Red River College grad Cameron Dueck (Creative Communications) has taken the notion of a summer sailing trip to a whole new level.
He's currently at the halfway point of a 7,000 nautical-mile expedition from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS via the Northwest Passage. As of August 23rd, Dueck and the four-member crew of the Silent Sound were near Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.
The purpose of the voyage is to highlight the impact climate change is having on Canada's Arctic. From openpassageexpedition.com:
Climate change is causing temperatures in the Arctic to rise twice
as fast as elsewhere on the globe. The sea ice has melted so rapidly
that the Northwest Passage has been open water during the past two
summers. The warming climate is forcing Arctic communities and wildlife
to adjust their lifestyles to survive.
To explore these
dramatic changes taking place the 40-foot sailing yacht Silent Sound
will embark on a voyage that five years ago was nearly impossible for
amateur sailors….The goal of this expedition is to
use written word, video and photos to tell the story of how climate
change is affecting Arctic communities.
Learn more about the project, and track the Silent Sound's progress at the Open Passage Expedition website. Read about Cameron's own voyage from journalist to Arctic explorer in the Interlake Spectator or the Winnipeg Free Press.
RRC student Deanna Ng (Disability and Community Support) is profiled in the Winnipeg Free Press today for her volunteer efforts with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
A client of the CNIB herself, Deanna has worked with the organization for six years, helping with fundraising, assisting with
clerical work in the organization's offices and serving as a mentor to visually impaired children.
Deanna is also a recipient of a 2009 Youth Leaders in Action Scholarship from the United Way of Winnipeg.
Interesting article in the July 20th issue of Time that focuses on the role that community colleges can play in helping rebuild the U.S. economy, and the attention they're getting from policymakers.
But there's at least one Ivy Leaguer who is trying to help Americans
get past the stereotypes and start thinking about community college not
as a dumping ground but as one of the best tools the U.S. has to dig
itself out of the current economic hole. His name: Barack Obama.
The article, penned by Laura Fitzpatrick, goes on to cite the flexibility of community colleges and their focus on the labour requirements of local industry as two reasons to justify further investment in college programs and facilities.
A tip of the hat to the Mohawk Matters blog for bringing this article to our attention.
The July 2009 issue of Dogs in Canada magazine features a profile on the Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB), located at Red River College's Notre Dame Campus.
Founded in 1987, the CABB is Canada's largest animal blood bank. The organization is dedicated to improving veterinary care by providing
blood products for animals who require transfusion therapy as part of
Read the full story here.
On Wednesday night, Manitoba’s best young athletes gathered at Red River College for a pep rally as a send off to the 2009 Canada Summer Games.
Over 300 athletes on Team Manitoba will compete against others from across the country in 18 events from August 15-29 in Prince Edward Island.
Throughout the pep rally, Ace Burpee kept the athletes pumped up as they got introduced and showed off their team cheers. Capping the night off, local magician Darcy Oake mesmerized the crowd with a high-energy magic show.
It was a great night for the athletes and coaches and Red River College wishes Team Manitoba the best in PEI.
Go Team Toba!
Red River College’s groundskeeping staff have been hard at work over the past few months to bring some colour to the Notre Dame Campus. Here’s just a few examples of their work.
Photos courtesy of RRC’s Jonathan Ferber.
The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, was at RRC's Notre Dame Campus on Monday, June 29th to announce details of the new federal Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 grant the Government will provide to eligible apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and receive their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009.
While on campus, Minister Toews and RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky took time to visit with a class of carpentry apprenticeship students.
For more information on the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, see www.servicecanada.gc.ca/apprenticeship.
Building on our growing reputation as a leader in sustainability, Red River College achieved the highest participation rate among all Manitoba employers in our category during the recent Commuter Challenge.
122 RRC employees participated – a 135% increase from last year, giving us a 28.7% participation rate.
Thanks to all of you who bused, biked, walked, carpooled and worked from home from June 1st – June 5th, our green commute:
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2203 kg
- Saved $663 in fuel
- Burned 89,935 calories
Prizes for the College department with the highest participation will be announced later in the week. Congratulations to everyone who participated and helped to make Red River College a sustainability leader.
Over the next several weeks Red River College will be running a regular feature in Wednesday's edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. "The Dish" highlights prominent instructors and alumni from RRC's Culinary Arts and Professional Baking programs, sharing their success stories and drawing attention to this award-winning program area.
A complementary online component offers up a favourite recipe from each of our featured chefs, including David Bergmann's Prosciutto Basil Wrapped Salmon and Tom Pitt's Chicken and Asparagus Gruyère.