GPRC volunteers care for evacuees’ furry family members

Some of the GPRC faculty and staff who helped look after the evacuated animals Tiffany Duncan, Katey Johnston, Lin Roy, Bonnie Danielson, Dr. Chris Mizzi, Lisa Coady, Carl Ball, Rhonda Shaw, and Shannon Ball.

GPRC’s Fairview campus became home for some important members of families evacuated from northwestern Alberta due to wildfires.

First year Animal Health Technology student Dayna McKay who is living on campus during the summer is lending a hand.

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.

Shaylene Syrota, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department and Dr. Christy Barlund, DVM – Instructor – Animal Sciences Department were two of the faculty and staff volunteers.

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.

Lin Roy, Program Assistant – Animal Sciences Department and Rhonda Shaw, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department with the first evacuee heading home.

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.

Cathy Srayko, Toolroom attendant motorcycle certificate program donated five bags of dog food to send home with evacuees when they pick their pets up.

“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
  • Katey Johnston, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department
  • Shaylene Syrota, RVT, Educational Lab Technologist AHT – Animal Sciences Department
  • Rhonda Shaw, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Shannon Ball, Toolroom Attendant – Automotive, Parts, & Engineering Department
  • Carl Ball – Instructor – Motorcycle & Recreational Powersports Department
  • Tiffany Duncan, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Bonnie Danielson, RVT, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Chris Mizzi, DVM, Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Christy Barlund, DVM – Instructor – Animal Sciences Department
  • Dayna McKay, first year AHT student
  • Taryn Dodds, first year AHT student

 

GPRC Animal Health Technology Staff make sure the animals the college housed on the Fairview campus get to spend plenty of time outside.
GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte has been working hard to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of Beaumont recruit, Hayley Hall to the program.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Hayley Hall. Hayley is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad from Beaumont, Alberta, Hayley Hall is bringing a ton of experience to the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Bringing home a bronze medal at provincials with her team the Ponoka Warriors in 2017 and most recently, brought home a bronze medal at the Premier 3 tournament with her team, the Edmonton Nooks in 2019. Hayley digs deep and is a teammate who is always encouraging others on the court.

Getting ready to start her Bachelor of Social Work degree at GPRC, Hayley says she is most excited “to see what college volleyball looks like.” She is looking forward to continuing to improve her skills and work hard to gain more of a skill set under the direction of great coaching and mentorship under seasoned athletes.

“I was given an awesome opportunity to play volleyball at a collegiate level for a team that I am excited to learn from and grow with,” says Hayley when asked why she decided to continue her academic and athletic career at GPRC.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Hayley added to the roster this upcoming season.

“We are very excited to have Hayley on board. She is a physical, dynamic player with tremendous potential.”

Welcome to the pack, Hayley.

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Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte  is pleased to announce the signing of two new recruits to the program.  

Say hello to Halle Krall and Kari White as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Halle Krall. Halle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad on the court this season is Halle Krall. Hailing from Peace River, Alberta, Halle is looking forward to repping the Wolves colours as she completes her Bachelor of Education – Elementary degree.

Halle is bringing some great experience to the squad after she secured a spot on the GPRC Wolves All-Star Volleyball team roster in 2017 and 2018. She also brought home Bronze this past season at Provincials.

Halle is excited to start this next chapter of her academic and athletic career.

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home and has great academic programs with a smaller campus feel,” she said. “It also has great sport supports in place. I’m most excited to play with a new group of girls that have a lot of experience while I’m learning new skills.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to welcoming Halle to the pack.

“Halle is going to bring some excellent skill to our roster this season,” said LaMotte. “The entire squad is looking forward to welcoming her.”

Welcome to the pack, Halle.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Kari White. Kari is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local recruit, Kari White is joining the pack this upcoming volleyball season. Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Kari is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Bringing home the Provincial title in 2017 and a bronze Provincial medal in 2018. Kari also was named the 2018 All-Star at the Louis St. Laurent Tournament and brought home a bronze medal at her 2019 Premier 3.

Kari is excited to be joining the Wolves and start her Bachelor of Science degree at GPRC.

“I grew up watching Wolves volleyball games and the culture GPRC has is something that has always inspired me,” said Kari when asked why she chose GPRC. “Grande Prairie is a volleyball community and gives you a sense of belonging and togetherness as a player and a team.”

Kari is most excited about “being challenged by my talented teammates and the competition at the ACAC level.” She is looking forward to continuing to work hard and grow her potential.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is very pleased to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to recruit local talented athletes. We are looking forward to welcoming Kari to the squad and getting to grow together as a team.”

Welcome to the pack, Kari.

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GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball welcomes to new recruits on March 26.

Say hello to Lana Matthews and Heather Holtz as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Lana Matthews. Lana is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lana is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. She has experience playing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, Beach Volleyball leagues in YEG and won gold at the AVA Premier 2 in 2018. Lana also won gold with her team in her last year of high school at Morinville Community High School.

Lana is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC.

“I chose GPRC because of the great sports community with excellent sport and academic supports,” she says. “Plus it’s cool that my high school team was also the Wolves, so it’s great to continue with the name. “Once a wolf, always a wolf.””

Lana is most looking forward to having a competitive year with strong players and good mentors during her upcoming rookie season with the Wolves.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Outside Hitter, Lana out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Lana is a dynamic attacker and an all around skilled passer, defender and server. We are excited to have her on-board. She has a very strong passion and relentless work ethic for the game of volleyball.”

Welcome to the pack, Lana.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Heather Holtz. Heather is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad as a hometown rookie, Grande Prairie Composite High School graduate Heather Holtz is excited to be a part of the exciting future of GPRC and the Wolves Volleyball program.

Heather is bringing some awesome experience to the Wolves including bringing home silver in 2018 when her team, the South Peace Volleyball Club (SPVC) Blizzards were named #2 in Division 2 in Canada. Placing again in 2019, Heather along with her SPVC teammates bought home bronze at the Alberta Premier 2 and were named third in the province.

Heather is looking forward to starting her post-secondary journey at GPRC while being able to play with new and experienced players. “I am excited to be on an ACAC level team and playing against other Colleges and Universities at a high level and intensity than I’ve ever played at before.”

Heather chose GPRC because “it’s close to home, so I can be with my family and since I am unsure of what future career path I want to take, I can take courses through the Open Studies program and see what interests me while playing volleyball.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is thrilled to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“Heather is an accomplished local athlete from the South Peace Volleyball Club who brings speed and a strong jumping ability to the court. She will be an asset as both an attacker and blocker in the middle position for the Wolves. We are very excited for Heather to join the pack.”

Welcome to the pack, Heather.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

What I’ve Learned from Mental Health First Aid

What I’ve Learned from Mental Health First Aid

During my post-secondary journey, I had the opportunity to complete the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, which is offered through the Pace Centre here in Grande Prairie. In the last five years depression and psychological disorder rates for young people have increased substantially. With this increase comes the need for an increase in awareness about the signs and symptoms related to mental health illnesses and diseases. Mental health illness and disease can affect anyone, mental health disorders impact people of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. Unfortunately, many people suffering from the symptoms feel afraid or ashamed to discuss their situation because they feel that society labels those suffering mental health as being unfit or incapable. The stigma surrounding mental health prevents individuals from seeking a professional or even reaching out to others for help. As a community, raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of mental health illness and disease is crucial. Mental Health First Aid provided me a better understanding of how to communicate with someone demonstrating the signs and symptoms. Raising awareness on mental health disorders within the community will create a supporting, positive environment for everyone and will potentially save lives. The crippling stigma attached to mental health is a concern we all, as a community, need to work together to address in order to allow these individuals to receive the help they need.

 

The five basic actions of MHFA are:

Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm

Listen non-judgmentally

Give reassurance and information

Encourage person to seek appropriate medical/professional help

Encourage other supports- friends, family, support groups, etc.

 

This course allowed me to feel more confident in my abilities to assist someone struggling with mental health. On a daily basis, I intend on being more aware of those around me, a simple conversation can change someone’s life. For more information on the MHFA course, you can contact Pace or talk to the Continuing Education staff at GPRC, or the staff involved with Peer Counselling at GPRC.

Source: Google

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Natasha Getz.

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 2019

GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week: January 7, 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 Scott Fraser from the Wolves Men’s Soccer team and Anna van der Giessen from the Wolves Cross Country Running/Indoor Track team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!

 

Scott Fraser #14

Program: 5th Year, Business Administration
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

GPRC Wolves midfielder, Scott Fraser is in his fifth and final year at the College. He has played a key role in the program and mentoring our younger players. Scott has a wand of a left foot and possesses a wonderful first touch complete with a booming shot. He is one of the most naturally gifted athletes in the squad and his love for the game brings the team’s momentum up a notch.

Scott is a popular member of the squad. He is a mature student-athlete and advises the younger athletes of the Wolves way. Thank you to Scott for his dedication to the Wolves.

 

Anna van der Giessen

Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hometown: Bezanson, Alberta

With the departure of last year’s Cross Country Running MVP Kelcie Bulas, Anna van der Giessen was tasked with leading the Wolves Women’s Cross Country team this fall. Anna stepped up to the task and was the top GPRC Wolves Women’s runner in every race during the October and November season. The pride of Bezanson, Alberta, Anna looks to score points in Indoor Track for the Wolves in the 600m, the 1000m, and the 4 x 400m relay this semester. Thank you Anna for your dedication to the Wolves program.

Congratulations to our GPRC Wolves Featured Athletes of the Week. Thank you for being excellent examples of what it means to be a student-athlete.

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 22, 2018

GPRC Wolves Athletes of the Week: October 22, 2018

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 Britney Peters and Ethan Nashim from the Wolves Women’s Basketball team and Men’s Volleyball team as our current Athletes of the Week!

Britney Peters

2nd Year Bachelor of Education, University Transfer
Forward
Fort St. John, B.C. 

Britney has put in a ton of work in the off season and it has shown in training and in games. She had a career high 20 points during their first season game vs. The Kings Eagles on October 19. Britney is a committed athlete and natural leader. She plays an integral role on the Wolves team and has really helped the first year athletes transition into the ACAC.

 

 

Ethan Nashim

2nd Year Bachelor of Kinesiology, University Transfer
Outside Hitter
Lac La Biche, A.B.

Ethan’s success on the floor comes as no surprise to his teammates and coaches. He has shown great dedication to training and growth throughout the off-season and during the first two months of his second year at GPRC.  He is a great example for his first year and future teammates showing that hard work pays off! During their home game on October 19, Ethan was an outlet scorer finishing with 16 kills and a .350 hitting efficiency. He also pitched in 5 service aces and had multiple runs to put Kings Eagles on the defensive.

Congratulations Britney and Ethan.