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RDC Looking for New President – Joel Ward to Retire



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  • RDC Board of Governors announces search for next President

    Joel Ward, President & CEO, will retire at end of 2019

    RDC’s Board of Governors held a special announcement event today, sharing that current President & CEO, Joel Ward, has submitted to the Board his letter of intent to retire in 2019.

    “Joel Ward has been in his role as since 2009, and he has always been and continues to be a passionate advocate for Red Deer College,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board Chair. “As a Board, we have known the day would come when he would share his intention to retire, and we have accepted his letter.”

    Flewwelling notes that the Board of Governors will now move on to one of its most important functions in the selection and hiring of a new President. The Board has hired an executive search firm, Leaders International, to assist with the process. “We have started developing a profile for the next President, which will be the foundational document in our search,” says Flewwelling. “It’s very important for us that this is an inclusive and comprehensive process. In the immediate future, we will seek the input of internal and external stakeholders to help determine what qualities, skills, attributes and characteristics prospective candidates should possess.”

    This feedback will be used to finalize the profile document. Once this is complete, the Board anticipates it will take several months to connect with potential candidates. The Board’s long-term goal is to have an individual in place for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and to celebrate the installation of RDC’s 11th President in the fall of 2019.

    While this is happening, the College will continue with its incredibly busy and exciting year under the leadership of Joel Ward. Flewwelling notes that the achievements and the evolution that the College has realized is the result of Ward’s unwavering, future-focused vision for RDC. This vision has enabled the College to reach many milestones, including new and expanded facilities, new program growth, new partnership and hosting opportunities, and the transition to become a recognized university.

    “This is certainly a time of growth and opportunities unlike anything Red Deer College has seen before, and it is possible because of the dedicated team we have here,” says Ward. “Through the extensive planning that has been undertaken and the expertise of the people who are leading the way and doing the work each and every day, I’m confident that this institution will continue to change the lives of our students and community members in profound ways. I’m so proud of everything we have already accomplished, and I look forward to leading the College through the coming year and celebrating our achievements with central Alberta.”

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Students bring light to Canada Winter Games through a special art project



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  • St. Joseph High School students contributing to 2019 Canada Winter Games Cultural Festival

    From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

    Visual arts students at St. Joseph High School have been invited to take part in a special art project for the upcoming Canada Winter Games.

    February 8, students participated in a full-day workshop, in which their stylized animal drawings were developed into three-dimensional lanterns using wire, reed, bamboo, rice paper, glue and LED lights.   Along with project partners at École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber High School, these lanterns will be on display at the White Gallery (Sunworks on Ross Street) during the Canada Winter Games.
    The visual art students will also participate lantern walks on February 19 and 25 at 6:15 p.m. from the White Gallery down to City Hall Park.
    “We feel privileged to have the opportunity to add to the excitement that the Canada Winter Games brings to our community.  This project is a way for these students to create a meaningful memory associated both with the winter games and with their high school experience.  We are especially excited to participate in the lantern walks, where we will add to the spirit of the games with our enthusiasm and our light,” said Visual Arts Teacher, Jonas Marchinko at St. Joseph High School.
    Visit the White Gallery during the Winter Games to view the lanterns from both high schools and learn about the inspiration behind the artwork and the students’ creative journey.

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    Registration starts today – it’s time to register your child for Kindergarten!



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    Registration starts today for 2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten

    Time: 8:00 am

    Parents/guardians can fill out the application form at any time, and submit it beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019.

    Information on Pre-Kindergarten can be found here while Kindergarten information can be accessed here.

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    Kindergarten….it is an amazing step for children where they begin the next chapter of learning and growing…

    Red Deer Public Schools offers fantastic Kindergarten programming to help ensure that kids have a great start to the next 13 years of school and to make sure kids come to school ready to learn.

    Kindergarten also marks a big decision for parents, and some parents may experience mixed emotions, but in Red Deer Public Schools, Kindergarten is a happy and safe environment where children can thrive.

    Registration for Kindergarten begins January 14th and parents are encouraged to register early online or in person at any elementary school.

    Red Deer Public Schools offers full day and half day programs in English, French and Spanish.

    “Our programs focus on the whole child with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy development,” said Susan Parkins, Early Learning Coordinator with Red Deer Public Schools. “The children learn independence skills, how to get along with one another and they get to explore their own way to learn. We have wonderful teachers. We love children, we love learning and we love diversity.”

    Walking into a Kindergarten classroom, kids can be seen playing and discovering new things. They are playing with purpose – which is the way children learn best.

    “The importance of Kindergarten is to bring these little learners in and teach them to be independent learners,” said Amber Cooke, Kindergarten teacher with Red Deer Public Schools. “Everything we do is hands on and that is how kids learn. They learn through doing and they learn through exploring.”

    Alvaro Piña, a parent of a Kindergarten student in Red Deer Public Schools, said a Kindergarten classroom is a positive environment.

    “There is lots of energy and willingness to learn. They want to observe and they’re always ready for something new,” he said.

    For more information, or to register for Kindergarten, please visit



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    february, 2019

    fri15feb - 3marfeb 151:00 ammar 32019 Canada Winter Games1:00 am - (march 3) 1:00 am Red Deer

    sat23feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sun24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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