Athletics Scholarship Breakfast

Each year, RDC Athletics hosts the Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast. The event recognizes student-athletes whose accomplishments distinguish them as leaders in the classroom, in the community and in their sport.  We also bring in a well-known keynote speaker to share their success stories with our athletes and supporters. Funds raised at this event support student scholarships through the Athletics Leadership Fund. Tickets for the 2019 event are available now at

RDC Welcomes Cheryl Bernard – 2019 Speaker

This year, Cheryl Bernard, two-time Olympic Curler, and Olympic silver medalist, will join us to share the inspiring and motivating keynote presentation. As a result of her career accomplishments, charity work and her athletic experiences, Cheryl brings a unique perspective to this event and she is sure to inspire you to write the story of your own life, with intention. In addition to her success as an athlete, Cheryl is a TSN Broadcast Analyst, Spokesperson for Goodwill of Alberta, speaker, author of Between the Sheets: The Silver Lining, and currently the President & CEO of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Pidherney Curling Centre
5:30 pm | Doors open
6:00 pm | Dinner
7:00 pm | Program begins

Tickets: $100             

Enjoy dinner in the Pidherney Curling Centre hall hosted by our Kings and Queens, prior to Cheryl Bernard’s keynote presentation. In keeping with the tradition of the RDC Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast, we're excited to offer an elegant breakfast for dinner.

Limited tickets are available at

About Keynote Speaker Cheryl Bernard

At the age of 23, Cheryl Bernard started an insurance brokerage and propelled the agency to a multi-million dollar brokerage in just eleven years. At the age of 43, she helped Canada win a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

“Follow your dreams, they know the way. Let your own story come out. Dare to be your best. Reach beyond your grasp, and surround yourself with people who believe you can. Redefine the impossible and know that the best is yet to come.”

Passionate about motivating others to reach their goals and stressing the importance of great leadership and teamwork, Bernard’s powerful presentations draw from both her business and sport experiences to inspire audiences to achieve greatness in everything they do. 

During all these stages of her life Cheryl has never lost site of the need to give back. She has volunteered on a variety of boards, as well for the Canadian Curling Association and the World Curling Tour. She was the spokesperson for the 2010 Terry Fox Run and has done promotional work for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day. She currently devotes much of her energy to Goodwill Industries of Alberta as their Spokesperson & Ambassador, helping to give a voice to Albertan’s with disabilities. Cheryl also gives her time to World Vision as one of their celebrity Ambassadors. 

In June 2014 Cheryl retired from competitive curling and now works with TSN as a broadcast analyst and she spends much of her time doing motivational speaking for corporations sharing the lessons learned from sport and life.

In 2016 Cheryl was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for her curling accomplishments and her many “give back” moments to sport and the community.

Visit for more about this dynamic and inspiring speaker.

About the RDC Athletics Scholarship Breakfast

Funds raised, in partnership with RDC’s sponsors and community contributors, directly support student scholarships.

“The scholarship breakfast means a lot to the student-athletes. It’s awesome to be in the same room with people who show their support and commitment to RDC and the student-athletes."  
- Spencer Klassen, RDC Kings Basketball guard, and Bachelor of Education, Elementary student

Since its inception, the Kings & Queens Scholarship Breakfast has raised more than $300,000 for student- athlete awards, helping student-athletes to pursue both their education and their passion for playing collegiate sports.

"The contributions we receive from the scholarship breakfast are such an important part of our success as student-athletes and as a school. The financial stress of being a student is difficult. Our commitment to practices and games makes it challenging for us to be fully available for employment during the school year.”
- Mike Salmon, RDC Kings Hockey goaltender, and  Bachelor of Business Administration student

Red Deer College has an impressive athletics tradition. RDC Athletic teams and individual student-athletes have won 24 National Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles, 166 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) team and individual titles. Our student-athletes and coaches have received countless individual honours both for academic and sporting achievement. This year, the College has more than 200 student-athletes competing in eight sports on 17 teams.

"I feel extremely fortunate to have received scholarships as they have lowered the financial stress and allowed me to put everything into my training while still maintaining good grades." The Kings and  Queens Scholarship Breakfast is a way for us to engage with our community and show our appreciation for their generous donations and support." 
-Jordanna Cota, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country All-Canadian and Bachelor of Science in Nursing student.


For additional information about the Athletics Scholarship Breakfast or sponsorship opportunities, please contact RDC Community Relations:
403.342.3175 | CommunityRelations [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca