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Toad People: Kamloops screening

Monday, March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event will take place on the unceded, ancestral & traditional territories of Secwepemc Peoples.

TRU’s Natural Resource Science Club (NRSC) and Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS) welcome the Wilderness Committee for a screening of the nature documentary “Toad People” in the Clocktower Theatre CT200 on World Frog Day.

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Tom Dickinson, Dean of Science, will follow the film screening. There will be light refreshments and networking to finish off the night. Information on the panleists is provided below.

Suggested minimum entry donation is $5, with proceeds shared between the student clubs and WC. Additional direct donation to the Wilderness Committee will also be available.

Tickets are reservable for pay-at-the-door entry at nrsclub.tru@gmail.com and bugs.tru@gmail.com.

“Toad People” is an inspiring new documentary film project produced by the Wilderness Committee about people in communities across British Columbia who are taking action to save the wildlife in their backyards.

This film is about more than just toads. British Columbians know that we have remarkable wildlife – including killer whales, grizzly bears, barn owls and badgers – but many don’t realize that BC has no stand alone endangered species legislation.

Thanks to your support, this film is going to help change that.

Wheelchair-accessible entrances are through the front main doors, leading to viewing areas in the upper balcony, or through the lower doors at the rear of the building, leading to viewing areas at the bottom of the auditorium.


Tom Dickinson (PhD), Dean of Science, Thompson Rivers University


Isabell Groc, Award-Wining Environmental Writer and Conservation Photographer, Wilderness Committee

Isabelle Groc is a freelance writer and wildlife photographer, focusing on environmental science, wildlife natural history and conservation, endangered species, marine mammals and ecosystems. She has also worked as the Species at Risk Project Coordinator for the Wilderness Committee since 2010. Her work has appeared in many publications, including National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife. Isabelle has produced videos for National Geographic, and she co-directed and wrote ten short films on BC’s species at risk with Mike McKinlay. A fellow of the Explorers Club, she has travelled to remote places to raise the profile of many little-known, elusive and under-appreciated threatened species, aiming to inspire concern and action for their conservation. She is inspired by the Western toads’ tenacity and gentleness.

Alan Burger (PhD), President, BC Nature

Alan Burger is a wildlife ecologist and Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria (now semi-retired). He has worked as a professional biologist on seabirds and marine ecosystems for 35 years, most recently on the threatened Marbled Murrelet. This murrelet work has given him insights into the need for protecting species and ecosystems in both marine and terrestrial areas. He has served on the Marbled Murrelet Recovery Team since 1990 and prepared numerous technical documents, status reports and COSEWIC reports for this species and other listed species. As president of the Nicola Naturalist Society Alan helped to run a five-year amphibian monitoring project in the Merritt area, which included working with BC Parks on monitoring and reducing roadkill of Western Toads in the Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park. He is currently the president of BC Nature, the federation of 53 naturalist groups across BC.

Jo-Ann Hales (MSc student, P.Ag), Great Basin Spadefoot Toad Researcher

I am a Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (TteS) (Kamloops Indian Band) member. I have been the Environmental Specialist at TteS since January 2016. My responsibilities range from overseeing contaminated sites remediation to coordinating various Species at Risk projects.

I completed the Natural Resource Science degree at TRU in 2009. I received my Professional Agrologist’s designation in 2012. I am currently completing a MSc in Environmental Science degree at TRU, investigating the habitat selection of the Great Basin Spadefoot (Spea intermontana) on a disturbed landscape. The spadefoot research was conducted on the New Gold New Afton mine site.

Dustin Oaten (MSc, R.P.Bio), Species-At-Risk Researcher

Dustin Oaten, BNRS, M.Sc., is a registered professional biologist with more than 14 years of project experience working with amphibians and species-at-risk. Dustin’s broad background of project experience spans projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Labrador, and the Northwest Territories. Dustin has project experience dealing with several species-at-risk including marbled murrelet, Oregon spotted frog, western screech owl, northern leopard frog, red-legged frog, western toad, grizzly bear, and great blue heron. Dustin has completed Ph.D. field research on western toads and Great Basin spadefoot focused on habitat use within grassland ecosystems.


Monday, March 20
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thompson Rivers University – TRU World
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 Canada