These past few weeks have challenged us in unimaginable ways. Many of us are currently facing unprecedented changes to how and where we work, and some of us have had to make some big adjustments.
But, now more than ever, we are seeing our Red River College community come together to help one another get through this stressful time. Our alumni community is tapping into the RRC spirit of innovation, flexibility, and problem-solving, and we are proud of the creative and kind solutions so many of you have implemented to help out.
Here are a few examples of our alumni going above and beyond:
- Amie Seier, owner of The Community Gym, is providing fitness classes free of charge via Facebook and Instagram Live (though you can choose to donate $10 to keep the business thriving). On top of providing multiple online classes a day, The Community Gym has also rented out ‘equipment packages’ and spin bikes to those who don’t have a home gym.
- Kiirsten May of UpHouse Inc., has launched a new book with her UpHouse co-owner Alex Varricchio, The Proximity Paradox.
- Kiirsten and Alex have been going live on Instagram daily to talk through key findings in each chapter of their book, and provide tips and inspiration to help communicators, marketers, and creators get through this uncertain time.
- Christopher Paetkau and Trevor Gill of Build Films have been supporting community members working on the front lines and those who deserve some extra help by asking their Instagram community to nominate deserving folks. Each day, they are awarding one nominee with a gift card to a local business.
- Pita Pit North Main (co-owned by RRC grad Thomas Douglas) is supporting front line workers by delivering donated meals to paramedics and community members working in hospitals, grocery stores, fire halls, and other essential services.
- Taylor Cole of King Cole Catering is delivering free food to front line and emergency department staff at St. Boniface Hospital and several paramedic stations.
- Jessie Thiessen, mastermind behind Small Jane Kids, has put together some at-home activities for parents with young children, including an “Around the House Scavenger Hunt Game” free of charge.
We know this is just a small sampling of what our alumni community is up to – we will continue to share these good news stories with you!
We are also proud of the work our students, faculty, and staff are doing to help in the fight against COVID-19.
In a recent update from RRC’s Interim President and CEO, Dr. Christine Watson, you can read about several initiatives the College is involved in. As Manitoba’s largest educator of health care professionals, Red River College is supporting this sector in their battle against COVID-19 by:
- Providing 14 students from our Health Information Management program to help with vital record keeping and tracking the spread of COVID-19;
- Donating 1,700 N95 masks to help combat serious shortages of essential safety gear for front line staff;
- Offering to re-deploy our 3D printers, manufacturing equipment and labs to support the production of medical devices and supplies; and,
- Providing unused advertising space to help public health increase its messaging to the community.
Responding to a need for more IV poles, TACAM is currently supporting the production of 100 new wheelbases for the poles. Specifically, the team is helping to manufacture 500 castor mounts for the wheelbases, which require 5 castor mounts per wheelbase. You can read more about this incredible initiative here.
While we know this is not an ideal situation, we are strengthened by these heartwarming stories. Together, we will get through this!