Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Last May, GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott visited Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia in May 2017.

Check out their adventures here.

Recently, Holmesglen got to return the favour and join us in Grande Prairie for a visit.

Andree Gamble and Debra Kiegaldie from Holmesglen Nursing Department located in Melbourne, Australia arrived at GPRC earlier this month after a roughly 30-hour plane ride as part of an exchange program with the College. This trip was both of their first times to Canada.

Debra Kiegaldie (L) and Andree Gamble from Melbourne, Australia’s Holmesglen Institute.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2020, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both institutions having hospitals on college-owned land.

On their agenda was getting to meet and discuss further opportunities with the College’s Executive team and Nursing Department along with getting to sit in on the some of the current accelerated Nursing courses happening over the summer at the College.

Gamble, an Undergraduate Coordinator at Holmesglen, discussed how much she enjoyed sitting in on one of GPRC’s classes.

“The cohort of students was outstanding and so welcoming of me,” said Gamble. “I think it would be good for our students to experience the smaller class sizes and likewise for the Grande Prairie students.”

Class sizes at GPRC are quite a bit smaller than those at Holmesglen, with a 56-student intake as opposed to Holmesglen’s approximately 600 students in two Nursing programs (a two-year Diploma program and a three-year Bachelor’s degree.)

A major goal of this budding partnership is to start an exchange program that would involve students and faculty.

“It would be good for our students and also the students in Grande Prairie to see how similar we are in terms of health care and access to health care,” said Gamble. “Our students live in a big city, so access to medical care of any description is really quite close. Here it is a different environment. This is a regional centre.”

Visiting the College’s On-Campus Friendship Centre.

Kiegaldie, an associate professor at Holmesglen Institute, said that would be great experience for their students.

“We talk to our students a lot about a global view on health. This would be an opportunity to expand their thinking and their understanding of what it means to work in another country,” she said.

The faculty from both institutions discussed the potential benefits of a faculty member accompanying the two or three students who would be partaking in the exchange to create a sense of comfort and continue to expand the sharing of knowledge.

“Faculty exchanges are beneficial because we can pick up on the little things that have been implemented successfully at GPRC and see if they would work for us and likewise,” said Kiegaldie.

At this early planning stage, discussions are around having students from Grande Prairie visit Holmesglen in April and students from Australia visit GPRC in October.

A tour of the College’s National Bee Diagnostics Centre.

Before Andree and Debra departed on their trip home, they for sure got the Alberta-tourist experience. The ladies toured Banff and Lake Louise and saw a bear, got a picture with the Big Beaver in Beaverlodge, viewed the expansion project at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and—their favourite activity—got to ride in a chuckwagon!

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” said Gamble. “It was the ultimate experience!”

Debra and Andree experiencing a chuckwagon for the first time!

A huge thank you to Andree and Debra for joining us at GPRC. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the near future.

Welcome, Nabil!

Welcome, Nabil!

We are happy to welcome Nabil Marouf as our new Research Project Coordinator at GPRC’s NBDC-TAC! Nabil is a scientist who has worked in Grande Prairie for near five years in various roles from public health projects manager and analytical support to psycho-social aid and training’s on resilience techniques against stress, a skill he put to use helping Fort McMurray residents and professionals in the aftermath of the 2016 wildfire.

Like most scientists, Nabil has nurtured a lifelong passion for learning and sharing. It was his eagerness for new experiences that first brought him to NBDC-TAC. “I’m a scientific adventurer who likes to learn and to be inspired. There’s nothing more inspiring than the noble task of saving the bees, at least to try to help.”

Part of Nabil’s mandate while he is here is to work on completing the National Survey of Bee Health, an NBDC-TAC four-year project that began in 2014. “It’s a challenge, another exciting one” said Nabil. The National Survey aims to establish a bee health database for Canadian beekeepers by collecting and analyzing bee samples from across the country. The project is the first of its kind in Canada, and will help bring Canada up to the same standards as other top-ranking beekeeping nations of the world.

Nabil is aware of the importance of his role to the success of its mission. To Nabil, bee health is more than just a science experiment: it is the future. “If we don’t care about the bees, we don’t care about the environment we’re living in. About what we are eating, what we are giving to our kids and the next generations. The bee is a good indicator of the health status of our environment. It’s definitively the future of the world!”

As Nabil tackles the newest challenge in his life, he is excited to do it alongside the outstanding team at GPRC’s NBDC-TAC – almost as excited as we are to have him here.

Welcome, Nabil!