Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Professional Development

Proposal Writing • XWRK 0940

Non-profits are increasingly being required to do more with less, and competition over limited resources can be challenging. Discovering new funding sources and writing strong proposals to secure those funds are vital in creating the diversified revenue bases organizations need to grow and thrive.

Thompson Rivers University is hosting a two-day proposal writing course that offers a variety of skills and resources to assist in identifying potential funders and creating compelling proposals. This is an interactive, hands-on course with groups working on specific case studies. Elements to be covered include:

  • Different types of proposals

  • Funding sources and prospect research

  • Request for proposals

  • Preparing to write

  • Writing style and grammar

  • Major components of a proposal:

    • executive summary

    • problem statement

    • mission/goals/objectives

    • technical section

    • project team/relevant experience

    • project budget

    • evaluation plan

    • appendices – what to include

    • what not to include

  • Proposal writing tips

  • Staying organized

Fee: $375


Thursday and Friday, Apr. 25 and 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Procedures • XWRK 0420

This workshop involves discussions on the characteristics of an effective meeting. The fundamentals of managing a meeting will be discussed from planning through to follow-up.


  • To meet or not to meet

  • Purpose of Parliamentary procedures

  • Guidelines of a meeting

  • Leading a meeting

  • Create an agenda

  • Write a set of minutes

Learning outcomes:

  • When to schedule a meeting

  • Parliamentary laws and rules

  • Basic terminology

  • Understanding of every meeting participants’ roles and responsibilities

Fee: $80


Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Minute Taking • XWRK 0950

Minute taking can be complex, tricky and challenging. These important documents are for recording consensus and decision making, for tracking evolution of issues and for noting the history of an organization. In this workshop, you will be introduced to:

  • How much of a discussion should be recorded

  • How arguments over minutes can be avoided

  • What should or should not be recorded in confidential or closed meetings

  • How to formalize policy on minute-taking standards

  • How to organize agendas for open and closed meetings and more

You will also learn to shift the focus of minutes from words to key concepts and ideas and find out how to convert discussions into concise, coherent and objective summaries.

Fee: $135

Date: Thursday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Implicit Career Search • XWRK 0482

The ICS approach to career planning is built around six core modules. Each module applies a blend of lecturettes, assessments, structured group discussion, guided imagery, non-verbal exercise and movement to address multiple learning styles. The primary goal of each of the first five modules is to provide the information required to produce an effective, realistic and flexible career plan in module six.

The modules in ICS are:

  • Decision making

  • Personal development

  • Personal definition

  • Career definition

  • Career development

  • Strategic planning

Fee: $570

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, June 15 and 16, and June 22 and 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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