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We Need YOU!

Convocation is quickly approaching at GPRC Grande Prairie and we need people to help make it a smooth and enjoyable event for everyone. May 2 is the date this year, and we are in need of more volunteers than usual. There are many duties that need to be done over the course of the day, and any time you can give is really appreciated! Contact Shawnna Boyd if you would like more information on what you can do to help out. We've brought our students to this exciting point in their lives, let's keep it up and give them a memorable send off into their next chapter.

Are You Ready For The Challenge?

Have you made your pledge yet? Earth Hour will be observed across the globe this Saturday, March 28. GPRC is part of the Campus Challenge where post-secondary institutions in Alberta strive to make the highest number of pledges in support of this initiative. In past years we've done well, but we want to take the top spot this time! If you haven't made your pledge yet, please do it right away. It's easy and only takes a few minutes to do.


Get In The Spirit!

Shawnna Boyd and Ashley Walker of Student Services flank Office Administration student Brett Bowman, VP of the Circle of Aboriginal Students

Every Friday at GPRC is Campus Colour Days! We've been going around capturing students and staff wearing their colours/GPRC wear, and everyone is really excited to be part of this! Send us your snapshots from around campus and share the spirit!

Nursing staff members Kim Staples, Joan Jacobson and Asha Parmar


21st Century Homesteading

Coming up on Wednesday April 1, 2015, GPRC Faiview will be hosting a full day conference about permaculture in the Peace Country. What is permaculture you ask? Permaculture is a branch of environmental design that encompasses soil and water management, as well as plants and animals on a small farm, acreage or in an urban setting. There will be numerous local guest speakers presenting on various topics from watershed management to creating things from beeswax, to identifying edible mushroom species in the prairies. Seats are limited and filling fast, so make sure to register today! 

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Targeting Our Youth

GPRC advertising campaign at local high schools GP Composite and Peace Wapiti Academy

The GPRC Marketing and Recruitment team has been trying some new approaches with regards to advertising. Targeted online ads have been created for the Beekeeping, Computer Science and Motorcycle Mechanic programs, as well as a general information GPRC ad. These ads each have an extensive list of keywords associated with them, and anytime a user on the internet searches these keywords, the GPRC ad will pop up and then follow the user around while they browse online. There have been promising campaign updates after the first couple of months in place.

In addition, the general GPRC ad has been produced as a wall decal and placed in the hallways of 2 Grande Prairie schools. This pilot project is taking place in Grande Prairie Composite and Peace Wapiti Academy High Schools from March 6 to April 17, 2015.

World Premiere On Our Stage!

L-R Back Row: Kaylee Cramer, Melissa Shalagan, Clara Shalagan, Jelena Mosby, Kirk Cooke, Kaylor Klause, Donna Goulard 

L-R Front Row: Desiree Klause, Michael Penner, Jordy Wiens, Loretta Parenteau-English, Tahnia Getson, Justin Hollingshead, Annie Smith, Katherine Koller

Students, staff, alumni and friends collaborated on the first ever production of Katherine Koller’s award winning script Last Chance Leduc, which took place March 5 - 14, 2015, in GPRC's Black Box Theatre. As this was the world premiere, the Edmonton playwright was part of the process from the first cast read through in December to opening night in March. 

The play, which is set at the time of the great Leduc #1 oil strike, on Feburary 13, 1947, revolves around a young couple with a baby, trying to cope with the tensions of the drilling and living in the bush. The cast of 4 is rounded out by their best friend, and a lady trapper. A unique feature of the play is the shadow theatre where images are projected as silhouettes on a screen. That, along with the projections created by Clayton Brown, made the production visually stunning. 

Alumni who acted and participated in other aspects of the production are: Desiree Klause, Tahnia Getson, Jordy Wiens, Justin Hollingshead, Donna Goulard, Kaylor Klause. Students and friends include: Kaylee Cramer, Joseph Ormay, Michael Penner, Marissa Logan, Kyle Brown, Alex St. James, Marcia Tofer, Jayne Tofer, Melissa Shalagan, Clara Shalagan, Jelena Mosby, Kirk Cooke. Loretta Parenteau-English, GPRC's Elder In Residence, played the character of Nohkom. 

Production was directed and designed by Annie Smith, with all music composed by student Jackson Friesen. Animated Objects were done by Mandy Kozie and photography by Miranda Aubie-Nelson. Lighting was taken care of by John Rowe, the set was supplied and erected by Steeplejack Scaffolding, and the program was designed by Lisa Hollis.

~ Submitted by Annie Smith


Supporting GPRC Awards!

Kathy Dion and Kevin Chrenek of Chrenek Dion & Associates, present GPRC VP External Relations Carmen Haakstad with a donation in support of GPRC student awards, March 17, 2015.


Lance Leith of ATCO Gas presents Joanne Ballance, GPRC Director of Development with a donation in support of the student awards program, March 23, 2015.


Laurie Lin and George Ding of the Chinese Association, present Joanne Ballance, GPRC Director of Development and Carmen Haakstad, GPRC VP External Relations, with a donation in support of a student endowment, March 24, 2015. 


Over $126,000 in financial aid bursaries has been given out recently on Fairview and Grande Prairie campuses. Thank you to the selections committees from Grande Prairie and Fairview - Christine Gurlitz, Sheila Moerkoert, Hazel Liley, Joanne Perrot, Kelly Coulter, Gordon Pellerin, Thomas Peterson, Connie Korpan, Carla Dodd, Lyla Helle, Karlee Worobetz, Rose Murphy, Lisa Osterhold 

Calling All Alumni!

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Little Ones Visit The Farm

GPRC Fairview welcomed grade four students from Saint Thomas More School, as they came to visit the Animal Health Technology department and the Farm on February 25, 2015. The presentation was performed by first year Animal Health Technology students and was part of an “Educating the Public, Ethics and Client Relations Lab” teamwork assignment portion of their courses.  The AHT students divided into groups, where some worked on the 15-20 minute presentation, others put together a client take home kit, in this case a goodie bags for the kids, while the rest put together a newspaper article on animal care, that was then published in the local Fairview Post. The students had to come up with an idea, get it approved by the instructor and then were marked by the instructor, their peers and a self-evaluation. 

The enthusiastic grade four class was taught about puppy care and then wrote a small quiz on what they learned before touring more of the Animal Health Facilities and the Farm. 


They're Gone!

The 2015 GPRC Harley-Davidson® Raffle has SOLD OUT for another year! The final tickets were sold not long after the first early bird prize was drawn. The draw took place on Friday, March 20, 2015 at GPRC Fairview Campus. Congratulations to winner Alana Thys of Lethbridge, AB, who took home $200 cash! Good luck to everyone in the remaining draws!

Getting Techy With It!

GPRC Science Instructors Franco Carlacci (L) and David Gregg demonstrate the use of infrared technology to students in grades 7-9 at St. Mary's School in Sexsmith, who visted GPRC Grande Prairie on Monday March 23, 2015.

National Art Contest

For the second year in a row, Colleges and Institutes Canada is looking to showcase student talent on the walls of CICan’s national office at the Château Laurier in Ottawa. For the 2015 Art Showcase, CICan invites students from colleges and institutes across the country to submit their illustrations, paintings, photos, fabrics, sculptures and technical drawings.

The top three finalists will be awarded monetary prizes. The first place winner will receive $500, the second place winner will receive $400, and the third place winner will receive $300. A “President’s Choice Award” will also be awarded to the best piece by an Indigenous artist in honour of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol. The winner of this award will receive a prize of $400.

Each piece sent in by a finalist will also be displayed at the CICan offices, and will receive recognition on CICan’s website, in various Association publications, and at select CICan events. A special mention will also be awarded to the best submission from each membership region (BC/Yukon, Alberta/Northwest Territories, Manitoba/ Saskatchewan/ Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic). The finalists’ artwork will be prominently displayed at CICan’s 2015 Annual Conference, which will take place from May 24-26, 2015 in Winnipeg.

GPRC Fine Arts students who have entered in the 2015 nationwide competition are Cristina Wallwork, Carol Bromley-Meeres, Katherine Moe, Calculus Dataling and Sheila Shaw. Last year GPRC students won in three categories - Patrick Evans placed second overall, Sheila Shaw placed first for the AB/NWT region and Rizz Skinner took first place in scupture. 

~ Taken in part from the CiCan website

Watch For The Blowout!

McClelland Oilfield Rentals hosted GPRC's Continuing Education Well Site Blowout Prevention students on their site, March 18, 2015. Canadian safety training company, Enform, has been conducting this class on at GPRC for a number of years, and this year was approached by McClelland to have the tour hosted on their site. Enform Instructor John Speer brought the 12 students, along with CE staff members Shari Johnston and Leanne Clare, to McClelland Oilfield Rentals, where they toured a functioning Accumulator and then treated to lunch. Many thanks to John for organizing the tour, and, also to Grant Levebvre and his team for hosting our group.

Well Site Blowout Prevention is a four day course is intended for service rig operators and managers, well site supervisors, field foremen, production foremen and production engineers involved in well killing operations on a service rig.

~ Submitted by Shari Johnston


First and second year Animal Health Technology students were treated to a couple of guest speakers on March 13, 2015. Students in their first year of the program heard from Nettie Barr, the highly accredited founder and owner of Canadian Natural Horsemanship Inc. Given the title "Professional Horsewoman" by the AQHA and APHA, Nettie is a member of cirricular focus groups for GPRC as well as NAIT and the Green Certificate Program. 

Second year students met with Leanne Barker of Canadian Canine Training. Leanne is an international speaker with 18 years of full time animal training under her belt, and brought a wealth of knowledge to the presentation. Thank you both for sharing your passion!

~ Submitted by Patricia Woronuk

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 GPRC Wolves Athletes Amanda Patteson (Cross Country Running) and Amy Norman (Volleyball), recipients of the 2015 CCAA Academic All Canadian Award. This award is "...the CCAA’s most prestigious student-athlete honour, epitomizing commitment to academic success and athletic achievement.

• A job well done by Director Annie Smith and everyone involved with the GPRC production of the play Last Chance LeducCast and crew included GPRC students, alumni, staff and friends: Clayton Brown, John Rowe, Annie Smith, Jackson Friesen, Mandy Kozie, Desiree Klause, Tahnia Getson, Joseph Ormay, Jordy Wiens, Justin Hollingshead, Donna Goulard, Kaylor Klause, Kaylee Cramer, Michael Penner, Marissa Logan, Kyle Brown, Alex St. James, Marcia Tofer, Jayne Tofer, Melissa Shalagan, Clara Shalagan, Jelena Mosby, Kirk Cooke, Loretta Parenteau-English, Miranda Aubie-Nelson, Tanya Kinderwater and Lisa Hollis.

• Thank you to Science instructors Franco Carlacci and David Gregg for hosting students from St Mary's School as they came to check out the GPRC Robotics Lab.

• Many thanks to everyone involved with the 2015 Convocation at GPRC FairviewFaye Ewing, Dianne Lund, Stacey Basnett, Shannon Ball, Carole Arkinstall, Lynnette Tye, Jennie Smeenk, Katey Johnston, Patricia Woronuk, Facilities, Melanie Kirby, Carl Ball, Samantha Campbell, Jean Nordin, Bill Antonello, Lyla Helle, Brian Carreau, Chris Laue, Thomas Petersen, Pete Merlo, Susan Bansgrove, John Rowe, Robin Smith-Wilson, with students Lucas Peddle, Bailey Nadeau and Karim Pringle.

Congratulations and good luck to GPRC Fine Arts students who have entered in the 2015 CiCan nationwide art competitionCristina Wallwork, Carol Bromley-Meeres, Katherine Moe, Calculus Dataling, Caylah Lyons, Holly Laliberte and Sheila Shaw