Student Services, Thompson Rivers University
Old Main 1631, Student Services
Monday to Friday, 8:00am–4:00pm
250-828-5023 | email@example.com
Since 2010, Christine has been a leader to the diverse team of professionals on campus that supports students’ personal, academic, social and career development.
Christine completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the University of Ottawa, followed by a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) and a Masters of Arts in Applied Language Studies at Carleton University.
Her professional and personal passions coincide with one another. Christine loves to support students that don’t traditionally have access to a post-secondary education, mentor young professionals and back initiatives that destigmatize mental illness. In her spare time, she’s usually found in the bleachers cheering TRU’s very own Wolfpack or her sons' various high school sports teams.
Sara has been with TRU since 2011 where she began as a Sessional Instructor in the ESAL Department. She then moved to Coordinator of the Writing Centre from 2012-2015 and Assistant Dean of Students in 2016.
Sara completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Sociology and Geography in 1996 and a Bachelor of Education in 1998, both from UBC. She then completed her TESL from TRU in 2011 and returned to UBC for her Masters of Education.
In her spare time, Sara enjoys playing hockey, belly dancing, reading, travelling, spending time with her Dachshund, and even cleaning! Before TRU, Sara lived and worked in Dalian, China, at Dalian Maple Leaf International School for 12 years. Both of her children were born there, attending local schools up until when they left in 2010 to move back to Canada. She believes in student-centered, strengths-based, reflective learning in which every individual student is guided and nurtured. She also loves any project and getting things done!
Michele grew up in Kamloops—and has a special relationship with Thompson Rivers University. She earned a certificate in Communications/Media at Cariboo College in the early 1980s, and returned UCC in the early 1990s for a certificate in Tourism Supervisory Management. She came back to TRU in 2014 as an auxiliary employee. In 2015 she accepted a position supporting AVP HR before transferring to Student Development in 2016.
Her career in post-secondary education began at College of New Caledonia in Prince George, where she worked in International Education and Student Services.
Most recently, Michele earned her Provincial Instructor Diploma at Vancouver Community College and a Certificate in Intercultural communication at UBC Continuing Studies.
Michele enjoys hiking in the great outdoors. She’s an avid reader, Netflix consumer and enjoys time with family and friends. She loves to travel, but lately, the mother of four stays close to home to be an oma to her first grandchild.
Her favorite career moment was accompanying a study abroad group to China—which resulted in four subsequent trips.
At work, Michele strives to serve, respond, discover solutions, exercise gratitude and be open to change.
TRU hired Val as an auxiliary employee in 2001. The part-time temporary job quickly turned into a full-time position with the cashier’s office in the Finance Department. She then moved on to Student Awards for a short term before returning to Finance in Accounts Payable and Payroll. In 2013 she joined the Student Services team.
Val graduated from the Cariboo College in 1990 with a Medical Office Assistant Certificate.
Val loves the challenges of this position; multi-tasking and triaging invigorates her mind and makes the day’s fly—doing what she loves most, supporting the students, staff and faculty.
Judy began working at TRU as an auxiliary in March 2016. After working in Facilities, she went directly into ESAL/UPREP before moving to the Faculty of Science as Assistant to the Dean and then to Student Services.
Judy graduated from Fairview College in Alberta where she completed the Animal Health Technology program.
In her spare time, Judy enjoys water skiing, slo-pitch and golf in the summer. Throughout the winter, she enjoys snowmobiling, skiing, curling and hockey. She and her family moved to Kamloops from Edson, Alberta where they resided for 28 years. Judy and her family are involved with the Swim Club, with both of her girls competing at provincial and national levels. They are looking forward to all new challenges and adventures that may come their way.
Learning Strategist – Mentorship
Brad started at TRU in 2016 and his position includes working with the peer mentoring groups around campus with a focus on training, recruitment and recognition. He also coordinates the Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Certificate, Global Competency Certificate and the Neil Russell Award.
Most recently, Brad completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury from Christchurch, New Zealand. He has also received his Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education from the University of Saskatchewan.
In his spare time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, canoeing, fly fishing, reading and golf. He is looking forward to working with the students and staff of Thompson Rivers University and further exploring British Columbia!
Before starting at TRU, Alicia was connected to the university as the Master of Ceremonies at TRU’s Music in the Round in 2016, a performer in the AWT production The Best of Everything (2014) and presenter at various Open House sessions. Alicia also spent four seasons as a performer and marketing organizer for the theatrical Special Olympics Fundraiser that featured TRU theatre alumni and current students.
Alicia graduated from TRU in 2009 with a Bachelor of English Literature and Theatre Arts. Following graduation, she moved to New Zealand where she met her husband. They lived in Australia and travelled extensively before settling here in Kamloops.
Above most things in life, Alicia appreciates film, travel, laughter, good friends, CBC 2, the company of her dog and a well-made latte. Alicia most recently wrote and recorded a podcast for Secret City, Western Canada Theatre’s yearly High Wire Festival, as well as was a finalist for the 2016 Whistler Writer’s Festival comedy shorts competition. She is also the Events Chair and Social Media Coordinator for the Kamloops Film Festival, and when not performing, volunteering or blogging, she writes for Tourism Kamloops and Sun Peaks Independent News. She can also be heard as on-location personality for B-100 and CIFM.
Born and raised in Kamloops, Christian discovered his love of the outdoors at a young age through camping, mountain biking, and skiing throughout BC with his family.
In 2011, Christian graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). He started his career in advertising before moving into telecommunications and product marketing.
He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, Central and South America; Christian hopes to visit New Zealand and Iceland. He enjoys experiencing other cultures and cuisines, and exploring the diverse landscapes in other areas of the world.
Meg has been with TRU since 2008. Meg’s position coordinates all marketing, events and communication support for the Faculty of Student Development.
Her ambitious nature and passion for student success has been a driving force in her work life. In her spare time Meg enjoys biking, hiking, photography and hanging out with her family.