100 Year Old Donor Believes in Trent Education
March 3, 2007
Throughout his life, Harold "Pat" Dooley has celebrated many milestones. On February 23, he added another momentous occasion to his list when he turned 100 years of age.
As a long-time supporter of Trent, the University community joined together to wish him well and during a recent visit to his home at the Bonair Nursing Home in Cannington, Ontario, Mr. Dooley was presented with a framed photo of Trent on behalf of President Bonnie Patterson.
"I guess it’s a big thing to celebrate your 100th birthday," Mr. Dooley remarked with his trademark smile and sharp sense of humour.
At Trent, Mr. Dooley has created the "Harold ‘Pat’ Dooley Bursary" which supports students in financial need in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. This education is something Mr. Dooley himself believes strongly in, saying that all students should be given the opportunity to attend university. He didn’t have the chance when he was young.
"I don’t think there is a better place to invest your money, then in students and the future of Canada," he said.
This year, the bursary supported a second year student, Angela Davis, who is studying education and sociology at Trent. As the years go by, Mr. Dooley would like to see his bursary continue to grow so that it will give enthusiastic young students the opportunity to have an education and in turn create a brighter future for Canada.
Mr. Dooley is also a member of Trent’s Legacy Society, which recognizes donors who have remembered Trent in their Will.
A former resident of Peterborough, Mr. Dooley immigrated to Canada from England as an orphan at the age of twelve. Up until his retirement at the age of 74, he worked as an electrician across North America.
When asked what advice he’d give to today’s young people, he responded: "To make sure they get an education if they have the ability and to use it. And try to be prepared for anything that might happen to you."back