MPLAN Board

2020-2021 Board

Chair: Colin Russell, University of Winnipeg

Secretary:  Robyn McEvoy, Department of Families

Treasurer:  Maria Nuyda, Booth University College

Membership Chair:  Gabe Mercier, Assiniboine Community College

Administrative Assistant:  Kristi Dorian, Red River College

Members at Large: Stacey Thorarinson, Hannah Gifford, Gary McNeeley

Promotions Chair:  All Board Members

Program Planning Chair:  All Board Members

 

 

Chair: Colin Russell, University of Winnipeg

Colin Russell is the Registrar at The University of Winnipeg, and has been involved in the University’s PLAR initiatives since their inception.  He was a member of the committee that produced a report in 2005 on the assessment of UW as an Adult Learner Friendly Institution (ALFI), and hired the Coordinator of Adult Learner Services and PLAR when he was Director of Academic Advising and Special Needs.  Colin has been engaged in the implementation and administration of UW’s Adult Learner and PLAR-related initiatives, including the CIM to BA (later BBA) program with Boeing, Standard Aero, and Manitoba Hydro; establishment of an evening adult learner advisor position through funding from the Province; and establishment of Military PLAR for veterans and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  Colin served for two years on the PEARL (Pursuit of Excellence in the Assessment and Recognition of Learning) Awards committee of MPLAN, and has been a member of MPLAN for a number of years.

 

 

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Secretary:  Robyn McEvoy, Department of Families

Robyn McEvoy has been working in the Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) field for 20 years. She has experience with inclusion support, social enterprise, curriculum development and implementation and policy development with diverse groups of people. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Education and currently works as a Qualifications Specialist with the Department of Families. Qualifications Services oversees several PLAR programs with the goal of increasing the number of trained staff and quality programming in ELCC facilities throughout the province.
 
Robyn looks forward to the learning and growth that she will experience in the role of Secretary for the MPLAN Board.

 

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Treasurer:  Maria Nuyda, Booth University College

Maria Nuyda has been in the education sector for over 25 years in a diverse and multicultural setting. Her experience in curriculum development, teacher mentorship and training, instructional design, standardization and quality assurance in education is what she brings to Booth University College as Dean, School of Continuing Studies. She believes that the kaizen (or continuous improvement) spirit defines a progressive and innovative institution.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and graduate degrees in Educational Management and Information Technology in Education.

Her other commitments include being a core member of the Friends of Filipino Immigrants in Manitoba and a volunteer English Conversation facilitator at the Immigrant Centre.
 

 

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Membership Chair: Gabe Mercier, Assiniboine Community College

 

Gabe is new to the RPL process, and believes that it’s a perfect fit for adult education programs. He is presently the Director of Assiniboine Community College Parkland Campus in Dauphin, where he administers college and mature high school programs.  He has eighteen years of institutional administration in secondary and post second education in Manitoba. Gabe has a wide range of education and work experiences both in education and in business and industry, and holds bachelor and master of education degrees from the University of Manitoba.  However, his early years of post-secondary education were at a community college followed by working in industry for eight years and completing an apprenticeship program (inter-provincial journeyman status).  He also has fifteen years of teaching directly in a Technical Vocational Education program.

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Administrative Assistant:  Kristi Dorian, Red River College

Kristi Dorian brings her entrepreneurial spirit, diverse work expertise and passion for connecting with people to her role as administrative assistant for MPLAN. Kristi updates and maintains the MPLAN website, email address and Mailchimp account and a variety of other duties as directed by the board of directors.

Kristi currently works full time at Red River College as an administrative assistant in the Centre for Program and Learning Excellence (CLPE) in two departments - Recognition of Prior Learning and Program and Curriculum Development.

For 24 years, Kristi also published a long-standing community newspaper and its’ vibrant website and online community – Enlighten Up with The Aquarian. In this role, she managed editors, writers and volunteers; oversaw all day-to-day operations and systems; as well as graphically designed advertisers’ promotional material and the publication itself. Kristi’s dedication to quality, diversity, education and professionalism are assets to the MPLAN team.

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