So, who are they?
Meet Emily Emond
My name is Emily Emond, Student Success Officer for the Faculty of Arts, Science and Upgrading at GPRC. I was born and raised in Grande Prairie and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education through the University of Alberta’s Teacher Education North (TEN) collaborative degree program. I also have an interest in French, and attended Explore, a five-week intensive language-immersion program, at the Université Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia. I earned a French as a Second Language Education (FSLE) Certificate of Achievement from Grande Prairie Regional College.
Additionally, I have a passion for photography and received a diploma in Applied Photography from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario.
Moreover, I have had the privilege to travel to many countries around the world and tour from coast-to-coast in Canada. I am always eager to see new places, experience new cultures and expand my worldview. I enjoy being outdoors and jump at any opportunity to explore the mountains. I spend most of my free time hiking, camping and snowboarding. My passion for adventure is surpassed only by my love of spending quality time with family and friends.
Meet Alaina Archibald
My name is Alaina Archibald, and I am the new Student Success Officer on our Fairview Campus! I moved to Alberta from Terrace, B.C. in August of 2010 to be closer to my boyfriend, who was born and raised in Fairview. I participated in Business Administration courses at GPRC, but quickly succumbed to the pressures of being in a new city with no friends, and even though my boyfriend and I were significantly closer together, the distance still felt vast. Luckily, my passion for horses never subsided through my move, and it acted as a fantastic crutch to support me through a troublesome area of my life. Luckily, I managed to pick myself up and I’m now happily married – and still riding horses!
I began riding horses at the age of 9, and it didn’t take long before I was completely obsessed. Until the age of 17, I was heavily involved in our local drag racing community, but at this point I am no longer involved to the depth of previous years. During this period, I was also involved in soccer, and participated in both house and rep leagues for a number of years.
Eventually, I decided to sink all my time into horses and for the majority of my life, I was raised by a single mom who worked tirelessly to support my desire to ride along with my older brother’s love for hockey. I was truly blessed to be granted the opportunities I did that surrounded horses, and my love and devotion has never wavered. Currently, I continue to actively ride and train my own horses, have a private list of dedicated students, and I am the Founder and President of the Fairview Sport Horse Society. With the help of my board members, we run 2 All-English Horse Shows per year, and a variety of Dressage and Jumping clinics at the lovely Hawker Pavilion right here on our GPRC Fairview Campus! I am also involved in the horse racing community and spend nearly every free summer weekend at Evergreen Park in Grande Prairie as a result.
When my husband and I aren’t busy with our horses, we often enjoy travelling, exploring with our husky (because seriously, exercising him is a never ending chore), and participating in various outdoor activities – we never miss an opportunity to go hunting, fishing or camping with friends and family as a result. While I feel incredibly content in the northern prairies, the mountains will always be my home and I am truly at ease in the outdoors.
Meet Jared Cheverie
Hello. My name is Jared Cheverie and I am the new Student Success Officer for the GPRC Physical Education and Kinesiology Department, or more often referred to as PEAK. Born and raised is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, I moved to Grande Prairie less than a year ago to accept the position of Head Coach of the Wolves Women’s Basketball Program.
I am a graduate of St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where I studied Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Ancient History. While attending STU, I was a member of the men’s soccer team where I was the goalkeeper for all of my four years, reaching the CCAA National Championships in my senior year.
After completing my BA, I attended the University of Maine, Fort Kent, where I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Education, majoring in Secondary Social Studies. Teaching introduced me to my professional passions of coaching and mentoring youth.
Prior to making the move from the East Coast to Grande Prairie, driving cross country all 5627 km in just 5 days, I had spent the previous 5 years as the head of an Alternative Education Program for at risk youth. It was during this experience that I learned how to differentiate between the perceived social and educational needs of the group and instead focus on the individual needs of the student. Some of my greatest personal successes were during this time when I felt a part of the social and educational victories, no matter how small, of youth who were all but written off.
Teaching also allowed me to pursue a personal goal of coaching at the College and University level, which has lead me to GP, where I have been able to work with some fantastic student athletes from a variety of backgrounds opening up this next opportunity of working with and supporting the PEAK students of Grande Prairie Regional College.
I look forward to this next step in my professional career, supporting students at GPRC in any way that I can, as a Student Success Officer for PEAK.
So, what will they do?
“As Student Success Officers, we will act as a contact point for students to offer assistance in accessing various resources within the college and in the surrounding communities. We want students to gain the supports they need, both academically and personally, to ensure that they are successful in achieving their post-secondary goals. We will regularly check-in with students and provide information to help them to continue moving forward.”
Pretty cool, right?
Emily, Alaina and Jared’s services are divided between students based on their academic paths. This will allows each of them to obtain a better understanding of each individual program, and thus have the ability to better assist the student as individuals. Emily will work with students within Arts, Science & Academic Upgrading programs, Jared will work with Physical Education and Kinesiology students, and Alaina will work with Trades, Agriculture & Environment students.
Alaina is located on the Fairview Campus, but is readily available to students located on any of GPRC’s campuses or learning centres within her umbrella of programs, while both Emily and Jared can be found on our Grande Prairie campus and are also available to a wide variety of students from all of GPRC’s campuses!
So, what are they most looking forward to?
We are looking forward to helping the post-secondary students in our community achieve their academic goals. It is so exciting and inspiring to see others overcome various obstacles and hardships in order to earn amazing achievements! Together, we look forward to providing the support required that current and future students require, and assisting them in finding the path to a successful career! It is a privilege to get to celebrate and play a small role in the incredible accomplishments of our GPRC students.
How to contact them
GPRC Student Success Officers are available to students from Monday-Friday and we can be reached via email, phone or in person.
Student Success Officer
School of Arts, Science & Upgrading
Office: C310, Grande Prairie Campus
Phone: (780) 539-2942
Student Success Officer
Physical Education and Kinesiology
Office: K222, Grande Prairie Campus
Phone: (780) 539-2019
Student Success Officer
School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment
Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus
Phone: (780) 835-6763