RDC connects with community at State of the College Address

Date posted: 
Wed, 03/29/2017
RDC State of the College Address

Minister of Advanced Education introduces new RDC Board Chair at event

People from across central Alberta were at Red Deer College today for the first annual State of the College Address. The event provided an opportunity for RDC’s Board of Governors and President & CEO to share about the College’s impact on learners and the communities of central Alberta. At the event, special guest, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt, also announced Morris Flewwelling as RDC’s new Board Chair.

“Mr. Flewwelling’s leadership and commitment to community-building, lifelong learning and heritage preservation will serve him well in his new role as Chair,” says Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Alberta Advanced Education. “I look forward to seeing Red Deer College build on its successes, position itself for the future and meet the changing needs of today’s students under his leadership.”

“It gives me great pleasure to be named as the Chair of RDC’s Board of Governors,” says Morris Flewwelling. “We’re in a time of strong growth and new opportunities at Red Deer College. I look forward to working with the President and my Board colleagues in our commitment to provide great learning opportunities for our students and to working with our partners and communities.”

At the State of the College Address, audience members heard about the College’s many opportunities to work with its communities. “We’re very proud of the role RDC plays in helping to strengthen and enrich the intellectual, economic, cultural and social development of central Alberta, and we wanted to share this with our partners and community members from across the region,” says Joel Ward, RDC’s President & CEO. “The work our faculty and staff do for learners, provides educational opportunities in a wide array of programs, and this is the foundation of the College. But beyond that, we help to shape Red Deer and central Alberta in many ways.”

These contributions are often achieved through partnerships at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels. The partnerships include everything from faculty members engaging with community groups for research projects, to RDC connecting with other post-secondary institutions for the benefit of international learners, to the College’s role in the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games. 

“Providing the best opportunities and facilities possible for our learners is at the heart of what we do,” says Ward. “We will continue to work with our Government, business, industry and community partners to build on our solid foundation and to achieve even greater possibilities for the future of our communities.”

Further information is available in the 2017 State of the College publication.

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Photo information (l-r): RDC Board Chair, Morris Flewwelling; Robin Chiles, Board member; Shelley Ralston, former Board Chair; Minister of Advanced Education, Marlin Schmidt; and RDC President & CEO, Joel Ward at the 2017 State of the College Address.  


For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Consultant – Corporate