Parkland College signs formal agreement with Treaty 4 First Nations schools

Parkland College and Treaty 4 Student Success Program Inc. (T4SSP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Friday that establishes a formal relationship to improve pathways to post-secondary education for First Nations students in the Parkland Region.

The Treaty 4 area covers much of southern Saskatchewan. T4SSP is an educational organization that serves 11 First Nations in east-central and southeast Saskatchewan: Fishing Lake, Cote, Keeseekoose, Sakimay, Ocean Man, Kahkewistahaw, Ochapowace, Cowessess, White Bear, Muskowekwan, and Kawacatoose First Nations.

“This agreement will open new doorways for the young people in our First Nations,” said Fishing Lake First Nation councillor Sheryl Kayseas. “Through this understanding, we have opportunities to build bridges of support from the First Nations schools to the many learning pathways available at Parkland College.”

“This partnership will be a mentorship and think-tank and exploratory station,” said Lori Whiteman, Executive Director of Treaty 4 Student Success Program. “It will be a learning centre for us to grow together in support of the young people attending our schools and the Parkland College campuses.”

Parkland College has long partnered with First Nations bands and tribal councils in the Parkland region to develop and deliver education and training programs on-reserve.

“We look forward to a continued trusting relationship that will build on our past partnerships,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said. “We will work together to provide information, opportunities, and support to First Nations students and to help choose their career path for the future.”

“The increase in education opportunities and support for First Nations students is essential to the economic development and sustainability of our communities and the province,” added Lydia Cyr, Chair of the Parkland College Board of Governors.

The MOU signing was held in conjunction with Treaty 4’s annual school year kick-off. The day began with a traditional pipe ceremony and included a keynote speaker and professional development sessions for staff from the First Nations schools.


About Parkland College:

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.

About Treaty 4 Student Success Program Inc.:
Treaty 4 Student Success Program Inc. (T4SSP) is an educational initiative serving the First Nations of the Treaty 4 territory. Currently, 11 Saskatchewan Treaty 4 schools have committed to participate in T4SSP through a letter of commitment from their Chief and Council. Treaty 4 Chiefs recognize that significant gaps in learning exist for First Nations students and emphasize that culture and traditional values, woven through the mandates of student retention, literacy and numeracy, will support balanced and significant success for all children. A necessary component to student learning is ensuring that students benefit from rich, meaningful and relevant learning experiences, within secure learning environments. The T4SSP is committed to the development and delivery of sustainable educational processes that place children and communities at the centre of common Treaty Four school improvement.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Parkland College signs Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter

Parkland College has joined hundreds of organizations across the province in signing the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter, an initiative that advocates for the continuous improvement of healthy and safe workplaces and communities.

Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers participated in a charter signing event earlier this summer, declaring that the College subscribes to the principle that nothing is more important than the well-being of employees, contractors, clients, customers, visitors and, whenever possible, the surrounding community.

“We are committed to health, safety, and wellness at Parkland College,” Dr. Myers said. “By signing this charter, we are fully committing to this worthy cause. I look forward to connecting with other leaders who share the vision of a safer Saskatchewan for all.”

According to Safe Saskatchewan, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness about injury prevention, nearly 100,000 people have been unintentionally injured in the province so far in 2014. Safe Saskatchewan says those predictable and preventable injuries have cost the provincial economy over $635 million.

Charter signatories like Parkland College are striving to make Mission: Zero a reality for all workplaces and communities, which in turn will make Saskatchewan the safest province in which to live, work, and play. Mission: Zero encourages a change in culture, thought, and behaviour to bring about an injury-free Saskatchewan.

For more about the Saskatchewan Health & Safety Leadership Charter and Mission: Zero, please visit www.safesask.com.

About Parkland College:
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

President Dr. Fay Myers to retire in June 2015

The Parkland College Board of Governors announced Thursday that President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Fay Myers will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Myers will step down effective June 30, 2015.

Dr. Myers has led Parkland College since 1997. During her tenure, the College has strengthened, evolved, and excelled at meeting the training and education needs of students, communities, and industry in the Parkland region and beyond. Under her leadership, the direction and sustainability of the College into the 21st century has been of paramount importance and continues to be achieved.

“This is the right time to make this decision to retire,” Dr. Myers said. “The College will be opening the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton next fall and will have new strategic directions to achieve. I have truly enjoyed my 18 years with Parkland College working with amazing people.”

The Board of Governors reluctantly accepts Dr. Myers’ resignation and takes this opportunity to express its gratitude for her extraordinary vision and leadership.

“Dr. Myers has guided Parkland College to its position as a well-established educational institution leading in innovation and excellence,” said Lydia Cyr, chairperson of the Parkland College Board of Governors.

“We are fortunate to have benefited from Dr. Myers’ dedication, hard work, and achievements in the development and growth of the College,” Cyr added. “We wish Dr. Myers all the best in her retirement and thank her for her years of service to Parkland College.”

The Board will immediately begin its search for a successor to Dr. Myers.

About Parkland College:
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

Field day highlights agriculture research

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed farmers and agriculture industry representatives Tuesday to their second annual research farm field day in Yorkton. The event highlights the continuing partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding last year leading to collaborative work on agricultural applied research projects.

This year, there are about 12 research projects underway at two locations: the joint research farm half a mile south of Yorkton, and a site adjacent to Skinner’s Garden Centre. Researchers are testing soybean varieties by seeding date, canaryseed fertility, oat varieties by nitrogen rate, wheat and canola with Environmentally Smart Nitrogen technology, wheat fungicide timing, and cereal forage.

The field day started at Tourism Yorkton where attendees were taken on a guided tour of the Crops of the Parklands demonstration site. Particular attention was paid to the more technical plots such as those demonstrating the difference in seed treatment and fertilizer placement.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term. The information developed and gathered on site will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers.

About Parkland College:
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.

About East Central Research Foundation:
ECRF is a non-profit organization established in 1996 at Canora. It undertakes applied research projects and demonstrates specialized crop protection technologies to local producers. Funding from government agencies allows ECRF to conduct trials on everything from seed treatments and crop residues to fertilizer application rates and weed and pest control. ECRF is one of eight producer-directed research and demonstration groups in Saskatchewan making up the Agriculture – Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) network.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595