Insider Returns

Sometimes old news is still good news!

In this issue

GPRC Garners Small Business Award Nominations

Executive and staff of the GP Chamber of Commerce brought coffee and doughnuts to GPRC this morning to celebrate Kelly Benning, a finalist nominee for the Employee of the Year Award 2009, and Grande Prairie Regional College, a finalist nominee for the Employer of Choice. In addition to the coffee and donuts, certificates were presented to nominees Kelly Benning and Susan Bansgrove, Acting President.

Excellence in People

At the August 27, 2009 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:

• Congratulations to Marina Chondros, Natalie Amyotte; Sharon Barr, Chad Boone, Dr. Connie Korpan, Dianne McDonald, and Dr. Bruce Rutley for organizing a successful GPRC PD Day on August 20.  Thank you to all who volunteered and contributed to such an amazing and memorable event.
• Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Brick Awards: Dean Lorencz, Marian Mark, Maureen Clarke and Dwayne Head.
• Congratulations to Kelly Coulter, Instructor in the Department of Office Administration on fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Education Program from the University of Southern Queensland.
• Recognition to Barb Ollenberger and Carol Arkinstall, Payroll, for managing the July pay period with such smooth transition. There was more than a 50% increase in staff.
Heidi Yardley, Randi Mast, Kathleen Frei and Ross Young for the Aboriginal Job Shadow Program celebration. Thanks to Norine Laverick for her work in finalizing the application for funding.
• Kudos to Amy Johnson in Student Services, for her regular emails of what is going on on-campus. Great service and communication.
Joanne Ballance and Debbie Rose for coordinating a successful fundraiser in the Mel Knight Barbeque
Department of Information Technology for their efforts to complete the Fairview/GPRC Merger
Kim Richardson, Fran McGuire, Lynne Ness and volunteers for the great organization and success of the July 4th merger celebration.
• Thanks to all of the staff members, Board members and past Board members who travelled to Fairview that day.
• Thanks to the staff of Fairview College Campus Operations staff and other staff who prepared the campus for the July 4 celebration. The grounds were beautifully presented.

GPRC Hosts Chamber of Commerce First Morning Mixer

The Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce has over 1100 members, making it the 3rd largest chamber in Alberta. One of the best benefits to its members is the ever popular monthly mixers, typically held the last Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm at a member business. The event was held in Howler’s Lounge on Thursday September 10 and the turnout was excellent. Over 75 chamber members joined a number of GPRC faculty and staff for the networking event. President Don Gnatiuk talked about the economic impact GPRC has on region and he introduced Eric Newell and his team from CAREERS: The Next Generation.

Eric was his colleagues were in Grande Prairie for meetings with representatives from both GPRC Campuses area school boards to discuss CAREERS: The Next Generation - an industry-driven private/public partnership dedicated to the career development of Alberta's youth. CAREERS is a catalyst bringing together industry, educators, government, communities, and students to meet the inter-dependent needs of youth employability and skilled labour shortages. Mr. Newell is the former CEO, President and Chairman for Syncrude and the Chancellor for the University of Alberta.

Eric Newell and chamber member Rob Neil.

Reaching Out to the Business Community

GPRC President, Don Gantiuk, and the Executive Team recently toured the Ainsworth mill in Grande Prairie.  Dave Cook, Woodlands Manager, and Mark Cunningham, Plant Manager, lead the tour as shown in the photo below.

GPRC has had a long relationship with Ainsworth and they have been a strong supporter of our College though many programs and donations.

Emerson Drive Benefit Concert

September 15th marked the third consecutive benefit concert performed by Emerson Drive.  All proceeds from the ticket sales are generously donated by the band back to GPRC, helping to fund a professional-quality recording studio in the Fine Arts Department.  A portion of the funds will also be used to directly support GPRC music students thorough the Emerson Drive Music Scholarship.  A huge thank you to Brad Mates and all the other sponsors who helped to make this another sucessful benefit concert.  Special thanks to GPRC Bookstore Manager, Chris Boivin, who is always instrumental in making this event happen.

Brad Mates presents a cheque for $20,500 to Don Gnatiuk and Geoff Whittal, Chair of the Fine Arts Department.