I recently completed my second year of nursing studies at GPRC and the journey has been filled with learning opportunities, hands-on experiences in different clinical settings (including long-term care, public health and maternity and pediatrics), stresses and times where I questioned myself, “why am I doing this?”
Being a student in my 40’s with the majority of classmates who are half of my age makes me think sometimes, “is this the right place for me?” I remember one of our instructors last year mentioned that when you reach over 35 years of age, 100,000 brain cells die every day; no wonder sometimes I feel nothing is going into my brain. 😊
Being a male nursing student where nursing is still considered as a female-dominated profession, my experience has been wonderful so far with very little not-so-wonderful moments. When I was in a long-term care clinical setting, patients and staff at the facility were happy to see a male nursing student as some of the patients needed physically demanding care. Whereas in my maternity clinical settings, many female patients were not comfortable with a male nurse. There are some moments where I missed some learning opportunities in the maternity clinical setting just because I am a male student. It is very interesting because many of the same patients would not be uncomfortable if the doctor was a male. I hope the stigma behind male nurses changes over time because, at the end of the day, nurses are here to help, no matter their gender. I am excited to be a part of that change and to be a male nurse. Even with these challenges, I know that I have chosen the right career path for me!
Submitted by GPRC Nursing student and Student Ambassador, Ram Neupane.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 GPRCand 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.
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
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.
Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Natasha Getz.
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!
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 theACAC 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!
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.
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!
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 Sam Wiancko from the Wolves Women’s Soccer team and Carter Nadkrynechny from the Wolves Men’s Volleyball team as our current Featured Athletes of the Week!
Sam Wiancko #13
Program: 2nd Year, Bachelor of Science Nursing Position: Midfielder Hometown: Stony Plain, Alberta
Now in her second year at GPRC, midfielder Sam Wiancko has played a pivotal role in the Wolves program by mentoring the younger athletes on the team. Sam is calmness personified on the field and never seems rushed when possessing the ball, but rather takes her time to ensure the correct play, pass or shot is made. Anyone who watches Sam on the pitch can see that she is not afraid to head the ball and always puts her body on the line for the sake of the team. Sam excels in the classroom in her Nursing program and is a well-rounded student-athlete. Thank you to Sam for her dedication to the Wolves.
Carter Nadkrynechny #10
Program: 2nd Year, Business Administration Position: Left-side Hitter Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Carter has grown immensely as a player in his last two years with the Wolves. As a Grande Prairie hometown hitter, he has taken big steps forward in his second season. Carter’s work on and off the court has lead to big rewards in finding ways to adapt his strengths to the ACAC. Carter’s speed and ball control allow him to make important plays on reception and defense that set the base for the team’s offensive system. Thank you to Cater for his dedication to the Wolves.
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.