RED DEER- In a celebratory evening that focused on community contributions and connections, Red Deer College honoured three deserving individuals and one community partner at its annual Community Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.
The event gave an opportunity for community members, alumni and distinguished guests to celebrate and honour the award recipients.
Guy Pelletier was awarded the G.H. Dawe Memorial Award for his commitment to community and leadership. Pelletier’s extensive resume of community involvement began to take shape when he was a Red Deer College Business Administration student starting classes in 1985. He has volunteered for a number of organizations, including the Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre and David Thompson Regional Health Foundation. Pelletier has also served on the RDC Board of Governors and the Donald School of Business advisory council and helped shape the Alumni Association. Beyond his commitment to RDC, Guy’s support for education in the region is further demonstrated in his service as an elected trustee and Board Chair of the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division School Board.
Linda Slaymaker was posthumously presented with the Alumni Legacy Award, for her contributions to her community and to RDC during her 24-year career working in the College’s Financial Services department. Slaymaker was a key member in the RDC Financial Services department, where she worked as a Budget Manager. In July 2012, Linda was diagnosed with a brain tumour and she passed away November 24, 2013.
RDC bestowed the Distinguished Alumna Award to Sharilee Fossum for her personal and professional achievements. After earning a Business Administration Diploma at RDC in 1979, she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta two years later. Fossum has been involved in senior financial and operating roles with a number of key organizations. She worked as a Chief Operating Officer for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and with the Government of Alberta where she was the Executive Director and Senior Financial Officer for Service Alberta.
The 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society was honoured with RDC’s Community Partner Award, in recognition of its collaboration with Red Deer College to strengthen central Alberta, its communities and the College, now and for future generations. Together with its partners, the Host Society is committed to creating a life-shaping experience for athletes, the region, and beyond. As a result of Red Deer hosting the Canada Winter Games, upgrades to several recreational areas, along with new facilities, will benefit central Albertans. Setters Place at Great Chief Park, River Bend Enhancements, Central Elementary School Revitalization Project and the Canyon Ski Resort upgrades are all enhanced facility projects that will enhance athletic competition and create community gathering places in the spirit of the Games.
(Gary McKinnon - Red Deer College)
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