Student Ambassador Submission: With the End in Mind

Student Ambassador Submission: With the End in Mind

When I was younger my teacher asked the question “what are you going to be when you grow up?”

At that age I daydreamed about being something amazing- a hero, a firefighter, a nurse, a dentist, a farmer, anything really. My imagination ran wild with ideas of who I was to become when I grew up. As I proceeded through life this question became harder and harder to answer. Do we ever really know what we want to be when we grow up?

I will admit I have changed my career goals multiple times as an adult. My original plan was to become an accountant. I was enrolled in the Business Diploma program at GPRC to test the waters only to find out that business and accounting were not my passion. I ended up withdrawing from the program in the second year. My life was stressful and chaotic. I felt like I ruined my life and I would never be able to be something great. I was depressed and felt alone. I couldn’t turn to my family for help because no one understood my daily struggle. I needed some soul searching. I went on a back-packing trip around Australia with a girlfriend; travelling was the best thing for me. I gained a new appreciation for myself because I was finally listening to that little voice inside. I was able to digest my life decision of quitting school. I realized my life wasn’t over and it was okay.

I returned to school a few years after to become a Registered Dental Assistant. At first I didn’t have much of an interest in dentistry. A close friend of mine recommended the program because I could get a job anywhere in the world. I have been an assistant now for six years. I absolutely love the field I am in. I am truly passionate about helping others and I value educating people about their dental needs. I have reached a point in my career where I am ready for change. I need something more. I decided to return to school once again to become a Dental Hygienist.

I am returning to school as a mature student. I feel like I am faced with new challenges as I struggle to find balance with every aspect in my life. I am thankful for having a supportive group of friends and a wonderful, caring boyfriend who help me live my dream.  My biggest advice for students of any age is to listen to your body and not stress the little things. Take time for yourself and spend time with people who make you happy. Learn good study habits and never be afraid to ask for help. When you are stressing over studying and completing assignments remember you are not alone and you are allowed to let loose. Tell yourself to smile everyday, it really does make a difference in your mood.  Try to engage in conversation with someone new. Take pride in being a student. We are in this together.

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Natasha Getz.

Women’s Basketball 2018/19 Season Outlook

Women’s Basketball 2018/19 Season Outlook

The 2018-2019 basketball season begins with optimism for the GPRC Wolves Women’s Basketball team. The team returns two senior players with 10 rookies on the roster leading to an exciting time for the program.

Returning players Britney Peters and Derian Geddes will be heavily relied on to set the tone and be leaders for the team. “The athletes I have recruited this year are the foundation that we will build on going forward,” says Head Coach Mandy Botham. Five out of the 10 first years are from Grande Prairie, and nine of the 10 are from Alberta. Notable first years are Lilee Burke-Stasiuk from Edmonton; Sophie Leslie from Grande Prairie; Kelly Reid form St. Albert; Jayden Demchuk from Whitehorse and Heidi Derksen from the Provincial Championship La Crete Women’s Team. The Wolves are also excited to have international recruit Sophie Melin from Sweden who will play a key role on the court.

“We will be very exciting to watch,” says Botham. “We have a young roster and there is a lot of learning happening. Our goal is to get a little bit better every time we step onto the court and so far we are achieving that. The athletes have already developed chemistry with each other and I expect that to continue to grow.”

“I am most looking forward to continuing to build and establish our team culture. The group of athletes we have this season are hard working, competitive and driven and that is exactly what we need to build on to be competitive in our conference.”

XC Running and Indoor Track 2018/19 Season Outlook

XC Running and Indoor Track 2018/19 Season Outlook

A trio of talented recruits, look to bolster the 2018 Men’s Wolves XC Running team in their quest for an ACAC podium finish.  Brandon Tufford (GP Comp), Brice Wilkes (Peace River High), and Miguel Macedo (Spirit River Regional Academy) comprise the strongest recruiting class the Wolves men have had in the past ten years.

Tufford, one of the top high school runners in Alberta last year, is coming off a bronze medal in the 800m at last June’s Provincial High School Championships.  Wilkes was the runner-up to Tufford in the 2017 NW Zone XC Running Championship; Macedo placed third

Joining the talented trio are second-year runners Eric Nooy (Spirit River Regional Academy) and Troy Bogh (St Joes).  In addition, 2004 CCAA National XC Running Champion Kyle Reynolds (GP Comp) returns to the Wolves for his fifth and final year of college athletics.

The Wolves men placed 5th in last year’s ACAC Championships.

The Wolves women, who placed sixth in last year’s ACAC championships, are still in the process of finalizing their 2018 roster.  Veterans Anna Van der Geissen (PWA) and Brittany Duvall (Eaglesham) should lead the way for Wolves women this season.

Both Wolves teams look to be in the hunt for a podium positions at the ACAC championships at the end of October in Vermilion.  While the Red Deer women and SAIT men clearly look to have strangleholds on the top spots for 2018, the Wolves will compete with the likes of Lethbridge College, Concordia University, and the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus for the minor medals.

Both Wolves teams plan to be at CCAA XC Nationals in Toronto on November 10. Last season, the Wolves women ran their best race of the season at Nationals and surprised many by ending up ranked 13th in nation. The men finished 20th at last season’s Nationals.

Next season’s CCAA XC Nationals will be hosted by GPRC in November 2019.

After Nationals in November, the focus shifts to the Indoor Track season.  The Wolves Indoor Track roster should be fairly similar to the XC running roster this year.  Last season’s highlight was a 4th place finish in the 3000m in the ACAC Championships from 2018 Wolves Male Athlete of the Year Brandon Wladyko.

The Wolves plan to contest two ACAC meets in January and February before tackling the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in March.

Coaches Bill Corcoran (28th season) and Rick Scott (27th season) will provide veteran leadership to the Wolves runners in 2018-19.

Having Fun at GPRC

Having Fun at GPRC

It is the beginning of a new year at Grande Prairie Regional College. If you are a new student or a returning student, the anxieties of the year are just beginning.

Whether you are in the trades, upgrading, or any other course in the college: make friends, try something new, challenge yourself! There are also many clubs, events, and programs with which you can become involved.

The French Club has events such as Crêpe day, as well as a room to relax and learn to speak French. There are many others that will to appeal to many. However, if you cannot find your right fit at the Student’s Association, feel free to start your own club. The information for this can also be found at the Students’ Association.

We all need to remember to enjoy college life! Fun can be found in most places here. An open mind, and a relaxed view can make even stressful, boring classes fun. Don’t forget to relax!

Photo is of Student Ambassador Joshua Mayer, taken by 2nd year Student Ambassador Corry Lemire.

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: September 24, 2018

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brittany Duvall and Kyle Reynolds from Wolves Cross Country Running as our current Athletes of the Week!

Brittany Duvall

Brittany Duvall

Hailing from the metropolis of Eaglesham, AB where she was the entire XC Running team at her high school (yep, a one-woman team!), Brittany Duvall enters her third and final season with the Wolves.

Enrolled in the Personal Trainer Program at GPRC, the two-time participant at the CCAA National XC Running Championships, Duvall looks forward to this season and a chance at qualifying for a third consecutive national championship, which are being held this November in Toronto.




Kyle Reynolds

Kyle Reynolds

Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at GPRC, Mr. Reynolds returns to the Wolves for his 5th and final season and will provide veteran leadership in his “victory lap” year.  Reynolds, the 2004 CCAA National XC Running Individual Champion, has a legendary winning attitude and sense of humour that will help the young Wolves in their quest for an ACAC podium finish.

Congratulations Brittany and Kyle!