Graduate Stories

Learn more about some of our international graduates.

Strictly business: Move from South Asia to Manitoba leads to accelerated career in accounting

Bangladesh to Canada is quite the trek, but for Anika Maria, the long road was the shortest route. Maria is an accountant at MLT Aikins LLP in Winnipeg, a law firm with offices throughout Western Canada. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city, Maria chose Red River College’s Business Administration program to accelerate her career in accounting. “I chose Canada because…

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Instructors’ experience proves invaluable for Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic grad

Charles Lu helps drivers to keep on truckin’.  A native of Shenyang, China, Lu works as a truck and transport mechanic at Custom Truck Sales in Winnipeg, where he diagnoses, maintains and repairs big rigs and medium duty trucks.  Lu started at Custom Truck Sales shortly after graduating from Red River College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program in 2013. He…

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Strong medicine: Health Care grad bolsters career training with double dose of certifications

Sharmaine San Juan has her finger on the pulse of the Canadian health-care system. San Juan, who is from Bacoor, Cavite in the Philippines, graduated from Red River College’s Health Care Aide and Health Unit Clerk programs in February 2018. Upon finishing school, San Juan, 24, immediately obtained employment as nursing assistant at Health Sciences Centre. She currently works as…

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Perfect match: BIT grad sharpens English skills while juggling athletics and academics

For Anderson Pereira, soccer and studies were a perfect match. Pereira — a native of Santa Vitória do Palmar, Brazil — graduated from Red River College’s Business Information Technology (BIT) program in 2017. As an international student at RRC, Pereira played soccer and futsal for the Red River Rebels, an experience he says sharpened his English language skills. “It’s a…

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Chef Noel Cunningham at Red River College

What’s cooking? Hospitality grad serves up smorgasbord of culinary endeavors

Saying Chef Noel Cunningham has a lot on his plate is a colossal understatement. The owner of catering company Cuisine by Noel seems to have a finger in every conceivable culinary pie — marketing his own Jamaican jerk marinade, writing food columns for multiple media outlets, appearing as a regular guest on CTV Morning Live and the Marc and Mandy…

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Dr. Meshack Kusa, Roblin Animal Hospital

Sharing the health: Pharmaceutical grad balances veterinary career with herbal tea sales inspired by his homeland

Veterinarian Dr. Meshack Kusa has devoted most of his career to keeping animals in good health, but recently he’s turned his focus to humans, as well. Driven by his passion for nutrition, the Red River College alum partnered with three other local professionals on YOMM Beverages Inc. in 2011. Specializing in hibiscus teas, the company was among the first of…

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Wasim Alkabani

Putting down roots: Now settled in Winnipeg, Student Refugee Program grad sets sights on the rest of Canada

Since completing Red River College’s Applied Accounting program last spring, Wasim Alkabani has not slowed down. The 33-year-old — one of the first students to be brought to RRC under sponsorship by the Student Refugee Program — graduated in May 2017, and has since been working full-time as a finance coordinator for Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food distribution network, which…

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Planting seeds: Community Development grad delivers hands-on learning to high school students, new immigrants

To say Raymond Ngarboui has made the most of his time in Canada is an understatement. Since moving to Winnipeg 12 years ago, the Chad, Africa, native has amassed a list of accomplishments longer than most people do in a lifetime. As a community development coordinator, he works to support fellow immigrants and other residents who struggle to make ends…

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Olufemi Ogungbemi

Sheriff’s officer counters corruption in home country by upholding peace, public safety in Canada

Thompson, Manitoba may not seem like an obvious destination for someone from Nigeria, but for Justice and Public Safety graduate Olufemi Ogungbemi, moving over 10,000 km to the icy Prairies was exactly what he needed to find his family — and discover his dream career. “To graduate and get a good job [in Nigeria] is really hard,” says Ogungbemi, a…

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