French Club fundraiser a success

The French Soirée organized for the first time by the French program at GPRC, took place at Jeffrey’s Café Saturday, March 16th, 2019. The purpose of this event was raising funds for the French Club at GPRC.

The French event was very well attended by GPRC employees including Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO; Kazem Mashkournia, Dean of School of Arts, Science and Upgrading, as well as many Grande Prairie community members.

At the beginning of the Soirée, the guests were welcomed in a Lounge very well decorated in French style and colours. The French ambience was completed by classical French music and presentation related to French culture and history. All guests were very pleased by a tasteful French menu and drinks. The GPRC French students generously volunteered as servers during this Soirée.

The event was a big success and the guests were suggesting to continue organizing this event on a annual basis!

Submitted by GPRC Instructors Raoudha Kallel and Elena Voskovskaia

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, 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 Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Josh Dumont to the Men’s Volleyball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Josh Dumont. Josh is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Josh is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season including playing in the GPRC Wolves Volleyball All-Star game in grade 11 and this past December while in grade 12 . The soon-to-be St. Joseph Catholic High School graduate was part of the gold winning Team Alberta at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, was crowned the 2017 Tournament All-Star at the Kelowna Best of the West tournament and brought home a silver medal in 2017 at the Les Jeux de la Francaphonie Canadienne.

Josh is excited to join the wolf pack and start his Bachelor of Education degree at GPRC. He is looking forward to representing and competing for his hometown and also being challenged at the ACAC level to help reach his goals of continuously bettering his skills and becoming a better athlete.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Josh out on the court in the upcoming season. “Josh is an exciting athlete who has been an excellent leader and competitor through his high school and club career. We are proud to have Josh joining the program to continue to compete for Grande Prairie!”

Welcome to the pack, Josh.

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

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brandon Tufford and Maria Houle from our GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Brandon Tufford 

Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Engineering
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Tufford graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School last year and was recruited to GPRC as one of the top middle distance runners in the province for his age.  In 2018, Brandon placed 3rd in the Provincial High School Championship in the 800m.

During the 2018 cross-country season, Brandon struggled a couple set-backs as stomach issues derailed most of his races. However, when indoor track came around second semester, his fortunes turned around and he consistently placed among the top 3 in his indoor races and setting 7 GPRC Wolves school records.

At the ACAC Indoor Championships this past weekend (March 15-16) in Calgary, Brandon brought home two medals.  He became only the second Wolves male athlete ever to achieve a podium placing at the ACAC level since the first in 2014. Brandon finished second in the 600m, fifth in the 300, and anchored the Wolves men’s 4 x 400m to a third place finish alongside teammates, Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes and Miguel Macedo.

Thank you Brandon for your dedication to the Wolves!

Maria Houle

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Paddle Prairie, Alberta

Maria Houle is a third year Wolves Athlete studying Sociology at GPRC.  She took a year off of school and running last year to have her first child, daughter Willow.

Maria returned to running last fall and placed 16th at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships (number 2 among the Wolves) in Vermilion.

For the indoor track season, Maria was asked to step down in distance and compete at the 300m and 600m distances.  She came up big at the ACAC Indoor Championships. Maria won the B Final and placed fifth in the 300m and finished sixth in the 600m.  She also ran a leg on the fourth place Wolves 4 x 400m team.

Thank you Maria for your dedication to the Wolves!

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, 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.