GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: March 18, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brandon Tufford and Maria Houle from our GPRC Wolves Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

Brandon Tufford 

Program: 1st Year, Bachelor of Engineering
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Tufford graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School last year and was recruited to GPRC as one of the top middle distance runners in the province for his age.  In 2018, Brandon placed 3rd in the Provincial High School Championship in the 800m.

During the 2018 cross-country season, Brandon struggled a couple set-backs as stomach issues derailed most of his races. However, when indoor track came around second semester, his fortunes turned around and he consistently placed among the top 3 in his indoor races and setting 7 GPRC Wolves school records.

At the ACAC Indoor Championships this past weekend (March 15-16) in Calgary, Brandon brought home two medals.  He became only the second Wolves male athlete ever to achieve a podium placing at the ACAC level since the first in 2014. Brandon finished second in the 600m, fifth in the 300, and anchored the Wolves men’s 4 x 400m to a third place finish alongside teammates, Joel Manz, Brice Wilkes and Miguel Macedo.

Thank you Brandon for your dedication to the Wolves!

Maria Houle

Program: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Arts
Hometown: Paddle Prairie, Alberta

Maria Houle is a third year Wolves Athlete studying Sociology at GPRC.  She took a year off of school and running last year to have her first child, daughter Willow.

Maria returned to running last fall and placed 16th at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championships (number 2 among the Wolves) in Vermilion.

For the indoor track season, Maria was asked to step down in distance and compete at the 300m and 600m distances.  She came up big at the ACAC Indoor Championships. Maria won the B Final and placed fifth in the 300m and finished sixth in the 600m.  She also ran a leg on the fourth place Wolves 4 x 400m team.

Thank you Maria for your dedication to the Wolves!

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 21, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 21, 2019

Each week, two GPRC Wolves athletes are selected for their achievements over the weekend on the field, track, or court. We are pleased to congratulate Brandon Harvey from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Lilee Burke-Stasiuk from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!


Brandon Harvey #01

Program: 3rd Year, University Transfer, Bachelor of Arts
Position: Keeper
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta

Brandon Harvey has been a valued member of the Men’s soccer squad for the past three years. Playing in the tough position of keeper, Brandon showcases his ability as a great short stopper with excellent reflexes shutting down the opposing forwards and midfielders. Brandon plays a key role to the team dynamic off the field as well as a co-captain for the team. Brandon is always leading by example. In the off-season, Brandon can be found as the broadcasting voice for basketball home games. Thank you to Brandon for his dedication to the Wolves and athletics programming.

Lilee Burke-Stasiuk #10

Program: 1st Year, University Transfer, Bachelor of Education
Position: Guard
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Lilee Burke-Stasiuk is a first year guard from Edmonton, who caught coach Mandy Botham’s eye while playing high school ball at Archbishop MacDonald. Lilee is an integral part of the Wolves young core of athletes. She is a wicked 3-point shooter who has worked hard to add other dimensions to her game. At the end of the first half of the season, Lilee was 13th overall in ACAC 3-point percentage at 35.4%. She is studying Education at GPRC, and wants to become a teacher. This would be a smooth transition for her as she excels at working with children and is one of our top coaches in the GPRC Wolves Minor Ball program. Thank you to Lilee for her dedication to the Wolves.

Surviving College : The Working Mom Edition

Surviving College : The Working Mom Edition

Motherhood is one of the most challenging paths one can take in life. Tiny humans depend entirely on you to sustain their lives. College also happens to be one of the most challenging and stressful undertakings. Put those together and add a job as so many of us do and you’re talking Britney Spears circa 2007 level pressure. As a mother and a student as well as a business owner, though I claim to be an expert at none, I know how difficult the constant balance is so I’ve devised my own tips to surviving college when tiny people and businesses depend on you while also maintaining ones mental health.

GPRC Student and Student Ambassador, Casey with her daughter.

Help is Necessary:

You are a superhero, there’s no doubt about it, but even Batman had a butler. It is okay to ask for help. It’s more than okay – please ask for help. Find your support system and lean on them. Don’t feel guilty. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re anything less than amazing, it simply means that you understand the airplane analogy and know you must put your air mask on before you can help others.

Sometimes you won’t be Great: 

When you’re juggling work and school and parenting there’s going to be times when you feel like you’re letting one of them down. Be gentle with yourself. Some days you’ll bake the cookies and make the crafts and that English essay will be done two days early…but you have to cancel two shifts at work. Sometimes you’ll work all the hours and ace the math test but Paw Patrol will play on repeat and supper will be snacks far more than you’re willing to admit. It’s okay. Be great on as many days you can and forgive yourself on the days you can’t.

Life doesn’t have a Syllabus: 

This speaks for itself. Make those plans and reach for those dreams but know that there is no wrong way to do your education. You have a lot of responsibilities on your plate and there’s no shame in stretching out that four year plan so you can maintain your own health. Know when you feel yourself burning out that regrouping isn’t a failure – it’s recognizing your success on your terms.

And finally…

This isn’t Forever: 

One day you’ll be a graduate with an awesome career and no more final exams to study for or 3000 word papers to write. Those sleepless nights rocking a sick child on one knee and highlighting a textbook in the other will be a distant memory. It doesn’t make it any easier right now but you’re working towards your own dreams while raising future dream chasers and that’s something to be proud of.

Submitted by GPRC Bachelor of Arts student, Student Ambassador, mother and entrepreneur, Casey Caines.

GPRC student named one of first 3D Children’s Society scholarship recipients

GPRC student named one of first 3D Children’s Society scholarship recipients

The 3D Children’s Society is proud and honoured to announce our first scholarship winners, Kiesha Mastrodimos and Zane Gibson. Kiesha and Zane are past recipients of the 3D Charity Hockey and Soccer Tournament support while attending schools in the Grande Prairie Public and Peace Wapiti School districts. Kiesha and Zane each received a check for $1000.00 to help with the cost of their post-secondary education.

Kiesha attended school in Sexsmith and graduated from Beaverlodge Regional High School.  She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts, with concentration in Criminology, Pre-Professional at GPRC.

“I can’t even explain how much this means to me,” said Mastrodimos. “I am so thankful and so grateful for this. I am so excited that I can focus on my studies and getting good grades instead of worrying about financial stuff. I am loving GPRC and my classes and my instructors, and I’m so thankful that I can just continue to focus on that.”

Zane attended Grande Prairie Composite High School and graduated from Charles Spencer High School in 2016.  He is currently working toward his Accounting Certificate at Athabasca University online.

“This means to much to me and my family,” said Gibson. “This extra income can go towards things that I need, especially now that I’m in school, it’s nice to not have to worry about those extra expenses.”

Congratulations, Zane and Kiesha and we wish you continuous success with your studies.

Board Members of the 3D Children’s Society presenting a $1000.00 check to each of Zane Gibson and Kiesha Mastrodimos. Back Row left to right: Kim Gravengard, Board Member, Carmen Haakstad, Vice-President External Relations (GPRC), Susan Bansgrove, Vice-President Academics and Research (GPRC), Kelsey Urban, Board Member, Ali Engelberts, Board Member, Kevin Mack, Board Member. Front Row left to right: Kiesha Mastrodimos, Student, Zane Gibson, Student.
GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 31, 2016

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 31, 2016

aotw-james-haythorneJames Haythorne

Hometown: Bendigo, City of Victoria, Australia

6’4 Opposite from Bendigo, Victoria is in his first season with the GPRC Wolves Volleyball team and is studying Arts in the University Transfer program.  James has been a steady offensive threat for the Wolves halfway through the first semester of league play.  In 5 of the 1st 6 games of the season James has recorded 10 kills or more, with a career high of 23 in a 5 set thriller vs the Kings Eagles.  With a long term goal of playing professional club volleyball one day, James looks to improve every week and brings competitiveness into everything he does.


aotw-douglas-kellyDouglas Kelly

Hometown: Gander, Newfoundland

6’5 Middle from Gander, Newfoundland is in his 3rd year as a Steamfitter/Pipefitter and in his 2nd year with the Wolves.  Having spent time working in the Trades sector Douglas knows what it means to work hard and he brings that mentality to every practice and every match.  Doug had a great weekend of play against a tough Keyano Huskies team this past weekend, contributing offensively with consistent attacks through the middle as well as defensively with a number of blocks both nights.