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Dean of Students
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.
Assistant Dean of Students
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!
Chair, Career &
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.
Shawn recently completed his term as national president of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). As a leading authority on post-secondary school to career transition, his mission for CACEE was to advance and support on-campus recruitment 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 and the Berg Lake Trail near Mount Robson.
Student Services Receptionist
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.
Administrative Assistant, Dean of Students
Writer and Storyteller
Alicia Ashcroft graduated from TRU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theatre. She has lived in New Zealand and Australia and travelled extensively before settling back in Kamloops. Above most things in life, Alicia appreciates community, volunteerism, film, travel, laughter, close friends, a good book, CBC 2, her two bears and a well-made latte.
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