New 24/7 Mental Health support launched for GPRC students

New 24/7 Mental Health support launched for GPRC students

Dr. Katie Stabb
Dr. Katie Stabb shows the new MySSP App that provides GPRC students 24/7 access to mental health supports

GPRC knows college can be a time of change, adjustment, and stress for students and we are here to offer help! GPRC has partnered with Morneau Shepell to bring its students the new Student Support Program (My SSP)! This exciting new program will serve as a support while juggling studies and personal life demands.

“My SSP is an important addition to GPRC’s student mental health supports. The various format options, the 24/7 availability, and the ability to tailor to individual needs is what makes this program special. Students can access professional support at a time, and in a format that works for them. I’m confident that use of this program will help build resiliency and wellness in our student body and college community,” said Dr. Katie Stabb, Registered Psychologist at GPRC.

My SSP is free to use and personal information is kept private. Students have unlimited access to articles, tools, resources, and dedicated My SSP Advisors/Counsellors that can help them succeed during their studies. All My SSP Advisors/Counsellors have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a counselling field, and are licenced to practice counselling.

My SSP Advisors/Counsellors can help with:

  • Adapting to college life
  • Frustration, concern, or uncertainty about any aspect of your life
  • Worries about upcoming exams or disappointment with academic performance
  • Stress related to procrastination and time management
  • Maintaining balance between home, work, and school
  • Being successful at school and post-graduation
  • Relationships with friends and family
  • Stress related to finances and juggling multiple responsibilities
  • Being mentally healthy and much more!

Students may call or chat with My SSP Advisor/Counsellor at any time (24/7) to receive immediate support or to schedule an appointment.

There are many ways to access 24/7 support:

  • Download the free ‘My SSP’ app from your device’s app store (available on Apple and Android devices) to call or chat with a My SSP Advisor/Counsellor
  • Visit the website mystudentsupport.com to access articles, tools, and resources to help you succeed
  • Dial 855.649.8641 to speak to a My SSP Advisor/Counsellor over the phone, 24/7!

This program is confidential within the limits of the law.  No one will know you have reached out unless you choose to tell them.

Stay tuned for more information about the My SSP and reach out to Dr. Katie Stabb in Student Services (H103) if you have any questions or visit gprc.me/mentalhealth to learn more about the on-campus and community supports for students.

Power Engineer Awards 2019

Power Engineer Awards 2019

GPRC Power Engineer Instructor, Ron Dennis accepts his Education Contribution Award from PanGlobal Training Systems on June 19.

Long-time GPRC power engineer instructor Ron Dennis was honoured by his peers from across the country with an Education Contribution Award from PanGlobal Training Systems.

PanGlobal Training Systems is the leading publisher of paper and web-based technical learning materials designed specifically for trades and energy technologies.

The Education Contribution Award recognizes educators and industry professionals for their contributions to excellence in power engineering.

Dennis received his award Wednesday, June 19 at the Interprovincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee conference in Fredericton.

In addition to Dennis’s awards, two GPRC students were also recognized at the conference. Luke Hamre received second place and Dustin Blagborne received an honourable mention for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class.

Dennis is retiring from GPRC this month after a long teaching career at the College. Chris Laue, Dean, School of Trades, Agriculture and the Environment said Dennis’s award is “well-deserved recognition for his years of dedication to GPRC students.”

At last year’s awards ceremonies, GPRC power engineer instructor Jerry Chik received an Education Contribution Award and students Shane Drummond and Andrei Tchernyi received first and second respectively for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class. Paul Biegel also received an honourable mention for Outstanding Achievement Student Award – PE 3rd Class.

Animal Health Technology students make the news

Have a read or give a listen to GPRC’s Animal Health Technology students’ work feature in local media.

Samantha Shirley, top left, Jaime Kuckuk, top right and Hayley Graham standing in front.

Students Samantha Shirley, Jaime Kuckuk and Hayley Graham appeared on Kix FM radio in Peace River about the work GPRC does with the Peace Regional SPCA. Check out the interview

Their fellow students Quinn Assinger, Stefanie Neukom and Dayna Faye Mckay also highlighted the benefits of adopting animals in their article that was published in the Fairview Post.

Quinn Assinger, Stefanie Neukom and Dayna Faye Mckay.

You can read it here:

#adoptdontshop

The desire to become a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT) often stems from the wish to help, care for and save as many animals as possible. Coming to the GPRC Animal Health Technology program in Fairview has made many of us more aware of this desire.

GPRC students work closely with the Peace Regional SPCA (PRSPCA) to increase the adoptability of their dogs. For students  we have the opportunity to learn appropriate and accurate ways of handling all kinds of amazing animals.

Peace Regional SPCA already does a remarkable job of caring and finding homes for all their rescues. In 2018, it had more than 500 cats and dogs come through their door. Each animal is given their basic needs of life: food, water, love, and any medical treatment they need prior to finding their forever homes.

The staff at PRSPCA are trained to be able to place any and all kinds of animals into appropriate homes that will benefit both the future owner and the animal.

They have come to know and understand these animals and they have the knowledge to inform you whether or not they believe that the animal in question will make a good addition to your family.

When you adopt an animal from the SPCA you are giving that animal a chance at a good, loving home. Additionally you are helping to break the cycle of overpopulation often seen with mass breeding.

Often people get caught up in puppies and kittens, however, adopting an adult or almost full grown dog or cat from a shelter can give you optimal insight into their behaviour, size, energy levels and many other important aspects of your future pet.

A dog or cat adopted from the PRSPCA is microchipped, vaccinated, dewormed and spayed/neutered before they’re adopted out, these things are included in the adoption fee, so often you see more value in adopting rather than purchasing a puppy or kitten from a pet store or private breeder.

First year students in the Animal Health Technology program, come to know and love many of the animals who have come from the shelter, and many of us have wanted to adopt these animals.

We urge anyone who is contemplating on a new addition to their family, to look into their local shelter, like the Peace Regional SPCA.

Great work by our AHT  students!

GPRC Nursing Students on amazing journey in Ghana

Some of our Nursing students are having an amazing experience in Ghana in their final year of our collaborative degree program with the University of Alberta.

Christy Wuthrich, Jocelyn Wright and Nicole O’Flaherty are part of a group students who, along with instructor Corinne Rogers, who are sharing their experiences with photos and words with their fellow students.

Ghana Experience

We began this journey thinking about sacred stories that celebrate a sense of self, and the world which Crites (1971) explains are narrative in form. These sacred stories, Crites (1971)  states, lie too deep in the consciousness to be directly told, but are lived out as experience known as mundane stories. It is here that we began to acknowledge how our own mundane stories that guide us to make sense also clarify our own sense of the conscious world (Crites, 2007).  It is in here  that the stories we live by extend to mis-readings of the lives of others leading to moral thoughtlessness but when we allow the stories of others to work on us or get under our skin we are awakened to a moral call.  Thus, started our journey alongside mundane stories.

Crites, S. (1971). The narrative quality of experience. Journal of the American Academy   of         Religion, (39)3 291-311. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1461066

– Corinne Rogers

 

This picture is from the morning of our first clinical day while we hiked to a neighbouring village to do immunizations. My nerves were high as we set out, since I didn’t know what to expect in a culture and community so different from my own back in Canada. Yet on we went that morning, hiking into the unknown and out of our comfort zones.

That’s what it has felt like for our time here this far. Each day we are taking steps physically and emotionally towards being pushed to experience and learn. This growth isn’t always a comfortable feeling, as it makes me question myself as well as challenges me to look at the world through a new set of lenses. However, the local people here are so welcoming and kind, that they are making this transition an easier one. Plus, I couldn’t ask for a better team of Canadian nurses to share this experience with.

So even though at this moment I feel personally shaken, challenged  and unsure of so much, I’m excited to continue on this journey and the “hike” we are on, not only to learn about who I am as an individual but also who I am as a global citizen.

– Christy Wuthrich

 

Where to begin. I chose an image of me walking down a path to symbolize the new way of living I have discovered in Ghana.

When they say you’re traveling to find yourself, you don’t really know what they’re talking about until you experience it for yourself. We are a third of the way through our visit here and I feel I have experienced more uncomfortable, boundary-breaking things than I even knew I had.

I’ve been pushed mentally to accept the new and unknown, into the uncomfortable areas where you feel lost and need guidance. But despite all that, I am on the right path to discovering who I am at heart, the nurse I was called to be, and the human being that can look beyond their own borders and truly become a global citizen.

– Elizabeth Parry

 

The picture I have chosen is both a literal and metaphorical analogy for my experience so far. The culture in Ghana is fully immersed in, it is everywhere, from their traditional clothing to the red dirt, and even to the colour of their skin. As a Caucasian female, I notice my own colour in contrast to those around me, and how this makes me feel as a minority in this country, different.

I notice the admiration I have sometimes been given for the fairness of my skin and the blue of my eyes. An admiration I have done nothing to deserve. Young Ghanaian woman have told me “you are so beautiful; your skin is so beautiful.” I am quick to point out that their skin is beautiful to me, that brown eyes are my favourite eye colour, and that I love their hair.

I have never been so acutely aware of colour in my life, it is all around me and surrounds me.

-Laryssa Ubels

 

Ghana has been incomparable to anything I’ve experienced. Arriving to Ghana was full of excitement with diving into the unknown.

Trying new foods such as sugar cane, cocoa seed and plantain all entailed part of experiencing a new way of living. However, the unknown has also brought new emotions never felt before. Self-discovery, colonialism and privilege have all been brought to light by this uncharted territory.

I have decided to explore these emotions hand in hand with the impact they hold on my nursing practice. I continually explore the question of how these feelings can be understood within myself and with patients whom might be placed in similar vulnerable positions.

Preceptoring in Ghana has fostered a safe environment for emotional growth alongside eleven amazing peers, one mentor and the unparalleled Ghanaian people. A few short weeks has only allowed me to scratch the surface on the wonders of the unknown and what is to come.

– Danika Forester

 

Before arriving in Ghana, we were told a story about two individuals who formed a connection with one another despite not speaking the same language. I never truly understood how that was possible until I met the incredible children of Apemanim.

One afternoon we sat outside and played various card games with each other. Only two out of the group of children understood more than a few English words and I could only say a few sentences in Twi, yet for hours we sat together and socialized. We took the time to share our stories using hand gestures and charades, communicating with one another even though we didn’t even speak the same language. We exchanged expressions of confusion at first, followed by acceptance and joy.

My experience in Ghana thus far has taught me to appreciate the connection two individuals can have between each other. Even though we may not speak the same language, come from the same cultural backgrounds, or share the same beliefs, we’re all human.

– Emma

 

This experience thus far has taught me many things, including a unique and interesting culture as well as qualities I never knew about myself. It has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace feeling a little out of place.

For example, getting up to dance to Palm Wine music in front of a crowd, jumping on a tro-tro to catch a boat ride up Volta river or weighing babies on a scale hanging from a tree. The picture above is a highlight so far being in Ghana. It is a classroom we visited in Apemanim village full of brilliant and eager students. The visuals and tools around the classroom gave me an idea of what their activities were like and what a day at school looked like for the kids.

Almost a month has gone by, and it has felt like it has whipped right past. I am amazed at how much I have learned so far but even more amazed at how much more I need to learn.

– Shea Johnson

A picture that encapsulates my journey in Ghana thus far is this one. A picture that tells a story of curiosity, wonder, and acceptance. This picture was taken at the village of Apemanim and I chose this picture because it shows the curiosity that I have had and continue to have through this whole experience.

It shows the wonder of this world that I am in awe of, every day. It shows the acceptance that has been shown to us during our time here. Although we are only one third of the way through this experience, I have learned so much about myself, this beautiful culture and the people surrounding it.

I have cried, laughed, bonded, been pushed out of my comfort zone and created wonderful memories with the 12 other women on this journey. I have learned things about myself that I never knew were possible and I will be forever grateful for that. I will continue to be curious, wonder, and accept what the next portion of this crazy adventure has in store for me.

– Jessica Llewellyn

 

 

My home within a home just like the home I used to know

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind that made my skin glow,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind where every pebble is used to dribble,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know,

The kind where a “hiss” can be a kiss or a fist,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found a home,

The kind I have always known,

Although it’s not quite like the one I used to know,

I think I found a home just like the one I used to know.

 

I think I found another home,

Another home in between the Maple Leaf and the rivers at Lokoja.

I think I found a home,

Although it’s not the one I used to know.

– Chioma Obuekwe

 

Coming to Ghana I had an idea in my head of what this trip was going to be like. As with every expectation, I was not correct. I have no idea what the rest of the trip is going to have in store for me but as of right now, I feel this trip was as if I am in a big ball at the top of a hill.

The first month of classes was the building of that ball, the new perspective of the world around me, now that those classes are done, the ball it built with me in it, I am rolling full spread down the hill, getting just a glimpse of the lived experience of Ghanaians. These moments pass by in the blink of an eye but I would never change one thing about this experience because this time is shaping who I am going to be the rest of my life.

Never in my life have I ever been so conscious of the colour of my skin and the effect that being from Canada would have. These are moments, no matter how brief, where people are just people. Not locals, not obouroni. Just people.

These moments are where the most valuable learning experiences have come. This hill that I am rolling down is not smooth and my stomach has been in knots since everything has started but I work through to untangle these knots into meaningful experiences. These uncomfortable way people look at foreign skin. The way Canadians are seen to have the answers to problems and the money to solve them. The way my skin alone gives the perception that I am privileged and maybe I am privileged but how can just skin tell such a story.

These feelings will continue to knot up my stomach, however, the good in these feelings is near in the future, somewhere here in Ghana.

-Nicole O’Flaherty

 

The past month in Ghana has been an amazing journey. I’ve learned how to be resilient while stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve met so many amazing people who’ve invited me into their culture, through food, dance, and stories. This is a picture of a little girl who greets us with hugs at the market outside of the hostel. Although we don’t speak the same language, we communicate through touch and laughter. I’m so grateful and privileged to be finishing my final semester of nursing in Ghana and can’t wait for next couple of months.

– Jocelyn Wright

The paths in this photo represent a journey; they do not necessarily represent my African experience specifically, but they represent an adventure.  I had an idea what some of the experiences would be like, but there were also so many surprises these past few weeks.

For example, I had no idea Ghana, or Africa for that matter, would have ‘normal’ malls with MAC and Pandora stores inside them. I figured that most of Africa would look like this photo.

Ghana further amazed me with its many small towns or villages that are bustling with small businesses at the roadside. It additionally has some stunning architectural building styles I have never seen before, of which are painted with bright colours and are quite unconventional in shape.

These revelations may seem small and unremarkable, but they truly stunned me; my expectations of this foreign place were profoundly and delightedly exceeded. I have come to realize that a low/moderate-income country like Ghana is not as desolate as I had imagined.

Therefore, this picture represents more than just a sunset with a view of paths through a field. This picture represents part of my journey, in which I have already learned to consider the flip side of my assumptions and to keep in mind that everyone’s perspective is both unique and undetermined. This picture represents the paths I have taken in life to discover my beliefs and values. This picture represents the paths I will take to discover who I am and where I want to be. This picture represents what my sense of adventure says about me.

– Samantha Gourley

One month has passed and it feels like we have been here for years and also like we only just got here. After living here for a month, something that never fails to amaze me is the openness and genuineness of the people who I encounter everyday. No matter where we are, whether it be on campus, the market or the village Apemanim we are greeted with a “hello” even if we are merely walking by one another.

I think about back at home, if I were to ask “how are you?” to every person that I was to walk by, why is it considered strange? Here in Ghana I’ve learned to not be afraid to open up and strike up a conversation with a stranger who I’ve just met and it’s one of the best lesson I’ve ever learned.

The sacred stories and advice that have been shared with me are what will make this adventure so memorable. In this photo is Nana, a 125- year-old woman who we were so lucky to have met in Apemanim. Looking into her eyes we could tell she had so much wisdom and life experiences to share.

She told us to stay humble, do not discriminate and always love one another and even though we did not speak the same language, her words reached my soul and I will carry her words with me for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to have met people like Nana in the one month of being here.

I’ll continue to strike up conversations with strangers not only while being here, but also at home in Canada because you’ll never know where that conversation will lead you.

– Veronica Perea

 

There’s still time for current nursing students to have this experience next year. Contact the Global Nursing Office at the University of Alberta at 780-492-5667 by Feb 22.

GPRC does Winter Walk Day!

GPRC does Winter Walk Day!

Event Detail:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019  | Event Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  Location: GPRC Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre Concourse & Side Entrance
– During this event, participants are asked to walk around the Muskoseepi Park Reservoir Trail at their own leisure.

Winter Walk Day encourages people across Alberta to be active outdoors during winter by walking at least 15 minutes outside. More than 800 organizations and 120,000 Albertans took part last year. This is a fun FREE provincial event to inspire people to go outdoors and demonstrate how easy it is to lead healthy active lifestyles year-round. During this event, participants are asked to walk around the Muskoseepi Park Reservoir Trail next to GPRC campus at their own leisure. The Grande Prairie Be Fit For Life Centre will be collecting the number of participants that take part in the walk between 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Last year over 80 participants enjoyed the fresh air, beautiful walk and a quick hot chocolate/tea with us, lets see if we can beat those numbers this year!

Additional information:

Winter Walking Tips:

  • Wear warm, appropriate footwear and clothing.
  • Dress in layers – Over-dressing is better than under-dressing as clothing can always be removed if you get too hot.
  • Wear bright colours so drivers can see you such as safety vests, bright scarves/neck warmers, gloves or toques.
  • Walk with a friend, neighbour, or the whole family
  • Ensure vehicles have come to a complete stop and make eye contact with the driver before crossing the street – many intersections are slippery.
  • Talk with your kids about pedestrian safety skills before and during your walk.

Benefits of Walking:

  • Strengthens bones & muscles
  • Improves or maintains fitness levels
  • Boosts mood
  • Provides an active social opportunity with new or existing friends and coworkers
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Promotes healthy growth & development
  • Helps establish healthy habits
  • Increases energy levels & reduces fatigue
  • Teaches road safety skills
  • Teaches youth about their community

#WinterWalkDay