The Penultimate Edition

In this issue

Linda Duval-Richard Fights Back

GPRC nursing instructor, Linda Duval-Richard, followed through with her promise to raise funds for cancer research by having her head shaved on May 10th in the concourse by Bernie's. After losing two siblings to the disease, Linda decided to participate in this Reach for a Cure fundraising event to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society. "In honor of my siblings and in an endeavor to fight back, I am shaving my head toward this fight."  Thanks to the support of friends, family, community members, and staff & faculty at GPRC, Linda surpassed her goal of $2500 and raised a total of $3570 for the cause.  Congratulations on your bravery in taking action to support this worthy cause Linda!


MGA Supports GPRC

Moe Abu-Shah, owner of MGA General Contractors Ltd. recently donated $30,000 towards the new recording studio being built at GPRC. Accepting on behalf of GPRC is President, Don Gnatiuk and GPRC Music Instructor, Chris McIntyre.

Motorcycle Skills Competition & Show N' Shine

Fairview College Campus May 1

The crowd may have been small in size at the Motorcycle Riding Competition held on May 1st, but they were big on enthusiasm! Thirty motorcyclists competed in the slow speed course. The goal was to have the slowest time and penalties were given for straying off the course, feet touching the ground or running over pylons. First, second and third prize went to (respectively) Craig French, Kelly Rainer & Doreen Sharkey.

Spectators perused the bikes entered in the Show ‘N Shine and voted for their favourite. People’s Choice was awarded to Harry Valstar with his entry of a vintage (restored) 1942 BMW motorcycle with side car. Topping off the afternoon was a smoke show complements of our own Tim Ryerson and his Kawasaki racing bike.


The Alberta Union of Public Employees Area Council (social arm of the Fairview area AUPE unions) sponsored the barbecue and members were on hand to help. All proceeds from the barbecue were donated to “Canada Ride for Dad” (a charity in support of prostate cancer research).  A big "thank you" to:
• Peter Sellers and Carl and Shannon Ball for coordinating the event
• AUPE Area Council for sponsoring the barbecue
• AUPE members for working the barbecue
• Staff members who came out to help, participate or watch!
   - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

"It's great to see a college in the middle of a nerdy exhibition" enthusiastic passer by

In their continuous effort to promote GPRC and its programming, recruitment and faculty often find themselves at the most unlikely of events. At the suggestion of Ed Bader, the van was loaded up and the two of us headed to Calgary and the Comic Expo“It’s great to see a college in the middle of a nerdy exhibition” – enthusiastic passer by. While there we promoted all college programming, and received all types of feedback from all sorts of people. We didn’t get to meet Leonard Nimoy or Dr. Cullen from the Twilight Franchise, but we did confirm that any public event, anywhere has the potential to create interest in GPRC!!

It is amazing to hear someone yell out across the comic book filled aisles “Grande Prairie Regional College! I went there!” Obvious pride and happiness at their memories and GPRC experience. Over the course of two days we gave out almost 200 hundred View Books and received very positive feedback.

Not only did GPRC alumni stopped by to say “hi”, and share their current successes with us, but parents from Tumbler Ridge, BC thrilled to see a recognizable banner picked up info for their grade nine son. A couple from Grande Cache, though not GPRC grads were simply happy to see something from home. More proof that GPRC and its reputation aren’t just limited to the immediate Peace Region.

In addition to current several current students that made the trek to Calgary, alumni we spoke to included a former VP Social, Interactive Digital Design - Music, Visual Arts, English & Drama, Pre-Professional Sciences (now a Veterinarian), Pre-Employment Motorcycle Mechanic and H2S / First Aid students!  - Submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

Former VP Social and IDD Music Students            H2S Workforce Development
that met at GPRC.

College Day

Open House March 31

2010 College Day was a success. Close to three hundred people passed through the college doors, with over 100 taking advantage of the day’s waived application fee. Setting the stage for a great day, Student Services was ready to help prospective students “Spring Into Their Education”! Department displays were well received and the day ended with a parent council/principal info session.

The info session was a collaborative event hosted by GPRC Recruitment, Career Transitions for Youth, Youth Connections and Learning Clicks. From this info session it has been determined that Parent Councils in the Grande Prairie Public School District, and Peace Wapiti School Division would welcome presentations from college recruitment and community colleagues.

Thanks to all staff and faculty that made College Day 2010 a success. - Submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

Fairview Campus recruiter Gord Ivey                   Friendly faces from Student Services!