Students' Council

The Students' Council is the governing body for the executive council, and is directly responsible for the representation of GPRC's student body. The Students' Council is comprised of six elected councilors; five from the Grande Prairie campus and one from Fairview. 

My name is Danielle Laurin. I am an accounting major at SAIT; I will be receiving my degree at SAIT/GPRC in May 2021. For the past year and a half, I have worked as a Member Service Representative at Servus Credit Union. I enjoy this position because I have such an influential position to help people better their financial fitness. I love helping people and making a difference. In 2018 I served on the Students Association as a student councillor and loved it for the same reasons. Being on the Students Association was a proud moment in my life because I felt like I was genuinely making a difference for students. I played a large part in ensuring snow removal and campus safety were the council's main priorities. As a student councillor, it is our job to listen and deliver results to the student body. During the same calendar year, GPRC announced the approval of polytechnic status. Although I know there were many contributing factors to the approval, I know the approval can also be attributed to the fantastic relationship between the Student's Association and the executive department at GPRC. I cannot wait to be apart of the diverse changes and challenges of the 2020/2021 academic year. Thank you for choosing me to be apart of the change.

Danielle Laurin  - Grande Prairie Campus 

Emma Lavigne - Fairview Campus 

Hi, my name is Emma Lavigne. I was born and raised in Fort St John BC, however, I’m currently living in Fairview AB to attend GPRC’s Animal Health Technology program. Animals are my passion and the medical aspect is fascinating to me. My herd consists of 4 full grown cats, a kitten and a 1.5yr old St. Bernard mix. I am a nerd through and through when it comes to anything Harry Potter, Star Wars and Doctor Who. (I’m a Ravenclaw if you couldn’t tell). I look forward to being on the council this year to ensure our voices are heard and that we can still have a fun and engaging college experience despite the current pandemic.

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Hailey Hayter - Grande Prairie Campus 

My name is Hailey Hayter and I am in my third year of my Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree with the TEN program here at GPRC, which is a part of the collaborative program with the University of Alberta. I am super excited to be pursuing this career! I am currently doing my third-year practicum in Sexsmith and I couldn't be happier! I am happy to be a part of the Student Council this year and I am hoping to bring new ideas to the table as well as a unique perspective. I am excited to work with everyone! 

Jasmeet Minhas - Grande Prairie Campus 

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My name is Jasmeet Minhas. I am a second year GPRC student enrolled in Business Administrator program, looking forward to major accounting, and pursue my career in CPA. Last year, I went out of my comfort zone and ran in Student’s Council elections. I was nominated as one of the members in Student’s Council and got the opportunity to help GPRC and the students in the college. Most of our planned activities helped us create unity among the students. Students' council has done a good job at making our college environment friendly. College is like a second home to most students, so my goal is to further strengthen the ideals and values of students' council. I would take my job in student council very seriously and always aim for the best possible result for the greater good. I believe that I carry the qualities and work ethics to be a part of the students' council. I will always encourage anyone with any questions, concerns or comments to just come and talk to me, whenever they see me. I would love to be a part of the Student council team so I could help make our College a better place. 

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Julie Siemens - Grande Prairie Campus 

My name is Julie Siemens, and I am a second year student here at GPRC. During my first year, I became aware of how the Student Council always looked for ways to make sure students were getting the best experience they possibly could. The Student Council lobbies for students, raises awareness on information students should know, and provides events for students to build connections with peers. After seeing how the Student Council was always searching for ways to create a better experience for students, I decided I wanted to contribute. I grew up in the small town of La Glace, where volunteering was the heart of every community event. I was on the leadership team in junior high where we planned school events and fundraisers. Then in high school, at Sexsmith Secondary School, I joined the First Responders Team for three years, where we attended to injured students and faculty. I was a 4-H member of the Valhalla 4-H Beef Club for four years and as a senior member, I mentored and led the junior members. I played many team sports growing up, each one taught me how to work well with other people and how to lead a team. I am a youth group leader at La Glace Youth Group, where I get to hang out with teenagers by leading games and helping them. I am currently in the second year of university transfer sciences and after this year I will be transferring to a university and finishing my undergraduate degree. With GPRC being a smaller college, I found it was easy to meet and connect to new people. But COVID-19 has been keeping students at home and making it hard to meet new people. I want to change this and make it so students can have the same welcoming experience as I had in my first year. I want to join the Student council so I can help plan new and creative ways of connecting students to one another.

Madison Buckner - Fairview Campus 

In 2017, I began an internal campaign challenging myself to conquer the things that scared me. It started by merely watching horror movies at night, taking classes people told me I would not pass, or going out to a restaurant alone; my efforts positively impacted my life. They manifested in a willingness to volunteer for new experiences, be elected as my class Vice President, and secure employment at the Notley Square Lounge on Fairview campus while enrolled in a highly demanding program. The foundation of each success required a high level of character - of genuineness. To a certain degree, this trait is inherent; however, it can also develop throughout one's life. Often, it evolves with other life skills such as responsibility, organization, and communication. My academic year-and-one-eighth as a student at Grande Prairie Regional College has tested these skills and given me a plethora of opportunities to hone them. As the class Vice President, my role and responsibilities focused on document management and connection building. Working behind the scenes, I was relied upon by the class President (also my friend) and cohort to accomplish these tasks, which resulted in several fundraisers being managed successfully. Not only was I able to support my peers and instructors, but I was also fortunate in building and maintaining a strong rapport within the Animal Health Technical program and with administrative staff at the Fairview campus. Three years ago, I made a commitment to myself that has provided immeasurable benefits. As Student Councilor, I shall strive to enable my peers with the same opportunities that they have allowed me to experience. I commit to showing up, being present, listening to their views and giving them a chance to be heard.

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Tanner Unger - Fairview Campus 

22, this is the age I decided to “go for it”.  In 2018 I let my best friend talk me into backpacking Europe for a month. Although many people who do not know me are shocked at the thought that I had to be convinced, but for those who do know me, also know me as “the mom”.  I was stable, comfortable and frankly completely unhappy with where I was in life. However, little did I know that the trip I was about to take was going to impact my life to the greatest extents. Through this trip, we traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland and Norway and as much as I love my best friend, she is very much the type to fly by the seat of her pants. I was not. I liked to be organized and know exactly where we were going and when. For lack of a better word, I was a fun sucker.  This trip tested me beyond my means. I had to learn to be okay with the unknown and to understand that what I have on my back wasn’t what was important.  Being able to adapt, go with the flow and enjoy all the little moments was what would be more valued than making sure I had clean socks. Flash forward to December 2019, back in Canada at my stable job only this time instead of being comfortable I found myself caught in the middle of a giant soul search. I needed more and being the organized gold-green personality type that I am I made sure I was going to find it. At 24, I enrolled in GPRC’s Animal Health Tech program as a mature student. I was uncomfortable but knowing that I was uncomfortable made me realize that this could be another amazing experience that I couldn’t pass up on. Learning to “go for it” has been one of the greatest thrills of my life.  I’ve pushed myself to receive honors’ in an incredibly challenging program. I have become the first person in my class to volunteer in challenging situations and was even elected as the class president. Although “go for it” has become my life mantra, being “the mom” is still a huge part of my life. Given the opportunity to be on student council, I believe these two traits could harmonize and allow for fellow students to feel as though they are being heard.  I strive to make my classmates feel like they have a safe space to voice their concerns and would love to expand their voices in being a part of student council.