Shaping Our Future - Volunteer Cabinet
As Red Deer College embarks on the largest fundraising initiative in its history, we are privileged to have a team of volunteers who are lending their expertise and community connections to support the ongoing fundraising efforts in support of the Gary W. Harris Canada Winter Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris.
These individuals have dedicated their lives to bettering their families, businesses and communities. They represent the best of our region and will play a vital role in supporting the College in its efforts to bring new post-secondary opportunities to our learners:
Mary Anne Jablonski (Honorary Chair)
Holly Dickson (Co-Chair)
Tim Wiltzen (Co-Chair)
|Don Sutherland||Margaret Towers|
|Tom Towers||George Watson|
Mary Anne Jablonski (Honorary Chair)
Mary Anne Jablonski was born and raised in St. Catharines Ontario with three sisters and one brother and moved to Red Deer in 1979. She joined Girl Guides at the age of 6 and was a member for more than 25 years. Awarded a scholarship to Brock University, she studied Psychology and Political Science. Married in 1971, Mary Anne and her husband Bob have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Mary Anne recently served five terms as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (2000 -2015). During her time as an MLA, Mary Anne served as Minister of Seniors and Community Supports and as a Chairperson for numerous committees and task forces. Mary Anne is a committed community leader, a public speaker, small business owner and a community volunteer. She is presently serving as a board member for the Red Deer Canada Winter Games 2019. Mary Anne has been a proud member of Rotary for 15 years.
Holly Dickson (Co-Chair)
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, Holly Dickson has shown her community spirit from a young age. She took her first volunteer position at the age of 12, teaching swimming at the YMCA. She continued to volunteer at the YMCA for 14 years, as she grew up in Brandon, and graduated from the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing at Brandon University in 1984.
Holly moved to Calgary in 1989 with her husband Scott, where she continued her nursing career at Foothills Hospital and furthered her education at the University of Calgary. Her son Ian was born in Calgary before the family transferred to Red Deer in 1992, where they have called home ever since.
Holly’s second son Jaryd was born in 1994 and she worked on a casual basis in the Special Care Nursery at Red Deer Regional Hospital up until 2000. From there she took some time away from nursing to raise her family, and returned to Red Deer Regional Hospital in 2010, working in Pediatrics.
In 2008, Holly joined the RDC Foundation Board, and she began chairing the Board in 2013 after serving as vice chair for a year. Her passion for education and community has served the Board well and she continues to be an outstanding advocate for the College and our communities.
Tim Wiltzen (Co-Chair)
Tim Wiltzen has lived in Red Deer since 1980. With more than 40 years of experience in the financial industry, including his current role as Vice President - Investment Advisor with TD Canada Trust, he has made a career of partnering with clients to seek new opportunities and develop strategies and portfolios that are tailored to their specific needs.
Tim has been an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors for several organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Red Deer and more. He currently sits as the vice chair of the Red Deer College Foundation Board of Governors, a role that he has held since 2014. He was first appointed to the Board in 2011.
As a fervent supporter of the College, Tim was a leading contributor in support of TD Wealth’s Presenting Sponsorship of the RDC Golf Classic, which has been ongoing since 2001.
Doug retired from politics in January, 2015 to actively pursue his passion of helping communities, organizations, and businesses grow stronger. In his bestselling book, 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, Doug identifies challenges and opportunities that all of our communities face. The lessons that come from those stories are applicable to all types of communities, whether they are towns, organizations, or businesses.
Growing up on a ranch outside a small community made for a great practical education for Doug, as he built a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills. He went on to also acquire an Honours B.A. Philosophy, followed by a B. Ed, and completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Alberta in the Spring of 2016.
After teaching and ranching for several years, Doug successfully served as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta for four consecutive terms. In that time he served in two senior Cabinet portfolios as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta, as well as three junior positions in Agriculture, Finance, and Solicitor General.
Peter Kilty carries 26 years of experience in the retail fuel marketing industry. He joined Parkland Fuel Corporation in 2012 to oversee the company’s national retail network growth and is currently the Senior Vice President, Operations, Retail and Commercial Fuels.
Prior to joining Parkland, Peter’s career included senior assignments at Petro-Canada Products and Canadian Tire Petroleum. As President, Canadian Tire Petroleum, he led significant fuel volume growth, increased market presence and improved customer service.
Peter has a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario, where he was on the Varsity Swim Team Sports Council.
Gerard Mercer is a former Dean of Business at Sheridan College. He led the strategic direction of the Business School with approximately 4,000 business students and 200 full and part-time faculty. He is also the former Chairman, President and CEO with Telemedicine Canada/USA, the largest telemedicine network in the world with 1,400 locations in 27 countries and 100,000 clients annually. He formed business alliances with more than 60 prominent medical organizations in his time with Telemedicine Canada/USA.
An active global citizen, Gerard has been involved with the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education in Washington D.C., the Brampton Board of Trade, the Canadian Association for Distance Education, The Canadian Club of Toronto, among many more organizations.
Dale Schulha has been a leader in Collegiate Athletics from the onset of his post-secondary beginnings in the 1960s when he played on the University of Alberta Golden Bears football team as an undergrad. He served as team captain of the 1972 College Bowl champions.
After completing his education, Dale went on to a successful career in sports management. He served two terms as the University of Alberta Director of Athletics, where he made his impact on international sport through his involvement in the World University Games movement. He brought the 2001 World Championships in Athletics to Edmonton, and also played a leadership role in the development of Foote Field, a legacy facility on South Campus. He was recognized with the Austin Matthews Award for Contribution to Canadian Interuniversity Sport in 2014.
In addition to his work as Director of Athletics, Dale has also served the University of Alberta in a number of influential roles. He worked as Director of Development from 1994-1995, served as Director of Development and Alumni Affairs in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation from 1995-2003, as well as Associate Director of Development from 2004-2005. He was inducted into the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame in 2015.
Don Sutherland is a lifetime resident from the Red Deer area and an alum of the RDC Trades program where he completed his journeyman and master electrical certification. Don, who is newly retired, was founder and president of Studon Electric, a four-year winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.
Studon Electric has been a substantial donor to the RDC Trades Wing and Donald Business School over the past several years and Don has also served on RDC fundraiser committees. Don and his wife Michelle are proud to be RDC supporters, a place where both of their sons began their post-secondary education.
Margaret and Tom Towers
Margaret and Tom Towers have been owners and operators of Tamara Ranch Inc. since 1967. On top of running their business, Margaret and Tom have each played active roles in the community, offering their expertise to a wide range of organizations throughout their lives.
Tom served 10 years as the Director of the Innisfail and Red Deer PC Association and 12 years as the Alberta Agricultural Research Director. He has also served with the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation as a director, vice chair and chairman and has played an influential role with several other organizations including United Way, Ronald McDonald House Capital Campaign Cabinet, Sunnybrook Farms Board of Directors, just to name a few.
Margaret has been equally active in her commitment to our communities, having served on the Red Deer PC Association Board for five years, as well as the Red Deer Festival of Trees Silver Bell Tea committee for eight years. She has volunteered at the Red Deer Regional Hospital for three years, and has also served as a United Way co-vice chair and co-chair, along with her work with the Will Graham Central Alberta Celebration and the Ronald McDonald House Capital Campaign Cabinet.
The two have also served on the Westerner Exhibition Association Board of Directors. Tom has served as President and Life Director, while Margaret has earned a 25 year long service award with the Association.
George Watson has held senior executive positions in energy production, generation, marketing and trading, and energy infrastructure companies.
He started his career in banking with CIBC. He has been the chairman at CriticalControl Solutions Corp. since June 2011, and he served as the Chairman of Badger Daylighting Inc. until November 14, 2014 and as its Director from 2006 to 2014.
Watson is also on the Advisory Board for Toronto Dominion Bank of Canada, where he advises on natural gas marketing, trading, and retail strategy, and operations. He serves on a number of Boards for many organizations, sharing his wideranging expertise and experience.
Among his many high level roles, George is a former Director at the Conference Board of Canada, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and the Canadian Energy Pipelines Association.
He completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. George earned an M.B.A. in 1972 and B.S. in Engineering in from Queen's University.
Ron Woodward has more than 40 years of experience in education, government and industry, serving as a senior leader in several organizations.
Ron was hired as President and CEO of Red Deer College in 1998. In his time as President and CEO, Ron focused on building positive, productive workplaces and oversaw tremendous success in the growth of programs, student numbers, facilities and community partnerships.
In 2005 the Lieutenant Governor awarded Ron the Alberta Centennial Medal. The next year he was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. He earned a College Presidents’ Network Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and was also recognized as the Red Deer Corporate Citizen of the Year. In 2010 Ron was selected to be the Community Torchbearer as the Olympic Torch Run went through Red Deer.
Ron currently chairs the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers and recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Alberta Association of Colleges & Technical Institutes Council of Presidents.