Meet your 2017/2018 SAGPRC

Meet your 2017/2018 SAGPRC

Another new school year is upon us which means it’s time to get to know, or re-introduce yourself to your new Students’ Association.

The GPRC Students’ Association exists to represent and advocate for students and have the goal of wanting to make your GPRC experience memorable and successful.

The SA is committed to understanding the demographic of GPRC students and eager to reach all students through guest speakers, awareness weeks, family events and parties!

So, what does the Students Association do for you?

They provide a number of services to make your life as a student as easy and stress free as possible.

SA Services

  • Student Health and Dental Plan
  • Student Handbook
  • Student Discount List
  • Photocoping – B&W & Color Copies
  • Fax Service
  • Microwaves
  • Lost & Found
  • Awards & Bursaries
  • Board Room Bookings
  • Student Grievances
Howlers Lounge

  • Entertainment
  • Pool Tables and Video Games
  • TV’s
Campus Activities

  • Alcohol Awareness Program
  • Student Volunteer Centre
  • Recreational Events – Ski Trip, etc
  • Clubs

So now, let’s meet your 2017 Students’ Association representatives.

Blaine Badiuk – President.

Blaine Badiuk is proud to have been born and raised in Grande Prairie, the youngest city in Alberta. Blaine started his studies at GPRC as a Dual Credit student in Fall 2015. Following graduation from Charles Spencer High School, Blaine enrolled full-time at GPRC, and will be continuing studies for the next few years. Studying Mathematics Education, Blaine hopes to one day inspire students to open their minds to the power and beauty of math.

As President of the Students’ Association of Grande Prairie Regional College, Blaine is continuing his passion of representing students. As a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council with Alberta Education, student representative on School Council, and as a member of the City of Grande Prairie’s Youth Council, Blaine has advocated for students to nearly every level of government.

Grande Prairie’s music community is where Blaine spends his spare time, by being a member of Grande Prairie’s Community Symphony Orchestra and being involved with Musical Theatre productions.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

Blaine looks forward to build off the legacy from last year’s executive, and to ensure all students are being served by the association.

 

Lindsey Comeau- Vice President External.

My name is Lindsey Comeau and I was born and raised in Clairmont just outside of Grande Prairie. I went to Peace Wapiti Academy in GP for all of high school. I am taking the university transfer Bachelor of Arts program at GPRC and am majoring in political science. Peace Wapiti has a small amount of students and I loved the close and personal atmosphere it had. GPRC being a smaller college offers the same kind of personal feel and that is why I chose to start my degree here. Student leadership to me is above all else, learning how to be a peer. We as student leaders have to listen to our peers and hear their concerns and then apply them to solutions. This means we have to be conscious of everyone’s concerns and always have them in mind when making decisions and that we always have to be student focused. I am also apart of the Model UN club at GPRC, which has taught me a lot when it comes to being peer focused and considerate of other people’s concerns. I believe being apart of this club will help me always make my decisions based on the students’ needs and wants.

 

Brent Nordhagen – Vice President Internal.

Brent Nordhagen was born in Calgary, Alberta. He lived there until the age of five before moving to Grande Prairie, Alberta. Growing up in Grande Prairie, Brent attended the Grande Prairie Composite High School, and proceeded to graduate from there. Unsure of what program to pursue, Brent enrolled himself as a full-time student taking Open Studies at GPRC in 2015/2016. Now after completing his first year of Business Administration, he feels this program is a promising one.

Considering Brent was raised in a family orientated environment, he chose GPRC because it is accessible and an institution where he can get an education while being close to his whole family. Student leadership to Brent is acting as the backbone for students creating a unified voice to make a difference. Whether you are on campus or off, students come first. Ironically, during Brent’s first year at GPRC, he thought the Students’ Association was a part of the bookstore. He now knows the SA plays a huge role in student life and the political side of the spectrum. After taking a marketing course, Brent understands the fundamentals and wants to bring awareness to the SA from the inside of the organization to the student eye. His goal is that no student will ever think the SA is a part of the bookstore again. The last year student executives have created a solid foundation for this upcoming year, and Brent plans to build on the momentum to solidify that legacy.

 

Dravjot Minhas – Vice President Social.

Dravjot Minhas was born in Edmonton and lived there until the age of 3 before moving to Grande Prairie. He graduated from the Composite High School in the year of 2012. He is currently enrolled in the Business Administration Program looking to specialize in Human Resources. Dravjot choose to go to GPRC because it is local to him and as he said “Hey, tuition is pretty good”. What does student leadership mean to Dravjot? To him it means being there for his fellow students in terms of making them laugh, make them feel included or involved, and being a shoulder to vent on.

In the 2016 fall semester Dravjot had no intention or idea that he would be working so close to the Students’ Association until he was recruited to join the Student Council by the past Vice President Internal, Ryan Sivorot. Throughout the school year, Dravjot got first hand experience at how the Students’ Association operated through being involved in the By-law Review Committee. In the winter 2017 semester when it came time to advertise the upcoming student election, Dravjot was asked by the Executive Council team if he had any plans of running. After being convinced, Dravjot decided Vice President Social was the best fit for him and soon took to focusing his attention to campaigning.

During his time in office, Dravjot wants to focus on creating and advertising a large variety of events that will appeal to the different groups of his fellow student body.

 

Remember your SAGPRC is here for you, so don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

Blaine Badiuk
President
780-539-2948
sapresident@gprc.ab.ca
Lindsey Comeau
Vice President External
780-539-2821
savpexternal@gprc.ab.ca
Brent Nordhagen
Vice President Internal
780-539-2744
savpinternal@gprc.ab.ca
Dravjot Minhas
Vice President Social
780-539-2741
savpsocial@gprc.ab.ca
Left to Right: Vice President External, Lindsey Comeau; Vice President Social, Dravjot Minhas; Vice President Internal Brent Nordhagen, President Blaine Badiuk.
GPRC Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

GPRC Howlers Cup Dodgeball Tournament

GPRC students celebrated the end of the academic year using the 5 D’s of Dodgeball – Dodge-Dip-Duck-Dive-Dodge.

GPRC’s Howler’s Cup happened on April 12 as part of the college’s meltdown festivities to celebrate the end of the academic year, and summer being around the corner. 

The original Howler’s Cup was organized by a past Students’ Association president and was actually a floor hockey tournament.

Our GPRC Student Wellness department wanted to bring it back, and give the students a way to let lose before finals.

And so a Dodgeball Tournament was born.

13 teams of GPRC students came out with most teams wearing matching themed team uniforms competing for some awesome prizes.

 

The Prizes

  • First Place
  • Best Team Uniform
  • Best Team Name

And the winners were:

1st Place Champions – ‘Swole Patrol’
2nd Place – ‘Blue Balls’
3rd Place – ‘Commerce Crusaders’

Best Team Name – Commerce Crusaders;

Best Dressed Team – Mama Mia

Best Dressed Team – ‘Mama Mia’

GPRC Student Wellness and GPRCSA would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in this fun afternoon.

“There was a tremendously positive energy right from the very beginning of the tournament,” said Joel Thibault, GPRC Student Wellness Coordinator. “There were some great costumes and so much attention to detail. This was clearly a tournament students were thinking about and looking forward to since we began marketing it!”

 

Even GPRC’s Farley got in on the action!

GPRC students didn’t hold back and busted out their ninja-like and acrobatic moves to dodge flying Dodgeballs.  The afternoon included many underdog victories that really got teams and the crowd roaring!

Majority of the afternoon saw students coming to watch the event, grab a bit to eat and drink provided by the SA, and cheer on their friends and fellow students. The place was packed from 1-3 p.m. with many instructors and users of GPRC’s Fitness Centre coming to check out the action as well.

Check out more photos of the GPRC Dodgeball Tournament on our Facebook page.

Thank you so everyone who made this event a total success! 

Your GPRC SA members joined in on the fun forming the Guardians of Meltdown team!

 

Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health

Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health

GPRC is proud to be standing up for Mental Health Awareness by making some noise for mental health.

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Student-athletes and mental health advocates in Alberta are teaming up with RBC Olympians and Sheldon Kennedy to reduce stigma related to mental illness and promote mental health and wellness. Make Some Noise for Mental Health is an award-winning campaign which promotes mental health awareness on 17 post-secondary campuses in 15 communities. Coinciding with ‘Blue Monday’, the campaign begins on January 16 and continues until February 12, 2017.

Read the full Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference news release here.

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Join us on February 3rd and 4th at our GPRC Volleyball home games against the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings to show support of your student athletes and spread awareness of mental health. 

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Earlier in the day of February 3rd, join us for a Bike A Thon: Make Some Noise for Mental Health put on by your GPRC Student Wellness and hosted in the SAGPRC Howler’s Lounge. 

The Bike-A-Thon event features up to 20 teams on 20 stationary bikes in the GPRC Howlers Lounge pedaling to achieve the furthest distance for the grand prize.

Student Wellness, Wolves Athletics and the Students’ Association are working together to put together a fun event that will raise awareness for mental health, bring the student body together and burn some calories! Go the distance for Mental Health and Campus Activities!

Learn more on how to register and get involved here. 

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