In Time

In Time

Winter. A season that is solely known when tiny transparent ice crystals in clouds stick together to become snowflakes. As winter is coming to an end, so are my days as a first-year college student. I painstakingly waited for the day when I would finish my final exams and end those sleepless nights of studying until my mind could no longer operate.

Summer. A season that reawakens the sleeping flowers from its deep slumber with the glory of the sun. The sheer thought that summer is just around the corner, gave me a sense of warmth and relaxation that eased my mind from my current situation. As I patiently await the moment where I would embrace the summer with open arms, an emotion that I have silently held and hid at the tiny corner of my heart is slowly re-emerging, warning me that the time is about to come.

Sadness. Sad about friends who are leaving. Sad about leaving these memories behind. Sad about short summers and wishing that time would be longer. The memories I have created in my first year are as vivid as if it occurred just yesterday, cherishing these fragmented images that our brain possess at the back of our mind. There will always be a first for everything, but as time goes by, these ‘firsts’ will slowly fade away and become strangers to us. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons why I am feeling this sadness. The unwillingness to let go and the uncertainty of the future.

However, we as individuals shouldn’t delve in the past and force ourselves to live in limbo but face the future with our determined mind. Why should we live in fear and clutch and suffocate these memories? Why should we be afraid of the obscurity of the future? Maybe one of the answers to this enigma is that it is in our nature as humans that we are afraid of the unknown.

If I had to highlight a weakness about myself it would be that I focus too much on the past, blind to the present, and am afraid of the future. Time. Memories. This is what my life revolves around. Time that reflects my biological clock and when I will take my last breath, and memories that are broken down into the past and present. It could be in time, I could let go of my tight hold on these images and slowly let it breath. Bit by bit, allowing it to be a recollection of images in our mind that are no longer familiar to us.

Nonetheless, this does not make us lost in this world. Because in time, we would create new memories and certain memories would remain with us until we find the tranquility in our life.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Chelsea Doucet.

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Last May, GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott visited Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia in May 2017.

Check out their adventures here.

Recently, Holmesglen got to return the favour and join us in Grande Prairie for a visit.

Andree Gamble and Debra Kiegaldie from Holmesglen Nursing Department located in Melbourne, Australia arrived at GPRC earlier this month after a roughly 30-hour plane ride as part of an exchange program with the College. This trip was both of their first times to Canada.

Debra Kiegaldie (L) and Andree Gamble from Melbourne, Australia’s Holmesglen Institute.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2020, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both institutions having hospitals on college-owned land.

On their agenda was getting to meet and discuss further opportunities with the College’s Executive team and Nursing Department along with getting to sit in on the some of the current accelerated Nursing courses happening over the summer at the College.

Gamble, an Undergraduate Coordinator at Holmesglen, discussed how much she enjoyed sitting in on one of GPRC’s classes.

“The cohort of students was outstanding and so welcoming of me,” said Gamble. “I think it would be good for our students to experience the smaller class sizes and likewise for the Grande Prairie students.”

Class sizes at GPRC are quite a bit smaller than those at Holmesglen, with a 56-student intake as opposed to Holmesglen’s approximately 600 students in two Nursing programs (a two-year Diploma program and a three-year Bachelor’s degree.)

A major goal of this budding partnership is to start an exchange program that would involve students and faculty.

“It would be good for our students and also the students in Grande Prairie to see how similar we are in terms of health care and access to health care,” said Gamble. “Our students live in a big city, so access to medical care of any description is really quite close. Here it is a different environment. This is a regional centre.”

Visiting the College’s On-Campus Friendship Centre.

Kiegaldie, an associate professor at Holmesglen Institute, said that would be great experience for their students.

“We talk to our students a lot about a global view on health. This would be an opportunity to expand their thinking and their understanding of what it means to work in another country,” she said.

The faculty from both institutions discussed the potential benefits of a faculty member accompanying the two or three students who would be partaking in the exchange to create a sense of comfort and continue to expand the sharing of knowledge.

“Faculty exchanges are beneficial because we can pick up on the little things that have been implemented successfully at GPRC and see if they would work for us and likewise,” said Kiegaldie.

At this early planning stage, discussions are around having students from Grande Prairie visit Holmesglen in April and students from Australia visit GPRC in October.

A tour of the College’s National Bee Diagnostics Centre.

Before Andree and Debra departed on their trip home, they for sure got the Alberta-tourist experience. The ladies toured Banff and Lake Louise and saw a bear, got a picture with the Big Beaver in Beaverlodge, viewed the expansion project at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and—their favourite activity—got to ride in a chuckwagon!

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” said Gamble. “It was the ultimate experience!”

Debra and Andree experiencing a chuckwagon for the first time!

A huge thank you to Andree and Debra for joining us at GPRC. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the near future.

R E L A X: It’s good for you!

R E L A X: It’s good for you!



Finding ways to relax without the time needed.

With final exams, job searching, family pressures, and all the other life pressures, stress is high and time is short. However, if we don’t make the time to relax, we will do worse on everything that we work on. Relaxing is a priority, especially when we are pressured to accomplish a lot. Summer is the time to have fun, regroup, and spend lots of time in the sun! Have a great summer!

Submitted by Corry Lemire, GPRC Student Ambassador.

Upgrading towards a New Career at GPRC

Upgrading towards a New Career at GPRC

With this growing economy, new job opportunities, or just the need to have a better life and a stable career in the future, has make the desire to accelerate into a new adventure, and the drive to advance favorable. Taking this step sometimes means starting from the basic. One way in doing so is to start your studies in Academic Upgrading.

Benefits of Academic Upgrading

  1. Getting prerequisites done. Prerequisites are courses that you take that are required prior to starting the program of choice.
  2. Prepares you for future program. Upgrading gives you an opportunity to be in school and getting a feel of what college life is like; getting a feel of lecturing and the opportunity to explore different courses while working towards a specific career choice, or simply getting the basics done for different career opportunities.
  3. Forms friendships and long term relationships. Many students in our class will be heading for the same or similar career path. Starting off together and moving forward with the same people creates a platform for long term bonds and the opportunity to have a study buddy all the time.

Choosing GPRC for your school of choice is an excellent selection. GPRC provides the tools you need to get the job you want. Students can apply directly into the program of choice, or if you’re like me, starts off in Academic Upgrading and transition into a new venture. Whichever decisions you make that best suites you and your family, choosing GPRC is choosing success. GPRC provides great support system, lower tuition fees, fantastic teachers and a friendly environment to learn. GPRC provides a number of courses and programs that will position you for a well demanding career, moderate class sizes; for an opportunities to form friendships with your peers and to get that one and one time with your teachers.  GPRC is located in Grande Prairie where commute to and from school is stress-free, and also in a central area where job opportunities are endless and pays very well, so guaranteed placement at the end of the school year.

Overall, academic upgrading is one the biggest tools you will need in getting into the program of choice and landing your dream job. Upgrading make take a longer or shorter time to complete depending on where you’re at academically, or the program that you choose. Either way, this new adventure can be daunting to some, or just the feeling of “starting over” may hold you back. Remember the saying, “time waits on no man,” if you keep procrastinating and making excuses, time will pass anyways. Make use of your time productively and change your life for the better.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Shorna Cobourne

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Mariah Kyllo and Danja Fredrickson to the Women’s Soccer program.

Mariah Kyllo joins the pack for the 2018/19 season.

Mariah, who captained Team Alberta at the 2017 North American Indigenous games in Toronto is a skillful and strong player. According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Mariah has a booming shot and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because of the soccer program and its coaching staff, and looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and reuniting with old friends and teammates.

Welcome to the pack, Danja!

Hailing from Surrey, BC, Danja wanted to play soccer through post-secondary, and playing with the Wolves is a great opportunity to compete at a higher level.

She chose GPRC because of the Kinesiology program and looks forward to meeting and playing with new team mates.

The four-time MVP for North Surrey Secondary School, and Guildford Athletic Club back-to-back District Champion, Danja has a great skill set and a good attitude to the game, according to Head Coach Chris Morgan.

He believes that her new surroundings will allow her to flourish as a player.

Welcome to the pack, ladies!