Student Services Awards

Student Services Awards

We are excited to share that two employees within GPRC student services have been honoured with awards for their amazing work and dedication.

Congratulations to Jackie de Montarnal (left) and Jocelyn Smith (right)!

Jackie de Montarnal has been presented with the Marion Vosahlo Outstanding New Professional Award for her work in the Student Recruitment department at GPRC. Jackie joined the GPRC team in January 2016 and quickly rose from Recruitment Officer to Recruitment Coordinator.

This award is given to an individual with fewer than five years of full-time experience with student services at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. Individuals receive this award for recognized potential for significant leadership, active membership in organizations that enhance services for students, involvement with committees and projects, and/or demonstration of innovative or creative efforts within student services.

“Jackie has demonstrated amazing leadership and dedication to the recruitment efforts of GPRC,” said Jennifer Robertson, academic advising coordinator.

With her outstanding vision and organizational skills Jackie has led numerous on and off campus recruitment events. Her innovative efforts have also lead to a new strategic plan for recruitment that focuses on data driven analytics.

“Her bright and caring personality is always a joy to have around,” said Robertson, “We all look forward to many years working side by side with her.”

Jocelyn Smith has been presented with the Russ Guthrie Contribution to Student Services Award for her work as the accessibility coordinator for the Accessibility Supports and Disability Services Department.

This award is given to an individual who has five or more years of full-time experience demonstrating leadership within student services at a post-secondary institution in Alberta. To qualify for the award individuals must improve programs and services offered; have teaching, research and/or supervisory experience; participate in community service; and/or participate on institution-wide, community, or provincial committees and/or projects that promote best practices in student services.

Jocelyn has demonstrated leadership in student services through encouragement, trust, compassion, and a well-rounded outlook. She has led her team and the entire department to grow, evolve, and become the best they can be.

“She understands that a leader is someone who needs to connect with individuals, both students and coworkers, on a deeper level to promote growth and vitality, and to ensure no one is left behind or without encouragement,” said Kelsi House, accessibility advisor. “She takes the time to care for and truly fight for [individuals] in order to make their quality of life and studies better.”

Congratulations to Jackie de Montarnal and Jocelyn Smith! GPRC is glad to have you as part of the team, supporting our students and community!

President’s Scholarship Award

President’s Scholarship Award

GPRC is excited to announce a new entrance award for Alberta students starting college in September 2017!

This award is a scholarship that covers full tuition and fees for the first year of studies at GPRC and will be granted to the five top students entering their first year at GPRC, in any program of study.

Here is the best part – every 2017 Alberta high school graduate is eligible for this award!

All you need to do is apply for admission to GPRC by August 1, 2017 and you are automatically considered for one of the five awards being offered. If you are selected for this scholarship, you must confirm registration to GPRC and acceptance of the award offer by August 15th in order to receive it. So keep checking your email!

So what are you waiting for? Apply now! Let’s get your started on a path to a career you’ll love!

The GPRC President’s Scholarship Awards will be awarded annually to Alberta high school graduates who apply to GPRC by August 1 of the year in which they graduate from High School. GPRC will identify applicants from Alberta high schools with the highest averages in their high school core subjects, based on transcripts received from the Government of Alberta.

GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold 2017

GPRC Wolves Festival of Gold 2017

We are reminiscing about honouring our GPRC Wolves athletes this morning on blog.

The 47th annual Festival of Gold celebration happened on our GPRC Grande Prairie campus this past Friday, March 31.

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Congratulations to all our GPRC athletes for the fantastic work you’re doing inside the classroom and on the field, track, or court,” said GPRC President and CEO, Don Gnatiuk at the celebrations. “GPRC athletes represent our community and region across the province and across Canada. You are ambassadors of not only GPRC but our region. The entire community is proud of your accomplishments.

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Our GPRC Wolves had an incredible year. Bringing home 11 ACAC All Conference awards3 provincial ACAC medals and representing GPRC at the national level on multiple occasions.

Not only do our athletes excel in their sports of course but many are at the top of their classes. With nine individual athletes receiving a Academic Award this year.

Congratulations to all our athletes that were honoured at Friday’s event.

Wolves Athletics has always been a big part of our college and our community. You are all part of that strong tradition,” said Gnatiuk. “Be proud of your achievements, you all deserve recognition for what you have accomplished. Celebrate your success!

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To see more photos for the celebration, head over to GPRC Wolves Facebook page.

We are all Wolves at GPRC!

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!

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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.