Public meeting happens today at TRU

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is providing residents with a chance to help create changes to local programming over the next five years.

It will present a draft document of TRU’s new Strategic Priorities for input at a public meeting in 100 Mile House today (Jan. 15) from 4-6 p.m.

TRU 100 Mile House community co-ordinator Robin Bercowski encourages community members to turn out and make their wishes known.

“We need the community’s input because the whole purpose of the strategic priorities is to get input from the communities – everyone we can reach – as to what they’d like to see delivered through TRU.

“If you don’t put your ‘two cents’ in, then our community needs aren’t put out there.”

TRU’s new strategic priorities plan follows months of consultation with thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members through seven in-person and online town-hall meetings, two surveys and several written submissions and presentations.

TRU president Dr. Alan Shaver of Kamloops will lead this afternoon’s live-stream at the 100 Mile House campus. He had visited the local campus on Dec. 9 for an earlier community meeting gathering ideas for the strategic priorities development.

Other meetings to review the draft document are being held at TRU’s Williams Lake campus and regional centres in Ashcroft, Barriere, Clearwater and Lillooet.

The draft is also the focus of two Kamloops town-halls meetings, where participants are being asked to review the document and respond to the question: “How would you implement these priorities at the university?”

If you can’t make it to a meeting, your input is welcome in person, online or through e-mail or social media. The draft document is posted at tru.ca/strategicpriorities, along with more information and a link to submit comments electronically.

Bercowski notes TRU in 100 Mile House always welcomes ideas and suggestions from the public.

However, now is a great chance to provide input on the draft five-year plan before it is finalized, she says, adding the local campus would “really appreciate” a local show of support at the meeting.

“We always welcome comments on what people would like to see in the community – that’s how we run.”

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