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.


GPRC’s Australian Adventure Continues

Greetings from Australia!

Sheila and Teresa with Keryn Hopkins, General Manager of Holmesglen Private Hospital, Penny Byers-Tymms, Director of Nursing, Petrina Adams, Deputy General Manager, Debra Kiegaldie, Clinical Chair -Health Workforce and Simulation for Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Hospitals and Bob Ribbons, UGC Student Experience.

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott had an awesome first week at Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Teresa and Sheila were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity. Both post-secondary institutions have strong relationships with their regional hospitals and are hoping to learn a thing or two from each other on how to continue to grow those relationships and student opportunities. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Let’s see what Teresa, Sheila and of course, GPRC Wolves mascot Farley were up to for the rest of this week.

They got to watch some OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) testing, which is super similar to work done in the nursing classrooms at GPRC. These labs test nursing skills to make sure students are ready for their clinical experience. Stations included: respiratory assessment, priming and IV line, IM (Intramuscular) injection, handover report, and a CPR station.

Holmesglen OSCE Instructor, Jasmine with Mich, a standardized patient. Holmesglen uses a lot of standardized patients in their simulations, labs, and OSCEs to help students get a more “real life” experience.
Farley making friends with the CPR dummy.

FUN FACT: These three students pictured below are showing the colors of Holmesglen. Well what does that mean you ask? Students in the Bachelor of Nursing program wear teal and students in the Diploma Nursing program wear grey.

Holmesglen Nursing students Elisha, Michelle and Corey showing off the different Holmesglen colours with Farley!

That’s not all, Teresa, Sheila and Farley got to hang out with a first year group of students in their lab covering reflexes, sensory physiology and the brain.

Holmesglen Instructor John teaching first year Nursing students in the science lab.
Students in their lab covering reflexes, sensory physiology and the brain.
Catherine drawing up an IM injection with Instructor Jasmine.
Sanjini giving a shift report to her Instructor Sarah as part of the OSCE.

What’s even more fun is that Teresa and Sheila got to celebrate National Nursing Week with all the wonderful staff at the Holmesglen Institute and Hospital.

Happy National Nurses Week!


Alright, that’s all for now. We can’t wait to see what Teresa, Sheila and Farley are up to next on their Australian adventure. If you missed the first part of their adventure, you can find it here!

Check back for more updates on what Teresa and Sheila are up to during their visit to the “land down under”!

Don’t worry! Farley is A-OK and can hardly wait for the next part of their adventure!




Convocation 2017

Convocation 2017

GPRC honoured the achievements of their latest graduates of the Grande Prairie campus this weekend in a packed gymnasium. The total graduating class in attendance was approximately 230 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

This year’s Paul J. Evaskevich Valedictorian Award was given to Brandon Wladyko, who graduated from GPRC’s Fitness Leadership program over the weekend.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

“Accept change. It’s often uncomfortable, sometimes a bit scary and you’re not always going to know the end result, but it has the potential to make you better than you could have imagined,” said Wladyko during his speech. “Be determined. Sometimes,  things are going to get rough. Don’t give up, remember what got you here. Stay connected. You’re going to need others just like they’re going to need you.”

Wladyko wasn’t the only graduate to represent the Class of 2017.

The Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award is presented to Jonathan Parenteau who is graduating with a Bachelor of Management, a collaboration degree offered at GPRC.

Parenteau “caught the learning bug” at GPRC and even has a dream of coming back to campus to teach in the Business Administration program someday.

Both represented students from an array of programming and apprenticeships available on GPRC Grande Prairie’s campus.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

In his inspiring speech, Parenteau asked his fellow graduates to imagine themselves singing their favourite song in the car. “As you’re driving, your radio loses signal, do you quit singing? Of course not.” Parenteau states that we all learn to keep singing through the disruptions of life. “It has really been great getting to know many of you over the years! I have listened to you “sing” so to speak. Keep singing! Keep learning! And continue to enjoy your life as you start learning a new song in the years ahead,” he finishes.

Before graduating students, family members and honorary guests in attendance of convocation left the auditorium to enjoy some mingle time at the President’s Tea in GPRC Grande Prairie’s cafeteria,  GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk addressed the graduates.

Photo Randy Vanderveen
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
2017 Grande Prairie Regional College Convocation, Saturday May 06/2017

“Our students continue to amaze us with their personal and academic accomplishments,” said Gnatiuk. “We are exceptionally proud of each and every one of these graduates as they go off in pursuit of their life dreams. We thank them for choosing GPRC to begin their academic journeys with. We know each and every one of them are a vital part of a better future for all of us.”

To see more photos of GPRC Grande Prairie 2017 Convocation, head to our Facebook page. 

Read the full news release here.

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

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

Teresa Evans (left) and Sheila Elliott (right) before heading to Australia for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2019, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both having hospitals on college-owned land.

Evans and Elliott are both looking forward to the adventure ahead of them and say they will be even more excited once the “15 hour flight from Vancouver” is behind them.

GPRC’s favourite wolf and mascot Farley is also tagging along for the ride.

Make sure you check back and watch The Ambassador Blog for updates on their trip.

Check out the full news release on our GPRC website here.

Grade 7 Day | Experience GPRC

Grade 7 Day | Experience GPRC

GPRC welcomed grade 7 and some grade 8 students from all around the Peace Region yesterday for Grade 7 Experience Day!


Students join us on our Grande Prairie campus from St. Mary Catholic School, Helen E. Taylor, Ste. Marie Catholic School, Riverstone, Ridgevalley, Sexsmith Secondary, Penson, Isabell Campball, Laglace, Derek Taylor and even some students came from Hinton to join in the on the fun.

All visiting students and chaperones got to experience a variety of different programs that GPRC offers, including

Physics and Chemistry:


Be Fit For Life:




And much more such as Visual Arts, Math, Robotics, History, Psychology, Music, Biology, Indigenous Studies, Office Administration, Strength and Conditioning, and Business Administration.

GPRC looks forward to this annual event every year that  introduces students to programs offered and available careers, while encouraging them to follow their passion. Our goal is to foster a love of learning at an early age, and help young people get excited about their futures.

Thank you so everyone who joined us this year!