On March 20th, 2019, Red River College honoured the philanthropic generosity and global legacy of Jan den Oudsten, Founder and past president of New Flyer Industries Ltd., by officially renaming its Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre. The 60,000-sq.-ft. training and research facility will now be proudly known as the Jan den Oudsten Vehicle Technology & Research Centre (VTRC). Continue reading
March 8th, 2019, the Heritage Group blog hit 200 articles with the post, Bob Vinet is bursting his buttons!
We are grateful for all the contributors who help keep us connected, especially our # 1 writer and current HG Chair, Leslie Walsh. But kudos also to all the others, including # 2 contributor and current Social Committee Chair, Karen Wall, past Chair Dale Watts, Ron Blicq, past RRCC President Ray Newman, and Bob Barr. Continue reading
Bob Vinet recently dropped off an article featuring his seventeen-year-old granddaughter, Raygan Kirk. I don’t think he’s been this proud since being awarded a trophy at the RRCC staff curling wind-up in March of 1974.
Raygan, it turns out, had traveled with the Canadian women’s U18 team to Japan in January for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championship. In net for the Gold Medal game, she stopped 25 of 27 shots and led Team Canada to a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the United States. Then, to top it off, she was named most valuable player of the tournament. No wonder Bob is crowing. Continue reading
by Bob Barr
Back in 1996 Dan Demedash and I were thinking ahead to retirement. The College had no associated appendage for retirees. Through acquaintances, we knew of the U of M faculty lounge, whose membership included retired professors and boasted a wonderful common room, a bar and a dining room. Some emeritus profs were even provided an office. U of W retirees enjoyed a second-floor room overlooking Portage Ave, but with what benefits I do not know. Even Manitoba Hydro provided retiree facilities. Although, never having been there, it is only hearsay how well they were treated. But well! I only know our retirees had a dinner, a handshake from the president, a certificate and a Goodbye. Continue reading