GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 16, 2017

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 16, 2017

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Ryan Pelster and Brady Greenwood as our current Athletes of the Week!

Ryan Pelster

Enrolled in the Business Administration program at GPRC, veteran centre, Ryan Pelster is in his 3rd season with the Wolves. An enormously skilled athlete, he is able to make big plays with his leaping ability, either with a dunk or block. As a result, he was the 2016-17 Darryl Nicoll Memorial Basketball Scholarship recipient. Ryan has improved every season and is now developing an outside shot and more post moves, which make him a major threat on the court.

Congratulations Ryan! 


Brady Greenwood

Hailing from Sooke, BC, rookie forward, Brady Greenwood is currently enrolled at GPRC in Open Studies. He is an excellent spot up shooter, with great ability to stretch the floor, and will be leaned on to create space for others with his 3-point shot. Brady is also an active defender, with the ability to guard multiple positions which makes him a valuable asset to the team.

Congratulations Brady! 

GPRC Campus Recreation – Road Hockey Event!

GPRC Campus Recreation – Road Hockey Event!

Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight!

OH! The good ol’ Hockey game, is the best game you can name.
And the best game you can name, is the good ol’ Hockey game.

If you love the game of hockey, being outdoors and free food, GPRC Campus Recreation is hosting the perfect event for you.

GPRC Campus Recreation along with Project Leaders from the PEAK Sports Administration Class, are putting together a classic Canadian tradition… an outdoor pick-up road  hockey game and you’re invited! Enjoy a fun afternoon of friendly road hockey on GPRC’s Grande Prairie Campus, a fire to roast hot dogs, complimentary hot chocolate and have the chance to win some awesome GPRC swag.

The goal of this event is to create an outdoor activity event for GPRC students to participate in during the colder fall months.

This outdoor hockey game should run throughout the afternoon of October 26, where those involved will be creating an awareness for the rest of the College and the community that GPRC students are making a real effort to get active, stay healthy and have fun! You may even make some new awesome friends too!

So, grab a hockey stick and join the crowd in an easy-going, recreational shinny game basking in the beautiful fall weather on GPRC Campus. Skates are not needed and beginners are welcomed! Equipment will be provided, but individuals who are able to bring their own hockey sticks if they prefer.

This event is targeted for all of our GPRC students, staff and faculty who just want to come out and have some fun. You can even invite your friends who are a part of the community to join in!

If this is something you think you’d be interested in… check out the details below and we’ll see you there!

Location: Behind College & Community Health Centre – Along Reservoir Trail.

Registration Process: Register at the Fitness Centre desk or just drop by to start playing.

Open to whom: GPRC students, staff, faculty and the community.

Time: 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free to participate.

2017 Presidents Ball – Meet your Star Students!

2017 Presidents Ball – Meet your Star Students!

The 2017 President’s Ball is right around the corner, and we’re so excited for you to meet 7 of our very special honorary guests.

2014 President’s Ball!

For the last three years, one of the most loved aspects of the President’s Ball is showcasing our amazing GPRC students.

Every year, before the ball, a call out is placed for instructors to nominate students who shine!

Star Students are students that stand out and shine for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the nominated student is an academic star; an outstanding volunteer involved in the college community; or a person who has shown significant improvement or made outstanding effort during his or her time at the College.

Star Students at the 2016 Presidents Ball on October 22, 2016!

This year, we have 7 extraordinary students we want to congratulate and introduce you to!

We are excited to host and showcase them as some of the many shining stars at our college at the 2017 President’s Ball!

Mallory De Rooy
2nd year Animal Health Technician

“Being chosen proves to me that with hard work and dedication, amazing opportunities will present themselves.”

Mallory is a new mom, highly dedicated, a former Wolves athlete, and a student with a strong work ethic that goes beyond course expectations to review skills. She is a student with a high academic standing and excellent test marks in the first part of the first semester.  A student that is willing to volunteer her skills to help others in her class.
-Nominated by Christy Barlund, Chair, Animal Sciences Department.

Congratulations Mallory!

Nesterse Wilson Hawthorne
2nd year Early Learning and Child Care

“Being selected has taught me that nothing is impossible to achieve with hard work and dedication.”

Nesterse is a highly motivated, hard working student who manages to balance being a new mom with a rigorous course load.  What stands out to her instructors and her peers is her kindness and compassion.  She is always smiling and has an amazingly positive outlook on life.  Nesterse is the student who helps others out when they need assistance and goes the extra mile to be accommodating to her classmates.
-Nominated by Theresa Suderman, Chair, Human Services.

Congratulations Nesterse!

Alexis Nellis
2nd Year Business Administration

“I am very passionate about my education and my college. It’s very humbling and rewarding to be nominated as a star student.”

Alexis is a very active ambassador for the college and for our program. Within the program, she was part of the Business Case Competition Team last year as a first year student. She has also been a part of the marketing campaign for our new degree collaboration with SAIT. Outside of the department, Alexis also volunteers as a GPRC Ambassador.
Nominated by Gwen Hoyseth, Business & Office Administration Instructor.

Congratulations Alexis!

John Goyetche
4th Year Heavy Equipment Technician

“I’m honoured that someone thought enough of me and the way I approach my day-to-day life to nominate me for this.”

John has an eagerness to learn. He gave 110% effort every day both in the class and in the shop. He showed great initiative helping his classmates. His great personality and sense of humour was contagious making for an extremely fun learning experience for the entire class. John prepared an entire meal for the class, which is a direct reflection of his caring character.
Nominated by Jason Ebertz, Heavy Equipment Instructor.

Congratulations John!

Breanna Girvan
2nd Year Music University Transfer

“I have always had a passion for music and GPRC has helped me grow closer to the musician I want to become.”

As a student, Breanna always strives to do her best in both class and performances, and takes every opportunity to improve her skills and knowledge. She is teachable and always wants to learn more. As a colleague to other GPRC students, Breanna is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Nominated by Instructor, Tina Alexander-Luna and Chair, Carmen Gorgichuk, Music, Fine Arts.

Congratulations Breanna!

Shelly Moffat
2nd Year Academic Upgrading

“This opportunity makes me feel good about my accomplishments in my journey to further my education.” – Shelly


Shelly is a dedicated student who shows tremendous effort and a strong work ethic. She always has a wonderful attitude and when she encounters challenges, she embraces them with maturity and positivity serving as an amazing role model. Shelly often encourages others to use the On-Campus Friendship Centre, helps her classmates navigate the campus, and is a wonderful resource to new students.

-Nominated by Lesley Brazier, English Instructor, Academic Upgrading.

Congratulations Shelly!

Jessica Boos
4th Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“Being chosen as a star student for the 2017 President’s Ball is beyond what I thought I would achieve throughout my nursing degree.” – Jessica

Jessica is a star for many reasons. She approaches nursing and each client situation in a mature, balanced manner. She is genuine and engages in a meaningful way with the most challenging and vulnerable clients. Jessica is respectful to her colleagues, instructors and other professionals.
Nominated by Instructors, Liz Richard, Tracy King and Shelley Bessey, Nursing.

Congratulations Jessica!

We look forward to hosting you at the 2017 President’s Ball for a night to remember.

Get ready for a fantastic evening of delicious dining, an exciting auction and exceptional entertainment! We are really excited to welcome Electric Ballroom to our stage this year! Covering your favourite artists from MJ to Beyonce, get your dancing shoes ready, because these guys will have you out of your seat all night!

2016 President’s Ball!
2016 President’s Ball!
2016 President’s Ball!

Please join us at the Entrec Centre on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for the President’s Ball as we raise funds in support of the students of GPRC and the fastest growing region in Alberta.

Perfect for this year, the theme of Grande Prairie’s premier gala event, is Winds of Change as GPRC is moving forward with ambitious plans that will have a vital impact in our region both in the short term and long into the future. Our youth need local training and education so they will stay here. Our businesses and services need skilled workers, particularly in health and trades. Your contributions to the fundraising efforts of GPRC will help your College evolve to meet these needs and more.

Get your tickets and join us here.

Peace Country Western Dance Class is Back!

Peace Country Western Dance Class is Back!

Peace Country Western Dance class is back! So grab a partner and a round we go!

Do you watch from the sidelines as others enjoy community, wedding and social dance opportunities? These lessons, hosted by the Peace Country Western Dance Club will provide the instruction necessary to start you on the path to confident, knowledgeable enjoyment of the dance floor. Each lesson ends with 15 minutes of practice time to reinforce skills taught that week. Final session will be a review and social dance where you can celebrate your new knowledge of social dancing. Instruction will introduce you to line dancing, Progressive Two-step, East Coast Swing, social dance etiquette and a group mixer. The final class will feature a fun Christmas Dance Party.

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 26 – Dec. 7 (7 individual sessions)

Times: 7-8:15pm

Location: M121 Fitness Studio

Community Member: $95.00
GPRC Staff: $85.50
GPRC Student: $24.00

Registration Deadline: Oct. 25


Visit the GPRC Fitness Centre desk if you have any questions.

Meet Nicole; Your New Student Success Liaison!

Meet Nicole; Your New Student Success Liaison!

Hey GPRC, meet your new Student Success Liaison!

So what exactly can our GPRC Student Success Officers and Liaisons help you with?

“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? So don’t hesitate to reach out!

Now, let’s get to the fun part! We’re excited to introduce you to the newest member of our GPRC Student Success team.

“Hello! My name is Nicole Bowes and I am the new Student Success Liaison for Health, Wellness and Career Studies. I recently graduated from Athabasca University finishing my Business Management Degree with a major in Human Resource Management. I was fortunate enough to complete my degree collaboratively with GPRC while having an amazing time all throughout the process. I will cherish the time I spent as a student at GPRC, and I look forward to the time I will spend here supporting current students.

I am a self proclaimed crazy dog lady, with one French Bulldog and one Boston Terrier. In my spare time I love travelling and spending time with my dogs. Just this past summer I was fortunate enough to renew my vows with my husband in Edinburgh Scotland, the place we met. It is an amazing European city; the architecture, the atmosphere, and the history are incredible. After travelling Scotland we went to France, Holland, Germany, Italy, and ended our tour in England. I feel so fortunate to have explored these places, just don’t ask me to pick a favorite, because they were all so special!

I am extremely excited to support and aid students through their academic journey. As a recent GPRC graduate I believe I will be able to relate, support, and help students progress forward on whatever path they should choose.”

GPRC Student Success Officers are available to students from Monday-Friday and we can be reached via email, phone or in person.

Nicole Bowes
Student Success Liaison
School of Health, Wellness and Career Studies
Office: J120, Grande Prairie Campus
Phone: (780) 539-2761

Alaina Archibald
Student Success Officer
School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment
Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus
Phone: (780) 835-6763

Mercy Balogun
Student Success Officer
Arts, Education & Upgrading
Office: C310, Grande Prairie Campus
Phone: (780) 539-2942