Happy Spring!

In this issue

BA 2010 Students Shine

This semester, Trevor Thomas’ “Advertising and Sales Promotion” students, made every effort to impress. As a class project, seven groups had the task of researching, developing, and promoting a GPRC student recruitment campaign. The results were a wide variety of creative approaches and solutions to promoting GPRC programs, creating awareness with influencers, and highlighting everything GPRC has to offer. Jazzed Marketing, SLLAM Marketing Solutions, Team Prestige, GPRC Knowers, Prestige Worldwide, GPRC HYPE, and Grow Your Brain made final presentations.

The project worth 30% of their final grade took on an “Apprentice”-type flair, and the groups left no idea or concept unexamined. With a $15,000 “budget,” groups created PowerPoint presentations, posters, radio ads, and brochures. In the end, seven enthusiastic groups displayed their abilities to do research, be creative, and communicate strong business cases to a panel of judges from Community Relations, and Nine10 Communications. After some serious deliberation - top honors went to SLLAM Marketing Solutions. Congratulations to all of the students for their hard work, and great ideas!

Michael Donaldson, Shirley Suecroft, Leticia Oliveira, Amira Kilani, Lisa Bittner

Education Warrior Award

Each year, the Circle of Aboriginal Students hosts a year-end Celebration which includes traditional dances, a feast, entertainment and presentations of awards to completing students and members of the CAS Executive. In 2008, The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre established a new award for a full-time continuing student at the College, and it is also presented at this event.
The Education Warrior award was established to honour a student who represents “what education is all about: who is willing to promote the value of education on campus, in the community, and in home communities; a student who is a good ambassador for the CAS, for the College, and for the Friendship Centre. This year's award was presented to Bachelor of Social work student, Ron LePretre. He was presented with a bursary cheque and a "ribbon shirt" - the ribbon shirt is a gift of acknowledgment showing that the award recipient has earned it and that he or she is now a member of the Circle of Aboriginal Students Executive team. The CAS shirts have red and black ribbons to represent and honour GPRC.

Amanda Ferguson, Aboriginal Liaison/Coordinator presents Ron LePretre with his bursary cheque and ribbon shirt.

North West Alberta Regional Skills Competition

April 25th saw 152 students in grades 10 - 12 arrive at the 9th Annual North West Alberta Regional Skills Canada (NWRSC) Competition. Students and their chaperones travelled from across the northwest region of Alberta to compete in Auto Service, Baking, Cabinet Making Carpentry, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Fashion Technology, Junior & Intermediate Hairdressing, IT & Network Support, Photography, Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment Repair, TV/Video, Welding and Workplace Safety. Events were located at GPRC Fairview Campus, Fairview High School and St. Thomas More High School. Several hands-on demos were part of the two-day event in areas such as fantasy hairstyling, workplace safety and graphic design. GPRC instructors and staff participated through competition preparation (in the months previous), judging, hosts, tours and more.

Last year, NWRSC implemented the IMPACT award designed to recognize champions of the skills events. This year, instead of three IMPACT awards, six were given out. Three of those went to GPRC employees: Bob Shmyruk, Chair, Welding, Beekeeping, Instrumentation, Wood & Pipe Trades; Gord Ivey, College Recruiter;  and Martin Larsen, instructor, Automotive Service Technician. Other recipients include Paul Bennett, Peace River School Division Superintendent; Leanne Germann, St Joseph’s High School teacher; and Grande Prairie Peace Steel – Doug & Louis Lefebvre (9 year sponsor of the Welding competition). Pictured from left to right: Bob Shmyruk, Paul Bennett; Leanne Germann; Gord Ivey and Martin Larsen ~ Submittted by Cheryl Frank

Power Engineering Bursaries Awarded

ConocoPhillips was proud to award two $2500 bursaries to Power Engineering students, Rob Boyd and Michael Pelensky. Both Boyd and Pelensky completed their 12-week work practicum with ConocoPhillips at their Wembley plant and are currently back on campus completing the Fourth Class Power Engineering portion of the program. They will be starting the Third Class Part A on May 6 for another 6 weeks of instruction.

Pictured from left to right, Robert Boyd, Michael Pelensky and Andy Cepuch, ConocoPhillips, Wembley Gas Plant. ~ Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Recent Donations

Cris Seppola and Ryan Blais, Managing Partners of Nine10 Incorporated, present a cheque to Office Administration Chair Garth Finlay and Alumni/Development Manager Joanne Ballance in support of the GPRC Friends of Administrative Technologists Bursary.

Tracey Vavrek and Kathy Dube from the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta’s Ainsworth Fund, present Joanne Ballance and Don Gnatiuk with $10,000 in support of two new Trades Awards and the Elder in Residence Program.

Apprenticeship Awards

At the end of each 8-week apprenticeship cycle, awards are given out to the student in each intake for the top marks of the class. The awards are sponsored by the same company each Apprenticeship intake.  Click here to see more recent awards photos.

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:

► Congratulations to Matt Bain, this year's recipient of the Students’ Association 2012/2013 Excellence in Teaching Award!  This award is student-nominated, and designed to recognize and honour educators who promote excellence in their post-secondary institutions; and who encourage a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students.  GPRC is proud to recognize all of the nominees: 
Lori Bombier, Bonnie Braun, Cindy Davidson, Aidarus Farah, Nancy Fraser, Christine Frattini, Bruce Galenza, Doris Hoveland, Sally Jones, Raoudha Kallel, Carly McLeod, Louise Rawluk, Brian Redmond, Sukhvir Sandhu, Ray Savage, Cate Sazwan, Geoff Whittall

► Congratulations to Sue Styles, Instructor in the Perioperative Nursing Program.  Sue was the recipient of the Isabelle Adams Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing , presented to her at the Operating Room Nurses of Canada (ORNAC) Conference in Ottawa last week. Sue was nominated by her peers in the Operating Room Nurses Association of Alberta, and is very deserving of this award. She is a very dedicated educator and goes above and beyond expectations to meet student needs in the Perioperative Nursing Program at GPRC.  She is indeed passionate about the specialty of Operating Room Nursing and is a great advocate for our College and Perioperative Nursing Program.

► Huge congratulations to everyone that contributed to the successful launch of the new GPRC Your Choice In Learning website.  Thanks to our Web Developer Mark Nilsson, who has been working day and night and weekends with the help of Jordan Pickup, Lisa Hollis and Susan Thompson to meet our May 1 launch date.

► Great news for the GPRC Conservatory.  It is projecting a profit of $15,000 this year.  The Conservatory is continually marketing its programs and excellent instructors to increase the number of clients that it serves each year. Thanks to Fay Bredeson for her diligence in overseeing this area.

► Thank you to the staff and volunteers from GPRC and CAREERS: The Next Generation AND to the over 30 exhibitors including GPRC Animal Health Technology/Commercial Beekeeping, Automotive/Parts, Heavy Equipment Service, Motorcycle/Harley Davidson, Electrical/Millwright, Nursing Education and Health Studies, Sciences and Fine Arts for their contribution of time and expertise benefiting the career planning efforts of high school students. Over 800 Grade 9-12 students and teachers took advantage of the event to research careers, and ask questions.

► Appreciation and gratitude is extended to all those who assisted in the North West Regional Skills 2013 Competition. With an unprecedented attendance of over 150 registered  competitors this year, the hard  work and dedication of volunteer hours is critical to the success of this event.  Special thanks to Shirley Lyman, Dorothy Luken, all the instructors and staff that were directly involved as well as to those who assisted.