Drive-Through Healthcare

Drive-Through Healthcare

I have always considered myself to be a very independent person. I keep to myself, I don’t talk a whole lot, and I rarely make use of any kind of student services. On an intellectual level I understand the value of these services, but beyond that I usually don’t give them a second thought. That changed on a fateful Thursday morning.

I have a passion for martial arts. Unfortunately, my skill does not match my passion. As a result, I ended up sustaining an injury to my ankle during training. This injury faded after a few days, but it continued to flair up occasionally and I began to grow concerned. I decided to see a doctor and find out what was wrong. I started calling around, trying to determine if I could get in to see a doctor in Grande Prairie or if I would have to see one back home. The answer was the same no matter where I called, I could be spending hours in a waiting room, or I couldn’t get in to see a doctor at all. I was really struggling to figure out what to do when I remembered that GPRC has an on-campus clinic. I gave them a call the next morning to see if I could drop in.

I was able to set a time to drop in between lunch and my afternoon class that day. I got in, filled out a little bit of paperwork, and was able to see the doctor within fifteen minutes. The doctor came in and we discussed the problem. He did a quick examination and told me that it was just a sprain, and that my ankle would heal fine on it’s own as long as I gave it time to rest.

In the end, I ended up not needing a whole lot from the doctor. That fact makes me appreciate even more how much time I saved being able to go to the on-campus clinic. I didn’t have to drive anywhere, and I didn’t have to deal with any ridiculous wait times. As a full-time student this was a tremendous blessing. Life can get very hectic at school, and every bit of time saved is a huge help. Having access to on-campus healthcare is absolutely fantastic.

Submitted by a GPRC Education Ambassador 

Leslie commits to the 2018-19 season with Women’s Basketball!

Leslie commits to the 2018-19 season with Women’s Basketball!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce that Sophie Leslie who currently plays with the Charles Spencer Mavericks, has committed to the 2018-19 season. Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mandy Botham is excited to welcome Leslie to the pack commenting that she “plays with intense passion, and is a fierce competitor. She has the ability to hit key shots in big moments and will provide a definite spark to our team.”

New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball recruit, Sophie Leslie.

Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland, Leslie is no stranger to the Wolves, participating in Sport Camps, and competing in various tournaments over the years. As the top offence recipient in her 2016-17 season, she was selected to play in the 2017 High School All-Star Game.

Welcome to the pack Sophie!

Leslie who was nominated Tournament MVP in the 2016 Stonebridge Senior High Basketball Classic, is looking forward to attending GPRC as she enjoys the environment the College offers students and athletes. She is most excited about taking her game to the next level, and competing with talented players around the province, some of whom she has admired throughout her high school playing career.

Welcome to the pack Sophie!

With the first half of the ACAC Season completed, the Wolves Women’s Basketball are preparing to host the Kings University Eagles on January 12, 2018. To learn more about the Wolves,  click here.

New Recruits signed to Wolves Women’s Volleyball Team!

New Recruits signed to Wolves Women’s Volleyball Team!

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce three new signings to their Women’s Volleyball program. A talented group of athletes, all three ladies, who hail from the Peace Region have committed to joining the pack for the 2018-19 season. Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is excited to welcome the new recruits.

We’re excited to introduce…

Sexsmith, AB native, Keyana Anderson who was part of the U16 Team Alberta achieving 5th place at Provincials last season, also plays with the Sexsmith Sabres, Spirit River Panthers Club, and the Velocity Volleyball Club.

Welcome Keyana Anderson!

Homegrown talent, Piper Chillog calls Grande Prairie, AB home and has played with the St. Joes Ceinahs and the South Peace Volleyball Club. Piper has a long list of achievements including a Silver and back to back Gold at 3A Girls High School Volleyball Provincials, and Silver at Tier 1 Club Provincials 16U.

Welcome Piper Chillog!

Alexandra Pullishy from Spirit River, AB played for the Spirit River Renegades, Central Peace Panthers Volleyball Club, and has a Bronze along with back to back Gold from 2A Girls High School Volleyball Provincials.

Welcome Alexandra Pullishy!

With the first half of the ACAC Season completed, the Wolves Women’s Volleyball are preparing to host the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship taking place March 7-10, 2018. Learn more about the tournament, here

Behind the Scenes of Peace Country Idol: A Student Perspective

Behind the Scenes of Peace Country Idol: A Student Perspective

This fall, the students of GPRC Instructor Cibylla Rakestraw’s Marketing Project Management class successfully put together the annual local singing competition Peace Country Idol, which has been running at the College for over a decade. The event raised over $10,000, which the students chose to donate. Funds were split between the Swan City Rotary Club and the upcoming student-organized Business Conference to be held in March 2018.

Business Administration Students who led this year’s Peace Country Idol present a cheque worth $5,000 to club president Dave Cook and Chris Andersen of Swan City Rotary Club.

Terrilyn Parent is a student in the College’s Business Administration program. Her experience organizing such a large scale event was far from easy, but so worth it. Here’s what she had to say about what she learned from the experience.

“I got the pleasure of being a part of Peace Country Idol through my Marketing Project Management class at GPRC. Peace Country Idol is a local singing competition hosted by students to increase skills in entrepreneurship, management and team building. We had a lot of great talent participate in this event, both from the contestants as well as the students, who showcased their skills and expertise in advertising, designing program materials, networking and planning the many fine details.

“This class has challenged me and has brought about the most growth, not only in my career building but also in my personal life. I learned how to personally connect with my peers as well as in the community to collaborate on our skills in a harmonized way to make this event successful. I learned how to push through stressful moments and find solutions immediately on the fly under any given situation. I learned time management skills and how to balance two jobs, a daughter, my social life and my other classes. Finally, I learned how hard work and a combined dedication from all members can make a very successful project shine.

“If I had to choose one thing to do differently, it would be to have more time to invest in the planning process, to increase the event’s success rate. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and look forward to using my new skills in my future career.”

Why Bigger is not always Better!

Why Bigger is not always Better!

It was March 2017, I found out, after months and months of nail biting anticipation, that I had been accepted into GPRC’s Nursing program. After attending GPRC for nearly an entire semester now, I cannot rave about it enough.

The small class sizes allow interaction with your professors, and the small campus is easy enough to navigate once you become comfortable with your surroundings. There is a very strong feeling of community in this school, and if you can’t feel it yet, you just have to look a little deeper, and you will find it.

Prior to attending GPRC, I went to a much larger university, in a much larger city. I had sought after the big city school for the anonymity. After attending a small town high school, I wanted to be a number. If you were to ask me today, I honestly could not tell you why. After two years of mediocre grades, missed classes and a general feeling that I was missing something, I left to pursue another route.

Wesli’s two post-secondary IDs.

I was never any good back then at holding myself accountable. I would use the excuse that I could not interact with my professors because I was one face in a class of 200 other students. I had no way of getting help with class content because they wouldn’t remember me, or have time for me, yet, was that not why I had wanted a big school?  Now, for me, that school was not the ideal learning environment. For others, it is. To choose where you will get your post-secondary education is a big deal. Not every one thing works for everyone. We are all individuals with different needs, and sometimes it takes us a little longer to figure out what exactly is the best method for us.

One thing that GPRC has is a diverse student population. It really drives home the fact that everyone is a student. I constantly see people of all ages roaming the halls, and it could not make me happier. It’s never too late to sift through your options or try something new. Try not to get sucked into what works for other people, or what might seem to be the most “glamorous” option (like yours truly). Just because an institute might have 40,000 undergraduates on campus, does not always mean it will be the best choice for every student. Consider your options, and make sure you make the choice that will allow you to succeed. I know after my first attempt, I didn’t think I would be able to find it, but thankfully I did.

-Welsi Boudreau
GPRC Education Ambassador and first year Nursing student.