Parkland College marks Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999. It is held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Parkland College marked Family Literacy Day with an author reading on January 28. In partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild Author Readings Program, the College was pleased to welcome Saskatoon-based author Carey Rigby-Wilcox for a reading. Dozens of students from the Yorkton main campus of Parkland College attended the event.

Rigby-Wilcox struggled with reading and writing throughout her school years but became very aware of the importance of literacy when she became a mother. She describes herself as a committed learner, activist, volunteer, business owner, illustrator, and author who is deeply dedicated to promoting literacy at the local, provincial, and national levels.

“Forty-two percent of Canadian adults have low literacy skills, and I am someone who fits into this alarming statistic,” she said. “I have worked with a literacy tutor for over 23 years. Today I am motivated and passionate to help create awareness and inspire change.”

According to ABC Life Literacy Canada, taking time every day to read to children or do a learning activity with them is crucial to their development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.

Wednesday’s author reading at Parkland College was sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild with support from Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund, SaskCulture, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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 search progresses to posting stage

The search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland College is expanding. As part of the next stage of the recruitment process, a job posting is now active and is being advertised regionally and on several national academic websites, including the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) website.

Dr. Fay Myers, the outgoing president, announced last August that she would retire effective June 30, 2015 – the end of the 2014-15 academic year. The Parkland College Board of Governors then began the process of finding a firm to assist in the hunt for a new CEO. In the fall, the board announced it had selected the Calgary office of Boyden global executive search to lead the effort.

Boyden immediately sought feedback from employees, stakeholders, and the community on the College’s strengths, challenges, and the characteristics of an ideal candidate. From the results of those surveys, it was determined that a successful applicant “will possess a proven ability to lead strategic planning, relationship and change management, and strength in budgets and financial management.”

The text of the job posting is as follows:

Established in 1973, Parkland College was the first regional college in Saskatchewan. Located in the east central part of Saskatchewan, with the head office situated in Melville, the College serves over 60 communities, with campuses located in Yorkton, Canora, Esterhazy, and Fort Qu’Appelle. Parkland offers a range of programs from graduate university programs to undergraduate degree, diploma, certificate, high school upgrading, basic literacy, and English as an additional language. Parkland has recently embarked on an Applied Research initiative, the first regional college in Saskatchewan to undertake an applied research program, with an early focus on agriculture, which is a large part of Saskatchewan’s economy. It has also had an increasing number of International students coming to Yorkton for study in Canada. The Trades and Technology Centre, an $18-million, 29,000-square-foot facility that will provide the space to upgrade and train skilled graduates and workers, will be completed in September 2015.

 

Reporting to the Board of Governors, the President will steward high quality education across a large geographic area. This leader will also seek to grow programs, increase enrolment and retention, building on diversity and enhancing partnerships between other educational institutions and Parkland College. Seeking to identify and build on innovative partnerships and alliances with the business community and industry, the President will encourage development of new revenue generating programs and fundraising initiatives to ensure financial stability through increased enrolment in programs that are relevant, accessible, and attractive to all learners.

 

Successful candidates will possess a proven ability to lead strategic planning, relationship & change management, and strength in budgets and financial management. You will have demonstrated abilities as a relationship builder, preferably with exposure to or within other post-secondary institutions, government departments, schools, and industry. A minimum of 10 years of senior management experience in the public or private sector is required and a Master’s degree is desired.

 

To explore this exciting opportunity further, please contact Nathan Berko at (403) 410-6700 or send your resume and contact details to calgaryopportunities@boyden.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