Glen MacRae, not long retired after 34 years as Building Services Manager at RRC, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 66 years. Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of Glen’s life will be held at a later date. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in memories, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Glen’s memorial page at IntegrityDeathCare.com.
by Karen Wall
On May 18th twenty-six (26) members of the Heritage Club braved the unseasonably cool but sunny weather to spend a morning at Fort Whyte Alive “stepping back in time” to when bison roamed the prairies and people’s connection to the natural world was a matter of survival. Thanks to two of Fort Whyte’s volunteer educators the group discovered how the bison influenced the history of Manitoba and the lives of the people of the prairies. Continue reading
William (Bill) Frederick Kniskern passed away May 26, 2017. Bill taught at Red River College for 25 years as a Technical Communications Instructor. Bill had a big heart and was generous to a fault.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 2 at the Winnipeg Canoe Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Winnipeg Humane Society, or your local shelter.
“When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.”
– Samuel Johnson
Taki (Takefume) Nishimura passed away May 26th. A superb instructor and Department Coordinator who was well-respected by both his peers and students, Taki taught literally hundreds of electrical students and apprentices in the Electrical Construction field for well over 30 years and was very proud of the quality of the program.
A donation to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation in his memory would be appreciated.
Tina Ostermann passed away on May 23 at the age of 73. Tina taught business administration courses at Red River college for over 30 years, establishing some lifelong friendships. She retired early for health reasons and went on dialysis shortly afterwards. She received a kidney transplant in 2010 and seven extra years because someone signed an organ donor card. Please consider signing up for organ donation through the organ donor card in your license or at www.signupforlife.ca. A donation may be made in Tina’s name to The Kidney Foundation.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial mass was held May 29. Condolences may be left at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Sept. 23, 1949 – May 6, 2017
|Richard passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 6. An instructor Electrical Department for many years, he was later appointed to the Coordinator and Chair positions before retiring in 2012.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, Unit 1-452, Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3Y 1G4.
|link to Free Press obituary|
Here we go again, Trump bashing our softwood and dairy industries. What is a polite Canadian retiree to do? Well, Don Pittis may be onto something in his article, ‘America Last’: A dangerous reaction to Trump’s trade bullying.
Pittis underlines that we have enormous power as consumers. Echoing Patricia Cormack, co-author of the book Desiring Canada, “We don’t need California wine. We’ve got tons of choices.” And the way Trump ranted against the Canadian dairy industry last week, you’d never know that Canada is a net importer of American dairy products, and that we don’t need Wisconsin cheese either. Continue reading
by Karen Wall
Against a background of shamrocks and green as far as the eye could see, the Heritage Group held a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 16th. This fundraising event was catered free of charge by the Riverwood Square Retirement Centre on Pembina Highway and, as a result, the Heritage Group raised in excess of $800 for the Heritage Group Student Award Fund. Continue reading
Read below how your generous donations can make a difference, and consider giving today. Continue reading
March 30, 1948 – March 3, 2017
Our condolences go out to Heritage Group member Don Carlson. Don’s wife of almost 45 years, Loretta, passed away March 3 at home. A funeral service was held on March 10, 2017. Donations may be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada.
Heritage Group meeting of February 16, 2017.
by Leslie Walsh
In First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, Elders and traditional teachers play a prominent, vital, and respected role, held in high regard as the knowledge keepers. Tobacco is one of the four sacred medicines, and one must normally offer it to an Elder when making a request. The Elder consents by accepting the offering.  Since we had asked Elder Mae Louise to share her stories and knowledge via email, our offering of tobacco was made and accepted at the beginning of her presentation. Mae Louise then proceeded to describe her family, where she grew up, and a bit of her history. Her easy story-telling style was enthralling and before we knew it, an hour had flown past. Continue reading
2016 was a milestone year for our Heritage Group Award Fund: it topped $100,000. Yes, we officially hit $104,000 this past December! Quite an achievement when you consider that the fund was sitting at only $67,591 in 2011. Clearly we were smart to replace our $10/year membership fee with a voluntary donation to the award fund. In five short years the fund has grown by $36,409, or 54%. And we achieved that after $23,000 in awards to 29 RRC students (an average of $4,600/year)! Not bad. Continue reading
Bill Sutherland passed away peacefully at approx. 2:40 a.m. February 16th. He spent 30 years as an educator and administration in the drafting department at RRC. In spite of the onset of dementia, Bill really looked forward to his Heritage Group meetings, and we are grateful to Lucien and John for getting him there. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Alzheimer Society Manitoba or D’Arcy’s ARC (Animal Rescue Center).
RRC Library staff members were saddened by the news that former Library Director, Paddy Burt, passed away on February 13.
Paddy joined Red River College in October, 2001 and was Library Director until her retirement in September, 2016. Over 100 people attended her farewell reception in the Library.
Paddy will be sadly missed by her many friends at the College and in the Manitoba library community.
Heritage Group meeting of January 19, 2017.
by Leslie Walsh
Stephen Webb, President and CEO of Entrust Financial services, very graciously filled in as our speaker for this month. Paul Vogt was scheduled to bring an update on RRC but was unable to attend due to an important RRC matter.
Stephen spoke for 1 1/2 hours on wills and estate planning. His presentation is usually two to three hours long, but he managed to get through all his material in record time and made himself available for questions both during the refreshment break and at the end of the meeting. Continue reading
The Province of Manitoba has announced changes to Red River College’s Board of Governors effective immediately. Please see the news release below from the Province which contains further details.
On behalf of the College’s senior leadership team, I would like to congratulate Loren Cisyk on his appointment as Board Chair and Janice Hyde as Vice-Chair and extend a warm welcome to all of the new members of our Board of Governors. We are looking forward to working with you as we continue to enhance our programming and reputation as one of Canada’s premiere post-secondary institutions for applied research and innovation. Continue reading
The phone call came one late Friday afternoon. The Director of Travel and Publicity for the Province of Manitoba answered, listened for a few moments and then turned to me – “Ray. Please handle this”. I was the junior among a cadre of writers and clerks charged with the task of answering all requests for info about Manitoba to prospective visitors. As it was late on a Friday, and I was the junior clerk, I sensed that it involved weekend duties. Our caller was a representative of Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, an advertising firm out of New York City, a firm that had gained prominence for their treatment of the Volkswagen Beetle commercials in the late 60’s. His dilemma was one that he thought we might be able to help with. His firm had contracted to do a soft sell commercial for a client – I believe it was General Mills – for the Christmas season. The theme of the ad was to be built around a country scene of a field of wheat with a farmhouse and farm wife in the background. Because it was late September, fields of wheat in the U.S.A. had all been harvested, and our caller surmised that Canada would have a later harvest and might afford the desired country scene. Continue reading
By special request, we are attempting to reach out on behalf of a classmate who is interested in reconnecting!!
In 1967 RRC was named Manitoba Institute of Technology.
Olafur Halldorsson graduated from the Business Administration program in 1967. This will be the 50th anniversary for the class of 1967 and Olafur will be visiting Winnipeg in June of 2017 all the way from Iceland, where he has been living and working for the past 45 years. He is interested in reconnecting with classmates and instructors.
If anyone wants to connect with Oalful, they can contact Elena Grinshteyn at 204.631.3324 or email@example.com.
Deborah (Deb) Lynette Pokrant (nee Zirk) lost her courageous 5 year battle with Picks disease on December 5, 2016. Deb served the last 30 plus years of her 40 year career in government as the Executive Assistant to the President of Red River College and had been Secretary to the Board of Governors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deb’s name to The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St, Wpg, MB, R3C 4G2.
by Leslie Walsh
47 merry souls (the most ever!) thoroughly enjoyed this year’s yuletide luncheon in the Prairie Lights. The food was great (the usual for RRC)! The only wrinkle was that we were expecting to be able to purchase beer and wine, but somehow that wasn’t to be. Anyhoo, that wasn’t a big deal. We enjoyed a white sangria to begin and the appies were very good. Continue reading
We are sad to report Betty’s sudden passing on November 19, 2016. Betty retired from RRC in 2006 after 27 years service.
Life Work, Recreation and Survival in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
Heritage Group meeting of October 20, 2016.
by Leslie Walsh and Dale Watts.
Captain Gordon Crossley, 17 Wing Heritage Officer, treated a Heritage Group gathering of about 25 members to an informative presentation on what daily life was like for a Canadian Expeditionary Force soldier in World War I. The topic was relevant and timely as many Canadian families had members who served in WW I and it is only a few weeks until Remembrance Day.
As a 44-year member of the Canadian military in progressively more responsible positions, a Director and volunteer with the Fort Garry Horse Museum, and co-author of a book entitled Facta Non Verba, A History of the Fort Garry Horse, published in 2012, Gord knows whereof he speaks. His presentation, along with several WW I military artifacts to illustrate his points about military life for a hypothetical “Private Smith”, presented a clear picture for the Heritage Group audience. Continue reading
by Elena Grinshteyn.
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to giving a lasting legacy.
Many people overlook the importance of developing a gift plan for making current gifts and future charitable bequests. Stephen Webb, CEO of Entrust Financial Services, encourages people to take the time to openly engage with their financial planner regarding their thoughts about their philanthropic plans. Continue reading
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Malachy Hughes on Thursday, July 14. Mel was the head tech in eTV for years and then moved into teaching electronics until he retired in 2006.
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Heritage Group meeting of September 15, 2016,
by Leslie Walsh.
The Heritage Group was pleased to welcome Marlo Campbell, Communications Director for the
Lake Winnipeg Foundation (LWF), as the first presenter of our new season. Marlo indicated that the LWF is a “lake lovers organization”. The 4 areas of focus for the LWF are: Research, Education, Stewardship, Collaboration. It is an environmental charity, taking care of lakes, rivers and watersheds. Lake Winnipeg is the 10th largest fresh water lake in the world: “Great Lake of the West”. Continue reading
Are you witty/articulate/funny/old?
Then we need you to submit something to our Heritage Group blog!
The HG blog is the # 1 retiree blog in our domain (our domain, by the way, is rrc-hg.ca). Your work could be seen by dozens of people! Continue reading
Although many Red River programs run through the summer, the influx of students before the Labour Day weekend marks the start of a new cycle at the College. On Monday morning I was out with members of our Senior Leadership Team to greet students as they arrived at the Notre Dame bus loop. Of course, most only wanted directions to their classrooms (or Tim’s), but for us “greeters” seeing the mix of new learners and hearing what programs they were starting was a good reminder of what we’re here for. Continue reading
“Hi folks…If you’re looking for some entertainment or something to do in July, you might want to consider the Fringe Festival centred around Old Market Square. Our theatre company has a one hour (-) drama with some comic moments in the fringe this year entitled “Travails with my Aunt.” Continue reading
February 27, 1932 – June 28, 2016
Raymond Chin, Heritage Group member and electronics’ instructor until his retirement in 2001, passed away at Misericordia Place Personal Care Home, in Winnipeg, at the age of 84.
Ollie Orobko passed away on June 3, 2016. He was an RRC Alumni and an Instructor for the Wood Products Manufacturing Program from 1997 until retirement in 2010.
Valdi, brave Viking and instructor in the Accounting and Computer Education department for 25 years, passed away the morning of May 25th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Alice taught journalism at Red River Community College until her retirement in 1986. Believing that good journalists are necessary for a responsible press. Alice threw her heart into teaching a new generation of young men and women. Continue reading
Our visit to the Journey to Churchill Exhibit was followed by lunch at the Park Café in the Qualico Family Centre. Continue reading
Visiting Fellow explores the dynamics of dating in this tumultuous time through the story of Wally Baxter, a history professor who travels to Australia to teach. Continue reading
by Karen Wall
The 28 Heritage Group members who attended the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on March 17th were from a variety of cultures… but that day they were all Irish! It was a sea of green… shirts, tops, hats, shoes, earrings, necklaces, pins and badges all proclaiming a love for the Emerald Isle. To add to the theme, each person was treated to a little Irish “goody gift” upon arrival. Continue reading
May 19, 1931 – March 14, 2016
Though not a Heritage Group member, Bill Regehr will be fondly remembered by countless RRC staff and retirees from his time as Chair of the RRC Board of Governors. Bill passed away suddenly on March 14 at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 84. Throughout his career, he maintained an active involvement with community organizations at local and international levels. He enjoyed his position as Chair of the RRC Board, and had also served on the Boards of the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Always a believer in the goodness of humanity, he was an example of decency and integrity.
(link to Winnipeg Free Press Obituary)
July 10, 1930 – March 7, 2016.
The memorial was held Friday March 11, 2016 at St. James Gospel Chapel, 337 Inglewood.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be sent to MSC Canada, MSCCanada.org.
November 29, 1942 – March 3, 2016
It is with sadness that we report the sudden passing on March 3rd of John Fletcher, proud member of the Heritage Club and longtime instructor in the Accounting and Computer Education Department.
A celebration of life for John was held at The Mosaic Funeral Chapel, 1006 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg, on Friday, March 11.
It’s that time of the year again. The Heritage Group decided to do away with membership dues in 2011. Instead, each member is encouraged to make an annual contribution to the Heritage Group Scholarship Endowment Fund.
You can double the impact of your gift by donating before March 31, 2015.
Gifts received before March 31 will meet the deadline for the current dollar-for-dollar match through the Province of Manitoba’s Scholarships and Bursaries Initiative. Continue reading
We All Have a Reason to Care
Heritage Group meeting of February 18, 2016
by Guy Dugas
The Heritage Group was pleased to welcome Wendy Schettler, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. Her presentation helped illuminate an otherwise dark topic for any retiree, dementia. It’s a spectre whose visit many of us fear as we get older.
But Wendy’s was a positive message of hope, perspective, and humour, often drawn from her own personal experiences with her dad and grandmother. Continue reading
In a recent post, the Red most appropriately featured 1993 CreComm grad and CTV Winnipeg sports director, Shawn Churchill, following his induction into the Manitoba Media Roll of Honour at the the 60th annual Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association awards dinner on January 22nd. Continue reading
As of this week, we have a Website with all the information we need about the Culinary Exchange: blogs.rrc.ca/culex/ (bookmark this site!)
As you explore the site, you’ll find the menus for the various labs, along with their hours of service. The weekly Buffet menu will also be available under the Buffet tab (which is under the Lunch Tab at the top of the screen). Continue reading
Heritage Group Meeting of January 21, 2016
by Leslie Walsh
Act I: Paul Vogt, President RRC
While we may be retired, we don’t always have to act our age! Do you still enjoy listening to rock and roll music now and then? Would you like the opportunity to get out and dance to the music of our youth, from the 50s, 60s and 70s? Continue reading
An award of distinction, the Honorary Degree/Diploma is the highest honour Red River College can bestow upon an individual. This award recognizes individuals in diverse fields who are distinguished by their significant accomplishments and contributions – locally, nationally or internationally – and whose receipt of the award will bring honour and distinction to RRC.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 15. Continue reading
Dear Heritage Group Member,
I wish you all the best of the season and a satisfying and healthy New Year.
We had great moments in the past eight months. I am thinking of the wonderful speakers that came to talk to us, thanks to Dale Watts, and the exciting outings we experienced, such as the visit to the Museum of Human Rights and the fabulous supper at the RRC Patterson Global Foods. Thank you also to Gail Shimonek and her social committee who made all the outings possible. And a great big Thank You to Elena Grinshteyn, who kept track of everything and kept us on our toes.
I expect that the new year will be just as great.
Chair of HG
The Service Battalion Senate, Inc. is pleased to announce a combat service support history book launch by co-authors Dale M. Watts and Bruce Tascona at McNally’s Grant Park in the Atrium at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 29.
United in Effort: Manitoba Combat Service Support History–1870 to 2015 is the first publication to undertake a study of the integral role of logistics and training support in military operations with a specific focus on Manitoba service support units domestically and overseas. Continue reading
Thirty of us whooped it up at this year’s Dinner Dance held November 19th in the Patterson GlobalFoods Institute Annex, overlooking the Bijou Park in the Exchange. The setting was splendid and the dance tunes delightfully dated (mainly R&R classics from the 50s onward). As expected, PGI Event Chef extraordinaire, John Royal, served up a marvelous menu that included a vegetable and chick pea curry, poached salmon, and a mustard and herb crusted pork loin. Continue reading
Bob peacefully passed away on October 20 at the Concordia Hospital at the age of 82 years. Born in Deloraine, Manitoba, Bob had a long career with Canadian General Electric and later with Red River Community College as an instructor in the Major Appliance Service program. Donations may be made in his honour to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2. As per Bob’s wishes, cremation and a private interment has taken place.
Heritage Group Meeting of October 15, 2015
by Guy Dugas
The Heritage Group came away from its regular October gathering with a new appreciation for a once venerable institution that more recently has been much disparaged, the Canadian Senate. Our guest, the Hon. Terry Stratton, retired from this “beautiful place” in 2013. And his fond reminiscences of twenty years in the Upper House revealed a deep affection for both the red chamber itself, and its dedicated and capable senators. As he pointed out, you’ll find a few bad people in any large organization, but they get sent to jail when caught and should not be allowed taint the good work done by the many. Continue reading
Surrounded by the love of his family, Lucien passed away on October 14, 2015 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Lucien began his career as a surveyor, followed by teaching Mathematics, Surveying and Drafting at the Manitoba Institute of Technology. He eventually moved on to administration at Red River College, retiring in 1990 to pursue other interests.
Every six months or so for about the last five years, a group of retirees (R) from the Accounting and Computer Education (ACE) department have been connecting over the lunch buffet at Aaltos Garden Cafe on McPhillips.
by Kent Morgan
Retired Business instructor Gerry Varnes was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in the official category on October 3 at the Canad Inns Polo Park.
Gerry officiated minor through to University and senior hockey and I personally had the pleasure of working with Gerry in both minor hockey and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. You can read his full bio on the MHHOF website.
I like the photo of Gerry with his refereeing equipment (right), from which he then picked up and blew his whistle before leaving the stage following his induction and comments. He wasn’t assessing a penalty, although it looked like he might.
Photos courtesy of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
After a courageous and defiant battle with Alzheimer’s, Donald Shand passed away peacefully at the age of 83. Don joined RRC in 1966 as an Instructor in the Electronics Technology Department and retired in 2001.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s memory to Nature Manitoba (401-63 Albert Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G4) or the Alzheimer Society Manitoba (10 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2).
Heritage Group Meeting of September 17, 2015
by Guy Dugas
Heritage Group members went away considerably prouder to be associated with RRC after September’s Heritage Group meeting. Over thirty of us had squeezed into room A137 to hear invited guest Fred Doern. Not only did his polished presentation open our eyes to some of the amazing research activities and leading edge technologies hidden within our walls, it underlined the pivotal role RRC plays in providing industry access to those technological assets. Continue reading
In keeping with their lifelong commitment to student success at Red River College, a $750 bursary for a full time RRC student in financial need has been created by family, friends and colleagues of David and Joan Rew.
Armin Wiebe referred to himself in a September 2015 Free Press article as “a footnote in the Manitoba writing community”. Those of us who remember Armin from his days at the Exchange District Campus or who have followed his writing career might disagree. His 2004 novel, Tatsea (which, by the way is available in the RRC library), won both the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. And he has certainly not been just sitting on his hands since retiring in 2008 after twelve years as an instructor of creative writing at RRC. Continue reading
We sadly mark the passing of Edward Sobkowicz on August 29, 2015. Ed taught Electronic Technology at Red River for 25 years before his retirement. As per Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Agape Table or The Salvation Army would be gratefully appreciated.
Click here to view his obituary at the Winnipeg Free Press.
RRC is looking for house hold and kitchen items, small appliances, furniture, kids stuff, etc. You may not have a use for it any longer, but I bet someone else would!
Donate your items to the All Charities Garage Sale and support not for profit initiatives in your community.
All items can be dropped off from 7am – 3pm weekdays at the semi-trailer currently located beside building M (auto shop) at the Notre Dame Campus.
The Garage Sale will be held October 2, 2015
For more information contact Cristy Kubara at 204.949.8380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
She will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society in Sarah’s name. Continue reading
WINNIPEG, MB – Monday, July 6, 2015 – Red River College’s (RRC) Board of Governors announced today
that Mr. Paul Vogt will join Red River College as the institution’s fifth President and CEO effective August
“Education is the cornerstone to create a thriving economy,” said Paul Vogt. “I am honoured to join Red River College, an institution that plays a critical role in our community with a proud past and bright future. By building on the College’s impressive track record and working with dedicated employees, labour and government, I am excited by the opportunity we collectively share to continue to evolve creating rewarding and engaging opportunities for students, staff, and faculty at Red River.”
We sadly mark the passing of Dawne Elizabeth-Margaret MacKay-Chiddenton (nee MacKay) on June 27, 2015. Dawne had been Coordinator of the Child and Youth Care program at Red River College. As an advocate for the profession of Child and Youth Care, she was continuously active in the Child and Youth Care Association of Manitoba, and was involved in policy development at the national level with child and youth care associations across Canada. Donations in Dawne’s memory can be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1M3. (Free Press Obituary)
Your Heritage Group was very present at the 2015 Colleges and Institutes Canada Conference held May 24-26, 2015 at the RBC Convention Centre. At least six of us were on hand throughout the conference filling roles as varied as ambassador, speakers’ room assistant, registration officer, and even conference bag stuffer. We never did get a final count of attendees, but pretty well all 800 of the bags we filled Saturday morning were gone by Monday. Continue reading
This year’s Heritage Group Wind-Up event on May 21st combined a tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks. We couldn’t have picked a better day. The sun was shining brightly as some 49 HG members filed into the museum, and was even brighter as 45 of us then walked to the Johnston Terminal for lunch. Perhaps the best way to give a true recap of the event is to post impressions from those who were there. Continue reading
If you have not yet experienced Jane’s, now’s your chance. RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts students started serving lunch yesterday and are geared up to start Dinner service tonight (May 7th).
The jewel in the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute’s crown, Jane’s treats diners to a new experience in urban upscale, while providing hands-on training opportunities for students in Hospitality and Culinary Arts. A tribute to lead donor Andrew Paterson’s beloved mother Jane, the restaurant occupies the site of the building’s former bank hall, an ornate and awe-inspiring space that serves as a stunning architectural centrepiece.
Jane’s is at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue.
Make reservations online at janesrestaurant.ca.
Making Movies in Manitoba
Heritage group Meeting of April 16, 2015
by Guy Dugas
John B. Lowe, a self-confessed proudly Canadian actor, riveted the attention of 26 Heritage Group members at our regular April 16th meeting. Sharing his own fascinating personal odyssey, he transported us behind the scenes of the broader Manitoba film industry.
A thirty-year veteran of theatre, film, and television, John has produced, written, and directed both film and video projects, including the award-winning short film, Windows Of White. John is active with Broccolo Creative, his media and performing arts company, has acted in many feature films and TV movies, has been a regular in the TV series Cashing In and Nothing Too Good For A Cowboy, and has appeared often on many TV shows such as X-Files, Cold Squad, and The Pinkertons. In his current role as the School and Community Programs Director at Prairie Theatre Exchange, John trains and coaches emerging and established actors, specializing in Acting for The Camera. Continue reading
Nancy Wheatley, Dean of the School of Construction and Engineering Technologies, would like to welcome Shari Bielert as the new Chair of the Civil Engineering Technology department (effective May 4 th 2015). Continue reading
Heritage Group at the Golf Dome March 19th
Did you happen to catch these factoids
March 19th in the local tabloids?
Golfers, twelve they say, ran
Eighteen holes faster than
Colorectal surgeons on steroids.
This year, Red River College in partnership with the Université de Saint-Boniface, Assiniboine Community College, and the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology, will play host to the Colleges and Institutes Canada National Conference at the Winnipeg Convention Centre from May 24 to 26, 2015.
We need your help to make it a success!
The conference will feature lively discussions around the theme “Leading Change”, and will inspire more than 800 delegates to explore how colleges and institutes play a role in leading change in the classroom and in our communities.
On March 25th, 2015, Red River College unveiled Manitoba’s first rapid charger for electric vehicles. This charger will be used for research purposes to test its effectiveness in a Manitoba Climate.
The announcement garnered much attention from local media. Please take a moment and see some of the stories on the research that RRC is pioneering in Manitoba.
The 2015 Heritage Group Wind-Up is planned for May 21st at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Your social Committee is proposing a group lunch following our to the museum. Below are the restaurant choices in the Forks area and a survey where you can indicate your lunch preferences:
Click on restaurant name to display its lunch menu.
- ERA Bistro (Museum for Human Rights)
- Sydney’s at The Forks
- The Beachcomber & Ba Ja Beach Club
- Original Pancake House
- Old Spaghetti Factory
- Muddy Waters Smokehouse
- Smith Restaurant (Inn at the Forks)
- Clay Oven (Shaw Baseball Park)
Please complete the survey at http://goo.gl/forms/kz3aXiVv4q.
This week the Winnipeg Free Press showcased creative communications student, Michael Wilms book, In the Grain Fields.
The story follows Wilms as he spent 10 years chronicling the experiences of his grandfather — Harry John Giesbrecht — during the Second World War. Giesbrecht was born in Ukraine in 1928 and joined the SS in 1944. He fought for the Germans in Bastogne and the former Czechoslovakia. Giesbrecht later settled in Winnipeg, started a construction company and, during the 1980s, became the first North American entrepreneur to work in the former Soviet Union. He met with Mikhail Gorbachev on numerous occasions and even had Vladimir Putin over to his Winnipeg home for a barbecue.
Read the full story here.
This year’s staff golf tournament will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Kingswood Golf & Country Club in La Salle, MB. (Rain or shine.) Lunch will take place from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm, followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 pm.
The tournament is open to RRC staff and retirees only. Significant others and/or friends will be placed on a waiting list, and accepted only if the tournament is not full.
Register early! (Maximum of 144 spots available.)
Your payment MUST accompany your registration form to reserve your spot.
Please note: All payments must be made in person to the Cashier in Room C 212.
Click here: Staff Golf Registration Form
Following a comprehensive search, RRC Interim President and CEO, David Rew, is pleased to announce that Debbie Frankel will join the College in the role of Vice-President Finance & Administration commencing May 19, 2015. Ms. Frankel is a Certified General Accountant and joins RRC from the Misericordia Health Centre where she held the position of Chief Financial Officer for the past three years. At Red River College, she will serve as Vice-President Finance & Administration as well as Treasurer for the Board of Governors. In her role, she will oversee all aspects of the current Finance and Administration portfolio.
Heritage Group Meeting of February 19, 2015
by Guy Dugas
Heritage Group members welcomed to their February meeting Deans Louise Gordon of Heath Sciences and Community Services and Don MacDonald of Transportation, Aviation, and Manufacturing. Their State-of-the-College update touched on the following areas: Continue reading
Congratulations on both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams for winning their respective MCAC Championships this past weekend. It was the fourth straight championship for the women’s team under coach Jae Pangilinan and the seventh championship for the men’s team under coach Sukhvir Sing.
The women’s team defeated Canadian Mennonite University in the final by a 36-34 score. Zera Lynn Panesa was named tournament MVP to go along with her league all-star nod. Fellow freshmen guard Susie Namgung was named Regular season MVP.
The men were able to beat a pesky Providence College in their final, 65-53. Led by tournament MVP Evan Walker and his twenty points, the Rebels maintained an almost perfect record throughout the year, finishing at 16-1. Lloyd Hildebrand was named regular season MVP for the MCAC, along with teammate Taylor Brown, who received an All-Star nod.
Read more at Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC).
We are saddened to note that Isabel Irene Nichol (Appleyard) passed away February 17th at the Teulon Hospital at the age of 86. Isabel used to be the “room booker” at RRC prior to her retirement. Although RRC has grown significantly since then, Isabel did the job that it takes a computer program to handle now. (Free Press Obituary)
The criteria for acceptance in the program is as follows:
- Patients must be good tempered.
- Patients must be between 6 months and 3 years of age.
- Dogs between 4.0 kg (8lbs) and 25.0 (50lbs) will be accepted.
- Patients must be fully vaccinated (proof of vaccination will be required)
- A $50.00 fee must be paid and verified before a surgical date is scheduled.
Additional information may influence acceptance into the program. Owners needing further details or wishing to register are asked to call Annette or Doraine @ 204.632.2059.
WINNIPEG, MB – Today, Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning released its report detailing a review of specific financial and human resource practices at Red River College for the period of September 2010 to May 2014. Continue reading
Heritage Group Meeting of January 15, 2015
by Guy Dugas
Packed into Room A137, Heritage Group members were decidedly STARStruck hearing this month’s guest presenter, Shandy Walls, Media Manager for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. Shandy began with our own Steve Lipischak’s rescue drama, then shared the moving video of Michelle Salt‘s dramatic STARS experience. We were hooked. Continue reading
by Wayne Ferguson
There is a wicked inclination in most people to suppose an old man decayed in his intellects. If a young or middle-aged man, when leaving the company, does not recollect where he laid his hat, it is nothing but if the same inattention is discovered in an old man, people will shrug up their shoulders, and say, “his memory is going.” – Samuel Johnson
Memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other forms of dementia – or the fear of them – begin to plague us as we witness friends or family members succumb, or begin themselves to fear the dreaded onset. Often the fear is as debilitating as the problem. Continue reading
We are sad to report that Joyce Dixon passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Care Centre on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Joyce taught “English” for many years at Red River College and upon her retirement was honoured with a scholarship fund in her name. Donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to The Stroke Recovery Association, Unit B, 247 Provencher Boulevard Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0G6. It is with extremely heavy hearts that we say goodbye to such a thoughtful and caring person.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 03, 2015.
Winnipeg’s rich photographic history is now more accessible than ever, thanks to the city and students from Red River College’s Business Information Technology (BIT) program. Continue reading
Students from Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts served up a pre-holiday feast to guests at Siloam Mission today, preparing hundreds of turkey dinners donated by the Manitoba Turkey Producers and Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd.
Under the guidance of Culinary Arts instructors Chef Scott Ball and Chef Gordon Bailey, students cooked and served approximately 18 turkeys (more than 400 pounds worth), along with traditional vegetable side dishes, sauces, gravy and dessert.
Our deepest condolences go out to family and friends of Phyllis Barich, who left us way too soon not long after having suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Phyllis came to Red River in 2002 and assumed responsibility for operations at EDC in 2005. She was also the contact person for library services to our regional campuses, visiting them on a regular basis. Phyllis was a valued colleague and a staunch friend. She tirelessly promoted the value of libraries and the strength of her library team, building relationships designed to meet the needs of the College community. Her warmth and outgoing nature earned her a place in many hearts. She will be sorely missed. Under the circumstances, donations in her memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba would serve to honour her commitment to wanting to ensure a coordinated response to strokes, which does not now exist in Manitoba.
Retirees Still Know How to Party!
By Dale Watts
Creating a Culture of Safety
Heritage Group Meeting of October 16, 2014
By Leslie Walsh
Chief Devon Clunis of the Winnipeg Police Service shared a personal, informative, and inspirational story to an appreciative audience of about 30 RRC retirees at the Notre Dame Campus for this month’s meeting.
Devon grew up in a small village called Harmony Vale in Jamaica that didn’t have any electricity or running water, but his mother had a vision for her family. While she moved to Winnipeg, he remained with his grandparents until he came to Canada at age 11. He said he had never been cold before he arrived that day. It was September 15, 1975…little did he know.
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Waris Shere on Thursday, September 25, 2104 at his home. He was 78 years old. Born in Patna, India, Waris was educated at Aligarh Muslim University, the University of London and Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He taught applied mathematics at Red River Community College and authoured several books on international affairs. He was also a freelance writer in many international newspapers, mainly on the subject of peace. Waris received high praise from his students for being an exceptional teacher. He took great passion in his work. However, he was equally passionate about human rights and justice for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, creed or gender. Waris spent his spare time battling inequality and intolerance and spoke out against violence.
Experiences of a Radio Journalist
Heritage Group Meeting of September 18, 2014
by Guy Dugas
What a pleasure it was to welcome Barry Burns as our featured speaker. A passionate former radio journalist, he regaled us with humorous stories of his checkered career and touching reminiscences of his time in Afghanistan. Clearly a sensitive man, Barry slipped from playful quips about his mixed Irish and Scottish ancestry, “I like to drink, but I hate to pay for it”, to tearful pauses as he remembered those, some now dead, that he left behind in Kandahar.
MARGE members who were MGEU members at the time of their retirement are eligible for special discounts with dozens of Manitoba businesses offering deals on everything from fitness centres and restaurants to home furnishings, rental cars and dry cleaning. Continue reading
By Dale Watts and Gerry Suski, WCAM
An enthusiastic group of 42 Heritage Group members and spouses/partners were treated to an excellent talk and tour by presenter Gerry Suski at the Western Canadian Aviation Museum during the 2014 wind-up event on May 22. The tour was followed by a superb luncheon catered by RRC’s Food Services. Following are selected excerpts from the talk.
We sadly mark the passing of Roy “Wayne” Park, peacefully on May 21, 2014, at the age of 75 after a lengthy illness. Wayne was a highly-respected Mechanical Engineering Technology instructor who loved teaching and inspired many in his career. Prior to RRC, he worked at Bell Foundry and Park Hannesson Ltd. If friends so desire, donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Irene Karasick-McMurrich, on May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. Irene taught Oral and Business Communications at RRCC for several years in the 1970s. During her inspirational life she was a writer, mystic, poet, playwright, teacher and recipient of numerous awards. Donations to the Irene Karasick-McMurrich Women’s Endowment Fund at The Jewish Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Good night Irene.
We fondly remember Reverend A. Clive Balfour who died February 26, 2014 at the age of 87, in Sooke, B.C. Clive was born December 15, 1926 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He moved to Winnipeg in December 1945 to begin apprenticeship with the C.N. Railway. After 10 years and obtaining the position of engineering supervisor of a foundry, Clive left to become an instructor at Red River College where he taught for 19 years. Retiring to BC, Clive was a Rector in the Anglican Church, played in bands, and enjoyed senior Tai Chi. Donations in Clive’s memory can be made to First Open Heart Society, Sooke Hospice, or the Heart and Stroke Society of Canada.