About me

I’m Elena. I am determined to update my CV so this is the place to do it. I’m hoping to blackmail myself into it. Yet, this is always a painful process for students, so it will take a while. I’ll probably do it in chunks. Chunks have always worked well for me. There. I already have a first chunk of my CV. I think I’m starting to develop a liking for the word. It feels kind of heavy, but not in a bad way. Kind of, like a piece of chocolate that is too big, but you don’t really mind that. I have a friend that blogs about words. But You can ask for permission to access her blog here. I did. And it was well worth the effort.

 

 

 Elena Rousseau

Education in Canada

 

University of Calgary/Red Deer College Collab. Program – BA English Honours Sept 2011– present

                                                                                                                    

Red Deer College – Bachelor of Arts Program                                                          Sept 2010 –April 2011

                                  

Red Deer College – Visual Arts Program                                                                       Sept 2006 – April 2010

 

  • Selected Awards:
  • Student of the Year Award – RDC’s Student Association— 2016
  • Dr Birk Sproxton Award for Excellence in Western Canadian Literature — 2016
  • Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership Scholarship — 2016
  • Laurence Decore Student Leadership Award — 2016
  • Charles S Noble Scholarship — 2016
  • Student Writer Award of Excellence, Silver Medal – Creative Writing — 2016
  • Rick Girard Memorial Scholarship — 2016
  • Student Ambassador Program’s Student Recognition Award—RDC, 2016
  • RDC’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at (AMJ) 2nd place Scholarship — 2016
  • RDC’s – Summer School for the Arts Scholarship — 2015
  • Rick Girard Memorial Scholarship — 2015
  • Alberta Community Art Club Association – Executive Grant — 2014
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at (AMJ) 1st place Scholarship, RDC — 2013
  • RDC’s Summer School of the Arts—Scholarship for Emerging Artist — 2013
  • Student Writer Award of Excellence, Gold Medal – Creative Writing — 2013
  • Alberta Council Award for Ukrainian Art in Alberta, McEwan University2013
  • The Digital Award — RD & District Museum Art Gallery, Alberta Wide — 2012
  • RDC’s John A. Evans Memorial Scholarship — 2011
  • Harry Wohlfarth Drawing Award RD & District Museum Art Gallery, Alberta Wide, 2010
  • RDC’s Affairs of the Arts Recognition Award for Student Art Collection — 2010
  • The Digital Award – Alberta Wide — 2009
  • The Digital Award – Alberta Community Art Club Association – Central Zone Show — 2009, 2012
  • Dean’s Honour Roll — December & April 2008, 2007, 2006
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award – RDC Students’ Association 2008
  • Best of Show Award & Red Deer Creative Arts Competition — 2008
  • RDC’s Student Recognition Award — 2007
  • RDC’s Visual Art Award — 2007
  • Gold Award & Red Deer Creative Arts Competition — 2008, 2007, 2006

Solo Exhibitions:

 

                  • Tonal Exercises in Abstract Thought, December-February 2015-16, The Hub (reviewed)
  • Albertan Landscapes, August 2014, The Hub ( with Writer’s Ink literary input)
  • Traditions – Ukrainian Treasures, March –April, 2014 –RDC Library
  • The Importance of Line, November 5, 2012–January 9, 2013, RDC Library, (reviewed)
  • Capriccio, April 1 – 30, 2009, Wall-to-Wall Gallery
  • The Color of Eve, October 9, 2008 – January 16, 2009, RDC Library, Four Corners Gallery
  • Reflections, October 3 – November 30, 2008, The Hub Gallery
  • Etude in Blue Sharp, August 19 -September 17, 2008, Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council Gallery, (reviewed)

 

  • Self-portrait from 6 viewpoints, April 2008, RDC, drawing studios, Student project

 

  • Traces on the Road, November 2007- January 2008, RDC, Four Corners Gallery, (reviewed)

 

 

  • Selected Group Exhibitions:

 

 

  • 2016, Sept-Nov – C.A.R.E. Featured Artist @ 5000 Gaetz Ave.
  • 2015, Sept.25 – Alberta Culture Days – Cultural Art Show @ 5000 Gaetz Ave.
  • 2012, Sept-Oct, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Spirit of Alberta 2012
  • 2012, June –August, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta Wide 2012
  • 2011, August – September, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta Wide 2011
  • 2010, Sept-Oct, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Spirit of Alberta 2010
  • 2010, August – September, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta Wide 2010
  • 2010, March – April, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, The Student Show
  • 2010, February, RDC, Art Center, Affairs of the Arts,
  • 2009, Oct, ACAD, 1000 Miles Apart Conference
  • 2009, Sept-Oct, University of Alberta, Edmonton, The Awards Show
  • 2009, June, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta Wide 2009
  • 2009, May 23 to July 12, Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Museum, Energy Flows

 

    • 2009, May 1 – 3, Olds & District Evergreen Center, Alberta Community Art Clubs Association – Central Zone Show
  • 2009, March – April, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, The Student Show
  • 2009, January, RDC, Art Center, Affairs of the Arts
  • 2008, October 3 – 5, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, 1000 Miles Apart Conference
  • 2008, June, July Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, Alberta Wide 2008
  • 2008, April, Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council Gallery, Fourth Annual Member Exhibition,
  • 2008, March – June, Kerry Wood Nature Centre and Museum, Visions of Light,
  • 2008, March –April, Red Deer & District Museum and Art Gallery, With Flying Colours: Visual Art Student Year End Exhibition,
  • 2008, February, RDC Library, Main Floor, The Figure in Bronze,
  • 2008, January, RDC, Art Center, Affairs of the Arts
  • 2007, November1-2, Crossroads Church, Forth Annual Opening Doors Community Conference,      
  • 2007, October, RDC, Art Center, Warming Climate
  • 2007, October, Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council Gallery, 20th Celebration of the Arts,
  • 2007, June – July, Gallery IS, Local images,
  • 2007, 3 June – 30 August, Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council Gallery, In a pinch,
  • 2007, April – May, Red Block Gallery, Emergence,
  • 2007, March – April, Allied Arts Council at Red Block Gallery, –Third Annual Member Exhibition,

 

  • 2006, October, Red Deer College – Art Center

 

  • Literary Events     &     Publications:    
  • 2016 – Journeys of Hope – Alberta Culture Days (active in the creative process – poet)
  • 2016, Agora Conference Journal– Creative writing editor, art cover artist -Contributor for Research Paper, Creative Writing & Visual Art
  • 2016, Agora Student Writer Awards Journal – Creative writing editor, art cover artist – Contributor – Creative Writing
  • 2015, December 4 – Tonal Exercises in Abstract Thought  -Reception and Public Reading with Jenna Butler, Carl Hahn, Elena Rousseau (Organizer)
  • 2015, Sept 25 – Alberta Culture Days –– Art show @ 5000 Gaetz Ave.
  • 2015, April – RDC Creative Writing Society Journal– Short Story
  • 2015, March 21 – Agora Conference – RDC –   (Poetry, English Lit. Research, Visual Art)
  • 2014, Sept 26 – Alberta Culture Days – (RDC City Center Stage & Scott Block stage – & matinee)         Baba’s Perogies – play by Elena Rousseau
  • 2014, August – Albertan Landscapes – The Hub  –  Reception and Public Reading with Elena Rousseau and Writers’ Ink
  • 2014, April – RDC Creative Writing Society Journal– Poems & Short Story
  • 2014, March – RDC Poetry Slam Contest – First Prize
  • 2014, March 27 – More than Words – Literary Café – Reading with Elena Rousseau
  • 2013, June 21-23 – One Act Plays Festival– CAT Studios –  How about me, dumpling? – One-Act Play by Elena Rousseau
  • 2013, June 6 – RDC – Launching Agora Student Writer Awards, Gold Medal – Creative Works
  • 2013, April 8 – Creative Writing – Poetry – RDC Library – Public Reading
  • 2013, March 25 – Public Poetry Reading – Sunworks – The Coconut Room
  • 2012, April 27 – The Festival of Plays – Scripts at Work – Nickel Theatre    –  When the White Daffodils Bloom – One Act Play by Elena Rousseau
  • 2011, December 5- Creative Writing – Fiction, RDC – The North Nook – Public Reading
  • 2009 – July – Featured artist on CHCA TV Red Deer (interview by reporter Tanara McLean)

 

Programs, Groups and Organizations:

Scholars Academy Program – U of Calgary

Student Ambassador Program – student leader

Central Alberta Refugee Effort – C.A.R.E. – Cultural Counselor (since 2011)

The Loaded Paintbrush—Art Circle — instructor & founding member— The Hub on Ross

Red Deer Arts Council — member of the literary committee

RDC Agora Undergraduate Conference — editor & participant

Red Deer @ District Museum and Art Gallery – member – (invited to apply for the Board of Directors) working on application forms for 2016

Alberta Community Art Club Associations – Board of Directors – (past Jury Selector – four years)

RDC – Creative Writer Student Society

Playwrights Guild of Canada—student member

Writers’ Guild of Alberta — student-member

Red Deer Players Society

Circle of Support – The Hub on Ross

Friends of the Red Deer Public Library

Past

RDC Humanities and Social Sciences Society — Newsletter-editor

Writer’s Ink – Board of Directors –Publicity Coordinator

                                                           —Web Master

RDC – Scripts at Work—playwright

Central Alberta Theater – Vice-President – Publicity Chair, playwright & actor, website designer

Red Deer @ District Allied Arts Council (served 5 years on the Board of Directors – Exhibitions)

Red Deer Art Club – artist

RDC English Society – member

RDC Psychology Society – member

RDC Poetry Society – member

RDC Writer’s Club – The Juxtaprosers – writer

Red Deer Ukrainian Community – sponsor, volunteer and Kvitka – performer

Visual Art Students (VAS) – member

 

Various Volunteer positions:

 

  • 2016, The Loaded Paintbrush – Art Circle — founder & instructor— The Hub on Ross
  • 2016, May – Featured Writer @ Indie Authors Day – Sunworks
  • 2016, January –Head of Costumes – Mass Appeal ( February 2016) – Directed by Lori Lane (Scott Block Main Stage) – Red Deer Players Society
  • 2016, Student Ambassador Program – various
  • 2015, June 1 – Face paint artist – Canada Day – Central Alberta Refugee Efforts
  • 2014, December – Head of Costumes – Christmas Pantomime 2014 – Snow White and the Seven Nobbits , Directed by Carole Forhan (Scott Block Main Stage) – RDPS
  • 2014, June – Stage Designer – Looking – Directed by Lynn Olson – Central Alberta Theatre
  • 2014, June – Red Deer Public Library – leading cultural-educative activities for children (organized by C.A.R.E.)
  • 2014, May 14 – Invited Speaker– Talking Cultural Diversity – Benefits, Challenges and Successes -Cultural Café – C.A.R.E. Lacombe
  • 2014, April – Poster art and Design for Looking Directed by Lynn Olson – Central Alberta Theatre
  • 2014, January – Website Designer – Central Alberta Theatre (built a new website www.centralalbertatheatre.net)
  • 2014, various – Kvitka dancer –Golden Circle, Canada Day, Westerner Days, Festival of Trees, Vegreville Festival, Ukrainian Village Museum etc.
  • 2013, December – actor – Natasha (character) – Christmas Pantomime – Cinderella Dances with the Stars – Directed by Albert Azzarra (Memorial Center Main Stage) CAT
  • 2013, September – Poster art & Costumes – Cinderella Dances with the Stars
  • 2013, Sept–Oct – Stage Designer Artist – Butterflies are Free – Directed by Tanya Ryga (Nickle Studio) – Central Alberta Theatre
  • 2013, various – Kvitka dancer – Golden Circle, Canada Day, Westerner Days, Festival of Trees, Vegreville Festival, Ukrainian Village Museum, senior retirement centres etc.
  • 2011, November – Cover art and design for Chapter Book – Writers’ Ink (Published January 2012)
  • 2004 – present – Demo Artist (various venues and diverse celebrations: Alexander Way, Center Feast, Art Walk, Westerner Days, Alberta Culture Days, Canada Day, local school events, etc.

 

  • Sponsor
  • Festival of Trees (Fundraiser)
  • Central Alberta Theatre (Fundraiser Gala)
  • Art Walk  
  • Red Deer @District Allied Arts Council
  • Alberta Community Art Club Association – silent auctions (Fundraiser)
  • Ukrainian Community Society Malanka (Fundraiser)
  • RDC Affairs of the Arts (Fundraiser)