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Winter Walk Day



Winter Walk Day took place across Albert on February 3, 2016. Members of the GPRC community were invited to take a walk around the Reservoir, with stops along the way to play games and get moving. The walk finished up with hot beverages and snacks.





A Visit From the Deans

GPRC had some visitors at our Grande Prairie campus on February 1 and 2, 2016. Deans from the University of Calgary met with executive, as well as members of our Aboriginal service areas. 

For Pete's Sake!

Student Services carries on the tradition of Pete the fish, as Angie Harper passes him on to Ashley Walker, Wednesday, February 11, 2016. Pete has been passed around for quite a few years, and is given between colleagues in recognition of a job well done. Congratulations Ashley!

Exploring Early Learning

Jeff Johnson from Explorations Early Learning was at GPRC's Collins Recital Hall on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2016. Participants had a wonderful time and some comments included - "wish he could come every semester"; "he gave me lots to think about" and "he was the best"!

Thanks to the organizing committee – Theresa Suderman, Kathy Weber, Edith Mongrain, Gaitane Gilje, Rebecca Evarts, Cassandra Kostuk, and Terrah Lindsay. A special thank-you to Shirley Pasieka for giving the welcome address and to Chartwells for a great meal.

~ Submitted by Kathy Weber

North Country Dreaming

Ed Bader's "My Blue Valentine", 2015 Acrylic on paper collage

Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary, is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Edward Bader in the gallery's White Project Room, which runs until April 30, 2016. These intimately scaled works resonate with a clean and simplistic style of another era. 

As Bader states:

"In 2015 I executed a series of collages based on my 2010 photographs taken at the North Country Fair. The Fair is a recreation, on a smaller scale, San Francisco’s  “The Summer of Love”, with its’ wandering jugglers, clowns and numerous kiosks and festive tents selling alternative health remedies, workshops, massages, international crafts, souvenirs and CDs from the local to international groups that perform. I have appropriated the high key colors, flat florid graphics of California’s Sixties art and counter culture i.e the posters of Peter Max and the art style of the Beatle’s animated classic, “The Yellow Submarine”.  The goal of this body of work is to celebrate the vibrant energy and values of Northwestern Alberta’s own counter-culture."


A Meeting of the Council

Members of the GPRC Student Council meet on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Discussions on the table included a vote on whether or not to keep their current provider of student health and dental insurance.

Thank You For Your Support!

Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO accepts a cheque in the amount of $1,040 from Grande Prairie-Beaverlodge RCMP detachment OIC – Superintendent John Ferguson. The funds are from the Archie Harvey Memorial Golf Tournament and support student financial aid at GPRC.

Sharing the Love

Hadley Sutherland and Marina Newnham of the GPRC Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship, serve up coffee and cinnabons to students and staff as a special Valentine's Day treat!

Digging Up The Past

Palaeontological Society of the Peace members: Desh Mittra, Al Lakusta, Katalin Ormay, Bert Hunt and Sheldon Graber. 

GPRC has played a major role in the palaeontological discoveries made in our region over the last 30 years. On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, members of the Palaeontological Society of the Peace, including GPRC staff Katalin Ormay and Bert Hunt, recounted the history of discoveries during a presentation at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. 

~ Submitted by Katalin Ormay

Let's Stop Bullying

Student Services and Library staff in Grande Prairie wore pink on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in support of anti-bullying.

No Such Thing As A Valueless Book!

The books start their long journey from the Library to Africa. Pictured are (front) Ann Gish, Sheena Gardner, and Brenda Zimmerman of the GPRC Grande Prairie Library. (back) Chris Andersen of ANSO and Nick Hazelwood of Beairsto & Associates Engineering Ltd. (Photo: Kat Ormay)

GPRC Library once again was the hub of collecting donated books for Africa. In Cooperation with Chris Andersen of ANSO and with the Grande Prairie’s Swan City Rotary Club, we were able to collect books to be sent to Western Ethiopia. The books are sorted and classified and will delight students, teachers and instructors in K-12 public school classrooms, in colleges, and universities. Some of the books are the seeds to establish public libraries in Ethiopia.

Here are some excerpts from Chris Andersen of ANSO as he relates the story of a previous year’s book shipment.

“The University of Jigjiga kept 6,864 books from one container shipment. The rest of the books were distributed to five high schools and 28 elementary schools. They were extremely grateful for everything they received.”

When Chris Andersen persisted in asking the university President if the received books were of value to their education system, the President finally told him, in no uncertain terms “there is no such thing as a valueless book!”

Bruce Beairsto and Chris Andersen talking to the President of the University of Jigjiga as they review a small part of the donated books. (Photo: Chris Andersen)

Thank you to all those who contributed to this campaign this year. Know that your generosity is making a difference and that your donations are used and much appreciated!

~ Submitted by Kat Ormay

UPACE Yourself!

GPRC Campus Wellness uses UPACE APP as a benefit to the program

The UPACE app is revolutionizing convenience for our fitness facilities and group fitness classes. By downloading the UPACE app, you’ll be able to know the occupancy level of our GPRC Fitness Centre Weight Room in real time!! This will give you the ability to effectively schedule when you want to be in the gym, either with or without other people using the equipment.

This app can also be used to reserve your spot in any of our group fitness classes! Receive notification reminders leading up to the class to keep you on track and motivated. Download it to your smartphone, tablet or computer today through Google Play or the Apple Store.

Visit the Fitness Program Website for more information.

Clean Tech Intern

GPRC's Centre for Research & Innovation has a new research intern, thanks to partial funding by Colleges and Institutes Canada. CiCan offers a Clean Tech Intership Program, which provides qualified candidates with the opportunity to work for eligible employers, who are improving environmental and economic outcomes in Canada. Kristine Elipse has taken on the intern position for Pollutants-to-Products microalgae research, where she will be working primarly from the Carbon Capture Solarium and will assist with microalgae research to turn air pollutants to valuable algal products.  

Business Students Helping Around the World

Pictured L-R: Cibylla Rakestraw (instructor), Jackson Rinne, Daken Soroka, Aly Keay, Jensen Michalyshen, Lee Lambert, Ola Aigbokhai, Janelle Laverdiere, Chris Andersen (from ANSO), Kayla Hoff, Jasmin Marshall, Clay Demish, Melissa Hurley, Brett Boman, Lucas Peddle, and Durai Haakstad.

The GPRC Personal Selling class raised $8,980.00 for ANSO, a local charity that raises money to support animal restocking, micro finance loans, as well as education and health supports in Ethiopia. Rather than giving a gift, a purchaser gives a card showing that a donation of a flock of chickens (as an example) has been made to a family in Ethiopia. 

Pictured L-R: Chris Andersen and Swan City Rotary Club president Cheryl Budjak, along with students int he Marketing Project Management class; Lee Lambert, Amber Donovan, Kory Rycroft, Jasmin Marshall, Durai Haakstad, Marissa Gon, Ryan Siverot, Scott Pearson, Daken Soroka, Kyra Plontke, Justin Gaigneur, Shane Head, Breah Look, Heather Crichton, Chelsea Lefebvre, Jonathan Way, Travis Tomshak, Robin Donald, Lucas Peddle and Madison McLeod.

The Marketing Project Management class raised $3,292.00 for the Swan City Rotary Club’s projects, supporting community health and education initiative in Ethopia.

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.

• Congratulations to Nursing Instructor Bobbi Rose, who has earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management and Leadership from the California Intercontinental University. 

• The SAGPRC has announced the recipients of their 2016 awards. Congratulations to Anna Gillis, who was recognized as the Most Student Centred Staff. Congratulations as well to Sharron Barr, who received the Teaching in Excellence Award

• Congratulations to IT staffer Jeff Johnson, on the creation of his publishing house Living History Publications. Through this company, Jeff produces a quarterly magazine, 'Living History', which is Canada's first historical re-enactment magazine. Jeff's accomplishment was featured on CBC, as well as in the Edmonton Examiner.

• Congratulations to GPRC voice students Dainica Tyrer, Shaley Bain, and Shamah de Villiers who auditioned for, and received lead roles in GPLT's "Something’s A Foot." The musical/theatrical production ran for three weeks to nearly sold out crowds each night. GPRC Fine Arts department Chair, John Murray was told several times by Theatre staff, how well the students were doing and how outstanding they were. They were professional during their rehearsals and were strong in their acting and singing performances. Some community members even asked if the Theatre had brought in the singers from somewhere - implying that they were of very high quality.

• Thank you to GPRC staff who contributed a huge effort in supporting the  delivery of the French PHD training at GPRC Fairview campus. Your hard work resulted in a positive experience for the Harley-Davidson® staff, Ron and Josh, and the students. HD representative, Josh Richardson, mentioned how impressed he was with the facility, training resources and commitment the staff have in providing quality training in Fairview.

• Congratulations to HR Advisor Bobbi Chamberlain, who has been selected as a Distinguished Professional in her Field through Women of Distinction Magazine

• Thank you to Ali Al-Asadi for his excellent presentation about GPRC’s peer counseling program, at the Alberta Campus Mental Health Initiative Conference.

• Thank you to Darlene MacDonald for the development and success of the Dual Credit program at GPRC. It is the largest and most comprehensive program of any CCI in Alberta.

• Recognition is extended to Fay Bredeson, Tanya Kinderwater and the Fine Arts Faculty for their work on the Wintersong Fine Arts faculty performance held in Feb 2016.

• Thank you to Theresa Suderman, Chair, Human Services Department for her presentation “Why do Children Act the Way They Do?: Understanding How a Child is ‘Wired’“ at the Northern Alberta Educational Assistant Professional Development Conference 2016. In addition, Theresa presented “Unlocking Creativity in Infants and Toddlers/School Age Care Programming” at the High Level Joining Hands Conference.

• Thank you to Robin Smith-Wilson for going above and beyond to help a student in need of transcripts. The student writes “Just hoping that you could pass on this message to the supervisor of Robin Smith - Wilson. I needed a transcript by GPRC in a rush due to an error that was made by Canada Post. Although it did not work out in my favor Robin went above and beyond to help me get my transcripts faxed and emailed to the US. She made every effort to help me in my situation. In a time where we more often hear the complaints it is important to let supervisors know when their staff take the time to make a difference. Robin did this for me and I am very appreciative for her efforts. I hope her supervisor is able to recognize her efforts in some small manner.” Sincerely, Dale Cooper

• Congratulations to Ashley Walker, Delaine Lambert-English and the members of the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students on another successful Spirit Seekers Youth Conference, held in March 2016.

• Thank you to Amy Johnson for all her hard work organizing room bookings for the Student Business Conference. To show their thanks, the Organizing Committee sent Amy a nice bouquet of flowers and thank you card.

• The Edtech Centre staff assisted both Kirsten Mikkelsen and Tamara VanTassell in the proposal writing and submission for the Alberta Open Educational Resources Peer Review grant.  Both were accepted! They will each receive $500 to review an OER that could potentially replace an existing student paid resource.  

• Thank you to Sally Bellerose, Joanne Ballance, Heidi Arbeau-Wood, Megan Ryan-Walsh, Mark Evans, Patricia Woronuk, Kamie Currie, Lisa Hollis, Cari Foster, John Rowe, Brian Parlee, David White, Thomas Watts, Bill Knudslien, Amy Johnson, Dwayne Head, Donna Goulard, Ali Al-Asadi, along with SAGPRC VP Mike Moman, SAGPRC VP Kristen George, and Education Ambassador Nathan Lazinchuk, for a fantastic collaboration on the unveiling of the RBC Centre for Student Wellbeing, and the tours offered following the announcement. The event was a huge success and we received the following words from Jerilynn Daniels, Sr Manager Community Investments & Marketing, Public Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada

A big shout out of thanks to each of you for the roles you played in making the donation and the announcement  yesterday happen.  It was a great event and I saw the coverage by the Daily Herald Tribune – awesome! We are very proud of this gift and the small role we will play in making the GPRC experience better for students.  Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you – we are delighted to be a part of the Vital Campaign! Cheers, Jerilynn

• Thank you to faculty advisors, Charles Backman and Doris Hoveland, for their hard work supporting our Student Case Team at 11th Annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition from March 17 – 19, 2016 at SAIT. The team consisted of students Michael Badry, Marisa Bisson, Jayden Esau, Brittany Hawkins, Lee Lambert, and Garion Peters. The advisors and students devoted a lot of time and energy over the last two months to put together a great team and were wonderful ambassadors for the Business program and the College.