Dr. Fay Myers awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Melville, SK – Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. This commemorative medal marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. The Government of Canada is celebrating this milestone by honouring 60,000 outstanding Canadians for their contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community and to their country.

Dr. Myers was chosen for this honour after being nominated by the Parkland College Board of Governors. Her career in adult education spans over 25 years through various roles with the regional colleges of Saskatchewan, central government, and positions on many boards and task forces contributing to the community.

Dr. Myers has served as President of Parkland College since 1997. Under her leadership, Parkland College has grown in its mandate to provide training and education to adults within the region. The college’s annual budget has more than doubled in her time as president, and twice as many full-time employees are now working to serve the college’s students and business partners. Dr. Myers has been instrumental in setting a vision for Parkland College and post-secondary education in Saskatchewan to train youth – in particular Aboriginal youth – to fully participate in the workforce.

In her teachings, research and leadership, Dr. Myers demonstrates a love for life-long learning and the ability to lead and develop others in their chosen careers. She portrays a strong work ethic and high expectations for herself and others. In her leadership, time and effort, she distinguishes herself as a leader among those with whom she works throughout the province and nationally.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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SaskTel Pioneers contribute $7,500 to Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign

Yorkton, SK – The SaskTel Pioneers presented a cheque for $7,500 today to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. The provincial SaskTel Pioneers Chapter 59 is contributing $5,000 while the local Yorkton Club is providing $2,500.

The Pioneers are SaskTel’s volunteer force with over 4,000 members province wide. These current and former SaskTel employees volunteer about 60,000 hours of their time each year on a wide range of projects and raise approximately $300,000 annually for Saskatchewan communities.

Darrell Liebrecht with Chapter 59 SaskTel Pioneers presents a $5,000 cheque to William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College.

William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College, accepts a $2,500 cheque from Wendy Hume and Bob Hume with the Yorkton SaskTel Pioneer Club.

The college’s expansion in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will house training space and classrooms that will allow the college to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Giving Back: Drs. Ron & Bree Rogoza support Trades and Technology Centre

A firm belief in knowledge and education is a driving force behind Parkland College’s proposed Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. It’s a philosophy shared by the companies, service groups, and individuals contributing to the capital campaign in support of the project.

Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza represent a prime example of this commitment. The father-daughter optometry team is donating $25,000 to the campaign.

Dr. Ron Rogoza (left) and Dr. Bree Rogoza pose with bricks symbolic of their commitment to helping build the Trades and Technology Centre.

“We, along with many businesses and individuals, support a lot of programs and events in the Yorkton-Melville area,” said Dr. Ron Rogoza. “Our scholarship support at the high schools in Yorkton and Melville and at Parkland College is very important to us.

“We’ve been looking for something that we could contribute to that isn’t just going to be a benefit solely to Yorkton or Melville residents because we see patients from a wide variety of regions and towns and farms,” he continued. “Donations to a concept like the Trades and Technology Centre will benefit a lot of people in this whole area. That’s partly what attracted us to look at it. Let’s do something that applies to education, which has given me an opportunity to be of service in the field of vision care and has given me a chance to say, ‘Hey, maybe I can contribute in a small way.’”

Rogoza was raised on a farm in the Wroxton area and graduated from the Yorkton Regional High School in 1967. He was awarded a scholarship from Logan Stevens Construction which funded two years of tuition at the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw (a forerunner to the SIAST Palliser Campus). He studied drafting technology and was employed as a design technologist by Atomic Energy of Canada before pursuing optometry at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He’s been practising in Yorkton since 1975, and now operates a second office in Melville with his daughter.

“I’ve had a constant appreciation through my life for those couple of years [of trades training] that I think set the tone for further learning and education,” Rogoza noted.

“We really feel that it’s important for us to play a part in assisting others in some way as many people have done for me.”

Despite receiving his post-secondary education in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rogoza is a proponent of life-long learning. He is constantly updating and upgrading his skills and knowledge to keep on top of the new technology, equipment, and approaches affecting his profession.

Rogoza gives credit to the scholarship he received for boosting his self-confidence and helping him recognize his potential to excel. By contributing to the Trades and Technology Centre, he hopes to give people throughout the region the chance to realize their own potential.

“I’d like to emphasize the importance of the Trades and Technology Centre for a larger number of students,” Rogoza said. “I think the concept is even more important now that the West needs employees. We need trained people. What better place to train them than where we have the work?”


About Us:

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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Light a fire under your career

Over the last five years, Parkland College has been steadily growing its Emergency Services Training programs. Today its firefighting and paramedic programs are popular choices among new students, and have become legacies of the college’s commitment to delivering responsive training to the demands of the region.

Parkland College has offered the only full-time professional firefighter training program in Saskatchewan since 2008. It acts as a broker to provide the NFPA 1001 program in cooperation with Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. The 14-week program provides a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level firefighter positions. Eight platoons have completed the program at Parkland College. The next program offering is scheduled to begin in March.

Just last year, the college completed an extensive series of upgrades to its Emergency Services Training Site near Melville. The improvements include new chain-link fences and gates, a vehicle storage building, and additional fire props for hands-on training. Plans for the spring include more industrial props and a new road structure.

The site is also used by students enrolled in the SIAST Primary Care Paramedic program at Parkland College’s Melville Campus. The 18-week certificate program trains students in recognizing and managing medical and trauma injuries, physical assessment, pharmacology, and professionalism and leadership in Emergency Medical Services. Graduates work in ambulance operations, fire services (in conjunction with fire training), industrial sites, mining sites, military departments, or special care facilities. The next paramedic program begins in November 2013.

The college’s programs grow based on demand. The development of the training site and the emergency services programs exemplify the college’s commitment to providing the best training opportunities for its students.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca