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Lacombe’s Mark DeWit is Boston Pizza Athlete of the Week



  • From RDC Athletics

    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Boston Pizza Athlete of the Week.

    Mark DeWit – Kings Volleyball Hometown – Lacombe, AB Bachelor of Commerce (2nd year)

    Mark DeWit had a strong weekend on the court for the Red Deer College Kings, helping them win silver at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship.  He was also named a CCAA Championship First Team All-star at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    In Friday’s three set sweep over the defending CCAA Champion Limoilou Titans (25-11, 25-21 and 25- 22), the Bachelor of Commerce student had three kills and one stuff block.  Then in the semi-final against the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners, the second-year middle elevated his play, totaling 11 kills, three stuffs, two digs and one assist, energizing the Kings over the Mariners in three sets (25-23, 25-20 and 26-24).  Mark was also named the Kings Player-of-the-Game for his tremendous performance.  In Saturday’s national final, the Fanshawe Falcons downed the RDC Kings in four sets (25-12, 25-13, 22-25 and 25-23).  The student-athlete from Lacombe played a key role again for the Kings, totaling six kills, four stuffs, one dig, one assist and one service ace.

    This Week in RDC Athletics

    This week the Red Deer College Kings Hockey team will compete against the MacEwan University Griffins in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey semi-final.

    The RDC Indoor Track team will race at the ACAC Championships over two days in Calgary.

    Kings Hockey | Thursday, March 14 | 7:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

    The RDC Kings will open the best of three semi-final against the MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton. The Kings will enter the series with some momentum. Prior to downing the Concordia University Thunder in straight games in the quarter-final, the Red Deer College Kings won six consecutive regular season contests, and eight of their past 10. MacEwan University received a bye to the semi-final because of their top two placement in the standings. In the Griffins’ past ten regular season games, they won six.

    In the last regular season series on February 22 and 27, the RDC Kings defeated the Griffins in back-to-back games and outscored them by a total of 9-2. Dylan Thudium led both teams with four points (one goal and three assists). Arik Weersink was the winning goaltender in both contests. The Business Administration student from Lethbridge made 31 saves for a 3-0 shutout in Sylvan Lake. Then in Edmonton, the first-year Kings goaltender made 36 saves out of 38 shots (0.947) in the 6-2 victory.

    The NAIT Ooks will face the SAIT Trojans in the other semi-final.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, March 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The RDC Kings will host the Griffins for game two in Red Deer.

    Kings Hockey | Saturday, March 16 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

    If necessary, game three will be played in Edmonton.

    RDC Indoor Track | March 15-16 | ACAC Championships | Repsol Sport Centre

    The Red Deer College Indoor Track Team will run at the ACAC Championships in Calgary.
    At the Running Room Grand Prix #2, there were many superb performances from RDC student- athletes.

    Shayla Sklaruk was one of the top performers, placing first in the 300 m, 600 m and as part of the Queens 4 x 400 m relay team.

    SAIT will host the two-day event.

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

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    Remarkable RDC Student Receives National Honour




  • From RDC Communications

    RDC Student Receives National Leadership Award

    Red Deer College student, Robin Chiles, was recognized on a national level at the College and Institutes Canada (CICan) Conference in Niagara Falls recently.

    The award for Leadership Excellence in the Student category is given to a student who has made a remarkable contribution within their institution, as well as in their community.

    Robin Chiles is a dedicated wife, mother of two, community volunteer, full-time nursing student, and recognized student leader at Red Deer College and leader in the central Alberta community.

    Robin is in her final year of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program and is a student leader on the RDC Board of Governors, the Students’ Association, and a member on the Nursing Society on campus. She has achieved both the Dean’s Honour Roll and the President’s Honour Role for academic excellence while showing passion and commitment for her community.

    While excelling on campus, Robin finds time to support her local community through supporting young women in her congregation, participating in the Red Deer River Clean-up and Red Deer’s Point in Time Homeless Count. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is very active in supporting programs that help those affected by cancer such as the fundraiser Relay for Life.

    “I am so very honored and to be nominated and receive the CICan Student Leadership award. When I first began my educational journey at Red Deer College being a student leader was not something, I set out to achieve. However, I soon recognized my passion for helping others succeed. My success would not have been possible without the support of many at Red Deer College, my husband and family. The opportunity to develop my leadership skills and be supported to do such has been one of the many highlights during my time at RDC,” says Robin Chiles, Student Member on RDC’s Board of Governors and CICan Award Recipient.

    Robin is set to graduate from the Bachelor of Science Nursing program in December 2019. This award is an excellent nod to her leadership at Red Deer College and the involvement that she will carry forward in the community.

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    RDC’s Business Development VP prepares to leave work he excelled at




  • From Michael Donlevy – VP, Business Development at Red Deer College

    Investing in education inspires student success

    I was inspired to accept an offer from former Red Deer College President, Ron Woodward, to join the Executive Team at RDC in 2001. This was initially through my involvement as a volunteer on the RDC Campaign Cabinet that raised $7.2 million – still a lot of money today – to help build the College’s Library Information Common. I was inspired by the College’s leadership and vision, along with a foundational commitment to student success from those leaders and by faculty and staff, inspiration that has continued under the leadership of current President Joel Ward.

    Coupled with this was my own belief in the value of RDC to Red Deer and Central Alberta as essential to what makes our region a special place to live. Our family grew to love the community we now call home and being able to make a mid-career change and remain in Red Deer was exciting. Now, as I retire from RDC after 18 years, having been privileged to serve in variety of meaningful and influential roles, I remain just as inspired and passionate about our College – soon to become Red Deer University.

    Along the way, that inspiration has been fueled by my deep belief in the importance of investing in education – and not just by Governments who often see post-secondary education only as an expense line item in a budget. It is why I dedicated my efforts, along with the teams that I had the privilege of leading, to seek to inspire corporate entities, business owners and individuals to consider the value of RDC to our region and to invest in the success of our students. Over the years, that came about in many ways, through incredible donations, committed sponsorships, major events and “in-kind” contributions.

    Sometimes, fundraisers are viewed less positively – hold onto your wallet, here they come again. Yet I have witnessed the laudable and inspired efforts of colleagues in so many charitable organizations throughout Alberta and beyond, who want to inspire donor investment in causes so critical to the fabric of our communities.

    I am proud to be a fund development professional and to strive for success in this good work. Because at the core, it isn’t about fundraising, it is about seeking to build respectful relationships, earning the trust of individuals that we will honour and steward their investment, large or small, in a way that preserves the trust we have been given.

    The experiences I’ve enjoyed over almost 20 years of working with RDC’s amazing group of senior administration colleagues, staff and faculty, being part of helping learners achieve their educational goals, has been a true privilege. But so memorable and humbling, has been the opportunity to engage donors, alumni, partners, sponsors, volunteers and community members. They showed me, time and again, their own passion for RDC, their commitment to our students and so often, the true meaning of generosity and philanthropy.

    I have been honoured to work with donors who, during the saddest times of their lives, would establish a student award in memory of their spouse, son or daughter. As well, in the best of times, donors from our own community came forward to invest in RDC with major, transformational gifts, whom we have gratefully recognized. And in challenging times, I have seen businesses and their owners support new programs, believing in the value of investing in RDC to build and expand.

    Because of these investments, we have been able to construct incredible new facilities, bring new programs to life and create scholarships for students, whose lives have been changed in remarkable ways.  As RDC becomes RDU, I hope you will also be inspired to invest in the exciting future that lies ahead for the College – and continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our learners.

    Michael Donlevy, Vice President, Business Development at Red Deer College, will be retiring at the end of June.

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