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Former Notre Dame Cougar and Red Deer Renegade has break out game in RDC Kings Soccer Season Opener



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  • RDC Athletics Recap – From Red Deer College Communications Team

    Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week

    1. Jill Stewart – Queens Cross Country Running
    Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (3rd year)

    This past Saturday, Jill Stewart had a tremendous performance to kick off the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Cross Country Running season at Running Room Grand Prix #1. The third-year student-athlete impressively completed the 6 km race in top spot among ACAC female runners (24:33) and helped lead the Red Deer College Queens to a first place finish as a team. The talented Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student from Red Deer is one of the leaders on the Queens and consistently displays a strong work ethic as she strives to reach new personal bests.

    2. Theoren Gill – Kings Soccer
    Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (3rd year)

    Theoren Gill was a force in the Red Deer College Kings’ 6 – 0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions this past weekend. The third-year midfielder’s leadership skills were evident, positively reinforcing Head Coach Wade Groenewegen’s game plan to his teammates. Gill, a Bachelor of Education Elementary student, contributed two goals in the win and was praised after the game by Groenewegen for his effort and timely goals. The skilled student-athlete from Red Deer will be a key component of the Kings Soccer team this season, on and off the pitch.


    This past weekend, four RDC teams had a tremendous start to the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season.  The Red Deer College Queens & Kings Soccer teams earned convincing home victories over the Ambrose University Lions. The RDC Queens Cross Country Running team dominated with a first place finish in Edmonton, and the Kings placed second as a group.

    Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics.

    Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC

    The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Ambrose University Lions 4-1 in their home opener.  Teryn Wright and Alisha Coules scored singles, and first-year Mikayla Fujimoto added a pair of goals in the victory.

    Queens Head Coach Esad Elkaz appreciated the increased offensive output. “We talked about improving this year and we scored four goals in our first game today,” says Elkaz. “Obviously we have a lot of speed and improvement from last year – a lot more offence.”

    Despite a solid win, Elkaz wants the Queens to keep evolving their game. “I’m still looking at improving the speed of our play,” says Elkaz. “That’s my goal for the future.”

    Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC

    The RDC Kings controlled the game and earned a 6-0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions in their opening conference game of the season.

    Both William Arcinegas and Timmo van Klaveren scored one goal for RDC.  Colin Purnell and Theoren Gill contributed a pair of goals each.

    The Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen appreciated Gill’s timely goals. “We don’t get our 6-0 result without those two important goals from Theo.  He got the second and third goals, which are at key moments,” says Groenewegen. “All goals count the same on the scoresheet but they don’t all mean the same.  The two goals he scored were ones that we needed.”


    Cross Country Running | Saturday, September 8 | Concordia University of Edmonton

    At Running Room Grand Prix #1, the RDC Queens, led by Red Deer’s Jill Stewart, took top spot.page2image3000

    Newcomer Daniel Szucs helped push the RDC Kings to a second place finish as a team, just behind the SAIT Trojans.page2image4976

    After a productive summer of training, Stewart looked strong over 6 kilometres and completed the course first among ACAC female runners in 24:33.  Cross Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott was thrilled with the opening race of the season. “I was very pleased with the effort and results today,” says Elliott. “We set goals before racing and many of the student-athletes achieved or passed those goals. Our runners looked sharp and it was a very positive start to the season.”

    The Red Deer College Cross Country Running team will race in Calgary at Running Room Grand Prix #2.  Jill Stewart and the Queens will look to repeat their first place performances, and the Kings will aim to push the SAIT Trojans for top spot.  SAIT and St. Mary’s University will co-host the event.


    Non-conference Action

    Queens Hockey | Ice Breaker Tournament | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    Friday, the RDC Queens and MacEwan University Griffins tied 3-3.  The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Olds College Broncos 5-3 on Saturday. Later Saturday evening, the Queens earned a 3-1 victory over the SAIT Trojans.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, September 7 | U of L

    The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports, downed the RDC Kings 4-2 in exhibition.  In a Saturday afternoon contest, the Pronghorns picked up a 5-3 win over the Kings.

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    Two RDC runners finish top ten at nationals



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  • RDC Athletics Update
    Red Deer, November 13, 2018 – Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Boston Pizza

    Athletes of the Week.

    Jill Stewart – Queens Cross Country Running
    Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (3rd year)

    This past Saturday, Jill Stewart (24:30) had a strong race at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Ontario. Over 6 km, the Red Deer runner finished 10th overall in a competitive field, leading the Queens to a national bronze medal in challenging running conditions. With the top 10 finish, the Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student received the honour of being named an All-Canadian.

    Matthew Hope – Kings Cross Country Running Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matthew Hope has been among the top Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) male
    runners this year, and also proved his talent on the national circuit on November 10. At the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student (28:01) finished third, earning national bronze over 8 km in snowy and cool temperatures. Despite an ailing back, the third-year student-athlete showed a lot of heart and was named an All-Canadian for his outstanding bronze medal achievement.

    This Week in RDC Athletics

    This week, there are several exciting ACAC matchups on tap. The Hockey Queens will face-off against the NAIT Ooks in a pair of games. The RDC Kings Hockey team will play the SAIT Trojans in a home-and-home series. Both volleyball squads will compete against the Ambrose University Lions in two matches and the Red Deer College Basketball teams will host the Lions on Saturday evening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    For convenience, game tickets can be purchased online.
    Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.


    Queens Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT

    In Edmonton, the third place RDC Queens (4-4) will challenge the NAIT Ooks (8-2). Veronika Bucifalova and Kaely McMurtry have continued their chemistry on the ice. The gifted linemates have scored six goals each, sharing the league lead. Bucifalova, a first-year forward from Czech Republic, also shares top spot for overall points in ACAC Women’s Hockey with 11.

    Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The venue will shift to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, as the two teams will hit the ice in the second half of the home-and-home series.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The RDC Kings (7-2-0-1) will face-off against the SAIT Trojans (7-3-0-0) at home. The Kings share first place in the standings with the MacEwan University Griffins. Both teams have 15 points and the SAIT Trojans are one point back, so this will be an important weekend series.

    RDC’s Dylan Baer will enter this game on a roll. The talented blueliner has recorded 10 points in 10 games while taking care of his own zone, and he scored a hat trick in Saturday’s overtime victory against the Portage College Voyageurs.

    Second-year Kings’ forward Lynnden Pastachak assisted on all three of Baer’s markers, and the Kinesiology student from Bienfait, Saskatchewan contributed seven points in two games, helping the Kings take four of a possible four points this past weekend.

    Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

    The Kings and Trojans will square off in Calgary.

    Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The Red Deer College Queens (5-5) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (6 – 2). Both teams will enter the match on a winning streak. The Queens have won four in a row and the Lions have captured five straight.

    The Lions will host the 2018-19 ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship.

    Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    In a rematch, the Volleyball Queens will take on the Lions on the road.

    Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The second place Red Deer College Kings (6-4) will host the sixth seeded Ambrose University Lions (2-6). Regan Fathers, a talented right side hitter, leads ACAC Men’s Volleyball with 5.74 kills per set.

    Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    Following the Queens, the Kings and Lions will meet.

    Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The hard-working Basketball Queens will face the Ambrose University Lions at home.

    Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The third place RDC Kings (4-2) will hit the hardwood against the second place Ambrose University Lions (5-1). The Kings have been strong on the boards. Six-foot-four forward Eric Bakker leads the way with 8.2 rebounds per game.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit:

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    RDC and Alberta Colleges supporting soldiers



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  • From RDC Communications

    RDC joins Colleges Alberta partnership supporting reservists

    A group of 12 Alberta post-secondary institutions have signed a memorandum of understanding supporting Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reservists who are college employees or students.

    The services of Canadian Reservists may be required by the Department of National Defence while having work or study commitments at RDC, or partnered colleges.  Leave may be granted under this memorandum, securing their employment and accommodating their studies until they return.

    “It is really important if Reservists get called to duty, or have opportunities to train, our institutions support them,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO, on behalf of Colleges Alberta. “There were some formal policies in place but we decided as a group of Alberta colleges to make a strong statement through a MOU, supporting Reservists in our institutions, whether they are students or employees.”

    Of the approximately 90,000 dedicated men and women serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, 26,000 are Reservists.  About 30 per cent of those Reservists are students.   As needed, several accommodations will be available for these learners.  Tests and assignments can be rescheduled, and a program may be deferred during a lengthy deployment.

    As Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG), Colonel Eppo van Weelderen, recognizes the importance and value of this formal agreement. “This collaboration among the Alberta colleges is paramount to continue the development of educated, hard-working and strong leaders for Canada,” he says. “This will help provide the necessary supports to our soldiers as they fulfill their duties serving our nation, in our communities and abroad.”

    Forty-one CBG is one of three Army Reserve formations within 3rd Canadian Division. Made up of nine units and a brigade headquarters in Calgary, 41 CBG has seen the number of reserve soldiers increase by nearly 10 per cent the past two years, to approximately 1,600 reserve soldiers garrisoned in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife. Ninety per cent of the soldiers serve part-time.

    Carolyn Patton, Alberta Chair of Canadian Forces Liaison Council, views the agreement as mutually advantageous. “This memorandum strengthens the relationship and provides benefits to both parties,” she says. “While serving our country, the Reservists will be able to focus on their duties, and share their skills, knowledge and experiences when they return to their college settings, and communities.”

    Maria Anderson, RDC Technician Parts Instructor, has taught at Red Deer College since 2013. She has previously been granted leave by RDC to fulfill her duties as a Reservist. The support from RDC, along with this formal agreement accommodating all Reservists in this group of Alberta colleges, will allow for future development.

    “I am grateful to have an employer who encourages my career in the Canadian Army Reserves,” says Anderson. “Knowing that I am supported if I have an opportunity for military training allows me to grow professionally and personally, in ways that benefit my whole community.”

    The Reservists’ diverse skillsets provide tremendous value to colleges, and beyond. “The leadership and skills that are developed through military training produces strong employees and students at Red Deer College, and their work benefits the citizens of Canada in many ways,” says Ward. “Reservists are used, not just overseas in combat missions, but also in civil emergencies. Whether it was the ice storm that was in Quebec, or floods, the Reservists are the first to be called so we need to support them.”

    To join the Canadian Reserve, contact the nearest armoury in your community.  For more information and a list of units in your region, visit the Canadian Army Reserve online.

    About Canadian Forces Liaison Council: Canadian Forces Liaison Council is a group of more than two hundred Canada-wide senior business executives and educational leaders, a full-time Secretariat and a national network of Reserve officers. The civilians volunteer their time and efforts to promote the primary Reserve Force by highlighting the benefits of Reserve Force training and experience to the civilian workplace. They also support individual Reservists as well as Reserve units in matters related to employer support. The Council’s mandate is to enhance the availability of Reservists for their military duties by obtaining the support and co-operation of organization leaders in Canada. The Council encourages civilian employers and educational institutions to grant Reservists time off on a voluntary basis, without penalty, to allow them to participate in their military activities, duties and training.

    About RDC: For 55 years, RDC has been proudly serving its learners and communities. The College continues to grow programs, facilities and opportunities as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years.

    This year, RDC will add seven new programs to more than 100 established programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). RDC educates 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. The College is expanding its teaching, learning, athletic and living spaces with the additions of the state-of-the-art Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris, Alternative Energy Lab and construction of a new Residence which all enhance RDC’s Alternative Energy Initiative. Main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. RDC is also proud to serve its Donald School of Business students housed at a downtown campus, located in the Millennium Centre, in addition to housing teaching and learning space at the Welikoklad Event Centre.

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