Thompson Rivers University

SD 73 and TRU continue partnership to enhance lifelong learning for students

  Posted on: November 17, 2021

KAMLOOPS–Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and School District 73 (SD 73) have renewed their commitment to work together to enhance learning opportunities for students of all ages.

On Tues., Nov. 16, the two parties met to renew a partnership charter in which they agree to pursue several key values. The charter sets out several areas in which TRU and SD 73 will collaborate to “transform education to better meet the needs of current and future learners.”

The charter’s key values include commitments around accessibility, student engagement, enrolment trends and organizational responsiveness, equity, diversity and inclusion, educational advocacy and communication, and research and scholarship.

The agreement was signed by TRU President Brett Fairbairn, SD 73 Superintendent Rhonda Nixon, Heather Grieve, chair of the SD 73 Board of Education, and Marilyn McLean, chair of the TRU Board of Governors.

Fairbairn acknowledged the partnership’s importance, saying significant numbers of high-school students from SD 73 turn to TRU for their post-secondary education. Working together is natural and productive, he added, and it recognizes the mutually beneficial nature of TRU’s relationship with SD 73.

“This is an aspirational agreement that will encourage TRU and SD 73 to consider each other as we serve the needs of our students,” he said. “By aligning our values in this way, we preserve and enhance the continuity of the educational experience for students and ensure their journey, from kindergarten through to post-secondary degree, is seamless, meaningful and empowering.”

Nixon stated: “TRU is a highly valued partner, and we look forward to continuing to innovate to meet the needs of our students as they transition into post-secondary.”

Board Chair Grieve said, “By recommitting to our relationship, we can reaffirm our values and work together towards a brighter future through quality education for all our students.”

The agreement will be reviewed at least every five years. The original agreement was signed in 2010.


Michele Young, TRU Strategic Communications
250-828-5361 |

Diana Skoglund, SD 73 Communications Manager
250-374-0679 |


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