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We’re glad you’re here.  

You’re what Red Deer Polytechnic’s future is all about – continuing on a legacy built by more than 80,000 alumni and doing more. Learn more about how you can stay connected to make a difference for students, access networks of support and impact our community. 


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RDPAA Annual General Meeting

A photo of a group of alumni and former instructors enjoying food and drink at Plate.What a year it has been! We reinvented the signature annual alumni event, held our first Homecoming Weekend, supported student scholarships, acknowledged the recipients of our 2020 and 2021 Alumni Awards and held some fun events to reconnect with alumni in their new hometowns. 

Join us for the 2022 RDPAA Annual General Meeting for an in-depth look back at this catalyst year, and contribute to discussion about what the future holds for the RDPAA. We're capturing the momentum we've been building over the last 12 months to propel us into an even bigger year in 2023.

November 23 | Online and In-person
5:30 pm | Networking (light refreshments provided)
6 - 7 pm | Annual General Meeting
Register here  

We'll share a recap of Homecoming and Palate: A Taste of Local, including the impact you made by attending. New members will be elected to the Board of Directors. We'll talk about what the next year could look like and what we need to do to be able to achieve that vision. Learn more about the various volunteer roles available and hear from current volunteers about what that experience is like. If you're interested in a role on the Board, please submit your application by November 14 in order to be considered at the AGM. 

We can't wait to hear all of your great ideas. If you're unable to attend, a recap of the AGM will be shared in December Spotlight, including highlights from Palate.

Métis Week Celebrations

November 14 - November 18
Main Campus

Every year, on November 16, Canadians gather to commemorate the significant legacy of Right Honourable Louis Riel, an advocate and defender of Métis rights. In Alberta, the week surrounding this event is held and honoured as Métis Week where Canadians can commemorate the legacy of Riel and reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Métis people to our province and nation.

This interactive week provides opportunities and resources for students, staff, faculty, and the Central Alberta community to:

  • Learn Métis Culture and History
  • Commemorate the legacy of Right Honourable Louis Riel
  • Celebrate the significant contribution of Métis people in Alberta and Canada

We invite you to join us throughout the week as we celebrate the rich culture, history and significant contributions of Métis people to Alberta and Canada. For the complete schedule of daily activities and resources, visit: www.rdpolytech.ca/metisweek

Employment Opportunities

A group of students working together at a table. RDP alumni have got what it takes! Join our dynamic team in one of these exciting roles and help us grow opportunities for students and the community. Visit our employment site to learn more about these and many other current opportunities. 

  • Athletics Roles including Game Attendant, Photographer, Announcer
  • Instructor roles in Trades, Business, Science, Education and Health Sciences programs
  • Student Connect Centre Advisor, Training and Systems
  • Access and Privacy Coordinator 
  • Database Administrator
  • Administrative Officer roles
  • Associate Dean - School of Arts and Culture
Philosopher's Cafe

A photo of Canadian Parliament at night in winter.Paradox Lost: What is Canadian Foreign Policy About?
Thursday, November 17 | 7 pm
Red Deer Polytechnic Library
Register here | Free event

Join us for a discussion hosted by John Kennair, Red Deer Polytechnic Political Science Instructor. 

Canadian foreign policy today has been designed to develop the mythology of Canada's role on the world stage: its actions are primarily for domestic consumption. Since the end of the Cold War, Canada has drifted away from its past glories, resting on those laurels. Given the instability of the modern world today, can Canada find a new role for itself on the world stage?

The Philosopher's Café promotes open, meaningful dialogue where participants can share ideas and broaden their perspective by considering the views of others. No philosophical training or expertise is required. 

National Addictions Awareness Event

Wednesday, November 23 | 10 am - 2pm
RDP Main Campus | Red Deer Bottling Forum

National Addictions Awareness Week highlights issues and solutions to help address alcohol and other types of substance use. It provides opportunity for Canadians to learn more about prevention, to talk about treatment and recovery, and to bring forward solutions for change.  

Visit campus to see booths from Counselling Services, the Students’ Association, and various organizations from Central Alberta to gather resources and gain knowledge. 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

A photo of students studying at our downtown campusAn observation initiated by the United Nations, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an annual event that falls on December 3 that offers individuals the opportunity to practice compassion and gain understanding while promoting empowerment and creating opportunities for people with visible and invisible barriers. The latter being the focus of this year’s event.

There are a variety of ways individuals can participate in #DayOfPersonsWithDisabilities, such as:  

  • Treat everyone with kindness and respect.  
  • Get involved in learning opportunities regarding disabilities and barriers.  
  • Look for opportunities to become more inclusive of persons with barriers.  
  • Become an advocate for those who face barriers. 

Join us for the learning opportunities and events taking place through Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 2. Learn more.


Alumni Stories

Community Awards 2022 

A photo of the Community Awards dinner in the Cornerstone Dining RoomAt the 2022 Community Awards, we were proud to recognize the recipients of our 2020 and 2021 Alumni Awards

Learn more about Gary W. Harris | 2021 Alumni Legacy Award recipient

Gary is posthumously recognized for his legacy of volunteerism and philanthropy, as well as excellence in his professions and his contributions to education.

Meet Cory Kaun | 2021 Distinguished Alum

Cory Kaun is recognized for his record of community building, his contributions to his profession, his volunteer commitments and philanthropy.

Meet Chris Rolida | 2020 Distinguished Alum

Chris Rolida is recognized for his passion and advocacy for increased learning opportunities for students at Red Deer Polytechnic.

Cross Country and Soccer Teams competing at Nationals

A photo of RDP Queens Soccer player Jaeden Swartz in action against Les RougesHistory was made at the ACAC Women’s Soccer Championships when the Queens took home the gold and earned their spot in the CCAA Nationals for the first time in program history. The Queens finished off the regular season first in the South Division and were 12th in the nation. Sein Furuyama and Estel and Sofia Quinteros were recognized as ACAC ALL-Conference award recipients. Coach Mahziar Peyrow was recognized as the ACAC Women's Soccer South Coach of the Year. The Queens are off to the CCAA Soccer Championships hosted by Champlain College in Saint-Lambert, Quebec from November 9 to 12.

The Kings and Queens Cross Country Team have also made Nationals, taking place November 11-12 at Medicine Hat College. The Queens placed third overall in the team category, thanks in no small part to the contributions of Jenica Swartz who also plays on the Queens Soccer team. The Kings placed second in the team category. Jenica was also recognized with an ACAC All-Conference awards along with fellow Kings team member Daniel Szucs.

Wishing both teams all the luck at Nationals!  Read more about this phenomenal season and stay up to date with all of the standings at rdpolytechathletics.ca

Miss Rodeo Canada | Congratulations Mackenzie Skeels

A photo of Mackenzie Skeels receiving her title. Photographer: Covy Moore
Photo by Covy Moore

Congratulations to Mackenzie Skeels (Media Studies and Professional Communication, 2019) on being named Miss Rodeo Canada at the Canadian Finals Rodeo last weekend! Mackenzie earned the title through wins in multiple categories, including modelling, horsemanship, program ad sales and a written exam. Her time as Ms. Ponoka Stampede and various other professional titles qualified her for the competition. As Miss Rodeo Canada 2023, she’ll spend the next year travelling as a representative of Canadian Professional Rodeo across the globe, networking and representing the proud Canadian tradition and sport of rodeo at as many as 400 events.

For Mackenzie, this title is the realization of a lifelong dream, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was crowned Ms. Ponoka Stampede in 1992. Mackenzie is proud to be the Canadian representative of a sport that she’s loved and participated in since childhood. She’s worked hard to achieve this title and is excited to represent central Alberta and Ponoka on the international circuit. Read more about Mackenzie’s journey in the Red Deer Advocate


What's happening on campus

Red Deer Polytechnic's 12th President, Stuart Cullum

In this photo, from left to right, are Guy Pelletier, RDP Board of Governors, Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and Stuart Cullum, President, Red Deer Polytechnic.

We celebrated the official installation of Stuart Cullum as Red Deer Polytechnic’s 12th President on November 3.  Mr. Cullum began his role on August 2, 2022, and the President's Installation event is a special ceremony that is typical within post-secondary institutions whereby the President is formally endowed with the powers and responsibilities of the office.  The event provides the opportunity for the President to share their vision for the institution. Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, was on campus and officially installed Mr. Cullum as President of Red Deer Polytechnic by conducting an Oath of Office.  

Our Red Deer Polytechnic Community also had the opportunity to welcome Mr. Cullum in a few exciting ways. Led by Ian Cook, a cross-disciplinary group of RDP employees gifted the new President a special sculpture celebrating our place in the world. A procession of 58 staff and faculty wore RDP apparel from years past, representing our 58-year history. Community leaders shared their perspectives on RDP’s role in the intellectual, economic, social and cultural development of our province and what makes them excited about our future.  President Cullum shared his vision for RDP’s future to become a unique, globally relevant post-secondary that leverages the strengths of central Alberta to create bigger and broader impact across Alberta and beyond, through practical education opportunities, applied research and innovative partnerships.  

Read more about the work that Stuart Cullum is already leading at Red Deer Polytechnic and the exciting future we are working toward or watch the highlights from the Installation Ceremony.

Red Deer Polytechnic signs Sustainable Development Goals Accord

A photo of Jim Brinkhurst, Savannah Snow and Stuart Cullum at the signing eventRed Deer Polytechnic has signed the United Nations SDG Accord, demonstrating its commitment to inspire, to celebrate and to advance the important role that education has in achieving sustainable development goals. The United Nations SDG Accord provides a framework where post-secondary institutions can collaborate and report on their contributions to sustainable development around the world.

“The signing of the SDG Accord is a meaningful day in the history of Red Deer Polytechnic. It is our way of demonstrating our commitment and contribution to their achievement and allows us to highlight the ways that we are making a difference toward global sustainability,” says Stuart Cullum, President of Red Deer Polytechnic. “As a polytechnic institution, we are dedicated to supporting the work of our industries and communities, through our education, training and applied research programming as well as how we develop and operate our campus and serve our community of faculty and staff”. Read more.

Nutcracker Tickets are on sale now!

A photo of a traditional wooden nutcrackerA Christmas Eve Party, Toy Soldiers battling Rats to break an evil spell.  A journey to a far-off land of Waltzing Flowers, a Sugar Plum Fairy, Angels on Gossamer Wings and Sweets from around the world.  Join us this December as young dancers from across Central Alberta entertain you. Nothing brings the magic of the holiday season to life better than the world’s favourite ballet.  Tickets are now on sale for this years' performances of The Nutcracker, by E.T.A. Hoffmann, and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  This year, five performances will grace Red Deer Polytechnic's Main Stage, over a magical three days.

  • Friday, December 16, 2022 - School Matinee - 12:30 pm
  • Friday, December 16, 2022 - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 - Matinee - 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 2022 - FINAL PERFORMANCE - 1:00 pm

Tickets are available now.

Pre-employment Trades Bursaries are available

Extended Ed offers four Pre-Employment Trades programs that are geared towards helping learners gain the experience they need to enter the work force and gain the upper hand when competing for entry level employment in carpentry, electrical, welding, or automotive service technician. Our Pre-Employment Trades programs will help students build their future, create options for their families, and strengthen their communities. Train to challenge the first-period technical and practical exams and qualify for employment as a first-year apprentice.

There are 12 bursaries, valued at $2500 each, available for students in Pre-Employment Trades programs at Red Deer Polytechnic. Students interested in applying for these programs and bursaries can learn more at rdpolytech.ca/pre-employment-trades.


A photo of four students studying together at a table. Making a difference

Student’s Association Student Food Bank 

The Students’ Association Student Food Bank was established in 1995, and provides hampers once per term to students in need, as well as a seasonal hamper in December. In 2020/21, the Student Food Bank provided 74 students and their families with 47 hampers. Through the “pay-what-you-can” soup program, and cash and online donations, the Student Food Bank raised $6,475.90. In 2021/2022, SARDP President, Savannah Snow, created the Lone Star Burger with Cilantro & Chive, which raised more than $1,100 for the Student Food Bank. A Winter Food Drive, organized by staff in the Ancillary and Sport Services department, annually garners generous donations of non-perishable food items. These student, staff, community and alumni initiatives go a long way to supporting this valuable emergency service for students.  

You can help support the Student Food Bank by donating unopened, non-perishable food items on Red Deer Polytechnic Main Campus, in the drop box near the Main Gym, or making an online gift here. Financial support helps the Student Food Bank purchase items to accommodate different health and religious diets, and gift cards that can be used for perishable items. Your gift goes a long way to alleviate the stress that some students experience when balancing multiple commitments, and directly contributes to their ability to be successful in their programs.  

 

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