Welcome to 2016!

In this issue

The Spirit of Innovation Alive and Well

GPRC's Centre for Research and Innovation along with local innovator Lindsay Wadsworth have been featured in this month's Alberta Venture publication. Wadsworth is the owner of Sexsmith based Integrity Technologies and is working with the CRI to patent some of his ideas. He has also been nominated as the GP and District Chamber's 2015 Innovator of the Year award. 

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Getting Together For Some Winter Fun


GPRC Fairview campus staff and their families wrapped up 2015 with a winter social on December 21, 2015. The event was held in the foyer of the Recreation Centre, with outdoor activities taking place just outside.



Hot dogs and s'mores were toasted on a bonfire and sleigh (wagon) rides around campus were hosted by Welding instructor Riley Buker, who arrived with Santa Claus himself! A great time was had by all and special thanks to the hard working group who put on the event!

~ Submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Learn More About GPRC

Did you know that GPRC's Grande Prairie campus has a state of the art telescope or a world class recording studio? If not then a campus tour is what you need! Get up to speed on where the different departments are housed and the awesome services that are provided. Also, get some valuable insight into the history of the building and the special touches architect Douglas Cardinal added to our great building. 

Tours are open to all staff and will take place on the GP Campus of GPRC the last Wednesday of every second month, from 11:00 – 12:30 compliments of Gordon Pellerin. The first one will be January 27, 2016.

~ Submitted by Valerie Day-Hawkins

Remember the Room O' Plenty

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's important to continue to think of those who are less fortunate than ourselves. GPRC's on-campus food bank, the Room O' Plenty assists many students on both Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses throughout the year, providing them with food and personal care items they could not afford on their own. Although there have been some amazing donations to the Room O' Plenty this past year, there is a current shortfall of the following items: 

  • Vegetable Soup
  • Canned meat
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • KD
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Sidekicks
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Mr. Noodles
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Jam
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ketchup
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Pull ups size 4T-5T
  • Diapers size 6

Thank you to everyone for their continued support!


Did You Know?

Did you know that we have a campus subscription to the National Film Board? The NFB is a great source for educational and personal interest features and can be accessed using this link. For off-capmus viewing you may need to log in with the barcode on the back of your ID and PIN, which is the last four digits of your barcode.  If you have any problems or questions, contact Eden Murray-Black.

Santa Claus Was In Town

GPRC Fairview Campus had great participation in this year's Santa Claus Parade, held by the Town of Fairview on November 27, 2015. Special thanks to Welding instructor Riley Buker for providing the team of horses for the horse & wagon, ridden by Patricia & Shaun Woronuk along with spirited Animal Health Technology Students. 


Thanks to Heavy Equipment instructors Duane Frizzell & Kelly Rainer, along with the second year students who helped to decorate Santa’s Caterpillar delivery dump truck. 


Also thanks to Harley-Davidson® instructors Peter Sellers, Carl Ball and Bill Antonello and their class for their float entry. Another thanks goes out to the Animal Health Technology, Heavy Equipment and Harley-Davidson® students for handing out candy throughout the parade.  

~ Submitted by Patricia Woronuk, photos courtesy of Faye Ewing

Securing GPRC

As we embark on a new semester, it's important to keep safety and security in mind. Here are some tips from Risk Enterprise Management to help keep everyone safe.

  • When leaving your office, make sure to check your door to ensure that it is locked and secured. This may be at the end of the day, over lunchtime, or even for a short walk down the hall. An open room / office is an easy target and within a few minutes a person can go through drawers and filing cabinets. Likewise, after using a classroom, please ensure you power-off all equipment and close and lock the door as you leave. Instead of leaving classrooms open, I.T. Help Desk provides a quick and easy process for signing out classroom keys over the duration of your class or for one-time use. 
  • Do not leave purses, wallets, or cash left unattended. Computers, laptops, and cell phones also need to be secured and not left open. A locked door and a locked device are the best deterrents against vandalism and theft. Please contact Security (ext 2700) and IT Help Desk (ext 2933) immediately if you lose your key or ID card. 
  • Privacy breaches may need to be reported to Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner’s Office. If you are aware of any lost information (i.e. missing college records, stolen laptop, misplaced flash drive) you must inform Norine Laverick (ext 2068), GPRC’s Information and Privacy Coordinator.

If you are aware of any theft, vandalism, or other suspicious activities, please notify Security.

~ Submitted by Nate Smith

Steps to Success

Starting in January, the GPRC Library will launch the Steps to Success program in Grande Prairie. Our aim is to empower students by bridging the gap in college readiness through a series of micro-lessons that will introduce students to key concepts of academic success. Participating students must attend 5 core lessons and select 5 additional lessons of their choice to complete the program. Each student who completes the program will be invited to a pizza party lunch on the last day of classes and entered into a draw. The grand prize will be a Chromebook and the runners up will receive Samsung Galaxy Tablets.

This is a collaborative effort and we are grateful for the support we have already received from Student Services, IT, Peer Counselling, and the Student Success Officer, Janelle MacRae. YOU TOO can help support the program by telling students about it and encouraging them to attend. Please visit http://libguides.gprc.ab.ca/stepstosuccess to view the spread of options. Any questions? Please ask!

This is a pilot project for the Grande Prairie Campus and tailored modifications will be considered for Fairview and GP Trades.

~ Submitted by Sheena Gardner

GPRC Students Receive Community Foundation Awards

Thank you Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta for supporting student success! The Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta invested $39,000 in 43 local post-secondary education students during annual student awards and community impact grants presentation held Dec 9, 2015 in Grande Prairie.

Of the 43 students presented awards, 29 are enrolled at GPRC and received a total of $27,530 in student awards. Recipients included: Devyn McAskile, Caileigh Reid, Jennifer Charlesworth, Brett Bowman, Aliesha Gliege, Shae Caron, Laura Rotaru, Nicole Phillips, Emma Roberts, Jessica Hubley, Jessie Clegg, Alexandra Hampshire, Kamille Newham, Jennifer Tourangeau, Jeul Bundy, Cindy Belcourt, Emily Bielech, Matthew Gorman, Donjun (Fred) Min, Sharon Donna Calliou, Sheena Smith, Erik Derose, Michelle Krahn, Sarah Kosa, Jessica Boos, Jenise Alward, Taylor Sieben, Jennifer Doran and Daniel GoodSwimmer.

GPRC also received a community impact grant of $765 for the GPRC Alumni/Foundation Student Emergency Program. The funds come from the Pearcy Family Fund and support students when they need it most. GPRC was one of 30 community organizations that received a total of $139,000 in investment from the Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta.  Vice-President Administration Dwayne Hart accepted the grant on behalf of GPRC.

The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta helps connect donors with local and regional organizations and causes that they care about most. We help people enrich the lives of others in a meaningful and satisfying manner. The Community Foundation is unique because they encompass ALL areas of community. They invest in local initiatives ranging from support for seniors, access to post-secondary education, improving the environment, supporting children’s programs and many other worthy causes.

If you would like more information about the Community Foundation and its student awards and community impact grants please visit http://www.buildingtomorrowtoday.com/ or contact lindsey@buildingtomorrowtoday.com or call 780-538-2820.

Spring 2016 Line-up at the DJC

There are some exciting shows coming to the Douglas J Cardinal Performing Arts Centre this spring! This time of year everyone is suffering from the winter blahs, so why not visit the warm, intimate setting of our world class theatre?

For those who love dance we have Citie Ballet's Enigma coming on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Tickets are available at the Showcase Centre.

The final show of the 2015-16 GPRC Performance Series will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, featuring Edmonton Fringe Festival favourite Shangri-la. One night in late August of 1963, in the prairie town of Millard we meet 14 year old Jeanne McCate: her sixteen year old sister is pregnant; her Dad has been drinking; her Mom has been swearing; and Jeanne is hanging on for dear life in her own hilarious and heartfelt way… and all before the big dance! Caught between her own family crisis, community mores and the limits of family loyalty, Jeanne turns to pop songs, 45s and her imagination to, as her mother says, “pull herself together.” Tickets can be purchased online through the Revolution Place Box Office, or by calling 780.538.0387.

For the kids, or just kids at heart, Koba's Great Big Show will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016. This exciting musical mix features the highpoints of Koba’s most popular productions. In this live show, the imaginative Backyardigans travel from the frozen north to the sunny seas and home again just in time for a snack! Hilarious results arise when everybody’s favourite bunny siblings Max & Ruby encounter some strange party guests! Have fun playing riddles and rhymes with Franklin the Turtle and his Woodland pals, then join the chivalrous Mike the Knight and his friends as they adventure throughout the magical kingdom of Glendragon.


Taking a Break From Daily Stresses

Engineering student Gabrielle Frykberg (L) and Education student Emma Kedy take time out during stress-less week to do some colouring.

Students and staff had some fun over Stress-less week, held across GPRC Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2015. We all know that this can be a stressful time of year, and daily events took place to help lighten things up. There was something for everyone at the GP campus, with a meditation workshop, pyjama day, colouring, mini-games and more. Everyone had a great time and there were lots of smiles to show for it!

GPRC Fairview librarians Monica Macdonald (L) and Erika Thompson do some colouring in their PJ's with the help of NEOS the Library cat. 

The Library at GPRC Fairview campus participated in the Stress Less Week activities on December 2, 2015, taking the opportunity to promote their latest addition of coloring books, sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles and puzzlers (wire, metal and wood puzzles). Coloring & puzzles are known as a great stress relief as well as a way to stay mentally fit, serving as preventive measures for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 

A Time for Giving

Viterra supports GPRC student awards

Viterra representative Brent Lindsay, Market Centre Manager and Christie Trembicki, HR Business Partner present GPRC CEO Don Gnatiuk with a cheque in the amount of $115,000 in support of new student awards

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Encana supports GPRC Aboriginal Services

(L-R) Joanne Ballance and Ashley Walker of GPRC accept a cheque in the amount of $30,000 from Leigha Parsons and Tyson Pylypiw of Encana. The funds will support the Circle of Aboriginal Students, student celebrations and cultural teachings.

It's Time for the 28th Annual Harley-Davidson® Raffle!

It's that time again! The 28th Annual Harley-Davidson® Raffle kicked off a few short weeks ago and is already 30% sold! This year's grand prize is a 2016 Harley-Davidson® Dyna Wide Glide FXDWG103, with Ready to Ride Safety Lesson*, valued at $24,346.68 and will be drawn on Friday, June 17, 2016. There are second and third place prizes of Harley-Davidson® gift cards, as well as three early bird cash prizes. Tickets are $100 each and there are only 599 available, so make sure to get yours today!

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What's New with P2P?

Dr. Abigail Adebusuyi, Applied Scientist with the GPRC-CRI Pollutants to Products research, presents at the CiCan Engery Conference in Medicine Hat, November 5-7, 2015. 

It's been a busy fall for those involved with GPRC-CRI's Pollutants to Products (P2P) project. In September 2015, they welcomed visiting scholars Lydia Dickinson and Anna Peelo, personnel of EnEco System Inc., for a four month training opportunity on P2P's microalgae cultivation process. 

This training is part of GPRC-CRI's commitment to initiate technology transfer with industry partner EnEco Systems Inc, who is committed to supporting and utilizing P2P's microalgae technology for their 'waste to energy' process. Since their arrival, Lydia and Anna have acquired essential skills for cultivating microalgae and have contributed to the success of a P2P research goal.

September 29 - October 2, 2015, P2P's Principal Investigator, Dr. Weixing Tan attended the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit in Washington DC, where he showcased P2P's algae cultivation system technology through a poster presentation titled "Spatial Sunlight Dilution Significantly Increases Microalgae Areal Productivity"

Dr. Adebusuyi presented a speech on "Advancing Sustainable Production of Microalgal Biofuels" at the Colleges and Institutes Canada's 2015 Energy Symposium, November 5-7, 2015 at Medicine Hat College, Alberta. Her talk focused on how P2P's microalgae technology will help to advance sustainable cultivation of microalgal biomass for biofuels and other valuable products.

To learn more on how you can be involved in P2P's microalgae project, contact Dr. Weixing Tan (wtan@gprc.ab.ca) or Dr. Bruce Rutley (brutley@gprc.ab.ca). 

Test-driving Fine Arts Student For a Day

On November 5, 2015, GPRC Fine Arts faculty and staff welcomed 150 students from Alberta High Schools for Fine Arts Student for a Day. Students took part in Visual Arts and Music sessions in the morning and were treated to performances by current music students in the afternoon. They also had the opportunity to screen two films produced by students in DD1082 Video course.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this day a huge success! Feedback from the high schools was very positive. Student comments forwarded from Hines Creek instructor Paula Fiorini, included “changed my life” and “I will be coming here”. Food services staff received accolades as well "Good job to everyone including the pizza lady – awesomeness". 

~ Submitted by Tanya Kinderwater, photos courtesy of Twyla Exner

The Accolades Keep on Coming!

GPRC Fine Arts instructor Tina Martel's graphic narrative "Not in the Pink" received a nod from the USA Book News awards for 2015, placing as a finalist in both the Health - Cancer, and Art categories. Congratulations Tina!


GPRC Student Recognized for Outstanding Achievement!

GPRC graduate Dustin Hauber, has been awarded the 2014-2015 Top Mark Award for Parts Technician Level 3, by the Northwest Territories Apprenticeship Board. Dustin completed his Parts Technician training at GPRC in March of 2015, under the guidance of instructor Craig Rode.

According to Rode, "Dustin worked very hard to be as successful as he could and he tried to take in everything that was presented in class. Dustin truly worked to learn as much as he could, not only to pass exams but to become a better Parts Technician. The award is a wonderful acknowledgement of his efforts and also speaks to what we do in our classes at GPRC."

~ Submitted by Craig Rode

Scaring Hunger Away!

The GPRC Room O’ Plenty Food Bank was overwhelmed by the efforts of the Academy School, and their generous donations for our on-campus food bank. Students from the Academy went door-to door on Hallowe'en Night to collect non-perishable donations. As a result, the Room O' Plenty was inundated with more food than has ever been given in a single donation!! A cube van filled to the rafters with food, was brought to Student Services in Grande Prairie where staff distributed the food between the Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses.

~ Submitted by Christine Gurlitz

Have You Heard About Cat Days?

For the past few years, the GPRC Student Wellness program has led the Puppy Days initiative, where dogs from the Grande Prairie SPCA are brought to campus for some TLC from students and staff. This has served to be a huge stress reduction tool and many look forward to the next time their furry friends will stop by. 

Staff at GPRC Fairview have taken it one step further and created Cat Days. The first event was held at Fairview campus on Thursday, Nov 26, 2015, with staff and students stopping by the Atrium to get some feline love. Three cats were brought in from the GP SPCA and while on campus, had some procedures taken care of through the Animal Health Technology Program.

~ Submitted by Alison Bjornson

Excellence In People

At each monthly Board of Governors meeting, staff and faculty recognitions are presented to the Board by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team.


• Many thanks to the GPRC Trades department for their contributions to the RBC Christmas homeless initiative. The initiative raised $650 to purchase VISA gift cards for families in need, of which GPRC Trades donated $375!

• Congratulations to GPRC Fine Arts student Jennifer Tourangeau, recipient of the Q99 student award at the 2015 Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta Awards

• Congratulations to Fine Arts Faculty member Tina Martel as her book "Not in the Pink" has placed as a finalist in both the Heath - Cancer and Art categories of the USA Book News awards for 2015.

• Thank you to Fine Arts faculty and staff for another successful Fine Arts Student for a day. Kudos as well to Food Services - attendees commented on the great food and pleasant staff. 

• Congratulations to former GPRC Parts Technician student Dustin Hauber who has received the 2014-2015 Top Mark Award for Parts Technician Level 3, by the Northwest Territories Apprenticeship Board.

• Once again GPRC Business Admin students undertook the Peace Country Idol project, and did not disappoint. A fantastic job was done by students Colette Auger, Heather Crichton, Bailee Crook, Robin Donald, Amber Donovan, Justin Gaigneur, Marissa Gon, Durai Haakstad, Shane Head, Melissa Hurley, Lee Lambert, Chelsea Lefebvre, Breah Look, Jasmin Marshall, Madison McLeod, Scott Pearson, Lucas Peddle, Kyra Plontke, Kory Rycroft, Ryan Sivorot, Daken Soroka, Travis Tomshak and Jon Way. Huge thank you to instructor Cibylla Rakestraw for her commitment to this community fundraising project, in support of the Swan City Rotary.