Alumni Award of Excellence
This award recognizes specific, recent accomplishments of GPRC alumni (in approximately the last 12 months prior to the nomination deadline). The accomplishments may take the form of local, national or international honors, major championships, appointments to high office, etc. 2014 is the first year this award has been given out.
2018 Alumni Award of Excellence Recipients:
Walker graduated in 2006 from GPRC with his Business Administration diploma, and has made an impact on the curling community locally, nationally and internationally.
Walker, who played for the Wolves curling team during his time as a GPRC student, now plays lead for Team Gushue and has played in events on the World Curling Tour and Grand Slam of Curling, as well as the Canadian Olympic Trials. As a member of the Gushue team, Geoff has won the 2017 and 2018 Tim Horton's Brier championships, as well as the 2017 World Championships.
Sansome completed his Motorcycle Mechanic Certificate from GPRC Fairview in 2001. Since then, Sansome has achieved his Journeyman Red Seal accreditation in motorcycle mechanics, opened his own motorcycle repair, customization and fabrication shop, as well as taught motorcycle and marine mechanics.
Arlin has set the record for developing the world’s fastest front wheel drive electric car and has been featured on the Discovery Channel as an innovator in electronic controller development for electric vehicle propulsion. In 2015 Sansome formed Underground Electrics as a corporation dedicated to developing and promoting high performance electronic vehicle technology.
Hanson was a student of GPRC from 2011 to 2015, achieving her Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Accounting Major through Athabasca University’s collaborative program with the College.
Currently, Hanson works as a Chartered Professional Accountant with MNP and is one of nine Alberta students who made the national honour roll for their outstanding performance on the three-day National Common Final Exam (CFE) for the Chartered Professional Accounting program (CPA) in 2017.
Download Nomination Form- Deadline December 31st
The nominees must be alumni of GPRC. The candidates have demonstrated oustanding excellence in his/her profession, community or society and is therefore an example of alumni excellence for GPRC. Alumni currently serving the College as Board members are not eligible.
Nominations will be accepted from the public and the College Community. Nominations will be reviewed and selected by a committee of the Alumni/Foundation Board. The recipients will be contacted in advance so he/she may attend the event to receive their award.
Alumni Award of Excellence Honourees
Alumni Award of Excellence 2017: Gerald Auger
Gerald is a Canadian actor, of Woodland Cree descent, who has left his mark on the community as a producer, writer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. Auger has a long list of Hollywood acting credits to his name and he recently teamed up with a group of his fellow GPRC alumni to produce the independent short film, Bohemian Blood, which has been screened at film festivals internationally.
Gerald received his Marketing Management diploma and Small Business Management certificate from GPRC in 1995. He served as President of the Students’ Association, Student Society for Alberta Vocational College and the Circle of Aboriginal Students while at the College. Among his many awards Gerald received the Charles S. Noble Student Leadership Award from Advanced Education and the Province of Alberta.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2016: Mirelle Martens and Tom Sallows
Martens represented Canada at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in March 2015 in the Junior Women’s race. She also represented Canada in the 2015 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton where she won the silver medal in the 3,000 metre with a personal best time of 9:41. Martens also won the bronze medal at the 2015 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in the 5000 metre.
Tom Sallows competed at both the 2015 Tim Hortons Brier and 2015 Ford World Men's Curling Championship as a member of the Canadian national curling team. The team won the 2015 Brier and won bronze at the Worlds.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2014: Jon Goldie and Mike Lauzon
GPRC is very proud to recognize two of our Alumni this year who brought attention to our College and to our community at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke Quebec when Team Alberta won three straight sets in Men’s Indoor Volleyball against host province Quebec for the Gold Medal. Jon Goldie served as Head Coach for Team Alberta, and was supported by Wolves Coach Mike Lauzon.
GPRC Alumnus Jon Goldie is one of the top young coaches in Alberta. He is entering his eighth year as an assistant coach at Mount Royal University. He teaches at Middle Lake School in Chestermere, Calgary.
Wolves Coach Mike Lauzon is also an alumnus of GPRC, and is well-known for his commitment to building his team on the strength of local players. He helped Jon coach Team Alberta to Canada Games Gold. Mike is currently Vice-Principal at Peace Wapiti academy in Grande Prairie.