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RDC announces new Vice President Corporate



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  • Red Deer, October 3, 2017 – Red Deer College will enhance its leadership team on October 16, when Shelley Ralston joins the College as the Vice President Corporate.

    Since 2011, Ralston has been the Director of Talent and Culture with Xerox Canada, and her national-level portfolio included all aspects of sourcing, recruiting, learning and development, leadership development, strategic workforce planning and diversity and inclusion. With her extensive corporate experience and community contributions, including her input as a past member of the Provincial Task Force for Excellence in Teaching, Ralston brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at RDC.

    “It is a tremendous opportunity for Red Deer College to have Shelley Ralston join our team,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “The Vice President Corporate has to have a broad base of knowledge and experience from the corporate world, as well as an understanding of the post-secondary sector. Shelley’s years of experience at the national corporate level and her knowledge and vision for post- secondary makes her the ideal candidate to complement our Vice President group.”

    The Vice President Corporate position is new to the College, and RDC undertook a national search to fill the role. The position is part of the Vice President Model that was introduced July 1, 2017, which consists of a Vice President Academic, Vice President College Services and Vice President Corporate. In her role, Ralston’s portfolio will consist of Marketing & Communications, Strategic Planning & Analysis, Human Resources and, within this academic year, Community Relations.

    Ralston looks forward to her diverse portfolio, which will allow her to integrate her experience into a new operational role. “Joining RDC in this capacity is a wonderful opportunity for me to further commit my passion and abilities to help prepare for our future. I have always been impressed with the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff at RDC and look forward to bringing new insights and perspectives to support our learners and the communities of central Alberta.”

    While busy in her daily corporate life, Ralston also dedicates her time to high-level community initiatives that support central Alberta and beyond. She was part of RDC’s Board of Governors for six years and has also been on Boards for numerous community organizations. Currently, Ralston is a Board Member with Fortis Alberta and is the Volunteer Lead for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She is a recipient of the Central Alberta Women of Excellence Award. A highlight from her community work includes her role as Co-Founder and Board member of the Women’s Leadership Foundation that raised over $4 million through the successful design and delivery of conferences and workshops.

    “Through her corporate and community work, Shelley continually demonstrates her unwavering commitment to enhancing our region,” says Ward. “As we look to RDC’s exciting future filled with growth and opportunity, we know that her contributions as Vice President Corporate will be an incredible benefit to our College and to the learners we serve.”


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    Sylvan Lake’s Castle of Dreams



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  • Local House Holds Romantic History (interview with Mrs. Ada Hagerman, Sylvan Lake News, January 27, 1981)

    If you’re heading to Sylvan Lake this weekend, take a walk around.  There’s some amazing local history.

    It almost reads like a Harlequin romance but it happened here in Sylvan Lake back in 1905. She came from “royalty” in France, fell in love with a commoner and married. Taboo in those days, she was ordered to get out of the country but was given all the money she desired.  This was the beginning of a unique historical event not to be excluded from Sylvan Lake history books.  Evidence of the romance now lies in a stone castle located on 50A Street.

    When Mr. and Mrs. Archambeau left France in disgrace, they came to Sylvan Lake with a dream to build themselves a home which was almost identical to the bride’s royal fortress. After years of toil and hard labour, their dream was fulfilled. Local resident Ada Hagerman told the News of problems the young couple ran into before their dream finally became a reality. A young girl at the time, Mrs. Hagerman related incidents she remembered when the building was being constructed as rather comical.

    “The Archambeaus started building their castle in 1905 or 1906,” she said. “At first they built a raft made of a plank and two logs and pushed it up and down the lakeshore picking up special rocks for the castle.” Aided by another couple, the men then dragged stones on a deer hide nailed to a pole to the building site while the women carried what they could in their arms. Progress, of course, was slow. It all changed one day, though, when the Archambeaus saw a wheelbarrow and what it could do.

    Mrs. Hagerman laughingly said the couple were so intrigued with the device they went home and built one themselves. There was a problem, though. The wooden wheelbarrow did not work as well as they had expected. They had built a six-sided wheel! After advice and a new wheelbarrow from Mrs. Hagerman’s father, the problem was solved. But before convenience of a wheelbarrow came, about seven feet of the castle had already been constructed.

    Although Mrs. Archambeau had money, for the first two years the couple could only work with wood and nails. Finally, in 1910, they were able to build a cement house adjacent to the castle.

    Mrs. Hagerman said the couple used to keep goats up in the castle. After going to a sale one day and buying the critters, they realized they had no place to keep them until a shed and fence could be built. The logical think seemed to be carrying them up to the castle.

    Years later, tragedy struck the Archambeaus. Mr. Archambeau died of what residents thought was cancer, although no one was ever sure.  Childless, Mrs. Archambeau returned to France and was never heard from again. But history of the castle was to go on being told from decade to decade. Throughout the years it has been used as a ‘honeymoon castle’ for both local and city residents and has passed from owner to owner.

    There is no one currently living in the castle, but the adjacent Holbrook Cottage has allowed the Archives to install a signpost as part of our Legacy Trail Walking Tour – Preserving the Past for Future Generations.

    Read some other stories about Sylvan Lake’s history – Click here.

    Published by Todayville originally on September 4, 2017

    Marion Thompson

    Sylvan Lake & District Archives

    5012  – 48 Avenue, Lower Level, Municipal Government Building

    Sylvan Lake, AB  T4S 1G6

    403-887-1185 x262


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    Garden Days is About to Bloom From Coast to Coast



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  • Garden Days is Canada’s annual, fun-filled, country-wide celebration of our garden culture and the vital role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.  This year’s dates are June 16 to 24, inclusive.
    Starting on National Garden Day, Saturday, June 16, this nine-day program of activities and events is for garden enthusiasts, families, schools and tourists alike.
    Garden Days is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at a nearby garden centre, attend a garden-related seminar or two at a local library or horticultural society, go on a garden tour, get involved with a community garden initiative or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their favourite public garden.
    Garden Days activities from coast to coast
    There are hundreds of fun activities planned from one end of the country to the other.  From The Butchart Gardens in Victoria’s ‘Gnome Hunt’ which will delight the kids, to Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden’s ‘Rhody Show’ a must-see for plant lovers –  there are activities in every province that will be sure to delight.  All are easily found on the Garden Days website
    There’s still time to register your activities
    All Canadian gardens, garden and horticultural organizations, schools, communities, libraries, wineries, BIAs and garden-related businesses such as garden centres are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate public gardens and home gardening and register them,at no cost, on the Garden Days website.  It’s as simple as visiting and clicking on the ‘Register’ button.
    Why is there a national Garden Days program?
    The objective of Garden Daysis to draw attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.
    Above all, Garden Days is all about having some great outdoor fun while celebrating the role of gardens and gardening in our communities and our lives.
    For the latest news and updates, follow Garden Days’ social media accounts:
    Twitter:                @gardenscanada                             #GardenDaysCanada
    Instagram:          @CanadianGardenCouncil           #GardenDaysCanada
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