Sean who was selected to the top Victorian State team since 2013, played his last season with the Melbourne University Blues, and joins fellow Australian Wolves players, James Haythorne and Tom Wheeler for the 2018-19 season.
Sean chose GPRC and the Wolves because of the strong athletic department and school culture that he feels is a good fit for him. He is excited to show what he can bring to the team, and how his volleyball skills will develop at a higher level.
Talon, a local graduate of St Joseph Catholic High Schooljoins the squad as a mature athlete and will be a great addition as a setter says Head Coach Mitchell Schneider, who looks forward to seeing how Talons’ volleyball IQ and mentorship of the younger players will benefit the team.
Last May, GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
Recently, Holmesglen got to return the favour and join us in Grande Prairie for a visit.
Andree Gamble and Debra Kiegaldie from Holmesglen Nursing Department located in Melbourne, Australia arrived at GPRC earlier this month after a roughly 30-hour plane ride as part of an exchange program with the College. This trip was both of their first times to Canada.
With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2020, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both institutions having hospitals on college-owned land.
On their agenda was getting to meet and discuss further opportunities with the College’s Executive team and Nursing Department along with getting to sit in on the some of the current accelerated Nursing courses happening over the summer at the College.
Gamble, an Undergraduate Coordinator at Holmesglen, discussed how much she enjoyed sitting in on one of GPRC’s classes.
“The cohort of students was outstanding and so welcoming of me,” said Gamble. “I think it would be good for our students to experience the smaller class sizes and likewise for the Grande Prairie students.”
Class sizes at GPRC are quite a bit smaller than those at Holmesglen, with a 56-student intake as opposed to Holmesglen’s approximately 600 students in two Nursing programs (a two-year Diploma program and a three-year Bachelor’s degree.)
A major goal of this budding partnership is to start an exchange program that would involve students and faculty.
“It would be good for our students and also the students in Grande Prairie to see how similar we are in terms of health care and access to health care,” said Gamble. “Our students live in a big city, so access to medical care of any description is really quite close. Here it is a different environment. This is a regional centre.”
Kiegaldie, an associate professor at Holmesglen Institute, said that would be great experience for their students.
“We talk to our students a lot about a global view on health. This would be an opportunity to expand their thinking and their understanding of what it means to work in another country,” she said.
The faculty from both institutions discussed the potential benefits of a faculty member accompanying the two or three students who would be partaking in the exchange to create a sense of comfort and continue to expand the sharing of knowledge.
“Faculty exchanges are beneficial because we can pick up on the little things that have been implemented successfully at GPRC and see if they would work for us and likewise,” said Kiegaldie.
At this early planning stage, discussions are around having students from Grande Prairie visit Holmesglen in April and students from Australia visit GPRC in October.
Before Andree and Debra departed on their trip home, they for sure got the Alberta-tourist experience. The ladies toured Banff and Lake Louise and saw a bear, got a picture with the Big Beaver in Beaverlodge, viewed the expansion project at theNational Bee Diagnostic Centre and—their favourite activity—got to ride in a chuckwagon!
“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” said Gamble. “It was the ultimate experience!”
A huge thank you to Andree and Debra for joining us at GPRC. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the near future.
Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected to showcase their achievements in the classroom and on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Dylan Moes and Tom Wheeler as our current Athletes of the Week!
Dylan is a strong competitor who brings positive energy and passion to the court. As a first-year, he is dedicated to growing everyday as a player to help the team have success.
He is a versatile player who brings physicality to the setting position which helps him play with an aggressive style. As a team player, he distributes the ball well to set up his teammates in good positions, but he also scores points with blocking and serving making him a much-valued player for the GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball team.
Tom brings both physicality and composure to the court. At 6’8 he is an imposing figure at the net, but he does not rely on his size alone as he is a strong read blocker who has good patience to put himself in position to make plays.
Tom balances between a thoughtful, and process driven approach to training and competing and an active and emphatic approach to exciting plays on the court with a number of signature celebrations.
Your GPRC Wolves Basketball hosted the Keyano Huskies in their Home Opener this weekend. After a tough battle, the women faced defeat – 58 – 80 on Saturday and 62 -76 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being twin sisters, Jordan and Sydney Andres.
Although the women got off to a shaky start on Friday, they improved offensively in Saturdays game, with 23 points coming from Player of the Game, Sydney Andres.
Coach Botham commented that with only 8 healthy, eligible athletes, it was a tough weekend for the ladies. Having such a small squad means that, a major focus for the team going forward will be consistency in hard effort for the full forty minutes of play.
The men split the weekend, winning 76-74 on Friday, and losing 59-77 on Saturday, with Players of the Game being Kenny Johnson and Jonathan Mueller.
Friday night saw the new look Wolves secure Interim Coach Evan Lloyd his first ACAC victory. The Wolves gained the lead early, and never gave it up throughout the game. The Huskies clawed back in the third, but the Wolves extended the lead in the fourth and never looked back on their way to the victory. ACAC All Conference Athlete, Kenny Johnson lead the way with 25 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists earning him the Player of the Game nomination. Rookie guard Jonathan Mueller contributed with 13 points and second year forward Kellen Morris scored 12 in the victory.
Saturdays’ game was close throughout the first half, with the Wolves up 38-33 at half. The Huskies lead by one at the third quarter break, and never let up on the way to their first victory of the season. The Huskies beat the Wolves 77-59, outscoring the Wolves 24-7 in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Mueller lead the way with 12 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist to be the Player of the Game. Third year forward Ryan Pelster and Kenny Johnson both had 9 points in the game.
The teams are back on the court this weekend, hosting the Lakeland Rustlers. The teams play at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) on Friday, and 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men) on Saturday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Your GPRC Wolves Volleyball travelled to Fort McMurray to face the Keyano Huskies in their Home Opener this weekend. The Women split the weekend losing 0-3 on Friday, and winning in 3-1 on Saturday. Wolves Players of the Game were 2nd year libero McKenna Wolstenholme and rookie setter Renae Regal.
Coach Chantelle LaMotte commented that it was a good opportunity [for the women to get their] feet wet and begin regular league play. Being on the road is always tough with long travel but the team responded well on day 2. On Saturday, the women took the first 2 sets comfortably, but dropped the third 6-25, only to came back and take the fourth 25-22. LaMotte says that she was proud of the team for regrouping and rebounding after the Friday losses to take Keyano in 4 on Saturday. It was a good learning experience and now we are on to our next weekend of travel back to back heading off to Lakeland.
The men were defeated 0-3 on Friday, and 0-3 on Saturday. Wolves Player of the Game on Friday was 5th year outside hitter, Austin O’Neil.
The teams are away this weekend, facing the Lakeland Rustlers in Lloydminster. The teams play at 6 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men) on Friday, and 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men) on Saturday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Your GPRC Wolves Soccerhosted the ACAC North Division Leaders, NAIT Ooks this weekend. The Women split the weekend winning 2-1 on Saturday, and losing 0-2 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being defender Meghan Dalziel and goalie Michelle Brodeur. With 2 games left in the regular season, the women are ranked 2nd in the North division clinching a playoff spot at the ACAC Women’s Soccer Championshiphosted by Olds College, October 27-29, 2017.
On Saturday, goals came from Alexi Watson who is tied 3rd in the Conference for Goals, and Kelsey Wudkevich. On Sunday, the women honoured 5th years Brook Robert and Shelby Gitzel who have both played their full eligibility with the Wolves. We thank them for their contribution to the Wolves Soccer program and hope their final season is a memorable one.
The men suffered double heartbreak, being defeated 0-3 on Saturday, and 1-2 on Sunday, with Players of the Game being Tyler Noppibul and Sebastian Lobe.
In Sundays’ game a goal from Zach Fisher levelled matters after the Ooks scored early. NAIT scored midway through the second half to take the lead, but had to fight all the way against a determined Wolves side to secure the three points.
The squads are away in Edmonton this weekend, facing the Concordia Thunder on Saturday, and Kings Eagles on Sunday. The teams play at 12 p.m. (women) and 2 p.m. (men) on Saturday, and 12 p.m. (women) and 2 p.m. (men) on Sunday. All games can be watched on ACACTV.ca, and home game schedules are available at gprc.ab.ca/athletics
Bill Corcoran for the Ambassador
With two weeks until the 2017 ACAC Championships, hosted by Red Deer College on October 27, 2017, the GPRC Wolves XC Running Teamis trending in the right direction. Both the women’s and men’s teams made progress relative to their peers on Saturday at ACAC #4 – The Augustana Open in Camrose.
The Wolves women finished in 4th place among the college teams, one spot better than in ACAC #3 in Red Deer two weeks previous. They were led by rookie Kelcie Bulas who placed 10th individually. Anna van der Geissen and Kailey Bratland were 19th and 20th respectively, while Brittany Duvall was 25th.
The Wolves men were 5th among the college teams. Brandon Wladyko was the top local individual finishing 5th. Eric Nooy (16th), Troy Bogh (20th), and Jarred St Arneault (28th) all improved their standings from the previous ACAC race. David Clifford (34th) made his debut with the Wolves.
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.
During their journey Teresa and Sheila had the chance to visit Glenallen Specialist School, which focuses on helping children with physical disabilities and health impairments. The school had about 157 students and 117 staff from a variety of disciplines, including nursing and is one of the clinical sites where nursing students can get work experience.
They have all sorts of health professionals working together to provide holistic care: physical therapy, speech therapy, a nurse, music and art; learning how to cook. They have almost a 1:1 staff ratio which work with children from pre-school to vocational learning (VLC). This is a clinical placement for Holmesglen students. A warm and welcoming place.
The next stop on the journey was to Epworth Healthcare, a private not for profit hospital where Holmesglen students can gain workplace experience. All profit made by this hospital goes back into the hospital, so as a result they have lots of great educational and patient focused technology.
Tess Vawser Director, Clinical Education and simulation at Epworth HealthCare took the ladies on a tour of the premises. In the bright room with the OR lights (surgical lights), they have simulation equipment worth over 1 million dollars.
The screens are in every patient room and is where the patient can watch TV, order room service at any time of the day or night. The patient can look at the goals for their care, review educational information about whatever they are in the hospital for, and see how they are progressing.
Students learn a great deal at this beautiful hospital, there is a library/learning space for students and groups to get together. There is lots of open space to move around, computers, books, and a librarian.
That brings us to the end of Teresa and Sheila’s Australian adventure. Special thanks to Holmesglen Private Hospital, Holmesglen Institute, Glenallen Specialist School and Epworth Healthcare for their hospitality and expertise.
Thanks again to Andree Gamble, Bob Ribbons and Gabrielle Koutoukidis, Dean, Faculty of Health Science, Youth & Community Studies, and everyone else being so welcoming and showing Teresa and Sheila around.
We look forward to being hosts for Holmesglen staff when they come to visit the GPRC later this fall.