Neil Russell Student Leadership Award
The Neil Russell Student Leadership Award honours TRU students who have demonstrated leadership and have made outstanding contributions to TRU, their communities and/or the society -at-large. This award is given in recognition of Neil Russell, former TRU VP Student Affairs and VP Academic, for his dedication to student achievement and leadership.
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The successful candidate will receive a monetary award of $1000 and will be honoured at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner.
Note: A student may not nominate himself/herself for this award. Nominators must be a faculty or staff member of Thompson Rivers University.
A complete application package must include the following completed documents and be sent to Umme Mansoory at email@example.com no later than the first Wednesday in March by 4:00 pm.
Nominator Form along with two, 300-500 word responses to the information requested on the nominator form
Co-Nominator Form along with a 300-500 word response to the information requested on the co-nominator form
Nominee form along with a 300-500 word response to information requested on the nominee form
TRU Peer Leader of the Month Recognition Award
The TRU Peer Leader of the Month Award recognizes one or two Peer Leader(s) per month from September to April of each academic year for contributions they have made to their mentees, peer leader group, the TRU community, and/or the broader Kamloops community. This award recognizes the diverse contributions made by peer leaders and rewards students who exemplify attributes such as passion, leadership, resilience, excellence, creativity, and empathy.
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If you are a Peer Leader Coordinator and have questions regarding nominating a peer leader, please contact Umme Mansoory at firstname.lastname@example.org.Nominate a Peer Leader
TRU Peer Leaders of the Month
Congratulations to Sarah Cowger of the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT), for being recognized as January’s Peer Mentor of the Month. Sarah continually goes above and beyond in her role, specifically managing social media platforms with creativity, insight, and accountability. Sarah’s dedication has resulted in a substantial increase in the Wellness Centre’s followers and her content has been shared by other Canadian universities! It is Sarah’s openness and perseverance that makes her valued member of the SWAT. Please join us in congratulating Sarah in the comments below.
Amna is a deeply committed nursing student, storyteller and an all-around individual. Amna works collaboratively with other TRU departments to develop meaningful stories that interest students. This semester, Amna has taken the initiative on several projects, such as interviewing faculty to commemorate both Remembrance Day and Year of the Nurse and creating video resources for students. Amna is very keen about her work, and the Student Storytellers are grateful for the many bright ideas she brings to the table.
Congratulations to Sara Turko, Safety Ambassador, for being recognized as November's Peer Mentor of the Month. As a Safety Ambassador, Sara carries out her work with consistency, professionalism and competence. When faced with extenuating situations, she follows the appropriate procedures rationally and thoughtfully to keep campus safe. Sara also goes above and beyond to communicate with her team members and coordinate responses to common challenges.The Office of Safety and Emergency Management values Sara’s contributions to campus safety.
Kayla exemplifies many of the attributes that make a great peer mentor, especially her willingness to go above and beyond when giving back to her TRU community. Kayla is a great mentor to new-to-TRU students and a fantastic leader within the O&T team. Kayla is keen to assist with any opportunities that come her way, such as planning programs and training fellow team members. Kayla is a kind and compassionate leader, and the O&T team appreciates her positive outlook.
Avery is described as an enthusiastic PACE Leader, a dedicated athlete, an exceptional student, and an engaged community volunteer. Avery tutors WolfPack athletes in biology, psychology, and writing since 2018 and has devoted countless hours during the week and on the road, supporting teammates with their academics. Avery has also written creative blogs for TRU Student Life about her student athlete experiences. Avery’s passion, empathy, and support for her fellow athletes is valued and we are grateful for her leadership!
Narain is described as a strong, enthusiastic, and empathetic mentor who exemplifies civility, even in the face of stress. He is always willing to assume new responsibilities and answer any call for help - not just assenting, but doing so with curiosity and eagerness. Most recently, Narain designed and delivered a new model "Steps Toward Success" workshop and was the first to agree to be part of the SL Leader panel for an upcoming Teaching Practices Colloquium presentation. We are appreciative of Narain’s ever-present graciousness and generosity towards the TRU Community.
Ananna is a pillar of reliability for the Career and Experiential Learning Department, always offering her time eagerly and cheerfully. Despite her busy schedule, Ananna has helped out on CO-OP class visits, for food donation distributions, and with conducting informational interviews with CO-OP students. Ananna demonstrates great professionalism and leadership and her support for students has helped land them jobs! Ananna’s enthusiasm and positivity is genuinely appreciated in the TRU community.