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When it rains it pours

October 6, 2017

Years from now, when I sit back and reflect upon my time in education, the last week of September 2017 at Parkland College will be at the top of the list! Our week started with the annual Board/Staff workshop where More…

As we start the new academic year, my inclination is to write about the new beginnings and the year ahead, but my thoughts are preoccupied with other items of concern. I am worried and perplexed by the events happening around More…

Over the course of the last few weeks, much of the focus in Saskatchewan has centered on the impact of the provincial budget. The impact on students, staff, and the communities served by Parkland College has been profound. From a More…

The conclusion of Telemiracle weekend in Saskatchewan has always left me with a sense of pride about our province. We are known to be generous people who seek opportunities to help others. Volunteering is a way of life for many More…

The Government of Saskatchewan’s recent announcement to move to a single provincial health authority has renewed and magnified the concern over the meaning of “transformational change” for the post-secondary sector and the College system in this province. The uncertainty created More…

Season’s Greetings

December 20, 2016

“Are you ready for Christmas?” I am not sure how many times I have heard this question asked in the past few weeks but I know it is a common inquiry at this time of year. It usually refers to More…

The value of Parkland College’s international work became very clear to me after spending a week in Jamaica wrapping up our international project.  The project saw Parkland College involved in supporting a pre-technology program for youth and adults between the More…

On the evening of Halloween, I had the pleasure of taking part in an annual advocacy event put on by the province’s regional colleges.  During the supper break of the legislative session, MLAs from the government and opposition sides joined More…

Changes

October 5, 2016

The implementation of a new strategic plan for Parkland College on its own can be a difficult change experience. If we couple this with the recently announced — but still to be defined — “Transformational Change” contemplated by our provincial More…

I can recall hearing about the Harvest Moon early last week, but I paid little attention to it until I walked out of the local hockey arena on Friday night. That’s when I looked up and saw the beautiful and More…

It is time. After an absolutely amazing summer, Parkland College is ready for the 2016-17 academic year. This week is full of activity designed to get us off to a great start. Student and staff orientations, instructional workshops, and final More…

Last week, I had the great opportunity to attend the annual conference for the national association of colleges. The 2016 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) conference was my first chance as Parkland College President to connect in person with representatives More…

Parkland College’s success has always gone hand in hand with the fortunes of business and industry within the Parkland region. After attending the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Celebrate Success Business Awards last week, I realize how fortunate the College More…

I am an avid golf fan who waits in anticipation for the Masters Tournament each April in Augusta, Georgia. I cannot remember exactly when this event began to captivate me but it is something that I find absolutely spellbinding every More…

I know most people are familiar with the saying “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” It is often used in a negative way to describe someone who cannot see the “big picture” because they are too caught up More…

As a life-long educator, I have never questioned the value of an education. I have experienced and observed the transformative nature of education on many occasions and in many different circumstances. All educators can point to a personal example where More…

The importance of effective communication is often stressed as a vital component in the work of organizations. Often the focus tends to center on the message that we are trying to convey. Are we getting the right message out? Are More…

The turn of the calendar to a New Year is perhaps the best time to sit down and examine what the future holds — and Parkland College is doing exactly that. Our current strategic plan was designed to run until More…

‘Tis the Season

December 21, 2015

Christmas and all that surrounds it has always been a special time for my family. I am not sure if I could point to any one element that makes the season so memorable.  There are so many little events that More…

Exploring the future

November 23, 2015

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the most important events in Parkland College’s calendar: the annual education and career fair we have come to know as Career Explorations. We marked its sixth anniversary with another More…