Leadership opportunities outside the classroom

Courtney Dickson, Roving Editor Ω

Amy Berard is just one example of a campus leader here at TRU. - Photo by Courtney Dickson

Amy Berard is just one example of a campus leader here at TRU. – Photo by Courtney Dickson

There are plenty of people in our community who could be considered leaders. These are the types of people who take charge, help others and often can make anything happen. The Centre for Student Engagement is hoping to assist students looking to utilize and nurture these skills.

“Leadership is being in a position where you guide people towards a common purpose and create vision for that,” said Alana Frymire, Student Leadership Program coordinator. “Sometimes leadership isn’t about being out front, it’s about knowing someone else is capable of that and helping them.”

For the third-year student, the Centre for Student Engagement (located in Old Main) will be offering a free seven-session workshop series aiming to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about leadership and who they are as leaders.

Students can also earn a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership if they commit to and attend any five out of the seven workshops offered.

The first workshop is the evening of Jan. 30 and the last one, date undetermined, will be during the third week in March. There will be one per week on average and each session will last two and a half hours. Each session will focus on a different aspect of leadership, such as collaborative leadership and personality types.

Frymire organized the program as an exploratory experience for those looking to develop their skills and answer questions about how to be a leader.

“Some people are born with the ability to lead, but that doesn’t mean you can’t develop those skills,” Frymire said.

Frymire will be partnering with the Career Education department to hold focus groups with local employers to ask what traits influence them to hire students from TRU. They will then evaluate whether those skills are being offered.

“We want to know what we can do inside and outside of the classroom to make learning engaging,” Frymire said.

Amy Berard, who is in her final semester of business and her fifth year at TRU, is a leader on campus who strives to help others get involved.

“There are so many opportunities to get involved. Even things like new student orientation have become so much bigger than when I started at TRU.”

A former member and vice president of Enactus (formerly SIFE), she is now the campus liaison for the United Way in Kamloops.

According to Berard, leadership is “being the face of your organization and getting others involved by promoting and improving it every year, and taking the extra step and inviting new and younger students to get involved.”

The Student Leadership Program will be accepting sign-ups until the workshops begin next Wednesday. Students can contact Frymire at truleaders@tru.ca.