Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Program Advisory Committee

TRU advisory committees are composed of between five and twelve members appointed by the Provost and VP Academic in consultation with the faculty dean and department chairperson. Nominations for appointment may be submitted by members of the Board of Governors, current Advisory Committee members or TRU/TRU-OL staff members. Appointees may be drawn from such categories as employers and potential employers of program graduates; persons working in program-related occupations or professions; professionals; trade and business organization representatives; students; and staff from other post secondary institutions.

The role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Advisory Committee includes advising TRU (including OL) on the need for revisions to the program content and on current and projected demand for program graduates. The committee also advises the department on the degree to which the program fulfills the needs of employers and assists in program promotion and the development of links with business, industry and other institutions.

Currently, the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program Advisory Committee is composed of:

  • David Sheets: Academic Coordinator; Health Sciences - Open Learning division
    Dean's representative DSheets@tru.ca Phone: 250-828-5465
  • Jean Crowe: Program Administrator, Science – Open Learning division
    MLA Program coordinator JCrowe@tru.ca 250-852-7235
  • Kim Birk: Operations Supervisor, Core Lab (Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops BC. Interior Health) Kim.Birk@interiorhealth.ca 250-314-2645. Current Chair
  • Mitzi McFarlane: Team Leader, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (Nanaimo BC, Vancouver Island Health Authority). Mitzi.McFarlane@viha.ca 250-755-7691 extension 52296
  • Rod Loveys: Laboratory Operations Manager, Eastern Health NF. Rod.Loveys@easternhealth.ca Carbonear NL. 709-945-5132
  • Alex Purdy: Education and Training Coordinator, LifeLabs (Victoria, BC) alex.purdy@lifelabs.com 250-812-7833
  • Kandace Whalen: Accessioning, MLA II Team Lead (Grande Prairie AB, Alberta Health Services). Kandace.whalen@albertahealthservices.ca 780-538-7100
  • Trudy Handy: Technical Manager, Laboratory Client and Support Centre. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Halifax, NS. Central Zone) Trudy.Handy@nshealth.ca 902-473-6426
  • Katie Monai: Interior Health Lab Student Coordinator (Kelowna, BC) Katie.Monai@interiorhealth.ca 250-862-4300 ext 7396

For more information, comments or suggestions, contact the Program Administrator, Science.