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Grande Prairie Sport Council

Vision - To have a participant centered sport delivery system that provides quality sport experience to all.

Mission - Our goal is to influence and support the growth and enhancement of sport in the Grande Prairie Region.

Grande Prairie Sport Council Executive Director Karna Germsheid at the Benzanson Community FairEstablished in 2014 the Grande Prairie Sport Council has developed into a much needed resource for sport programs, organizations and athletes in our region.  The non-profit organization works to support the growth, development and promotion of the sport community in Grande Prairie and area and acts as a unifying voice for sport in the region.

Their website gpsportcouncil.ca offers an extensive directory for individuals looking for information on the various sport clubs and associations in the region. The site promotes drop in and try events for those looking for a new activity and provides a Knowledge Centre that has resources and educational information for Participants, Organizers, Management, and more. The organization also helps in creating and bringing large scale sporting events and tourism to area. Thanks to the GPSC hard work they created the winning the bid to bring the 2018 Alberta Summer Games to the City and County of Grande Prairie. 

Sport Excellence Awards - March 2, 2018The Sport Council holds two annual events the Alberta Northwest Sport Excellence Awards and Try-it Day. The Alberta Northwest Sport Excellence Awards is red carpet event held this year on March 2nd, celebrating athletes, coaches, sport leaders, volunteers and the corporations that support them.  Nominations are submitted the whole month of January. The Event has 4 categories in the High Performance Awards recognizing athletes & coaches and 6 categories in the Community Awards recognizing contributions that have provided positive sport experiences. The Ceremony shows recognition to everyone nominated for their efforts along with those who are awarded for their achievements.   Try-It Day, held in June, is a FREE day of sport exploration for youth ages 6-12. It’s a regional event that showcases sport organizations and introduces youth to exciting new activities. Last year The Council partnered with almost 20 organizations and over 400 youths attended last year’s event.

2017 Try-it Day

The Sport Council has a volunteer Board of Directors and will recruit Volunteers on an as needed basis. They have two committees’ of volunteers, members & directors that help with promoting the Council and sport in the region and help organizations bid on hosting Sport Competitions, like the Alberta Summer Games.   Volunteers’ help with the numerous event run by the Council but also help with member organization programs. If you are interested in volunteering with the Sport Council or sport agency contact the Council through their website.

For more information on the Grande Prairie Sport Council and how sport advocates can become members visit their website www.gpsportcouncil.ca. Stay up to date on local sport news and events by following them on twitter at https://twitter.com/GPSportCouncil, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gpsportcouncil and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gp_sportcouncil.

Grande Prairie Sport Council - GPVSB Member since 2015

Odyssey House

Vision - To help women and children break free from the cycle of family violence.
Mission - Everyone has the right to live with dignity, safety, and equality.

Ebony Rempel - Odyssey House Executive Director In the last few years Odyssey House has grown significantly to meet the needs of Grande Prairie and surrounding area.  The non-profit organization is best known as a Women’s Shelter providing short-term accommodation and support to women and children fleeing abuse and violence.  In January 2016 they expanded on this to open Serenity Place a secure second stage housing apartment consisting of 14 homes, allowing those that need extra time to heal somewhere to stay outside of the emergency shelter. Housing participants and those staying in the emergency shelter have access to a spectrum of support services, including collective kitchens, childcare assistance, counselling, outreach support, self-care support and life-skills training.  Odyssey House staff will also advocate on the behalf of their residents in assisting them with obtaining and dealing with other community agencies and services such as Alberta Works and Housing First. 

Odyssey House has expanded on their efforts to assist more member of the community, whether they need a place to stay or not, who have left or are struggling with abuse in their relationship with their Community Support Program. This expanded program allows Community Support Workers to meet individuals needing support one on one in the community or office. Community Support Workers help with: understanding healthy relationships, safety planning, parenting struggles, boundary setting, addictions, legal issues, financial independence, self-care and assertiveness. They provide advocacy and referrals to other community resources that can help. Support Groups are offered during the week to help those dealing with or recovering from partner based abuse regardless of their need for housing.  The Groups help give attendees a safe place to cry, heal and find support without judgment.  “Our education team has grown as well”, states Executive Director Ebony Rempel, “We are able have more conversations around family violence with men, women and children.” The childcare support program offers a safe place for children of those in residence at the emergency shelter or Serenity Place and those accessing Odyssey House programs or Community Support. Childcare has grown to include help for clients with parenting concerns and support for families too build stronger connections in a supportive environment. An Out of School Care Program has been launched for school aged youth (ages 5-18) for after school hours and school-based days off that do not include statutory holidays. Programs are designed to help youth with recovery from family trauma. With the partnership with Catholic Family Services, Odyssey House is able to offer trauma counselling services. 

Volunteers are essential to the success of Odyssey House and Serenity Place.  They assist in almost every facet of the organization.  Volunteers are trained about community resources and a range of social concerns, such as the cycle of abuse and similar areas. They are now trained in Trauma Support as focus now includes a more developed Outreach Services. With proper training volunteers can become critical service providers at the shelter and advocates in the community that have the skills and information needed to help end domestic violence and to help neighbours, friends and family learn how to respond to domestic violence and where to refer victims of domestic violence.  If you are interested in joining the Odyssey House’s Volunteer Program, please or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Volunteers are required to pass a screening process and criminal record check when applying.

For more information about Odyssey House please visit their website www.odysseyhouse.ca, or call 780-538-1332. Stay up to date on Odyssey House news and events by following them on twitter at https://twitter.com/odysseyhousegp and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheJourneyThroughFamilyViolence/.  For women in immediate need of help Odyssey House provides a 24/7 Crisis Intervention line at (780) 532-2672. Collect calls are accepted.

Odyssey House - GPVSB Member since 2012

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