Have you ever thought of your life as a novel? You are the author who takes ownership over creating a plethora of experiences that collectively become your unique life story. Whether you identify yourself as the adventurous type, the sports fanatic type, or the community oriented type – there are countless ways to explore Canadian culture.Saturdays. Saturdays, could be your day! Your day to enjoy FREE parking on campus, and… wait, asides from studying, what exactly goes on at Thompson Rivers University on Saturdays? What goes on in Kamloops on Saturdays? EVENTS. In fact, the past two Saturdays provided a complete whirlwind of enriching and memorable experiences. The TRU Campus Activity Centre and Horticulture Gardens hosted Sa-Hali Secondary School’s 2016 Graduating Class. High school graduation is a milestone event in Canadian culture, and many of these graduates will be attending TRU in September. As you can see, the graduates all look spectacular and the parent paparazzi require all hands on deck to capture these special moments. Immediately after this graduation event, and a mere five minute walk up the hill to our Tournament Capital Centre – the Canadian Football League’s very own BC Lions were hosting their Fan Fest event! The cheerleaders, BC FeLions Dance Team provided some entertainment, and there was lots of football action to watch! Vendors were conveniently set up along the walking track, such as Aberdeen Mall https://www.facebook.com/aberdeenmall/ (who even gave away free gift cards)! Food and beverages were covered by Eats Amore https://www.facebook.com/EatsAmoreFoodTruck/ and Shark Club Kamloops https://www.facebook.com/SharkClubKamloops/. There was also a photo booth, and TRU Wolfpack Athletics’ Summer Sport Camp Instructors added to the fun! The adventures of the previous Saturday began at the Farmer’s Market at 8am and then lead right back to Thompson Rivers University. The Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops – Race For Kids hosted their event on our campus! The Race For Kids provides a wonderful opportunity to give back to a great cause while having colossal amounts of fun. Contestants raise money prior to the event day to help fund the Power Start Program, which provides children in our community with transportation to school, healthy nutritious breakfasts and snacks, as well as, participation in social opportunities with their peers. Contestants then participate in a race and have to complete activities at designated checkpoints under the pressure of time! You can explore Canadian culture on your own terms while growing and expanding your perceptions as you continue to create your story. Canada is a great place to stretch out of your comfort zone and try new things! May your Saturdays be awesome always.
All the best, Emiko.