Why Be An Executive

By: Brittany Lausen


The Students’ Association of Red Deer Polytechnic is having a By-election for the position of Vice President External, as well as 8 spots on Council and I wanted to tell you from the perspective of a former student leader why the heck it is totally worth it to join the Students’ Association as Council or as an Executive!

I started my journey as a Councillor on the Students’ Association’s Summer Council in 2017. During my time as a Councillor, I was lucky enough to volunteer at a variety of different events that I was passionate about such as mental health, sexual violence, student experience, and Green Campus – just to name a few. I loved getting to have a voice around the Council table and share my opinion on things that were affecting me and my fellow students. This sparked my passion for student leadership and wanting to make post-secondary the best it can be for students. So, I ran for the role as Vice President Community & Wellness (a position no longer available) 2018/2019 and from there I went on to serve 2-terms as President for the Association from 2019-2021.

I will never be able to measure the positive impact student leadership has had on my life. During my time, I had the opportunity to network and build relationships with Senior Administration, Deans, department Directors, instructors, and staff in the College community. I was able to network with government, elected officials, entrepreneurs, and other community leaders. I gained experience with operations management, governance, advocacy, non-profit organizations, million-dollar budgets, public speaking, teamwork, and the most obvious skill – leadership. I was given professional development opportunities as I attended conferences related to sexual violence and governance. I received Mental Health First Aid and First Responder to Sexual Violence Training. I went to Edmonton many times with other student leaders and advocated on behalf of 110,000 Alberta Post-Secondary Students to government. I shared my perspective with the Alberta 2030 Review – a review of the entire Alberta Post-Secondary System that will have impacts for years to come. I provided student feedback on curriculum for RDP’s new degrees when they were in their development. The number of cool things I got to do while I was on Council and an Executive for the Students’ Association could go on for miles, so I’ll stop here. Being a Student Leader is one of the coolest things I have ever done, and I hope you’ll consider it too.

So, to conclude – why be an exec?

Because it can not only change your life but give you the opportunity to change others’ lives without them even knowing.

Welcome to Red Deer Polytechnic

By: Savannah Snow, SARDP President

Hello everyone!

I hope your summer went well and was full of opportunities to get out of the house! It’s time for us all to shake the Covid cobwebs and get back to the grind. I am so excited to welcome everyone back to campus whether your classes are still online, in a blended model, or are fully in person. Everyone is welcome to come to campus and use the space built just for you and your purposes! I’d like to make special mention of The Loft: It opened during Covid and as a result, has not seen much traffic. There are plenty of tables and comfy chairs to accommodate whatever you might need from the space – somewhere to study, somewhere to work on group projects, or somewhere just to relax and wait for your next commitment. It is conveniently located at the top of the stairs in the SA building – stop by when you get a chance!

I have been very busy with my boots (stilettos?) on the ground since May 1st. I am currently in the works to hash out a preferred vendor program for student technology needs. Included in the proposal is discounts for laptops, mics, webcams, accessories, etc., as well as an extended service warranty both for the equipment purchased and cable replacements. We are hoping to land an agreement before we get too far into the semester!

SARDP has also been very involved in ASEC this year! ASEC (Alberta Students’ Executive Council) is the students’ provincial lobby group. Their job is to identify which problem areas the students want to focus on and then advocate for those needs. We hosted their Goals conference this month which went quite well! The priorities identified are posted publicly on their website. They currently have a Board position open in our sector, and I will be putting forth a nomination form! Wish me luck!

Speaking of elections, we have entered Election Season!! There are three key elections happening in the next few months. First, is the flash Federal Election just called! Make sure you research your candidates to make the most informed decision. Second is the Municipal Election for City Council. There is quite a wide offering of candidates so make sure nobody flies under your radar! We will be hosting forums for both of these elections. The third is our by-election to fill our vacant VP External position. Nominations opened at 9am on September 2, 2021. You can download a nomination package from our website or stop by our office to pick one up!

I’m excited for people to be back on campus, in our halls, and in our offices. This year is going to be eventful and busy! I’m always down for busy! My team and I appreciate all of you – the reason why we exist. Don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or anyone else in our office if there’s anything you can help with, or if you just need someone to chat with while you sip a delicious coffee from The Lift! Welcome back, everybody!!

Notice to the Membership

Our Vice President External, Logan Beauchamp, has resigned from his position with the Students’ Association of Red Deer Polytechnic, effective immediately. We thank Logan for his service to our Members and wish him well in his future endeavours.

As per Association Bylaws, a by-election will be held in the Fall. To stay up to date on the election process, follow up on Instagram and Facebook.

If you have any questions regarding the position of Vice President External, please contact your President, Savannah Snow at [email protected].



Academia Top Ten Feature

On Tuesday, March 3o Academic Top Ten featured a story about the Students’ Association of Red Deer College’s Collective Day of Action and we are excited to share that article with you. View the article here.


Meet Your 2021/2022 Executive Team!

Another election season has come to an end here at SARDC! Thank you to all the candidates, voters, and, individuals who worked behind the scenes who made this all possible. We are excited to share that we had a 10% voter turn out, which is an increase of 4% when compared to last years 6% voter turn out!

On March 18th, Red Deer College students elected their 2021/2022 Students’ Association student executives in the annual general election!

The Executive team consists of:

  • President Savannah Houg,
  • Vice President Academic Shannon Humphreys,
  • Vice President External Logan Garbanewski, and

Brittney Trimming and Brenan Fuiten have also been elected as Councillors. The remaining vacant Councillors positions (2) will be filled by an interview process by those who put their name forward. If you are interested in joining Student Council email Brittany Lausen, SA President, at [email protected].

All newly elected members of executive council will take office on May 1st, 2021.

“Congratulations to the newly elected 2021-2022 Executive Council! Being an Exec is one of the most rewarding experiences. It won’t be easy, but I know you are up to the challenge. Wishing you all the very best as you begin to prepare for your terms!” said President Brittany Lausen.

The current executive team (Brittany Lausen, President; Vice President, External; Logan Beauchamp, and Vice President Academic; Shannon Humphrey) will remain in office until April 30th.

General Election Candidate Profiles

We have official entered Election Week here at Red Deer College and we are excited to share the candidates with you! Due to COVID-19, we are sharing the candidate profiles on our website and social media accounts to create awareness. To learn more about each candidates platform, join us at 7pm on Thursday, March 11 on Zoom for candidate speeches and Q&A’s. To receive the Zoom link by email, contact Chief Returning Office, Martin Cruz, at [email protected] or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the details!

MARCH 16-18, 2o21


President Candidates


Savannah Houg

Hello all! My name is Savannah Houg and I am running for Student Association’s President 2021/2022. I am in my third year of the collaborative Mount Royal University Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in General Management and a minor in Economics and Finance. I am also studying Project Management and hope to get my certification by summertime. I was born here in Red Deer, but familial circumstances landed me in foster care and I was later adopted into a family from Fort McMurray and we ended moving to Texas in 2010. I came back to Canada in 2016 and began classes at Red Deer College in 2018. 

Continue reading Savannah’s profile here.


Vice President External Candidates

*Profiles have been shared in alphabetical order by last name*


Logan Garbanewski

Hi, my name is Logan Garbanewski, but I like to go by Logan Beauchamp. I am running for the position of Vice-President External because I want to represent you and all your needs and interests in a productive and thorough manner to all external organizations and government bodies. 

Your needs as a student are important. It’s important that we have someone who can convey those needs in a timely and professional manner. I have a passion for political science and public service, I spend much of my free time reading and learning more about the political climate of our city, our province, our country, and our world. I know Post-Secondary will be a major driver in bringing our economy back to its feet.

Continue reading Logan’s profile here.


Kareen Lambert

Thank you so much for taking the time to ‘meet’ me. I’m Kareen Lambert, and I am running for the position of Vice President External (VPX). This is my first year attending Red Deer College in the Social Work Diploma program. I was drawn to social work, and to Red Deer College, through my extensive work and volunteering in diversity, inclusion, and advocacy. I have been involved with a wide variety of community organizations and coalitions in Red Deer, collaborating with and advocating to all levels of government in various capacities. Some of the highlights of my community involvement have been with the Red Feather Women, the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance, the Red Deer Welcoming & Inclusive Community Network, the Trans & Nonbinary Aid Society, the Central Alberta Pride Society, the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, and the Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer. My personal life, my career life, and my student life are all proudly centred around ensuring people are as supported as possible. Taking on the role of VPX would be no different; support, care, and connectedness are always at the core of what I do. 

Continue reading Kareen’s profile here.


Vice President Academic Candidates


Shannon Humphrey

Tansi! I am Shannon Humphrey; it has been an honour to serve as your Vice President Academic (VPA) for the past year. I am seeking re-election for a second term serving in this vital role.  I am in the second year of my Justice Studies Diploma and hold a Bachelor of Business Administration. I am a lifelong learner honing my passion for advocacy. In my eight years at RDC, I’ve been involved in numerous advocacy efforts, both on campus and in the community. I believe it is extremely important to have a strong student voice in the room at every level of decision-making throughout Red Deer College (RDC) to ensure students are heard and your best interests are upheld. I want to continue to be that voice for the students and continue to represent you on multiple committees and working groups throughout the college. 

Continue reading Shannon’s profile here.


Student Council Candidates

*Profiles have been shared in alphabetical order by last name*


Brenan Fuiten

Brenan has been a part of the RDC community for a number of years, and has had four different majors in that time, proving that you don’t need to have a clear and defined path as soon as you enter post-secondary schooling. Brenan is in their 4th year of their BA Psychology program through the collaborative with the University of Calgary. One of the main advantages that Brenan can offer to students is that by being a long term student at RDC they have a greater understanding of what resources, opportunities, and programs are available to student members, in addition to the struggles that they face as part of their education.

Continue reading Brenan’s profile here.

Brittney Trimming

Hi there! My name is Brittney, and I am a third-year student studying in Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant! When I am not on campus, you may find me participating in activities or clubs either on-campus or off-campus. I have a strong passion for being an advocate for the deaf or hard of hearing community and disabilities! It is not just that I advocate for; I also support mental health, background, gender, and sexuality. It will be my third term running for the student council. I do believe I have so many experiences of being such a strong advocate.

Continue reading Brittney’s profile here.

Notice to Membership: Proposed Bylaw Amendments


Students’ Association of Red Deer College – Proposed Bylaw Amendments


As per Article 13 of the Association Bylaws, notice of Bylaw changes must be submitted to the Membership 21 days prior to Council’s final vote. The Association’s Bylaw Amendment Review Committee submitted the following proposed changes to Council on January 25, 2021, for review and consideration. Council will be discussing these changes on February 8, 2021; conducting a final vote on February 22, 2021. If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact Brittany Lausen, SARDC President at [email protected]. If you would like to attend our Council meetings on February 8th and/or February 22nd, please email Brittany to make arrangements.

View the the proposed bylaw amendments here.

RDC Holiday Cookbook

What is your favorite holiday memory?

It may be a fresh layer of snow on Christmas Day, skating at an outdoor rink with your family, or simply spending quality time with loved ones. But for us, all of our favorite memories revolve around being in the kitchen with loved ones and making treats that bring comfort and joy to those around us.

The staff at Red Deer College have shared some of their family recipes with us to spread some holiday cheer by creating a Holiday Cookbook. Just because this holiday season is looking a little different than past years, we do not have to give up some of our cherished traditions.

Thank you to the RDC staff who shared their recipes with all our us and to staff who took the time to create this holiday gift!

Happy Holidays!

View the RDC Cookbook here.

Notice to Members: Proposed Bylaw Amendments


Students’ Association of Red Deer College – Proposed Bylaw Amendments


As per Article 13 of the Association Bylaws, notice of Bylaw changes must be submitted to the Membership 21 days prior to Council’s final vote. The Association’s Bylaw Amendment Review Committee submitted the following proposed changes to Council on December 7, 2020, for review and consideration. Council will be discussing these changes on January 11, 2021; conducting a final vote on January 25, 2021.

If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact Brittany Lausen, SARDC President at [email protected]. If you would like to attend our Council meetings on January 11 and/or January 25, please email President Lausen to make arrangements.

View the Proposed Bylaw Amendments here.