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Kudos from the President July 2016

  Posted on: July 11, 2016

Dear TRU Community,

I am pleased to send you this issue of “Kudos from the President” which celebrates external recognition for outstanding achievements of Thompson Rivers University students, faculty, and staff. Current and past issues can be found on my website.

There you will also find President’s Reports to the Board of Governors and to Senate, which include Kudos recipients plus information about many other TRU achievements and news items.

My office relies on you to provide information regarding awards and recognitions extended to members of the TRU community by external sources. These may include recognitions such as prizes, awards, keynote addresses and honorary appointments that transcend the earning of degrees, the awarding of grants and delivery of conference presentations etc.

If you have recently received an award or recognition, or know of a colleague who has, please send the news to me at so we can give them a well-deserved pat on the back.


Alan Shaver
President and Vice-Chancellor

Kudos to:

Paul Antonelli, Master of Science student, who shared first prize in the poster category at the 37th annual Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference in Bamfield, BC Feb. 26 to 28, for “Facilitating Mine Restoration with Organic Amendments and Nurse Plants”.

The WolfPack women’s team, who took silver for the second straight year at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) curling nationals in March. Skip Corryn BrownAshley Nordin and Erin Pincott were named CIS First Team All-Canadians, andSamantha Fisher was named a Second Team All-Canadian.

Sarah Candido (’10), who was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by Community Futures Thompson Country, where she serves on the board of directors as treasurer.

Andrew Christensen, Welding student, who after winning gold in April at the regional Skills Canada competition in Abbotsford went on to win gold at the national Skills Canada competition in June in Moncton, NB. Andrew has earned a spot in World Skills 2017 this October in Abu Dhabi.

Scott Clark, WolfPack men’s basketball head coach, who was named Canada West Coach of the Year. Scott has led the team to the best record in school history this year.

Paul Dagg, chair of the TRU Board of Governors, who was named the recipient of the 2016 Duncan Graham Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in recognition of lifelong contribution to medical education.

Cameron Doherty and James Elliot, Journalism alumni (’16), who each received BC & Yukon Community Newspapers Association scholarships at the annual Newspapers Canada conference on May 7 in Richmond, BC.

Cathy Hall-Patch, Animal Health Technology, who was named 2016 Veterinary Technologist of the Year by the BC Veterinary Technologists Association for her outstanding contribution to the profession and association.

Jared Maida, MSc in Environmental Science student, who won the TRU Three Minute Thesis competition on Mar. 18. Jared advanced to the Western Canadian 3MT finals Apr. 29 at UBC-Okanagan.

Richard Frimpong Oppong, Law, who was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Ghana’s premier academy. He shares the honour with former UN Secretary General Dr. Kofi Annan, and His Eminence Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican.

Iuliia Pakhomenko, WolfPack women’s volleyball, who was named CIS Player of the Year. Also a CIS All-Canadian for the second year in a row, the Master of Business Administration student led the league in kills and kills per set. Iuliia also received national attention upon being chosen as the Canada West nominee for the prestigious Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) Award. The first TRU player ever nominated, she impressed attendees at the 2016 ceremony on May 2.

Gord Perrin and Kevin Tillie, former WolfPack men’s volleyball players, are probably the first athletics alumni to qualify for the Olympic Games. A past CIS All-Canadian who played professionally in Italy, Gord will compete for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics in July. Kevin, a past CIS Rookie of the Year who played professionally in Poland last year, will compete for Team France in Rio.

Carlee Poleschuk, Bachelor of Science student, who was the 2015 recipient of the Association for Co-operative Education (ACE) BC/Yukon University Co-op Student of the Year Award.

Erik Prytula, Business Administration student, who was awarded a Youth Artist Scholarship from the YVR Art Foundation. The scholarship recognizes seven emerging BC and Yukon First Nations artists and awards each $5,000 towards study with a mentor over the course of a year, a guided tour of Vancouver museums, galleries and art studios, and a one-year exhibition at the Vancouver International Airport starting in June 2017.

Peter Soberlak, Education, who was honoured with a Western Hockey League Alumni Achievement Award. Peter spent four seasons with the WHL (1985-89), playing with the Blazers and the Swift Current Broncos, with whom he won the 1989 Memorial Cup. He also serves as the Kamloops Blazers’ mental performance coach.

The 2015 Trades Training House, which won a Keystone Award (Thompson-Nicola) and Tommie Award (Okanagan) from the Canadian Home Builder’s Association (CHBA) for Best Public/Private Partnership between the School of Trades and Technology and the CHBA Central Interior.

Jan Vogler, Heavy Equipment Mechanic student, who after winning gold in April at the regional Skills Canada competition in Abbotsford went on to win silver at the national Skills Canada competition in June in Moncton, NB.

The TRU Wellness Centre, which was recognized by the Canadian Cancer Society with an inaugural WellnessFits Platinum Extra Mile Award for the centre’s numerous, progressive health-based initiatives. The new Platinum award was created especially for TRU for going above and beyond.


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