Alumni Stories

A legacy of leadership

Written by JNelson41 on June 6, 2019

Dawnine Jackson (Bachelor of Arts – Recreation Administration) established herself as a committed professional, a dedicated leader and an important mentor in her decades-long career in Recreation. She was known as a leader in community programming in central Alberta; the training systems and certification requirements that she originally established as part of the Collicutt Centre Water Park...

Perseverence, leadership and community committment

Written by JNelson41 on June 6, 2019

Through his work with the 2019 Canada Winter Games, Scott Robinson (Physical Education Diploma, 1988) has made a lasting impact on the city of Red Deer, the region and the nation. As a member of the Bid Committee, Robinson’s vision and organizational skills played a critical role in developing a bid package that was ultimately successful. As a part of the subsequent Transition Team, Robinson’s...

The Cross Family Business

Written by JNelson41 on June 5, 2019

The Cross family feature in Notebook only scratched the surface of these four unique journeys through Nursing education and the profession. Their stories are told in the order they appear in the photo, from left to right. Susan Oosterhoff completed the Nursing program in 1979 at the University of Alberta Hospital after completing academic upgrading at RDC. She has returned to RDC for professional...

The Dawson Dream Machine

Written by JNelson41 on June 5, 2019

We introduced you to these siblings in Notebook , now check out some of the incredible projects they’ve worked on for Are You Social, Ride North Moto, Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson and 70,000 Tons of Metal.Special thank you to Chris Joao for capturing Andy Dawson at work on 70,000 Tons.Both of these siblings are creative, bold and dynamic. See the whole project they did with Ride North Moto –...

The possibilities of change

Written by JNelson41 on June 4, 2019

Our Notebook feature on Matt Deibert only briefly mentioned his unique career journey. Read how seizing opportunities helped him create meaningful work experiences and relationships.When Matt Deibert entered the Bachelor of Physical Education program at RDC in 1985, his plans were specific. “I was working toward an athletic physiotherapy degree, which I planned to complete at the University of...

Adjusting the lens

Written by JNelson41 on June 4, 2019

Check out some of the projects we mentioned in our Notebook feature on this all-star duo:Everett Sokol and Sam Burns (Motion Picture Arts, 2018) have been working together on short films since they met in the MPA program at RDC.The Dancer is a short film that Sokol and Burns worked on during their third year. It has been screened at film festivals around the world, and was nominated for a 2018...

Investing in ideas

Written by JNelson41 on June 4, 2019

Intrigued by our Notebook feature on Brad Pedersen? Here’s what he’s working on now:Brad Pedersen (Bachelor of Science, Pre-Professional, Chiropractic, 1993) developed rigor and routine in the challenging BSc program at Red Deer College. Instead of pursuing a career in chiropractic, at RDC, Pedersen discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and business development. As co-founder of Indykko, a...

Worth the Risk

Written by JNelson41 on May 31, 2019

This article originally appeared in the 2017 edition of Notebook.Sharilee Tangjerd Fossum never had small-town Saskatchewan on her radar; she was a girl with big city dreams. But throughout her career of multiple leadership positions, and raising a family who supports her every risk, it has her praising her roots and those who know her best.IT WAS A MOMENT that changed...

Developing leaders by building community

Written by JNelson41 on May 3, 2019

For Paul Peters (Bachelor of Commerce, 2000), the key to leadership is authenticity. In his education, career and volunteer commitments, he’s found the most success by being himself.Peters grew up in Delburne, and attended RDC shortly after graduation with only 4 or 5 familiar faces. “Growing up in a small town, it was an easier step to go from a high school of about 120 to a school like RDC...

All good ideas begin with a brainstorm

Written by JNelson41 on May 3, 2019

Cassandra Paige (Bachelor of Applied Arts – Motion Picture Arts, Acting, 2015) is making a name for herself in Alberta’s creative industries by approaching new projects and ideas with a collaborative lens. She began her journey toward a career in film with the singular goal of acting, but discovered she wanted to tell more of her own stories. By working with other creators on all aspects of film...

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