Instructors Insight


September 2013




From Car Crash to Industry Smash: ConEd Grad Re-Launches Career in Volunteer Management

Not everyone can confidently say they scored their dream job, but Shaun Leonoff, Red River College graduate and grandmother to nine, can assure you she did, and it’s all thanks to a car accident.

During the life-changing incident, Leonoff severely damaged her elbow, ending her 30-year career as an X-ray technician. Due to her injuries, Leonoff had no choice but to look for another career path; having attended RRC in the past (it's where she earned her X-ray technician credentials), she was this time drawn to the College’s Volunteer Management program, available through the School of Continuing Education.

During the time she was enrolled in the program, Leonoff’s personal life was undergoing huge changes. Life became a balancing act for Leonoff, who juggled a new full-time job with the thrills and responsibilities of being a new grandmother. "Many times I was seen with little babies on my shoulder while studying," she laughs.

Shortly before she began her new training, Leonoff had also kicked off a new career with the Canadian Cancer Society, where she worked for eight years as the Senior Manager of Volunteer & Community Engagement.

Leonoff completed the program in 2008, and four years later landed what she now describes as her dream job, after being hired as the Volunteer Resources Coordinator at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, where she manages all volunteers in both the park and the zoo. This past April, she coordinated a massive recruitment effort that resulted in triple the usual number of registered volunteers. Even today, inquiries are still flowing through and her department is constantly evaluating and welcoming new volunteers to help with special events, the park ambassador program, and even the site's new double-decker bus tours.

Click here to learn more about Leonoff's success, and here for more information about RRC's Volunteer Management program.


"Reach Beyond" this Winter, with Continuing Education at RRC

Back to school season may already be underway, but it's not too late to upgrade your training via a range of personal and professional development courses at RRC.

To register, check out the new 2013-14 Program Guide, which contains the latest course information for all Continuing Education programs -- including dates, times, course codes, fees and locations.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for the new Winter 2014 Course Schedule, which will provide an overview of the 100-plus certificate and diploma programs offered on a part-time and full-time basis, as well as an at-a-glance legend that shows availability by delivery method for each course.

Hard copies of the Program Guide and Course Schedule can be found at all Safeway and 7-11 locations in Winnipeg. Remember that courses are filling up fast, so register early to guarantee yourself a spot!


Information Sessions: Railway Conductor Certificate

"Train" for an exciting career in the railway industry! Get the theory and hands-on rail yard experience to put your career on the right track.

RRC's Railway Conductor Certificate program integrates theoretical knowledge in safety, business and communications with practical railyard experience -- including switching and marshalling cars, transporting dangerous goods, performing inspections, copying authorities, and keeping records.

Free information sessions are scheduled until the end of October:

Tuesdays: 7pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

Thursdays: 7pm, 9-1500 Regent Ave.

Program intakes are January and May 2014. For additional information, call 204.694.1789 or visit


Join the Celebration! RRC's 75th Anniversary!

Next month, Red River College celebrates its 75th anniversary -- we're hoping you'll join us as we mark this milestone!

On October 9, 1938, the Industrial Vocational Training School (the forerunner to RRC), opened its doors, and by the end of the 1940s, had already amassed more than 1,000 full-time and part-time students.

Today, Red River College stands as Manitoba's largest institute of applied learning, boasting more than 30,000 enrolments, 200-plus full- and part-time programs, and nine different campuses across the province. Find out more about our history and check out our photo gallery to see how we've grown.

A number of celebratory events have been scheduled, including our newly-revamped Alumni Gala 2013, and a special Homecoming BBQ for all current and former staff, students and industry partners.

Click here to find out how you can join the party!


Information Sessions: Power Engineering - 5th Class

Learn to operate and maintain boilers and related equipment (including air compressors, generators, motors, turbines, air conditioning units, refrigeration equipment, and steam or hot water boilers) to provide utilities such as light, heat, climate control or power for buildings and industrial processes.

Join us for a free information session:

Wed., Oct. 9: 7pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

Wed., Oct. 23: 7pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

Click here to learn more about this five-month certificate program.


Your Table is Ready: Make a Reservation at Jane's

Sample the latest in upscale, urban cuisine -- in a setting that blends old-world elegance with the latest in culinary trends.

Featuring food prepared and served by RRC's renowned students and chefs, Jane's serves as an exciting addition to the downtown dining scene, while infusing new vibrancy and life into Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

Jane's is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Friday, and features a full-service menu with soups, salads, entrees, desserts and beverages.

Please visit the website at for all the details and to make reservations.

Share Your Success -- Send Us Your Stories!

Are you a Continuing Education student or grad who's achieved career success, won an industry award, or participated in a newsworthy endeavor? If so, we'd love to hear about it!

Send us an email with the pertinent information, and we'll do our best to feature your story in a future edition of the Continuing Education e-newletter, or on the Continuing Education website, which celebrates student and alumni success.

Emails can be sent to Vera Godavari, Marketing & Communications Officer, at


Launch Your Career or Fill a Position with

Are you an RRC alum (or current student) who'd like help securing meaningful employment after graduation? Or an employer looking to fill a position by hiring one of RRC's job-ready graduates?, RRC's exclusive Student Employment Services website, features a wide range of full-time, part-time, summer and entry-level jobs. Click here to access the page (sign in with your RRC student user name and password). Contact RRC Student Employment Services for more information:

Notre Dame Campus: 204.632.3966       Exchange District Campus: 204.949.8368

To access job postings:


On the web:



Culinary Enthusiasts Workshops

Whet your appetite with a mouthwatering series of seminars, series and courses -- designed for everyone from professional chefs to culinary neophytes!

Join us for an after-work class or a weekend workshop, whether you'd like to learn more about international cuisine, or just which wine to serve for dinner.

All of our sessions are hosted at the state-of-the-art Paterson GlobalFoods Institute downtown, where you can sharpen your culinary skills while enjoying stunning views of the Exchange District.

On the menu:

For more information, call 204.694.1789 or 1.866.242.7073, or visit


More Options For Personal and Professional Development

Red River College has hundreds of quality part-time workshops and courses available to deliver the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed in the workplace or guide you along the path of personal development. Click below for direct links to info on upcoming courses and workshops.


Course Name

Start Date

Human Resource Management September 23, 2013
Bookkeeping & Accounting for Small Businesses September 25, 2013
Children's Book Illustration September 26, 2013
French Cuisine October 1, 2013
Procedures for Better Meetings October 7, 2013
Keyboarding October 8, 2013
Math for Technology October 10, 2013
Workday Management Tools October 15, 2013
Mixology 101 October 17, 2013
Managing Change October 19, 2013
PMP Exam Preparation October 19, 2013
Organizational Design October 26, 2013


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-- Kaye Byfield (Applied Counselling, 2007)







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