Students to Get Financial Advice from TV's Gail Vaz-Oxlade

January 8, 2013

Red River College students can avail themselves of financial advice from one of Canada's leading experts, when TV host Gail Vaz-Oxlade stops by the Notre Dame Campus next week.

The no-nonsense host of TV's Til Debt Do Us Part and Princess, Vaz-Oxlade will visit RRC on Wednesday, January 16 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm in the South Gym. Her appearance can also be viewed via video-stream in Room 107 of the Exchange District Campus.

If you want to learn more about how to break free from student debt, how to keep your finances under check, or how to build a strong financial foundation that will last a lifetime, come visit Vaz-Oxlade as she swings by RRC as part of her Canada-wide tour to promote the new book Money Rules.

From the official announcement: "Money management doesn’t have to be full of tricks. Although money management isn’t rocket science, having discipline and making sound money decisions often feels more complicated than it should."

Vaz-Oxlade is one of Canada’s most successful and respected financial writers and has authored several bestselling books, including Debt-Free Forever, Never Too Late, Money-Smart Kids, and It’s Your Money. In addition to her TV work, she's a radio host on Newstalk 1010.

Supporters and Partners Treated to Sneak Peek of Paterson GlobalFoods Institute

December 20, 2012

Earlier this month, Red River College's Paterson GlobalFoods Institute opened its doors for a very special "sneak peek."

Donors, partners and supporters of the College were invited to spend an evening in the Exchange District's newest gem. Guests shared drinks and laughs while admiring the restoration of the historic Union Bank Tower.

They also took tours of the new facility, visited state of the art kitchens, classrooms, labs and even the new student residence — all while learning more about the equipment and sustainability features on campus. Andrew Paterson (shown, second from left), President and CEO of Paterson GlobalFoods was on hand to welcome the crowd and to announce the heart of PGI — upscale restaurant Jane's, which is located in the building's breathtaking former bank hall — was a special tribute to his mother.

PGI is scheduled to open its doors in January 2013, and will serve as the new home of RRC's Culinary Arts, Professional Baking and Patisserie, and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs.

RRC Students' Association Hosts Photo Sessions with Santa

December 13, 2012

Students and staff at Red River College got into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with help from a Students' Association initiative that gave them some face-time with Santa Claus himself.

From Dec. 5 to 7, Students' Association staff and reps paired with Professional Photography students from RRC's School of Continuing Education to host a "Photos with Santa" fundraiser in support of the SA's Food Bank.

The photos were taken in Lockers Lounge, and helped to raise nearly $450 for the Food Bank.

Click here for more information about the Red River College Students' Association.

Paterson GlobalFoods Institute on the Menu at Tourism Industry Luncheon

December 7, 2012

(From left): Jonathan Strauss, President, Strauss Communications; Michael Pye, General Manager, Fairmont Winnipeg; Keith Muller, Dean, RRC School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts; Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, Senior Vice-President, Tourism, Economic Development Winnipeg.

Red River College's leading culinary expert talked turkey with Winnipeg's tourism industry yesterday, as the keynote speaker at Tourism Winnipeg's annual holiday lunch.

Keith Muller, Dean of RRC's School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, addressed a festive crowd of local industry reps gathered at the Fairmont Winnipeg, providing details about the College's soon-to-open Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) and its anticipated impact on the local economy.

"All indicators show there will be a labour shortage in specific sectors of the hospitality industry in Canada of over 220,000 skilled workers by 2025," said Muller, who also donned an apron and chef's hat to help carve the turkey served to guests. "We at Red River College are ready to take on the challenge of training industry-ready students."

As Muller explained, the PGI will provide industry-relevant courses and programs designed to serve the hospitality and tourism sectors — on a local, national and international level — while also engaging members of the community through general interest programming, event rentals, a new urban upscale restaurant, and seven floors of student residence space.

Those gathered also heard from Marina R. James, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, who congratulated industry reps on the role they've played in making Winnipeg a unique and cosmopolitan destination. As well, they were treated to details of the Winnipeg Foundation's latest initiative — the Nourishing Potential endowment, which provides healthy foods and snacks to community-based after-school programs for kids.

"Winnipeg is in a state of transformation unlike anything we have ever experienced," said James. "We are awash with iconic destination architecture and asset development — and our usual mild, meek nature has given way to boosterism, pride, boundless enthusiasm and embracing bold new ways of thinking."

RRC Strikes Sweet Partnership with World Famous Chocolatier

December 5, 2012

Story by Elizabeth Catacutan, second-year Creative Communications

What would you do with a three-year supply of the world’s finest chocolate?

Red River College's Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) is sharing it with their culinary students to teach them the art and science of chocolate making.

The in-kind donation comes from a partnership between PGI and Cacao Barry and Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products. Cacao Barry and Callebaut are recognized around the globe as innovative masters in chocolate products.

“Chocolate isn’t cheap,” says Chantalle Noschese (shown, above), Chef and Culinary Arts Instructor at Red River College.

Noschese returned from training with a master chocolatier from the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy late October. This valuable experience is another extension of the partnership agreement with Callebaut, which will see one RRC Culinary instructor sent to Quebec each year to train at the Chocolate Academy.

“It’s important that if I’m teaching students, I need to be as educated as I can be,” says Noschese. “I feel better prepared and more knowledgeable, and I can pass that down to the students.”

The partners have also put in place an agreement that Callebaut’s technical advisor will visit RRC every second year to run a demonstration for aspiring chefs. Callebaut’s master chocolatier was at RRC in early November 2012 for his first visit.

“We’re on trend and that’s only going to enhance the experience for the students,” says Noschese. “They’re getting the best education we can provide thanks to these partnerships.”

Click here for more information about RRC's Culinary Arts program.

Winkler Campus Instructor Honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

November 28, 2012

Red River College Winkler Campus instructor Evelyn Currie has been recognized for her commitment to education with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Currie, a former high school teacher and guidance counsellor who’s now a Business Administration instructor at Winkler Campus, was among 15 Manitobans honoured with medals at a ceremony in Portage la Prairie earlier this month.

Currie says she’s especially fond of working one-on-one with students. She plays an equally supportive role in the community, working with the Christmas Cheer Board and on the board of directors of the Pembina Valley Arts Centre.

Aerospace Training Programs at RRC Benefit from Newly-Donated Engine

November 7, 2012

(From left): Peter Bjornson, Provincial Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade; Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC; and Kim Olson, Senior Vice-President, Helicopters, Energy & Engineering for StandardAero.

Red River College will continue to serve as an engine of economic growth in Canada, thanks to a recent donation worth $1.2 million from industry partner StandardAero.

Earlier this month, the company transferred ownership of a GE CF-34 turbine aircraft engine to RRC. The engine will be used as part of the College's apprenticeship and training programs, in particular the Gas Turbine Repair and Overhaul program, which promotes engine maintenance, repair and overhaul skills.

"Here at Red River College, we pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to train using state-of-the-art technology and industry-approved equipment," says RRC President Stephanie Forsyth. "This donation, and our partnership with StandardAero, will allow us to continue to serve as a leader in aerospace training, and to continue supplying highly-trained employees to the workforce."

The College's partnership with StandardAero has been ongoing for several years, and has also resulted in the development of the Centre for Aerospace Technology & Training (CATT), a unique industrial campus model that serves as a technology validation site for RRC's Applied Research and Commercialization department. StandardAero is also an active participant in RRC's co-op and internship programs.

"Our (latest) donation serves as a key workforce skills strategy, not only for StandardAero, but also for Manitoba's continued economic sustainment and growth," says Kim Olson, Senior Vice-President, Helicopters, Energy & Engineering at StandardAero.

"Training on real-world products without incurring capital costs is paramount to the learning and development of a highly skilled workforce in Manitoba. Our partnership with Apprenticeship Manitoba and RRC is nationally recognized as a leading contributor to the growth of the aerospace sector in Manitoba."

Apply Now for RRC's New Student Residences

November 1, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for single and double dorm rooms in Red River College’s new student residence at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.

Located at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue (just blocks from the Roblin Centre), the new Exchange District Campus Residence offers convenient meal plans and rental contracts that align with academic schedules. The residences will open in January 2013, but applications are being accepted as of Nov. 1, 2012.

Dorm rates for the Winter 2013 term (Jan. 2, 2013 – Apr. 26, 2013) are $3,660.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit

Immigrant and International Students Celebrated at Annual Welcome Party

October 16, 2012

Staff, students and their family members are invited to attend Red River College's annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students.

This year's celebration takes place Friday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Voyageur Dining Room at the Notre Dame Campus. As always, the Welcome event is hosted by RRC's Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department, with support from International Education and the RRC Students' Association.

The College-wide event will feature live music and entertainment, including performances by Punjab Dancers, Paradize Band, Evan Coffie and Yoslai. There will also be fun activities for kids, lots of dancing, and sample foods from around the world.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 16, 2012. To register online, visit this link. To sign up in person, visit the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support offices: Room D206 on the Notre Dame Campus, or Room 103 at the Exchange District Campus.

For more information, contact Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator, at 204-631-3345 or

Winkler Campus Instructor Advocates for Increased Cultural Awareness

October 9, 2012

As an instructor at Red River College’s Winkler Campus, she advocates for balanced health in heart, spirit, mind and body.

And as a counselor in the community of Roseau River First Nation, Violet Caibaiosai prescribes an increased awareness of culture and history as the treatment for deficiencies in both mental and physical health.

“One of the most important things would be recognizing what our history is, and then taking an honest look at that history,” says Caibaiosai, who’s taught Applied Counselling courses at Winkler Campus since 2009.

“It’s not always a pretty one, but it’s a difficult one, and it’s important that it be looked at. There’s always an understanding that comes from knowledge and that’s what my goal is, whether it’s in larger society or our own communities. Because people have become so fearful — not only of society, but of themselves.”

A former Ontario native who grew up on the north shore of Lake Huron, Caibaiosai was raised by her parents and grandparents — the latter having imparted the importance of spiritual strength by teaching her about the holistic, healing qualities of traditional medicine.

She incorporates a similar respect for tradition among her students at RRC, noting many who go on to be counsellors may need to draw on that cultural knowledge while working with — and alongside — First Nation residents throughout Manitoba and Canada.

“It’s important for others to understand that history that we have together as a nation,” says Caibaiosai. “There’s a bridge that has to be built, and part of what I do in the classroom is to build those bridges of understanding.” Read More →

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