April 26, 2012

In this issue

Wolves Curling Coach Retires

At the 2012 Festival of Gold held April 12th, GPRC Wolves Curling coach Caryl Sallows officially announced her retirement from coaching at the College. She was honoured with a special presentation for her dedication to the program and her successful efforts in turning a failing program into an award-winning success story.

Caryl began coaching the Wolves Curling team in 2005. At the time, the program was struggling mainly because it was difficult to find players and even more difficult to compete in the very competitive ACAC Curling program. Seven years later, the Wolves Curling team is one of the most successful Wolves programs at the College. Under her leadership, Caryl's accomplishments and those of her team members have been impressive to say the least.

Over the course of her college coaching career, Caryl has been awarded with two Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Coach of the Year Awards and she has coached 11 Wolves curling teams to an ACAC medal (including seven straight years with a medal for the women’s team):  5 Gold Medals; 4 Silver Medals; 1 Bronze Medal; and one CCAA Invitational Silver Medal. 

Caryl coached the 2011-12 women’s team to a CCAA National Silver Medal and she has coached 15 players who have been named to an ACAC All-Conference team, including one athlete who was the ACAC Curling Player of the Year. She has also produced two GPRC Athletes of the Year - truly a remarkable feat!

Wolves Curling has a very bright future thanks to the efforts, dedication and commitment of Caryl Sallows. GPRC Wolves Athletics thanks Caryl for her unselfish contribution to the program and wish the very best in all her future endeavours.

Hospitality & Tourism Spring Tea

On April 12th, the students of the Hospitality & Tourism program hosted their annual Spring Tea at the Collins Recital Hall. This gives first and second year students of the program an opportunity to thank the organizations that provided them with field placement sites during the semester and to share some of their experiences with the invited guests.

The students have their placements in a variety of areas including: hotels, food and beverage, travel agencies, event planning, and many more. Placements are with small businesses, non-profit societies, government departments, and corporations. Some students find work with their placement site or also stay on as volunteer afterwards. According to GPRC Instructor and Progam Coordinator, Carolyn Vasileiou, "The community has been great in collaborating with us in this educational endeavour".

A special thank you to Carmen Gorgichuck's music students for the lovely piano selections during the event.

2nd year Hospitality & Toursim students Chelsey Boyne (left) and Meagan Lacoste
emceed the event and presented Instructor Carolyn Vasileiou with a gift of apprectiation.

Robyn George (right) graduated from the program last year and was invited to this year's
tea as a guest speaker to share some of her experiences since graduating.

Business Students Receive Award

The students of Trevor Thomas' Advertising & Sales Promotion class were given an opportunity to apply some of the their learned skills to practice in a real life situation thanks to the City of Grande Prairie. 

The class was split into seven groups of five and tasked to develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign for the City's Crime Prevention Program.  A large part of their class grade this year was based on this project. The groups each presented their campaign to a selection committee consisting of Bill Given, Mayor, Karen Gariepy, Crime Prevention Program Manager, and Mike Anderson, Assistant Program Manager.

On April 12th, the winning campaign was announced and the group was awarded with a framed certificate and a year's membership to the Eastlink Centre, compliments of the City of Grande Prairie. In addition, each student received a $100 cash award through a bursary which was donated to GPRC by Adventure Group, a company that the students worked with last year. Carla Basarab, GPRC Financial Aid Coordinator, presented each member of the winning team with their bursary award.

(Left to right) GPRC's Carla Basarab, Jordan Kardos, Ryan Bate, Victoria Yanishewski, Erin Lieverse, Tyson Schartner and City of GP Crime Prevention Program Manager, Karen Gariepy.

The selection committee was very impressed with the presentations of all the other groups and one team in particular came in a close second.  They received kudos for their efforts and were presented with a 10-pass punch card for the Eastlink Centre on behalf of the Crime Prevention Program.

(Left to right): City of GP Crime Prevention Program Manager, Karen Gariepy, Merranda Aldred,
Kerri Suurd, Jackie Ingram, Ki Jun Lee, Kayla Patzer, Kelsey Boone and Instructor Trevor Thomas.

French Immersion for Four

Four students at GPRC will all be travelling this summer to immerse themselves in the French language. The students, who are in various programs of study, are pursuing opportunities in French language immersion through a 5-week French Language Bursary Program funded by the Federal Government called J'explore - an intensive language-immersion course which allows the students to discover another region of Canada while learning French.

“These students are taking a wide range of courses at GPRC, and have all discovered a particular desire to pursue the study of French at a higher level in a francophone milieu,” says instructor Lorna Perry. “They are motivated not only to acquire knowledge and capability in the language (French) but to expand their horizons through the greater understanding of a different culture. All of the students seem to be on an educational journey with a high value placed on language acquisition and experience.”

Kara Willier will be going to Laval University in Québec City. She plans to pursue a career in Social Work and would like to be fluent in French so that she is able to assist french-speaking clients; Emily Emond is heading to St. Anne University in Church Point, Nova Scotia. One of her goals is to someday be an ESL teacher in a Francophone speaking country; Miranda Kaytor is also bound for Laval University in Québec City and ultimately wants to teach in a francophone school; Brigitte Benning will be attending her program at McGill University in Montréal and would like to teach in a francophone elementary school someday.

Left to right: Emily Emond, Miranda Kaytor, GPRC French Instructors, Lorna Perry and
Raoudha Kallel, Kara Whiller, Brigitte Benning.

Donation Update

Grande Prairie Bar Association President Tyler Keddie and Treasurer Natalie Reiman
presented presented GPRC with a cheque in the amount of $5,000 toward the Willis
Repka Lock Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Accepting the donation are Don Gnatiuk
and Carmen Haakstad.

Local business owner Randy Montgomery, representative of Alberta Automotive Recyclers
& Dismantlers Association AARDA donated $2000 for bursaries in the Automotive Service
Technician program at GPRC.