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 Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum, Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and profiles active Non-profit and business organizations. If you would like to be featured in this section please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Create your own member story: join GPVSB today! 

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The Finishing Touch Grad Society

Assisting financially underprivileged high school graduating students attend their ceremonies with pride.

Michelle Wudkevich Finishing Touch Grad Society President One of the biggest accomplishments many of us experiences in life is completing high school, this moment is celebrated with a Graduation Ceremony and of course Prom. Celebrating and preparing for Grad has become an  integral part of senior high school life and has become an extravagant and increasingly expensive moment that is a must attend for a majority of students. 

Sadly some graduating students are unable to afford the formal wear required for these events. Luckily for these young adults in Grande Prairie and surrounding area the Non-profit organization The Finishing Touch Grad Society is here to help.  Formed in 2009 the Society’s mission is to assist high school graduating students, who have earned their diploma, with obtaining the necessary formal attire and accessories too attend their grad ceremonies with pride.  According to Finishing Touch Grad Society President Michelle Wudkevich, “Grad and prom is a once in a lifetime event and these kids deserve to feel proud about their accomplishment and celebrate it with their peers, not feel bad and stay home because they can’t rent a tux or buy a $3000 grad dress, so we help them look their best.” The volunteer run group help males and females dress the part completely free of charge, “we have a large selection of grad dresses, from size 0 to 30, all  donated and look brands new”, states Wudkevich.  The Society has volunteers that specialize in alterations and along with Richmond and Crouse’s Cleaners, who volunteer their dry-cleaning services, to keep the collection in mint condition.  They are also assisted by Maximum Storage, who provides a safe place to keep the items, various salons in the community who offer free hair and makeup services to the girls and for the guys Milano for Men and Manhandler’s Barbershop help prepare them for the big day.

Read more: The Finishing Touch Grad Society

Grande Prairie Public School District Education Foundation

A dynamic and responsive foundation that supports enhanced learning opportunities for Grande Prairie Public School District students.

Laura LaValley, Executive DirectorFounded in 1991 the Education Foundation, a registered, non-profit charity, exist to enhance educational opportunities for students in the Grande Prairie Public School District #2357 (GPPSD), with their mission to provide grants, scholarships, recognition and to support students in striving for excellence. As the third oldest Education Foundation in the province, it was designed to; complement basic education services within the City of Grande Prairie's public schools. The Foundation works to provide resources to students in our 18 public schools not provided by traditional government funding giving to school boards.  Executive Director Laura LaValley explains the Foundations objective best as “the community’s opportunity to put additional funds into these schools for programs and projects that can often enrich classrooms and give students the chance to achieve their educational goals. We help fill the gaps traditional school funding cannot.”

Read more: Grande Prairie Public School District Education Foundation

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