TRU Announcement

In Support of Ukraine

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

As the war in Ukraine continues, Thompson Rivers University urges our community and the community around us to be additionally understanding and supportive of those who are suffering, both here and abroad.

The fear, anxiety, uncertainty and anger caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue to grow. At TRU we stand in support of Ukraine and join the international community calling for peace and an immediate end to these unprovoked attacks. 

We are a diverse university community, home to students from more than 100 countries including Ukraine, Russia, and neighbouring countries. They are all feeling significant stress. TRU World is working directly with students to provide financial, social and moral support. 

The TRU Foundation has updated its donations page to include a World Relief Fund, which will accept donations to help students financially affected by the war in Ukraine. Visit www.tru.ca/worldrelief. Anyone interested in supporting our students in need can also call the TRU Foundation at (250) 828-5264. 

There are also events being planned that will allow our campus to come together in a show of solidarity with Ukraine. A TRU student-led rally is planned for Thursday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m. outside the Campus Activity Centre. Further Kamloops rallies are being scheduled for the weekend. Wear blue and yellow and join in a display of support. 

In addition to students, we have staff and faculty who have loved ones in Ukraine and can only watch helplessly as this terrible situation unfolds. We need to be there for them as well, offering our support. People and Culture is working with TRU World to create a community healing session for impacted faculty, staff and students to connect and support each other. More details will be shared shortly.

Lastly, we want to highlight efforts underway by national agencies actively working to bring relief to the growing humanitarian crisis in Eastern Europe. People are encouraged to visit these sites and support them as able:

• Canadian Red Cross

• Canadian Salvation Army

• Ukrainian Canadian Congress

We’ve provided this information knowing that in times like these, many of us feel at a loss about what we can do. Through the organizations noted above as well as others, there are tangible ways we can help. What is most important—reach out to those you know who are affected, and let them know you care.

Sincerely,

Brett Fairbairn, President and Vice-Chancellor

Baihua Chadwick, Vice-President International

TRU's Old Main building on the Kamloops campus, illuminated blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.