Happy Holidays!

In this issue

Come Fly With Me

The Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie recently approved a grant in the amount of $2500 from the Come Fly With Me Foundation Fund to assist with the Alberta Sport Development Centre NW Winning Edge Seminar Series.

Executive Director of the Community Foundation, Tracey Vavrek, Founder of the Come With Me Foundation, Ryan Blais, Director of Alberta Sport Development Centre NW at GPRC, Miranda Sallis, Executive Director Community Relations, Carmen Haakstad

Cause to Celebrate

Grant MacEwan President, Paul Byrne and GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk, seal the deal with a handshake after signing and Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions on December 10th.  This MOU will facilitate students seeking to move from transfer programs to degree programs.  The signing was well attended by the media and staff & faculty.

Peace Country Idol

This year's Marketing Strategies Class raised a total of $28,700 through the promotion and production of Peace Country Idol. Half of this amount will be used  by the class to tour San Francisco during Reading Week in February 2011. The other half of the proceeds - a total of $14,350 - was donated by the class to the Swan City Rotary Club for their Ethiopia Project.  This funds raised for this year's project are being used for the restoration of a school and dormitory in southern Ethiopia that had been damaged due to a flood. Congratulations to all the students in this year's class!

Thank You RBC

RBC recently donated a total of $2500 to the GPRC Foundation: $1500 was donated by the RBC Foundation and $1000 was donated by RBC Global Asset Management. Accepting on behalf of GPRC are Carmen Haakstad and Joanne Ballance. Representing RBC Dominion Securities are Kathy Dion and Kevin Chrenek.

Top Mark

The Top Mark for 4th Year Millwright was earned by Terrance Rogers (left) whose final mark was 92%. Presenting him with his plaque is Millwright instructor Clinton Derocher.

United Way

The GPRC Internal United Way Campaign held its most successful year ever with a total contribution of over $30,000. This can be attributed to the high participation in the 50/50 draws, rising contributions from Fairview Campus and an innovative "regift" Silent Auction Fundraiser, and a GPRC Farmer's Market Bake & Craft Sale. Recognition goes to the internal committee members Paula Backer, Marina Chondros, Maureen Clarke, Lori Fleming, Barb Johnston, Marian Mark, Velda McKenzie-Diederich, Wanda Moen, Karen Scribner, Susan Thompson, Patricia Woronuk and her team in Fairview, and the many others who took the time out of their busy schedules to help out.

GPRC President & CEO, Don Gnatiuk, was the Honorary Chair of this year's United Way Campaign. Marg McCuaig-Boyd and Susan Bansgrove were members of the Campaign Cabinet representing Fairview and Grande Prairie respectively. The 2010 Campaign Cabinet set the biggest goal yet for the Grande Prairie & Region campaign at $825,000 but ended up surpassing this and raising a total of $840,913! Congratulations to Don and his team for leading a record-breaking United Way Campaign!

Don Gantiuk is introduced as Honorary Chair at the Campaign kick-off Internal campaign volunteer Velda McKenzie-Diederich

Susan Bansgrove, Marg McCuaig-Boyd, JoAnn Gnatiuk, Kazem Mashkournia, and Maureen Clarke serving lunch at the United Way Kick-off luncheon.

Internal campaign volunteer & 50-50 queen Paula Backer.

Excellence in People

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

• Congratulations to Laura St Pierre for her Art show ‘Urban Vernacular’ at the Art Gallery of Alberta during the first week of November.

• Appreciation is extended to Rene Gadacz for his generous donation of a camera and voice recorder to the Students’ Association for student use.

• Congratulations to Weixing Tan, and the CRI, for their successful grant application in the amount of $2.3 million for the Pollutants to Products (P2P) project.

• Congratulations to the GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students! Over the past four years the Circle of Aboriginal Students have participated in the Festival of Trees by creating either a gingerbread house or a miniature tree. They have placed well every year and this year was no exception as they placed 2nd with their gingerbread house. This year’s theme was Kiskinwahahmatowin – teaching and learning together.

• Congratulations to Cross Country Running Coaches Bill Corcoran and Rick Scott and especially to GPRC Wolves Runner and outstanding athlete, Fiona Benson, who won the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships on the weekend. Fiona is the Gold medalist and National Champion. This is the first CCAA Women’s National Champion that GPRC has had.
• Congratulations to the 2010 Marketing Class for another (8th) successful Peace Country Idol production. Business Administration Instructor Cibylla Rakestraw provides the guidance for students involved in this fundraiser every year.