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Southeast College unveils five-year strategic plan

The Southeast College outlined their key priorities for the next five years in their "Transforming Innovation for Sustainability" strategic plan.

WEYBURN - The Southeast College has unveiled its 2023-2028 strategic plan, titled Transforming Innovation for Sustainability.

This comprehensive document has been carefully crafted in collaboration with the board of governors, the college's president, the executive leadership team, dedicated staff, and engaged community members and stakeholders from southeast Saskatchewan, outlining their key priorities for the next five years. At its core, the college says the plan is anchored in their fundamental values of innovation, collaboration and sustainability.

Over the next five years, the Southeast College says it is committed to proactively responding to evolving needs, nurturing meaningful partnerships, and upholding responsible stewardship for the betterment of their local economy, social well-being and environmental sustainability. Their primary focus revolves around reshaping innovation to promote sustainability, underpinned by two guiding principles: sustainable development and the 3 Cs of innovation: critical thinking, curiosity and customer-centric design. 

By placing these principles at the forefront, the college says it aims to drive improvements in environmental and social governance (ESG) practices, aspiring to be a leader in both innovation and sustainability, and thereby making significant contributions towards a more sustainable future for Saskatchewan.

Southeast College board of governors chairwoman Donna Nyeste, reflected on the vision, stating: "Our ultimate goal is to transform lives and foster resilient, sustainable communities that can thrive in a rapidly changing world. Through innovative educational opportunities, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability.

"Our plan underscores our commitment to corporate social responsibility, ethical practices, responsible finance, stakeholder engagement, and more, all contributing to a sustainable future. Our board has full confidence that the dedicated president Dr. Vicky Roy and her team at Southeast College will not only meet but exceed these objectives."

"Working in tandem with our management and staff, our focus will be on cultivating a vibrant organizational culture, fostering strategic collaborations, and fortifying community capabilities," added Roy. "By investing in staff training and introducing new programs, we intend to empower our workforce, creating a healthier and more adaptable work environment. This, in turn, will enhance our ability to pursue strategic initiatives while elevating accountability and transparency."

The college's strategic plan underscores its unwavering commitment to strengthening their bonds with Indigenous communities in southeast Saskatchewan, guided by its dedication to truth and reconciliation. Central to this commitment is the development of an Indigenous Engagement Strategy, developed in collaboration with Indigenous leaders, to address the calls to action and reflect the unique needs and voices of Indigenous communities.

Their ultimate aspiration is to enhance the well-being and academic success of Indigenous students, working together to create sustainable pathways for their education and future opportunities. Their vision extends to fostering a more inclusive society that recognizes and values the contributions of all its members.