News Archives: Historic donation creates the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation
Friday, November 20th, 2020
Paul and Coreen Evaskevich donated $500,000 to GPRC to establish the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation.
GRANDE PRAIRIE - Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is honoured to receive the largest individual donation in College history from Grande Prairie residents, Paul and Coreen Evaskevich.
This generous contribution will establish the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation. The state-of-the-art facility, located in the College wing of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, will be dedicated to research surrounding rural, northern, and Indigenous health benefitting new and existing health care programming. The facility will develop, implement, and sustain a research program in collaboration with health services and industry partners in northwestern Alberta.
For more than thirty years, the Evaskevich family have been long-standing friends and supporters of GPRC. Paul Evaskevich served on the Board of Governors from 1982 to 1985, was the recipient of the Centennial Award at the 2005 President’s Ball and the recipient of the Board of Governors Award of Distinction at the 2008 President’s Award Luncheon.
Paul and Coreen’s entrepreneurial spirit make them passionate about the possibilities of post-secondary education and its role in the economic future of our region. Through their generous contribution to GPRC, they ensure their legacy offers students in health services programs, innovative opportunities to participate in experiential learning and research projects.
“We are grateful to the Evaskevich family for their commitment to the future of GPRC. A donation of this magnitude creates a real and meaningful impact on our institution, our students and our surrounding communities,” said Dr. Robert Murray, GPRC President and CEO.
The establishment of the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation allows GPRC students, faculty and health care professionals to engage in medical research and innovation right here in our region.
“This important centre creates an avenue to provide better services to people in northern Alberta and greatly increases the calibre of opportunities available to our health care students,” said Dr. Murray. “We thank the Evaskevich family for their generous contribution to GPRC and look forward to sharing the future success of the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation.”
“Our family is excited to be part of the great work Grande Prairie Regional College is doing in our community. The Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation is a facility that will make a positive difference in people’s lives, and our family is honored to be able to contribute to this important initiative,” said Coreen Evaskevich.
Thank you to the Evaskevich family for contributing to GPRC’s vision of becoming the northern centre of post-secondary excellence in Alberta.