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Laugh Your Weekend Away – Free Tickets to Experience the Winnipeg Comedy Festival- Saturday, May 4th

April 24, 2019

WCF Saturday Gala (Late): Discomfort Zone

Venue: Club Regent Event Centre – 1425 Regent Avenue West

Price: FREE – 10 available

4 May, 2019 at 9:15pm

* Performer Line-up is subject to change.

Mark Twain said: Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to! We anxiously await your attendance to this socially awkward occasion.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Galas are presented by Club Regent Casino and Event Centre. NOTE: This show is recorded live-to-tape for later broadcast on CBC Television. So be prepared to maybe be on the TV!

Meet Duy Thanh Ngo, Diversity Ambassador

April 18, 2019

When I was a little kid, my grandmother used to show me a lot of photos and mementos of her experience being abroad back in the 70s. Sitting at her feet listening to her tell of the journey to England, although I knew that the story would never change, about the commendable development of the Western society and its people’s kindness, it had somehow sparked my interest in wanting to explore the life overseas. The reality that I experienced years later, however, was not always as picturesque as it’s often been portrayed in her framed keepsakes.

I’d tried to change myself, became cautious and well-aware of every word I uttered, every action I took, and every piece of clothes I put on myself. I vaguely heard distant uncomplimentary remarks on my ability, that as an international student, I should have learnt how to express myself in English precisely instead of trying to get involved in leadership, that my experience was too little to take part and make any contribution to certain domains. At some point, the place once I truly enamoured has filled with the feeling of alienation and bitterness. And I still hear that question ringing in my head, querying me whether I’m good enough to go out there and to support other people when the comments occurred to me that it’s myself who need assistance most. I woke to dreary mornings, feeling timid and self-conscious. But that’s what made me cultivate an even deeper appreciation for the coming sunshiny days. Several months that followed have reinstated my optimism, unlocked opportunities and filled my journey with values in a way that I could never have imagined for myself, thanks to the opportunity of me becoming a Diversity Ambassador.

It was my first day showing up as a Diversity Ambassador. The hallway was buzzing with the excitement of new students of all backgrounds, skin colours and languages, in preparation for an orientation. Together with Gabriela, the former Intercultural Mentorship Program Coordinator, I had the chance to share my experience within the program as a Global Mentor in front of hundreds of new students. Whatever words I can grasp, however, will never reach the significance of the mentorship that I wanted to emphasize, which is also one of the most valuable lessons that I have learned from my time being an ambassador, being open to learning and sharing, and not being afraid to ask for support when I need. I couldn’t see myself be able to overcome every little twist and turn without having people holding the hands out and showing me the way. There are not any skills like empathy, grit, flexibility or the ability to interpret and respect different points of view that could be learned without the opportunity of my mentors and me sitting down and listening to each other’s stories. The mentorship program has helped me and will help you to understand that we all have the capability of making a positive impact in someone else’s life. That could be you who will give the others the confidence to be themselves; that could be mentors who will be an inspiration for us to find the courage to become whomever we aspire to be, or with whom we will be exposed to all kinds of new ideas and experiences that could help our dreams become a reality.

Talking to lots of students, together creating bonds of friendship and building bridges of understanding to let go of stereotypes and misconceptions, the feeling that I had throughout many orientation sessions was almost indescribable. These conversations lifted me to a higher understanding of who I am, and who I can be.

I enjoy immersing myself into stories of people from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds. Students, who are also parents, decided to leave everything behind to come here with a burning desire of building up a better future for their children, a future without arms and violence. Students who graduated with master’s degrees in their home countries but still decided to continue their education, and willing to work overnight in pursuit of a brighter future for their family and themselves. Being an ambassador, I did not only give away but also got a lot out of it. Those people that I met with their spirit of resilience and optimism, their diligence along with an unwavering belief in the future are astonishing that they made me feel inspired. Their energy and determination keep me focused and be empowered when encountering negativity and doubters. Their stories and obstacles helped me to recognize those I defined as my weaknesses could actually be my strengths. As the journey continues, it’s our stories that make us different. It’s the challenges that solidify who we are. It’s the unceasing generosity of other people’s support and mentorship that helped me to pick myself up and realize that I do belong just as much as anybody else.

As with everything I’ve done so far, all these miracles would not have happened without the tremendous assistance of many people. A special thanks to Vera Godavari, the Mentorship Program Coordinator, who has provided me with incredible support and opportunities that make my experience while studying here an extraordinary one. Thank you, Gabriela Ludusan, for believing me and encouraging me to believe in myself no matter the obstacles I faced. And there is no way I could have fulfilled my duties without Norlan Page and Lauren Konrad, the warm-hearted Student Integration Coordinators who gave me the opportunities to get involved in activities and assume roles that I’d thought I wouldn’t be able to. Thank you to all amazing staffs and friends for your support and motivation that helped me to embrace my true identity. I’m deeply grateful and thank you all once again for being a part of my story.

RED Forum – Volunteers Needed

April 17, 2019

If you’re available on May 10, 2019, the Organizing Committee of RED Forum needs your help with logistical activities. RED Forum is a professional development day for all staff and instructors at the College.

The Committee is looking for help with: registration desk duties, guiding people to different rooms, set up, clean up, etc.

If you’re interested, contact Stacey Thorarinson at stthorarinson@RRC.CA

Earth Day

April 16, 2019

Free Earth Day Celebration at the FORKS

Bring your family to the Forks this weekend to celebrate Earth Day.

There will be lots of earth-friendly, educational, all-ages activities.

Saturday, April 20 from 12-4 pm

Forks Market Rd

Check out the Forks Website for  more information about this event.

Meet Paulo Ferreira, Diversity Ambassador 2018-2019

April 16, 2019

When I first came to Canada, Red River offered me a great support net and lots of useful resources for me to settle in this new country. When I first heard about the Diversity
Ambassadors program I thought it would be a great opportunity to give some of that help back
to the Red River community.

Canada is well known for its diversity but it’s in places like Red River College that you can really feel and live this exciting multicultural atmosphere. Students and staff from all around the world, with their languages, culture, and values all coexisting in the same place gives you a unique perspective about how big our world really is.

To be an Ambassador of such diversity is rewarding and a great responsibility at the same time. As a Diversity Ambassador, I had the chance to meet interesting people, hear their stories, their aspirations and goals. I made connections that can help me in the future both in my professional and personal lives.

One of the most interesting activities of the program was the opportunity to welcome new international students at the Red River Ready event. For some of those students it was their first official event at the college and for many, their first social experience in Canada at all! Being able to welcome them in the Red River community and show that anybody can succeed was a rewarding feeling.

Another great experience was to give tours for new students, Canadians, and international ones, around the campuses. I’ve learned a lot about how the college works, where to get assistance and how to navigate all the useful resources available. While walking around the campus, I have the pleasure of learning a little bit more, from some of the new students, about their goals and expectations. These stories have a lot in common and are unique in their own way.

While working as a DA I had the opportunity to exercise and enhance some skills that will be of great importance on my future endeavours. Leadership, teamwork, communication, being proactive and respecting diversity are some of the areas that I could improve during this period. They are all part of a successful life and career.

Having the opportunity to work close to the college staff also gave me a different perspective on life on campus. The way they face their daily struggles, the challenge of being responsible for students’ well being, gives you a different view about what it takes to make such a big institution like Red River work seamlessly and almost non-stop.

If there is one program that I would strongly recommend it would be the Diversity
Ambassadors. Few other initiatives will expose you to such a variety of situations and will push you further ahead as an individual. Being able to share your personal experience with people and learning from theirs is truly life-changing. The program will help you develop some of the most important skills that you will need to succeed in life.

 

Visit Winnipeg’s Sports for Life Center – Day Pass Available

April 15, 2019

Looking to get active at one of Winnipeg’s premier fitness locations? Drop into to experience the Sports for life Center located in the Exchange District. Passes valid  Tuesday’s-Friday’s between the hours of 2:00 pm -4:00 pm.

If you are interested in the opportunity and would like to take a classmate or your intercultural mentorship partner, please contact Lauren Konrad, lkonrad@rrc.ca and an a complimentary visit will be arranged for you.

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Events in Winnipeg this Week!

April 10, 2019

 The famous Winnipeg rock, gem, mineral and fossil show is this week, April 11-14.

This is an excellent way to spend quality time with your family.

It is a family friendly event with free admission and parking.

Hours:

  • Thursday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm
  • Sunday 10 am-5 pm

Location:

Red River Exhibition Centre,  3977 Portage Ave

Diversity Ambassadors Wanted: Apply Now!

April 9, 2019

Are you an enthusiastic and energetic personality who likes to connect with people? Then we have an opportunity for you!

We are looking for three Diversity Ambassadors who are current immigrant or international students in full-time career programs at Red River College. Time commitment involves a May 2019 –April 2020 timeline.

As a Diversity Ambassador, you will spend a minimum of 50 hours of time over the year to share your experiences, promote diversity on campus, provide peer-support, and assist Student Engagement and the Centre for International Education and Global Partnerships to organize events and activities.

You are an aspiring student leader who is committed to promoting diversity and creating an inclusive environment at Red River College.

Ambassadors receive an honorarium of up to $500 honorarium upon the successful completion of the program.

Apply online by Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Could you be a Diversity Ambassador?

April 3, 2019

Are you an enthusiastic and energetic personality who likes to connect with people? Then we have an opportunity for you!

We are looking for three Diversity Ambassadors who are current immigrant or international students in full-time career programs at Red River College. Time commitment involves a May 2019 –April 2020 timeline.

As a Diversity Ambassador, you will spend a minimum of 50 hours of time over the year to share your experiences, promote diversity on campus, provide peer-support, and assist Student Engagement and the Centre for International Education and Global Partnerships to organize events and activities.

You are an aspiring student leader who is committed to promoting diversity and creating an inclusive environment at Red River College.

Ambassadors receive an honorarium of up to $500 honorarium upon the successful completion of the program.

Apply online by Wednesday, April 17, 2019.