Southeast Regional College welcomes new board members

Southeast Regional College welcomed three new Board members during a recent meeting on February 6 in Estevan. Mr. Ray Boutin of Carlyle, Ms. Sonja Dahlman of Assiniboia and Ms. Janice Giroux of Weyburn were recently appointed by the Ministry of Advanced Education to the College's Board of Governors for a three?year term.

Boutin has nearly a decade of past Board experience and numerous volunteer commitments, in addition to managing his own small business and a new career in real estate. He is an advocate of life-long learning and particularly the affordable and accessible educational opportunities that

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Regional Colleges provide for the young and young at heart.

"I look forward to working with the Board to explore ideas and innovations that will ensure

Southeast Regional College continues its role of delivering quality education programs," said Boutin.

"I believe my experience in marketing and small business management will support the Board and

College as it continues to improve the quality of life in our rural areas."

Dahlman has spent over fifteen years working in the field of economic and community development and she has been involved in a number of boards and committees on a local, provincial and national level. As an HR professional and SRC alumnus, she is an advocate of the value of the Regional College system and how critical a trained and skilled labour force is for the attraction and retention of business.

"I have a keen interest in professional education and the role that the Regional Colleges can play in the Saskatchewan market," said Dahlman. "I have always enjoyed the opportunity to play a leadership role in organizations that provide tools and resources to make our communities stronger," she added, "and Southeast Regional College has an opportunity to be a leader in workforce development so that our region can successfully participate in Saskatchewan's prosperity."

Giroux has 28 years of experience in health care and is very aware of the positive relationship between education and one's health. "It is important that people have access to education because it is one of the determinants of health," said Giroux. "From that perspective, I look forward to supporting the educational process and in particular the educational opportunities that Southeast Regional College is providing within our communities."