Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager
Though Sarah is new-to-TRU as a professional, she knows the Kamloops campus well, having completed her Bachelor of Social work at TRU. She earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Waterloo.
Sarah’s work has centered on community safety, advocacy, and public health. Her career pathway started in Kamloops, and she considers herself lucky to have partnered with a lot of community services in town. She eventually moved to the lower mainland and worked for many years in community mental health, specifically with folks who have hearing loss and use American Sign Language.
In her downtime, Sarah loves hiking and going on walks with my family. A self-described foodie, she can often be found in her kitchen cooking or eating! Since returning to Kamloops, Sarah started cycling again and looks forward to spending more time on the trails.
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.
Acting 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!
Director of Student Affairs
Marian has been with TRU since 2011. Before joining the Faculty of Student Development Marian was an Instructor in the School of Social Work & Human Service. She was the Program Coordinator for the School’s Open Learning programs in 2013/14 and Field Education Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work Program in 2014 to 2016. Marian taught both on campus and with Open Learning. Marian loved working with students in their field experiences enjoying observing the shift from student to professional.
Additionally Marian has maintained a Private Practice in the community as a registered Social Worker. Her Private Practice work includes community development work related to elder abuse and working with mandated clients in groups and 1 to 1. Marian was a student of the University College of the Cariboo completing a Human Service Certificate (1996) and then a Bachelor of Social Work (1999). Marian obtained a Masters in Social Work from University of British Columbia in 2006 while working full time. She continued her learning completing a Diploma in Family Therapy (2012) and then a Graduate Certificate in Child & Youth Mental Health though TRU Open learning (2012).
Marian is an avid scrapbooker and has been documenting her families adventures through photos for the past 20 years. Marian loves to travel to warm sunny beaches and loves to swim.
Culture of Respect
As part of Thompson Rivers University’s continued commitment to addressing to campus sexualized violence, we have joined the Culture of Respect Collective. The Collective is an ambitious two-year program brings together institutions of higher education who are dedicated to ending campus sexual violence and guides them through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change. The program is grounded in an expert-developed public health framework, cross campus collaboration, and peer-led learning to make meaningful programmatic and policy changes.
A team of over 30 people have come together and committed to driving the program forward.
Learn more at the policy page
"The University is committed to raising awareness and educating the campus community about Sexual Violence, developing a consent culture, reducing the risk of incidents of Sexual Violence, responding to the needs of Victims/Survivors for support and empowerment, and to responding to incidents of Sexual Violence effectively and fairly."
Goals & Activities
- Participate in the implementation and revisions of the Sexual Violence Policy (BRD 25-0)
- Provide prevention and education opportunities to the campus community
- Provide support to victim/survovirs of sexualized violence