Where Are They Now? Tria Donaldson
Where Are They Now Series
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.
After finishing school at TRU, I worked in environmental non-profits for five years campaigning and organizing. For the last 7 years I have been working as a Communications Officer for the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?
Senior Communications Officer- Saskatchewan Regional Office of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?
My time on the CAP team counted as an internship for the TRU school of journalism. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to use my skills in communications and journalism to help better my community.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?
I gained a lot of valuable experience on the CAP team – including early lessons in media relations which I now speak to when I give media training. And I think it gave me a lot of confidence to talk to strangers, and diverse stakeholders to achieve goals.
WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?
All of my awesome bike riding skills! Seriously, I recently road a bike across Austria and the CAP bike training came in handy. My time on the CAP Team exposed me to many different ideas and perspectives. I really appreciated getting to learn about environmental design for safety, interacting with local service providers and business, and planning so many events.
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?
I loved my co-workers. It was such a great team. And I also have a deep, deep love for tourist information that I credit to my time on the CAP team. Furthermore, I loved the tourism BC training and getting to help visitors to Kamloops find the many gems the city has to offer. I still love pointing people in the direction of awesome things to do!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?
Treasure your time together! Have fun. Also, enjoy being young while you can!