The End Of Another Great Year!

In this issue

Giving A Little TLC

L-R: Rachelle Schnirer and Kendra Welk with dogs Mattie and Roy
This spring some GPRC Animal Health Technology students gave a little extra "Tender Loving Care" to much deserving dogs. When the Cocker Spaniel Cross dogs were surrendered to the SPCA and came to the Fairview Campus they were so terrified that they wouldn't come out of their kennels. On their own time, Caylie Simard and Yejin Lee worked with Mattie for awhile, and then Rachelle Schnirer continued working to build her confidence and socialization through clicker training. When Rachelle left on practicum, Jennessa Walter took over. Meanwhile, Kendra Welk began working with Roy, and has given the reins over to Nerrissa Prefontaine, now that she is doing her practicum as well. 
The students began by bonding with the dogs, building trust with them, while practicing behaviour signals that they learned in the first year of the AHT program. It took about a month to progress from carrying Mattie outside, to the two dogs running and playing with each other and the students. Both dogs are up for adoption now and Rachelle and Kendra are confident they will find good homes. The students were very enthusiastic and put in a lot of time out of their already very busy program studies to helping rehabilitate Roy and Mattie!

~ Submitted by Patricia Woronuk 


The Business of Bees

L-R: Bruce Rutley, Director of the CRI, Tania Ambario, Tanya Makita, Carlos Castillo, Applied Scientist/Manager NBDC-TAC

Early this year the NBDC-TAC was host to visiting scholars from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico's third ranked university. Tania Ambario and Tanya Makita were tasked with overseeing practices at the NBDC-TAC and delivering strategies on ways to improve. The review was necessary in light of the fact that the NBDC-TAC has seen an increasing volume of bee samples in the last year; in April 2014 there were 500 samples submitted, whereas April 2015 has 24,000! As a result, staffing has increased from three to 10 members. 

Tanya Makita discusses the increasing demand on the NBDC-TAC

A revision of the Mission statement and the implementation of organizational objectives have resulted in a goal being set for self-sustainability of the NBDC-TAC by April 2018. A main component of this will be to solidify relationships with both industry and society in general. The NBDC-TAC is unique in the services offered, with its largest competitor being Guelph University's Honey Bee Research Centre in Ontario. Broad awareness that a facility of this caliber exists in the Peace Region is key to acquiring the funds necessary to continue the research being done here. Social media is important in this regard, as it has a world wide reach.

Tania Ambario discusses the methodology of the review

The recommendations were well received by the staff of the NBDC-TAC, and there were many questions posed on how to specifically accomplish the objectives set out. There are plans for both ladies to return to GPRC in about six months to a year, to follow up and see how things are working. 

Tania and Tanya field a question from Cheryl King
L-R: Steve Pernal - Ag & Agri-Food Canada, Emily Ryan - CRI, Carlos Castillo - Applied Scientist/Manager NBDC-TAC, Wendy Smith - Research Projects Coordinator NBDC, Tania Ambario & Tanya Makita - Visiting Scholars, David & Katie - Summer Students, Balen - Next Visiting Scholar, Patricia Wolf Veiga - Diagnostic Technician NBDC-TAC, Jamie Lee Martin - Lab Technician NBDC-TAC

Thank you to both Tanya and Tania for spending time at our facility and for all the hard work put into pursuing success at the NBDC-TAC. 

Showin' Off Their Skills


On April 23-24, 2015 GPRC Fairview hosted the Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, which showcases the skilled-trades talents of our regional High School students. 118 students from 23 schools all over the Northwest, including three schools new to the competition, converged on GPRC Fairview, Fairview High School and St. Thomas More Catholic School to compete in the 15 categories of the event.

The competition was a huge success with many bragging rights earned by competitors as they amazed in everything from Baking to Graphic DesignHairstyling to Welding, and Cabinet Making to Photography. Those who medalled here at the Regionals went on to compete against the rest of Alberta, at the Provincial Skills Competition in Edmonton, May 13-14, 2015.  

The success of the Northwest Regional competitors continued in Edmonton, with two Gold finalists; Darci Peterson of Beaverlodge Regional High School took the top spot in Junior Hairstyling, while Carissa Greer of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Grande Prairie won the Fashion Technology category. To round out the podium, local student Morgan Winter of St. Joseph Catholic High School, Grande Prairie placed Silver in IT-Software Solutions for Business-Level 1, and Jamie Cote of Peace Wapiti Academy won the bronze in Outdoor Power & Recreation Equipment. Carissa Greer will be representing Alberta in Fashion Technology at the National Skills Competition in Saskatoon, May 27-30, 2015. 

It was another successful year of the Northwest Alberta Regional Skills Canada Competition, thanks to the sponsors, hosts, technical committees, judges, and volunteers. Event such as this are not possible without all of your support! 

~ Submitted by Faye Randle

Meeting A Legend

L-R: Douglas Cardinal, Loretta Parenteau-English and Clarence Wolfleg
GPRC Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator, Ashley Walker, and Elder in Residence, Loretta Parenteau-English, recently received an invitation from Bow Valley College Elder, Clarence Wolfleg, to attend the Strathmore High School Graduation Pow Wow on May 14, 2015. At this celebration of their graduating students, Douglas J. Cardinal, Métis/Blackfoot Architect was honoured with a Transfer of a Head Dress which also included a Face Painting Ceremony. Herman Yellow Old Woman along with Clarence Wolf Leg performed the Ceremony. The transfer of a Head Dress is a great honour bestowed on the individual receiving it. Douglas J. Cardinal has contributed exceptionally to various communities including being the architect of the original Grande Prairie Regional College building.  
~ Submitted by Shawnna Boyd

Part of the Task Force

“The Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force (ASNTF) is a registered charity that provides proactive, community based pet wellness clinics for communities that are experiencing pet overpopulation issues in order to assist with their approach to improve the health and well-being of the dogs and cats in the community and to reduce human health issues that have resulted from pet overpopulation. Many communities do not have the resources that we have in our cities to assist with the care of their animals. The problem of pet overpopulation exists all over the world!” ~ AB Spay Neuter Task Force

Over the weekend of May 8-10, 2015, GPRC Fairview Registered Animal Health Technologists Karlee Worobetz and Tiffany Duncan volunteered at Maskwacis Communities on the Alberta Spray and Neuter Task ForceKarlee and Tiffany assisted in Spay/Neuter procedures, as well as prep and recovery, that included vaccination, parasite control and tattooing. In total, 381 spay/neuters were performed and medical care was provided to 489 animals! The team will be heading off to Saddle Lake Reserve June 5,6 & 7, 2015.

~ Submitted by Patricia Woronuk

Credit Where Due

Last year GPRC Fine Arts instructor Tina Martel published a graphic narrative chronicling her battle with breast cancer. Her book, Not in the Pink, was recently nominated in more than one category for the 2015 International Book Awards (IBA). Out of over 1200 submissions from authors and publishers around the world, 300 winners and finalists were chosen in more than 80 categories. 

The award results were announce by USA Book News on May 21, 2015 and we are proud to say that Tina was a finalist in both the Art and Health: Cancer categories! A great acknowledgement for all of the work and life experience that has gone into this publication. Congratulations Tina!

See full awards results >

Thank You!

Clyde Blackburn with ATCO Electric presents Joanne Ballance, GPRC Director of Development, with a cheque in the amount of $2,000 for student financial aid


Many Hands Make Light Work!

On Exhibit

The works of GPRC Fine Arts instructor Ken Housego are currently on display at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. Currated by Elisabeth Belliveau, Ken's exhibit entitled 'Beacon', is available for viewing until August 2, 2015.

Ken Housego’s studio practice is an exploration of materials in hand; his paintings are drawings, sculptures, assemblages, poems. His work doesn’t concern itself with medium-specificity; his surfaces hold paint, pastel, ink, pencil and found objects, at once negotiating both two- and three-dimensional spaces. As Ken himself puts it, his paintings are “built.” They go in and out of planes; flipping from aerial views to stable horizon lines, they are by parts shelf, frame, object and collection. Images and objects engage in a dialogue, creating a counterpoint narrative that celebrates materials and life. Recurring themes of boats, hearts, moons, farming tools and bones create a rhythm of storytelling. These icons map out a personal narrative, and their repetition accrues weight—a memory, an echo.

This large exhibition brings together more than thirty years of Ken’s practice. Comprehensive yet incomplete, “Beacon” thus serves both as a retrospective and launch. There is no end to the industriousness, momentum and curiosity that emanate from this artist and his work. Ken commits fearlessly to new challenges in scale, medium and material, while simultaneously honing his storytelling abilities.

~ Taken from Art Gallery of Grande Prairie website

Excellence In People

At each monthly Board of Governors meeting, staff and faculty recognitions are presented to the Board by Don Gnatiuk on behalf of the Executive Team.

• Congratulations to Chris Laue, Dean of Trades, Agriculture and Environment & Fairview Campus Principal on his re-election as Chair of the Alberta Heads of Trades.

• Big thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out with GPRC Grande Prairie Convocation on May 2, 2015. Sheena Gardner, Carolyn Vasilieou, Laura Burris, Laura Gerow, Darcie Coulter, Anna Gillis, Tanya Kinderwater, Caryl Sallows, Paula McGregor, Ashley Walker, Amy Johnson, Tara Cremasco, Glori Palmer, Tina Strasbourg, Brenda Lindquist, Jessica King, Caitlyn Tasker – AU, Katherine Henderson, Kim Richardson, Gordon Pellerin, Patti Chabot, Jean Nordin, Robin Smith-Wilson, Suzanne Dunn, Jocelyn Smith, Sharron Barr, Theresa Suderman, Paula Marchesi, Anita Dnistransky, Janelle MacRae, Cate Sazwan, Brian Parlee, Derek Lynds, David White and the rest of the GP Facilities Maintenance crew, Jim Richards, Meghan Noftall, Clayton Brown, Jordan Pickup, Phil Gorman, Paula Backer, Andre Elzinga, Darcy Getten, Elaine White, Ike Giesbrecht, Andre Lessard, Paul Oostra, Bill Knudslien, Nathaniel Smith, Calvin Noskey, Shawn Lagore, Dwayne Head, Wendy Iob, Matthew Clegg, Shawnna Boyd, Ali AL-Asadi, Lesley Spencer and her staff at Chartwell's, and Michelle Blondin. There are so many people to thank, if we've missed your name, we thank you just the same!

• Congratulations to Tina Martel, whose book Not In The Pink has placed as a finalist in two categories (Art & Health: Cancer) at the 2015 International Book Awards!

• Thank you to AHT instructors Karlee Worobetz and Tiffany Duncan for volunteering their time to help spay/neuter and provide medical care for some 489 animals at the Maskwacis Communities on the Alberta Spray and Neuter Task Force.

• Bruce Rutley PhD PAg Director CRI was Day 1 co-chair of the Applied Research Stream at the CICan AGM in Winnipeg May 25, 2015.  He also co-presented a paper on the need for organic vs mechanistic system metrics for evaluating success within the developing applied research and innovation system within Colleges and Technical Institutes. Dr. Lorne MacGregor, Director Applied Research and Commercialization Lakeland College was the other presenter.

• GPRC has recently submitted 35 student-athlete names to the ACAC to receive the ACAC Academic Award. To achieve this, the student-athlete must attain honor’s standing. Congratulations to all!