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New Head Coach of RDC Queens Basketball program coming over from Grande Prairie

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Botham named Queens Basketball head coach

Red Deer College and RDC Athletics are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy Botham as the head coach of the Queens Basketball program. The past two seasons, Botham was the head coach of the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Wolves, who play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Basketball North Division.

“Mandy is a young coach with a lot of potential,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “She has taken the right steps to secure and maintain her coaching certification, and she is connected to great mentors from the national team program and U Sports.”

Botham, who is nearly finished the Train to Compete stages of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), brings a gamut of valuable ACAC coaching and playing experience to RDC.

Prior to her time guiding the Wolves, she was the head coach of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles and an assistant coach with the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves, in her hometown of Prince George. Botham was also the assistant coach of Team B.C.’s U15 Girls in 2014 and head coach in 2015, and she coached at the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance in Vancouver.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Red Deer College and lead the Queens Basketball team,” says Botham. “RDC is known for its strong tradition of athletic excellence and I look forward to building on these traditions.”

Botham will join a strong and knowledgeable group of RDC coaches, who have achieved success at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) levels.

“Mandy is a student of the game and our job will be to support her ongoing development,” says St- Denis. “Mandy displays the necessary skills and attributes that will help her succeed, and she has the support of our experienced coaches and staff at RDC.”

Botham’s time coaching in Grande Prairie was a homecoming of sorts. She was a student-athlete on the most prolific Women’s Wolves Basketball team in GPRC history. During the 1994-5 season, Botham’s Wolves had a perfect ACAC regular season record and captured the ACAC Championship. Then at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship, the Wolves earned a bronze medal in Nova Scotia.

Botham will arrive in Red Deer in mid-May and will step into her duties as Queens Head Coach on May 16.

“I’m looking forward to coming to Red Deer and immersing myself in the high-performance environment at RDC,” says Botham.

For more information about RDC Queens Basketball, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.

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The Kings and Queens Survive!!

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Kings and Queens will remain names for RDU Athletics teams

When Red Deer College announced its intention to change the names of the Kings and Queens Athletics teams when it becomes Red Deer University, the community spoke up. More than 1,000 people provided their feedback through RDC’s online survey, direct emails and other means, demonstrating their passion that the names represent both the College’s history and the future of Red Deer University.

Based on the positive feedback in support of student-athletes, Athletic teams and alumni, RDC will keep the Kings and Queens names for its teams when it evolves to be Red Deer University.

“For everyone who shared your positive feedback and your support of our extensive Athletics community, thank you. We have heard you,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “Reflecting on this process, we recognize that we needed to reach out to you sooner for your feedback on what Red Deer University Athletics should look like, before deciding that we would change the names. We’re sorry for initially overlooking that step.”

With the College making the decision to keep the RDU Kings and Queens names to represent its student-athletes and teams in the future, the February 11 community consultation sessions have been cancelled. People who registered for these sessions will be notified.

RDC’s student-athletes have created a strong legacy of excellence in competition, the classroom and making an impact in surrounding communities through coaching, volunteering and more. The College is committed to maintaining the Kings and Queens legacy as it becomes Red Deer University. In support of its student-athletes, RDC appreciates the community’s commitment to post-secondary athletics in this region, by people attending games, volunteering or giving back in other ways.

There is one more important issue Red Deer College must address regarding the feedback received during the past few weeks about renaming RDC Athletics.

“It’s very important that people understand our decision to keep the names is based on the extensive positive feedback, and that the hate that was expressed by a portion of people – particularly on social media – does not align with the core values of our institution in any way,” Nunoda says. “It was never our intention to start this type of negative conversation, and we acknowledge that a number of people were impacted and hurt on a personal, organizational and community level. Inclusiveness is and will continue to be one of our values, and we stand behind that.”

Looking to the future, RDC will develop a foundational strategy on what inclusiveness and equity looks like within our institution. This will be modelled on best practices with human equity strategies, and adapted for the specific and unique needs of students, faculty, staff and stakeholders that make up the post-secondary community.

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Blood donors saved her life. Now she’s asking students to “tap their lifesaving potential”

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Carla Riley-Sloan will talk to students at Red Deer College Tuesday 

From Canadian Blood Services

New donors wanted at campus blood typing event 

Local recipient urges students to tap their lifesaving potential

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Canadian Blood Services and volunteer student recruitment teams on post-secondary campuses across Canada will host blood typing events to encourage students to join Canada’s Lifeline and become blood donors. The Prairie region is hoping to help 3000 students learn their blood type.

Students can discover their blood type, learn about the donation process and how donating blood saves lives. Over 110,000 new blood donors are needed in Canada this year to keep up with demand. Blood recipient Carla Riley-Sloan will share her story to inspire students to be part of Canada’s Lifeline.

Carla was injured when her vehicle was struck by a vehicle speeding through a red light at an intersection. She sustained various injuries including brain damage and spinal trauma and required multiple blood products to survive.

In Red Deer, Canadian Blood Services is hoping to type 150 people to help recruit the 40 new donors needed every week to meet patient demand.

Students can book appointments to give blood at donation events across the Prairie region in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.

For more information on blood types visithttps://blood.ca/en/blood/donating-blood/whats-my-blood-type.

WHEN                 1 p.m. Feb 4, 2020  ( event runs 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

WHERE                    Main Forum, Red Deer College

Help us spread the word the need for blood is constant. Tag your social media with the hashtag #CanadasLifeline on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the GiveBlood app, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283), or book now at blood.ca. Walk-in appointments are also available at all locations.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization. Regulated by Health Canada as a biologics manufacturer and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health, Canadian Blood Services operates with a national scope, infrastructure and governance that make it unique within Canadian healthcare. In the domain of blood, plasma and stem cells, we provide services for patients on behalf of all provincial and territorial governments except Quebec. The national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs reaches into all provinces and territories, as a biological lifeline for Canadians.

 

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