Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Past Flag-Lowering Notifications

Mar. 25, 2017

Richard Wagamese (Buffalo Cloud) was an award-winning writer, journalist and author and a TRU honorary degree recipient (2010). He became the first Aboriginal Canadian to receive a National Newspaper Award and published 12 works about Indigenous culture from the perspective of his personal experience of Canada’s former residential school system. His acclaimed novel Indian Horse has been incorporated in English course curricula at TRU and several other universities. An inspirational, spiritual and dynamic storyteller, he received the Writers’ Trust of Canada Matt Cohen Award (2015) for his distinguished lifetime contribution to Canadian literature. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Mar. 25, 2017.

Mar. 24, 2017

In memory of the victims of the attack in London, United Kingdom, the Canadian and British Columbian flags on the TRU campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake will be flown at half-mast starting Mar. 24, 2017.

Mar. 17, 2017

Camilla Sears was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A criminologist, she had a special interest in the media’s role in shaping understandings of the criminal justice system, and in the use of restorative justice as a response to crime and conflict. Her courses in crime and deviance were popular and she had a profound influence on her students. Camilla will be remembered for her kindness, beautiful smile and a presence that could light up a room. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Mar. 17, 2017.

Jan. 31, 2017

In memory of the victims of the attack in Québec City, the Canadian and British Columbian flags on the TRU campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake will be flown at half-mast starting Jan. 31, 2017.

Dec. 14, 2016

Maren Schmitz was a former exchange student from Heidelberg University of Education in Germany, who entered the Bachelor of Education program in September. Excited to study in Canada, she embraced this new experience. In class, she engaged with her classmates and shared her love of running, her passion to be a teacher, and her drive to do her best at all times. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Dec. 14, 2016.

Oct. 21, 2016

Bryan Spencer was a University Preparation student who planned to go on in computing. His curiosity and friendly, considerate way with everyone he met will be remembered. Bryan would stop in to visit faculty members regularly, sharing his plans, progress, and passion for physics (and coffee). An ambitious student, caring, sensitive and loyal, he was known for his love of animals and what his family called a Wikipedia-like mind. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Oct. 21, 2016.

Sept. 25, 2016

Flags in front of the Legislature in Victoria and on all Canadian and BC government buildings and establishments will be flown at at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 25, 2016 to recognize Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. This national memorial day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to formally express appreciation for the dedication of police and peace officers who make the ultimate, tragic sacrifice to keep our communities safe.

June 13, 2016

In support of those grieving in Orlando and around the world, the TRU flags will be flown at half-mast at our Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses starting June 13, 2016.

June 11, 2016

The Honourable Leonard S. Marchand was a shining example of collaboration for all Canadians. An Okanagan First Nation member, born in Vernon, BC in 1933, he was a lifelong advocate for Aboriginal rights, working on issues such as obtaining the federal vote, self-governance and improving education for First Nations. In 1968 he became the first status First Nations to be elected to the House of Commons when he won the riding of Kamloops-Cariboo. He was appointed to Canada’s Senate in 1984. TRU awarded him an honorary degree in 1999. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast until sunset on June 11, 2016.

May 16, 2016

Rajeev Ravulapalli was a former student in the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program. A dedicated student with a passion for accounting, he was on a path to a Master of Business Administration. Outside of his academic life, he enjoyed reading, music and movies, and was a fan of field hockey, soccer and cricket. He was well-liked by his peers. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on May 16, 2016.

May 9, 2016

Robert (Bob) Madden, a warehouse storeperson in Purchasing, enjoyed serving student delivery needs at Open Learning in Burnaby for many years and was the first to sign up for the move to TRU in Kamloops. A well-known figure on his early morning deliveries around campus, he was a big man with a big heart. He always rolled up his sleeves to help, and shared his love of music, fishing and family with his colleagues. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on May 9, 2016.

Apr. 28, 2016

National Day of Mourning: held annually in Canada, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

Apr. 6, 2016

James Thomson joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2004, teaching in all four years of the nursing program—his dream job. He most recently served as the practice placement coordinator, responsible for arranging student placements in clinical practice settings. He was passionate about mental health, specifically the mental health challenges of Aboriginal populations. Completing his master’s degree alongside several fellow faculty members cemented warm and lasting friendships with his colleagues. The campus flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Apr. 6.

Mar. 30, 2016

In memory of the victims of the tragedy in Lahore, Pakistan on Mar. 27, the Canadian flag at the Legislative buildings in Victoria will fly at half-mast until further notice, and in accordance with the British Columbia rules for half-masting, TRU's Canadian flags and BC flags have been lowered to half-mast starting today, Mar. 30.

Mar. 24, 2016

In support of the grieving people in Belgium and around the world, the flag of Belgium will be flown, and all flags on campus will be at half-mast until Tuesday, Mar. 29.

Mar. 24, 2016

Stephen John Dyer, a student in Arts, was appreciated for his pleasant nature and his determination to succeed by the faculty and staff who worked with him. He was very kind and polite and always maintained his sense of humour and his enthusiasm for learning. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016.

Feb. 5, 2016

Jeff Skosnik, adjunct professor in the School of Trades and Technology and CEO of the Line Contractors Association of BC, was instrumental in leading TRU to become the first public training school in BC to offer the Power Line Technician program. He also worked with Aboriginal learners to help them gain the knowledge and skills necessary to transition into trades training. Jeff felt that TRU’s “accessible university” approach was the way to help all people become what they wanted to be. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Feb. 5, 2016.

Dec. 7, 2015

Flags in front of the Legislature in Victoria and on all BC government buildings and establishments will be flown at half-mast until sunset of the day of the funeral (date to be determined) to honour the memory of Bill Bennett, former Premier of British Columbia, who passed away in Kelowna on Dec. 3, 2015.

Mr. Bennett, a member of the Order of British Columbia, served as Premier from 1975 to 1986.