May Days at GPRC

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Distinguished Employees


This year's recipients of the Distinguished Employee Award were announced at the Employee Recognition Awards on May 9th (Fariview Campus) and May 16th (Grande Prairie Campus). Doug Frattini (left), Accounting Instructor and former Chair of the Department of Business and Fred Walkley (right), Welding Instructor at the Fairview Campus. Congratulation to both deserving award recipients!

Grade 7 Day

On May 9th, GPRC held the 2nd annual Grade 7 Day, playing host to over 400 grade 7 students from the Peace region. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the day a resounding success! To view more images and a recap of the day watch the video!

Board of Governors Visit Hinton

The GPRC Board of Governors held its April Board meeting in the West Yellowhead stewardship region, at the Hinton Learning Centre.  Accompanied by members of the GPRC Executive and members of the media in person and via video conference from Grande Prairie and Fairview,  Renée LaBoucane and the staff made the event a great success.  

The Board also was able to connect in two separate meetings with representatives from the Town of Hinton, and The Honourable Robin Campbell for lengthy discussions regarding the future of post-secondary education and service to the West Yellowhead stewardship region. 

The Board plans to continue holding meetings in the stewardship regions including Fairview in September 2013, and West Yellowhead in April 2014.

Congratulations Carla!

At the 30th annual Alberta Services for Students Conference (ASSC) hosted by Lakeland College in Lloydminster last week, GPRC's Carla Basarab was presented with one of three prestigious awards - the Dean Stetson Service Award. This award is peer nominated and the recipient is then selected by the Provincial Planning Committee made up of representatives from various post-secondary institutions in Alberta.

The Dean Stetson Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of (1) long-term service to students (ten years or greater) and (2) an outstanding contribution to the development of excellence in student services within the province of Alberta. Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional service to students (totaling ten or more years) and significant achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Innovation, research, and/or leadership within their institution or the field of student services
  • Enhancement of overall student services culture through exemplary mentorship
  • Continued professional growth and development?
Carla Basarab Award

Shawnna McClelland, Carla Basarb, Gord Pellerin from Student Services.

Convocation 2013 - Grande Prairie Campus

Graduates Joshua Irwin and Jennifer Zingre were the featured speakers at Convocation 2013, providing the Valedictory and Salutatory addresses on behalf of fellow graduates to an audience of some 1500.  208 graduates participated in Convocation ceremonies this year: 43 certificates, 69 diplomas, 3 Bachelor of Social Work (UC), 18 various Baccalaureate (AU), 36 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (UA), and 39 Bachelor of Education (UA).  A platform party of 69 including Board of Governors, Executive Team, Special Guests and Faculty were prsent in honour of the students.

The Paul J. Evaskevich Valedictorian Award is presented to the GPRC graduating student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, display of leadership qualities, contribution to the College, and personal growth.Joshua Irwin enrolled at GPRC from a homeschooling background and immediately embraced the academic rigours of undergraduate Bachelor of Science studies, as well as college life.  He is committed to excellence in his studies, as he pursues a degree in microbiology.

The Beth Sheehan Salutatorian Award is presented annually to a student with excellent academic standing, who is completing a baccalaureate degree on campus at GPRC.  Jennifer Zingre, the 2013 recipient of the Salutatorian Award, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is offered at GPRC in collaboration with the University of Alberta.

The ceremonies were streamed live on our website, with 37 viewers in Canada, 4 in the US, and 1 in Switzerland. Congratulations Graduates 2013!

GPMTA Workshop

The Music Teachers Workshop, May 12th, was hosted by our local chapter of music teachers, Grande Prairie Music Teachers Association and was attended by 13 teachers from Grande Prairie.  We received funding from ARMTA (Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association) and APTA (Alberta Piano Teachers' Association) and support from the Fine Arts Department to provide facilities in the Collins Recital Hall.  Dr. Magda Adamek, a very distinguished pianist, was our guest lecturer from Edmonton. 

The  final event for GPMTA this season, was the Young Artist Recital performed by Peter Krecjar, provincial winner of the Young Artist Competition.  This concert was made possible by funding from the national music organization, CFMTA (Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association) and the generosity of the GPRC Fine Arts Department who provided the Collins Recital Hall - special thanks to John Murray, Chair of the department. ~ Submittted by Carmen Gorgichuk

GPRC at Peace Region Petroleum Show

It was a very busy two days hosting a GPRC booth at the Peace Region Petroleum Show, May 15th and 16th.  What a success! The booth representatives, Janelle MacRae and Ross Young, and Leigh Roberts from Continuing Education, Charles Sanderson from Trades, and Lloyd Sherk from the CRI were kept very busy chatting to thousands of people about all that GPRC has to offer. The attendance at this show is estimated to be approximately 10,000 people:  Read more about the attendance at the Petroleum Show.

There was a huge interest in all of GPRC’s trades programs, with employers and job seekers alike indicating the huge need for more tradespeople in the region.  The multitude of safety courses offered by GPRC Continuing Education was another big area of interest.  A big draw to the booth was the CRI’s 3D printing projects which were on display, allowing the CRI to show off many of the projects they are working on.  

This show was a huge success for GPRC and definitely one we should continue to be involved in for years to come.  One great comment I received from a woman who works for Meyers Norris Penny was:  "It’s great to see the GPRC have a presence at the show and be involved in the industry that is such a big part of our community." ~ Submittted by Janelle MacRae

SA Awards

The Students' Association held their annual Awards Evening on May 3. Each year, they give out two awards - one to a faculty member and one to a staff member. Matt Bain, an instructor in the Physicial Education, Athletics and Kinesiology Department, was this year's recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. This coveted 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. Matt was chosen from an impressive group of 17 other nominated instructors!

Recently appointed SA President, Lydia Sadiq, and outgoing SA President, Jenna Backer, present Matt Bain with his award.

The Most Student-Centred Staff Award was presented to Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics and Research. This award recognizes a GPRC staff member who always goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve students. The individuals recognized by this award are truly dedicated to the students of GPRC. They display a strong sense of student-centeredness. "Susan Bansgrove has shown her strong commitment to the betterment of students as a whole. Susan puts in long hours, and is always quick to reply. She is an individual that will always have the students best interest at heart.”

Susan Bansgrove, VP Academics and Research receives her award from Lydia Sadiq and Jenna Backer.

The volunteer of the year award is presented to a student volunteer who has shown outstanding volunteerism and support of the SA. Whether through Students' Council, events or other services. This year's winner was Morgan Maxwell, a 4 year volunteer who always makes himself available to the SA, and has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and leadership among his peers.

Morgan Maxwell reccives his award from Lydia Sadiq, SA President and Dalen Chmilar, VP Student Wellness. (Thanks to Rhett Demetrick for providing the photos)

UVS Public Demonstration Day MAY 30

The Peace Country UVS Partnership is hosting a demonstration day to give Peace Area residents and companies an opportunity to learn more about unmanned vehicle systems and their potential uses in industries in our region.  Demonstrations will be at the Fairview Campus of GPRC and will include air, ground, blended ground/underwater, and underwater unmanned vehicles.

The event is open to anyone interested in this opportunity to:

  • Talk with UVS equipment providers
  • Share ideas, needs and opportunities around unmanned systems
  • Observe demonstrations of UVS in operation.

At the end of the day, a mini-Trade Fair will allow guests an opportunity to talk directly to the Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) representatives.

The Peace Country UVS Partnership (PCUVSP) was formed in July 2012. Members of PCUVSP are the Town of Fairview, the Municipal District of Fairview, the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) School of Trades, Agriculture and Environment and the GPRC Centre for Research & Innovation (CRI).  The mandate of the partnership is to inform Peace Country residents of the potential uses of UVS and to assist in the development of the UVS industry in the region with special attention to potential demonstration projects and business development in Fairview area communities.

There is no charge for this public demonstration day, but advance registration is required.

Fairview Student Wins Gold!

Congratulations to Keegan Winter, a grade 11 student from Fairview High School, who won GOLD in the Outdoor Power + Recreation Equipment category at the 21st annual Provincial Skills Canada Trades + Technology Competition held on May 15th + 16th at the Expo Centre in Edmonton. Keegan placed 1st among 12 other secondary school competitors from across Alberta in his competition, and was the only Gold Medallist from the Northwest Region out of the 700 total competitors taking part in this competition. Keegan will now compete as a member of Team Alberta at the National Skills Competition being held in Vancouver from June 5 - 8.

Proud dad, Gavin Winter, is an instructor in the Heavy Equipment Technician Program at GPRC Fairview Campus. Congratulations to the entire Winter family.

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:

► Thank you to Megan Ryan-Walsh and all the faculty, staff and student volunteers who made Grade 7 day such a GREAT experience for 400 Grade 7 students and their teachers! This day would not be possible without the support from the GPRC community who volunteered their time to give mini lectures and act as group tour guides!

► Congratulations to Nursing Instructor Joan Cawthorn on the completion of her Masters of Nursing program from Athabasca University.  

► Congratulations to Carla Basarab - the recipient of the 2013 Dean Stetson Service Award at this year’s Alberta Services for Students Conference (ASSC) held at Lakeland College in Lloydminster. This award is presented to an individual in recognition of long-term service to students (ten years or greater) and an outstanding contribution to the development of excellence in student services within the province of Alberta.

► A huge "Thank You" to Bethe Goldie who dedicated many hours to coordinate and Chair the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium held in partnership with GPRC, the Steadward Centre and the Eastlink Centre March 21-23. The symposium was a great success and attracted participants and presenters from across the province and Western Canada. Thank you also to the people and departments in the GPRC community who contributed to make the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium a success: Dwayne Head, Matt Clegg, Leigh Goldie, Chris Watson Jodi Peebles, Lynne Ness, Susan Thompson, Campus Operations, Finance, Dave Ticheler, Lesley Spencer, Chris Levoir, Shirley Pasieka. 

► Congratulations to Grande Prairie Music Teachers Association and GPRC Music Instructor, Carmen Gorgichuk, who hosted a successful Music Teachers Workshop teaching workshop at GPRC last weekend. Special thanks to the Fine Arts Department and Chair, John Murray for their support.