Contact Us

Updated Aug. 31, 2020 (COVID Information/Update)
  • The Coordinators in the Career & Experiential Learning office are available for virtual appointments only and you will be able to schedule meeting times through Career Connections. If you are having difficulty scheduling appointments, then please email careereducation@tru.ca and we will set up a time for you. Once your appointment has been made in Career Connections, the Coordinator will be in touch with you to set up a phone or web conference call.

For the latest information on COVID-19 and the impacts to TRU, please visit tru.ca/covid19.

Address

Old Main 1712
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC Canada
V2C 0C8

Phone

250-371-5627

TRU Career & Experiential Learning team

  • Shawn Read

    Shawn Read
    Chair of Career & Experiential Learning Department
    Business Co-op Coordinator
    250-371-5669

    Biography

    Shawn is a senior tenured faculty member in Career and Experiential Learning. For the past 13 years, Shawn has worked as a coordinator in career services and co-operative education programs. Shawn is passionate about experiential learning and as the Bachelor of Business co-op coordinator, he helps students access these opportunities throughout the country. Shawn has been a department chairperson for over seven years and has taken on a pan-campus leadership role to develop policy, professional development, and leadership activities for chairs on campus. Shawn is actively involved in governance and academic programming of the university and has previously been a TRU senator, member of the TRU academic planning and priorities committee and a member of the TRU Open Learning Planning Council that oversee academic policy.

    Over the years, Shawn has been a leader at the provincial and national levels and completed a term as national president of the Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). As a leader on post-secondary school to career transition, his mission for CACEE was to advance and support on-campus recruitment, experiential learning and career education in Canada.

    When he is away from TRU, he loves to watch movies and spend time with his family. He has completed a number of long hikes such at the West Coast Trail, Rock Wall Trail in Kootenay National Park and the Berg Lake Trail near Mount Robson.

  • Larry Iles

    Larry Iles
    Career Services Coordinator
    250-371-5692

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts Honours | Double major in Social Psychology and US History | Carleton University
    Bachelor of Education | Elementary Education | University of British Columbia
    Master of Adult Education | Career Development | University of Calgary

    Larry is an award winning Career Jedi. He has an extensive education and leadership portfolio that he has applied throughout his 22 years at TRU, all within Career and Experiential Learning. Larry works one-on-one with students and alumni, providing valuable career knowledge and career development support. Larry has said  “My favourite moment working with students is when they have an experience and really connect it to their personal career development-and as a result, have this fantastic clarity about themselves and next steps. This happens so often when working with 1000’s of  students in the career counselling model.

     

  • Marion Oke

    Marion Oke
    Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management Co-op Coordinator
    250-828-5151

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts | Political Science | University of Toronto
    Bachelor of Education | Queen’s University

    Marion began her career at TRU with a three-month contract in the Faculty of Student Development in a workplace program for individuals on income assistance. She was subsequently hired as a full-time, permanent co-op coordinator for the Bachelor of Science (biology, chemistry and physics) and the Bachelor of NRS programs, with the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Tourism Management programs added to her portfolio in 2014. Marion has now been at TRU for 15 years.

    Marion loves the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking and walking with her 10-year-old yellow lab, Ben. She loves the garden, books, movies, spending time with friends and entertaining. Family is very important to Marion, including her large extended family.

  • Nancy Bepple

    Dr. Nancy Bepple
    Computing Science Co-op Coordinator
    250-371-5982

    Biography

    Bachelor of Science | Double major in Mathematics and Computer Science | University of Victoria
    Master of Science | Atmospheric Science | University of British Columbia
    Provincial Instructor Diploma | Vancouver Community College
    BC Provincial Teaching Certificate | Specialization in Mathematics | University of Victoria
    Doctorate of Education | University of British Columbia

    Nancy applies her breadth of academic experience to her work in career education, where she has been since 2001. Outside of her work at TRU, Nancy also writes a weekly column for a local online newspaper. During her earlier years at the University of Victoria, Nancy was a co-op student herself. She then worked for 15 years in top technology companies like MacDonald Dettwiler and Newnes (now USNR), during which time she hired co-op students as part of her role.

  • Jamie Noakes

    Jamie Noakes
    Business Co-op Coordinator
    250-377-6115

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts – Thompson Rivers University
    Masters of Environmental Studies – Lakehead University

    Jamie’s post-secondary career began with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2009. Over the years, she has taught within many Co-op programs and worked with BBA, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Tourism students. Prior to working in post-secondary, Jamie gained management experience within both the tourism and hospitality management industries where she developed a keen interest in Human Resource Management. In 2019, Jamie joined the Central Interior CPHR advisory council where she focusses on developing further connections between post-secondary and CPHR. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys spending time at her cabin with her family, and socializing with friends.

  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson
    Arts, NRS, Science (biology, chemistry, chemical biology) and Tourism Management Co-op Coordinator
    250-828-5151

    Biography

    Master’s of Arts – International and Intercultural Communication - Royal Roads University

    Bachelor’s of Arts – Communication - Simon Fraser University

    Post Baccalaureate - Teaching English as a Second Language – Thompson Rivers University

    Sarah has over 20 years of professional experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has worked in BC post-secondary education since 2005 and has been faculty at TRU for ten years - teaching in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Student Development. Sarah is currently the Co-op Coordinator for Sciences, Arts, and Tourism and has extensive experience in Co-op and Career Education. She has been a Co-op Student, Co-op Ambassador, Co-op Employer, and a Co-op Coordinator. Before working in education, Sarah had a career in communications and marketing. Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University, received her Post Baccalaureate for Teaching English as a Second Language from Thompson Rivers University, and completed her Master’s of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University.

  • Tara Bond

    Tara Bond
    Engineering Co-op Coordinator
    250-377-0621

    Biography

    Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology – Lakehead University
    Masters of Teaching – Griffith University

    Tara Bond began her career with the Career and Experiential Learning Department in 2017. She is currently the Co-operative Education Coordinator for the Engineering and Architectural and Engineering Technology Programs. She works one-on-one with students to guide them through the co-op experience, and assists with cover letters, resumes, interview skills, and networking skills. Tara is also a co-faculty lead for the Career Ambassadors through the Career and Experiential Learning Department.

    She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) from Lakehead University and completed her Master’s of Teaching from Griffith University.

    Tara believes in the importance of cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships with members of the community. Outside of work, Tara enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and exploring. She loves spending quality time with her adventurous family and friends.

     

  • Mitch Clingo

    Mitch Clingo
    Career Services Coordinator
    250-371-5547

    Biography

    Bachelor of Arts – Major in Psychology; Minor in Kinesiology – Simon Fraser University
    Masters of Education – Specialization in Counselling – Thompson Rivers University


    Mitch has been with the Career & Experiential Learning Department since 2017. Through one-to-one sessions and seminars, Mitch supports students through all stages of their career paths, placing a strong focus on personal exploration through experiential learning. Mitch encourages students to challenge anxieties and experiment with different roles along their journey. Mitch brings more than ten years’ experience in social service areas such as Youth Services, Victim Services, Developmental Services, and Clinical Counselling.

  • Jenn Mei

    Jenn Mei
    Accessibility Experiential Learning Coordinator
    250-828-5138

    Biography

    Jennifer Mei is a Registered Social Worker and Masters of Social Work student with over a decade's worth of experience working with people with disabilities.


    The majority of her experience has been as a career practitioner in the context of vocational rehabilitation and employment counselling. Jennifer is passionate and committed to equity, diversity and inclusion work, and her approach comes from a desire to learn from and empower marginalized populations.


    In a post-secondary context, Jennifer has worked as an Accessibility Services Advisor at Thompson Rivers University. In this position, she worked with students with disabilities who required academic accommodations in a classroom or exam setting. Currently, Jennifer is in the role of Accessibility Experiential Learning Coordinator in the TRU Career and Experiential Learning Department. In this capacity, she has been engaging with students, faculty, and employers to better understand how TRU can support students with disabilities in transitioning to a career and experiential learning environment. Over the past few months, Jennifer has been working diligently to develop an anti-oppressive framework for service provision and development of resources.


    Jennifer is a down-to-earth humorous person who enjoys meeting new people. You can usually find her socializing, taking in live music, shooting bows and arrows and spending time with family. She only uses her full name in professional documents, such as bios, so if you get a chance to meet her, please feel free to call her Jenn.

  • Robbi Davey

    Robline (Robbi) Davey
    Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator
    250-371-5692

    Biography

    Master of Education (TRU)
    Bachelor of Arts (UBC)

    Robbi has been at TRU since 2011, working primarily in Open Learning in online education and supporting Indigenous initiatives across campus.  

    As the Indigenous Experiential Learning Coordinator, her initiatives make space for Indigenous students and strengthen relationships with campus and community organizations to create pathways for employment transitions. 
    Robbi is currently working towards a doctorate at SFU, spends her spare time with her son and volunteers as a women’s rep for the Métis community in Kamloops.

  • Donna Taylor

    Donna Taylor
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-828-5276

    Biography

    Donna began her career at TRU in 1992, and has been with Career and Experiential Learning since 1994. Donna grew up in Kamloops, and took courses at Cariboo College, and UCC. She also took courses at Grant McEwan in Edmonton. In 2011, Donna received the TRU Distinguished Service Award, a small indication of her dedication to Career and Experiential Learning. Donna also enjoys quilting, gardening and traveling, and says the best part of her job is the students.

  • Carly Royer

    Carly Royer
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-371-5680

    Biography

    Carly began her career at TRU in 2003. She worked as an auxiliary staff member for eight years, which allowed her to learn many different positions and meet many nice people. Carly began as an auxiliary member in Career and Experiential Learning for about three years for various staff members. She has now been a career education assistant since 2011. When she’s not at work, Carly enjoys fitness classes and going for walks in the evening. She especially loves spring and summer when she and her family can spend time camping, or sit on the deck and enjoy a glass of wine.

  • Jackie Mullen

    Jackie Mullen
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-371-5627

    Biography

    Jackie has been an employee with TRU since 1984. Jackie has worked in the Library, Finance, Computer LRC, Trades LRC, Print Shop, the Faculty of Arts, and Career and Experiential Learning, which she joined in the summer of 2016. Her extensive experience has made her an extremely valued employee and CEL is lucky to have her. Jackie enjoys working and connecting with people, family time, traveling, exploring, hiking, photography, cooking and teaching dance!

  • Roxy Heinen

    Roxy Heinen
    Career & Experiential Learning Assistant
    250-371-5836

    Biography

    Roxy supports Sciences, Arts and Tourism Co-op, and Experiential Learning. She has an extensive background in administrative work, before moving into this role in 2018, she worked in the provincial government, health care and education. 

    Roxy enjoys socializing with friends, playing slow-pitch, skiing, and enjoying all that Kamloops has to offer. Roxy loves working with students, hearing their stories, and watching them grow personally and professionally. 

Program Email Addresses
NameEmail
Career & Experiential Learning Department careereducation@tru.ca
Business Co-op bus_cooped@tru.ca
Computing Science, Engineering, Physics and Math Co-op it_cooped@tru.ca
Sciences/NRS bsc_cooped@tru.ca
Arts Co-op arts_cooped@tru.ca
Tourism Co-op tourism_cooped@tru.ca
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