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2nd Annual Made by RRC Winter Market

November 8, 2019

Just hear those RRC bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too. Come on it’s lovely weather for a Winter Market with you!

It’s time for our 2nd Annual Made by RRC Winter Market! We’re always so impressed by the talent and creativity by our staff, students and alumni, and are excited to announce another winter market of amazing local vendors that all have connections to the College (by being current students and staff, or College alumni). Come on by, get some of your holiday shopping done, and support RRC talent!

When: Thursday, November 28th 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Library Hallway – Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Avenue)


This winter market will deck the library hallway with our very own, showcasing these incredible talents!

RRC Graphic Design grad Amanda Buhse will be showcasing her hand-poured Coal and Canary candles. Made with only the most velvety blend of soy and vegetable wax, true-to-scent fragrance, and brought together with a crackling wood wick these candles will have your home feeling cozy as ever.

Both festive and sustainable, RRC staff member Mary Northover-Ramey will have all the festive reusable gift bags you could imagine to wrap your Winter Market finds for that special someone!

Coal and Canary Candles

And for the little ones, RRC Graphic Design grad Jessie Thiessen will be joining us with her children’s book, Small Jane, along with posters, tote bags, holiday cards, and wrapping paper.

Staff member and Alumni, Lynn Gibson has proudly worked at RRC for over 30 years. Lynn’s, Queenston Crafts specializes in handcrafted, upcycled-wool sweater mittens, cashmere scarves and cowls, catnip-stuffed cat toys, and decorative wool gnomes and more!

Our very own RRC Graphic Design Students will highlight their artistic training in the technology, techniques, and philosophy of graphic design with proceeds going to support their graduation show.

RRC Staff, Heather Steppler will be here with beautifully made cards her original paintings, mini leather drums, original art, poster prints, drumbeaters and smudge fans.

Business Administration grad, Julie Pedersen has the gift that gives back this season. Created from upcycled samples her StufF bags have many uses and give back to Children, Youth & Families through the Treehouse Project at the Winnipeg Foundation.

Custom jewelry specializing in lampwork beads, seaglass, leather, natural stones and much more. RRC Staff Donna Grieve has just the piece you’re looking for.

Manitoba Home Pillow Cover from Toban Folk

Early Childhood Education grad, Kari Cook brings Manitoba prairies wherever home is this holiday season. With hand painted wood signs, ornaments and hand-made pillows, this family run business includes not just one but four RRC graduates!

A familiar market face and Business Administration grad, Lindsay Uvery will be back with hand made products making great stocking stuffers, including bathbombs, soaps, shower steamers and more.

Graduating from our Culinary Arts program, Anthony has created his very own line of chef’s bow ties and aprons, having you looking sharp in the kitchen this winter.

Courtney Edworthy, a Health Information Management grad will have you staying warm this season with crocheted one of a kind toques and scarves.

Current Staff, Karlene Cifuentes and her son (potentially future RRC student!) will be showing you what the buzz about beeswax wraps are all about.

Just in time to refill the jar of Honey Tumeric Tea you tried at RRC’s Fall Farmers Market, RRC Staff member Vadsana Phommainh is back for her second market!

Dreaming Tree Paper Company journal made from “how to kill a mockingbird” book cover

Digital A/V Production Alumni, Julie Epp has your old favorite book in a new unique journal. By upcycling, vintage hardcover books Julie gives the covers a new purpose.

Animal health technology Alumni, Michelle Mckendry hand- pours vegan, sustainable and eco-friendly wood wick, coconut wax candles that make a wonderful gift (maybe even for you!).

Professional baking and patisserie grad, Chantal Sutherland creates classic recipes just like our grandmas make. Unapologetically old-fashioned, Chantal uses simple and good local ingredients like butter, organic flour, and eggs.


MRI and Spectroscopy Alumni, April Fernandez offers a combination of hand painted and digitally designed prints, even custom for those that wish!

Alyssa Reimer, Nursing Alumni creates trendy handmade clay earrings – great for any occasion.

For the extra little ones, Business Admin, Avery-Anne has intricate laser engraved alphabet blocks, made of solid hardwood, design to withstand generations of play.

RRC staff member (and former Business Administration student) Tara Luchuck creates handcrafted jewelry with genuine, natural gemstones. Each type of gemstone exhibits different metaphysical and healing properties.

RRC double alumni grad (Computer-Aided Architectural Drafting and Computerized Accounting Technician), Melanie is a self-taught artist utilizing upcycled ceramic tiles using alcohol inks with a rustic touch.

Rebecca Haverluck, a local artist, maker and Graphic Communications grad makes all natural soap and skin care. Her original artwork is featured on the labels and birch boxes, cards and prints and often mirrors the botanical theme of her skincare line.

Winnipeg Jets Cookies made by Kookie Construct

Warren Alejandro-Yarema, a proud RRC Art Grad and Instructor, will electrify your home decor with abstract art and furniture.

No RRC market is complete without Staff member Katrina Florendo-Estigo. To satisfy our cravings, Katrina will be on hand with her beautifully decorated sugar cookies!

We didn’t forget about the pups! Give a warm welcome back to Adam Milne, Alumni of the Transforming Futures Project and treat your furry friends this holiday too.


For delicious winter themed cookies, cupcakes, macarons and more, Gerardo Rodriguez our very own Business Administration grad will have treats for all occasions. If you can’t wait for this vendor take a look at their page and make your order ready for pickup on Nov. 28th!


Weaving yarn into wearable creations, Business Administration grad, Angie Tucker has unique gifts for the holiday season. From soft snuggle buddies to beaded rainbow necklaces and keychains.


Professional baking and patisserie grad, Josee Cure, has the home cooked finish for all your seasonal recipes. Made from scratch, J’em Bistro has everything from mustards and vinaigrettes, to soups and bread, pickles and jams, pastries and more.

Our RRC community is so fortunate to have all these talented makers share their creations with us! We know reading this list may have felt as if you had your hands on Santa’s list. So get your sleigh ride ready to pack up with all these soon to be gifts and give a warm welcome back to our grads, and friendly hello to our current staff and students on November 28th!

Fall into Sustainability

October 20, 2019

 While the leaves are changing with every season so is sustainability. There are so many colours of sustainability and places to find where it may be. To share everything Red River College is growing, changing, and creating to be a sustainable campus, we have a map for you!

Every week from October 21st – November 22nd we will be posting a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt with a prize for participating drawn every Friday. Not only will there be prizes for every week, but additional entries for every week you participate for a GRAND PRIZE created from our upcoming Made by RRC Winter Market. Along with the hunt, these next few weeks will be filled with even more fun events including our Fair Trade Campus Week, Waste Reduction Week & E-Waste drive, so stay tuned.

To discover everything we’re doing check out more details below and forage through our page to find answers for the hunt. When you’re ready to begin, click here for this week’s scavenger hunt.  Happy scavenging!

 OCTOBER 21-25

Scavenger Hunt Week One

Get Caught in The Act – October 21st &  22nd | Mystery | NDC & EDC


Fairtrade Campus Week gives us a time to educate and promote Fair Trade, and celebrate the Fairtrade products on our Campus. As a consumer, supporting fair trade is a way for you to ensure that the people who created the product you are purchasing were paid a fair wage, had safe working conditions and that the product was created in a sustainable manner. This week dives into everything you need to know about Fairtrade and where you can support fair trade here at RRC!

Scavenger Hunt Week Two

This week’s Scavenger hunt is all about purchasing at Red River College. To discover the products we use on campus and where you can find Fairtrade at RRC go to our page and complete the scavenger hunt to win our weekly prize pack.

 Win FairTrade Coffee for a Month | Draw open all week | NDC Voyager

On October 28 – November 1 you can find our prize draw box in the Voyageur cafeteria at NDC and enter to win. Have a busy week, and brewing Fairtrade coffee at home? Tag us in a photo demonstrating your Fair Trade commitment on social media channel ( Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #RRCFTCampus to enter to win too!

FairTrade Film Screening| October 28th 12-1 | NDC Library

Short films will be running throughout the hour so bring your lunch and stay to see them all or stop by for a just one or two! What’s a film without a treat? We have you and your sweet tooth covered with Fairtrade chocolates while you watch!

FairTrade Trick or Treat | October 31st  11-1 | NDC Library Hallway

Come trick or treat for Fairtrade and check out Ten Thousand Villages here with Fairtrade merchandise alongside our table full of Fairtrade treats giveaways and your chance to enter to win a great prize pack.

Compost Your Pumpkin| November 1st 7-1 | NDC Bus Loop Doors

November 1st is on its way. That time where your pumpkin is looking a little less spooky and not quite jolly enough to stick around with the rest of your  porch décor. Even if you don’t have your own compost pile at home, you can compost your pumpkin at the Notre Dame Campus where there will be a drop off site immediately after Halloween.


Scavenger Hunt Week Three – Play to win all week!

Winter Cycling 101  | November 5th | NDC Library Hallway

It’s beginning to look a lot like.. Winnipeg! Winter is here and there’s so much to look forward to from Jets games, skating on the Red River Mutual Trail, Festival du Voyageur and getting your bike winter ready! With a little preparation, winter cycling can be a lot of fun and an active way to commute. Join us this to get answers to all of your questions about winter cycling. We’ve got you covered with tips including: How to stay warm, bike maintenance, Winnipeg’s best winter cycling routes, and any extra gear that is necessary (or not). Already a winter cycling pro? Come share your own tips and tricks! To usher us into the winter cycling season, we’ll have the bike blender on hand blending up frozen hot chocolate.

Compost Your Pumpkin| November 4th 7-1 | NDC Bus Loop Doors


Scavenger Hunt Week Four – Play to win all week!

This week’s Scavenger hunt is all about waste and resource reduction at Red River College. To discover the changes we have made, and the impacts we have in our everyday actions go to our page and complete the scavenger hunt to win our weekly prize pack.

E-Waste Drive| All Week| NDC & EDC

Make sure to set a reminder to collect all your old, broken and unwanted electronic waste and batteries from home and work to recycle at both our NDC and EDC campuses next week. Bring in all unwanted e-waste to the locations below, from Tuesday November 12th to Friday November 15th.Not sure what to bring? Click here for a list of acceptable items.

Notre Dame Campus:
Drop off at Shipping & Receiving (B183) Monday to Friday. Please note Shipping & Receiving closes daily from 12:00-12:45PM. Collection closes on Friday at noon.
Exchange District Campus:
Drop off e-waste at Shipping & Receiving (W101) Monday to Friday. Please note Shipping & Receiving closes daily from 12:00-12:45PM. Collection closes on Friday at noon.

*Please note: RRC equipment can be brought in, but must be accepted by someone at Shipping & Receiving to ensure they are disposed of properly. Please ensure that private data is removed prior to dropping off personal equipment which may contain confidential information. Red River College and Powerland do not accept liability for data or any other digital content left on your device.

Pop-the-Top| Nov 12th NDC |Nov 14th EDC | 9:30-11:30 in Tim Hortons

Small changes have big impacts. To cut down on our disposable cups (but never on coffee), we’re playing Pop-the-top where you can buy an RRC ecomug for only $5,  pop the top, and see what prize awaits inside. Each ecomug is a prize winner and every time you bring your mug you’ll receive a discount.

$1 Coffee All Week – Bring Your Own Mug!|Nov 12th-15th NDC | Voyager and Buffalo Cafeteria & STTC (Tuesday only)

Show your support for Waste Reduction Week at NDC by saving your cup from the landfill. All week by bringing your own mug you’ll be rewarded and receive $1 Coffee at the following locations listed.


Scavenger Hunt Week Five – Play to win all week

Scavenger Hunt Grand Prize Draw| Nov 22



Recap of the Climate Strike

October 1, 2019

Millions of youth and adult supporters around the world took to the streets last week to raise awareness about climate change and the need for urgent action through the Global Climate Strike. Locally, over 10,000 people attended a General Strike for Climate Action at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Friday, September 27.

We know that the College community cares deeply about climate issues and that we play an important role in our community to bring a climate lens to everything we do. During the week, the College provided opportunities for those wishing to show their solidarity with the Global Climate Strike movement while on campus. We spoke with many students, staff and faculty who shared their concerns with us last week.  Below is a brief summary of some of the ways our College community got involved.

Green felt circle with a red bead pinned to a grey jacket in front of a blue background

Green felt circle pins show support for the climate strike. The red bead symbolized RRC.

Students, staff and faculty were invited to make and wear green circle pins to show their support for the Climate Strike. Pin-making events were scheduled at both NDC and EDC and staff and students were encouraged to request a pin-making kit for their areas if they were not able to attend one of the events. Requested kits made about 200 pins, while between EDC and NDC, approximately 175 people came out to make pins.

A special shout out to the Portage Campus where students, staff and faculty made and wore green ribbons to show their support for the climate strike. Students were also encouraged to write on the student lounge windows their thoughts on how they could support the action and what actions they could take to mitigate climate change.

In total, an estimated 400 pins and ribbons were made and worn by RRC students, staff and faculty.

On Friday, September 27th at noon, RRC students, staff and faculty gathered together at the Notre Dame Campus and the Roblin Centre to take a photo showing their solidarity with the climate strike.

See the photo gallery below for some photos from the week of Climate Strike activities at RRC.

Climate Strike & Red River College

September 23, 2019

We’re in the midst of a global movement. Students around the world are taking to the streets and using the power of their collective voices to raise awareness about climate change and the need for urgent action through the Global Climate Strike.

Locally, Manitoba Youth for Climate Action is holding a week of events, culminating with a General Strike for Climate Action at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Friday, September 27. At the college, we know that so many of our students, staff and faculty care deeply and passionately about climate issues.

We also acknowledge the role we play in our community to bring a climate lens to everything we do. For these reasons, the College will be providing opportunities for faculty, staff and students to show their solidarity with the Global Climate Strike movement while on campus.

Make One. Take One.

When: Thursday, September 26 from 11am – 1pm (or organized on your own time)

Where: Notre Dame Campus (Library Hallway) and Exchange District Campus (Atrium)

A green circle pin is the recognized visual symbol for the Climate Strike. Faculty, staff and students are invited to make pins for themselves and others to wear throughout the week, culminating on Friday, September 27.

In addition to this hallway event, we’re encouraging regional campuses, departments and classes to organize pin-making within your own areas. Request supplies here by Wednesday, September 25.

Climate & Coffee

When: Thursday, September 26 from 11am – 1pm

Where: Notre Dame Campus (Library Hallway) and Exchange District Campus (Roblin Atrium)

Climate issues are daunting and overwhelming. Climate change can have an impact on our mental health in many ways. Come by for a cup of coffee (bring your reusable mug, of course!) and talk with your colleagues and classmates about what climate change means to you and the actions needed to reduce our impacts.

If you feel that your concerns around climate change are affecting your mental health, learn more about what you can do here.

RRC Climate Action Photo

When: Friday, September 27 at 12pm

Where: Notre Dame Campus (Plaza by bus loop doors) and Exchange District Campus (Roblin Atrium)

Wear your green felt pin and show your support for climate action as the college stages one of the largest photo opportunities ever! Our photos will be shared internally and uploaded to the Global Climate Strike website. Regional campuses are encouraged to organize your own photo opp. Contact for more information.

Student Activism

Every year, the Red River College Students’ Association forms a Sustainability Club. Students who are interested in participating in climate issues on campus and in our community can contact Josh Roopchand at

The Sustainability Office is going to be taking vacation time on Friday afternoon to attend the Climate Strike at the Legislative Building.

We hope to see you out at one or more of these events.

RRC’s Fourth Annual Farmers’ Market – See you there!

September 6, 2019

Women selling jarred preserves to market goers

Jaya’s Preserves is back for their second market

The leaves are changing, sweater weather is back and it’s time to mark your calendars for our annual RRC Farmers’ Market!

On Friday, September 20th, the Library Hallway will be full of local vendors offering jewelry, candles, art, personal care products, sweet treats, produce and everything you need to usher in fall. And don’t forget to pick up your jars of our very own 2019 RRC Creekside honey. The Market is open to all RRC staff, faculty, students and the public.

When: Friday, September 20th – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Library Hallway – Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Avenue)

We have a great line up of new and returning vendors, check for your favourite or a new one you want to try below. Vendors are added as they register, so keep checking back to see who’s coming!

Art Soap Life – Natural and locally sourced handmade soaps and small batch skin care products that are safe for the environment and all ages.

Melanie de Tremaudan Art – This original artwork is made with vibrant alcohol inks using upcycled ceramic tiles and frames, and reclaimed barn wood.

Women selling vegetables and fresh produce

Lauries Vegetables & Preserves bringing fresh produce, preserves and home baking

Dang Good Tea – Bring home a jar of honey turmeric tea mix to warm you up wherever you are!

Prairie Quinoa – Engineer turned farmer Percy Philips grows amber quinoa and hemp seed on his farm near Portage la Prairie. We were so impressed, we use it here in our RRC cafeterias!

Pod4design – Warm up and soothe tired muscles with these naturally made therapy bags.

Jaya’s Preserves – A one-stop charcuterie shop! This mother daughter duo’s specialties include spicy carrot pickle, lemon pickle, and unique jams & jellies, .

Lotus Moon Jewels – Handcrafted jewelry made with genuine, natural gemstones. Each type of gemstone exhibits different metaphysical and healing properties.

Kookie Construct – Satisfy your sweet tooth with one (or more!) of these beautifully made and decorated sugar cookies.

Blissful Minds – After a long week, pamper yourself with bath bombs, soaps, scrubs and so much more!

Sunset Gourmet Food Company – Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Check out these home-style soups seasonings sauces and dips.

Assiniboine Community College Baking Program – Chef Barbara O’Hara and her students are back at it. Prepare for a variety

ACC bakery will be back with all your favourite treats

of goodies (think jams, pumpkin pies and granola!) made as fresh as it can get, right here using ingredients grown in their own on-site garden, by the ACC baking students.

RRC Sustainability Office – Take a little piece of RRC home with you. The bees have been working hard on our rooftop all summer, and now is your first chance to buy our 2019 Creekside honey!

Academic Offices – Join the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge!

May 28, 2019

Photos with four people holding travel mugs and the Seasonal Shutdown poster

Portage Campus was one of the winners in the 2018 Winter Seasonal Shutdown

Summer is finally on it’s way! You may be getting amped-up for beach days and drinks on the patio, but before you go into out-of-office mode let’s make sure the College’s electronic equipment and appliances are getting a much needed energy break.

In our 2018 Plug Load Inventory, we learned that there are many academic offices that are vacant over the summer months. That’s a lot of potential for unnecessary energy consumption, either through leaving items and lights on, or through standby (phantom) power that many electronic items draw even when turned off. But you can help! By participating in the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge your actions can help to achieve energy savings. Plus… by participating you could win a catered coffee break for your office. Simply complete the checklist by June 30, 2019, perform the actions before you leave and you will be entered in the prize draw.

Please note: at this time, the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge is only open to academic offices. If you are in an administrative office that will be closed for some time over the summer, you can save energy too – use this handy checklist to help plan your own shutdown.

Shutting down for the holidays is as easy as 1-2-3:

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Click here to complete the checklist and be entered to win1. DISPOSE OF PERISHABLES

Remove perishables and clean fridges

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Where it is safe and possible to do so. Please leave printers ON, they’ll go into energy saving mode on their own.

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RED Forum Goes GREEN

May 6, 2019

RED Forum is one of our favourite days of the year. Not only do we get to meet and engage with people from around the College, but there is always something new and interesting to do and learn.

Large events can have large environmental impacts which is why we have partnered with RED Forum to help make it greener. Planning an event with a small environmental footprint can be hard without the right tools and resources to help you. We’ll be launching a Green Event Guide soon to help you green your College event, but in the meantime our partnership with RED Forum is a great opportunity to not only demonstrate the College’s commitment to sustainability but to also showcase some of the ways to help make any event a little greener.

To help RED Forum Go Green we need your help! Here’s a list of what you can do to green your RED Forum experience and what we’re doing too:

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Earth Week: State of Sustainability

April 15, 2019

Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day!

Earth Day is a worldwide event to celebrate and show appreciation for our planet, and demonstrate support for a sustainable tomorrow. Since it’s the only Earth we’ve got, let’s celebrate for more than just one day. The Sustainability Office is pleased to host our 9th annual State of Sustainability, and have a great line-up of free and fascinating events, running April 23 – May 9th!

Check out our RRC Earth Day events, and keep an eye out for more details.

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Power Down for Earth Hour and Win!

March 18, 2019

Someone turning off their office lights

Power down at work and home for Earth Hour.

Take part in Earth Hour 2019 and help us in shine a light on climate change.  Take the pledge and join millions of people around the world in powering down lights and electronics for one hour on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 – 9:30PM local time.

Power Down at the College

Red River College is powering down for Earth Hour and we need your help. Non-essential lights will be turned off during the hour, and we ask that before you leave for the weekend you shut down your computers, unplug unnecessary electronics and turn off your lights.

Pledge to Power Down at Home (and Win)

Earth Hour pledge shaped like a lightbulb. It says "R.S. Do Right Save light"

Take the Earth Hour Pledg

Because Earth Hour is on the weekend, we can make a bigger impact if members of our College community pledge to power down at home. This year, all staff, students and faculty who take the pledge will be entered to win a Earth Hour Prize pack: Enjoy a candlelit game night with friends or family with a board game, handmade candles and some delicious sustainable snacks.

The pledge form is now closed. Thank you to everyone who pledged!

Participating in Earth Hour is not only a great way to show your support for a global initiative that is working to mitigate climate change, it really highlights how dependent we are on electricity by challenging us to find fun things to do without it! Some ideas of things you can do include:

  • Play board games by candlelight
  • Organize a candlelit (or no light) walk in your neighbourhood
  • Go stargazing
  • Host a sing-a-long with or without acoustic instruments
  • Invite friends for a candlelit potluck

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Join the Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge

December 9, 2018

Fill in the checklist hereThe hustle and bustle of the holidays requires a lot of energy! But while you’re amped-up getting everything done, let’s make sure the College’s electronic equipment and appliances are getting a much needed energy break.

Red River College is closed from December 21 to January 2. During this time the College’s major building systems will run in “Un-Occupied Mode”, which means lower temperatures and, in most cases, minimal ventilation.  This will help reduce our energy consumption, and our environmental footprint. But you can help too! By participating in the Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge your actions can help to achieve higher energy savings. Plus… by participating you could win a catered coffee break for your office.

Shutting down for the holidays is as easy as 1-2-3:

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Remove perishables and clean fridges by December 20, 2018

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Where it is safe and possible to do so. Please leave printers ON, they’ll go into energy saving mode on their own.

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