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Open House a Huge Success!

This year's Open House/ Community Learning Day was a huge success! There were booths from every departments set up, and many took advantage of the season to entice visitors with candy. Fine Arts students provided music, while Mayor Bill Given stopped in to proclaim October 30th as Community Learning Day. This was also the platform for the launch of GPRC's Trade Places campaign, which has been a project in the works for some time. Thank you to all who participated, we'll see you again next year!

President's Ball 2013

Cirque Imaginaire was magic!

The 2013 GPRC President’s Ball, held October 26 at Bowes Crystal Gardens was a huge success!  Thanks to Sharron Barr, chair of the organizing committee, and her team of talented College and Community volunteers for creating a fun filled and fabulous evening.  Over 100 GPRC Office Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, Business and Fine Arts students, along with 30 College staff and faculty volunteered to make this a memorable night.

Cirque Imaginaire featured an excellent four course meal, games of chance and a magician, an ole fashioned candy store and flying aerialists!  The dancing went into the wee hours to the soulful vocals and cool rhythm section of The Retrofitz – a funky 11-piece crew that is jam-packed with some of Edmonton's finest musicians.  Auctioneer Kevin Tink commanded an exciting live auction that featured a pair of gold plated, rose tinted aviator sun glasses designed for Brad Pitt, and trip to Coney Island in New York!  The silent auction featured a wide variety of exciting items, including a rare, antique Canadian coin minted from Klondike gold, to a handcrafted child’s wooden hobby horse, to fine artwork donated by our own Fine Arts students, and Tina Martel, Ed Bader, Carmen Haakstad, and Michele McNeil! Emcee Derek Hall was a deft ringmaster indeed, and kept the evening running smoothly and upbeat. 

A very special thank you goes to Canadian Tire for their Titanium sponsorship, and to all the Ball sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees!  This annual special fundraising event brings us closer to our Grand Vision for the future: connecting education, industry, and community.

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Senator Dennis Patterson

Don Gnatiuk and GPRC Board of Governors member Stewart Wilson were recently in Ottawa to join other ACCC institutions for a National Summit on Advanced Skills, Demographics and Impact of Technology and ACCC.  

They were pleased to take that opportunity to personally present the framed Distinguished Alumni Award to Senator Dennis Patterson.  Senator Patterson accepted the award in 2011 by video communication, and the College waited for this opportunity to make the presentation in person.  Senator Dennis Patterson began his post-secondary education at GPRC as part of the charter class, and was the first ever President of the Students' Association.

The Duchess

Meet The Duchess! She is the scarecrow created by students in the Fine Arts Club, for auction at the Sunrise Rotary's 2013 Scarecrow Festival on October 19th. She sold for $1000 to Remax. The Art Club continues to impress us each year!

Students who helped bring The Duchess to life; Patrick Evans, Katrina Shirley, Cam Osterhold, Tyler Nelson, Simone Bowes, Dani-Lee Laviolette, Robina Whang, Rizz Wilson, Kendra Miskolczi, Jennifer Tourangeau, Sheila Shaw, and Josh Wong. Special thanks to students Caylah Lyons and Ken Lumbis, as well as instructor Tina Martel.


Wolves First Ever Soccer Medal!!

This past weekend your GPRC Wolves Women’s Soccer Team defeated Medicine Hat College by a score of 3-1 giving them the Bronze Medal in the ACAC Championship. Player of the game went to Kaytlyn Kulzycki for her 2 goal performance. This achievement marks the 1st medal ever won in ACAC by any GPRC Soccer Program, an absolutely fantastic result!! 

Also in Soccer achievements, we would like to congratulate Maggie Zacsko, Danica Blasius and Julian Gonzalez on attaining ACAC All Conference status!

Congratulations to all of you!!

Wolves XCountry Runners Win Big!

This past weekend proved to be a great one for our Wolves XCountry runners! They participated in the ACAC XCountry Championships on October 26, where our men's team placed 4th overall, and our women's team took home the Bronze Medal!

Individually for the women, Jamie Wigmore won the Silver Medal, while for the men, Hayden Hollowell placed 5th and Riley Wallace placed 7th. These three also should be congratulated on achieving ACAC All Conference Status! Further accolades to Jamie Wigmore, as she was also nominated for the CCAA All Canadian Award

Congratulations to all who finished the race!


Alumni/Foundation AGM

The GPRC Alumni/Foundation AGM was held October 17th which began with a $1.7 Million cheque presentation from the Alumni/Foundation to the College.


Carmen Haakstad presents retiring Foundation director Wayne Zack with a small gift for his years of service to the College Community. Past Chair Kelly Chalmers looks on.






A special Thank you to our retiring Alumni/Foundation board members for your many years of service to the College and Community: Wayne Zack, Robin Watson, Carol McLevin, and Lorraine Gabriel.

Welcome to the 2013/14 Alumni/Foundation Board of DirectorsErin Lynch - Chair, Kelly Chalmers - Past Chair, Dalen Chmilar - SA representative, Kamie Currie, Leigh Goldie - Secretary, Don Gnatiuk, Allan Kuechle, Tina Martel - Treasurer, Wendy McMillan, Shirley Norton, Joanne Perrott, Gwen Tegart, and Alan Segal - Board of Governors representative

GPRC appointed non-voting College representatives: Joanne Ballance, Francois Fournier, Carmen Haakstad, Hazel Liley, and Angela Logan.

GPRC Alumni/Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity.  Its mission is to create a spirit of unity, loyalty and philanthropy through meaningful connections to advance the mission of GPRC.  For more information on how you can make a difference, click here.

Haakstad On Display

Carmen Haakstad opened a new exhibition of his works last month – with the rare opportunity of an advance visit from Alberta Culture Minister, the Honorable Heather Klimchuk on September 27.  Members of the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre executive, town and county officials, and the entourage accompanying the Minister participated in a brief ceremony in celebration of Alberta Culture Days.  Carmen's work was greeted with great enthusiasm by the visitors, and his show opened September 29 to a packed gallery and brisk sales.  Congratulations Carmen!


Erin Lynch, 2013/14 Chair of the GPRC Alumni/Foundation, and retiring Foundation director Wayne Zack present a cheque in the amount of $1.7 Million to Susan Bansgrove, VP Research and Academic and Don Gnatiuk, President & CEO.  The funds were raised by the community and will be used for GPRC Awards, Programs and Projects.

Hashtag From The Road

Hello everybody!

Recruitment has been busy travelling and spreading the word about GPRC, to ensure seats are filled next September. So far this year, we have spoken to approximately 4000 prospective students with big goals and career aspirations. We hope to see many of their young faces in the coming school years! This is a brief update for the last few weeks of travel.

September 16-17 was our jumpstart for the year. We travelled to Cold Lake, Lac La Biche, and Athabasca. These events were coordinated through ELAA (Education Liaison Association of Alberta) and took place during the school day at various high schools in those regions.

September 30-October 4 was another great week of ELAA recruitment. Here we travelled to St. Thomas More in Fairview, the Grande Prairie Composite High School, High Prairie, Slave Lake, Peace River, Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek. These events were a great success with a combination of daytime events for students and evening events for parents.

October 1 was our annual Counselors Update; 30+ regional counselors attended post-secondary updates hosted by GPRC.

October 10 found GPRC in the great north – Whitehorse! Here we were the diamond sponsors for the Education, Career, and Volunteer Expo hosted by Yukon College in association with and Volunteer Bénevoles Yukon.  This event saw hundreds of people from the town as well as from the rural communities.

Finally October 15-18 was a continuation of ELAA events in high schools. This past week we went to Grande Cache, Jasper, Hinton, Edson, Drayton Valley, Whitecourt, and Barrhead.

Coming up for recruitment we have several CALM Class presentations lined up as well as our Community Learning Day – Open House on October 30. And to close out the year, GPRC will be making the Grad Night and CALM class rounds in Yellowknife November 4-7, 2013. In the New Year, we will continue to present in CALM classes as well as attend the Edmonton and Calgary Career Fairs. Stay tuned to the GPRC Facebook page for more information about recruitment and other college activities!

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.

• Many thanks to Marcia Aldred, David Ticheler, Jennifer McLean, Cheryl Head and Anita Mallick for alll of your hard work putting together online tutorial videos for our students.

• Dr. René Gadacz, Arts and Education, as a member of the CESA executive, recently chaired two sessions at the 4th joint annual conference of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association and the Association for Canadian Studies held at the University of Alberta. The conference theme was Transforming Citizenship: Ethnicity, Transnationalism, and Belonging in Canada.