R E L A X: It’s good for you!

R E L A X: It’s good for you!

 

 

Finding ways to relax without the time needed.

With final exams, job searching, family pressures, and all the other life pressures, stress is high and time is short. However, if we don’t make the time to relax, we will do worse on everything that we work on. Relaxing is a priority, especially when we are pressured to accomplish a lot. Summer is the time to have fun, regroup, and spend lots of time in the sun! Have a great summer!

Submitted by Corry Lemire, GPRC Student Ambassador.

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

Two new recruits for Women’s Soccer

The GPRC Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of Mariah Kyllo and Danja Fredrickson to the Women’s Soccer program.

Mariah Kyllo joins the pack for the 2018/19 season.

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.

Welcome to the pack, Danja!

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.

She chose GPRC because of the Kinesiology program and looks forward to meeting and playing with new team mates.

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.

Welcome to the pack, ladies!

GPRC Thanks ELCC Educators for their Commitment and Dedication

GPRC Thanks ELCC Educators for their Commitment and Dedication

The College’s Early Childhood Education Awards has become an event looked forward to by the community for the past three years.

Last night, the 3rd Annual awards took place at GPRC where guests celebrated and recognized the outstanding contributions, positive impacts, commitment and dedication that educators working in childcare programs and facilities have on the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Recognizing the dedicated work of early childhood educators and programs is something our department looks forward to every year,” said Theresa Suderman, GPRC Chair, Early Learning and Child Care. “I personally think these awards could be renamed ‘Celebrating our Superheros’. Raising awareness for the remarkable work being done in child care every day is wonderful to be a part of.”

Theresa Suderman, GPRC Chair, Early Learning and Child Care welcomes guests to the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Education Awards hosted last night at GPRC.

This year 45 early childhood educators were nominated by members of the community for the five awards presented last night with the top three for each category announced at the ceremony.

“I’m thrilled at the overwhelming response we have had from the northwest region.  Many see the work our educators do as just ‘babysitting’ but those who work in this field are trained professionals who care for our most valuable resource at their most vulnerable stage, our children. They definitely deserve this recognition,” added Suderman.

Of the three nominees for the Family Day Home Provider of the Year, the winner was Katarzyna Hoffman from Stepping Stones Day Home Program.

Katarzyna Hoffman from Stepping Stones Day Home Program wins Family Day Home Provider of the Year.

According to the nomination, Katarzyna is “incredibly kind, compassionate and caring.  Her and the children are always doing something fun and creative.  She prepares them yummy, nutritious snacks and meals. Overall she’s just a very sweet woman whose love for teaching and caring for children is so evident.  I feel very grateful having her a sour childcare provider, it makes leaving my children to go to work so much easier and stress free knowing they love being there with her.  I drop them off and have no hesitation or worries leaving them, I know she cares for them with so much love.  I can’t think of a more deserving lady for this award.”

Congratulations Katarzyna.

Of the three nominees for the Preschool Educator of the Year, the winner was Melissa Gast from the Grande Prairie Catholic School Division.

Melissa Gast from the Grande Prairie Catholic School Division wins Preschool Educator of the Year.

Melissa’s nomination stated, “She is a dedicated, innovative, kind, thoughtful, purposeful, driven and helpful educator.  She is the best of the best.  Her program shows versatility, planning, routine, structure, multi-sensory approach and most of all FUN!

She is always prepared for each day with a smile on her face.  She knows how important her presence is to the children and has hardly missed a moment with them.  She also is so well spoken and can make a parent feel at ease when leaving their child in someone else’s hands for the first time. 

She puts her heart and soul into her work.  She is dependable, kind and amazing at what she does.  She is truly a shining example of what every preschool program should be.”

Congratulations Melissa!

Of the three nominees for the Early Childhood Director of the Year, the winner was Venessa Soto from Valleyview Knowledge Tree.

Venessa Soto from Valleyview Knowledge Tree wins Early Childhood Director of the Year.

The nomination for Venessa, stated that “She has worked very hard to create a program which reflects a child-centered philosophy.  She is passionate about her work and is a firm believer in the importance of quality early childhood development and how that can make a difference in a child’s life. She has worked tirelessly and has put her entire heart into making the program amazing.”

Congratulations Venessa.

Of the three nominees for the Early Childhood Educator of the Year, the winner was Janelle Cunningham from Stepping Stones Daycare.

Janelle Cunningham from Stepping Stones Daycare wins Early Childhood Educator of the Year.

Janelle was portrayed by the nomination as someone who takes a “holistic approach with the children; her interactions are genuine and heartfelt. She models regulation for the children and is always by their side helping them through their emotions…letting the children know, it’s okay not to be okay.

She closely observes the children to ensure she is providing well planned experiences that reflect their interests and needs often incorporating nature and environmentally responsible practices.  When she plans experiences she gets very passionate and excited putting her ideas into motion. Providing a quality program is important for her, she always maintains professionalism.”

Congratulations Janelle.

Of the nominees for the Early Childhood Service of the Year, the winner was Lil Sprouts Preschool.

Lil Sprouts Preschool wins Early Childhood Service of the Year.

The nominations for Lil Sprouts Preschool stated that “This program is amazing!  My child learns so many wonderful things here.  It warms my heart to know he is safe, happy and most of all comfortable.

It is a happy place for children to learn and grow.

This program has taught my child to share, listen and demonstrate kindness to others. 

I am so comfortable leaving my child here knowing that they are in a fun, stimulating, learning environment.”

Congratulations Lil Sprouts Preschool.

Winners last night received a plaque and rose as a token of appreciation for their excellence.

All 2018 Early Childhood Education Awards winners.

Thank you to all our nominees for their commitment and dedication to the early childhood education profession.

More information about GPRC Early Learning and Child Care programs can be found here.

Check out more photos from last night’s event here.

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

Spring Lineup: GPRC Sport, Fitness & Wellness

GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness (SFW) is committed to providing essential programs, education and services to support good health and vitality to our students, staff and the entire community.

Spring has officially sprung!

The spring lineup is here at GPRC SFW and will run from April 23 to June 29; totaling 10-weeks of classes.

 

Want to know more?

Check out the description of each class on the SFW website here.

 

Individuals who want to get in on the action can either register for a specific class or purchase a SFW Punch Card at the Fitness Centre for $120 for 10 uses.

Let’s get those summer bods ready!

For more information, call Joel at (780) 539-2436 or email, JThibault@GPRC.ab.ca 

 

Excited Things Ahead for GPRC Concert Choir

Excited Things Ahead for GPRC Concert Choir

Spring is finally here and GPRC’s Concert Choir has a lot to look forward to!

GPRC Fine Arts Instructor, Tina Alexander-Luna and her concert choir received a once in a life-time opportunity this past January.

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) extended an invitation to the group to participate in a performance of Handel’s Messiah on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance in Isaac Stem Auditorium at Carnegie Hall will take place on Sunday, November 25, 2018.

Congratulations to Tina and the GPRC Concert Choir singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition.