2017 College Classic

2017 College Classic

At the beginning of the month, GPRC had their beloved annual fundraising event, the College Classic.

Golfers from near and far joined us at the Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club on Friday, June 2 for a fun day filled of golfing, delicious food, drinks and amazing auction and raffle prizes.

Thank you to all our amazing sponsors and donors for their generous contributions.

The golfing kicked off mid-morning with GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk signalling the start time with GPRC Wolves mascot, Farley.

Farley even got in on the golf action. Showing off his skills at the Sink It To Win – Putting Contest.

In true Grande Prairie fashion, a short down pour delayed play for an hour but that didn’t stop our GPRC supporters from making the best of their time starting silent auction and raffle bids early.

And before we knew it, they were back on the course.

College Classic committee member and emcee of the evening, Brody Thomson welcomed guests in after a fun day out on the course.

President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk then thanked each and every single one of the individual who helped make the 2017 College Classic so special.

A delicious smoked salmon and BBQ chicken dinner was served before Kevin Tink of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers started the live auction bidding! Thank you GP Golf & Country Club for the delicious meal and Kevin Tink for the energy you bring to our auctions.

The 2017 College Classic was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our college. Your generous contributions are vital to GPRC.

See all the photos here.


Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

Welcome New GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball Coach

GPRC Athletics is pleased to announce that Mandy Botham is assuming the position of Head Coach for GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team.

Coming from Prince George, British Columbia with 14 years of experience in coaching basketball, Botham has competed at both provincial and national levels multiple times. Botham is always bringing plenty of playing experience to the team having played for GPRC herself from 1994-96 and was a member of the team that went undefeated in 1994-95, won ACAC’s and placed 3rd at CCAA National Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Botham’s coaching experience includes coaching at the Canada Basketball Centre for Performance in Vancouver, as well as coaching at post-secondary levels including University of Northern British Columbia and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was also the Head Coach for Team BC’s U15 Girls Teams in 2014 and 2015.

Most recently, Botham served as head coach position for the Rebels Elite Basketball program and the College Heights Secondary School Women’s Basketball team, both located in Prince George, British Columbia.
“Mandy is a welcomed addition to the Wolves coaching staff,” says GPRC Athletics Director François Fournier.  “We have no doubt that the passion and experience she brings to the court, along with her personality and coaching style will provide the support and direction the team needs to achieve its goals this coming season.”

“I am excited to be the leader of the Wolves Women’s Basketball program,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to bringing my passion for the game of basketball to Grande Prairie and to get involved in the community and in growing and developing local athletes.”

GPRC Wolves Athletics is looking forward to the coaching skills and energy Botham will bring to the program.

“GPRC has been very welcoming to me,” says Botham. “I’m looking forward to taking this team into the future and getting out on the court and watching our team grow in their skills, academics and community engagement.”

GPRC – Red, Black and Rainbow

GPRC – Red, Black and Rainbow

It is Pride Week in Grande Prairie and this year, GPRC is proud to be joining in again on the celebration of diversity and inclusion for all members of the community.

GPRC VP Academics and Research, Susan Bansgrove.

“GPRC is honoured to host Grande Prairie Pride Society (GPPS) events on campus during the 2017 Pride Week,” says Susan Bansgrove, GPRC Vice President Academics and Research. “Respect is an integral part of our Values at the college and we see the vital importance in celebrating the diversity of people, ideas and culture in our community. It is so important to build our GPRC community to be one that is inclusive and welcoming.”

As the driving force behind the second annual Pride Week in the city, the GPPS is Grande Prairie’s primary source for LGBTQ community. Their mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression while promoting equality and celebrating the diversity of the city’s LGBTQ community and its allies.

“Every person no matter their sexual identity has the right to be accepted,” continues Bansgrove. “Our goal at GPRC is to always act in inclusion through education, participation and understanding.”

Pride Week kicked off on Monday, June 19 and will continue in Saturday, June 24. Check out what celebrations and events are happening in and around the community and on our GPRC campus here.

Happy Pride Week Grande Prairie!

Learn more about GPRC’s Vision, Mission and Values.


How One GPRC Scientist is Travelling the World and Saving the Bees

How One GPRC Scientist is Travelling the World and Saving the Bees

Many residents of the Peace Region are surprised to learn that one of the most important hubs for bee research and innovation in Canada happens to be in their own backyard. GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC), a Technology Access Centre located in Beaverlodge, performs diagnostic services for beekeepers across the country. The centre is so well-known that it’s not uncommon for the scientists at NBDC-TAC to receive requests to share their expertise with others.

GPRC NBDC-TAC Laboratory in Beaverlodge, AB.


That’s what happened in May when NBDC Manager and Applied Scientist Dr. Carlos Castillo received a request from Peru asking him to lend his expertise to another diagnostic and research facility. Hosted by Peru’s National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) Dr. Castillo spent two weeks in the Peruvian capital city of Lima, with occasional trips to the High Jungle where he was able to assist with field research. “It was really valuable to see another reality, and to understand how they keep bees in other countries,” said Castillo.

Castillo offered advice about diagnostic processes and protocols, including equipment purchase, maintenance and sampling practices. He hopes that his advice will prove valuable to the folks at INIA, especially as bee diagnostic services are becoming more and more crucial.


GPRC NBDC-TAC Manager and Applied Scientist Dr. Carlos Castillo.



Bee health is suffering in Canada and in many other countries around the world with bee populations declining in recent years. This decline is due to a combination of factors, including habitat destruction, climate change, pathogens and pesticides. Farmers rely on bee pollination for many of their fruit- and nut-based crops to survive, meaning that a decline in bee health can have disastrous consequences for food production. Diagnostic services like the ones Carlos provides at NBDC-TAC can help beekeepers manage the health of their hives and encourage bee populations to flourish.

Saving the bees via international cooperation is all in a day’s work for Dr. Castillo and his team at NBDC-TAC. “My message to beekeepers is that we are here to help them,” said Castillo. “We are always open to listen to them and to try to work with them. We are here for them.”

To learn more about the NBDC-TAC, visit our website.



Come meet us in person! We’ll be at this year’s Beekeepers’ Field Day at the AAFC Research Farm in Beaverlodge on June 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and free to attend. We hope you can join us! Event details.


Bee sample at GPRC NBDC-TAC.
Mark Your Calendars!

Mark Your Calendars!

Hey new GPRC students,

This July, we will be hosting a very special new event at the college. Everyone is the “new person” at some point in their life, and it can be a pretty challenging and scary experience sometimes. It’s normal to have big questions running through your mind like “will they like me”, “who do I ask for help”, “will I have what it takes”? If you are anything like, me, you also may have small (but very important) questions like “where are the bathrooms?” running through your head.

On July 15we are inviting all new GPRC students to visit our Grande Prairie campus and get a feel for some of the answers to those questions. Come for a campus tour, eat lunch with other new students, learn more about financial aid, and get some help picking your classes! Our goal and hope that by attending this event and spending some time here you will feel more at home, learn where the bathrooms are, and make some new friends before September. Let’s make your time here at GPRC the best possible together.

As a Recruitment Specialist for GPRC, who spends much of my year traveling to high schools to talk to students, I am really excited to have the opportunity to show you around my school and to welcome you as a member of the GPRC community. I hope you will appreciate our beautiful, tight-knit, friendly campus as much as I do! If you are unable to attend the event, please know that there is a team of people ready to assist you during the week,both  in-person on our campus and over the phone. Give us a call or send us an email and we would be happy to give you a hand!

Did I mention that attending the event gets your entered into a $500 Tuition voucher draw? So come, join us and have some fun.

See you in July!

– Jackie, GPRC Recruitment Specialist

PS: Some more important information – to register, please email experience@gprc.ab.ca with your first and last name, Student ID number/date of birth and indicate any special dietary needs for the event’s lunch! The deadline for registration is July 7.