Keeping GPRC in the Loop

In this issue

P.A.R.T.Y. at Fairview Campus

On April 15th, there was a P.A.R.T.Y. at Fairview Campus: Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth. Campus staff, Fairview emergency personnel (including Fire & Rescue, EMS and RCMP) along with STARS personnel were in attendance at the mock accident. The annual event gives Grade 9 students from Fairview, Hines Creek and Worsley a demonstration of the results of drinking and driving. The goal of the P.A.R.T.Y. program is to help students to make wise decisions.

The simulated accident involved a drunk driver and her passenger (played by EMS personnel) who were both injured in the collision with a second vehicle whose driver was killed (played by a robotic patient from the STARS educational program). The mock accident included extrication of the injured passenger by Fire & Rescue, to EMS delivering the patient to the STARS helicopter, and arrest of the drunk driver. Also on hand was the STARS Mobile Education unit. Prior to attending the accident scene, students went to the gymnasium where they were assigned physical handicaps meant to give students a taste of what might happen if they were involved in a similar accident.

Mary Bracken, Resource Centre Coordinator for Family & Community Support Services (FCSS), and Rebecca Stewart, FCSS Director, were key in organizing the event. Ms. Bracken stated "We could not have done it without GPRC, Fairview Campus. All the people from Fairview Campus who helped us pull this together were excellent." She added "The venue was great, staff was very organized in supporting us, even beyond what we thought of, like the portable defibrillator machine." Thanks go to all who helped to make this PARTY a success.
- Submitted by Cheryl Frank


Pepsi Donation

The Pepsi Bottling Group recently donated $40,000 to GPRC. Ron Breen, Business Development Representative and Kristy Cleaver, Unit Sales Manager presented the cheque on behalf of Pepsi to Carmen Haakstad, Executive Director of Community Relations.

GPRC Instructor Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Linda Duval-Richard, a nursing instructor at GPRC, is raising funds for cancer research by shaving her head on May 10th at 1:00 pm in the concourse by Bernie's. Her reasons for doing so are close to home; she lost a sister to cancer in 2000, and a brother in 2009. Another one of Linda's brothers lost a kidney to cancer. "Far too much pain is created by this disease," says Linda. "So in honor of my siblings and in an endeavor to fight back, I am shaving my head toward this fight."

Unchaga Run

Several members of the GPRC community participated in the 3rd Annual Unchaga: Run in Peace on April 25th in Grimshaw. Unchaga is the Cree word for Peace. Run in Peace begins at the Shaftesbury ferry and follows the scenic and historic Shaftesbury Trail along the Peace River. The history of the trail begins with the Beaver and Cree Nations, continues through Alexander McKenzie on to settlement in more recent times. This year, all profits will be donated to the Peace River Womens' Shelter. Representing GPRC were several members of the Grande Prairie Campus Finance Department, runner extraordinaire Bill Corcoran (who came in third in the 20k run) and Carla Dacyk from the Fairview (Finance) Campus.
- Submitted by Debra Gustavson

Shelly Berg, Dana Doering, Bill Corcoran, Debbie Gustavson, Tracy Laurin and Carla Dacyk.

Excellence in People

At the April Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:
  • Fine Arts Students: Heather Gunson, Kristin Currie, Victoria Chapman and Sheena Othen for volunteering at the Prairie Art Gallery Art Auction, and GPRC staff: Ed Bader, Ken Housego, Tina Martel, and Laura St. Pierre who donated works to the event.
  • The Fairview Campus Transitional Vocational students and instructors who braved the cold weather on April 12 to spring clean the grounds.
  • To everyone who donated their time over the April 10/11 weekend at trade shows: Sandy Rendle at the Regional Fire Chiefs Conference promoting the Hybrid Safety for First Responder course; and the Hines Creek Trade Show volunteers, Gord Ivey, Ryan Peterson,Yvonne Peterson, Sandy Rendle, Robert Young, Dave Hiebert, Craig Rode, Jeremy Peters, and Owen Poss.
  • Appreciation to Yvonne Peterson, for organizing the trade show participation.
  • Sukhvir Sandhu was awarded the Students’ Association “Excellence in Teaching” award. Well done Sukhvir! Congratulations to all of the other nominees: Louise Rawluk, Bruce Galenza, George Hanna, Connie Korpan, Eric Lenza and Ali Al Asadi.
  • Congratulations to the new Executive of the Students’ Association: Chris Scheller, President; Doug Sinclair, VP Lounge Programmer; Lisa Hildebrand, VP Student Life; Chantal Fontaine, VP Internal
  • Thank you to Gordon Pellerin and Susan Bansgrove for their service to the College Classification Committee. They have both recently completed their terms.
  • Congratulations to Fairview Fire Chief Bob Shmyruk who was honoured recently for 36 years of fire fighting service.
  • Congratulations to Rene Gadacz, Editor of Lobstick and all of the faculty that contributed to the latest publication.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Charles Backman, recipient of ‘Best Paper Award’ as presented at the International Association for Business and Society Conference. The Paper was ‘Strategic Intent – Climate Change and Firm Adaptation – a comparison of North American vs European Firms .
  • Congratulations to the GPRC staff that assisted with organization and presentation at the Gender and Sexuality Workshop – Alan Segal, Connie Korpan, Kazem Mashkournia, Ed Bader. Great job!
  • To Sharron Barr for her involvement in the City Leadership Institute and being an excellent ambassador of the College.