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.
So, what is she most looking forward to?
I’m 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! I 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 her:
Student Success Officer
School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment
Office: FAC131, Fairview Campus
Phone: (780) 835-6763