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Neil Russell Student Leadership Award

The Neil Russell Student Leadership Award honours TRU undergraduate 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.

Amna Qazi

Congratulations to Amna Qazi, winner of the 2023 Neil Russell Student Leadership Award.

Amna was nominated by Alicia Ashcroft and Krista Lussier and is recognized for her outstanding leadership as a student storyteller, student liaison, intercultural advocate, and peer mentor. Amna is passionate about dismantling racism and championing diversity on campus and in healthcare, which has been seen through a number of projects Amna has initiated and worked on. Amna has demonstrated that she is a strong student leader in the Faculty of Student Development and in the School of Nursing.

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The successful candidate will receive a monetary award of $1000 and will be honoured at a luncheon with the adjudication committee.

Note: This award is for students enrolled in a program at the undergraduate level. A student may not nominate oneself 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 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 the 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

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TRU Peer Leaders of the Month

April 2023

Mikhayla Maurer
Mikhayla Maurer

Engineering Student Mentor

In her role as an Engineering Student Mentor, Mikhayla is known for going out of her way to take initiative on projects and help her mentees. Mikhayla is the peer mentor for all female-identifying students in the first-year software engineering program. Mikhayla assists the Engineering department with workshops at high schools and planned her own peer mentor meeting collaborating with the Student Wellness Ambassador team. Mikhayla is a great role model and a valued member of the Engineering Student Mentor team.

March 2023

Lince Tomy
Lince Tomy

Orientation & Transitions Mentor

In his role as an Orientation & Transitions Mentor, Lince is known for going above and beyond when helping his team and in reaching his personal goals. Lince has shown incredible growth in this role by pushing himself outside his comfort zone. Whether he is facilitating small group discussions, striking up conversations with students during outreach, or supporting his mentees, Lince’s work is exemplary. The Student Life team is fortunate to have him on their team.

February 2023

Robin Arundel
Robin Arundel

Senior Student Storyteller

In her role as a Senior Student Storyteller, Robin is known for her helpful, humorous, flexible, and creative qualities. She takes the initiative with tasks and ideas and is a natural leader who considers the holistic well-being of the team. Robin is a strong communicator and provides practical support as an assistant, producer, and storyteller. Robin’s thoughtfulness and sense of responsibility make her a valued member of the Faculty of Student Development communications team.

January 2023

Cecilia Gauche
Cecilia Gauche

Career Ambassador

In her role as a Career Ambassador, Cecilia is a pillar of reliability, always offering to help eagerly and cheerfully. Cecilia takes initiative to conduct classroom visits, table around campus, and tackle last minute projects. In November, Cecilia assisted the Career and Experiential Learning team with the Food Security Project and dedicated hours of her time to the cause. Cecilia’s genuine earnestness to support TRU students makes her a valued member of the CEL team.

November 2022

Katie Ludvig
Samiul Khan

Residence Advisor

In his role as a Residence Advisor, Samiul does a great job connecting with his students and helping them integrate into the Residence Community. He continually supports students through roommate troubles and advocates for support on their behalf. Samiul engages with his students in a caring and creative manner, including finding unique program ideas and ways to engage students in a positive way. Samiul is a huge contributor to the success of the East Village Residence Community and works closely with his peers to help the get accustomed to their experience at TRU.

October 2022

Olivia Lane
Olivia Lane

Indigenous Student Mentor

Olivia has shown great leadership as an Indigenous Student Mentor. She is a deeply committed student who is present at every Indigenous-led event on campus. Olivia is often seen engaging students, staff, and Faculty at Cplul'kw'ten. In addition to being an Indigenous Student Mentor, Olivia is also a part of other peer mentor groups and is always giving back to the TRU community.

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