GPRC meets Holmesglen Institute

GPRC meets Holmesglen Institute

They have arrived!

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott along with GPRC’s beloved mascot Farley have arrived and started their Australian adventure.

Teresa and Sheila 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.

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.

So, what have these three been up to?

Between being tourists and sight-seeing and being welcomed onto Holmesglen’s campus, Teresa and Sheila, oh and Farley are learning and taking in as much as they can with regards to Australian culture, and how the Aussies live, work and have fun all at once.

Check out what they’ve been up to so far:

Farley meeting UGC Student Experience, Bob Ribbons!

Teresa and Sheila sat in on a lab with Year 3 students doing pediatric blood capillary testing.

Sheila with Holmesglen Instructor, Lynn Barnhoorn who taught the pediatric blood draw class and discussed working with Indigenous populations in remote areas. One of her remote postings required a train, a bus and then flying in a small plane!


Enjoyed lunch and dessert with Holmesglen Instructor, Thili Chengodu at Vanilla Restaurant in Oakleigh while discussing courses she teaches that touch on Australia’s Indigenous cultural. Sheila’s flat white drink even came with a surprise message at the bottom.



FUN FACT: A flat white is an espresso based coffee beverage founded in Australia/New Zealand (an on-going debate).














Of course, Teresa and Sheila are making it their mission to also take in as many as possible well-known tourist attractions Australia has to offer during their stay. Check out what they have got to see so far:

Teresa and Sheila walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge before heading back for supper and an operetta at The Sydney Opera House!
Made a visit to the Australian Museum, where they braved the spider exhibit. Did we mention that Teresa is terrified of spiders?
Visited Melbourne’s amazing Aquarium, Sea Life. Check out Sheila in the awesome water tunnel.

All while coming home at the end of the day, and enjoying this awesome view from their hotel.

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


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.

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!

Student Job Opportunities

Student Job Opportunities

GPRC is looking for hardworking, dedicated students to join the college team in a number of job opportunities.

GPRC Research & Innovation is looking to hire multiple students as Research Assistants, Summer Lab Assistants and Research Interns throughout 2017.

GPRC is also looking to hire three Student Success Officers. Two for our Grande Prairie campus, and one for our Fairview campus. These students will be champions for Student Success at our GPRC School of Arts, Science & Upgrading and our School of  Health, Wellness & Career Studies (Grande Prairie) and GPRC School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment (Fairview). The successful candidates will work to provide ongoing support for our Students as well as implement recruitment and retention strategies for the future.

Apply today!

Peace Country Idol 2016

Peace Country Idol 2016

The 14th Annual Peace Country Idol competition that takes place at GPRC has wrapped up for another year. A GPRC Business student run event, the competition includes local talent from Grande Prairie, Alberta and surrounding areas auditioning to win the grand prize of $1,000 and be named the next Peace Country Idol!

This year was just as successful as the past, with amazing talent and a close-competition.

The Grand Finale was held November 26 at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre, where 19-year-old, GPRC Student, Olivia Francis-Akolo was named the 2016 Peace Country Idol Winner!

Photo by Daily Herald Tribune













On top of this excitement, GPRC Business students raised $8060.00 for ANSO Collectives and Educational Support Society. ANSO is dedicated to the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and the improvement of the status quo in disadvantaged communities in Africa, North America and Cambodia. 

A job well done to GPRC Business students for another successful Peace Country Idol competition.



Runner ups to Olivia include:

  • Second Place – Feyishola Shaba
  • Third Place – Shawna and MaryAnne and
  • People’s Choice Award – Presley Biegel



Congratulations to all our winners.

Read more about Olivia Francis-Akolo’s success story here.