Welcome Visiting Scholar Gina Castro Sanguinetti

Visiting Scholar Gina Castro Sanguinetti

Gina Castro Sanguinetti is bringing her passion for animal health to the GPRC National Bee Diagnostic Centre! We’re excited to welcome Gina to our community all the way from Peru as she assists NBDC researchers with Honey Bee Viruses in the Peace Country, an initiative led by researcher and GPRC instructor Dr. Shauna Henley.

Gina works for the Laboratory of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology at the National University of San Marcos, Peru. As a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Gina has worked on several research projects at the University related to animal health of domestic species. Recently, she has expanded her research experience into honey bee health working at the National Institute of Agrarian Innovation, Peru. The focus of Gina’s research was to identify the main viral agents affecting Peruvian honey bees. “In Peru, there are not too many studies at this level,” Gina said. “As a veterinarian interested in animal health, I wanted to introduce this field to the university where I work.”

Gina’s work with honey bees in Peru made her a perfect fit for Dr. Henley’s research project at NBDC. “I can’t wait to learn from everything,” said Gina. “This is a great lab, and it’s growing. I’m happy to be part of it.”

Gina’s position as a visiting scholar with NBDC is part of a larger trend of bee researchers around the world connecting, sharing, and collaborating on major issues with bee health. NBDC maintains several international partnerships and frequently welcomes visiting scholars like Gina, who offer fresh insights and perspectives on our work.

Learn more about NBDC: gprc.me/nbdc

Work Integrated Learning Recap

Work Integrated Learning Recap

In October 2017, GPRC announced a new work term course for Business Administration students called the Work Integrated Learning program. It launched this summer with 15 lucky students.

John Wanotch, a first-year Business Administration student, was placed at FOURWORD Bike & Board shop as Social Media Manager and Marketer. This placement allowed him to learn more about social media and other avenues for online marketing.

“With traditional marketing shifting over to an online platform, I found this to be a good chance to see how it operates at a small business level,” said Wanotch. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience so far. There has been much to learn coming into this placement and I am learning something new every day.”

First-year student Joseé Lapointe and second-year student Jann Danielle Pascual were placed with Alberta Summer Games. “It’s been a great opportunity to kick off our summer,” Lapointe said. “It’s work that otherwise we may not have had the opportunity to be a part of.”

Lapointe and Pascual have been working on signs and promotional material as well as shooting sponsor videos. They are both loving it, enjoying how every day is different and that they are always busy. “It’s great for networking and meeting people,” said Pascual. “And it’s great for the experience. It’s also pretty cool that I can now say that I worked for the Alberta Summer Games.”

Over at Visa Truck Rentals, Elizabeth (Lizz) Vidrih, who is going into her second-year of the Business Administration program, said she doesn’t want to leave her placement. “Everyone has been very supportive and patient in teaching me all they can. I am grateful to work with such an amazing team.”

In addition to providing work experience and networking opportunities, work integrated learning helps students learn about themselves and what they want to do after they graduate.

“This has allowed me to solidify what I want to do as I pursue my degree and form my career path,” said Wanotch. “This is as much of a learning opportunity as it is an experience builder for a resume.”

“This work experience has reaffirmed that I made the right choice getting into the Business Administration program. The future is not here yet but what I am sure about is that this experience will have a positive effect in both my second-year and my future career,” said Vidrih.

Participating in the work integrated learning experience benefits students in many ways. They get first-hand experience and insight into how a business operates. They’re able to apply what they’ve learned in their classroom lessons to their jobs. Then they can take everything they’ve gained from that experience and apply it back to their studies.

To future students considering the program, Lapointe said, “Why not? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. It will benefit you. It’ll be worth it.”

Wanotch adds, “Stay driven. Not every day will be a good day, and some days are going to be far more challenging than others, but it gets easier if the drive is still there. This wasn’t something I’d ever dream I’d be doing but here I am.”

Read the original news release here. 

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

GPRC Gym hosts Alberta Summer Games Basketball Event

Hundreds of young athletes flooded into the GPRC Wolves gymnasium to collect their Zone ID’s in preparation for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games being held in Grande Prairie, July 19 – 22. The games welcome over 2,500 athletes from all over Alberta to the Peace Region and feature 13 sports, with the GPRC gymnasium hosting 21 basketball games, including Boy’s Bronze and Gold medal games this weekend.










Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips who is heavily involved with Wolves Athletics, is the Zone 8 (Peace Country) Zone Chef and looks forward to the games. He says the various events will highlight what is available in Grande Prairie adding “not many smaller communities are fortunate enough to have access to the many quality facilities we have. I think the athletes will be surprised at what we have to offer.”

Alberta Sport Development Centre (ASDC) Strength and Conditioning Coach, James Phillips.

Phillips who has athletes participating in football, track and field, triathlon and mountain biking, is excited to see his, and other athletes compete at an elite level, adding that “because I’m new in the community, this will be a great opportunity to meet volunteers, coaches, athletes and supporters from the Peace Country. As the point contact for Zone 8, I also get to network with other Zones which strengthens our relationships province wide.”

As an avid football fan, Phillips will be keeping a close eye on those games, saying that “there is some tough competition out there. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who bought home Gold last year in Division 1 Provincials will be competing in the Beach Volleyball event.

GPRC Wolves Volleyball Club U16 Girls Racquel Lussier and Dakota Wolstensolme who brought home provincial gold in Division 1 last season, are competing in the Beach Volleyball event and will represent Zone 8 as flag bearers at the opening celebrations which take place July 19, 2018 at Philip J. Currie Museum. With a pre-show at 6 p.m., the opening ceremony launches the games which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The GPRC Gymnasium will be the host of the basketball events which kick off Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. with boys Zone 3 (Calgary) vs. Zone 1 (Sunny South) on court 1, and boys Zone 6 (Edmonton) vs. Zone 4 (Parkland) on court 2. The gold medal game is slated to take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

We hope to see you there!



To learn more about the 2018 Alberta Summer Games click here.

View Basketball schedule here.

View games website here.



Past GPRC Wolf makes Top 40 Under 40 list!

Past GPRC Wolf makes Top 40 Under 40 list!

GPRC Wolves is pleased to congratulate Ryan Pomeroy on being named one of Canada’s top 40 under 40. The announcement was made last week by Founding Partner Caldwell, and Presenting Partner MNP, after Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Independent Advisory Board, which comprises more than 20 respected and experienced individuals from across Canada met to select the Honourees. Ryan was selected from almost 800 nominations from across Canada.

A Wolves Wall of Fame inductee, respected community leader and dedicated supporter of the athletics program, Ryan played with the Wolves between 1997 and 2001. He has had an exceptional volleyball career that includes playing with Canada’s National Program and playing professionally in Europe.


During his time with the Wolves, the Men’s Volleyball Team experienced their most successful medal run which included 1 ACAC Bronze Medal, 2 ACAC Silver Medals, 1 CCAA Bronze Medal and 2 CCAA Silver Medals. These came as the College hosted three highly successful back to back CCAA Men’s Volleyball Nationals. Ryan was also named an ACAC All Star in 2 of his seasons.

Ryan has been involved with GPRC and Wolves Athletics in many capacities since his playing days, and we are proud of his achievements on and off the court says Ron Thomson, Director for GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness. His dedication and work ethic as an athlete, and as a businessman have earned him this well-deserved recognition.

Recipients will be honoured at the Top 40 National Celebrations to be held in Toronto in November, including the Top 40 Awards Night Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on the night of November 21, 2018.

Congratulations Ryan. Once a wolf, always a wolf.

Another New Wolf on the Court

Another New Wolf on the Court

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Cole Clements to the Men’s Volleyball program.

Welcome to the pack, Cole.

Local graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School, Cole won provincial bronze with the U18 Wolves Club team in the 2018 season, and is excited to develop new skills to be the best athlete he can be. A powerful hitter with solid passing ability, Cole is a skilled athlete who has been on very competitive teams says Head Coach Mitch Schneider. “I’m excited he has decided to join our program.” Off the court, Cole who is interested in either Business or Kinesiology at GPRC, has already formed relationships with many of the student-athletes and feels that GPRC is the perfect place to begin his college education.

Welcome to the pack, Cole.