About Jody Rud
Jody Rud – a graduate of the social work program at UBC Okanagan – was passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and living life to the fullest.
Jody Michael Alexander Rud was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 12, 1986. Jody went to Connaught School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan where he completed his grade 7, receiving the top academic award and top all around athletic award. Jody and his family moved to Osoyoos in 1999 where he completed his high school education. He then went on to post secondary education at Okanagan College in Penticton for two years. It was then that he decided to become a social worker and transferred to UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, where he received many scholarships and bursaries. He was employed during summer breaks at Walmart, Sierra Landscaping, and Camp Arrowflight Boys and Girls Club. He received his bachelor of social work in 2009.
Jody was especially passionate about helping those less fortunate. While attending UBCO, part of Jody’s practicum included working at 3 Kelowna Shelters and with veterans at Royal Canadian Legion. He helped establish the first Remembrance Day Celebration at UBC Okanagan. He also spent time interviewing and creating a Christmas wish list for those less fortunate. “The homeless are not nameless”, said Jody at an event to promote the Christmas Wish List for the 3 Kelowna Shelters. “They are our mothers, fathers, daughters, sisters and brothers. They have stories. Many have jobs. And showing them you care can be the greatest gift of all.”
Upon completion of university he was employed as an addictions councilor at Crossroads Treatment Center. He later moved on to Corrections Canada where he was employed as a parole officer until his passing. Jody was an excellent listener and made a tremendous impact on the lives of those he counseled.
Jody was passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. He lived each day to the fullest, not wasting a minute. He had a beautiful mind and shared philosophical thoughts and ideas freely. He was very analytical and was always counseling people even when he wasn’t working.
Jody was a sports and outdoor enthusiast, involved in volleyball, baseball, paintball and soccer. Jody always looked forward to family events and trips. Game night, which included chess, card games and board games, was always fun for Jody as he always believed he had a strategic plan to make all odds in his favor of winning. Most recently he had been spending a lot of time taking his younger brother on hiking and camping trips. Jody went on many memorable road trips with his family and friends through the years. He enjoyed sitting around the campfire laughing and reminiscing about past experiences. He had a great sense of humor and a contagious smile that captured the hearts of us all.
Even though Jody was taken too soon, those who knew him can testify to the fact that he made an impact on the lives of many people and to know him was a privilege.
Jody died in a car accident in Kelowna on June 11, 2011 – the day before his 25th birthday. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Jody would be honoured that his friends and family have created a living legacy in his memory to continue the very important work that he was committed to doing…making a positive difference in the lives of others.
News clip regarding Jody’s involvement in establishing Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBCO: https://news.ok.ubc.ca/2006/11/15/students-key-to-ubc-okanagan-remembrance-service/Read More
The impact of your support
In honour of Jody’s memory, a scholarship has been established to provide financial support to social work students at the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work.
Your gift will support students who share Jody’s passion and commitment to making a difference to others through social work. With your help, the scholarship fund will reach endowment level in time to commemorate the first anniversary of Jody’s death, and what would have been his 26th birthday, so that it can help students in perpetuity.
Jody would be honoured to know that his memory will live on at UBC Okanagan through this scholarship.
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