Students' Association

Red Deer College

Message from the President

Students’ Association Council is very excited to ask the Membership to support a motion to contribute a portion of the SARDC Building Trust Fund to the “Shaping our Future” campaign. SA-logo-and-wall-small.jpg

Student leaders carry the duty of honoring the decisions of past students, an obligation to build on those decisions in the present, and the responsibility of anticipating the needs of future students.  For over 15 years, the students of Red Deer College have been investing a portion of their fees in the Building Trust Fund – in anticipation of being a key player in the future growth of Red Deer College.  That day has come. 

During a regularly scheduled meeting January 28, 2016 the Students’ Association Winter Council approved a series of motions related to making a $500,000 donation to the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport.  When we invest in our students by providing state-of-the-art educational and recreational facilities, we are not only encouraging students to choose Central Alberta as their place to study – but also their place to call home.

The Students’ Association of Red Deer College is proud to partner with Red Deer College on both bringing this facility to life – but also on realizing a new future for post-secondary education in Central Alberta.  The students of today are whole-heartedly in support of Red Deer College becoming a Polytechnic University, which will indeed benefit the students of the future.

In recognition of the students’ contribution, Red Deer College has generously offered to re-purpose meaningful space, allocated for use by the Students’ Association and its Members.

At the Students’ Association Spring General Meeting, Students’ Association Winter Council will be asking the Membership to support the $500,000 donation to the “Shaping our Future” campaign, the acceptance of space from the College, and the allocation of capital funds for furniture and equipment in the new space. 

The Students’ Association Spring General Meeting takes place Tuesday, March 1 at 11 a.m. in the Far Side Bar & Grill. The meeting agenda can be downloaded here. If you would like a hard copy of the agenda package, please stop by the Students’ Association office.

If you have any questions regarding the Shaping Our Future donation, the space or the allocation of capital funds, please contact Students’ Association President Maryanne McGrath in person at the Students’ Association office, by phone at 403-342-3200 or by email at sardc-president(at)

- Maryanne McGrath,
Students' Association President

Proposed bylaw changes

Members of the Students’ Association of Red Deer College are invited to attend the spring general meeting, Tuesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. in the Far Side Bar & Grill, at which time the following changes to the Students’ Association Bylaw will be presented for approval.

If you have any questions regarding the proposed changes, please contact Students’ Association President Maryanne McGrath in person at the Students’ Association office, by phone at 403-342-3200 or by email at sardc-president(at) for more information. A hard copy of the agenda package can be picked up at the Students’ Association office.

Changes to the Students’ Association Bylaw

Amendment to Association Bylaw Article II – Definitions, Section 2.17

Motion to replace SAC with Council

Rationale: As it stands, the acronym SAC is an exclusively internal abbreviation with insufficient meaning and recognition outside of Students’ Association Council. This change more directly references the composition and function of Council, consequently increasing the visibility of the group among the student body and generating awareness for its purpose and service.

Amendment to Association Bylaw, Comprehensive

Replace pronouns his/her, him/her, and he/she with one and/or one’s (where applicable)

Rationale: In keeping with the Association’s mandates, it is important that our foundational documents, such as that of our Bylaw and Policies, are consistent with current inclusive concepts. This change reflects evolving social attitudes to involve all students, regardless of their self-identified gender, as contributing members of society.

Suicide Intervention Skills Training course

ASIST, a practical training course for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide, will be offered to Red Deer College students February 16 and 17. Limited seats are available - sign up today to ensure your place.MHI_logo_1_large.png

This training course is being present by the Students’ Association of Red Deer College’s Mental Health Initiative. All sessions are coordinated by a Centre for Suicide Prevention certified trainer.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) uses many different teaching processes to create a practice-oriented and interactive learning experience. The sessions are mostly small groups of one trainer to no more than 15 participants.

The course is open to Red Deer College students only and is being offered free of charge. There is a $40 deposit to register; deposit will be refunded upon course completion.

The 411
Date: February 16 and 17
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days
Location: Red Deer College
Cost: Free ($40 deposit to register. Refundable upon course completion)
Register: Students’ Association office (Room 2010)
Questions: mentalhealth(at)

Polytechnic University Postcard Campaign

Do you support RDC's bid to become a Polytechnic University? Let your PREZ-polytechnic-postcard.jpgvoice be heard - sign a postcard!

At the end of the campaign, all the postcards will be delivered to the  Minister of Advanced Education.

There will be Postcard Campaign tables set up at various locations on both campuses or you can drop by the Students' Association office to sign your postcard.

The Students’ Association is committed to the polytechnic university model, as proposed by Red Deer College. A polytechnic university model would see enhanced programming options for students and degree-granting status. More information on the model can be found on the RDC website in the Polytechnic University Model FAQ section.

It's back: SARDC Semester Transit Pass

Looking for a way to save a little money in 2016? Consider purchasing a SARDC Semester Transit Pass, which costs $140. Valid from January 1 to April 30, this handy pass will save you $96 over the four months. (That's $24 a month still in your pocket!)

SARDC Semester Transit Passes are available at the Students' Association office and the Donald School of Business. Valid iCard required. The Students' Association office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It accepts cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard. Transit sales at the Donald School of Business are available Monday to Friday. Only debit, Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Looking to buy a bus pass at the Donald School of Business?

Monthly Student Transit Passes ($59) can be purchased at Sorenson Station Transit Terminal in downtown Red Deer. Sorenson Station Customer Service is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Monthly passes also available at the Students’ Association office as well as various locations throughout the city. Click here to find out where transit passes are available for purchase.

Representation, Services, FUN!

The Students’ Association of Red Deer College plays an important role in your life at RDC. The SA advocates for and represents students, provides a myriad of important (and fun!) services and is one of the largest employers of students on campus!

If you have a question, concern, need some more information or want to become more active with your SA, stop by the SA office, call 403-342-3200 or send us an email!

Our mission: The Students’ Association of Red Deer College will enrich and enhance the quality of student life at Red Deer College by providing affordable and quality services, effective political representation and exciting opportunities for its members.

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