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Thompson Rivers University

Past Flag-Lowering Notifications

June 27, 2017

Jason Callaghan was an Adventure Studies student who had just completed his first year while living in TRU Residence. He loved nature and adventure sports and always had boundless energy and curiosity. A strong member of the TRU Rez community, he was an enthusiastic volunteer. His willingness to learn from his mistakes and to create learning opportunities for others made him a reliable helping hand whenever other students were in need. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on June 27, 2017.

June 23, 2017

In memory of the victims of terrorism attacks throughout the world, the Canadian and British Columbian flags on the TRU campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake will be flown at half-mast starting June 23, 2017, the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism.

June 7, 2017

Flags in front of the Legislature in Victoria and on all BC government buildings and establishments will be flown at half-mast until sunset on June 7 to honour the memory of Grace M. McCarthy, former Deputy Premier of British Columbia, who passed away on May 24, 2017. A member of the Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia, she was the first woman in Canada to serve as deputy premier (1975) and was a cabinet minister in the BC Legislature from 1975 to 1988.

May 20, 2017

May Auger served in several departments during her 12-year career at TRU, most recently in Enrolment Services. A strong and caring woman, she was always willing to help others, and ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities with commitment and dedication. Her quick wit and humour provided an unexpected laugh, even when she was challenged with illness. She will be deeply missed by the many colleagues and friends she made across campus. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on May 20, 2017.

Apr. 28, 2017

To mark the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace, campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Apr. 28, 2017. This national memorial day gives Canadians an opportunity each year to remember workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace, and workers afflicted with industrial disease.

Apr. 9, 2017

Cameron Reid was an Open Learning faculty member and course developer. A former sessional in the Faculty of Arts, his colleagues had known him since 1999, when his late partner Dr. Rachel Nash first began teaching at TRU. His research interests were in critical pedagogy and contemporary continental philosophy, and his identity was very much grounded in writing. His scholarship, wide-ranging erudition and ability to engage with students brought him into the spotlight. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on April 9, 2017.

Campus flags will be flown at half-mast on the TRU campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017 to mark the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Apr. 8, 2017

Sebastian Gardner was an assistant coach for WolfPack men’s soccer, a former midfielder and Bachelor of Social Work alumnus. A PACWEST all-star in 2012, he was forced to leave the game and his studies to battle cancer. His remarkable return to play his last season in 2013 culminated with a silver medal at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national championship. An admired and respected coach and social worker, he left a lasting impression on the many people whose lives he touched. The campus flags will be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on April 8, 2017.

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.