ENVISION participants.

The ENVISON Leadership Development Program came to a successful conclusion for 18 members of the cohort at Red River College this spring, at an April celebration that marked the completion of the year-long pilot program.

The event, which was attended by the entire College executive, as well as managers and  project mentors, included cohort team presentations of four Applied Projects of significant value to the College: an Exit Interview Process, a Professional Learning Community, Test Bank Development and a Performance Support Initiative.

In his opening remarks, Interim RRC President David Rew shared that “ENVISION was developed as part of a comprehensive leadership strategy for the institution. The makeup of the program was sequenced to move the cohort from foundational theory into action — and application — over the course of a year.”

During a touching presentation of program certificates to each cohort member, Vice President Human Resource Services and Sustainability Lori Grandmont told guests that “ENVISION is, above all, an investment in our institution — an investment in our talent, and in our future success, for both staff and students.”

ENVISION event.Few post-secondary institutions in North America are delivering an integrated, in-house program of ENVISION’s scope to its emerging leaders, and Red River College is proud to be among those schools leading the way. Key to the success of the program are the cohort members themselves — from a rigorous selection process, the 18 committed members included six faculty and 12 non-faculty spanning 14 departments. Since the program’s inception, three members have already moved into formal leadership roles — and all members have benefitted from the leadership knowledge, application and relationship-building delivered through this intensive program.

An evaluation framework has been developed and will be administered to measure the program’s success over the summer. Once complete, program updates will be made based on feedback and the hope is for a new ENVISION intake to roll out in 2016.

Red River College is proud of the accomplishments of its inaugural ENVISION graduates, and looks forward to what lies ahead as they pursue their career development goals and continue to make a difference to our institution.

The 18 graduates of the ENVISION Leadership Development Pilot Program 2014-15 are:

Name Position Department
Barb Boucher Program Facilitator, Business Management School of Continuing Education
Blanche Kingdon Instructor/Researcher Language Training Centre
Bonnie J Van Steelandt Instructor Business Administration
Christopher Huynh Research Financial Administrator, Business Solutions Financial Services
Claudius Soodeen Instructional Designer Teaching Learning Technology Centre
Darryl Oshanyk Financial Assistant Facility Management
Kathleen Kerr Program Manager, EAL Programming, Visa Students and Overseas Partnerships Language Training Centre
Kayla M Vandal Program Facilitator, Health Sciences School of Continuing Education
Lesley McGuirk MRT, MRI/S and MLT (X) Coordinator Allied Health Sciences
Michele L Sykes Instructor Medical Laboratory Sciences
Nora Sobel Acting Manager Diversity and Intercultural Services
Norlan Page Student Integration Coordinator Diversity and Intercultural Services
Rahim S Hosein Instructor Auto Mechanics
Ronald Budowski Instructor Teacher Education
Ruth Lindsey-Armstrong Instructor Early Childhood Education
Sandra Sukhan Director Program and Curriculum Development
Teri-Lynn Lovenjak Office Manager Information Technology Solutions
Vera Godavari Marketing Officer School of Continuing Education