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Chris Rolida - RDP's 2020 Distinguished Alum

In this photo, Chris Rolida accepts the 2020 Distinguished Alum award from Sonia Munksgaard, Red Deer Polytechnic Alumni Engagement Coordinator.

Submitted by
Brent Forster

At the 2022 Community Awards on October 20, Chris Rolida was recognized with the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award for his advocacy and passion for increased learning opportunities at Red Deer Polytechnic.  

A graduate of the Polytechnic’s Electrical Engineering Technology program, Rolida has been a dedicated supporter of the Makerspace and Makerspace Movement at the post-secondary institution since he was a student. 

In 2016, Rolida served as Volunteer Coordinator at the Makerfaire event on campus. His organizational skills, dedication, and warm personality helped to create a welcoming environment for exhibitors and volunteers, and ultimately a very successful experience for all stakeholders.  

Rolida’s efforts and expertise extended to the first Makerspace pilot, providing tours, creating operating procedures for equipment, running workshops, and mentoring students on a variety of projects.  

Valuing education at all levels, Rolida has worked to include elementary and middle school students in the developing learning opportunities at the Polytechnic’s Makerspace. He has developed a kit to help youth to create their own robot.  

Always displaying a positive attitude, Rolida is a superb representative of Red Deer Polytechnic and is willing to promote the post-secondary institution whenever possible. He has discussed the advantages of the Polytechnic’s programs at several technology and trades shows and events.  

Collaborating with a variety of stakeholders, Rolida has advocated for Makerspace funding from the City of Red Deer and has fostered a relationship with Kings Energy, securing a generous equipment donation for the benefit of learners. 

The robust Electrical Engineering Technology training and education at Red Deer Polytechnic has helped Rolida obtain employment in his field, but he remains closely connected to the institution.  

His devotedness to mentoring others and providing enhanced learning opportunities through technology is evident in his daily interactions, and he truly is an asset to the community and post-secondary institution.  


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