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St. Joseph High School teacher nominated for Provincial Award

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

To honour excellence in first-year teachers, the Board of Trustees has selected Ceanna Prediger from St. Joseph High School as Division finalist for the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Edwin Parr Award.

“When we heard that Ms. Prediger would be our division nominee for the Edwin Parr Award, we were very excited for her. Teaching is a complex act and one that requires teachers to be well prepared, thoughtful in curriculum delivery, have a deep understanding of their subject matter and most importantly, have a love for the students they teach. Ceanna exemplifies these qualities of a great teacher and one gift of hers that shines brightly on a daily basis is her kindness. This quote from Mother Teresa exemplifies Ceanna: ‘Be the living expression of God’s kindness, kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.’ The community of St. Joseph High School is truly blessed to have Ceanna as a teacher and colleague,” said Principal, Graeme Daniel at St. Joseph High School.
Prediger was one of three teachers nominated for this award from across the Division. Nominees include:
  • Meagan Gabert, École Secondaire Notre Dame High School

  • Kelsey Paetz, St. Martin de Porres School
“We selected Ceanna Prediger as our Edwin Parr Award winner due to her impressive overall accomplishments in her first year of teaching. Out of these many accolades, it was Ceanna’s support of our English Second Language students that spoke to us, which demonstrated her talents and passion for her profession,” said Vice-Chair Trustee, Murray Hollman at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.
For more information on the ASBA Edwin Parr Award, please visit http://www.asba.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2017_edwin_parr-1.pdf
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St. Joseph High School gets a head start on college degree

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools: Student receives Certificate of Achievement in dual credit from Bow Valley College

Bria Lajeunesse is the first student from St. Joseph High School to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Dual Credit from Bow Valley College in Calgary. This award will be presented to her during the graduation ceremony.

Dual credit programs allow high school students to take a post-secondary course or a series of courses and earn both high school credits, as well as college/university credentials. The Certificate of Achievement in Dual Credit is awarded to students who have completed four post-secondary courses during high school.

“Bria is an amazing young lady who has worked extremely hard to achieve this honour. We are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck as she pursues her goals at university,” said Principal, Graeme Daniel at St. Joseph High School.

Lajeunesse began dual credit courses in Grade 10 and completed four courses connected to practical nursing throughout her time in high school.  She averaged 91% in these four courses. “Bria is an outstanding student. We wish her the best of luck in her continued studies, where I know she will excel,” said Dual Credit Lead Teacher, Tracey Millar at St. Joseph High School.

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

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RDC welcomes Dr. Peter Nunoda as 11th President

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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.

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