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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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Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Dedicated to Alberta’s palaeontological heritage.

The River of Death & Discovery Dinosaur Museum (RDDDM) Society was formed in 2010, when the County of Grande Prairie No. 1 created the Pipestone Creek Dinosaur Museum Initiative.  The purpose of this venture was to design, fund, and build a dinosaur museum on a 10-acre parcel of land located in Wembley, Alberta, after the discovery of dinosaur fossils in the area. The RDDDM succeeded in this goal and now operates the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, which is named after Canada’s leading palaeontologist. The Museum has quickly become one of the Peace Country’s biggest tourist attraction, winning multiple awards, and has already surpassed 110,000 visitors since opening in September, 2015.  The Museum has just celebrated its one year anniversary on September 9th with its 2016 Amber Ball.

The architectural marvel is located in a prime location between the city of Grande Prairie and the teeming dinosaur fossil-beds of Pipestone Creek on Highway 43.  This top of the line facility features broad gallery spaces, two classrooms for multiple education programs, research and collections areas, an outdoor discovery fossil walk (during the summer), tourist services and a 70-seat theater, which is currently Canada’s only National Geographic designated theatre.  The Museum is also home to the Dine-O-Saur restaurant and Kaleidosaur gift shop.  The main gallery of the museum features impressive displays of the five newly named dinosaurs from our province, that have never been shown as reconstructions anywhere else in the world and the diversity of life in the Wapiti Formation ecosystem.  The museum has a partnerships with the Grande Prairie Regional College and University of Alberta, and have also partnered with the Royal Tyrell Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Volunteers at the museum have the opportunity to learn about palaeontology, geology and ancient history, while helping in various areas of museum operations from giving tours, assisting with educational programing, visitor service, crowd interactions as the museum mascot Alan the Tyrannosaurus, and aid with various social and fundraising events, they also hope to have volunteer lab positions in the near future.  The museum’s volunteer program is for anyone interested in being part of a team, and accept volunteers of all ages and abilities. Speaking with Brittany Kelsey, the museum’s Visitor Service Coordinator, volunteers are supported with training and knowledge of various positions and the great museum staff help educate them for the visitor tours. Volunteers are also needed for assisting in community events as the museum tries its best to be active in the community, they try to participate in all events they are invited to in the Peace Region.  If interested in volunteering at the museum please visit their volunteer page by clicking here for current openings and to fill out their application form.

Upcoming events at the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum:

September 24: Lecture Series: Derek Larson ‘The teeth and diet of modern monitor lizards and extinct meat-eating dinosaurs’ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 15: Lecture Series: Scott Raymond ‘Andean Civilization before the Incas’ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 21: Fossil ID Drop-In 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

October 21: Night at the Museum 7:30 pm - 9:00 am

For more information go to www.dinomuseum.ca and follow them on Facebook@curriemuseum and on Twitter @CurrieMuseum

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Odyssey House

To help women and children break free from the cycle of family violence.

Ebony Rempel, Odyssey House Executive DirectorOdyssey House is a non-for-profit women's shelter serving the Grande Prairie area, but will help any women and child anywhere they can. Their mission is that ‘Everyone has the right to live with dignity, safety, and equality.’  Since the 1980’s this organization has and continues to provide short-term accommodation for women and children fleeing abuse and violence, while providing support and care needed to heal.  Continuing to grow Odyssey House opened Serenity Place, Regional Supportive Housing, in January 2016 - a new 14-unit apartment building. This new complex provides secure second stage housing. Women can apply to stay for anywhere from six to twenty-four months, depending on their unique circumstances. 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.

Talking with new Executive Director, Ebony Rempel, she wants people to understand how important having these programs are and how many desperately need the services and support, they provide each year. Ebony and her staff continue to work and change the systematic values and perception the general population have of women affected by gender based violence and intimate partner abuse.  Society’s socio-politico environment seems to blame the victim more in these situations than the perpetrator due to biased misconceptions about gender and appearance. She is determined to demonstrate that domestic violence is still a huge issue and will continue to work with the community at large in order to face this public health issue head on. Ebony is proud of her staff’s dedication to this cause and thankful for almost a hundred volunteers that contribute their time and support to Odyssey House and Serenity Place.

Volunteers are essential to the success of Odyssey House and Serenity Place.  They assist in almost every facet of the organization including Public Education, Outreach Support, Childcare, Administration, Building/Property Maintenance, Fundraising and Kitchen Support.  Specifically, they aid with abuse awareness groups and public education presentations, provide childcare, host financial management workshops, lead therapeutic stress management workshops, assist in meal preparation, and help fundraising committees for special events.  Volunteers are encouraged to help develop new and different programs to help residents learn and feel better.  In return, volunteers are taught about community resources and a range of social concerns such as the cycle of abuse, dating violence, grief and loss, sexual abuse, children exposed to family violence, setting and respecting boundaries, and healthy versus unhealthy relationships. 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 contact their Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Croken, by calling 780-538-1332 ext. 108 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 www.odysseyhouse.ca, or call 780-538-1332. They also provide a 24/7 Crisis Intervention line for women in need at (780) 532-2672. Collect calls are accepted.

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