It was spring of 2014 when we drove from the lower mainland to Kamloops for the first time ever. I was in awe of the rocky mountains that surrounded us, and it was not long before I recognized how lucky I was to live in a small corner of the province. My hometown was nearby so much infrastructure and in comparison, I believe Kamloops to be relatively remote.


Our most recent official stats are becoming outdated being from 2016, however they say that Kamloops is home to over ninety thousand people. Additionally, I can very clearly remember a local newspaper headline announcing that we had peaked over 100,000 citizens in the summer of 2017. What I am trying to say here is that we are in a remote(ish) city, with quite a lot of people in an absolutely breathtaking valley to call home.

Many of the people in our community have come from places all over the world. It is a sort of beehive for students, families, doctors, lawyers, baristas, athletes and loads of other unique people. Some of the other equally as worthy, unique, and meaningful people who have found themselves calling Kamloops home are those who are street entrenched, criminalized, battling addiction, mental health issues and more.

It was pointed out to me early on that since Kamloops lives many kilometers away from another city of this calibre, and therefore many people who live in Kamloops do so because of the barriers that they face to leave. To relocate from Kamloops, you should be prepared for transportation, money, harsh weather and more.

The reality is, Kamloops has become home for many people due to these barriers. This is exactly what makes Kamloops such as unique city. We are doing our community a disservice by not acknowledging the character, value, and meaning that these people bring to our city simply for being human. The intention of this website is to bridge the gap, and support anyone on a low (or nonexistent) income to overcome barriers related to accomplishing their goals.

This website was created as a tool for those who want to think outside the box to reach their goals, for those who see little steps accomplishing big dreams, and for those who believe that those dreams are accomplishable in this cool city called Kamloops.

Thank you so much for your interest in my website, and for taking the time to read this. I hope you can feel that I am speaking to you, in some way. I also hope that this project has provided you some food for thought, and some ideas for your goals.

March 2014

First visit to TRU

March 2020

Graduation Pictures


This is a Student Directed Project, designed by a fourth year Bachelor of Social Work student at Thompson Rivers University.

The goal is for this page to provide a sense of community and support for individuals who experience life with a lower-income. Please browse the thoughtfully curated pages to provide accurate and informational resources for you; whoever you are.

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