be a significant focus in our new strategic plan. It’s about taking measures that enhance the viability of our institution, our environment, and our community. That’s why, on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Red River College will be joining millions of individuals, organizations and municipalities in 135 countries worldwide by shutting off all non-essential lighting and participating in Earth Hour.
Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, will speak at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus today, March 29, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in the Black Lecture Theatre.
Blackstock, who’s also an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, will speak on the topic of Culture + Equity + You = Hope for First Nations Children.
“Now is the moment when caring Canadians are needed the most,” says Blackstock. “We know just what to do to make a big difference in (the lives of) First Nations children and families.”
Blackstock, a member of the Gitksan Nation, has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years. The author of more then 50 publications, Blackstock’s key interests include exploring and addressing the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal children and families by promoting equitable and culturally-based interventions.
Blackstock’s address will also be streamed live at the following web address: rrc.ca/cblackstock.
Red River College’s Online Safety and Health Orientation program has earned an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM).
The College received the Organizational Health & Safety Award at the HRMAM’s 10th Annual Excellence in Leadership Awards Gala, held March 14, 2012, at the Victoria Inn. A number of RRC departments were involved in the creation and implementation of the online orientation program, including the Teaching Learning Technology Centre (TLTC), I.T. Solutions, Environmental Health and Safety Services, and Human Resources.
“Through an innovative training application of an ‘Online Safety and Health Orientation’ — which was deemed essential/required learning — new and existing employees are provided with important baseline safety information that helps them carry out their duties and responsibilities,” says Nancy Alexander, Vice-President, Human Resource Services & Sustainability at RRC.
“The program was launched in December 2009, and over 80% of permanent employees have completed the training, with all new employees completing within their first 10 days of employment.”
The HRMAM represents more than 1,100 diverse human resources and business professionals throughout Manitoba. Click here for more info.
Red River College graphic design instructor Randall Butterfield spent time in Scotland and France in recent years. A series of his paintings, which depict the European landscapes he observed, is on display at the Fleet Galleries from March 12 – 30.
Click here to learn more about the show, titled Montpeyroux: Paintings of France & Europe.
Click here for more info on the Graphic Design program at RRC.
Students from Red River College’s Creative Communications program are putting their talents to good use in support of the Winnipeg Humane Society this weekend.
On Sunday, March 18, 2012, CreComm students will produce and host the “IAMS 1001 Donations” telethon, airing live on Shaw TV from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The second-year students — representing all four streams of the CreComm program (journalism, advertising, public relations and broadcasting) — have already produced a series of pre-recorded pieces that will air during the telethon, and will also serve as technical crew and on-air talent while broadcasting live from the Humane Society on Sunday.
“Our students are extremely talented, and this telethon will give them a well-deserved opportunity to showcase those talents and help a great cause at the same time,” says CreComm instructor Joanne Kelly, a former Shaw TV producer and on-air personality.
“We are always looking for opportunities for the students to gain real-life experience so they will be that much more prepared for the workforce upon graduation. This telethon also helps teach them the value of being connected to your community, and how important it is to give back.”
Red River College student Tori Doell is one half of a musical duo that recently won the 2011 Radio Star National Talent Search. Their composition “Still Love You” — which is already playing on some radio stations — earned Tori and her musical partner, Ross Roteliuk, top prize in the contest aimed at emerging artists performing original material.
Tori and Ross will receive a prize that includes $10,000 in cash, studio recording time, plus a spot in the Canadian Music Week festival, which is being held in Toronto later this month.
Tori is currently a Red River College student in the second year of the Medical Laboratory Science diploma program.
More than 225 people learned about Inuit culture on March 6th at Red River College. The college’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations department hosted an exhibition titled “Celebrate Inuit Art and Culture”. The all-day event educated visitors, while showcasing the art, culture and history of Inuit people — in particular Nunamiut, or the Caribou Inuit of the Kivalliq region in Nunavut. The valuable educational opportunity was made possible thanks to the guidance, research, and knowledge of respected educator/historian and art curator Frederick G. Ford.
It was an uphill battle until the very end, but both the men’s and women’s Rebels basketball teams emerged victorious over the weekend, clinching their respective top spots at the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Final Four Championships.
The Rebels men’s team entered the tournament — held Friday and Saturday at Red River College — as the #3 seed, while the women’s team was ranked #2 going in.
For the Rebels men, the win represents their fourth straight MCAC basketball title. This might have been their toughest test, though, as they upset the #1-seeded (and winner of 12 straight games), Canadian Mennonite University Blazers.
The Rebels women, meanwhile, employed full-court defense and a quick offense to defeat the #4-seed Providence University College, who had knocked off the juggernaut #1 College Wesmen on Friday. Continue reading
Red River College grad Scott Brown (Creative Communications, 1998), has been named Manitoba Communicator of the Year by the provincial chapter of the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Brown, Senior Director of Corporate Communications for True North Sports & Entertainment, will receive the award at a special luncheon on March 27, 2012, at the Hotel Fort Garry.
Though he’s been with True North since 2004, Brown recently found himself at the centre of the biggest local news story of 2011 — the triumphant return of the Winnipeg Jets. He and his communications team (which includes fellow CreComm grads Kalen Qually and Christina Caligiuri) played a crucial role in both the high-profile announcement and the ensuing strategic rollout, which covered everything from the new logo to uniforms, team name to ticket purchases.
“There’s no question that a great deal of rehearsal, planning, strategizing and thought had to happen behind the scenes,” said Siobhan Kari, president of CPRS Manitoba. “The media attention on the return of the Jets was enormous — locally, nationally and internationally — and the pressures to meet all requests must have been daunting. Yet it was all handled professionally.”
CPRS Manitoba received two separate nominations to acknowledge Brown with the award, which honours individuals or organizations that have demonstrated excellence in public communications.
“It was indeed a tremendous challenge to bring the NHL back to Manitoba’s passionate hockey fans, not only on the communications front, but in all areas,” Brown said. “We have been overwhelmed by the public’s support of the team and the organization, from the ‘Drive to 13,000′ to the unveiling of the logo and jersey, to the vocal presence at not only every home game, but games away from the MTS Centre, as well. The return of the NHL has truly been a community success.”
Click here for more information on the Creative Communications program at RRC.
The department will host a trade show on March 22 at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus that will showcase student-developed business ideas that will be judged by Winnipeg’s business community.