Meet the Candidates – 2021 Employee Board Member Election

The candidates for the 2021 RRC Board Member Election are:

Jayne Geisel  |  Anna B. Henry  |  Jaspreet (Jas) Neufeld  |

Jayne Geisel, Academic Coordinator
Civil Engineering Technology

RRC staff elected me as the Board of Governors’ Employee Member in June 2019. Since that time, I have been the voice of employees on the Board, have opened doors to ongoing collaboration and conversations among front-line employees and members of the Senior Leadership Team, and have grown the membership and impact of College Council. If re-elected, I would like to build on what I have achieved and continue to foster relationships among leaders and all employees.

I have worked at RRC since 2007, first as an instructor in Greenspace Horticulture and now as the Academic Coordinator for Civil Engineering Technology. In these roles, I have been fortunate to meet individuals that work in many areas, to see the hard work and effort everyone puts in every day. I have focused on representing the diverse people and roles found in the workforce at RRC. My objective is always to give an honest employee perspective to the Board of Governors.

In these challenging times, consistency is important. During this period of working from home, I have maintained active College Council meetings, cultivated dialogue among my colleagues and SLT, and have participated on the Board of Governors Policy Review Committee.

I would welcome the opportunity to serve RRC employees for a second term.

See Jayne’s May 19, 2021 message to All Staff ›

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Anna B. Henry, Administrative Assistant
Nursing Department

Hello all and thank you for taking the time to read my bio! My name is Anna Henry. There are many amazing colleagues across the College whom I have networked with, who know me as the go-to person for assistance.

I am one of three Administrative Assistance in the Nursing Department, which runs several programs and has almost 200 staff. My current role is all things financial and first point of contact for the department. I have been with the Nursing department since 2008 working with Deans, Chairs, Coordinators, and instructors on various tasks and projects. One major project was converting a diploma program to a degree-granting program. Nursing is a fast-paced diverse department that requires us to adopt and adapt quickly.

I am also an alumnus who graduated from the Red River College ACCESS Business Administration program in 2004. My additional courses included Office Management, Office Administration and Project Management. As a student, I served on the Red River College Students’ Association board as one of their ambassadors. I contributed in many internal RRC committees; made presentation to the Board of Governors; acted as liaison between students, the Students’ Association and College Administration. I managed the RRC Foodbank for 3 years, and spear headed the Christmas fundraising drive. One of my challenges was changing the stigma that is associated with foodbanks. I did this by changing the environment and perspective at the foodbank trailer to bridge resources through collaboration and networking. It became a supportive meeting place for sharing while collecting their hampers.

I have worked in various fields of industry before entering College and after graduating. Some have described me as self-motivated; reliable; deliberate in performing duties; a person who works well individually and as a team player. I commit to the socio/ economic aspects of the community through networking. I have an optimistic attitude in support of positive outcome. I like getting people engaged. The saying that describes me best is “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood, Dr. F. Covey”.

Networking, cultivating engagement and being respectful of others’ contributions makes me a positive elective for the Board of Governors. Timing is in line with creating a new Strategic Plan, which many have contributed to through surveys. We are rooting the College and growing our programing for the future. COVID-19 only accelerated the process. Colleagues and auxiliary staff alike are part of the infrastructure to redefine Red River College.

I am pro-active and up for the challenge. It would be my honor to serve the RRC employees on the Board of Governors.

See Anna’s May 21, 2021 message to All Staff >

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Jaspreet (Jas) Neufeld, Instructor
Mathematics, Science & Communication

My name is Jaspreet but please call me Jas. You may have guessed from my name that it is an Indian (Sikh) name. You are correct! I was born in India, Delhi and immigrated with my family to Winnipeg in 1995. I like food and trying out new restaurants; you can say I am a foodie. I enjoy cooking and eating spicy foods. I love spending time with my 2 year old daughter and husband.

For my educational background, I have B Ed in Theatre and Biology from University of Winnipeg. I also have a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language to adults, from University of Winnipeg.

I started my teaching career in China, Guangzhou as a grade 6 teacher. I lived and taught there for 2 years before moving back to Manitoba. Shortly after the move, I got a job as a Phy. Ed teacher for Nursery-Grade 8 classes on a reserve in Manitoba called Pinaymootang (Fairford). I was there for 2 years and realized that I enjoy teaching language more. I subbed as a teacher in the local schools for 2 years while looking for an ESL teaching position. I started my ESL teaching career at the University of Manitoba. I have also taught ESL at the University of Winnipeg and the Language Training Center for Red River College. I believe language is a big part of communication. I am currently teaching in Communications via online. I truly miss the in-person teaching. It’s hard to bond over a screen with my students, never-the-less I still try.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at jneufeld97@rrc.ca.

I am excited to try for the role of employee board member for RRC 2021!

See Jaspreet’s May 20, 2021 message to All Staff ›

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