February 12, 2013

In this issue

Nursing Students Embrace Mental Health

The third year BScN students are currently taking the mental health portion of the curriculum. They are placed in a number of community and acute care agencies in the area. One student, Rachelle Martineau, found out about Bell’s support of Let’s Talk Day – February 12th, 2013 and shared that information with the class. As a means of promoting mental health, the class put up posters around the College encouraging people to reduce the stigma of mental illness by talking about it. Information about mental health issues is available on Bell’s Let’s Talk website as well as on Canadian Mental Health Association’s website.



Often invisible, mental illness is one of the most pervasive health issues in the country with far-reaching consequences for every Canadian. One in five people will experience a form of mental illness at some point and most will be reluctant to talk to a co-worker, friend or family member about their struggle, let alone seek treatment. While you may never experience mental illness first-hand, it is likely that you know someone who will.

With more than 60,000 team members in Canada, Bell has taken the initiative to address mental illness in the workplace and at home, helping to make our communities healthier and more productive.

Bell is introducing an extensive array of initiatives to support anti-stigma, increased access to care, additional research and the creation of an overall culture of mental health support across the Canadian business landscape. ~ Submitted by Liz Richard
http://letstalk.bell.ca

     
Students Alise Stark, Crystal Goosen, Rachelle Martineau posterize the campus.

Winter Walk Day 2013

Winter Walk Day in Fairview - 21 participants, 505 minutes

Photo Left to right: Annike Watts, Lyla Helle, Shannon Glas, Patricia Woronuk, Sue Sych, Dianne Lund, Alison Frixel, Monica Macdonald, Dianne Bedford. Missing from photo Cheryl Frank (taking photo).

Winter Walk Day in GP - 153 participants,  4,055 minutes

GPRC Beaverlodge Community Access Update

Last year, GPRC obtained some funding from eCampusAlberta to assist the regional CAP sites with upgrading their technology.  With the help of some of the IT folks (Paula Backer and Phil Gorman) and Library (Darcie Coulter)  Renee LaBoucane, GPRC Manager of Community Stewardship, successfully acquired and installed the technology at the CAP sites.

A recent letter from Beaverlodge Public Library expressed how important these tehchnology upgrades are to their community: "Thank you so much for the TV, Blu Ray disc player and stand. We have used it for our 5 year celebration to show a look video of the construction of our new building, we have helped for a new Youth Group and will be showing movies twice a month. We have hooked up Satellite TV so that we can show education programs to our preschoolers when they air. The book club is doing a section called "book to movies" where we read the book then watch the movie. We have a cooking class for 7-12 year olds that runs twice a month where we could implement using the TV during a class. We are so grateful for all you have done for us; and we are continuing to grow with our programs and patrons. We couldn't do a lot of these things without your generous contribution to our library."

Wolves Women's Volleyball Dig Pink

The GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Team ran a very successful "Dig Pink" weekend in the Fall intended to create awareness and raise money for Breast Cancer Research. They conducted some fund raising activities including a selling raffle tickets and pink ribbons throughout the GP Campus and residence. Part of their activities also included getting Peace Steel Ltd. to purchase the pink uniforms the women wore and make a contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society as part of the Dig Pink weekend. In January, the team made their contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society - a grand total of  $1319 was raised through their efforts!  Congratualtions ladies!


(Left to right): Heidi Arbeau-Wood, Rural Development Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society; Kaitlyn Cordingley, Team Captain; Tonya Dueck, Team Captain; Carolyn Lefebvre, Peace Steel Ltd.

“Tough Guys Wear Pink”

In support of his mother, Aum, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, GPRC Wolves Basketball team captain Josh Nicol organized a fundraising event called "Wolves Shoot Down Breast Cancer." Along with his teammates and coaches he raised over $4,000 for the Candian Breast Cancer Foundation. Team members joined in by sporting pink laces, socks, bracelets and warm-up tops. The coaching staff, led by Josh’s father, Chris, dressed with pink shirts, ties and ribbons throughout the season.

The women’s also opened in the pink warm-up tops, donated by Ernie’s Sport Experts and students from Derek Taylor School sewed pink ribbons on the uniforms.



The final cheque presentation took place this past weekend as the Wolves hosted Augustana who also chose to wear pink for the game in support of Josh’s mom. The initiative has raised over $4000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Left to right are Ernie Barker of Topco Oil Site Products one of the sponsosr of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Josh Nicol, Aum Nicol, Chris Nicol.

Aum recently completed her treatments and is doing well. Coach Nicol and his wife intend to return to Tobago to complete the 25th anniversary trip that was cut short last summer.



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.

• Executive recognizes third year point guard and GPRC Wolves Basketball team captain Josh Nicol, who together with the Team and Coaches, has raised over $4,000 for the Candian Breast Cancer Foundation. Josh stepped forward to make this positive difference after his mom Aum was diagnosed this summer with breast cancer and organized a fundraising event called “Wolves Shoot Down Breast Cancer”. Team members joined in by sporting pink laces, socks, bracelets and warm-up tops. The coaching staff, led by Josh’s father, has dressed with pink shirts, ties and ribbons throughout the season.

• Thank you to Cheryl Head, Carla Basarab, Darlene MacDonald. Anita Mallick, Jordan Pickup and Jean Nordin for their involvement in the implementation of myGPRC. The three phases that are complete are:  Attendance for instructors; Grading for instructors; Student access for grades, schedule and financials.

• Thank you to Lane Borstad for a beautiful and meaningful exhibit honouring the 1000 Peace Region men who served in the first World War, and acknowledging those who died in battle. The exhibit includes several compelling photos taken by Lane Borstad at the Vimy Ridge memorial.

• Kudos to Facilities Staff in Fairview who,as usual, have maintained their campus roads, sidewalks, parking lots in excellent condition this winter.

• The Fine Arts Department is very proud of our GPRC art instructors, Elisabeth Belliveau and Laura St. Pierre!  They are both featured in the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton January 25 weekend. Elisabeth Belliveau just completed a solo exhibition at the AKA Gallery in Saskatoon, ‘if found – return to me’. Elisabeth's show is followed by a residency for the month of March featuring Laura St. Pierre.

• Congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award Winner Leigh Goldie. This is a tremendous acknowledgement of the outstanding work Leigh has done in this College and in the community. From starting the very successful Wolves Volleyball Club program to hosting the best ever CCAA National Volleyball Championships to conducting coach certification clinics to much more, Leigh has been a stalwart of community work. His efforts have brought recognition to our College locally, provincially and nationally. Congratulations on a well-deserved award! There were many others recognized with close ties to the College including Jerry Petryshyn, Perky McCullough and Trenton Perrott.

• The GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Team ran a very successful Dig Pink weekend in the fall. The intent is to create awareness and raise money for Breast Cancer Research. They conducted some fund raising activities during the weekend and were able to get some companies to contribute. Last weekend, the team made their contribution to the Canadian Cancer Society. The total amount raised was $1319.

• Congratulations to Carolyn Vasileiou for completing her Masters Degree.