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President of Vancouver Community College to take the reigns from RDC President Joel Ward.


RDC welcomes Dr. Peter Nunoda as 11th President

From RDC Communications

Red Deer College’s Board of Governors has introduced Dr. Peter Nunoda to the College community as the institution’s incoming President & CEO, succeeding Joel Ward after ten years.

Dr. Nunoda, who holds a Ph.D. in History, brings an extensive list of skills and more than 30 years of post-secondary experience to the College. Dr. Nunoda has been the President of Vancouver Community College (VCC) since August 2014. He served as Vice President, Academic and Research at Northern Lights College (NLC) for three years, prior to leading VCC. Under Dr. Nunoda’s guidance, domestic enrolment grew three per cent and the number of international students skyrocketed 75 per cent at NLC through a Strategic Enrolment Management Plan.

From 2007-2011, Dr. Nunoda was the Dean of Faculty of Health at the University College of the North. Before that position, he served as the Director of Access Programs and Program Director for Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Nunoda was also an instructor in the Departments of History and Native Studies for 12 years at the University of Manitoba, where he conducted research projects on various topics, including Aboriginal health education and Aboriginal student retention. His subject matter expertise in Aboriginal health also led him to a position with the Indigenous Health Unit at James Cook University in Australia.

During an extensive search that lasted more than 15 months, RDC’s Board of Governors identified Dr. Nunoda as the strongest candidate to lead Red Deer College through an exciting time of growth and change as it becomes Red Deer University. The Board of Governors thanks Leaders International, an executive search firm, for their assistance in hiring Dr. Nunoda.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. Peter Nunoda as the 11th President of Red Deer College,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board of Governors Chair. “His attributes and experiences at the college and university levels, along with his significant work with Indigenous communities, make him the ideal candidate to lead RDC through the continuing growth and transition to become a comprehensive regional teaching university.”

In addition to Dr. Nunoda’s expertise and work experience, he is a big proponent of collaborating with, and connecting with, the community. Along with Central City Foundation, VCC has hosted Fair in the Square, connecting over 3,000 community members at a festival of food, music and activities. In partnership with Vancouver Trolley Company and funding from Telus, the VCC Dental Clinic hosted Tooth Trolley for pre-registered children and their families, providing free dental exams, seminars and fun activities.

Dr. Nunoda looks forward to using his past experiences in the post-secondary sector, supporting learners and communities, to lead Red Deer College into the future.

Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President

“This is an exciting time for Red Deer College as we transition to university status. The future is very bright as we work together to achieve what this community and region have dreamed about for a long time,” says Dr. Nunoda. “It is our responsibility to make the vision of a high quality comprehensive post-secondary institution a reality for the generations to come. I look forward to working with our many stakeholders on this transformational journey.”

Dr. Nunoda and his wife, Joanne, have three children, Erin, Emily and Ethan, who all attend post-secondary institutions in Canada. He is an avid golfer and a dedicated hockey fan.

Dr. Nunoda will commence his duties as RDC President on September 3, 2019.


Raise Your Glass to Education!



from Red Deer Regional Catholic Education Foundation

Save the date!

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Raise Your Glass to Education!

The Red Deer Catholic Regional Education Foundation is celebrating its 11 year anniversary!

The event takes place at Kerry Wood Nature Centre and will feature beer, wine and spirits tastings from excellent local crafters, as well as samplings of local artisan foods and delectables. In addition, there will be a number of  unique “experience” silent auction items – experiences you may have always wanted to try but haven’t yet. All this in the beautiful setting of Kerry Wood Nature Centre where you might even be able to do a bit of star gazing between sips!

Why would you want to support the Foundation? What are we about? Established in 2009, the Red Deer Regional Catholic Education Foundation raises funds to support faith-based initiatives that are not provided by Alberta Education. In 2018, the Foundation provided $50,000 to 22 different projects involving hundreds of Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students. This number is in the thousands over the last 10 years. These included:

  1. Breakfast programs for students in our most vulnerable communities.
  2. Several student retreats which focused on faith understanding, leadership growth, physical
    activity, career and personal development.
  3. Hosting speakers and special programs that raise student awareness to mental, emotional and
    physical health issues.
  4. Providing students with tools to support acts of kindness toward each other, discouraging acts
    of aggression and bullying.
  5. Supporting and encouraging literacy initiatives, including continued support of the very
    successful RDCRS READS Summer Reading program.
  6. Connecting students with seniors residing in care homes who are often lonely.
  7. Understanding the Catholic faith as the basis for Community Servant Leadership development.
  8. Helping our youth understand that they are each unique and a Gift of God and do not have to be like everyone else. In these very challenging times, prayer can be an effective source of comfort and inner strength.
  9. Encouraging students to develop their individual strengths and talents in the areas of art, culture and music.
  10. Teaching students how to make good choices such as healthy eating, active living, not relying on abusive substances and developing their own identity.
  11. Providing $2500 in Post-Secondary Scholarship funds for deserving students.

In short, our goal is for increased focus on developing and celebrating “the whole” of each of our students to be the best that they can be, with their faith as a cornerstone of that initiative. Joining us as a sponsor will help ensure our students continue to thrive in faith-based growth and development. We hope you will see the value of your participation.

Read more stories about the local community on Todayville Red Deer.

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Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools appoints Kathleen Finnigan Interim Superintendent



From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

The Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Board of Trustees passed a motion on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, concluding the employment of Superintendent Dr. Paul Mason, effective immediately.

Associate Superintendent Kathleen Finnigan has been appointed as Interim Superintendent. Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools thanks Dr. Mason for his years of service.

As this is an internal employment matter, the Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools Board has no further comment.

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