GPRC welcomes new Athletics Manager
Thursday, July 12th, 2018
GRANDE PRAIRIE – GPRC Sport, Fitness and Wellness welcomes back Thomas Slifka in a new role as Athletics Manager for the department. Slifka officially took the position on July 2 after receiving the torch from former director Francois Fournier, who dedicated 23 years of outstanding service to the College.
“Thomas is the perfect fit to take this program to the next level,” said the now retired Fournier. “I am looking forward to watching the Wolves program continue to grow.”
Slifka is rejoining the College community after being away for a year. Before his hiatus Slifka coached the GPRC Wolves Men’s Basketball team for two seasons and taught as a sessional instructor in the College’s Physical Education and Kinesiology department.
“It’s great to have Thomas back on campus,” said Ron Thomson, Director of Sport, Fitness and Wellness. “His level of knowledge and experience from working with other post-secondary level programs both in Canada and the States is definitely evident in his interactions with his former students and athletes. We’re excited to see Thomas make his way back to GPRC where he continues to make a positive impact on our programs.”
Slifka has completed his Master’s degree in Coaching Studies from the University of Alberta and will be bringing an extensive working background knowledge of coaching support to the Wolves programs.
“I am incredibly excited to work with our administration, athletes, coaches, and community,” said Slifka. “We have an opportunity to not only enhance sport in our community, but an opportunity to compete and represent our fine institution across Canada. I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
GPRC’s vision is to build on its existing sports and fitness programs and connect that expertise with community-based programs to help the next generation of athletes in northwestern Alberta succeed.
GPRC is a comprehensive community institution, publicly supported to provide opportunities in post-secondary education in northwestern Alberta. Established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, GPRC now includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, and learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion at baccalaureate and master levels through collaborations with four-year universities. For more information, visit gprc.ab.ca.
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