Welcome to 2014!

In this issue

Doing Things Right!

We all know when we're doing something wrong - there is no limit to the people who will tell us. But what about when we're doing something right? Joe St. Amour of Peace River is a graduate of GPRC and a newly certified "Red Seal Journeyman Millwright". He is also a Journeyman Pipe Fitter so he has had previous training from other institutions with which to compare.

"I give a lot of credit (to) you (Clint Derocher), Peter (Gerzanich), Ken (Rueckert) and Aaron (Anderson). My experience at GPRC was 100X better than (when) I had attended NAIT. You guys run an excellent program. I brag about GPRC to everyone I know in the industry. Hopefully you will see some more Connacher (company he works for) faces around there in the future. I feel the experience at GPRC is second to none. You guys / gals run a terrific program there. I will always be an advocate for GPRC Millwright training ."
Thanks Joe for taking the time to let us know how well we're doing!!
~ submitted by Peter Gerzanich

Festive in Fairview

Christmas festivities abounded at Fairview Campus before the holiday break. Lucky staff and students, were entertained during the noon hour by a few of the Fairview Campus's faculty on December 18, 2013. Clint, Miroshaw, Steve, Fred and Rob helped everyone forget the cold and snow by playing Christmas carols, with the audience occasionally joining in. Thanks guys! ~submitted by Monica Macdonald

Support Your Wolves!

Once again, GPRC is making a name for itself in athletics, with high rankings both provincially and nationally. Read about how we're doing at www.gprc.ab.ca/athletics... Be sure to come out and cheer on your teams!! GO WOLVES GO!!

Students Helping Students

The Room Of Plenty is unfortunately no stranger to young visitors - the on-campus food bank sees hunderds of students and young children every year. Two Grade 7 students at École Georges P. Vanier in Donnelly wanted to help out and the opportunity arose when their Social Studies teacher assigned the class a project in community service. 

Kelsey Lefebvre, and Jalene Boucher, began their project by selling hand painted glass snowflakes for $10 apiece. For every snowflake sold, they would donate one care package; each containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, deodorant and lip balm. In total the girls sold 72 snowflakes, but the giving didn't stop there. Jalene's mom Niki happens to be an AVON representative, and to help stretch the money even further, she made the purchases through AVON, getting discounted prices on the items. This allowed the girls to donate over $2,500 worth of product in total! What a tremendous accomplishment by these young ladies. Your thoughtfulness and initiative will go a long way this spring!

It couldn't have come at a better time. After the holiday hustle and bustle is over, the food bank shelves are left pretty bare, but the need is just as great. If you would like to help out with the Room of Plenty, please visit student services. 

From Finning to Beyond!

As an ongoing part of the Think Big program, Finning Canada and Caterpillar Global Manpower Development provide new equipment on loan for the Caterpillar specific training. This 980K Wheel Loader is our latest toy declared value $415,670.00

980K Wheeled Loader with a: 5.3 m³ ---- 7.06 cu. Yd bucket.

Operating weight of:    31,244 Kg ---- 68,881 lbs.

Max Length:   9509mm ---- 374in.

Width:   3447mm ---- 136 in.

Height to top of ROPS:   3778mm ---- 149in.

Feel free to drop by and have a look at our facility in Fairview and some of our other equipment.

~ submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Welding Connections

This past Monday, students from the Composite High School took a field trip to the welding department at GPRC Fairview. We received this commentary by Nick Ormay, welding instructor at the high school.

"Thank you for your cooperation in helping these young people in their welding careers. I consider a trip to Fairview one of three bases of a welding career. One is the offerings we have at the Comp, second is the RAP program and third is the opportunity to weld alongside practicing apprentices at GPRC.

Shortly before 8 this morning, a dozen bleary eyed students exited the minibus, and after hanging up our welding clothes, we went to the cafeteria for breakfast. After this divergence of start- up procedure, we all went to the arc welding lab. Our students were paired off with second year apprentices, among whom were two recent Comp graduates, and shown how to skip a few years in welding education.

While they were busy, I visited a former student who is now a carpentry instructor. There, in the first year lab, were two more former Composite HS students. These young people are to be congratulated on their progression in their chosen trade. I consulted with GPRC welding instructors about current and future trends in the welding field. I also touched base with old acquaintances from my own apprenticeship days, and others in the building. Former students abound in Welding and another in Heavy Duty. Our welding field trips have brought so many students back to GPRC!"

~ submitted by Tara Morrison


Thank You to St. Paul's United Church!

Paula and Laurie Anderson of St Paul's United Church, stopped by to pay Student Services a visit last Friday afternoon. They brought with them, boxes of grocery items for donation to GPRC's on campus food bank, The Room of Plenty. Also donated was a $1,000 cheque which will be used to purchase items for the food bank. 

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 Louise Rawluk who has been nominated for the Nursing Excellence in Education Award! Check out www.carnaawards.com for more!

• A huge congratulations to the instructors of the Motorcycle Apprenticeship program for a job well done. Paul McNair, Manager, Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training: Industry Programs and Standards was extremely happy to report that he was in a meeting in Calgary where it was brought up how impressed they all were with the work done by our instructors in Motorcycle Apprenticeship. CONGRATULATIONS guys, give yourselves a pat on the back!

• Keep an eye on GPRC Alumnus Matt Thorson, who has just been named by Forbes magazine as one of 30 under 30 to watch!

• Congratulations to Patricia Woronuk and her team for coming together with the "Hidden Gem" jewellery case entry for the Fairview & Area Palliative Care's Festival of Trees. This donation helpe raise over $27,000!

• Danica Blasius is an ACAC All Conference Soccer Player and received a 4.0 GPA for her Fall Semester resulting in her nomination for the CCAA Academic All Canadian Award

• Thank you Clint Derocher, Peter Gerzanich, Ken Rueckert and Aaron Anderson for creating a great learning experience for students like Joe St. Amour who has written in with his commendations for the Millwright program. 

• Thank you for all of your time and hard work, is extended to Patricia Woronuk and her team for organizing the Christmas Pot Luck at the Fairview Campus on December 11, 2013. A great lunch was had by all!

• Welcome to Mr. Rodger Woolridge, new Chair of the Academic Upgrading Department. Many thanks to Ms. Joan Godbout for her past service as Chair of Academic Upgrading and to Ms. Joelle Reynolds for stepping in to serve as Acting Chair since November 2013.