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RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You

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This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward

Because of You

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC

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Touching ceremony as Red Deer students pay tribute to military veterans leading up to Remembrance Day

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St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School students paid respect to Canadian veterans, by participating in “No Stone Left Alone” at the Red Deer Cemetery.  At a short Remembrance Day ceremony, students placed poppies on veterans’ graves.  Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer attended.
The ‘No Stone Left Alone’ program provides students of all ages with the opportunity to engage in the act of remembrance in a way that is authentic, meaningful and powerful. For our children, most of whom have grown up in a time and place of peace, it helps to expand their understanding of war, loss, peace and hope. By placing poppies on the graves of the courageous men and women who fought for our country, our students can see the real impact that war has, and can reaffirm their commitment to maintaining peace in our world,” said Humanities Lead Teacher, Jessica Maloughney at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
The No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is dedicated to honouring and remembering Canada’s veterans. Their unique ceremony provides students and youth with an authentic experience that creates knowledge, understanding and appreciation of those who serve and of the sacrifice of Canada’s fallen.
“I hope that by participating in ‘No Stone Left Alone’ students will have that opportunity to deepen their understanding of why participating in Remembrance Day matters. I think this opportunity will help students make a personal connection and/or allow them to honour their family members that have served or are currently serving,” said Teacher Dana Blair, at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School.

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Province says it’s time to plan for a new middle school in Red Deer

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

New Middle School in Red Deer

Following Alberta Education s 2019-2020 capital projects announcement today Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools looks forward to building a new middle school in Red Deer.

We are grateful for this announcement, as our school division is in desperate need for this school. Currently, our middle schools in Red Deer are over capacity, with St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School being the highest at 137% utilization rate.

The division is seeing continued growth each school year. We are now at 10,483 students as of October 2019. This is an increase of 162 students, which equates to 1.7% growth.

We would like to thank Honourable Minister Adriana LaGrange and Honourable Minister Prasad Panda for this important investment in our division and community. We look forward to working with Alberta Education and Infrastructure ” said Board Chair, Anne Marie Watson at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

“We are grateful for this announcement, as our middle schools are currently over capacity. We are happy that Alberta Education and Infrastructure are addressing this need. We look forward to working with the City of Red Deer on a school site and hope to start working on the design process soon,” said Superintendent, Paul Mason at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools serves over 10,480 students in 21 schools in Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Rocky Mountain House, Innisfail, Blackfalds and Olds. It also supports the learning of over 600 students in a Home Education Program. The Division is committed to serving children and parents with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings and within the means of the Division.

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