President addresses campus following Orlando mass shooting

Following the worst mass shooting in the United States, where 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, TRU’s president Alan Shaver has released a statement to the campus community.

Dear Colleagues,

The Orlando Massacre on Sunday goes far beyond terrorism. It is an unmistakable hate crime because it targets innocent people simply because of their perceived sexual and gender identities. Let it be known that we condemn this senseless act. We stand beside our LGBTQ community at TRU, and in our city, because we believe in the creative power of diversity to make a more loving and peaceful world. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of those killed and injured in Orlando, and to those in our own community who are affected* by this tragic event. TRU’s flags will be flown at half-mast at our Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses.

*Counselling services are available to students in Kamloops (Room OM 1631) or Williams Lake, and to employees through our Employee Assistance Plan. Currently, we are unaware of any TRU students in Orlando and region. If you have friends or relatives known to be in these areas, you may wish to contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.
Sincerely,

Alan Shaver
President and Vice-Chancellor