Insider April 8, 2011

The next edition of Insider will be April 14th. Please feel free to submit your good news stories and photos!

In this issue

CAS Drum Presentations

The GPRC Circle of Aboriginal Students presented ConocoPhillips with a handmade traditional drum at the Spirit Seekers Youth Conference held at GPRC March 11-13. ConocoPhillips provided the funding for a drum-making workshop this winter for interested students at GPRC. It is tradition that one’s first drum is gifted to another. Marianne Haugli from ConocoPhillips graciously accepts the drum, hand painted with the Circle of Aboriginal Students logo, by Kelly Gordon.

(l-r) Kevin Natannah, Treasurer; Jackie Benning, Vice President; Ashley Walker, President; Marianne Haugli, ConocoPhillips; Omarla Cooke, Secretary; Kelly Gordon, Board Member.

Carmen Haakstad, VP External Relations, was pleasantly surpised and honoured to be presented with a drum in appreciation of his support for aboriginal student initiatives at GPRC.   This unpainted drum was given to him by the Circle of Aboriginal Students in the hope that he would enjoy adding his own art to it.

MOA Signed

On February 16, 2011 a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Academic Staff Association and the Board of Governors.  Representing the ASA was ASA President, Laurie Nock and ASA Negotiating Committee Chair, Reddy Ganta. Signing on behalf of the Board of Governors was Susan Bansgrove, VP Academic & Research and Don Gnatiuk, GPRC President and CEO.

Excellence in People

At the February 2011 Board of Governors meeting, the following recognition was presented by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team:

• Congratulations to Craig Rode on being nominated for the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board’s 2010 Top Instructor Award.

• Appreciation is extended to Katalin Ormay, Palaeontology Program Manager, and Robin Sissons, Palaeontology Education Liaison for holding a two day ‘Our Fossil Road Show’ in Fairview. The Road Show was a great success with schools groups, families, and local fossil collectors all becoming involved. Thanks also to Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Rik Vandekerkhove, Don Watson, Marie Coristine, Yvonne Peterson, Beverly Candy, and the evening custodian for supporting this event and providing a warm Fairview welcome.

The Alberta Chamber of Resources rewarding partnerships award was presented to the partners of the Aboriginal Student Job Shadowing Program for 2010. GPRC, Ainsworth, the Western Cree Tribal Council, Metis Nations of Alberta, and Metis Nations of Alberta Local 6 have all supported the program both financially and by sending their students to the program.

• Congratulations to the GPRC/United Way Internal Campaign Teams of Fairview and Grande Prairie for receiving the Outstanding Campaign Team Award at the United Way Stars Gala. The award is presented to the workplace campaign team that maximized its giving potential and demonstrated ongoing commitment to United Way's work in the community.

• Congratulations again to Cross Country Runner Fiona Benson who competed in Trinidad for the Junior Canadian Team. Fiona finished 2nd overall at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships.

• Thank you to the Bursary Selection Committee who spent two evenings determining the allocation of 143 awards in the amount of $92,250. (When matched = $183,950). The Committee consists of:  Carla Basarab, Christine Gurlitz, Hazel Liley, Sheila Moerkoert, Gord Pellerin, Cate Sazwan, Robin Watson.

• Thank you to the staff that attended the 2nd year Hospitality and Tourism New York City fundraiser. The event was very successful, and surpassed its fundraising goal.

• Congratulations to Laura Hancharuk for receiving the very prestigious Certified Exercise Physiologist Recognition Award for 2010 from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Health & Fitness Program. The award annually honours an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Health and Fitness program and “demonstrates a high standard of service and professional integrity in protocol administration and exercise presentation as well as providing leadership in the promotion and visibility of CEPs in the province”.

ACR Awards

As mentioned in the recent edition of Wisdom magazine, the partners of the Aboriginal Job Shadow program recently received the Alberta Chamber of Resources Rewarding Partnerships Award.  GPRC, Ainsworth, the Western Cree Tribal Council, Metis Nations of Alberta, and Metis Nations of Alberta Local 6 have supported the program financially and by sending their students to the program.  Rewarding Partnerships is an Industry recognition program designed to celebrate and recognize companies and their aboriginal business partners, with a goal to build relations and enhance the capacity of aboriginal business and communities. Representing GPRC is Executive Director of Human Resources, Karen Scribner (top row, second from right).

Recruitment Notes

Thanks to all of you for your support of and participation in College Day 2011!
Events like this cannot happen without you. Throughout the afternoon traffic was steady and pillars was a busy place to be. It was rewarding to greet people at the Student Services entrance, direct them to the display area and then watch them leave the college with information in hand.

For College Day application fees were not waived, instead a chance to win a $500 tuition voucher was on offer. If new students applied between 2-6pm in person they could qualify. We received 15 new applications in 4 hours - a great news story! Some highlights from the day were students from Hay River driving down for campus tours to familiarize themselves with where they will be living in September 2011. It was also great to see Jesse & Andrea, two students that we have met with on multiple occasions, stop in to apply. Optimistic about their future and making GPRC their choice to for learning they left the building grinning ear to ear.

Please pass my thanks on to your departments. If you have any feedback or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. Planning for Fall Open House is already on the table, and its success knows no limits when we all work together. 
- submitted by Megan Ryan-Walsh

Upcoming recruitment events:
CALM Class presentations in Glenmary High School, Peace High, Fairview High School, St. Thomas More School, Grande Prairie Composite High School, St. Joseph’s High School, Clearhills County Agricultural Show,Trades Camp, NW Regional Skills, Provincial Skills, Fort Nelson, Community Futures Grade 11 Career Fair