Partnership celebrates sustainable legacy at RDC

Date posted: 
Mon, 10/15/2018
NOVA Chemicals tree-planting event at RDC

Photo: Partners gather for a tree-planting event at the newly-named NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk, located south of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on RDC's main campus.

Pictured in photo (left to right): Chaise Combs, President, RDC Students' Association; Joel Ward, President & CEO, RDC; Scott Robinson, CEO, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society; Jim Dixon, Director, Responsible Care, NOVA Chemicals.

Two years after NOVA Chemicals announced its $2 million commitment to Red Deer College and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the three partners gathered today to celebrate their shared vision of sustainability in the region.

At the event, RDC officially unveiled the NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk, located south of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. The accessible walkway circles the pond and natural area, providing barrier-free access for those from the College and community to enjoy the beauty of RDC’s main campus.

“With just over three months out, we are excited to continue our unique collaborative sponsorship arrangement with Red Deer College and the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society to present the best of Central Alberta to the Nation in 2019 and leave a lasting sustainability legacy for all to appreciate,” says Rick Van Hemmen, Joffre Site Leader.

Along the walkway, representatives from all three organizations planted trees as part of the event. “An important component of hosting the 2019 Canada Winter Games is creating legacies that will benefit our greater community for years to come,” says Lyn Radford, Board Chair with the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “As part of our sustainability plan, we will be planting 2,019 trees across the community. We’re very pleased that a portion of these will be located on RDC’s main campus next to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the legacy facility from the Games.”

In the coming days, volunteers will plant the remaining trees around the natural area, bringing RDC’s total to 140 trees planted through this partnership.

For Red Deer College, the partnership and the commitment from NOVA Chemicals has provided a significant opportunity to enhance the College’s sustainability, facilities and programming. Education, health, wellness and sustainability are all essential elements in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, and the NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk is an outdoor extension of these themes.

“NOVA Chemicals has shown a long-standing commitment to the success of our region and our College – their support of RDC goes all the way back to 1984,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO. “Their organization places great importance on community and sustainability, and these are shared values with RDC. We’re honoured to link their recent commitment to our College with environmental stewardship and sustainability, which respects their wishes and will benefit our learners and community members from across the region.”

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For additional information contact:
Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC 
403.342.3299     

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate
RDC
403.342.3389

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