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December 6, 2011

Message of Thanks from Portage College

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Original Article from The Lac La Biche Post; Written by Rob McKinley

Thank you for supporting us now here’s one of the best desserts your taste buds will ever encounter.

Portage College president Trent Keough didn’t quite say those words to the 150 invited guests at the College appreciation gala on Friday, November 25, 2011, but it didn’t hurt to have the school’s culinary arts class preparing the buffet-style meal – with a chocolate gateaux and crepe dessert station – for the people being honoured for their continued support of the college.

Portage College awarded the Alberta Rural Development Network a certificate of recognition in appreciation of the innovative partnership (see right).

It’s all about partnership, Keough told an audience of municipal leaders, industry officials and local businesses representatives gathered at the college’s Hub cafeteria.

One commitment of time, or money, from any one of the many supporters of the college, Keough said, can be leveraged into more support from other partners.
“From that one commitment... you can see how that ‘laddering’ takes place,” he said, explaining that while big dollars support is very welcome, any level of support can make changes.

“So even from small things, some great things can happen.”

New Portage College Board of Governors chairman, Brydon Ward said it is due in large part to the support of the community partners that the facility and its extended campuses throughout north eastern Alberta have managed to weather the challenges of recent economic downturns, funding freezes, and staffing changes.

“This has been a year of transition for the board, not only the board but the college also. It hasn’t been easy, but youth your generosity and fundraising efforts it has helped us to get to where we are going,” he said to the crowd.

Local MLA and Alberta’s minister of Transportations Ray Danyluk also offered his congratulations to the college and its supports. He said volunteering, donating, and supporting is part of community life in northern Alberta.

“You will not be short-term partners, that’s for sure. Because it’s very addictive. Your support is not just a onetime thing. It becomes a way of life in this area.”

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