Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

2017 Recipients

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Pat O'BrienPat O'Brien | TRU Athletics and Sports Task Force Founder

Distinguished Alumni: Honourary Alumnus

Recognized as a member of TRU's and Kamloops community who has gone above and beyond in contributing to the success of TRU students.

Pat O'Brien has been a name synonymous with TRU Athletics since the inception of Cariboo College in 1970, when he was hired as one of the original staff members. As the first ever athletic director, he was the driving force behind building the TRU Gym - a facility that would serve as the stage for campus and community events for many years.

His belief in TRU and Kamloops resulted in the growth of a successful athletic program. Challenged to remain competitive despite limited resources, O'Brien mobilized a group of community volunteers to form what is perhaps his greatest gift to TRU athletics today - the Sports Task Force.


Phyllis WebstadPhyllis Webstad

Accounting Technician Diploma '97

Distinguished Alumni:Community Impact Award

Recognzed for her unprecendented impact on local, provincial, national and international communities through the sharing of her Orange Shirt Day story.

Phyllis Webstad's extraordinary strength and resiliency has mobilized her community, and her work as the catalyst behind the movement known as Orange Shirt Day has had far-reaching impacts.

On Sept. 30, 2013, Webstad organized the first Orange Shirt Day in Williams Lake to acknowledge the damage that Canada's residential school system left on generations of Aboriginal families. The event spread across BC and Canada, and now many communities have declared Orange Shirt Day to honour the First Nations people who have survived residential schools, remember the ones who did not and provide awareness to the younger generation.


Greg Lehoux 2Greg Lehoux

Engineering University Transfer '93

Distinguished Alumni: Innovative Partnership Award

Honoured for his impact on sustainable energy management through innovative partnerships. He is recognized for supporting curriculum expansion, and advancing sustainability practices.

Greg Lehoux gre up in Armstrong, BC before enrolling in the Engineering Transfer Program at Cariboo College. Now a senior program manager at BC Hydro, Lehoux works with BC's largest industrial companies to integrate energy-management principles into everyday operations in order to reduce waste, improve productivity, and boost profits.

His passion lies in creating community-driven partnerships and improving energy efficiency for industrial companies in smaller cities like Kamloops. He strongly believes that these partnerships help keep industries viable and healthy, resulting in economic growth and opportunities for graduates to live and work close to home.


David Paul

David Paul

Bachelor of General Studies OL '16

Distinguished Alumni: Professional Achievement Award

Recognized for his outstanding professional accomplishments, advocacy for local law practice, and his commitment to fostering a successful environment for TRU Law Graduates.

David Paul grew up in Kamloops and completed his law degree at the University of Victoria in 1986. Called to the BC bar in 1987, he is the founding partner of the Kamloops legal firm Paul and Company. He was appointed Queen's Council in 2003, and was the first Kamloops lawyer to be elected vice-president and subsequently, president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC branch. An experienced mediator, he has successfully conducted over 300 family law and 50 personal injury mediations.

In 2016, while working full-time as a family law arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution professional as well as lecturing in TRU's Faculty of Law, he completed a Bachelor of General Studies through TRU Open Learning. He is currently obtaining his master's (LLM) at Osgoode Hall Law School.


Jenny Green DAA 2017 BSW

Jenny Green

Bachelor of Social Work '08

Distinguished Alumni: Grace Chronister, BSW Award

This award recognizes outstanding achievements of TRU BSW Alumni whose work has made a significant contribution in one or more of the following areas: adocacy, community development, education, policy development, research, service delivery, or other areas of importance to the profession.

From her time as a Bachelor of Social Work student and throughout her career, Jenny Green has consistently demonstrated excellence in the field. During her final year at TRU, Green completed a three-month field placement in Botswana, Africa as a clinical social worker at the Maun General Hospital. During that time she demonstrated tremendous resourcefulness in community development.

Working since 2008 for the Interior Health Authority, she has continually confirmed her commitment toward creating a more vibrant, healthy and inclusive community. Green spends much of her time engaging communities across the region to find solution to prevent youth suicide.


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BC Lottery Corporation

Distinguished Alumni: Milestone Achievement Award

Honoured for their unique relationship with TRU. Their collective efforts and contribution, through mentorship, philanthropy, volunteerism and hiring practices have positively affected the lives and goals of TRU student's and Alumni

BCLC has played an integral role at TRU in providing learning opportunities beyond the classroom that ultimately impact the career success of students and alumni. BCLC's hiring practices reflect a commitment to the university and the community at large. BCLC also provides invaluable co-operative education expereinces for students, and offers many employment and training opportunities.

In addition, BCLC provides support in the form of corporate and employee contributions, supporting students' career development and volunteering countless hours as career mentors to students.


Lino Caputo

Paolino Caputo

Bachelor of Fine Arts '17

Neil Russell Student Leadership Award

This award is given to the student leader(s) whose commitment to academic excellence and significant involvement in univeristy affairs inspires and improves the community on and/or off campus.

A student who tirelessly seeks opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, Paolino Caputon's leadership revolves around building something that has equal benefits for all - he is a shining example of what it means to be a student leader.

Paolino (Lino) quickly gained the respect and admiration of faculty with his ability to maintain a high grade point average while also engaging in a political push for LGBTQ representation within the TRU Student Union Governance and successfully running for  Club President of the TRUSU Pride Club.

Lino is also a founding member of the Mosaic Fashion Show, a participant in the Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (UREAP), serves as President of the BFA Society of Fourth Year Visual Arts Students, and has presented and received accolades at various conferences in Canada and the United States.


Ashlee Hudie

Ashlee Hudie

Masters of Business Administration '17

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarship for Career Development

Honours a student who impacts the career development success of TRU students through the coordinating, promoting, and engaging of career building activities such as volunteering, career mentoring, workshops, clubs, and student engagement.

Through her time at TRU as an undergraduate student and current graduate student, Ashlee has tirelessly assisted in the coordination of various Career Mentoring Events and acted as an ambassador for the value of learning networking skills outside of the clasroom. Her accomplishments and leadership in career development both inside and outside of the classroom have made her a worthy recipient of the TD Meloche Monnex Scholarship for Career Development.

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Winners!