Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Peer Mentor Programs

Peer mentorship programs are a way for you to develop your skills and engage with campus life while supporting your peers.

In peer mentor programs, you have an opportunity to access valuable training, partake in professional development, gain hands-on experience, and give back to your peers and campus community. These positions also look great on a resumé and are a lot of fun!

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.

Nominate a Peer Leader

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these programs, please contact the program coordinator for more information.

  • School of Business and Economics

    SOBE Brand Ambassadors

    The School of Business and Economics (SoBE) Brand Ambassador program is designed for a select group of business students to provide key insights into life at SoBE and to tell stories that appeal to the entire TRU community. The brand ambassadors are essentially “online tour guides” for both undergraduate and graduate students, producing engaging content on SoBE’s social media pages to highlight the endless opportunities available for business students. Brand Ambassadors ensure that not only the students' voice is heard, but the SoBE brand is being recognized as well. Upon completion of the program, Brand Ambassadors will receive a financial award, and gain professional skills that will aid them in the future. The Brand Ambassador program is great for business students who want to develop and utilize their digital marketing skills, while also making a positive difference in the SoBE community.

    The Brand Ambassador program is great for business students who want to develop and utilize their digital marketing skills, while also making a positive difference in the SoBE community.

    Contact

    Vince Watson
    Email: vwatson@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5211

  • Career and Experiential Learning

    Career Ambassadors

    Career ambassadors encourage student awareness of career and experiential learning opportunities on campus. Through weekly tabling, event participation, and skill development workshops ambassadors encourage students to ‘start early’ and take the first step towards the career, job, volunteer position, or work term they are after. In this role ambassadors will develop a greater understanding of job search tools, expand on their public speaking ability, and develop confidence.

    Contact

    Tara Bond
    Email: tbond@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5151
    In person: OM 1712

    Mitch Clingo
    Email: mclingo@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5547
    In person: OM 1712

  • Indigenous Student Development

    Indigenous Mentors

    The TRU Indigenous Mentor Program supports entry level Indigenous students in their transitions to post-secondary student life. This is done through matching mentees with an Indigenous mentor who will work one-to-one and/or in a group setting and through participation in various events, workshops, and activities. Indigenous mentors can come from various backgrounds and programs of study, typically with at least 2 years of post-secondary experience. Selection, training, and on-going support is given by the Indigenous Mentor Coordinator. This program is meant to enrich the experience and education here at TRU for students.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Matty Chillihitzia
    Email: mchillihitzia@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5188
    In person: Cplul’kwt’en (GP 226, House 5)

  • Intercultural Learning

    Intercultural Ambassadors

    The Intercultural Ambassadors program is a student-driven initiative to promote intercultural learning, dialogue, and community building on campus and beyond. The program is currently in an outreach and collaboration phase. We are looking to engage with students to design a program that meets student and campus community needs. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and opportunities throughout the winter and summer semesters, with a full program launch coming in Fall 2019. Participants who are accepted into the Fall program can expect to engage in a range of personal and professional intercultural learning opportunities and workshops. They will have the chance to reflect on and share aspects of their own cultural heritage(s), and to learn about others. Intercultural Ambassadors will also engage in an outreach or give-back project that helps to foster intercultural understanding.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Dr. Amie McLean
    Intercultural Coordinator
    Email: ammclean@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5301

  • Faculty of Science

    Math Help Centre Tutors

    The Math Help Centre provides a space where students can work alone or together with other students in a relaxed, informal environment, with help readily available. Math Centre tutors answer questions for introductory level mathematics and statistics courses. This is a great way to develop communication and teaching skills, while reinforcing math skills. Paid teaching assistant and work study positions are available, as well as volunteer opportunities. We also maintain a list of private tutors.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Suzanne Feldberg
    Email: sfeldberg@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5212

  • Faculty of Student Development

    Writing Centre Tutors

    Writing Centre tutors provide one-to-one feedback for all TRU students. As a tutor, you’ll address both lower-order writing concerns such as grammar and sentence structure, and higher-order concerns such as development and clarity of ideas. Tutoring helps you to support other students; develop your writing skills; enhance your tutoring and teaching skills; reflect about writing, learning and teaching; improve your interpersonal and communication skills; and obtain valuable experience that will enhance your resume. We have volunteer, work study and honoraria opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate student tutors.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Jenna Goddard
    Writing Centre Coordinator
    Email: jegoddard@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5689
    In person: OM 2674

  • Faculty of Student Development

    PACE Leaders

    At weekly PACE study sessions and one-to-one academic coaching sessions, PACE leaders support student athletes to achieve their academic goals while maintaining a busy schedule. PACE leaders are also student athletes, and are trained in referral and study success strategies. The leaders build their leadership, interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and tutoring skills while supporting student athletes on difficult courses and assignments. We have volunteer and honoraria opportunities available.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Eryn Barrett
    Email: ebarrett@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-852-6255
    In person: OM 1244

  • Wellness Centre

    SWAT Student Wellness Ambassador Team

    The Student Wellness Ambassador Team works around campus to promote the health and well-being of all those in the TRU community. There are a variety of opportunities involved, including individual consultations or plan building, classroom presentations and campus-wide activities geared toward increasing wellness in all spheres of the university experience. The TRU Wellness Centre promotes the well-being of our growing, changing, diverse TRU community. The TRU Wellness Centre values the health of all employees and students on campus, and aims to provide unique, educational and fun programs that will help provide the skills and tools needed to create a more harmonious and balanced life.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Chelsea Corsi
    Wellness Centre Coordinator
    Email: ccorsi@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5010
    In person: OM 1479

  • TRU Residence

    Residence Council

    Similar to student government, Residents' Council is an elected group of residents who work together to represent the interests and needs of all residents. Council members take an active role in making residence a fun and exciting place to live by planning activities and voicing student concerns. This is a volunteer position, but gives residents an opportunity to develop their communication, event planning, volunteer management, and advocacy skills. Residents' Council members are also required to live in residence.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Andrew Mackereth
    Residence Life Manager
    Email: amackereth@truresidence.ca
    Phone: 250-852-6333
    In person: TRU McGill Housing Front Desk

  • TRU Residence

    TRU Residence Resident Advisors

    Resident Advisors (RAs) are here to help our students. Whether it’s helping them with adjusting to campus life, academic or personal issues or it’s planning events, and promoting a sense of community within our residence. RAs receive extensive training in event planning, emergency management, and conflict resolution. This is a paid position, and all Resident Advisors are required to live in residence.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Andrew Mackereth
    Residence Life Manager
    Email: amackereth@truresidence.ca
    Phone: 250-852-6333
    In person: TRU McGill Housing Front Desk

  • The Future Students team

    Future Student Ambassadors

    Future Student Ambassadors connect with future students who are exploring their post-secondary options. Ambassador's share their personal TRU story, helping enhance the post-secondary discovery process. Ambassadors lead campus tours; join Student Recruiter-Advisors on high school and other visits (both locally and within B.C.); assist with recruitment events such as Open House, Applicant Receptions, and Aboriginal Transitions Day; and participate in other initiatives facilitated by the Future Students Office. Ambassadors develop their public speaking, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. There are both volunteer and honoraria opportunities available for undergraduate students in any year of study.

    Contact

    Brittany Thomas
    Manager, Future Students
    Email: brthomas@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5013
    In person: OM 1468

  • Student Experience

    Orientation and Transition Leaders

    Orientation & Transition Student Ambassadors work to provide information and guidance to interested students and other relevant parties at booths around campus and at other campus and community events. Ambassadors also lead training for orientation volunteers, and host informational TRU Student Life workshops throughout the semester. Orientation & Transitions Ambassadors build communication skills, organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and Leadership skills.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Payton Comazzetto
    Learning Strategist Orientation and Transitions
    Email: pcomazzetto@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5733

  • TRU World

    Social Media Ambassadors

    Social Media Ambassadors promote TRU as study destination through social media channels, attend and promote events through social media, blog on a variety of topics on ourTRU.ca and create weekly digital content to be posted on TRU Worlds social media channels. Students that act as ambassadors in this program can expect to expand their understanding of social media, grow their communication skills, and expand on their time management skills.

    Webpage

    Carolina Bovi
    International Marketing Coordinator, Social Media & Events


    Email: cbovi@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5959
  • TRU World

    Study Abroad Ambassadors

    Study Abroad Ambassadors are TRU students who have studied and participated on an exchange and upon return apply to become a member of the Ambassador team. Ambassadors provide one-to-one support and act as a source of information to their peers. This is done through leading information sessions and student support sessions, social media and promotional material management, coordinating special events and delivering peer workshops to special groups or program areas. This team will allow for the opportunity to build on leadership, interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem solving while supporting fellow student looking to participate on an international activity while completing their undergraduate degree.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Karie Russell
    International Mobility Officer (Field Schools & Off Campus)


    Email: krussell@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-377-6053
    Contact

    Heather Wisla
    International Mobility Officer (Student Exchange)


    Email: hwisla@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5164
  • Faculty of Student Development

    Supplemental Learning Leaders

    Supplemental Learning (SL) is an academic support program that provides structured review sessions to students enrolled in challenging introductory courses. SL leaders organize and facilitate weekly sessions in which students collaborate to review notes, discuss readings and prepare for exams. In their sessions, leaders integrate course content with reasoning and strategic study skills. For novice learners, the SL leader becomes a role model of critical thinking, effective study, and mastery of the discipline. SL Mentors, selected from the strongest of experienced leaders, assist with leader training and support new leaders in their training and development.

    Webpage
    Contact

    Elizabeth Templeman
    Supplemental Learning Coordinator
    Email: etempleman@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-828-5277
    In person: OM 2699

  • Office of Research and Graduate Studies

    Undergrad. Research Ambassadors

    The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors work with the Research Office on a range of projects related to undergraduate research. They will bring together the knowledge, skills, and interests developed through all aspects of their education and have the opportunity to participate on projects and work with students from a variety of majors and backgrounds as a team, pooling resources and collaborating with faculty and staff. This capstone experience will strengthen students’ undergraduate research understanding and provide training to enhance skills as TRU Ambassadors.

    Coordinator contact info

    Dominique Hazel
    Email: dhazel@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5586
    In person: CT 225

  • Office of Research and Graduate Studies

    Graduate Student Research Mentors

    The Graduate Student Research Mentors volunteer with the Research Office on a variety of projects related to the enhancement of student research and work as a team, mentoring students from a variety of majors and backgrounds, pooling resources and collaborating with faculty and staff. They help to plan and organize the annual 3MT as well as a series of graduate research workshops and guest speakers. The Graduate Student Research Mentors are recognized as representatives of TRU research and creativity at campus and community events and is great for students who wish to promote and expand these efforts across the campus.

    Coordinator contact info

    Emily Mullen


    Graduate students and Research Coordinator


    Email: emullen@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-852-7146
  • Faculty of Student Development

    Student Storytellers

    Student Storytellers pitch ideas, receive assignments, facilitate interviews, research subjects, edit drafts, and schedule approved content on WordPress and share information on social media channels. Through a multitude of mediums (blogs, videos, social media, events) students will have opportunities to learn, engage, reflect, and to inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone, and be able to report on these transformative, educational experiences in the hopes of influencing other students to flourish on personal, social and academic levels.

    Coordinator contact info

    Alicia Ashcroft
    Email: aashcroft@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-852-7245

  • TRU World

    IDays Ambassadors

    TRU Hosts an annual week-long celebration of culture, international experience, and research while recognizing TRU’s international community and international collaborations. The IDays Ambassadors are a passionate group of students who promote the values of IDays as well as the events to gatherings and classes around campus.

    Coordinator contact info

    Carolina Bovi

    International Marketing Coordinator, Social Media & Events


    Email: cbovi@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-371-5959

  • TRU Sustainability

    Student Sustainability Ambassadors

    The Student Sustainability Ambassador Team works on campus to promote sustainable initiatives, programs, and mindsets in the TRU community. Sustainability Ambassador help spread the ‘spirit of sustainability’ at TRU and be a force for change, helping to improve the culture of sustainability on campus. Ambassadors are given the opportunity to develop their public speaking and communication skills, cultivate a greater understanding of sustainable initiatives on campus, create their own sustainable project/initiative, and become a Sustainability Champion on campus.

    Coordinator contact info

    Canyon Sinclair

    Sustainability Ambassador Program Coordinator


    Email: csinclair@tru.ca
    In-person: HR building, Entrance 2, Room 145

  • Faculty of Arts

    Arts Ambassadors

    The Arts Ambassadors are students committed to building an inclusive culture in the Faculty of Arts by bringing together students from all Arts disciplines in ways that help to create experiences and foster relationships. The Ambassadors take on active, encouraging, and innovative leadership roles within the Arts faculty while promoting social and professional opportunities for students.

    Coordinator contact info

    Dr. Elizabeth Reimer

    Associate Dean, Student Success


    Email: ereimer@tru.ca
    Phone: 250-377-6085

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