The TRU Foundation kicked off its annual campaign today by celebrating the various community partners who have supported the university’s nursing programs through the years.
Among those thanked for their lifetime support of nursing:
- Kamloops Senior Citizens Housing Society ($60,000 in 2010 to start an endowment fund)
- Aberdeen Lions ($78,200 lifetime)
- RIH Evening Auxiliary ($92,700 lifetime)
- Eleanor Thompson ($100,000 to start a nursing endowment and $238,000 lifetime)
- Ken Lepin ($238,000 towards nursing and $2.5 million lifetime).
Foundation chair David Paul thanked donors, saying their acts of generosity truly change lives.
“Each year we receive many thank-you cards from students who have benefited from receiving financial assistance through the Foundation,” said Paul. “I know that many of you in this room have attended the awards ceremony (in November) and have personally experienced what a great feeling it is to hand out an award to a student and to feel their immense gratitude.”
Nursing student Heather Cameron expressed her thanks and shared how financial awards have allowed her to continue her studies while TRU’s Dean of the School of Nursing, Donna Murnaghan, spoke of new initiatives in the School of Nursing.
Longtime TRU supporter Stella Black was honoured with a TRU Foundation Lifetime Dedication Award for her involvement of 34 years back to 1981. During that time she served on the Foundation Board from 1991-2012 and has served as chair of the breakfast planning committee since 2009. She also served with the Board of Governors from 1981-91.
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