Happy Holidays!

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Friendship Centre Bursaries

The Grande Prairie Friendship Centre has been supporting Aboriginal students at GPRC for over 40 years through their bursary awards program.  This has been made possible in part through the generosity of an anonymous donor who established a Foundation Trust with the Friendship Centre forty years ago.  The Donations Committee, made up of Friendship Centre Board members, reviews each year's applications and presents the awards.  Melodie Wilton, Interim CEO of the G.P. Friendship Centre and Sonya Kobelsky, Executive Director of the Friendship Centre were at the GPRC Outreach Friendship Centre to officially announce this year's award recipients and present them with their bursary cheques.

Miranda Recollet is from Manitoulin, Ontario and enrolled in her first year of the TEN program at GPRC.  Penny Auger, orginally from High Prairie, is currently in Academic Upgrading and plans to take Early Learning and Child Care at GPRC.

Left to right are: Penny Auger, Melodie Wilton, Miranda Recollet and Sonya Kobelsky

Safe Communities

The second year Apprenticeship Carpenters, along with instructor Dave Long at the GPRC Fairview College Campus, constructed the Fire Hall/ City Hall/Police Department Kiosk for the safe communities site in Grande Prairie. The photo below is of the project pre-assembled in the carpentry shop and then erected Friday, November 27th on site in Grande Prairie. Safe City is a mock city set up to specifically teach safety measures in areas such as: pedestrian, motor vehicle, fire, farm, home, bicycle, water and farm safety.

More photos,information and newsletters about the Grande Prairie Safe City project can be found at: http://www.gpsafecommunities.com/index.php?option=com_gallery2&Itemid=35&g2_itemId=12

Hospitality & Tourism Students Host Social

On December 7th, the Hospitality & Tourism students showcased their year-end projects and hosted an afternoon social in the concourse at GPRC. 


The event was well attended by staff, faculty, members of the GPRC Alumni/Foundation Board and some members of the community.




Fine Arts music students Trevor Horswill and Tanya Lutsenko provided some lovely background music during the course of the event.


Student Food Bank

Fairview College Campus Steps Up to the Plate

When the call came that the Student Food Bank shelves were bare, Fairview College Campus staff, students and others stepped in to fill them. For the past few years, the Fairview Library has collected food donations at their annual Christmas Tea. This year, donations filled 4 boxes! The Fairview Registrar’s office also collected food donations. Pictured in front of the food bank shelves (located in the Students’ Association office on-campus) are staff members from the two departments along with Students’ Association Fairview Campus representatives are (L – R back row) Shannon Ball, Joan King, Shannon Glas, Dianne Bedford; (L – R front row) Shannon Moore and Skye Jefferies.       
                                                                                                              - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Excellence in People

At the December 10th Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:

• Congratulations to Kim Richardson and the Grande Prairie Regional College Campus Christmas Party Organizing Team for another fun and hugely successful Christmas party.
• Huge thanks to Alan McFarlane for providing the safe drive home service at the GPRC College Christmas Party.
Ed Bader for demonstrating a level of accountability to his fellow employees, helping others to achieve, and exemplifying the values of GPRC.
• The students of Hospitality and Tourism Management and instructor Carolyn Vasileiou for a festive and wonderful display and showcase of the students work this semester.
• Appreciation is extended to Louise Saldanha and Laurie Nock for organizing an opportunity for all to reflect on December 6 on the event of the Montreal Massacre – this year marks the twentieth anniversary of the event. The Canadian government has declared 6 December the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
• Appreciation is extended to Marina Chondros for putting together the retirement planning seminars for staff to attend.
• Recognition is extended to the Paleontological Society of the Peace for donating $1,500 to GPRC.
Kathleen Frei for her involvement as President of the Canadian Mental Health Association who presented the Alberta Teachers’ Association with an award as part of a joint province wide campaign called “Healthy Minds, Bright Futures” which was launched in every public school across Alberta.
Bruce Rutley and the CRI for being selected as one of the four presenters at the Rural Alberta's Development Fund showcase in Edmonton. Bruce provided an excellent RADF presentation to the 400 people in attendance.
Dave Long and Gary Thompson for their involvement in construction of the safe cities kiosk.
Fran McGuire and Chris Laue for spearheading the float project for the Santa parade in Fairview.
Carla Basarab for sending out a message on “fun-l” resulting in a donation from an anonymous donor who purchased five new beds and another donor provided $250 worth of groceries. Two other donors also provided new bedding for the beds.
Cibylla Rakestraw and the GPRC Marketing Strategy students for a hugely successful 2009 Peace Country Idol. The event provides a forum to showcase regional talent, raise the profile of the College, and build relationships.
Leigh Goldie who completed the final leg of the torch relay in Grande Prairie. Leigh is a fine ambassador of the City and made a great many people very proud.
Lorna Perry, Chair of the President’s Ball Organizing Committee: Susan Babiuk, Sharron Barr, Robert Cole, Ruth Estlin, Connie Korpan, Ninette Laliberte, Lynne Ness, Tina Nelson, Lorrie Quinn, Susan Thompson, Trish Trout, Jane Turnmire, Carolyn Vasilieou and Pam Williams. Special recognition to Debbie Rose as the Community Relations Special Events Coordinator.
Paula McGregor for developing and maintaining the GPRC Event Calendar. It serves a necessary purpose of ensuring awareness and attendance at upcoming College-related activities.
• All who assisted in cleaning-up from a flood that occurred in L-Wing: Michael Lummerding, Paul Oostra, Brian Parlee, Jim Richards, Joe Alaimoana of All Peace Protection, Moe Abu-Shah of MGA Construction, and Magda Herrara of Crothalls.
• The staff of the Centre for Research and Innovation for organizing a successful Innovation Week 2009, ‘Celebrating Innovation in the Peace’.
• All College Staff for their part as ambassadors, which led to GPRC receiving the Employer of Choice Award from the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to Dwayne Head, Sharron Barr, Bethe Goldie, Marian Mark, Rachelle Troendle, and Kathy Weber for submitting letters of support. Thank you to Laurie Nock and Carla Basarab for endorsing the nomination. Special acknowledge and thanks to Paula McGregor for preparing and submitting such a well-written nomination package.