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New RDC Student Residence officially open for students


From Red Deer College Communications

Red Deer College celebrates grand opening of new Residence

It was a day of celebration at RDC Thursday, as the College’s newest building – the impressive five-story Residence – was officially opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Our newest Residence building is another important piece in the evolution of RDC as we transition to become a university,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “This Residence was created through collaboration with our team of experts and with feedback from current and past students, so every square foot was purposefully designed to meet the needs of students and guests living on campus.”

One of the major benefits is the studio suite design, which combines the privacy of independent living with the socializing and collaboration of a Residence environment. There are 145 studio suites, including 10 barrier-free suites, each with a self-contained kitchen and bathroom complete with a shower. The bright, five-story central atrium is at the heart of the building, and there are spaces throughout that will allow students to connect, socialize and study as they live and learn together.

“The Students’ Association is thrilled for the grand opening of Red Deer College’s new residence, primarily because of what it will provide for students during this university transition,” says Brittany Lausen, President of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College. “The new residence will be a fantastic resource for students seeking a more independent option and short-term tenants, such as our apprenticeship students, with its reduced weekly rate. This June, the Students’ Association is hosting the annual Alberta Student Executive Council conference at Red Deer College, and we are excited to share our new residence with other student leaders from across the province to showcase what an amazing facility Red Deer College has built.”

The Residence has been unique since its planning stages, as it was designed and created by an integrated project delivery team. This team, made up of representatives from 11 different companies, included a range of consultants and contractors required to complete the project. By working together, the group identified and solved potential issues during the design phase, which saved time and money throughout construction.

“Our team worked collaboratively on this hefty goal of creating a beautiful building with limited resources,” says Vedran Skopac, Project & Design Lead with Manasc Isaac. “The new student Residence design is focused on social interaction of students. The building offers seven distinct gathering spaces, which represent the sacred “Seven Stages” of personal growth in the life of a Red Deer College student. This concept is an optimistic effort to support the students’ well-being on all three levels: physical, spiritual and, especially, mental health.”

Construction was complete in January 2019, and the first guests to enjoy the thoughtfully designed spaces were athletes on campus for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Students are currently living in the building, and it will be utilized by guests on campus – including those from Summer Camps and Series Summer Arts School – throughout the coming months. Moving forward, it will continue to be used by students, and it will increase RDC’s overall complement of student Residence units to 675.

“This building has been built to be innovative, with 545 solar panels that contribute to our Alternative Energy Initiative. And it was also built to be innovative for how people will live and connect with each other throughout the space,” says Ward. “It’s a beautiful, functional and flexible facility, and a welcome complement to our existing Residences on campus.”


Happening This Friday: The Circus Comes to the Brewery



When was the last time you saw a contortionist perform in the middle of a brewery? Volunteer Central and Undercurrent Brewing are pleased to introduce the performers that will be wowing the audience this Friday night.

Boo’s + Brews: A Freak-Show Cabaret is a fundraiser hosted by Undercurrent Brewing. Proceeds will go towards Volunteer Central, a non-profit that enhances community through volunteerism. Volunteer Central advocates on behalf of hundreds of nonprofits that rely on them to help recruit volunteers to carry out their services in the community.

Enjoy a freakishly-fun evening that includes two live circus performances, a tarot card-reading gypsy, 50/50 and raffles. Round up the staff and purchase 4 tickets for $120 (single tickets are $35). Package include 8 drink tickets, a specially crafted signature cocktail, a delicious assortment of tapas including mini chicken & waffles, tortellini skewers, finishing with a corazon chocolate and hazelnut mousse dessert.

The event features circus acts from world-class performers based in Calgary, like sword swallowing, a contortionist, and – we shudder as we type this – nails may be going up noses.

About the performers:

Lindsay Istace is an award-winning circus performer. Skilled in the arts of crystal ball juggling, extreme flexibility, and more, she has traveled the world to hone her craft. With grace, precision, excessive-high kicks and a dash of danger, Lindsay will delight you a world-class show that you won’t forget.

Schuyler Snowdon is a Canadian circus artist specializing in juggling and balance skills. When pushed to define his show he likes to call it an unusually highly skilled clown act. He performs with acrobatic ladder, rola bola, unicycle and juggles plates, knives and glasses. He began working as a circus performer doing street shows in 2008 and has since performed all over Western Canada by himself and with a number of groups.

Gather some friends or coworkers, and join us for a disturbingly fun evening you soon won’t forget.   To avoid paying Eventbrite fee’s, email Bryan @ and pay by e-transfer!

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Red Deer “Urban Spirits” Rotary Club makes it’s largest ever donation



Pictured (left to right) Troy Gillard and Ross Smilie with Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits, Mark Jones and Alaine Martin with the Cental Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

Urban Spirits Presents $10,000 to Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

Club’s largest community donation to date!

The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits is thrilled to share that they have made a $10,000 donation to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC).

The funds were raised through a successful application to the Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant program and the 2019 Central Alberta Wing Fest that was held at Red Deer Titans Rugby Park on September 7.

“We are incredibly proud and excited to present this donation to the CACAC,” says Reg Warkentin, President, Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. “The work being done by the CACAC is savings the lives of kids across Central Alberta. We’re so pleased to support their work to give vulnerable youth a second chance through our club’s largest donation yet.”

“Community groups like the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits are so crucial in our community; their commitment and involvement allows organizations, like us, to do what we do,” shared Mark Jones, CEO, Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

“We have had the good fortune in having the Urban Spirits club as an avid supporter and advocate for our Centre, and we are honored to receive this generous donation. This contribution lets us continue to support the children of our community affected by child abuse, providing them and their families with the guidance and direction they so richly deserve.

“To everyone at the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits who planned and volunteered at the event, along with all who participated and joined in Central Alberta Wing Fest – we thank you!”

About Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits

Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits charted July 2017. Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for both community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

About Rotary District Grants

To be eligible for a Rotary Foundation District 5360 Grant, the interested Rotary club must annually contribute more than $50/member and be up to date with their contributions at the time of the grant application. The Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits was successful in meeting the grant requirements to support the CACAC. For more details about the grant program, email:

About Central Alberta Wing Fest
Central Alberta Wing Fest is a fundraiser hosted by the Rotaract Club of Red Deer and the Rotary Club of Red Deer Urban Spirits. All proceeds support non-profit and charitable organizations and projects. The 2019 event was presented by RSM Canada.

About the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre
The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children.


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