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. This award was first presented in 2014.
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.
Past Alumni Award of Excellence Recipients
Alumni Award of Excellence 2021: Reid Boulet
Reid Boulet was enrolled in GPRC's the Bachelor of Science University Transfer program from 2015-2017,
where he completed the first two years of his undergraduate degree. He applied to the
University of Alberta Doctor of Dental Surgery program, and was granted early acceptance after
only completing two years of undergraduate course work. In 2019, he was awarded his Bachelor
of Medical Science from the University of Alberta, and in June of 2021 he will be awarded his DDS
(Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the University of Alberta. He has recently been
accepted into the University of Alberta General Practice Hospital Residency program starting in
July, where he will complete a year of additional specialized training with a focus on hospital,
trauma and acute care dentistry.
Throughout his time in dental school he spent many weekends volunteering at the student-run
SHINE clinic providing dental care to people in Edmonton who cannot afford dental treatment.
Reid was also fortunate enough to go on a mission trip to Guatemala for two weeks, providing
dental care to individuals in remote areas who do not have access to regular care. In January
2020, he co-founded "Access for All Dentistry" which is focused on providing dental care to
people who cannot seek dental treatment due to barriers around geographical location or
finances. This has brought him to the Yukon territory on two separate occasions, and he plans to
launch his first portable clinic in remote Alberta in November 2021. Alongside his extracurricular
involvement throughout dental school, Reid has also consistently been able to maintain a very
strong academic standing in both pre-clinical and clinical work.
Reid was born and raised in the Grande Prairie area, and would like to return to the Peace Country after
completion of his training.
During his time in post-secondary education, he's learned that nothing is impossible to
achieve, it just requires the time, dedication and effort to achieve those goals.
I graciously accept this Alumni Award of Excellence from the Grande Prairie Regional College. I
know there are many other very deserving nominees, and I am very humbled to have been
selected for this year's award. I spent my first two years of undergraduate studies in
the Bachelor of Science Transfer program at GPRC. I was very fortunate to have the chance to
learn from many excellent professors, whose excitement to teach and care for the students
allowed both myself and the rest of my cohort to thrive and move onwards to accomplish
excellence in many professional programs across the country. The dedication of the faculty at
GPRC is unparalleled. I am a proud Alumni of GPRC, and throughout my time at the College I
learned many different skills to help me achieve my goals of becoming a dental professional.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2020: Brian Calliou
Brian Calliou is the first in his immediate family to pursue a degree. Originally from the Sucker
Creek First Nation near High Prairie, Calliou was a certified journeyman plumber and pipefitter who
developed a dream for higher learning. GPRC’s small campus-appeal enticed Calliou to attend
from 1986 to 1988 before going on to the University of Alberta, where he completed a Bachelor of
Arts and then a Master’s degree. He has currently applied to pursue a PhD in law and society.
Calliou has earned a Master’s in law, is an author, a prominent advocate and international
speaker on Indigenous issues and culture, as well as Director of Indigenous Leadership at the Banff
Centre for Arts and Creativity. There he develops programs and training which help Indigenous
leaders learn how to move into their inherent right to self-governance, including drawing on
Indigenous wisdom, values and culture to develop stable communities, economies and businesses.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2019: Brett Hart
Brett Hart completed his Motorcycle Mechanic Certificate from GPRC Fairview in 2006. Since graduating
with top marks and landing a Head Technician role at Blackfoot Motorsports, Hart has competed in the
biennial Yamaha Technician Grand Prix competition since 2012.
This year’s competition, Hart achieved the Canadian Champion title and was sent to Japan to
compete against the head technicians from all over the world. With his skill and passion for the
trade, Hart successfully bettered all the competition and was named the first Canadian to have the
World Champion in the Sports Model Class title. Hart’s positive and hard working attitude is
an inspiration to all and embodies that nothing is impossible when you follow your dreams.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2019: Kelly O'Hallahan
Kelly O’Hallahan, achieved much success in her Wolves career during her time at GPRC and
hasn’t stopped breaking barriers since. During her time at GPRC she was honoured with the 2013
Female Athlete of the Year, named a two-time ACAC All-Conference player and a CCAA All-Canadian.
O’Hallahan left Grande Prairie to play professional basketball in Ireland, has made her mark
and persevered through injury. She was named the 2017 and 2018 Basketball Ireland Player of the Year
and her significant contribution led her team, the Marble City Hawks, to win the Ireland Division 1
National League Championship in 2017. O’Hallahan is a dedicated and passionate player who has
helped change the future of ladies basketball both in Grande Prairie and Kilkenny, Ireland.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2018: Geoff Walker
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.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2018: Arlin Sansome
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
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.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2018: Shauna Hanson
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.
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
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
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.
Alumni Award of Excellence 2016: Tom Sallows
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
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,
Alumni Award of Excellence 2014: Mike Lauzon
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.