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805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC Canada
V2C 0C8



TRU Career & Experiential Learning team

  • Shawn Read

    Shawn Read
    Chair of Career & Experiential Learning Department
    Business Co-op Coordinator


    Shawn is a senior tenured faculty member in Career and Experiential Learning. For the past 13 years, Shawn has worked as a coordinator in career services and co-operative education programs. Shawn is passionate about experiential learning and as the Bachelor of Business co-op coordinator, he helps students access these opportunities throughout the country. Shawn has been a department chairperson for over seven years and has taken on a pan-campus leadership role to develop policy, professional development, and leadership activities for chairs on campus. Shawn is actively involved in governance and academic programming of the university and has previously been a TRU senator, member of the TRU academic planning and priorities committee and a member of the TRU Open Learning Planning Council that oversee academic policy.

    Over the years, Shawn has been a leader at the provincial and national levels and completed a term as national president of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). As a leader on post-secondary school to career transition, his mission for CACEE was to advance and support on-campus recruitment, experiential learning and career education in Canada.

    When he is away from TRU, he loves to watch movies and spend time with his family. He has completed a number of long hikes such at the West Coast Trail, Rock Wall Trail in Kootenay National Park and the Berg Lake Trail near Mount Robson.

  • Larry Iles

    Larry Iles
    Career Services Coordinator


    Bachelor of Arts Honours | Double major in Social Psychology and US History | Carleton University
    Bachelor of Education | Elementary Education | University of British Columbia
    Master of Adult Education | Career Development | University of Calgary

    Larry is an award winning Career Jedi. He has an extensive education and leadership portfolio that he has applied throughout his 22 years at TRU, all within Career and Experiential Learning. Larry works one-on-one with students and alumni, providing valuable career knowledge and career development support. Larry has said  “My favourite moment working with students is when they have an experience and really connect it to their personal career development-and as a result, have this fantastic clarity about themselves and next steps. This happens so often when working with 1000’s of  students in the career counselling model.


  • Jamie Noakes

    Jamie Noakes
    Business Co-op Coordinator


    Bachelor of Arts – Thompson Rivers University
    Masters of Environmental Studies – Lakehead University

    Jamie’s post-secondary career began with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2009. Over the years, she has taught within many Co-op programs and worked with BBA, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Tourism students. Prior to working in post-secondary, Jamie gained management experience within both the tourism and hospitality management industries where she developed a keen interest in Human Resource Management. In 2019, Jamie joined the Central Interior CPHR advisory council where she focusses on developing further connections between post-secondary and CPHR. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family, and socializing with friends.

  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson
    Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management Co-op Coordinator


    Master’s of Arts – International and Intercultural Communication - Royal Roads University

    Bachelor’s of Arts – Communication - Simon Fraser University

    Post Baccalaureate - Teaching English as a Second Language – Thompson Rivers University

    Sarah has over 20 years of professional experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has worked in BC post-secondary education since 2005 and has been faculty at TRU for ten years - teaching in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Student Development. Sarah is currently the Co-op Coordinator for Sciences, Arts, and Tourism and has extensive experience in Co-op and Career Education. She has been a Co-op Student, Co-op Ambassador, Co-op Employer, and a Co-op Coordinator. Before working in education, Sarah had a career in communications and marketing. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University, received her Post Baccalaureate for Teaching English as a Second Language from Thompson Rivers University, and completed her Master’s of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University.

  • Tara Bond

    Tara Bond
    Engineering Co-op Coordinator


    Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology – Lakehead University
    Masters of Teaching – Griffith University

    Tara Bond began her career with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2017. She is currently the Co-operative Education Coordinator for the Engineering and Architectural and Engineering Technology Programs. She works one-on-one with students to guide them through the co-op experience, and assists with cover letters, resumes, interview skills, and networking skills. Tara is also a co-faculty lead for the Career Ambassadors through the Career and Experiential Learning Department.

    She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) from Lakehead University and completed her Master’s of Teaching from Griffith University.

    Tara believes in the importance of cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships with members of the community. Outside of work, Tara enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and exploring. She loves spending quality time with her adventurous family and friends.


  • Jenn Mei

    Jenn Mei
    Accessibility Experiential Learning Coordinator


    Jennifer Mei is a Registered Social Worker and Masters of Social Work student with over a decade's worth of experience working with people with disabilities.

    The majority of her experience has been as a career practitioner in the context of vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. Jennifer is passionate and committed to equity, diversity and inclusion work, and her approach comes from a desire to learn from and empower marginalized populations.

    In a post-secondary context, Jennifer has worked as an Accessibility Services Advisor at Thompson Rivers University. In this position, she worked with students with disabilities who required academic accommodations in a classroom or exam setting. Currently, Jennifer is in the role of Accessibility Experiential Learning Coordinator in the TRU Career and Experiential Learning Department. In this capacity, she has been engaging with students, faculty, and employers to better understand how TRU can support students with disabilities in transitioning to a career and experiential learning environment. Over the past few months, Jennifer has been working diligently to develop an anti-oppressive framework for service provision and development of resources.

    Jennifer is a down-to-earth humorous person who enjoys meeting new people. You can usually find her socializing, taking in live music, shooting bows and arrows and spending time with family. She only uses her full name in professional documents, such as bios, so if you get a chance to meet her, please feel free to call her Jenn.

  • Robbi Davey

    Robline (Robbi) Davey
    Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator


    Master of Education (TRU)
    Bachelor of Arts (UBC)

    Robbi has been at TRU since 2011, working primarily in Open Learning in online education and supporting Indigenous initiatives across campus.  

    As the Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator, her initiatives make space for Indigenous students and strengthen relationships with campus and community organizations to create pathways for employment transitions. 
    Robbi is currently working towards a doctorate at SFU, spends her spare time with her son and volunteers as a women’s rep for the Métis community in Kamloops.

  • Carly Royer

    Carly Royer
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant


    Carly began her career at TRU in 2003. She worked as an auxiliary staff member for eight years, which allowed her to learn many different positions and meet many nice people. Carly began as an auxiliary member in Career and Experiential Learning for about three years for various staff members. She has now been a career education assistant since 2011. When she’s not at work, Carly enjoys fitness classes and going for walks in the evening. She especially loves spring and summer when she and her family can spend time camping, or sit on the deck and enjoy a glass of wine.

  • Jackie Mullen

    Jackie Mullen
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant


    Jackie has been an employee with TRU since 1984. Jackie has worked in the Library, Finance, Computer LRC, Trades LRC, Print Shop, the Faculty of Arts, and Career and Experiential Learning, which she joined in the summer of 2016. Her extensive experience has made her an extremely valued employee and CEL is lucky to have her. Jackie enjoys working and connecting with people, family time, traveling, exploring, hiking, photography, cooking and teaching dance!

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