October 12, 2011

In this issue

Congratulations Dwayne

Dwayne Head, Manager of Fitness Facilities at the GPRC Grande Prairie Campus, is one of three nominees for the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Year Award.  He was shortlisted from a total of ten nominees submitted to the Chamber this year - a record number of overall nominations according to Chamber representatives.  This prestigious title is awarded annually as part of the Chamber's Small Business week, celebrated across Canada every October.  The  lineup of events, running October 17 - 21, are taking place at venues all over the City of Grande Prairie starting with the Proclamation Breakfast at Centre 2000.  The week ends with the Business Excellence Award Gala at which the Employee of the Year Award is announced.

Dwayne's nomination was submitted by GPRC as part of the Employeee Recognition process developed by the Department of Human Resources over the past several years.  Bethe Goldie was GPRC's Distinguished Employee of the Year 2008 and went on to be the recipient of the Chamber's Employee of the Year Award.

Representatives of the Chamber and GPRC recently presented Dwayne with his certificate as an Award Finalist in the Employee of the Year category.


Left to right are: Karen Scribner,  Executive Director Human Resources, Shirley Pasieka, Dean School of Health, Wellness and Career Studies, Dwayne Head, Chamber Board members Ashley Adams and Erin Lynch, Natalie Amyotte, Human Resources Advisor, and Chamber Board member Amanda Frayn.

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention at GPRC

In the summer of 2011, Linda Duval Richard and Liz Richard took a 4 day, internationally recognized training program that prepared them to teach others the principles and physical techniques of Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI). NVCI isn’t a self-defense course but a holistic behavior management system based on the philosophy of providing the best care, welfare, safety, and security for staff and those in their care. The program focuses on preventing disruptive behavior by communicating with individuals respectfully and with concern for their well-being. Physical interventions would be used only as a last resort, if the individual presents as an imminent danger to self or others. All physical interventions taught are designed to be non-harmful, noninvasive, and to maintain the individual’s dignity.

Linda and Liz teach the community mental health course in the Collaborative BScN program and believe that students need official certification in NVCI to best prepare them with the skills needed to safely deal with the variety of client behaviours the students encounter in their practicum.

The first course was held in September and 9 students completed the course. Students learn the concepts in a 6 hour program that includes lecture and physical practice sessions followed by an exam. They practice verbal de-escalation techniques and defensive moves to escape holds. Students receive an official certificate at the end of the session..

GPRC sponsored Linda and Liz to become trainers. If a GPRC faculty or staff member in your area would be interested in receiving the training please contact Linda or Liz to arrange a time.


Linda Duval Richard and Liz RIchard

50/50 Draw With a Twist

On October 7th, GPRC student Sumaya Aden happened to be walking past the Executive Suite at the time when this year's first United Way 50/50 draw was about to take place and was asked if she would be willing to draw the winning ticket. Accompanying her in the photo is this year's contribution to the Sunrise Rotary Club's Annual Scarecrow Festival.  His official name is yet unknown but he was created again this year by the GPRC Art Club.

October is Canadian Library Month!

To celebrate, the library is having weekly draws to win great prizes! To enter, all you have to do is spread the library love!

• On Twitter: tweet, “I love @GPRCLibrary”
(make  sure re to use the @ symbol so that we can contact you when you win!)
• On Facebook: Post to our wall “I love GPRC  Library”
• Do both: Double your chances!
• The draws are open to all students, staff & faculty!
• Four draws will be held over the month of October!
• Prizes: $15.00 iTunes gift cards! not too shabby!

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