Sun Peaks, TRU agree to five-year partnership to find work for grads

TRU, Sun Peaks sign deal

Thompson Rivers University and Sun Peaks are teaming up to find work for graduates while filling key vacancies in the mountain resort community.

The university and Sun Peaks Resort announced a five-year partnership on Tuesday, which includes a $75,000 donation from the resort to TRU.

“When people think of jobs at Sun Peaks, they naturally think of tourism and hospitality,” said Helen Davies, Sun Peaks Resort’s human resources director of employee experience.

“Sun Peaks is also a community and, like any community, we need workers in many different areas — including early childhood education and trades. We are looking forward to working with TRU students from all areas to showcase the range of opportunities and career development available, while building a stronger partnership with the university.”

TRU alum Stacie Coder, who works as Sun Peaks’ food and beverage manager, said the deal is a win-win.

“Assistance for students through this partnership is so beneficial for everyone involved,” she said.

“As a program graduate, I know how important it is to get practical hands-on experience alongside mentors to help guide future career development.”

A portion of Sun Peaks’ $75,000 donation to TRU will go to the university’s Tourism Innovation Lab Fund, which helps students develop tourism business ideas through research and industry mentorship.

Money will also go toward a 12-day field course and awards for students in TRU’s tourism, culinary arts, trades and early childhood education programs.

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