Exploring Canadian Culture


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.

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[TRU, Campus Activity Centre] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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.

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[Celebrations – Families & Community United] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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.

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[Model: Sa-Hali Graduate & Runner Up From The Digipen Video Game Academy – Kashlee Taylor-Prouix ] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Models: TRU Women's Soccer Alumni - Karlee Poeschek, TRU Women's Basketball Alumni - Karson Hawgood, and Sa-Hali Graduate & Fulton Cup Basketball Tournament MVP - Kassidy Poeschek] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Models: TRU Women’s Soccer Alumni – Karlee Poeschek, TRU Women’s Basketball Alumni – Karson Hawgood, and Sa-Hali Graduate & Fulton Cup Basketball Tournament MVP – Kassidy Poeschek] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Inside - TRU Campus Activity Centre] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[TRU Campus Activity Centre] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Model, My Beautiful & Brilliant Cousin, Sa-Hali Secondary 2016 Graduate & Valedictorian - Hana Kotani] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Model: Sa-Hali Secondary’s Class Valedictorian, 2016 Graduate – Hana Kotani] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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[Model: Sa-Hali Graduate & Runner Up From The Digipen Video Game Academy – Kashlee Taylor-Prouix ] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Models: TRU Women's Soccer Alumni - Karlee Poeschek, TRU Women's Basketball Alumni - Karson Hawgood, and Sa-Hali Graduate & Fulton Cup Basketball Tournament MVP - Kassidy Poeschek] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Models: TRU Women’s Soccer Alumni – Karlee Poeschek, TRU Women’s Basketball Alumni – Karson Hawgood, and Sa-Hali Graduate & Fulton Cup Basketball Tournament MVP – Kassidy Poeschek] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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!

[BC Lions Football Fan Fest Event Entrance] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[BC Lions Football Fan Fest Event Entrance At The Tournament Capital Centre] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[BC Lions, CFL Athletes] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[BC Lions, CFL Athletes] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[TRU Wolfpack Athletics, Summer Sport Camp Instructors]

[TRU Wolfpack Athletics, Summer Sport Camp Instructors #Representing] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Officials] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[CFL Officials] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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!

[Farmer's Market Busker]

[Farmer’s Market, Busker]

[Race For Kids Event, Contestants Dressed Up & On The Go] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Race For Kids Event, Contestants Dressed Up & On The Go At TRU] Photography: Emiko Ohama

[Race For Kids Contestants]

[Race For Kids Contestants Dressed Up & On The Go At TRU] Photography: Emiko Ohama

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.

 

 



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