Maryanne McGrath receives Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award


On Friday, June 3, Red Deer College celebrated its 52nd Convocation ceremonies. Throughout the day, outstanding students were recognized for their exceptional contributions to academics and to the community.

During the morning ceremony, the Red Deer College Foundation Outstanding Student Award was presented to Maryanne McGrath for her outstanding leadership and commitment to RDC. 

Maryanne McGrath is unapologetic in her love and passion for Red Deer College. She demonstrates this passion in every decision she makes and in her dedication to the needs of the school and her fellow students. Since first arriving at RDC from her hometown of Fort McMurray in the fall of 2013, Maryanne has made great strides in advancing RDC’s future. Prior to her first election as the Students’ Association of Red Deer College President, Maryanne served her peers as President of the Political Science Society, encouraging students to be involved and active in government.

As SARDC President, Maryanne has advocated tirelessly for Red Deer College’s change in status to a Polytechnic University and has increased campus supports for student mental health. She has also negotiated the establishment of a Semester Transit pass, increased awareness regarding bullying and harassment, and ensured the reinstatement of credit French language courses.

Although she is visionary in her goals and accomplishments as SARDC President, Maryanne never loses sight of her roots as an undergraduate student. Her true strength lies with her ability to engage and impact her fellow students. Her compassion is displayed in her genuine concern for the well-being of her friends and the student body at-large. Despite being busy with meetings with MLAs, Ministers and the Premier of Alberta, she never hesitates in taking ten minutes to catch up with students in the hallways of RDC. She remains humble and grounded, truly believing in the strength found within collaborative and cooperative relationships.

Maryanne will continue to serve students as SARDC President for the 2016/17 year, before completing her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island. Currently, she is pursuing a double major in Political Science and English. She hopes to continue to lead and inspire others by pursuing an after-degree in Secondary Education, though political aspirations may prompt a change in her plans.

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