Happy Thanksgiving!

In this issue

GPRC's Kelly Benning Recognized by National Publication

Kelly Benning is featured as an education role model in the current issue of SAY magazine, a national publication aimed at Aboriginal youth. Kelly is a wonderful recruiting and retention professional for our College, and now her story of perseverance and keeping focused on her goal is inspiring young people across the country. See page 35 of the Fall 2007 edition of SAY (Spirit of Aboriginal Youth).  Congratulations Kelly!!

United Way Campaign Ready to Launch at GPRC!

The GPRC United Way Campaign Team is in the process of planning this year's fundraising events which will take place October 9 to November 7.  Keep your eyes open for further details on how you can support GPRC's efforts to raise funds by participating a variety of events in the upcoming weeks or keep in touch by linking to the United Way homepage on the GPRC website at:  https://www.gprc.ab.ca/community/united_way/
 
Volunteers are always in demand and are sure to be appreciated by the members of this year's Campaign Team:  Amanda Ash, Tammy Blackley, Maureen Clarke, Garth Findlay, Lori Fleming, Karen Gerwatoski-Maddigan, Marian Mark, Wanda Moen, Elaine O'Hara, Andrea Plumridge, Karen Scribner.
 

Repeat Performance by GPRC Alumnus

Pianist and GPRC alumnus, Montano Cabezas, returns to Grande Prairie to grace us with his musical talents and his passion for the art of music itself. Born and raised in Grande Prairie, Montano studied with Carmen Bartel and Carmen Gorgichuk at GPRC's Music Conservatory.  (Did you know that he is also the pride and joy of mother Rosemary Kay, GPRC's Academic Advisor and Students' Resource Coordinator?). Even though Montano now lives in Montreal, he hasn't forgotten us and makes several trips back to GPRC to perform and offer inspiring workshops to local school groups. He also flew back specially to give the inaugural performance of our intermediate grand piano, donated by Clem Collins. Montano's energy and passion has been acknowledged at music festivals in Banff, Montreal, Texas and Spain and across Canada. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to catch one of his recitals on one of his frequent visits over the years can certainly attest to that! 
 

Recruitment & Retention Corner

GPRC Speakers For High Schools

Megan Ryan-Walsh has teamed up with Beth Zazula from Career Transitions for Youth to provide GPRC speakers for high school audiences. Megan and Bev are compiling a database of College speakers and topics which will be made available to local high school teachers and counsellors who are seeking guest speakers for their classes.
 
For example, Leigh Goldie from PEAK has listed “The Basics of Sport Psychology” and “Careers Opportunities with a Phys Ed Degree” as two topics he’d be interested in speaking about.
 
This is an excellent opportunity for your department to showcase its faculty and programs. If you would like to be included, please contact Megan at 539-2931 or mryanwalsh@gprc.ab.ca
 
Need Ideas for Your Open House Booth/Presentation?
 
Amber Williams is more than willing to help your department with its booth or presentation for the Fall Open House on November 14. Amber can be reached at 539-2439 or awilliams@gprc.ab.ca