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Are You A Classic Volunteer?

It’s starting to show hints of Spring, then summer is around the corner with the 27th Annual College Classic Golf Tournament planned for Friday, June 6, 2014

As you are probably aware, the College Classic is one of our major and extremely important fundraisers. A lot goes into an event such as this, and we need you as a volunteer to make all of the details happen! Please consider giving some time for this fun and very worthwhile cause. 

I’ll do my best to accommodate your choice, but positions are filled on a first come, first choice basis, so I’d love to hear from you right away! This year we are in need of the most volunteers to date! Please confirm with your supervisor, then help us make this the best College Classic yet!! Last year we had a group come out from Fairview and I would love to see that again.

Also if you can’t Volunteer on June 6th  or just love helping out and want another job, we are also looking for 8-10 volunteers for Wednesday, June 4th on the Grande Prairie Campus at lunch hour to prepare the golf giveaways.

~submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Are You Interested In the World Around Us?

Did you know we subscribe to National Geographic online? Furthering our commitment to offering learning opportunities for everyone, GPRC has subscribed to National Geographic online! This is available for all employees, click here if you'd like to peruse the latest issues.

Career Expo Tomorrow!

 is proud to partner withto bring CAREER expo to Grande Prairie. Over 1,800 Peace Region students from grades 10 through 12 are expected to take in the event at Evergreen Park, Thursday April 24,2014. Doors are open from 9am to 3pm. 



Convocation Is Approaching!

It's time to celebrate another round of successful students at GPRC! The Grande Prairie campus will hold its Convocation on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Gymnasium. Please show your support of all our students have accomplished, by offering your time to help out with this worthwhile occasion. Volunteers are needed for set up at 9am Friday May 2, as well as for the take down at 4:30pm on Saturday May 3. If you can spare some time for this special day, please contact Shawnna, or just show up ready to help! 

Local Ties To World Event!

This past Monday marked the 118th Boston Marathon. After last year's heart wrenching attack, there were a record number of both participants and spectators in attendance. Included in the over 36,000 runners were GPRC staff members Vaughn Marillier and Krista Mitchell, along with GPRC student Kayla Hardy! Rounding out the team was GP resident Margaret Veitch. 

All members posted fantastic results: Vaughn finished with a time of 3:25:35 which placed him 7958th overall, 6460 amoung males! Krista's time of 4:02:23 put her 18,561 overall and 7193 amoung females, while Kayla's time of 3:40:22 placed her 12,527 overall, 3743 within the females!

"The race was incredible, over one million supporters and 37,000 runners made the day a very memorable experience. The weather was great, a little hot, considering it was pretty cold when we left GP but there were lots of water stations along the way keep cool and hydrated. The pride and energy of Bostonians was amazing, we had random strangers congratulate and thank us for coming to run, everywhere we went. The course itself was quite hilly, so encouragement from the crowd made a huge difference, especially towards the end of the race when everything starts to hurt! All in all, this was my best run to date, Boston sure knows how to make a runner feel like a rockstar, it makes all the hard work getting here well worth it." - Vaughn Marillier

LR: Margaret Veitch, Vaughn Marillier, Krista Mitchell

Kayla Hardy & Vaughn Marillier Vaughn Marillier


New VoIP for GPRC Learning Centres

Our Learning Centres in Hinton, Edson, and Jasper are now fully operational on our GPRC VoIP system. You can now use the 5-digit dialing sequence to reach the main numbers at these locations.


Dial #3 7666 for reception and you can request to be transferred to any of the employees on-site.


Dial #4 5206 for reception and you can request to be transferred to any of the employees on-site.


Dial #5 2101 for reception and you can request to be transferred to any of the employees on-site.

Each employee also has a direct #3, #4, or #5 internal number that you can dial.  Their numbers are published in the GPRC Assistant Staff & Faculty Lookup, Staff Search, VoIP Phone Corporate Directory, and Internal Phone List.

Note: If you cannot see the new Internal Number field in the GPRC Assistant Staff Search, please close the GPRC Assistant and logoff/login on your PC.

Coming Soon: You will see the Internal Number field on your GPRC Mobile App Staff Search. 

Caution: The old [#1] 5-digit dial numbers that were created for these sites will continue to work only until August 15, 2014.

Sneaky Winner!

L-R: Monica Macdonald, Erin Weeks, Peggy Johnson, Lynette Tye

A big thank you to everyone who participated for ParticipACTION’s Sneak It In Week last week. I would like to congratulate Lynette Tye for winning the Subway Gift Card which can be picked up at the Recreation Centre. Lynette snuck it in with Yoga at noon hour and joining us for our outdoor walks around campus.

If you didn’t Sneak It In last week, try something this week! Just remember it only takes 10 minutes or more a day of moderate to vigorous activity to meet the recommended amount of physical activity for adults who live sedentary lifestyles.

~submitted by Erin Weeks

Student Career Centre

L-R: Sheila Moerkoert, Christine Gurlitz, Carla Basarab, Laura Burris

Financial Aid Services are expanding!  We are excited to announce the implementation of the GPRC Student Career Centre, located in Student Services.  

Our goal is to help students find employment!  We have been in contact with several local businesses and already have over 60 job opportunities available on our website:  Feel free to also stop by and peruse our old fashioned job board outside of Student Services on both campuses!! 

If you have any job postings currently located in your departments we would love to work with you to also post those jobs on our website and job board.  We anticipate that our services will be a huge success!  Additionally, if you know of any businesses seeking employees please have them contact us!!

The friendly staff at the Student Career Centre will also be happy to help any students requiring assistance with their resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and networking. 

As we delve into our new project, more services will be added. Please bear with us as we develop our centre to better serve the GPRC community.  If you have any questions regarding our Student Career Centre, please do not hesitate to stop by anytime between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday to Friday (opening 9:30 on Wednesdays), or call us at (780) 539-2845 or email us at

We look forward to serving you in the future!

~submitted by Carla Basarab

Students Place In Art Contest!

ACCC put out a call to member institutions to submit student artwork to decorate the ACCC Secretariat office space in the beautiful Château Laurier in Ottawa. We have received amazing submissions which reflects an enormous amount of talent.
On behalf of ACCC, we'd like to sincerely thank you for your students’ submissions. As difficult as it was, the top three submissions have been chosen as have the three regional winners. We also decided to include a prize for the top sculpture due to the exceptional talent.
Congratulations to Patrick Evan’s for his ‘Transformations of the Inner Self’, which was selected for 2nd prize!  This prize carries a cash award of $300.
Congratulations to Sheila Shaw, whose piece was selected as the Regional Award for the province of Alberta!  In addition, Sheila will receive a prize of $200.
Congratulations to Marissa (Rizz) Skinner for her winning sculpture! Marissa will also recieve a monetary award of $200.
The students' artwork will be showcased at ACCC’s Conference and on ACCC’s website. We will also be producing a publication showcasing all the art submissions which will be available online. We have also decided to showcase all the students artwork on ACCC’s walls where they will be viewed by many. There is so much wonderful talent! 
~ Submitted by The Association of Community Colleges (ACCC) Art Committee
*Editor's note - We included this announcement in the previous edition of Insider, however, inadvertently missed noting all of the students' awards. Our sincere apologies to Marissa and Sheila for the oversight. We are very proud of all of you and your hardwork!

Eye of the Storm!

(L-R): Storm Assistant Business Manager: David Morrison, Kelin Edgerton, Sarah Sauchenko, Hayley Kramps, Paige Smith and Storm Business Manager: Ward Livingston

Each year, GPRC's BA 2010 Advertising and Sales Promotion students do an integrated marketing campaign for a business. This year we chose the Grande Prairie Storm Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club. The class is divided into groups of 4 or 5 and the students are tasked with coming up with market research, creating an objective of what is to happen, developing a media plan, and coming up with a detailed integrated marketing campaign within the budget givenThis year's winning team was ‘Eye of the Storm Marketing’with the best overall strategies along with best overall presentation. 

~submitted by Trevor Thomas

Puppy Days A Huge Success!

You know something is working when there are nothing but smiles and nice things to say about the Puppy Days initiative happening here on GPRC Campus. Three wonderful dogs from the local SPCA, visited over the noon hour Wednesday April 9. They were all eager to play and share their desire for attention and affection with the Students and Staff of GPRC. Over 40 GPRC Students and Staff members came by Room A211 on Wednesday to see the dogs, some visited over a brief hello, others stayed for nearly 30 minutes!! It really goes to show you just how much of an impact these little guys have on all of us! At the very least it reminds us that no matter how busy our schedules are, or how many problems we may have at the moment, that taking the time to show compassion toward another can harbor powerful benefits to the body and mind… for both parties!!

Thanks again to everyone at GPRC for making this possible, as well as the GP SPCA for donating the dogs on repeated occasions. Not to mention the local radio stations and Daily Herald-Tribune for promoting this initiative in the community.

Puppy Days will be back walking its way through the halls once again in the Fall semester, and they might even come and say hello once again over the summer!

If anyone has any thoughts, questions or suggestions regarding this and any other Student Wellness organized event, please feel free to contact me. Thank you!

~submitted by Joel Thibault

Students Make Their Picks

It's that wonderful time of year again where the Students' Association announces the winners of our annual awards. The awards available this year are: Student Volunteer of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year; Excellence in Teaching; and Most Student Centred Staff.

This year, our Student Volunteer of the Year award goes to an individual who is always willing to lend a helping had, whether with event set-up, tear-down, or even helping bring the groceries in. This individual has also been participating in the SAGPRC Students' Council this year, playing a role in helping to keep GPRC students informed. Congratulations to Matthew Letto.

A unique situation presented itself this year, as there has been active participation and help from community members. This year the Students' Association would like to recognize our Community Volunteer of the Year, for his outstanding contribution to student life on campus, Tim Deley-Watson.

The Most Student Centred Staff Award goes to a GPRC staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty, and promotes student centredness in everything he does. This individual has been an immense asset to the Students' Association, students, and college campuses. He is always there to answer the questions we may have, has student safety as his number one priority, and is constantly prepared with the safest advice for everyone. Please join me in congratulating our Enterprise Risk Manager, Nate Smith, for his outstanding contributions to SAGPRC, GPRC, and keeping students safe. Thank you for all your hard work Nate.

Finally, the Excellence in Teaching Award is a student nominated award designed to recognize and honour educators who promote excellence in their post-secondary institutions; and who encourage a positive and inclusive learning environment for all students. This year there were a total of 11 instructors nominated and the Students' Association is pleased to congratulate Daryl White, as this year's recipient in Excellence in Teaching

                                "The first thing that struck me about Daryl's Teaching style was his brilliantly comprehensive knowledge of the course content; not only is Daryl deeply passionate about his specialty, he also cares – more importantly – about inspiring his students to do their best"

                                "Daryl is a great teacher that conveys the information he is teaching in an efficient and inspiring manner. He supports students through his understanding and kindness."

                                "Having such a caring instructor is very motivating."

Congratulations Daryl!

Thank you to all the students for the nominations, as well to all those who have contributed to the Students' Association over the past year. We look forward to celebrating at the Students' Association Year End Awards with all the recipients.

~submitted by Lydia Sadiq

Thanks For The Support!

Lance Leith of ATCO Gas presents Joanne Ballance, GPRC Alumni/Development Manager a cheque in support of the ATCO Gas Student Bursary program.

Trucking Along At Learning Centres

GPRC West Yellowhead was able to secure funding through Alberta Works to provide a second offering of the Industry Readiness training program which meets local industry needs. We have subcontracted some of the training to local partners such as Big Rig and Barrow Safety Services. In seven weeks, students receive 25 hours of driver training, 11 safety tickets and work readiness skills. Twelve students are taking advantage of this program which will culminate on May 2 in an Interview Day to connect grads with local businesses.

~submitted by Shelly Cardiff

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 the recipients of this year’s Student Association Awards. Student Volunteer of the Year - Matthew Letto, Community Volunteer of the Year - Tim Deley-Watson, The Most Student Centred Staff Award - Enterprise Risk Manager, Nate Smith, Excellence in Teaching Award - Daryl White.

• Thank you to Sheila Moerkoert, Christine Gurlitz, Carla Basarab, Laura Burris for their hard work on implementing the Student Career Centre.

• Congratulations to GPRC staff Vaughn Marillier and Krista Mitchell, as well as GPRC student Kayla Hardy on completing this year's Boston Marathon!

• Congratulations to the newly titled, Dr. Chuntai Jin, on the completion of his PhD in Finance from the Faculy of Management, University of Manitoba.