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Distinguished Alumni

This award is presented at the annual Red Deer Polytechnic Community Awards Dinner to an alum who has distinguished him or herself in one or more of the following areas: personal achievement, academic achievement or public service achievement. Alumni Relations is continually seeking nominations for this annual award. The annual deadline for nominations is August 15 of each year.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination

It's easy to nominate someone for an alumni award! Complete the online form. The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2023. alumni [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (subject: Distinguished%20Alumni%20Award) (Email us) for more information.

Please click the images of our past recipients for more information about their contributions and accomplishments, where available.

2021 Distinguished Alumni


Cory Kaun

Cory Kaun

Welding Apprenticeship

Previous Award Recipients

Chris Rolida

Scott Robinson

2020 - Chris Rolida

Electrical Engineering Technology

2019 - Scott Robinson

Phys Ed Diploma, 1988

Sharilee Fossum

Rod Kennedy

2018 - Sharilee Fossum

Business Admin, 1979

2017 - Rod Kennedy

Bachelor of Commerce, 1974

Andrew Kooman

Kate McKenzie

2016 - Andrew Kooman

Bachelor of Arts, 2003

2016 - Kathryn McKenzie

Bachelor of Ed, 2004

Sheila Musgrove

Randy Harper

2015 - Sheila Musgrove

Legal Assistant Diploma, 1998

2014 - Randy Harper

Bachelor of Commerce, 1969

Lynne Paradis

Janet Welch

2013 - Dr. Lynne Paradis

PhD Curriculum/Masters of Education in Leadership

B.Ed 1975, University Transfer

2012 - Dr. Janet Welch

Legal Assistant Program 1983

University Transfer B.Ed 1988

PhD Educational Leadership/Technology

Peter Weddell

Duane Smethurst

2011 - Peter Weddell

University Transfer Diploma 1965

Retired - RCMP Bylaw Officer for Red Deer

2010 - Dr. Duane Smethurst

University Transfer, Bachelor of Science

Pre-Chiropractic 1980

Doctor of Chiropractic, Peak Chiropractic

Jay Janzen

Bryan Wilson

2009 - Jay Janzen

University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts 1990

Director of Public Affairs for the Canadian Army

2008 - Bryan Wilson

University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts 1974

Red Deer Realtor, President of the Red Deer Hospice Society

Tim Gitzel

Mel Davidson

2007 - Tim Gitzel

University Transfer Diploma, Bachelor of Arts General 1985  

President and CEO for Cameco

2006 - Melody Davidson

University Transfer Diploma, Physical Education 1984

General Manager and Head Coach of Canada\'s Women\'s High Performance Program, Hockey Canada

Tony Kulbisky

Doug Sandall

2005 - Anthony (Tony) Kulbisky

University Transfer Diploma, Recreation Administration 1985

CAO for the Town of Devon

2004 - Doug Sandall

Business Administration Diploma 1972

Senior Partner, BDO Dunwoody LLP Chartered Accountants

Guy Pelletier

Keith Hansen

2003 - Guy Pelletier

Business Administration Diploma 1987

General Manager, Melcor Developments - Red Deer


2002 - Keith Hansen

University Transfer Diploma, Recreation Administration 1987

Athletics Director, Kinesiology and Sport Studies Instructor at RDC

Sandy Murray

Rebecca Luce-Kapler

2001 - Dr. Sandy Murray

University Transfer Diploma,  Science 1971

Family Physician

2000 - Rebecca Luce-Kapler

University Transfer Diploma,  Education 1973

Professor, Faculty of Education at Queen's University

Janice Causgrove-Dunn

Diana Anderson

1999 - Janice Causgrove-Dunn

University Transfer Diploma, Physical Education 1980

Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta

1998 - Diana Anderson

Art and Design Diploma 1974

Former Exhibits Coordinator, Normandeau Cultural and Natural History Society

Michael Dawe


1997 - Michael Dawe

University Transfer Diploma, Bachelor of Arts 1975

Archivist, City of Red Deer





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