Read below how your generous donations can make a difference, and consider giving today. 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.
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
On February 20, 2017, Inclusion Winnipeg, formerly known as Community Living Winnipeg, will host the second annual Wild Winter Canoe Race at The Forks on the Red River. We need your help. We’re looking for volunteers to help run the event.
The Wild Winter Canoe Race is a friendly competition held on a course of groomed snow tracks located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. There will be 60 teams of 5 people each dressed in bright colours and racing with one leg in and one leg out of a canoe. No paddles! 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.
We are sad to report Betty’s sudden passing on November 19, 2016. Betty retired from RRC in 2006 after 27 years service.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
It is with deep regret we note the unexpected passing of Peter Cogill while on vacation in his beloved England. Peter was the storekeeper at Stevenson for many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him. He was truly a gentleman in all his actions and words. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. A memorial service was held on Wednesday November 13th at 2PM at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral at 135 Anderson Avenue Winnipeg, MB.
We are saddened to report the passing of Lee Shirtliffe on May 16th 2014. Joining the College in 1970, Lee taught an array of subjects such as industrial hydraulics, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, fluid mechanics, final control elements, process devices and practices and process measurements. He met Lydia at Red River College and they were married July 1981. In May 2000, for his outstanding contribution toward education and training in science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, Lee was selected by the Instrumentation Society of America, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award in recognition for his 30 years of continuous service in teaching instrumentation at Red River College and inspiring and mentoring students for the betterment of the instrumentation field. In July 2008, Lee retired from the College after 38 years as Lead Instructor in the Instrumentation Engineering program. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes to establish a memorial scholarship at Red River College in Lee’s name. (Obituary)
It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of RoyMalyon at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at the age of 73 years. Roy was a Chair in the Transportation department in the ‘90s, and then moved to Market Driven Training. He was responsible for creating RRC’s partnership with Toyota and the T-TEP program. After Toyota discontinued their program across Canada, they continued to remain a strong supporter of RRC through vehicle donations. Roy was also instrumental in founding partnerships with Boeing and Standard Aero that continue to this day. He was very highly respected by all that worked with him and was a great ambassador for the college. The family would appreciate a donation in Roy’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg MB R3E 0V9.
It is with great sadness we note the passing of Judi after a courageous battle with cancer on February 11, 2013 at age 61. An instructor in the Med. Rad. Program she was an inspiration to her students and colleagues. Judi will be remembered as always being upbeat in the face of adversity. Golf was Judi’s down-time passion whose crowning achievement was her induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Sigmar died on February 1, 2013. Sigmar was born at Bissett, MB, on February 25, 1935, moving to Winnipeg in 1951. Entering the plumbing trade in 1955 he subsequently became an instructor at RRC in the piping trades department. After retirement he became a member of the RRC Heritage Group. He was also a member of the Bissett and Area Historical Society. His activities included fishing, curling and watching women’s curling on the Internet and TV.
It is with deep sadness that we note the sudden death of Library staff member Guldeep Singh on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Born November 12, 1953 she overcame many challenges in life with determination and faith. Many of you will have known Guldeep as the friendly face at the NDC Library’s Circulation desk in the evenings. Guldeep worked for RRC for almost 10 years and was counted on for her reliability and willingness to fill-in whenever asked. She was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed.