Long-time GPRC power engineer instructor Ron Dennis was honoured by his peers from across the country with an Education Contribution Award from PanGlobal Training Systems.
PanGlobal Training Systems is the leading publisher of paper and web-based technical learning materials designed specifically for trades and energy technologies.
The Education Contribution Award recognizes educators and industry professionals for their contributions to excellence in power engineering.
Dennis received his award Wednesday, June 19 at the Interprovincial Power Engineering Curriculum Committee conference in Fredericton.
In addition to Dennis’s awards, two GPRC students were also recognized at the conference. Luke Hamre received second place and Dustin Blagborne received an honourable mention for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class.
Dennis is retiring from GPRC this month after a long teaching career at the College. Chris Laue, Dean, School of Trades, Agriculture and the Environment said Dennis’s award is “well-deserved recognition for his years of dedication to GPRC students.”
At last year’s awards ceremonies, GPRC power engineer instructor Jerry Chik received an Education Contribution Award and students Shane Drummond and Andrei Tchernyi received first and second respectively for the Outstanding Achievement Student Award – Power Engineer 4th Class. Paul Biegel also received an honourable mention for Outstanding Achievement Student Award – PE 3rd Class.
GPRC’s Fairview campus became home for some important members of families evacuated from northwestern Alberta due to wildfires.
The College’s Animal Health Technology program put out the call offering to house any animals for displaced families shortly after the mandatory evacuations started in northwestern Alberta. A few days later, when the Town of Manning was placed under evacuation notice, the local veterinary clinic reached out to ask GPRC to look after the animals it had been housing for evacuees.
“We wanted to make sure the animals were safe somewhere else,” said Kaitie Koch, manager of the Manning Veterinary Clinic.
The clinic had already housed animals from families evacuated from High Level for about 10 days.
When the animals arrived on campus, GPRC’s animal health faculty and staff did an amazing job, said Koch.
“They were incredibly helpful and knew what exactly needed to be done,” she said.
Over the course of the evacuation notice, GPRC housed a total of 11 dogs, one cat and one hamster. The program faculty and staff continued any treatments the animals needed and monitored them daily to ensure they were doing well, explained Rhonda Shaw, Animal Health Technology instructor.
The animals were weighed in and weighed out, had their appetite and attitude monitored daily, and were fed and walked twice a day. The dogs all got time to run in the College’s round pen.
Volunteers would send videos and pictures of the animals to their owners so the owners knew their pets were doing OK. Volunteers hoped the photos would help reduce some of the stress the evacuees were experiencing.
“We were grateful to be able to provide some comfort by having the evacuees know their animals were safe and well cared for,” said Shaw.
Jill Gaudet’s dog Spike was one of the animals that were cared for by GPRC staff on the Fairview campus.
“I have to thank Manning Veterinary for ensuring Spike was safe by taking him to Fairview,” said Gaudet. “And thanks to GPRC for taking care of Spike. During a very stressful time, it is a relief to know your pet is safe and well-cared for.”
Marcella Parenteau was also evacuated from Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and her dog Lolly was at GPRC Fairview.
“I’m so grateful,” said Parenteau. “Being evacuated was very stressful and scary, and having Lolly looked after in Manning and then in Fairview was a relief for me. Thank you for watching her for me.”
Volunteer students, faculty and staff at the Fairview campus provided all this help. They even had a waitlist of people wanting to volunteer.
“Staff have been amazing. We had an abundance of people helping,” said Shaw.
All the volunteers received a mini-training session before they had contact with animals.
“You were there for us in our time of need,” said Koch. “We really, really appreciated it. We know how much work it is to look after that number of animals. It took a huge stress and worry off our plate.”
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped feed, water, walk and play with the animals in our care:
Lin Roy, Program Assistant – Animal Sciences Department
Lisa Coady, Program Assistant – Motorcycle & Recreational Powersports Department
Mariah, who captained Team Alberta at the 2017 North American Indigenous games in Toronto is a skillful and strong player. According to Head Coach Chris Morgan, Mariah has a booming shot and he is delighted she has chosen to continue her soccer career with the Wolves. She chose GPRC because of the soccer program and its coaching staff, and looks forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and reuniting with old friends and teammates.
Hailing from Surrey, BC, Danja wanted to play soccer through post-secondary, and playing with the Wolves is a great opportunity to compete at a higher level.
The four-time MVP for North Surrey Secondary School, and Guildford Athletic Club back-to-back District Champion, Danja has a great skill set and a good attitude to the game, according to Head Coach Chris Morgan.
He believes that her new surroundings will allow her to flourish as a player.