Thompson Rivers University

Getting their hands dirty for a good cause: TRU Career Education takes in U-Way's Day of Caring

  Posted on: September 7, 2010

Amy Berard is a third-year Bachelor of Business student at TRU. She is applying her theoretical learning as the local United Way's Day of Caring Coordinator.

On a day this summer, members of TRU’s Career Education department rolled up their sleeves, got their hands dirty and helped the university’s day care save at least a couple thousand dollars in yard work and landscaping costs.

As part of their participation in the United Way Day of Caring campaign, the group instead of going to the office, did a number of tasks like weeding and creating pathways and garden terraces around the Cariboo Childcare Society’s buildings.

Day of Caring is a partnership between the United Way, community agencies and businesses and organizations. Employees of these businesses and organizations are provided with a hands-on day of completing various projects for charitable organizations.

What follows is some photos from Career Education’s Day of Caring:

Amy Berard is a third-year Bachelor of Business student at TRU. She is applying her theoretical learning as the local coordinator for the United Way's Day of Caring events.

Amy Berard is a third-year Bachelor of Business student at TRU. This summer she applied her theoretical learning and made a difference at the same time. Amy was the summer coordinator for the Day of Caring campaign run by the Thompson Nicola Cariboo branch of the United Way.

It's hammer time for Coby Fulton of TRU Career Education as he drives another stake for the pathway form.

That's Coby Fulton of TRU Career Education helping create a form for a new pathway in the backyard of the TRU campus daycare (Cariboo Childcare).

Susan Forseille of TRU Career Education transports a wheelbarrow full of pine needles to a waiting pick-up truck.

Susan Forseille of TRU Career Education transports a wheelbarrow full of pine needles to a waiting pick-up truck.

Coby Fulton (left) and Sarah Gibson of TRU Career Education, plot their next move as they work to completing the edging for a new pathway in the back yard of the Cariboo Childcare daycare.

Coby Fulton (left) and Sarah Gibson of TRU Career Education, plot their next move as they work to completing the edging for a new pathway in the Cariboo Childcare daycare backyard.

Sean Read and Larry Illes of TRU Career Education shovel & rake their way to buring concrete blocks for a terraced retaining wall.

Sean Read and Larry Illes of TRU Career Education work at burying concrete blocks for a terraced retaining wall.

Larry Illes of TRU Career Education does his best strongman impression during TRU Career Education's turn at a United Way Day of Caring event. That's Cliff Robinson of TRU Counselling Services in the background and suitably impressed by Illes's strength.

Doing his best superhero impression is Larry Illes of TRU Career Education. Yes, that is a real block and no, there aren't support wires attached. That's Cliff Robinson of TRU Counselling Services in the background and suitably impressed by Illes's strength.

Why I Care. Career Education staff members share why they participated in Day of Caring

"I care because..."

Coby Fulton—"I Care because...it's an opportunity to give back. It's so easy to get caught up in our jobs and in the day-to-day."

"I care because..."

Megan Gerow—"I Care because...we always tell students that it's important to give back to their communities through works, so I think it's important to be a good role model."

"I care because..."

Sarah Gibson—"I Care because...it's an opportunity to do something good for the TRU community."

"I care because..."

Sean Read—"I Care because...it's a way we can help kids have a safer place to play in."

"I care because..."

Susan Forseille—"I Care because...it builds community. People will see the work we did and feel inspired to pay it forward."