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 Kelly Reid from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Michael Shelast from our Wolves Men’s Basketball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!
Kelly Reid #15
Program: 1st Year, Visual Arts & Design Position: Guard/Forward Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta
Hailing from St. Alberta, this is Kelly’s first year running with the Wolves. Kelly is a high energy player coming off the bench for the Wolves. When Kelly is on the court, her competitiveness fuels her to do whatever the team needs from her in that moment. Her physical presence on the boards make her tough to stop. She has the ability to get a stop, score a key basket or grab a crucial rebound whenever we need it.
Well done, Kelly!
Michael Shelast #11
Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration Position: Forward Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Michael is from Edmonton, graduating from Holy Trinity Catholic High School. Michael is enrolled in Business Administration program and works hard in both the classroom and the gymnasium. Michael has been relied upon to come off the bench and play shutdown defense, guarding the opponents giants at the post. Michael had a great past weekend in Edmonton, helping the Wolves sweep the previously undefeated Concordia Thunder. The Wolves are very pleased to have Michael be a part of the Wolf-pack.
Thanks to support from members of the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network and generous sponsors in the community, 16 GPRC students from the Business Administration program were able to attend the 9th annual Growing the North business conference this year. Terrilyn Parent was one of these lucky students. Here’s what she took away from this unique learning experience.
“I was sponsored by the Swan City Rotary Club to attend the Growing the North Business Conference in Grande Prairie on February 21 and 22. As a current GPRC business student, I thought this conference was such a huge success and has been one of the best things I have been given the chance to experience firsthand.
The entire conference, start to finish, was very informative and inspirational. The speakers were all incredibly knowledgeable in their fields and great at public and motivational speaking. The catering provided by Evergreen Park was also a great bonus.
My favourite quote that will forever change the way I look at the world was when keynote speaker, writer and community builder, Chris Fields mentioned, “We need to be the pink shirt at a table full of white shirts.” This really made me look at my own self and no longer judge my creative skills, even if my ideas are different from those of my peers. I learned that it’s okay to allow my creativity to come out in my personal and professional life and not to fear my differences.
During this conference I was given the opportunity to network with so many business professionals as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce and local government leaders. This networking gave me a bigger perspective on how the economy is running in Grande Prairie and how businesses are trying to recover after the recession we just had. I also got to see how the economy has affected local businesses in all industries and was given some great tips on how to strategically survive through future recessions.
Many of the speakers touched on the topic of fearing change and how fear can inhibit professional and personal growth. This really hit home as I often fear changes in my own life and find I thrive best in routine. Changes often throw me for a loop, but now I see these moments of change have also brought about the most growth in my life and have shown how resilient I can be when it feels as if the world is crashing down. The speakers have influenced me to believe it’s okay to be brave during these challenging times and push through, even though I may not know what the result will look like.
One final takeaway from this conference that really hit home was a quote by Bruce Vincent, President of the non-profit organization Communities for a Great Northwest. He mentioned in his speech, “The world is run by those that show up and when people lead, leaders follow.” This reminded me that showing up in life is half the battle. Whether it’s class, work or some other area of my life, the important part is that I show up and give my best in all that I do. I also took this to mean that I need to look up to and follow those that stand out of the crowd if I want to one day be considered a leader in my own career.
Overall, I really feel like this conference has changed my perspective on life and will have a great impact on my future. I will be using this newfound knowledge and change of perspective in April as I embark on a new journey to pursue my business hopes and dreams. If you are given the opportunity to attend this conference, do not let the opportunity pass you by. It is worth the commitment and the time spent.”
– By Terrilyn Parent, GPRC Business Administration Student
This fall, the students of GPRC Instructor Cibylla Rakestraw’s Marketing Project Management class successfully put together the annual local singing competition Peace Country Idol, which has been running at the College for over a decade. The event raised over $10,000, which the students chose to donate. Funds were split between the Swan City Rotary Club and the upcoming student-organized Business Conference to be held in March 2018.
Terrilyn Parent is a student in the College’s Business Administration program. Her experience organizing such a large scale event was far from easy, but so worth it. Here’s what she had to say about what she learned from the experience.
“I got the pleasure of being a part of Peace Country Idol through my Marketing Project Management class at GPRC. Peace Country Idol is a local singing competition hosted by students to increase skills in entrepreneurship, management and team building. We had a lot of great talent participate in this event, both from the contestants as well as the students, who showcased their skills and expertise in advertising, designing program materials, networking and planning the many fine details.
“This class has challenged me and has brought about the most growth, not only in my career building but also in my personal life. I learned how to personally connect with my peers as well as in the community to collaborate on our skills in a harmonized way to make this event successful. I learned how to push through stressful moments and find solutions immediately on the fly under any given situation. I learned time management skills and how to balance two jobs, a daughter, my social life and my other classes. Finally, I learned how hard work and a combined dedication from all members can make a very successful project shine.
“If I had to choose one thing to do differently, it would be to have more time to invest in the planning process, to increase the event’s success rate. I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity and look forward to using my new skills in my future career.”
Hey GPRC, check out this awesome submission by GPRC Student, Alexis Fallon based on her instructors encouragement.
Business AdministrationInstructor, 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: