Three TRU graduates will be recognized for outstanding achievements in the fields of human rights and the arts at the 21st annual Distinguished Alumni Awards tonight, Thursday, April 7.
Since 1995, more than 55 graduates have been selected for the prestigious awards.
“We are thrilled about the line-up of recipients this year who are being recognized for their work in an array of disciplines including human rights, arts and culture, social services and business,” said Arlene Olynyk, alumni relations supervisor. “It’s always really exciting to share the stories of our alumni and the amazing impacts they are making globally.”
At tonight’s Grand Hall awards dinner, the following people will be called to the podium:
Dean Nelson – Human Rights Leadership Award
Nelson (bachelor of tourism management, 1992) has pushed innovation in the LGBTQ community through many years in the hospitality industry and championing LGBTQ tourism. He has held director roles for various volunteer boards including Travel Gay Canada, Vancouver Pride Society, InterPride Vancouver 2010 Conference, and GLISA – Gay Lesbian International Sports Association – North America Outgames 2011.
Linda Jules – Arts & Culture Award
A Kamloops resident, Jules (bachelor of fine arts, 2007) will be honoured for her impact in fine arts and culture. she has exhibited in Canada, the U.S., Spain, France and the U.K. Notably. She is a renowned Kamloops visual artist and passionate advocate of arts education. She is a founding director of the Kamloops Printmakers Society, a co-operative print artists’ studio. Jules has exhibited her work in Canada, the U.S., Spain, France and the U.K. Notably, Jules’ work was selected for exhibition at the Impact8 International Printmaking Conference in Dundee, Scotland and the Northern Print Biennial in Newcastle, England.
Gurbir Sandhu – Grace Chronister Award
Sandhu (bachelor of social work, 2002) will receive the Grace Chronister Award for her significant contribution to education, policy development, and advocacy. She is a social work professor and agent for social justice who has made powerful impacts on policy in Canada and abroad. She has worked collaboratively with various levels of government, tirelessly advocating for equality within labour legislation and policy to support marginalized populations.
Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. — Milestone Achievement Award
A company with a long history in Kamloops, Arrow has contributed student financial awards, provided co-operative education experiences for students, offered employment and training positions within its branches, and staff has volunteered as career mentors to TRU students.