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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Meet the Team

Contact Us

Email: as@tru.ca
Phone: 250-828-5023 (Kamloops)
Toll Free: 1-888-828-6644
Fax: 250-371-5772

Location

Student Services Office
Old Main Building
First Floor, Room 1631

Address

Thompson Rivers University
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC, Canada
V2C 0C8

Hours

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday

Accessibility Services Team

  • Sarah Ellis, MEd

    Sarah Ellis (She/Her), MEd
    Acting Director, Student Access and Academic Supports

    Biography

    Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology and a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate from TRU in 2013.

    Living and teaching abroad was a goal of hers, so after Sarah graduated, she immediately applied for jobs abroad and was hired in Incheon, South Korea. After living and teaching in South Korea for four years, she accepted a teaching job in Bangkok, Thailand, where she taught nursery school for a year. She then returned to Canada, moving to Kamloops in 2018, where she enrolled in the Education Assistant and Community Support program at TRU.

    While teaching overseas, Sarah met marginalized students who had diverse needs and learning styles. These experiences encouraged her to pursue employment within Accessibility Services because she is passionate about helping others, breaking down educational barriers, and advocating for people who may not be able to advocate for themselves.
    Sarah is currently completing her Masters of Education degree; when she is not hard at work, she enjoys time with loved ones, camping, fishing, travelling and relaxing outdoors.

  • Stacy Pena

    Stacy Peña (She/Her), BA
    Accessibility Services Advisor

    Biography

    Stacy started at TRU as a Program Advisor for the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism, later moving to the Future Students Office as a Student Recruiter-Advisor.

    She studied psychology at the University of California in Santa Cruz, as well as at Hong Kong University.

    Her experience working with individuals with various backgrounds, interests, and diverse abilities led her to join the Accessibility Services team in 2019.

    As an Accessibility Services Advisor, Stacy offers a comprehensive approach and enjoys seeking out opportunities for self-growth in work and life. When she isn’t at work doing what she loves - supporting students in achieving their vision of success - she enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, camping, and traveling to new countries. She has gone to almost thirty countries, and Iceland is her favourite so far!

  • Katie Thomson

    Katie Thomson (She/Her), BA
    Accessibility Services Advisor

    Biography

    A graduate of TRU, Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and completed her Graduate Certificate in Child and Youth Mental Health in 2011.

    Katie has been working with the dynamic team in the Accessibility Services department since 2017, where she pursues her passion for equitable access to education. Her practice is informed by a deep commitment to lifelong learning, building and maintaining relationships characterized by trust, promoting student-centred supports, and reducing barriers for students.

    When she isn’t working, you can often find Katie spending time reading or playing games with her husband and son. She is an adventurous cook, and loves sharing her culinary creations with friends and family: food creates community! Katie satisfies her love of adventure and exploration through travel and outdoor pursuits such as hiking, camping, and canoeing.

  • Joanne Salituro

    Giovanna (Joanne) Salituro (She/Her), BA
    Accessibility Services Advisor

    Biography

    Joanne (she/her) received her BA in Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria in 1996. She came to TRU as an Advisor for Accessibility Services in 2009; she worked with AS until 2017 before moving to Open Learning as an Academic Advisor in Arts and Sciences. In 2021, Joanne returned to AS, which "feels like home."

    Having always worked in the helping profession, Joanne has previously worked with The Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp, Community Living BC in their Options program, which was a recreation program for Adults living with Disabilities, Kamloops Youth Resources (Safe House for street-involved youth), Seasons Employment Services as an advisor for individuals with multiple barriers to employment, Giant Steps West as a Teacher's Assistant with children living with Autism, School District 73 as an Educational Support worker and lastly owner of a home-based, group daycare.

    When not in the office, Joanne loves yoga, travelling, kayaking, hiking, camping, listening to live music, gardening, cooking and preserving the vegetables she grows and spending quality time with friends and family.

    One of her favourite quotes is by Maya Angelou: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better."

  • Katina Pearson

    Katina Pearson (She/Her),
    Accessibility Services Advisor

  • Alexandra Floyd

    Alexandra Floyd (She/Her), BBA & Certified Life Coach
    Accessibility Services Advisor

  • Evelyne Penny

    Evelyne Penny (She/Her), MEd
    Learning Specialist

    Biography

    Evelyne has been a Learning Specialist with Accessibility Services for twenty years, and is a contracted fitness instructor with TRU Recreation.

    She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and Master of Education from the University of Victoria. She has a TESL Certificate from Thompson Rivers University.

    Whenever possible, Evelyne appreciates mountain biking, hiking with her bernedoodle, skate skiing and instructing fitness classes such as Barre, Zumba, Pilates and HITT.

    When working with students, Evelyne strives to provide academic strategies that offer the best chance of success. Her favourite career moments are when she runs into former students that she worked with and hears their success stories.

  • Emily Talerico

    Emily Talerico (She/Her), BSW
    Assistive Technology Specialist

    Biography

    Emily received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Thompson Rivers University and started working as an Addictions Counsellor & Clinical Social Worker at the downtown Kamloops Addictions Clinic in 2019.

    Before becoming an Assistive Technology Specialist, she worked at the AS Exams Testing Centre. Emily is passionate about providing students access to equal learning opportunities through assistive technology.

    Emily finds joy as the owner of Behind the Veil Weddings - a local wedding planning & coordination company. Beyond being a proud entrepreneur, she fuels her happiness in nature, finding moments of togetherness with friends and family and unwinding with a book beside her twin sister cats, Lily & Luna. She has spent much of her free time travelling Europe and North America and lived in Denmark for 12 months before starting her university studies.

    "My mantra is to be kind, positive, and never stop exploring and learning! I believe in embracing life's quirks and joys; laughter is my secret to navigating through it all."

  • Amy Paran

    Amy Paran (She/Her), BA
    Accommodations Assistant

    Biography

    Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta; her interest in diversity, equity and other ways of knowing led her to study Anthropology and Women and Gender studies.

    Since graduating from post-secondary education, Amy has mainly worked in the human services field, supporting First Nations youth in leadership development and providing settlement support services to refugee and immigrant families. She started working at TRU in an auxiliary capacity in the fall of 2023 and moved into the Accommodations Assistant position in January 2024. She enjoys working in this diverse environment as part of an amazing team.

    She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two daughters, and their beloved dog. Amy loves travelling internationally, as well as in BC and across Canada. She enjoys being outdoors, whether skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, or just sitting by a quiet lake.

    She has learned that the world is small and that global issues are our issues, and she has a passion for current/international affairs and activism.

    "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless." - Mother Theresa

  • Kathryne Brattland

    Kathryne Brattland (She/Her), MLIS BEd 
    Exams Supervisor
    (On leave)

    Biography

    Before joining the Accessibility Services team in July 2018, Kathryne’s professional pathway was rooted in academic and public libraries in BC and Alberta.

    Kathryne received her Bachelor of Education from University of Alberta in 2012, and then completed her Masters of Library and Information Studies at U of A in 2017.

    When it comes to working with students, Kathryne enjoys lending her support through co-learning and creative problem solving.

    In her down time, she loves cooking, baking, climbing, mountain biking and hiking with her dog.

  • Melinda Gouschuk

    Melinda Gouschuk (She/Her),
    Acting Exams Supervisor

  • Harjoyt Baines

    Harjoyt Baines (She/Her),
    Accommodations Assistant

Group photo of Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services Testing Centre

Contact Us

Email: asexams@tru.ca
Phone: 250-377-6144 (Kamloops)
Toll Free: 1-888-828-6644
Fax: 250-852-7278

Location

Old Main Building
First Floor, Room 1482

Address

Thompson Rivers University
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC, Canada
V2C 0C8

Hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (5 p.m. during peak times)
Monday-Friday

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