Local agencies realign training and recreation offerings

Community members still have access to fantastic work-related training, recreational programming, and general interest courses

  • Sep. 18, 2012 7:00 a.m.
Sylvia Arduini

Sylvia Arduini

Elizabeth Elston

Fall is a time of change and there is change underfoot in the way that courses and programs are delivered by some of our local organizations.

The offerings to our community have not changed; community members still have access to fantastic work-related training, recreational programming, and general interest courses. There has simply been a realignment of which organizations will be offering the various programs to you. Along with this come changes in how to access course and program information as well as new registration processes.

Beginning in May 2011 the majority of work and training related courses came under the administration of Thompson Rivers University – Clearwater Regional Centre (TRU). Now the remaining personal interest and recreation course offerings will be the shared administrative responsibility of TRU and District of Clearwater (DOC) and will be offered either at Clearwater Secondary School or at the CRC location (next to Raft River Elementary). District of Clearwater will be offering classes, activities and course related to healthy living.

Course programming formerly offered through the Community Resource Centre (CRC) will now be offered through TRU. The Community Resource Centre continues to operate, but work-related training and general interest courses previously administered by the CRC will now be offered through TRU alongside TRU’s established credit, non-credit, and provincially recognized certificates.

These changes are part of larger organizational restructuring within our community. Last spring, the Community Resource Centre came under the management of Yellowhead Community Services. At the same time, TRU increased its presence in the Upper North Thompson. Until recently, Sylvia Arduini split her responsibilities between managing the Community Resource Centre and coordinating TRU courses. With the expanded role of TRU in our area, Arduini will solely focus on her role as the community coordinator for TRU – Clearwater Regional Centre.

According to Dr. Ulrich Scheck, provost vice-president academic, “Thompson Rivers University is in the process of establishing Community U, a new unit that will combine community-oriented education, life-long learning, and continuing education under one portfolio. Community U will support the TRU Academic Plan in general and in particular will engage TRU students in lifelong learning. Community U will bring together continuing education, summer school, summer camps and programs at our Regional Centres, thus enabling TRU to serve better the needs of diverse groups of students, from those who attend summer camps to adult learners and individuals in our local and regional communities.”

To access TRU – Your Community U course offerings in Clearwater, please visit www.tru.ca/regional_centres/clearwater.html. There you will find the Fall 2012 course listings, a PDF version of the 2012 Clearwater Continuing Studies brochure, and a registration form. For more information about TRU offerings, please contact Sylvia Arduini at 250-674-3530 or sarduini@tru.ca from Tuesday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sylvia’s office location remains at the Community Resource Centre and most TRU courses will continue to be delivered at the CRC building at 224 Candle Creek Road.

Eleanor CollinsDistrict of Clearwater has expanded its offerings to include the Community Healthy Living program.  The District now oversees the programming for courses related to fitness, sports, health and wellness, and most of the youth and kids recreational programs. Please check out www.districtofclearwater.com or the Community Recreation brochure for course offerings. To register for the Community Healthy Living programs, please call Eleanor Collins at 250-674-1878 or email healthyliving@docbc.ca.

TRU continues to administer the children’s gymnastics program that was previously offered through the CRC during this time of transition as well as other adult and youth general interest courses.

New this fall as well, our local organizations have joined together to print a single publication of all the course offerings in our community. TRU, District of Clearwater’s Community Healthy Living, and North Thompson Sportsplex have printed their Fall 2012 programs and courses all in one glossy colour brochure.

The former Community Resource Centre courses will now be included in this brochure in the TRU section. The brochure should have arrived in your mailbox last week.


Some things have changed (the organizations administering various programs with a single brochure for all our local course and program offerings); some things have not (our community still has access to wonderful training and recreational opportunities). Our local organizations are excited about new offerings within their programs and hope you enjoy taking a course or two this fall!