Meet your 2017/2018 SAGPRC

Meet your 2017/2018 SAGPRC

Another new school year is upon us which means it’s time to get to know, or re-introduce yourself to your new Students’ Association.

The GPRC Students’ Association exists to represent and advocate for students and have the goal of wanting to make your GPRC experience memorable and successful.

The SA is committed to understanding the demographic of GPRC students and eager to reach all students through guest speakers, awareness weeks, family events and parties!

So, what does the Students Association do for you?

They provide a number of services to make your life as a student as easy and stress free as possible.

SA Services

  • Student Health and Dental Plan
  • Student Handbook
  • Student Discount List
  • Photocoping – B&W & Color Copies
  • Fax Service
  • Microwaves
  • Lost & Found
  • Awards & Bursaries
  • Board Room Bookings
  • Student Grievances
Howlers Lounge

  • Entertainment
  • Pool Tables and Video Games
  • TV’s
Campus Activities

  • Alcohol Awareness Program
  • Student Volunteer Centre
  • Recreational Events – Ski Trip, etc
  • Clubs

So now, let’s meet your 2017 Students’ Association representatives.

Blaine Badiuk – President.

Blaine Badiuk is proud to have been born and raised in Grande Prairie, the youngest city in Alberta. Blaine started his studies at GPRC as a Dual Credit student in Fall 2015. Following graduation from Charles Spencer High School, Blaine enrolled full-time at GPRC, and will be continuing studies for the next few years. Studying Mathematics Education, Blaine hopes to one day inspire students to open their minds to the power and beauty of math.

As President of the Students’ Association of Grande Prairie Regional College, Blaine is continuing his passion of representing students. As a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council with Alberta Education, student representative on School Council, and as a member of the City of Grande Prairie’s Youth Council, Blaine has advocated for students to nearly every level of government.

Grande Prairie’s music community is where Blaine spends his spare time, by being a member of Grande Prairie’s Community Symphony Orchestra and being involved with Musical Theatre productions.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

Blaine looks forward to build off the legacy from last year’s executive, and to ensure all students are being served by the association.


Lindsey Comeau- Vice President External.

My name is Lindsey Comeau and I was born and raised in Clairmont just outside of Grande Prairie. I went to Peace Wapiti Academy in GP for all of high school. I am taking the university transfer Bachelor of Arts program at GPRC and am majoring in political science. Peace Wapiti has a small amount of students and I loved the close and personal atmosphere it had. GPRC being a smaller college offers the same kind of personal feel and that is why I chose to start my degree here. Student leadership to me is above all else, learning how to be a peer. We as student leaders have to listen to our peers and hear their concerns and then apply them to solutions. This means we have to be conscious of everyone’s concerns and always have them in mind when making decisions and that we always have to be student focused. I am also apart of the Model UN club at GPRC, which has taught me a lot when it comes to being peer focused and considerate of other people’s concerns. I believe being apart of this club will help me always make my decisions based on the students’ needs and wants.


Brent Nordhagen – Vice President Internal.

Brent Nordhagen was born in Calgary, Alberta. He lived there until the age of five before moving to Grande Prairie, Alberta. Growing up in Grande Prairie, Brent attended the Grande Prairie Composite High School, and proceeded to graduate from there. Unsure of what program to pursue, Brent enrolled himself as a full-time student taking Open Studies at GPRC in 2015/2016. Now after completing his first year of Business Administration, he feels this program is a promising one.

Considering Brent was raised in a family orientated environment, he chose GPRC because it is accessible and an institution where he can get an education while being close to his whole family. Student leadership to Brent is acting as the backbone for students creating a unified voice to make a difference. Whether you are on campus or off, students come first. Ironically, during Brent’s first year at GPRC, he thought the Students’ Association was a part of the bookstore. He now knows the SA plays a huge role in student life and the political side of the spectrum. After taking a marketing course, Brent understands the fundamentals and wants to bring awareness to the SA from the inside of the organization to the student eye. His goal is that no student will ever think the SA is a part of the bookstore again. The last year student executives have created a solid foundation for this upcoming year, and Brent plans to build on the momentum to solidify that legacy.


Dravjot Minhas – Vice President Social.

Dravjot Minhas was born in Edmonton and lived there until the age of 3 before moving to Grande Prairie. He graduated from the Composite High School in the year of 2012. He is currently enrolled in the Business Administration Program looking to specialize in Human Resources. Dravjot choose to go to GPRC because it is local to him and as he said “Hey, tuition is pretty good”. What does student leadership mean to Dravjot? To him it means being there for his fellow students in terms of making them laugh, make them feel included or involved, and being a shoulder to vent on.

In the 2016 fall semester Dravjot had no intention or idea that he would be working so close to the Students’ Association until he was recruited to join the Student Council by the past Vice President Internal, Ryan Sivorot. Throughout the school year, Dravjot got first hand experience at how the Students’ Association operated through being involved in the By-law Review Committee. In the winter 2017 semester when it came time to advertise the upcoming student election, Dravjot was asked by the Executive Council team if he had any plans of running. After being convinced, Dravjot decided Vice President Social was the best fit for him and soon took to focusing his attention to campaigning.

During his time in office, Dravjot wants to focus on creating and advertising a large variety of events that will appeal to the different groups of his fellow student body.


Remember your SAGPRC is here for you, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

Blaine Badiuk
Lindsey Comeau
Vice President External
Brent Nordhagen
Vice President Internal
Dravjot Minhas
Vice President Social
Left to Right: Vice President External, Lindsey Comeau; Vice President Social, Dravjot Minhas; Vice President Internal Brent Nordhagen, President Blaine Badiuk.
GPRC – Red, Black and Rainbow

GPRC – Red, Black and Rainbow

It is Pride Week in Grande Prairie and this year, GPRC is proud to be joining in again on the celebration of diversity and inclusion for all members of the community.

GPRC VP Academics and Research, Susan Bansgrove.

“GPRC is honoured to host Grande Prairie Pride Society (GPPS) events on campus during the 2017 Pride Week,” says Susan Bansgrove, GPRC Vice President Academics and Research. “Respect is an integral part of our Values at the college and we see the vital importance in celebrating the diversity of people, ideas and culture in our community. It is so important to build our GPRC community to be one that is inclusive and welcoming.”

As the driving force behind the second annual Pride Week in the city, the GPPS is Grande Prairie’s primary source for LGBTQ community. Their mission is to create safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression while promoting equality and celebrating the diversity of the city’s LGBTQ community and its allies.

“Every person no matter their sexual identity has the right to be accepted,” continues Bansgrove. “Our goal at GPRC is to always act in inclusion through education, participation and understanding.”

Pride Week kicked off on Monday, June 19 and will continue in Saturday, June 24. Check out what celebrations and events are happening in and around the community and on our GPRC campus here.

Happy Pride Week Grande Prairie!

Learn more about GPRC’s Vision, Mission and Values.


GPRC Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

GPRC Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

GPRC students celebrated the end of the academic year using the 5 D’s of Dodgeball – Dodge-Dip-Duck-Dive-Dodge.

GPRC’s Howler’s Cup happened on April 12 as part of the college’s meltdown festivities to celebrate the end of the academic year, and summer being around the corner. 

The original Howler’s Cup was organized by a past Students’ Association president and was actually a floor hockey tournament.

Our GPRC Student Wellness department wanted to bring it back, and give the students a way to let lose before finals.

And so a Dodgeball Tournament was born.

13 teams of GPRC students came out with most teams wearing matching themed team uniforms competing for some awesome prizes.


The Prizes

  • First Place
  • Best Team Uniform
  • Best Team Name

And the winners were:

1st Place Champions – ‘Swole Patrol’
2nd Place – ‘Blue Balls’
3rd Place – ‘Commerce Crusaders’

Best Team Name – Commerce Crusaders;

Best Dressed Team – Mama Mia

Best Dressed Team – ‘Mama Mia’

GPRC Student Wellness and GPRCSA would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in this fun afternoon.

“There was a tremendously positive energy right from the very beginning of the tournament,” said Joel Thibault, GPRC Student Wellness Coordinator. “There were some great costumes and so much attention to detail. This was clearly a tournament students were thinking about and looking forward to since we began marketing it!”


Even GPRC’s Farley got in on the action!

GPRC students didn’t hold back and busted out their ninja-like and acrobatic moves to dodge flying Dodgeballs.  The afternoon included many underdog victories that really got teams and the crowd roaring!

Majority of the afternoon saw students coming to watch the event, grab a bit to eat and drink provided by the SA, and cheer on their friends and fellow students. The place was packed from 1-3 p.m. with many instructors and users of GPRC’s Fitness Centre coming to check out the action as well.

Check out more photos of the GPRC Dodgeball Tournament on our Facebook page.

Thank you so everyone who made this event a total success! 

Your GPRC SA members joined in on the fun forming the Guardians of Meltdown team!


The Future of Energy Sources

The Future of Energy Sources

Hey GPRC, check out this awesome submission by GPRC Student, Alexis Fallon based on her instructors encouragement.

Business Administration Instructor, Teresa Wouters encourages her students to let their voices be heard, especially when it comes to their assignments.

“Alexis Fallon is a friendly and committed student. She works well with others and did very well with her assignments!

When students give me good essays, I encourage them to publish them through the college’s Waggle magazine or another source. I am so excited that this is what Alexis is doing.

I also encourage students to publish their essays when they have a topic that could be of interest to others. I do this to let students realize that they have opportunities to share their opinions and writing beyond a classroom setting. I hope that, by doing so, they will be inspired to carry on with publishing in academic journals or other sources,” says Wouters.

Check out Alexis’ awesome essay on The Future of Energy Sources below:


Way to go Alexis! Thank you for your submission!

GPRC Student Wellness: Spikeball Tournament

GPRC Student Wellness: Spikeball Tournament

Hey GPRC, did you catch some familiar faces playing spikeball in the cafeteria yesterday?



GPRC Student Wellness representatives, SAGPRC representatives and even some GPRC Wolves coaches as well as a couple more  made in appearance yesterday playing a couple fun rounds of spikeball near the SA entrance on our GPRC Grande Prairie campus. 




GPRC Student Wellness organized the activity and sees the significance in getting out and interacting with students to help spread awareness of Campus Activities, GPRC’s Campus Recreation Intramural Sports Leagues, and remind students of the many free opportunities they receive simply by being students at GPRC.




If you missed yesterday’s activities, don’t worry, many more chances to play Spikeball and other recreation activities will be provided to students throughout the rest of the semester!



Fun Fact: Exercise releases endorphins which reduces stress and improves self-esteem.

For more information: visit the Student Wellness webpage or their Facebook page.