Highlights from Summer 2012 at GPRC

The halls may have been quiet, but there was a lot going on at GPRC during the summer months! In order to accomodate all submissions made to Insider recently, there will be another edition published next Wednesday, September 19th before resuming our regular bi-weekly publishing schedule.

In this issue

2012 AST, HET and PMT Provincial Instructors' Conference

From June 18 - 21, Automotive Service, Heavy Equipment and Parts and Materials Technician Instructors from colleges throughout Alberta converged on GPRC Fairview Campus. This year was the campus’ turn to host the annual Provincial Instructors’ Conference and from all reports, the 110 participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Keynote speaker, David Thiesen, CEO for Ironstone Mines explained the nature of the mine, tying it in with the anticipated need for training of the many employees for the mine. Participants then attended seminars conducted by invited guests such as Volvo, Supreme Diesel, Komatsu, Alberta Apprenticeship, Finning, Brandt Tractor, Noise Solutions, Consulab and Hybrid Training by our own Sandy Rendle in the AST Department.

Instructors then broke into their respective trades groups to review curriculum modules used in their training of apprentices. GPRC is the third largest trainer of apprentices in Alberta; the Automotive and the Heavy Equipment and Parts programs will see over 400 apprentices enrolled in 1st to 4th years of their training at the Fairview campus this upcoming year.

It wasn’t all work and no play though – instructors had a choice of different events such as horseback riding, boating on the Peace River or tours of some of the Peace Country Industries. Megan Ryan-Walsh gave a tour to interested instructors of the Grande Prairie campus. The welcome bbq on Monday night, the casino evening on Tuesday and the golf tournament complete with steak dinner Wednesday ensured that everyone had a great time. The Fairview campus instructors all pitched in to orchestrate the entire event from obtaining goodies for the participants, arranging for guest speakers and organizing the casino evening and off-campus activities. To top it off, there was a collection from attendees and a donation of $700.00 presented to Star’s Ambulance. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Lethbridge Community College.

Reading University

Some 80 grade three students successfully completed Reading University at GPRC in July 2012. The program was launched in 2009 to help children read at grade level, and to give them the best possible preparation for the academic demands of grade four. This is a community-driven program, a partnership of dedicated parents, three local school boards and GPRC. In 2011, Reading University was recognized with the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 Friends of Education Award for special contribution to education.

GPRC Celebrates Canada Day in Hinton


Despite the rainy weather, Bonnie Hart, Renée LaBoucane and
Lynn Seabrook show off their GRPC spirit during Hinton’s Canada Day Parade.

Lynn Seabrook and Bonnie Hart work hard introducing GPRC to the Hinton community during the Canada Day Parade – candy and GPRC goodies for everyone!


GPRC Hinton’s award-winning float for the "Communities in Bloom" theme for the Canada Day Parade. Many thanks to the families and friends of the Hinton office for their help in the wonderful decorating! ~ Submitted by Shelly Cardiff

Dinosaur Camps a Huge Success

GPRC Palaeontology Program offered Dinosaur Camps for the third year this summer. The community responded enthusiastically and our College hosted altogether 75 students (94% capacity) for the five, one-weeklong camps during July and August. The 7-13 year old budding dino experts participated in classroom and outdoor activities and games, and went for field trips while also getting familiar with our College. The camps were run by Laura Sewchuk, 3rd year student in GPRC’s TEN program, paleo programming was provided by Robin Sissons, Palaeontology Education Liaison, and general help given by Brett Szmul, a future GPRC student.


Campers pose for a group photo in the classroom

Some of the responses from the parents attest to the value and success of our summer fun and educational program.

“Thank you for providing this camp to our community. I think it really adds to the amazing discoveries that have been found in our region. It also gives children and parents an insight to what has been found around us. I hope you offer this for many years to come!! Thank you so much!”

“I thought this was an amazing camp, it was well organized and had amazing content. I was just blown away with the amount of information my daughter remembered. She definitely wants to come back next year :)”


Campers ready to explore Pipestone Creek


Submitted by Katalin Ormay, Palaeontology Program Manager
Photos: Brett Szmul

Summer Camps at Fairview Campus

Summer camps were great this year! GPRC Fairview Campus hosted volleyball and basketball for a week each with 28 and 24 kids respectively. The camps pulled in participants from as far away as Saskatchewan, Hay River and Fort St John. Volleyball was run by Elite Volley Camp – Canadian coaches who play professionally in Europe. Basketball featured our own GPRC Wolves players and coaches. One of the participants summed up their experience by saying “It’s nice to learn from people that really know their stuff!”  Wolves Coach, Chris Nicol's sentiments were equally enthusiastic: “What an absolutely fantastic group of kids we had at camp this year - great kids, great camp, great learning and lots of fun!”  ~ submitted by Alison Frixel


Basketball Camp participants


Volleyball Camp group