Heritage Group meeting of April 20, 2017.
by Leslie Walsh
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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 →
Our visit to the Journey to Churchill Exhibit was followed by lunch at the Park Café in the Qualico Family Centre. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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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.
The 2015 Heritage Group Wind-Up is planned for May 21st at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
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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.
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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 →
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 Dale Watts
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.
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.
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.