GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Men’s Soccer Team

GPRC Wolves Men and Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Chris Morgan has been busy over the last couple of months recruiting and welcoming new wolves to the wolf pack.

We are pleased to announce the signings to date to the Wolves Men’s Soccer program. A talented group of athletes, hailing from all over the Peace Region have committed to joining the pack for the 2019-20 season. Head Coach Morgan is excited for the season ahead.

We’re excited to introduce…

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Brayden Bishop. Brayden is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local athlete, Brayden Bishop from Grande Prairie, Alberta, has committed to the GPRC Wolves for the 2019-2020 season.

“I chose GPRC because it allows me to stay close to home,” said Brayden who is enrolled in his first year of Business Administration. “I am excited to meet all my new teammates as well as compete in a higher level of competition.”

Head Coach Morgan is also looking forward to having Brayden join the Wolves on the pitch.

“Brayden has a good football brain and understands the game. He has a soft first touch and shows great awareness on the field.”

Welcome to the pack, Brayden.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Marshall Fischer. Marshall is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Marshall Fischer, hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta has committed to the GPRC Wolves for the 2019-2020 season. Marshall has been on the pitch playing for a local Grande Prairie club since 2011 and attended the Arctic Games in 2015.

He is enrolled in the College’s Open Studies program with the goal of taking his Bachelor of Education and Kinesiology degree down the road. Marshall says he’s excited to add and learn new skills while playing for a winning record team. “I have played with athletes on the GPRC team, and am looking forward to the good chemistry on the field for the season.”

In catching up with Head Coach Chris Morgan, he said he was delighted to welcome Marshall to the Wolves program.

“Marshall is a young player who plays in a very important position – goalkeeper. We hope he can fulfill his potential at GPRC and I look forward to working with him this upcoming season.”

Welcome to the pack, Marshall.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Kyle Zwerzinski. Kyle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Grande Prairie local, Kyle Zwerzinski has been added to the roster. Kyle who has been a member of the Academy Soccer program in Grande Prairie since 2017 and who also assumed the role of Captain for U16 Team Alberta bringing home a bronze medal in the Indigenous Games, is bringing great experience to the pitch.

He is excited to join the wolf pack and start his post-secondary journey at GPRC where he will be studying for his Bachelor of Science. Finishing up at Charles Spencer High School this May, Kyle is looking forward to competing at the ACAC level and working hard to make playoffs in the 2019 season. Kyle states, “I chose GPRC because it’s my hometown College I get to represent and I have a good relationship already with Coach Morgan and the players on the team. It’s going to be an awesome learning environment.”

Head Coach Morgan is looking forward to having Kyle out on the pitch in the upcoming season. “Kyle is a great winger who possesses good vision and has good game understanding. He is an infectious player; always wanting the ball and looking to be involved. It’s always nice to recruit local talent and I’ve got the pleasure of watching Kyle develop his skills over the last few years at the Academy where I coach.”

Welcome to the pack, Kyle.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Michael Authenac. Michael is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local athlete, Michael Authenac is looking forward to meeting the squad and representing GPRC‘s colours next season. “I’m excited to meet new people and travel with the team. GPRC is a great fit for me because I wanted to stay close to home.” Michael is looking forward to working with Head Coach Morgan more while working towards his Bachelor of Commerce.

A talented player hailing from Grande Prairie, Michael has quite the medal collection including bringing home gold with the 2016 U16 Tier I EIYSA (Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association) and silver with his U17 Edmonton Scottish United Soccer Club in Provincials. Michael has also played major league indoor soccer in YEG for the last couple of years.

Head Coach, Chris Morgan is pleased that Michael is joining the squad. “Michael can play in a lot of different positions across the defense and in the midfield. He is strong, vocal, quick and a tenacious player who will add to our defensive unit. Michael has graduated from the Academy where I coach, and it’s always exciting when we get to add local talent to our roster.”

Welcome to the pack, Michael.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Seth Ball. Seth is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local soccer player, Seth Ball is a local recruit who will graduate from Charles Spencer High School this May. A graduate from the Academy where Head Coach, Chris Morgan coaches, Seth was a part of the U16 team in 2016 who brought home gold hardware.

Seth is excited to join the wolf pack and start his Bachelor of Kinesiology at GPRC.

“GPRC has fantastic coaching with their men’s soccer team program as well as a great kinesiology program. I am looking forward to gaining experience in my sport and playing with a brand new team of skilled players.”

In catching up with Head Coach Chris Morgan, he said he was delighted to welcome Seth to the Wolves program.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Seth to the program. He is a great athlete who is strong, quick and powerful. He can also play a variety of positions which will be a great asset to the Wolves. Seth has a great temperament and is a level-headed player.”

Welcome to the pack, Seth.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Alex Fowler. Alex is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

 

 

Alex Fowler, joining the Wolves roster from Fort St. John, B.C., is bringing a ton of skill and experience to the program. The Grande Prairie Soccer Academy graduate also competed in the 2015 British Columbia Summer Games gaining experience in a competitive and high-pressure environment.

Alex is planning on starting his Bachelor of Arts at GPRC and is looking forward to wearing the Wolves colours.

“I feel like GPRC is a very good choice for my future both academically and athletically. I believe that Chris Morgan is an excellent coach that will provide me with the expertise I need to better my athletic future. I am very excited to be playing another season with some of my teammates from the Academy.”

 

Head Coach Morgan is also looking forward to having Alex join the Wolves on the pitch.

“It’s incredible to be able to recruit another graduate from the Academy here in Grande Prairie,” Morgan stated. “With so much local talent coming to the roster, it’s going to be a very exciting season ahead. I have known Alex since he was 14-years-old, so it’s been fantastic to see him develop into the strong player he is today. He continues to improve his game and be coachable. He has a good attitude towards the game and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to the squad.”

Welcome to the pack, Alex.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Kyle Pelé. Kyle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad as a hometown rookie, Kyle Pelé is excited to be a part of the exciting future of GPRC and the Wolves soccer program.

Kyle is bringing some awesome experience to the Wolves. He represented Team Alberta in Montreal, Quebec during the 2017 Canadian Francophone Games (or the JFC) as well as has been a long-time member of the Academy here in Grande Prairie where Head Coach Chris Morgan coaches.

Kyle is looking forward to starting his Bachelor of Education next year while he helps the Wolves grind and hustle to get to Provincials and grow as an athlete.

Head Coach Morgan is thrilled to be adding another talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“Kyle is a player that I’ve got the privilege to watch learn and grow over the last three years at the Academy,” Morgan said. “He has a great work ethic and can also play in a number of positions on the pitch. I am looking forward to continuing to work with him this upcoming season.”

Welcome to the pack, Kyle.

 

 

GPRC Wolves Men’s Soccer new recruit, Nathaniel Ezan. Nathaniel is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the Wolves from Grande Prairie, Nathaniel Ezan is looking forward to being a part of close-knit squad.

“I chose GPRC because I wanted to stay close to home and it offers a good Engineering program. I think it’s also going to be awesome to experience playing with and training with a group of players that I can learn from and become a better athlete with.”

The soon-to-be Engineering major has competed in Provincial Championships and brought home the Tier 2 Provincial title in 2016 and trained with the Academy here in Grande Prairie for the past three years.

According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Nathaniel has great skills and is a very versatile player.

“I’m thrilled Nathaniel is continuing his soccer career with the Wolves. He’s a very strong player with the ability to move around and play multiple positions on the pitch.”

Welcome to the pack, Nathaniel.

 

 

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals here.

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Women’s Soccer Team

GPRC Wolves Men and Women’s Soccer Head Coach, Chris Morgan has been busy over the last couple of months recruiting and welcoming new wolves to the wolf pack.

We are pleased to announce the signings to date to the Wolves Women’s Soccer program. A talented group of athletes, hailing from all over the Peace Region have committed to joining the pack for the 2019-20 season. Head Coach Morgan is excited for the season ahead.

We’re excited to introduce…

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Jaimie Gomery. Jaimie is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Grande Prairie local, Jaimie Gomery has committed to the Wolves for the 2019-2010 season. Joining the pack has always been a goal of hers.

“GPRC is my hometown college,” she said. “Playing at the ACAC level has always been a goal. I’m excited for the intensity of the season and the challenges to come.”

Jaimie is bringing her experience of playing with the Scottish United U17 team who won their league and received a silver medal in provincials in 2017. Jaimie has also competed in the Las Vegas Cup and the Arctic Winter Games.

In catching up with Head Coach Chris Morgan, he said he was looking forward to having Jaimie join the roster. “She can play in a number of positions and brings versatility to the squad.”

Coach Morgan is excited to work with Jaimie again, as he used to coach her in The Academy.

Welcome to the pack, Jaimie.

 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Leigh Hedges. Leigh is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Leigh Hedges is joining the Wolves roster from Fort St. John, B.C. She is bringing a ton of great experience to the pack including playing in her B.C. AAA High School Provincials for the last three seasons and recently in 2019, playing in her Tier 2 Indoor Provincials and bringing home Bronze.

Leigh is looking forward to joining the Wolves and starting her Bachelor of Science degree. “I am looking forward to expanding my mindset, growing as a player and as a team as well. I really liked Coach Morgan’s enthusiasm for the game.”

Head Coach Morgan is looking forward to having Leigh out on the pitch in the upcoming season. “Leigh is an infectious competitor and is a solid midfielder player. She is not afraid to make a tackle and has a good range of passing. I am excited she will be coming to GPRC.”

Welcome to the pack, Leigh.

 

 

 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Brooke Gagnon. Brooke is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Grande Prairie local, Brooke Gagnon has been added to the roster. Brooke who has experienced Head Coach Morgan’s coaching at the Academy also has competed at the 2017 Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup, the Tier 1 level of the EIYSA (Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association) and  won gold with her team at the Jasper Bowl tournament.

Brooke is excited to join the wolf pack and start her Bachelor of Science degree at GPRC. She is looking forward to being challenged at the ACAC level and the opportunity to connect and play with everyone on the team while being coached by Morgan.

Head Coach Morgan is looking forward to having Brooke out on the pitch in the upcoming season. “Brooke is a fantastic defender who reads danger well and can play from the back. I look forward to her joining the program.”

Welcome to the pack, Brooke.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Emma Close. Emma is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Emma Close, joining the Wolves roster from Fort St. John, B.C. Emma is bringing a ton of experience to the Wolves with her portfolio including competing at the 2016 BC Summer Games, bringing home gold at the 2016 U16 Tier 3 Indoor Provincials and qualifying twice (2017 & 2018 seasons) at the BC AAA High-School Provincials.

Emma is looking forward to joining the Wolves and starting her Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree at GPRC. “I am thankful GPRC is close to home, with the program I am interested in and has a great soccer program.”

In catching up with Head Coach Chris Morgan, he said he was delighted to have Emma joining the roster and used the following quote to sum up Emma’s playing abilities.

“A magician with two wands… once at the end of each foot,” continuing on to say, “She is a very skilled player with a great attitude on the pitch.”

Welcome to the pack, Emma.

 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Raina Kickbush. Raina is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local athlete, Raina Kickbush is looking forward to representing GPRC‘s colours next season and playing for her home-town while working towards her Bachelor of Psychology.

A talented player hailing from Grande Prairie, Raina has achieved multiple medals in her soccer careers including Silver at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games with Team Alberta and Bronze at the 2016 u16 Tier 2 Provincials. Most recently, Raina has been playing with the Sherwood Park Phoenix Soccer Association, where her and her team brought home Gold at the 2017 U17 Tier 2 Provincials; Gold at the 2018 U17 Tier 2 Provincials and coming in 5th place at the 2018 U17 Nationals.

Head Coach, Chris Morgan is pleased that Raina is joining the squad. “Raina is a fantastic defender who will be an asset to the program. She excels in 1-v-1 scenarios, shows good awareness and possesses a good pace with the ball. I am looking forward to her joining the Wolves.”

Welcome to the pack, Raina.

 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, McKenna McKeaveney. McKenna is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the Wolves from YEG, McKenna McKeaveney is looking forward to being a part of close-knit squad.

“I chose GPRC because of the athletic opportunities and for the size of the campus. It is smaller than others which excites me to be apart of a small family so to speak where I can build my skills as a player, as well as build a better understanding for the game as part of a strong team.”

McKenna has competed in Provincial Championships every year with her team, MW Selects from 2015-2018 and was a part of the winning Austin O’Brien High School team at the 2018 Metro Athletics High School Championships.

According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, McKenna has great skills and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves.

Welcome to the pack, McKenna.

 

 

GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer new recruit, Mikaela Balla. Mikaela is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Surrey, B.C., GPRC Wolves are pleased to welcome Mikaela Balla to the program. Mikaela is bringing a great amount of skill to the squad from her achievements of being a part of the 2016 B.C. Summer Games Soccer team, achieving Champion-status at the 2015-16 Provincial B-Cup and 2018-19 GVUSS FC Metro Tournament. Mikaela has took home the Senior Girls Soccer – Golden Boot Award and was named the High School Athlete of the Year in 2016-17.

Mikaela is looking forward to joining the Wolves, having awesome teammates and continuing to improve her soccer skills in a competitive environment. She is excited to experience College life and start her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree at GPRC. “I chose GPRC because I met coach Chris Morgan at an ID Camp and got such a positive vibe from the way he coached. I realized GPRC was somehow going to be my future after that camp,” said Mikaela. “On a trip to Grande Prairie, I got to see how welcoming and nice everyone was including some of the girls from the team. Their experiences and personalities, as well as having Coach Morgan as my coach has showed me that GPRC is the College for me.”

Head Coach Morgan is looking forward to having Mikaela out on the pitch in the upcoming season. “Mikaela impressed me at an ID Camp with her enthusiasm, work ethic and skill level. She brings lots of pace and has an incredible shot. She is a dynamic player who will suit our style of soccer. I am looking forward to welcoming her to the squad.”

Welcome to the pack, Mikaela.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals here.

Power Engineer Awards 2019

Power Engineer Awards 2019

GPRC Power Engineer Instructor, Ron Dennis accepts his Education Contribution Award from PanGlobal Training Systems on June 19.

Long-time GPRC power engineer instructor Ron Dennis was honoured by his peers from across the country with an Education Contribution Award from PanGlobal Training Systems.

PanGlobal Training Systems is the leading publisher of paper and web-based technical learning materials designed specifically for trades and energy technologies.

The Education Contribution Award recognizes educators and industry professionals for their contributions to excellence in power engineering.

Dennis received his award Wednesday, June 19 at the Interprovincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee conference in Fredericton.

In addition to Dennis’s awards, two GPRC students were also recognized at the conference. Luke Hamre received second place and Dustin Blagborne received an honourable mention for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class.

Dennis is retiring from GPRC this month after a long teaching career at the College. Chris Laue, Dean, School of Trades, Agriculture and the Environment said Dennis’s award is “well-deserved recognition for his years of dedication to GPRC students.”

At last year’s awards ceremonies, GPRC power engineer instructor Jerry Chik received an Education Contribution Award and students Shane Drummond and Andrei Tchernyi received first and second respectively for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class. Paul Biegel also received an honourable mention for Outstanding Achievement Student Award – PE 3rd Class.

GPRC volunteers care for evacuees’ furry family members

Some of the GPRC faculty and staff who helped look after the evacuated animals Tiffany Duncan, Katey Johnston, Lin Roy, Bonnie Danielson, Dr. Chris Mizzi, Lisa Coady, Carl Ball, Rhonda Shaw, and Shannon Ball.

GPRC’s Fairview campus became home for some important members of families evacuated from northwestern Alberta due to wildfires.

First year Animal Health Technology student Dayna McKay who is living on campus during the summer is lending a hand.

The College’s Animal Health Technology program put out the call offering to house any animals for displaced families shortly after the mandatory evacuations started in northwestern Alberta. A few days later, when the Town of Manning was placed under evacuation notice, the local veterinary clinic reached out to ask GPRC to look after the animals it had been housing for evacuees.

“We wanted to make sure the animals were safe somewhere else,” said Kaitie Koch, manager of the Manning Veterinary Clinic.

Shaylene Syrota, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department and Dr. Christy Barlund, DVM – Instructor – Animal Sciences Department were two of the faculty and staff volunteers.

The clinic had already housed animals from families evacuated from High Level for about 10 days.

When the animals arrived on campus, GPRC’s animal health faculty and staff did an amazing job, said Koch.

“They were incredibly helpful and knew what exactly needed to be done,” she said.

Over the course of the evacuation notice, GPRC housed a total of 11 dogs, one cat and one hamster. The program faculty and staff continued any treatments the animals needed and monitored them daily to ensure they were doing well, explained Rhonda Shaw, Animal Health Technology instructor.

The animals were weighed in and weighed out, had their appetite and attitude monitored daily, and were fed and walked twice a day. The dogs all got time to run in the College’s round pen.

Volunteers would send videos and pictures of the animals to their owners so the owners knew their pets were doing OK. Volunteers hoped the photos would help reduce some of the stress the evacuees were experiencing.

“We were grateful to be able to provide some comfort by having the evacuees know their animals were safe and well cared for,” said Shaw.

Lin Roy, Program Assistant – Animal Sciences Department and Rhonda Shaw, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department with the first evacuee heading home.

Jill Gaudet’s dog Spike was one of the animals that were cared for by GPRC staff on the Fairview campus.

“I have to thank Manning Veterinary for ensuring Spike was safe by taking him to Fairview,” said Gaudet. “And thanks to GPRC for taking care of Spike. During a very stressful time, it is a relief to know your pet is safe and well-cared for.”

Marcella Parenteau was also evacuated from Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and her dog Lolly was at GPRC Fairview.

“I’m so grateful,” said Parenteau. “Being evacuated was very stressful and scary, and having Lolly looked after in Manning and then in Fairview was a relief for me. Thank you for watching her for me.”

Volunteer students, faculty and staff at the Fairview campus provided all this help. They even had a waitlist of people wanting to volunteer.

Cathy Srayko, Toolroom attendant motorcycle certificate program donated five bags of dog food to send home with evacuees when they pick their pets up.

“Staff have been amazing. We had an abundance of people helping,” said Shaw.

All the volunteers received a mini-training session before they had contact with animals.

“You were there for us in our time of need,” said Koch. “We really, really appreciated it. We know how much work it is to look after that number of animals. It took a huge stress and worry off our plate.”

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped feed, water, walk and play with the animals in our care:

  • Lin Roy, Program Assistant – Animal Sciences Department
  • Lisa Coady, Program Assistant – Motorcycle & Recreational Powersports Department
  • Katey Johnston, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department
  • Shaylene Syrota, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department
  • Rhonda Shaw, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Shannon Ball, Toolroom Attendant – Automotive, Parts, & Engineering Department
  • Carl Ball – Instructor – Motorcycle & Recreational Powersports Department
  • Tiffany Duncan, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Bonnie Danielson, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Chris Mizzi, DVM, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Christy Barlund, DVM – Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Dayna McKay, first year AHT student
  • Taryn Dodds, first year AHT student

 

GPRC Animal Health Technology Staff make sure the animals the college housed on the Fairview campus get to spend plenty of time outside.
GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Cross Country Running Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruits to the Cross Country Running Team

A trio of local athletes have committed to run with the Wolves starting in September.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Chris Nelissen. Chris is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Chris Nelissen, a 2018 graduate of Hillcrest Christian School, is one of the province’s top U20 800m runners.  In addition to having great speed, Nelissen is no stranger to longer distances.  He has placed at or near the front of numerous local and regional cross country and road races over the years.  Nelissen plans to study Education at GPRC.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Lydia Steinke. Lydia is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Lydia Steinke, from this year’s graduating class at PWA, is a multiple NW Zone champion in xc running and track.  Short of stature, but big on heart, Steinke has represented the Peace Country in two Alberta Summer Games and five Provincial High School Championships.  She is also a highly competitive Scottish dancer.  Steinke’s long term goal is to become a nurse.  She will enrol in Open Studies this fall.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Jordan Lundstrom. Jordan is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Another PWA grad, Jordan Lundstrom, completes the incoming trio of Wolves recruits.  Primarily known for his xc skiing and mountain biking prowess, Lundstrom also has serious XC running credentials.  He placed 13th at this year’s Provincial High School championships.  Lundstrom plans to pursue the Power Engineering program at GPRC.

GPRC Wolves Cross Country Running new recruit, Hayden Hollowell. Hayden is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

In addition to welcoming three new athletes this fall, Wolves XC is also looking forward to the return of 2014 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year, Hayden Hollowell.  A two-time ACAC All Conference XC runner, Hollowell last competed for the University of Saskatchewan five years ago.  He plans to start his Millwright apprenticeship training in September.

The Wolves XC Running program is one of the College’s most successful athletics teams, producing five CCAA national champions (3 individuals, 2 teams) over the past 30 years.