KAMLOOPS - The Thompson Rivers University Alumni and Friends Association will recognize two alumni, a student leader and a local accounting firm on April 10 at the annual TRU Distinguished Alumni Awards.
“This year TRU is celebrating its 45th anniversary as an institution and its 10th anniversary as TRU,” said Arlene Olynyk, TRU Alumni Relations Supervisor. “Each year we gain more and more incredible alumni, and it is a pleasure to recognize these outstanding individuals.”
Kevin Loring — Arts & Culture Award
Kevin Loring, Arts, University Transfer 97, will receive the Arts & Culture Award, in recognition of his significant regional, national and international impact on Canadian arts and culture as a playwright, actor, instructor, and mentor. Loring is perhaps best known for winning the 2009 Governor General’s Award in Drama-English for his first play Where the Blood Mixes.
The play also won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script, and the Sydney J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright. He was critically acclaimed in his acting role in the National Art Council’s 40th anniversary production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
Jokull Bergmann — Young Alumni Award
Jokull Bergmann, Adventure Guide 2005, will receive the Young Alumni Award in recognition of his significant regional, national and international impact made within the Adventure Tourism field as young entrepreneur, guide, instructor and mentor.
As Iceland’s first and only International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations certified mountain guide, Bergmann specializes in ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli-skiing, ice and alpine climbing in Iceland, Greenland and throughout the world.
Daley & Company — Milestone Achievement Award
Daley & Company will receive the Milestone Achievement Award in honour of its collective efforts and unique relationship with TRU. Daley & Company’s contributions through mentorship, philanthropy, volunteerism and hiring practices have positively affected the lives and goals of TRU students and alumni. Three of five Daley & Co. partners are TRU alumni, the entire senior management team is alumni, and 75 percent of the staff is alumni.
The firm has actively supported TRU for more than 20 years, annually providing money for student financial awards, mentoring students, hiring graduates, sponsoring events, and participating on boards and committees. The TRU Milestone Achievement Award is being presented to Daley & Company for the accumulated impact the entire staff has made in the lives of TRU students and Alumni.
Dylan Robinson — Neil Russell Student Leadership Award
Dylan Robinson will receive the Neil Russell Student Leadership Award. Graduating this June with a BA, with a major in philosophy and a minor in political science, Robinson is being recognized for his commitment to academic excellence and significant involvement in university affairs to inspire others and improve the campus community.
Active in student government, he has held a position on the TRU Students’ Union (TRUSU) executive since arriving at TRU five years ago. Robinson was elected TRUSU President for the past two years, leading TRUSU to a much more concerted role in TRU governance. He has served on the University Senate, Budget Committee of Senate, Arts Faculty Council, and has been a leader in the annual Philosophy, History, and Politics (PHP) Conference. He is well informed on issues under discussion, and demonstrates a deep concern for a diversity of student needs.