Christopher Seguin's TRU colleagues and friends remember 'vibrant presence' and 'passion'

By Adam Donnelly
September 28, 2017 - 4:38pm Updated: September 28, 2017 - 5:46pm

KAMLOOPS — It’s been nearly a week since TRU Vice President of Advancement, Christopher Seguin passed away in Victoria, after being critically ill. This morning, at the WolfPack Scholarship Breakfast, CFJC Today took the opportunity to speak with Seguin’s colleagues and friends at the university to about the legacy which he leaves behind.

“He was larger than life,” TRU VP of Finance Matt Milovick remembered. “Everybody knew him, everybody loved him. He had a great laugh, he had a great way with people. He cared deeply about the university and the community.”

It’s been less than a week since the news of Christopher Seguin’s passing rocked the community. For his friends and co-workers at TRU, the pain of Seguin’s loss is still fresh.

“We got along like brothers,” Milovick told CFJC Today. “There were times we’d fight in the President’s office, and he’d be like a father and tell us ‘Okay guys, time to get to work.’ He was a good friend of mine, and I’m going to miss him”

Dustin McIntyre worked closely with Seguin in TRU’s Advancement office. He remembers a man who worked hard to connect with his community, a trait McIntyre hopes to emulate.

“He plucked me from relative obscurity and brought me back to campus. I’m forever thankful for that,” McIntyre remembered. “He was a mentor to me, and he showed me what it meant to support students, but also what it meant to support the community.”

The Scholarship Breakfast will be part of the legacy Seguin leaves at TRU. A former varsity football player at SFU, Seguin worked closely with Athletic Director Ken Olynyk to ensure the breakfast was successful.

“He was one of the most energetic and passionate people that we’ve had here,” Olynyk said.

For now, members of the TRU family are doing their best to continue with business as usual - but the loss of one of the most recognizable faces on campus and in the community has left a huge void.

“It’s shaken us deeply,” Milovick said. “He was such a vibrant presence on this campus, and now he’s gone. So we pick up the pieces and move ahead, and we do so in his memory and his honour.”

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