January 26, 2012

In this issue

Fitness Challenge on Fairview Campus

On January 11, 2012 the Fairview Post published an article featuring the the GPRC Fitness Centre, Fairview Campus.  This year, the Centre is offering a much wider variety of classes and more options in terms of class times.  In addition to the Zumba classes offered in previous years, there are now two different yoga classes, RIP classes, and Stability Ball classes being held.

For the first time ever, the Fitness Centre is also offering a Fitness Challenge, which is being facilitated by the Be Fit For Life Centre on the Grande Prairie Campus. The goal of the program is to improve each participant's body composition over a 12 week time period through various seminars and sessions with a personal trainer. All the fitness level testing and seminars are being done by the Certified Personal Training Staff from the BBFL Centre.

Dwayne Head, Manager, GPRC Fitness Facilities, credits the new and improved program offerings at the Fitness Centre and the initiation of the Fitness Challenge on Fairview campus to the "excellent work of Alison Frixel", Recreation Coordinator on the campus. "Alison and the ladies instructing the courses and assisting with the Fitness Challenge are doing a great job for us on the campus. Through their efforts we have witnessed renewed interest in our Fairview facilities and what we have to offer for students, staff, and the community. Great job Alison!"

Alumni/Foundation Update

Welcome Kamie Currie of Fairview who was appointed to the GPRC Alumni/Foundation Board at their January meeting. She has been involved with Fairview College since moving to the community in 1994.  Kamie is currently a Project Officer with the Rural Alberta Development Fund. She highly values post-secondary institutions as they play an important role in the economic growth of the region.

Thank you to the generous faculty and staff who made monthly contributions to student awards, programs, projects and departments through monthly payroll deductions in 2011. Contact Joanne Ballance for more information on how you too can help make a difference today!

Recent Gifts: The Adult Transitional Vocational Program at the Fairview Campus recently benefitted from an anonymous donation of $50,000 to help them continue supporting adults with special needs.

Emerald Day

The Alberta Emerald Foundation works to recognize, celebrate and inspire environmental excellence in the province. Through their Emerald Awards program, the Foundation recognizes and rewards the excellent environmental initiatives undertaken each year by youth, educators, corporations, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups and governments. 

As a means of sharing more success stories from the Emerald Awards program and in turn, inspiring action from more Albertans, the The Emerald Community Dialogue Series has been established.  The Emerald Community Dialogue Series travels to communities across the province to facilitate the sharing of environmental success stories as well as the discussion of environmental opportunities and challenges in each region. This is being called "Emerald Day" in each community.

The inaugural Emerald Day is being held in Grande Prairie on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 and GPRC is proud to be hosting the day's events. There are two events associated with Emerald Day:  An open house with displays and information sharing that will run from 11:30 am - 1:00 in the Cafeteria area and a Speakers Evening from 6:30 pm - 9:00pm in the Alumni Lounge. The keynote speaker is Simon Jackson, the Founder and Executive Director of the Spirit Bear Youth Coatition. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Simon Jackson comes highly recommended and has been described as an "environmental rock star". He has received several recognitions including being named one of Time Magazine's Sixty Heroes for the Planet. Learn more about Simon and his work at www.spiritbearyouth.org

Harley Draw 2012

The 24th Annual Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle Raffle at GPRC is well underway with approximately 48% of tickets already sold!  This year's grand prize is a Harley-Davidson VRSCDX NIGHT ROD® SPECIAL which also inculdes a "Ready to Ride" Safety Lesson provided by GPRC Continuing Education.  The grand prize draw will be held June 22nd and there will also be three early bird draws along with 2nd and 3rd draw prizes. 

Tickets are $100 each and only 499 will be sold. They are available by calling 1-888-999-7882 or 780-835-6600 or online at www.gprc.ab.ca. The Bookstore on the Grande Prairie Campus is also selling tickets and at some point in the near future, the motorcycle itself will be on display at the Bookstore.

All proceeds go to the Harley Davidson student awards endowment at the GPRC Fairview Campus.

Wow it Was Cold Out There!

A couple of weeks ago when temperatures dropped to -40C, the Wolves Men’s Basketball Team once again donated to the less fortunate. In what has become an annual donation, team captain Josh Nicol delivered another bag of toques and gloves to the Salvation Army. This was the second donation of this kind this year.

“It’s really cold out there and I think it’s important that we all do something to help the less fortunate. I believe that acts such as this, along with the other volunteer activities we do as a team, are important. Setting an example of ‘service to others’ helps to teach young men lessons that go beyond sport. Consider initiating your own acts of kindness . . . pay it forward as the saying goes ... there are no small acts of kindness and most actions are free.”   Coach Nicol