Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

General Interest


First Time Home Buyer's Workshop
Drone Filming & Video Editing
Photography Essentials
Self Defense Techniques
Wine Tasting and Pairing

Composting: Turning Organic Waste into Healthy Fooda

Join us for an interactive workshop exploring in the world of composting. Discussion will include the importance of compost in your garden, starting your compost indoors and when to take it outdoors. Topics introduced will include: materials required to build a good compost; different types of compost piles; when to turn or not turn the pile as well as tips and tricks on how to control pests.

Fee: $45

April 25, 2018 
Wednesday, 6 - 9 pm


Drone Filming & Video Editing (NEW!)

This course is designed for people who are intersted in using drones for photography and creating short films. The first portion of the course will allow you to gain confidence learning how to fly drones. The angles and flight paths that are best suited for filming and photography will be explored during the first two days of this course. You will also shoot raw footage for a short film. During the last two classes, you will learn about film editing and movie creation. You will be able to bring your footage during the last classes and edit it to create your own short film.

Fee: $185

May 5 - 10, 2018
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 3:30 pm, Tuesday & Thursday, 6 - 9 pm


First Time Home Buyer's Workshop

This short course will take all the guess work out of your first purchase. Local realtor Sam Maliszewski will walk you through finding the right agent, understanding home values, how to read contracts, what to be aware of when you look at different homes, negotiation tactics and what you should expect during the closing of the sale. She will also discuss what kind of costs you should expect and what items are crucial so that you can save yourself time, money and potential headaches with your first purchase. Sam also emphasizes what you should expect from your agent, so that you can be sure they're working in your best interest. Even if you aren't a first time buyer, you may find this course valuable.

Fee: $35

April 14, 2018
Saturday, 9 am – noon


Photography Essentials

Not sure how to get the most from your camera? Catching those memorable photos is always challenging, especially with children or during holiday get-togethers. If you would like to learn how to take a better picture with your camera, this course can help. 

This introductory course will cover:

  • your camera and accessories
  • controlling exposure
  • aperture and shutter speed
  • composing interesting photographs
  • using the on-camera flash
  • creating painless people pictures
May 8 - 29, 2018 
Tuesdays, 6 - 9pm and Saturdays, 10 am - 1:30 pm
(no classes on May 15 or May 19. The week is scheduled as "free time" so that students cane xperiment with their newly learned techniques and bring their pictures back for critiquing.)

Bio for Jesse Madden


Jesse Madden, Beginner Photography Instructor: Jesse was born and raised in Williams Lake and graduated from OUC with a Fine Arts Diploma in 1999. Jesse then moved on to being accepted into the Photography program, at North Island College where she spent 10 months immersed in nothing but photography before graduating with a diploma in 2000. Jesse provided photography-related work in Victoria for 4 years before moving back to Williams Lake in 2005, when she then started Jesse Madden Photography in 2011.  She has been busy developing her photography style along with learning new techniques, gathering a wonderful client list and teaching others her love of photography. She is an outgoing, talented artist with a love of outdoor activities and nature. Jesse has a professional, easy-going nature that puts people at ease.



Self Defense Techniques

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt a sense of insecurity for your personal safety? This course aims to remove that fear by providing you with the means to protect yourself if needed. The course is taught by martial-arts experts Lee-Ann and Sheldon Lainchbury and teaches simple yet effective self-defense techniques that are easy to remember. They will also explore situational attack defense and provide solutions to avoiding dangerous scenarios before the need for physical defense arises. This course is for ages 14+ and requires a mature attitude due to the nature of the content.

Please contact 250.392.8010 to have your name added to our interest list for this course. 

Wine Tasting and Pairing • XFOO 0440

Looking for that perfect bottle of wine to present at your dinner party or as a gift?  Join us to explore the world of wines and how to pair them with the right foods.  Discover wine history, myths and break stereo types through learning the varietals.  Learn the four steps to wine tasting excellence and how to pick out descriptive wording.  Then put your new found knowledge to the test with actual wine tasting and pairing.  Discuss taste, pair exploration, storing and buying.

Please contact 250.392.8010 to have your name added to our interest list for this course.