Marching In Like a Lion or a Lamb?

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Play In A Day This Weekend!!

Fine Arts has gotten together with Theatre & Events to bring A Play in a Day to GPRC this coming weekend.

February 28 is the kick off party in the Black Box Theatre, where the first and last lines of the play are announced, troupes are drawn and the writing begins!

March 1, the participants will meet again to put it all together for showtime at 7pm! Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun - come watch if you don't want to participate!!

Contact Theatre & Events for more information. 780-539-2442

Wolves Menís Volleyball Provincial Championships

The GPRC Men’s Volleyball finished the 2013-14 regular season in 6th place giving them a bye into the ACAC Conference Championship. Their record for the season was 12 wins and 8 losses.

The team had a good tournament ending up in 6th place, the same position as they entered it. There games were as follows. The first game was against 3rd ranked SAIT and we lost 3 games to 0. The team then played NAIT beating them 3 games to 0 and earning a spot in the 5th/6th game. There is no 7th/8th place game. They battled Briercrest College but lost to them 3 games to 1. Briercrest is the host of this year’s CCAA Nationals.

The team also had good news for them when they arrived at the ACAC Awards banquet. Local product, Michael Cepuch, was named the ACAC Rookie of the Year, an award sponsored by Volleyball Alberta. Devon Goodvin was named to the ACAC All Conference First team. This award, selected by the coaches, places Devon in the top 8 players of the conference.

This was a good year for the Wolves Men’s Team. 

~submitted by François Fournier

Are You Planking Tomorrow??

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 (that's tomorrow!), 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...!

2014 Ernieís Sports Experts ACAC Womenís Volleyball Championships

The Ernie’s Sports Experts ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championships were a great success. Red Deer College won the Championships with the GPRC Wolves taking the silver medal. Both teams will be representing the ACAC at the CCAA Nationals in Toronto.

GPRC and Grande Prairie are known to do outstanding jobs of hosting events. The Ernie’s Sports Experts ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship was one such event as the hosts went above and beyond with the organization. The atmosphere created was electric for each game resulting in a showcase of excellent volleyball.

Congratulations to local athletes Tonya Dueck and Kate Porta who received ACAC All Conference Team selections and then were selected to the tournament All Star Team. The GPRC Wolves had a solid performance as the players played with a lot of confidence and drive. They are very well positioned for the CCAA Nationals.

These events cannot be successful without the assistance and generosity of many. Thanks to our title sponsor Ernie’s Sports Experts, our Hotel and Banquet Sponsor the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre and our food sponsor Subway Grande Prairie. Thanks also to a number of businesses for contributing to the Championships. Leigh Goldie and his Organizing Committee did a fantastic job of hosting the event working long hours before and during the Championship.

It was an amazing Championship, one that GPRC and its partners can be very proud of. 

View all photos from the weekend!

~submitted by François Fournier

Join Team GPRC in the Relay for Life!!

Team GPRC 2013

TEAM GPRC has been registered for this year’s event on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 7pm – 7am and we would like you to join us…..come out to CelebrateRemember and Fight Back against cancer. This year the event will be an indoor/outdoor event held at the County Sportsplex! Team members do not have to stay for the entire evening in order to join our team, we have some members who stay all night and others who can only come for a few hours.

We have a ton of fun at our fundraising events and only expect you to do what you can….there is no pressure with TEAM GPRC, we all have our reasons why we walk in the relay and fundraise for the Canadian Cancer Society – those reasons energize us all. We are creating a sense of community within our College; sharing our hopes, our dreams and our fears.  Ask any one of our teammates from last year and I believe they would agree - it was a great experience and journey they took together. 

We are hoping to show up to this years event in full force, and make it known that GPRC stands together to battle cancer. We hope you will sign up and join us. There are many different ways you can support the team, please do not think you will need to put in a huge amount of time fundraising. 

To join our team you can follow this link:

Click on “Join as a New Participant”, search for Team GPRC and select “join this team”, enter the team password of GPRC2014 (all uppercase) and you are all set to enter your personal information and personalize your page.

There is a $10 entry fee for each participant until February 28th after which the registration fee is $15.

~submitted by Tanya Kinderwater


Community Helping GPRC!

We are happy to report that GPRC Fairview has received a new loan of a Scan Tool for our Automotive Service ProgramVincent McManus from Mac Tools is loaning us a scan tool called a “Mentor Touch”. It is used on all makes and models of vehicles to perform diagnostic testing. He will be loaning the tool to us for the school year, will pick it up to use as a demo through the summer and be returning it in the fall. 

~submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Innovation Moves Forward Tomorrow!

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, this Thursday, 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!

The Awards Keep Rolling In!

I am very pleased to announce that two of your student-athletes were recognized last Thursday night for their outstanding season’s with ACAC Women’s Volleyball. Tonya Dueck was selected as a member of the ACAC All Conference First Team and Kate Porta was selected as a member of the ACAC All Conference Second Team. These awards are selected by the coaches which means the players are respected throughout the league for what they bring to the game. Our congratulations to Tonya and Kate.

I should note that Tonya achieved Honour Roll marks in her Fall semester and will be nominated for the CCAA Academic All Canadian Award. This award requires the student-athlete to attain Honours Standings in their academics and be selected to an all-conference team. 

Additionally, members of the Wolves Men’s Volleyball Team have received some awards. Mike Cepuch was selected as the ACAC Rookie of the Year and Devon Goodvin was selected as a member of the ACAC All Conference First Team. This is tremendous recognition of the performance of these student-athletes this past season.

~submitted by François Fournier

Yoga For the Office Worker

This Thursday, February 27th, the Fairview Campus will be holding a "Yoga for the Office Worker" session with Jackie Heck BSc., Registered Yoga Teacher, A.F.L.C.A Instructor. 

It's no secret that prolonged periods of time spent in front of a computer have certain adverse health effects such as back pain, stiff neck, headaches, fatigue, sore eyes, blurry vision, just to name a few. If you carry a lot of your stress in your neck and shoulder area, this gentle yoga session can help bring relief.

Yoga is accessible to everyone and is suitable for all fitness levels, beginner to experienced. Yoga attire is not required, just come in your work clothes. No mat required as we’ll be sitting in chairs. We will be meeting in Conference Room A between Noon and 1pm. There is no charge to attend but please pre-register so we know how many are attending.

~submitted by Sue Qayutinnuaq

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.

• Welcome back Dave Long, Carpentry Instructor, after his Professional LeaveThank you to Andrew Weber for taking on Dave’s responsibilities during his absence.

• Many thanks extended to Leigh Goldie and his Organizing Committee for a fantastic job of hosting the 2014 ACAC Women's Volleyball Provincials - working long hours before and during the Championship weekend.

• Congratulations to Parts Technician InstructorCraig Rode, on being awarded the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board's 2013 Top Instructor Award for the north region. Craig will be honoured on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Mirage Banquet facility in Edmonton.

• Congratulations to Shari Johnston, Continuing Education, for orchestrating an interesting and tasty event - A Taste of the Peace, which included displays by producers of local, healthy food, complete with delicious samples! Another great example of the many talented staff at GPRC!

• Good luck to the 2014 Wolves Women'sVolleyball team who will be representing the ACAC at the CCAA National Championships in Toronto March 5-8.

• Congratulations to the 2014 Wolves Men's Volleyball team who earned their way to a spot in the ACAC Provincial Championships. They placed 6th overall in the tournament, and for the season!