Thompson Rivers University

Advocates and mentors among alumni award recipients

April 11, 2016

Linda Jules receives the Arts & Culture award from Dean of Arts Jim Gaisford.

The annual Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) dinner was held last Thursday honouring some of TRU’s best and brightest alumni for their exceptional contributions to their local and global communities.

The 19th annual event which has seen 94 total alumni and friends recognized over the years played host to over 150 guests who came out to support the newest group of inductees.

“This was one of the most impressive classes of DAA winners we have had to date,” said VP Advancement, Christopher Seguin. “The combination of professional and social achievement with the raw passion and dedication to their respective fields brought many in the crowd to cheers and tears.”

The award winners shared stories about the roots of their education at TRU and how they have been able to tie the experiences, mentorship and knowledge gained to their own career success.

“At TRU they always challenged me to be the best I could be, to think big and to stay positive,” said Dean Nelson, Human Rights Leadership Award winner. “I hope I can inspire other people to be that spark—and make this world a better place.”

The award ceremony takes place annually in April to recognize the outstanding achievements of TRU alumni and friends.

2016 winners included:
Dean Nelson, Human Rights in Leadership Award
Linda Jules, Arts and Culture Award
Gurbir Sandhu, Grace Chronister Bachelor of Social Work Award
Arrow Transportation, Milestone Achievement Award

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Arlene Olynyk
Alumni Relations Supervisor

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