Happy Family Day Everyone!

In this issue

GPRC Hosting ACAC Women's Volleyball Provincials

In two short weeks, the GPRC Wolves Women's Volleyball team will be hosting 7 other teams from all over the ACAC Conference!! This doesn't come around every year, so this will undoubtedly be a weekend of volleyball awesomeness you will not forget!! The Wolves are ranked 3rd going into the tournament, playing Olds College Broncos in the first round on Friday, February 21 at 6pm on home court.

Have a look at the VIP Seating Option for the weekend as well! It's a top notch seating option where you'll get a view of the game seen by those only in rare past occasions... If you would like to be one of the chosen few, contact Dave Waknuk regarding this weekend package.

For information about ticket pricing, schedules, links to the ACAC, parking, and more, visit our website.

Like and Share the Event Facebook page  if you haven't already! Lots of great stuff there!

~submitted by Joel Thibault


GPRC Instructor Top Notch!

As part of the annual Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Awards, Top Instructor Awards are given to apprenticeship and industry training instructors who have gone over and above what is expected of them. Nominations are submitted from registered apprentices who received technical training from institutions around Alberta. 

We are ecstatic that our very own Parts Technician Instructor, Craig Rode, has been awarded the 2013 Top Instructor Award for the north region. Craig will be honoured on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Mirage Banquet facility in Edmonton.

The excellence of our GPRC faculty strengthens the fact that GPRC is the choice in learning! Thank you for all you do!! 

Help Wolves Shoot Down Breast Cancer

The men’s and women’s basketball teams are once again hosting “Wolves Shoot Down Breast Cancer” in conjunction with this Friday night's home games at 6:00 and 8:00pm.

This was an initiative started last year by our son, and team captain, Josh as a response to his Mom’s (and of course my wife’s) battle with breast cancer last year. Aum is doing well and is recovering while on medical leave.

There will be donation boxes and wrist bands for sale at the games, but of course would welcome any donations. Please feel free to contact me directly.

We hope to see you out at the games.

~submitted by Chris Nicol

One of Our Own Ranks 2nd in Canada!!

GPRC keeps turning out the best students! Nathan Froese took 2nd place in the Canadian 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award – 4th Class Power Engineering! This national honour recognizes outstanding achievement combined from both the Program courses and Standardization Of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC) Exam Marks. Read more about the specifics of the award. The prize awarded to Nathan is a 50% off voucher for course material purchased from PanGlobal.

The 24 year old from Terrace, BC, wasn't always interested in Power Engineering. He started out pursuing the Sciences at UBC, but then re-evaluated his decision, based on the unlikelihood of a career in the field. He was accepted to the GPRC Power Engineering program and it seems to be the right fit. He has started his 3rd class, hoping to complete it before his wedding in June, then he plans to go for his 2nd class and "eventually be in Management". 

~submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Aboriginal Administration Program Launched!

The new Aboriginal Administration diploma announced yesterday has been achieved through a vision carried by many partners, and an unwavering commitment to a common goal.  Many of the College and Community champions of this program were present at the announcement, and celebrated the successful outcome of their years of work towards this diploma.
This interdisciplinary diploma is designed to provide students with basic business knowledge, and the academic experience to develop essential skills for critical thinking, research, writing and planning skills.  With this foundation, graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level careers within a wide range of organizations and businesses. 

One staunch proponent of the program has been Elder Angie Crerar, of Alberta Métis Association Local 1990.  “It has been a long journey to get to this moment today, but so worth it!” Crerar says.  “I am proud and honoured to have been part of this journey.  The College heard our concerns and vision then joined us in our determination to provide greater opportunities for our aboriginal community in the future.”

Many of the members of Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Service (GPACOS) were present to commemorate the moment, as were numerous GPRC students.

This program blends GPRC courses/curriculum with optional coursework from the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada (AFOA).  While many institutions in Alberta offer a variety of programs with an Aboriginal/First Nations focus, few combine university studies with business studies. The combination of humanities, native studies and business studies within a flexible structure and delivery are strong features of this diploma.   
“We are so very proud to be the provider of this important and unique diploma program,” says Susan Bansgrove, Vice-President Academics and Research.  “I know that the passion and commitment of the supporters of this initiative has been key to the approval of this new diploma.  Thank you, each and every one for your patience while we have worked toward this moment.  Thank you for your guidance, your letters of support, and for your belief in GPRC.”

As Sweet As Honey!

The Canadian Honey Council held their Annual General Meeting reception on January 29, and presented the CRI's Bruce Rutley with the "Willie Baumgartner Memorial Award For Outstanding Contributions to Improving the Canadian Beekeeping Industry". Bruce was awarded for his efforts related to the development of the NBDC Technology Access Centre.
Picture is Rutley and Willie's wife (widow) Ursula Da Rugna after the official presentation.

~submitted by Bruce Rutley

Harley-Davidson® Raffle Motoring Along

The 26th Annual Harley-Davidson® Raffle has been underway for the last couple of months, and we are down to the last 100 tickets! The grand prize draw for the Harley-Davidson® MY14 Road King FLHR, with Ready to Ride safety lessons will be held June 20, 2014. Early Bird cash prizes are still available to be won! Visit here to purchase tickets or for more information.

Moving Innovation Forward

The CRI's Moving Innovation Forward group is hosting its first session of Dialogues, with guest speaker, PhD student Dan Houser. This inaugural discussion will be held at 4:30pm February 27 at Maddhatters Lounge. The Dialogues forum has been created in response to requests from our region's innovators for an opportunity to meet and talk about innovation.
So...Why Dan?  Well, because he is doing some innovative research into what makes the oil & gas industry go...quite simply....he is interested in the culture of the oil patch and has some interesting insights into what makes it tick.
Relax at the end of the day in one of GP's most innovative establishments, and enjoy learning something new alongside your fellow innovators.
If you'd like to attend, please RSVP Heather via email or phone 780.539.2807. See you there!

Plankety Planking!

The staff of the Douglas J Cardinal Theatre have issued a challenge to the rest of the College! They've been practicing day in and day out to prepare... At high noon on February 27, in the DJC Theatre the planking begins. There will be prizes and of course BRAGGING RIGHTS going to the one who can hold out the longest! What is planking you ask? Planking is a simple yet effective core exercise, that uses the body as resistance. Lie stomach down on the floor, then lift your body using your toes and elbows to rest on (see above image). Hold that form for as long as possible. Sound easy? Give it a try...!

Plenty of Room

The shelves of the GPRC on campus food bank, The Room of Plenty, don't look like this right now. This past Fall semester, there were 47 adults and 60 children assisted by this service. We are now into the Spring semester and the shelves are in need of restocking! The coordinators have put out a request for the following item specifically: 


Canned Meats

Cheese & Crackers



Baby Wipes

Pre-packaged pasta, potatoes & rice

Green Beans

Canned Pastas

Juice Boxes

Peanut Butter

Toilet Paper

Mushroom Soup


If you would like to help out, please see Carla in Student Services.

Simply the Best!

This past weekend the 2014 Peace Country West Region Adult One-Act Play Festival was held at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre, and GPRC made a fantastic showing!! Drama Instructor Michelle MacArthur was awarded Best Director, while her student Alex Vieira took home the Best Actor award for his role in her play. For Alex and the other drama students performing in this play, Sabrel Binks, Aleesha Donovan and Mirabel Ogbonna, it was the first time they had performed in front of such a large audience and they definitely held their own among the more experienced actors. 

Computing Science student Jessica Stubbert took home the Best Actress Award for her role in a different play during the festival. That play, entitled "The Brute" won for the best production and will be going to the provincials in May.

GPRC students presented 2 of the 4 shows in the festival, which were very well received! We are very proud of your accomplishments and representation of our college!

~submitted in part by Joanne Porta, Michelle MacArthur and Les Rawluk

Walking In A Winter... uh Wonderland?!

February 5th was Alberta's Winter Walk Day, and it couldn't have been more wintry! Those on Fairview Campus decided not to endure the -32 degree weather, and instead took to the gym. After their brisk 15 minute walk, they were treated to hot chocolate and cookies!

The Be Fit For Life office on Grande Prairie Campus registered 519 participants totalling 8,675 minutes, which included GPRC staff and students, schools, business, seniors, AHS, and other participants. These brave souls took to the reservoir trails despite the frigid temperatures. There were fun activities along the way, and a great time was had by all!

Recital Sold Out!

This past weekend, Fay Bredeson of the Fine Arts Conservatory, organized a fantastic recital featuring the performances of many Conservatory instructors and GPRC faculty. The event entitled "Wintersong V" was held in the Black Box Theatre to a packed, sold out crowd! 

Congratulations to all the performers and a HUGE thank you to Fay for a job very well done! During the evening close to $600 was raised to go towards Fine Arts students scholarships!

~submitted by Joanne Porta

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 Drama Instructor Michelle MacArthur on receiving the Best Director Award in the 2014 Peace Country West Region Adult One Act Play Festival. 

• Michelle's play was also awarded the Best Actor Award, given to GPRC Drama Student Alex Vieira. Congratulations Alex!!

• Further accolades to GPRC from this festival go to Computing Science Student Jessica Stubbert, who received the Best Actress Award for a different play. Way to go Jessica!

• Congratulations to Dr. Daryl White, for his article "The Great Nickel Scandal" which is published in the Dec 2013/Jan 2014 issue of Canada's History Magazine (formerly The Beaver.)

• Power Engineering student Nathan Froese was honoured with second place in PanGlobal's national 2013 Outstanding Acheivement Award - 4th Class Power Engineering