On May 4th, we had our Annual Spring Fling! This was our first in person event since 2019 so it was wonderful to celebrate with each other 💗


The CUPE Local 1445 Awards Committee announced the Vicki Mix Administrative Excellence Award in the Fall of 2016 in honor of our late friend and colleague, Vicki Mix. Vicki was a special person to many of the current CUPE members who had contact with her during her time at Red Deer Polytechnic.

This honor is awarded to a CUPE member who embodies the following characteristics:

💗Duties fulfilled in an outstanding fashion

💗Personal/professional growth which improves performance of self and department

💗Cooperation with other units on campus

💗Interpersonal skills/relationships with fellow employees

This year’s committee is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2023 Vicki Mix Administrative Excellence Award is LACEY FITTES, Administrative Officer, Academic, Donald School of Business, Science, and Technology.

Congratulations Lacey!


The Grace Taylor Memorial Award of Excellence was instituted in 1987 in remembrance of Grace Taylor, a valued Red Deer Polytechnic employee and member of CUPE. Each year this honor is awarded to a CUPE member who embodies the characteristics of:






This year’s committee is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2023 Grace Taylor Memorial Award of Excellence is TERRI SIMMONS, Admission & Registration Officer, Office of the Registrar.

Congratulations Terri!

For more information, please contact a member of the CUPE Local 1445 Awards Committee: Heather Adams, Deedra Fenton, June Traptow or Anna King.

Congratulations to all our Nominees and our Recipients; Special thank you to Nominators and our Committees for another job well done💗🤍💗🤍


We hope to see you at the CUPE 1445 holiday party on Wednesday, December 7th, to enjoy an evening of fun games and good company! Please send your RSVP by November 23, via email to Catherine Lilly or Heather Adams. Tickets will be on sale starting November 14th.

November and December Workshops

See below a list of upcoming workshops:

November Training:

December Training:

CUPE 1445 Bursary

Did you know our Local distributes a bursary every year?

Eligibility: A Red Deer Polytechnic student who attended a credit program in the most academic year. Preference given to a present or past CUPE 1445 member or have an immediate family member who is/was a CUPE 1445 Member. Second preference given to a past or present CUPE member or have an immediate family member who/is a CUPE Member.

Criteria: Financial Need

Value: $500.00

For more information about the CUPE 1445 student Bursary, please contact:

Student Connect Centre 
Room 1102 | RDP
Box 5005 – 100 College Blvd, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5
t: 403.342.3254 | f: 403.342.3262 | e:

Click here to book an appointment with the Student Connect Centre

Annual Influenza Clinic | October 24-27 & October 31-November 3

RDP Health, Safety and Wellness Centre has partnered with West Park IDA to host our Annual Influenza Clinic. fluClinic_Aframe

The clinic will be hosted on campus in two locations from October 24-27, 2022 and October 31-November 3, 2022.

  • Main Campus, The Forum
  • Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Looker Office Furniture Lounge


  • Drop-in; no appointments necessary.
  • 11:00am to 4:00pm daily.
  • Open for all students, faculty, staff and members of the public over the age of 5.

For those looking to receive an immunization, please note the following important information:

  • Wear clothing that will easily allow access to your upper arm for receiving the immunization.
  • You must bring a minimum of one piece of identification to your appointment. This could include your Alberta Health Care card, a driver’s license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.
  • COVID-19 boosters may also be made available during the influenza clinics for any individuals desiring to receive.

Red Deer – Better Way Alberta

The Canadian Labour Congress Prairie Region is partnering with the Alberta Federation of Labour, Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta to talk to Albertans, in their communities, on how we can build a better future together… can build a better future together…

Red Deer on Thursday, October 27

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 Street

RSVP here

Election Results – CUPE 1445

CUPE 1445 held our annual elections at the Tuesday, October 18 General Membership meeting; thank you to all individuals for stepping up, your help is truly appreciated. Together we make a difference! Special thank you to our Nominations Committee Members Pam Amendt and Mei-Lin Ward for preparing us for Election Day!

Congratulations to the following members:

Trina Carroll (22-24)

Recording Secretary:
Kate Romanoff (22-24)

Secretary Treasurer:
Jennifer Foote (21-23)

Mei-Lin Ward (22-25)
Amanda Paradis (22-24)
Rosanne Lamoureux (22-23)

Social Committee:
Catherine Lilly (22-23)
Heather Adams (22-23)

Nominating Committee:
Pam Amendt (22-23)
Mei-Lin Ward (22-23)

CUPE Awards Committee:
Vicki Mix Award:
Anna King (2021)
Heather Adams (2022)
Grace Taylor Award:
June Traptow (2021)
Deedra Fenton (2022)

Determination Committee:
Maria Haubrich (22-23)
Rosanne Lamoureux (22-23)

Classification Committee:
June Traptow (22-23)
Pam Amendt (22-23)
Rosanne Lamoureux (22-23)

Award of Excellence:
Lacey Fittes (22-23)

Benefits Committee:
Catherine Lilly (22-23)

PD Committee:
Mei-Lin Ward (22-23)
Raelene Johnson (22-23)

Worksite Health & Safety Committee:
Megan Andruik (22-23)

Executive Vacancies Remain:
Vice President (1 year remaining on term 21-23)
Stewards (1 year term 22-23)

Negotiations Committee:
These vacancies will be added to the October 2023 elections as our agreement expires in June 2024.

You can locate an updated list under About Us!

Retirement Celebration, Wendy Cameron


Today we congratulate and wish CUPE 1445 VP, Wendy Cameron a Happy Retirement; Wendy and I have been side kicks for many moons and today we celebrate her amazing self.

We wish you all the best Wendy and are so happy you are living your best life…keep flashing that amazing smile 💗

Please join us in the Staff Lounge (1500 wing) at 10:30am as our campus that Wendy has hugely supported for over 10 years… celebrates her!


Hello Members,

I trust you are all settling into what seems to be a busy Fall term, isn’t it GREAT; I personally have missed the buzz in the hallways and all the faces! It’s absolutely wonderful to be back on campus!


We have not signed our new agreement, we are waiting for the final draft, which was to include some minor housekeeping; I hope to see that come to you very soon and once I see the final I will send your way!


A brief update for you, below you will see messaging from our Nominations Committee, there are several vacancies available and I hope that we can fill them all. I can verify, when we don’t have participants from our local and active participation the work becomes cumbersome to a handful of people. Please check your life schedules and if you can spare some time, I encourage you to volunteer; your time is very appreciated! I would reach out to active members on Committee and Executive, this may be a helpful tool to inquire about time commitment and expectations of roles. You can also check out the Role Descriptions online.

Nomination Form 2022-23

CUPE 2022-2023 Executive and Committee Members VACANCIES

Read moreCUPE 1445 UPDATE



Both CUPE and Red Deer Polytechnic met for mediation on May 9th & 10th; after 2 days of meeting we have come to a tentative deal. More details will follow in a special meeting on Monday, May 16th Noon-1:00pm for a Zoom ratification meeting. See Meeting link

Trina Carroll