November 10, 2011

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Fairview College Campus Celebrates 60 years!

On November 4 and 5, many volunteers, led by Special Events Coordinator, Patricia Woronuk, did a fantastic job of making the celebration a success. The weekend started with registration and a wine & cheese reception Friday evening. This was followed by a full Saturday with campus tours, equine demonstrations, displays, good food, lots of socializing and meeting the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM AOE MSC CD LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and her Honour Linda Ethell were special guests for dinner on Saturday evening along with MLA Hector Goudreau and Ian Macdonald (first Fairview College Board of Governor Chair and member of the first graduating class). We were treated to the jazzy vocals of Dylan Mueller and danced the night away to Dave & the Long Road. Here are a few images from the weekend. ~ Submitted by Cheryl Frank
(Watch for more photos coming soon to the GPRC website)

Dianne Bedford, Dave Hiebert, Chris Fentie &       PatriciaWoronuk, Special Events Coordinator
Cindy Nychka working the registration desk         

Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Vice-President Fairview and Dianne Bedford, Chair, AUPE, slice into the cakes and serve to the returning alumni and guests on Saturday, November 5th.

Fairview Campus Gymnasium transformed! Our gym has never looked better and it took a team effort both for set up and take down. Thanks to Rod Arkinstall, Joanne Ballance, Tim Brodhagen, Kerry Cleave, Ron Dennis, Randall Gillett, Carrie Kluklas, Bill Knudslien, Derek Koyman, Don Koyman, Don Loxterkamp, Lynne Ness, Patti Przybylski, Russell Starnes and Lynnette Tye.

Viva Italia!

Viva Italia indeed! On October 22, the Bowes Family Crystal Centre was home once again to another wonderful President’s Ball. The venue was fully transformed with an Italian theme from the vibrant and colourful décor to the fine food and grappa & bellini bar. From the strolling troubadour to the top 40 tunes by the Urbanites, the community came out in full support of the College. They danced the night away, generously purchased raffle tickets for exquisite prizes, and bid on unique live and silent auction items. But most importantly, “un buon tempo si ebbe da tutti”, a good time was had by all!

Funds raised this year are being directly allocated to support the modernization of eight pilot classrooms, setting a new standard for innovation and technology in a learning environment. However, this would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and of course, our volunteers.

Our GPRC family of volunteers were absolutely amazing and your support is truly appreciated. A special thank you to: Sharron Barr, Grace Walton, Robert Cole, Kristie Hedges, Wanda Moen, Caryl Sallows, Ed Bader, Carolyn Vasileiou, Campus Operations, GPRC’s Hospitality and Tourism Students, GPRC’s Office Administration Students, IVCF and Community Relations.



A special thank you also to the amazing volunteer organizing committee for donating their time, energy and creativity to make this fundraising event such a success!
(Watch for event photos coming soon to the GPRC website!)

Friendship Centre Bursaries

The recipients of the annual Native Trust Bursary through the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre were announced on November 2nd at GPRC's on-campus Friendship Centre. The College community was invited to attend the event and partake in a stew and bannock luncheon.

The GPFC has been supporting aboriginal students at GPRC for over forty years through their bursary awards program. This has been made possible in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor who established a Foundation Trust with the Friendship Centre. The Donations Committee, made up of Friendship Centre Board members, reviews each year's applications and choose 3 worthy applicants. This year's recpients are Skylor Belcourt, April Price, and Ashley Walker.

Ashley also received the Greg Farnsworth Memorial Bursary which is awarded annually since 1992 to students who have shown dedication and committment to achieving their goals, to family, and to the community.  She is in her thrid year of the TEN Program at GPRC.

Congratulations to all of this year's recipients!

Melodie Wilton, Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, GPRC student and bursary recipient, Ashley Walker, and GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk.

GPRC Fall Open House

A steady flow of prospective students kept GPRC exhibitors busy at the Fall Open House on October 26, 2011. With on site radio coverage started early, with 104.7fm and Q99 enhancing the days energetic atmosphere. Highlights of Open House included, a chance to showcase the Commercial Beekeeping Program, and the return of the Fort Vermillion School District. Roughly 100 grade 11 & 12 students from LaCrete, High Level, Fort Vermillion, Rocky Lane and Rainbow Lake took part in a scavenger hunt, asked me a lot of questions and enjoyed themselves as part of the Great Northern Tour. I was especially happy as the schools had not been to open house since 2009 when travel budgets were cut. Welcome back!

Throughout the day Gord Ivey and myself reflected with just a little bit of pride, on just how many students we recognized and had already met at least once during out fall 2011 travels. By the end of the day we had reconnected with students from: Peace River, Grande Cache, Beaverlodge, GP Comp, St. Joe’s, Fairview, Peace Wapiti Academy, Fort St. John, Donelly, Hinton, Falher, Valleyview and Dawson Creek.

Programs were well represented, and I know that those who came to get information on October 26 have already decided that GPRC is on their shortlist for post secondary education and training.
~ Submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

TransCanada Donates to Instrument Technician Program

It was all treat and no trick October 31 when Brent Clair, Regional Land Representative for the Wildrose Region of TransCanada presented GPRC with a cheque for $2000. This much appreciated donation will purchase current technology for the instrument Technician Apprenticeship program delivered at GPRC’s Fairview Campus.

“Currently we are delivering the 1st period Instrument Technician program twice this year,” stated Chris Laue, Dean of Trades, Agriculture and Environment for GPRC. “However, I am optimistic that we shall be delivering subsequent training in the future and this donation will help to purchase the training aids that, in addition to exceptional instruction, help to maintain our reputation for excellence in education.” - Submitted by Beverley Candy

Pictured left to right: Stewart Primrose (Instructor), Rob Ryan (Student), Bob Shmyruk (Chair, Welding, CTO and Instrumentation programs), Chris Laue (Dean of Trades, Agriculture and Environment), Brent Clair (TransCanada Regional Land Representative, Wildrose Region), Drew Ganter (Student) and Adam Lyall (student).

GPRC Alumni/Foundation AGM

The GPRC Alumni/Foundation Board held its Annual General Meeting on Monday October 17. Carmen Haakstad thanked retiring members Pete Merlo, Jim Smith and Doug Morris for their service to their college and community and presented them with a small token of appreciation on behalf of the board.

Doug Morris, past Chair of the Alumni/Foundation, accepts a gift from Carmen Haakstad, VP External Relations.

The Foundation sincerely welcomes two new community members who were elected to serve as directors. Welcome to GPRC alumni Erin Lynch and Rick Flette! The vision of the Alumni/Foundation is to create a spirit of unity, loyalty and philanthropy through meaningful connections to GPRC.

Donation Update

Between September 1 and October 31 over $162,000 was donated to GPRC by 147 individuals, organization and companies. Thank you for your continued support of our students.

Marianne Haugli of ConocoPhillips presents a cheque in the amount of $15,000 to Joanne Ballance from GPRC Community Relations. The funds will be used towards refurbishing the video conference suite on campus in Grande Prairie.

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. The list of recognitions for September and October are extensive so please click here to view them.