Welcome Back Edition

In this issue

Aboriginal Job Shadow Program

For the fifth year, IEC (Indigenous Employment Coalition) and GPRC Continuing Education conducted a summer program allowing Aboriginal youth to learn employability skills and to gain valuable work experience. During the first two weeks, students aged 15 to 17 became certified in Continuing Education courses such as First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, H2S Alive, Class 7, and Leadership courses such as Communication, Problem Solving, and Conflict Resolution.  After the two weeks, students were placed at a worksite, with one of the partner employers. 

Employers who sponsored the program include GPRC, Ainsworth, Aquatera, the City of Grande Prairie, Devon, Alberta Health Services, Pennwest, and Weyerhaeuser. The program also qualifies for High School Work Experience credits which can be used towards high school graduation.


EA Contract Ratification

A new collective agreement with the Employees' Association was ratified by the Board of Governors at their meeting of August 22.  Shown here are: Laurie Sutherland, Rick Scott, Vince Vavrek and Shawnna McClelland.  

Fournier New President of ACAC

Congratulations to François Fournier, who has been appointed President of ACAC, the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Alberta.  Fournier, who is athletic director at GPRC, was named to the position August 15.  Fournier previously served as a member of ACAC executive. During his tenure as president, Fournier says he will work to ensure student athletes are continuing to strive for academic excellence.

There are 17 provincial colleges, including GPRC, who are members of the ACAC, which includes governing several sports: basketball, cross country running, curling, futsal, golf, hockey, indoor track, soccer and volleyball.

Governor General's Academic Medal Recipient 2013

The Governor General’s Academic Medal 2013 has been awarded to Ms. Kayla Kramer, the student with the highest academic standing at GPRC in the 2012-2013 Academic Year. Ms. Kramer is a graduate of the Animal Health Technology program, offered at GPRC Fairview. The Governor General's Academic Medal is one of the most prestigious awards that a student in a Canadian educational institution can receive. The Collegiate Bronze medal is awarded to the student who achieves the highest overall average upon graduation from a diploma-level, postsecondary program (minimum two-year, full-time duration) in his/her institution.  

GPRC Honoured With 2013 Awards Prix du XXe Siècle Award

Grande Prairie Regional College was honoured by the The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) as a recipient of its 2013 awards Prix du XXe Siècle award. A news item posted on Canadian Architect today stated: "Grande Prairie Regional College (1974) is an early representative work of Douglas Cardinal, FRAIC. When it opened, it was one of only three Canadian post-secondary institutions north of 55 degrees latitude. Cardinal - a young, maverick architect at the time - blended his structure into the landscape, to achieve a striking aesthetic, both outside and inside.  Dr. Daryl White submitted the nomination for the award on behalf of GPRC, and Carmen Haakstad, VP External Relations, accepted the award at the annual Festival of Architecture held June 7 in Halifax.  An installation ceremony to mount the award here on campus will be held later this fall.

New Student Orientation - GP

Where did the summer go? Countdown to the first day of classes is almost over, and the 2013 fall welcome is shaping up to be one for the record books! This year’s event will take place in the GYM.  At first there was a bit of panic as old habits die hard, but with no Theatre available we were presented with the opportunity to do something completely different!

In collaboration with SAGPRC, we are excited to host Jessica Holmes as our welcoming keynote, and with a PEP rally feel, know that our new students will have a great day! If you would like to welcome new students at various college entrances, and point them in the right direction contact Madison directly mwarnock@gprc.ab.ca and don’t forget about registration confirmation September 4 and 5, 2013.


President's Ball 2013

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the GPRC President’s Ball October 26!  Help raise funds to support expanded learning space for students and community in our region! https://www.gprc.ab.ca/community/presidents_ball/


Professional Leave Presentations

The 2013 Professional Leave Presentations were given at the Grande Prairie Campus on August 20. Presenters were Dorothy Dooley - Nursing, Teresa Evans - Nursing, Edward Bader - Fine Arts, Cara Leaf - Office Administration, Laurie Nock - Arts & Education, and Bethe Goldie - Phys Ed & Kinesiology. 


Team GPRC raised over 10,000  at this year's Canadian Cancer Relay for Life Event on June 14th and received Gold Fundraising status! Thank you to everyone who helped us  reach this record-setting goal. Special thanks to Team Captain, Tanya Kinderwater, for organizing and coordinating Team GPRC's participation.


Troy Wiebe / Team Alberta Volleyball

GPRC and Wolves Athletics are proud to congratulate Wolves Men’s Volleyball setter, Troy Wiebe and Team Alberta on achieving gold at The National Team Challenge Cup, held in Gatineau, QC. Wolves coach Mike Lauzon says that Wiebe “very nearly didn’t make the trip to Quebec due to an ankle injury but persevered - earned the starting position - and gutted out some very impressive victories”. Wiebe, a local product of Peace Wapiti came up through the Wolves Volleyball Club system and is now entering his second season with the GPRC Wolves. The National Team Challenge Cup is hosted by Canada’s men’s National Team Centre. Along with tournament play, players receive training opportunities with Volleyball Canada National Team coaches while the provincial coaches receive professional development opportunities.


Welcome Back BBQ - Brick Awards

The Annual Brick Awards were held at this year's Welcome Back BBQ on August 22. The first award, given to John Murray, was the Positive Award. Next, Bill Corcoran was honoured with the Energizer Bunny Award, the Grin Award went to Gordon Pellerin, while Jean Nordin was presented with the Rock Award. The awards ceremony was capped off with Burt Hunt receiving the Ruby Dinosaur Award, in recognition of his almost 40 year career with GPRC!

12th Annual Trades & Technology Camp a Success

178 students from 14 high schools across northwestern Alberta registered in this year’s Trades and Technology Camp at GPRC Fairview. The annual trades and technology camp gives students from grades 8 to 12 hands-on opportunities to explore a choice of 15 programs offered under the School of Trades, Agriculture and Environment.  In Carpentry shop, students made pencil holders; Welding instructors guided students through building a miniature metal truck; sheep shearing was led by the Animal Health program. Spending a night on campus and participating in evening activities also gave them a taste of campus life. 

Student and supervisor comments about the camp included: “Was excellent in all areas;” “It was awesome!!!!;” “Great experience;” “I wish I was able to do more;” “Instructors are great;” and “I am definitely coming back next year.” ~ Submitted by Sue Sych

GPRC Well Represented at 21st Annual Provincial Skills Canada Competition

Keegan Winter, the grade 11 student from Fairview High School who won GOLD at the Skills Canada Provincial competition in Edmonton in the Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment category, continues to impress judges with his skills.

As a member of Team Alberta, Keegan attended the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver from June 5th - 8th and placed 4th in the Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment category. A tremendous accomplishment!

A combination of GPRC participants, judges, mentors, and recruiters converged on the Expo Centre in Edmonton for the 21st annual Provincial Skills Canada Competition held on May 15 and 16.

GPRC had 3 apprentice competitors in the Post-Secondary competition: Wesley Fishleigh placed 2nd and got the silver medal in Electrical Installations; Daniel Urich placed 4th in Plumbing; Jayden Nagy-Kolodychuk placed 13th in Auto Service.

Plumbing instructor Brett Dillman was in attendance as a mentor/coach, and  Motorcycle Mechanic instructor Mike Gamble was one of the judges for the Outdoor Power + Recreation Equipment competition.

Automotive Service Technician instructor Martin Larsen was one of the judges for the Auto Service competition. Martin also went to Vancouver from June 5 - 8  as one of the judges for Auto Service at the National Skills Competition.

Congratulations to all who participated in this outstanding event!

Recent Donations

Jason Zelling, Food Services Representative for PepsiCo presents a cheque in the amount of $40,000 to Joanne Ballance, GPRC Alumni / Development Manager. 

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 this year's Brick Awards recipients. The honourees were John Murray, Bill Corcoran, Gordon Pellerin, Jean Nordin and Burt Hunt. Thanks for all you do!

• Congratulatios to Kayla Kramer, recipient of the 2013 Governor General's Academic Medal for highest academic standing at GPRC.

• Congratulations to Wolves Men’s Volleyball setter, Troy Wiebe and Team Alberta on achieving gold at The National Team Challenge Cup, held in Gatineau, QC.

• Congraulations to former Wolves Basketball player, Jaelle Buhler, who has been selected by the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) to participate in the 2013-2014 CCAA Female Apprentice Coach Program

• Congratulations to Team GPRC for raising over $10,000 for the Canadian Cancer Relay for Life and achieving Gold Fund-raising status. Team GPRC: Katherine Henderson, Dianne Bedford, Jean Nordin, Thomas Bedford, Amanda Ferguson, Melanie Kellerman, Shawnna McClelland, Audrey Harder, Karlee Worobetz, Alicia Nickerson, Ray Savage, Jocelyn Smith, Adele Carr, Dale Kardas, Shannon Glas, Lyla Helle, Amy Johnson, Lin Roy, Connie Heck, Erin Gonci, Peter Sellers, Tanya Kinderwater, Lynette Klien, Bert Hunt.

• Congratulations to Joan Jacobson on fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Nursing program from Athabasca University.

• Thank you to Bethe Goldie who will be creating two $650 awards for a GPRC student pursuing further education at the University of Alberta in the area of Adapted Physical Activity. The funds represent the surplus from the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium held in March.

• The 60th annual Beekeepers’ Field Day is being held at the Beaverlodge Research Farm on June 21.  Presenters include our own Carlos Castillo, Patricia Wolf Veiga and Eric Stromgren.

• Congratulations to Cindy Davidson on fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Nursing Program from Athabasca University.

• A huge “Thanks” to Leigh, Bill, Cheryl, Alan, Leann, Barb, the ASA and Paula for all they did to make our first annual GPRC “Teaching and Learning Day” such a success! Sincere thanks and appreciation to the following faculty members who stepped forward and led sessions:  Ali Al-Asadi, Bruce Rutley, Nancy Campbell, Jen Thomas, Anna Gillis, Doug Frattini, Connie Korpan, Matt Bain, Daryl White.

• A very successful Rural Emergency Nursing Conference was held on May 11.  The conference was a huge success as a result of the collaboration between GPRC, AHS and STARS.  Thank you Vanessa Sheane and Bonnie Braun, who were co-chairs of the organizing committee.

•  A special thank you to Chris and Aum Nicol for giving back to the world community by teaching both basketball and life skills to youth in Tobago. Click here to read more! 

• Congratulations to 2012-13 Wolves X-C MVPs Hayden Hollowell and Jamie Wigmore who continued their winning ways, capturing the 10 km events at the 2013 DHT Press Run in Muskoseepi Park. 

•  Congratulations to Keegan Winter - 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 in Edmonton this past May. Proud dad, Gavin Winter, is an instructor in the Heavy Equipment Technician Program at GPRC Fairview Campus.