College adds three new members to Board of Governors

Parkland College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Governors. Don Bahrey, Brian Hicke, and Leonard Keshane have joined the board, effective Feb. 4, 2016.

“It is a pleasure to welcome our new governors to Parkland College,” said President Dwayne Reeve. “We will certainly benefit from the experiences and perspectives they bring to the Board of Governors.”

Don Bahrey, Canora

Don Bahrey, from Canora, worked with Parkland College for eight years as an instructor and program coordinator, retiring in 2013. He hopes to rely on his knowledge as a past employee to help move the College forward.

“It’s going to be a little bit of research, a little bit of reading before I can really say where I can help, but I’m looking forward to it,” Bahrey said.

Brian Hicke, Melville

Brian Hicke is a longtime Melville resident and city councillor. He serves on numerous other boards, committees, and community organizations in the Melville area.

“I hope to bring some experience with our communities and what I feel the communities might need in the way of continuing education,” said Hicke. “The opportunity to learn trades and different kinds of skills locally is a huge benefit to this whole area.”

Leonard Keshane, Yorkton

Leonard Keshane is the former chief of the Keeseekoose First Nation near Kamsack. He has worked closely with the College on several education and training projects at Keeseekoose and through Yorkton Tribal Council.

“I really appreciate what the College can do for First Nations people,” Keshane said. “I also believe it’s good for the board to have that First Nations perspective.”

The Parkland College Board of Governors meets monthly to oversee the College’s operations and provide direction and guidance on institutional decisions. Board members advocate on behalf of the College and support efforts relating to regional economic growth.

Bahrey, Hicke, and Keshane bring the Board of Governors to a full complement of seven members. Sally Bishop of Kamsack is the longest-serving current governor, having joined the board in 2009. Chairperson D. Lydia Cyr of Fort Qu’Appelle has been a member since 2010, while Esterhazy’s David Cisyk and Yorkton’s Raymond Sass joined the board in 2013.


About Us:
Parkland College strives to help students in East Central Saskatchewan achieve their goals and build the foundation for successful careers. Students can choose from a wide array of educational options, including university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, trades training, high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is a learner-centered organization and is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016.

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

Nursing students take the scare out of care

For a small child, a visit to a hospital or a clinic can be a scary experience. In an effort to ease those fears, Parkland College partnered with the Yorkton Nursery School Cooperative (YNSC) on a fun event called the Teddy Bear Clinic.

On Feb. 11 and 12, students enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Parkland College visited the three- and four-year-olds at YNSC. The children brought their favourite teddy bear or stuffed animal to the nursery school, and the nursing students helped the kids through a “hospital” with several different stations. The children were able to listen to their stuffie’s heartbeat, take vitals, use an otoscope to check the toy’s ears and eyes, and even apply dressings to imaginary wounds.

Nursing student Jesslyn Schigol helps a boy use an otoscope to check the ears of his stuffed moose.

“The goal of the Teddy Bear Clinic is to alleviate fears in children when going to the hospital by exposing them to equipment and nursing students in a fun and safe manner,” said Tracy Gabriel, a Registered Nurse and BSN instructor.

Nursing students Emily Ksyniuk and Shelby Hershmiller (right) help a boy assess the health of his stuffed moose.

The benefit also extends to the third-year nursing students. This exercise is part of their pediatrics clinical rotation, in which they have the opportunity to assess children and observe health growth and development.

Nursing students Jessica Funk and Eric McDowell explain the recommended treatment plan for a boy's teddy bear.

In partnership with the U of S College of Nursing and Sunrise Health Region, Parkland College delivers the BSN degree in Yorkton. Students can take all four years of the program through Parkland College. Graduates are eligible to write a licensure exam to become a registered nurse.


About Us:
Parkland College strives to help students in East Central Saskatchewan achieve their goals and build the foundation for successful careers. Students can choose from a wide array of educational options, including university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, trades training, high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is a learner-centered organization and is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016.

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

Parkland College named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016

Parkland College is proud to be named one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016. Award winners were announced in the Feb. 3 editions of the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Saskatchewan’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which runs Canada’s Top 100 Employers and regional variants. This special designation recognizes the Saskatchewan employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.

It is the first time Parkland College has been selected for this prestigious honour.

“We are privileged to be included on this year’s list,” said President Dwayne Reeve. “Our employees take pride in their jobs. They are student-focused individuals who know that their work has a strong and positive impact on our students, communities, partners, and the economy.”

Parkland College employs close to 200 people in a variety of roles including classroom instruction, program coordination, facilities management, and College administration. Staff are employed at locations in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Canora, and Kamsack.

Mediacorp chose Parkland College as a Top Employer for several reasons, including:

  • The College supports employees who are new mothers, fathers, or adoptive parents with maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 95 per cent of salary for up to 17 weeks).
  • In addition to the organization’s role as an educator, Parkland College invests in the long-term development of employees with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions (up to 1.5 per cent of an employee’s annual salary) and subsidies for professional accreditation.
  • The College partners with various educational institutions to provide paid and unpaid student placements in various departments, such as finance, IT, human resources, social work, and administration.

Parkland College strives to be an employer of choice by investing in its most valuable resource – its employees. The College offers competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, continual professional development, and a flexible work environment. Employees are also encouraged to maintain a healthy work-like balance and can access professional assistance as needed.

“We recruit exceptional people from diverse backgrounds of culture, education, and experience, and they all contribute to the sustainability and growth of the College,” Reeve added. “Our employees enjoy working in a respectful and professional environment. They have formed a positive culture at Parkland College.”

Saskatchewan’s Top Employers compared the College to other businesses in the province and in the education sector. The selecting editors looked for interesting employers, both large and small, with innovative programs to attract and retain talented employees. Parkland College was one of 30 employers selected. Complete details about this year’s winners can be found here.

Click here for information on the careers available at Parkland College.


About Us:
Parkland College strives to help students in East Central Saskatchewan achieve their goals and build the foundation for successful careers. Students can choose from a wide array of educational options, including university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, trades training, high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is a learner-centered organization and is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016.

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