'Tis the Season

In order to accommodate the many recent submissions to Insider, a special edition will be published next week on December 15.

In this issue

60th Anniversary Wreath

The Fairview Campus Library staff decorated and entered a beautiful wreath for the Fairview & Area Palliative Care Society’s Annual Festival of Trees. The wreath was decorated in silver and white in recognition of the 60th (diamond) anniversary of Fairview Campus which occurs in 2011. Neos, the Library Cat, admires the wreath which raised $100 for this worthwhile cause!

After viewing all the amazing entries, the Library staff have issued a challenge to all Campus departments to come up with a creative and fitting entry for the Campus for next year. You’ve got a whole year to think about it. The Communications department will send out the call for volunteers early in November and sponsor the entry (within reason). So start coming up with all those great ideas!! - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

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. This year's Donations Committee chose four GPRC students out of many deserving applicants:  Kelly Gordon, a board member of the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students and in her 1st year of Bachelor of Education; Kevin Natannah, Treasurer of the Circle of Aboriginal Students and  in his 3rd year of Business Administration; Miranda Recollet, in her second year of studies at GPRC and entering the TEN Program; and Tara Belcourt, a 1st year Office Administration student at GPRC.

Kelly Gordon, Susan Bansgrove, VP Academic & Research, Kevin Natannah, Lindy Beauchamp-Chester, Executive Director of the GP Friendship Centre (missing from photo are award recipients Miranda Recollet and Tara Belcourt)

Fairview Campus Staff Get Into the Spirit of the Season!

Several Fairview Campus staff put their heads and hands together and built The Perfect Gift float. What is the Perfect Gift, you ask...it’s a raffle ticket to win the 2010 Harley-Davidson® Softail® CROSS BONES motorcycle of course! The Perfect Gift float was driven by Peter Sellers, instructor, Harley-Davidson Technician and capably steered by a visitor from the North Pole (not who you think!). The Numb Bum polar bear was brought out of retirement to assist, last used in Fairview College Numb Bum motorcycle relay, he was more than ready!


Patricia and Shaun Woronuk and Rorey Sellers tossed candy to the children, and students Darren Vernon, Myles Anderson, Derek Pekrul and Alex Mallette from the Harley-Davidson® Technician program handed out raffle postcards and candy canes to the adults. Sitting on the bike was Santa’s helper (AKA Wally Besler). Several children watching the float go by were heard to say “it’s Santa!” and “look, Santa has a motorbike!”

Thanks go to float decorators: Joan MacAulay, Peter Sellers, Patricia Woronuk, Dianne Lund, Sue Sych, Louise Gillies and Cheryl Frank. Special thanks go to the students, staff and children who braved the elements to ride on and walk beside the float. It wouldn’t have happened without you!!  - Submitted by Cheryl Frank

Gingerbread House Contest

The kits have been delivered and the challenges issued. The excitement is building as thirteen departments/individuals start BUILDING! Contestants from both campuses are in the midst of manufacturing fabulous creations that we can only imagine...that is until the unveiling on Saturday, December 11th. Those attending the Christmas party on Saturday will be among the first to see and bid by silent auction on these amazing gingerbread structures. All proceeds raised will go towards the Fairview Campus Student Food Bank.