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Master of Education Ambassador

Introducing our Master of Education Ambassadors Beth Needham & Hanah McFarlane!

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Beth Needham, B.Ed.


As an alumna of Trent and becoming the Academic Coordinator for Sociology in 2014, Beth supports students by helping them navigate their degree pathway while also helping draw students into the Sociology program. With prior aspirations to study at the Masters level, it was through Beth’s positive and genuine enjoyment of working with post-secondary students, that her focus to improving the student experience by engaging in research-related projects became front and center. In her first year of study, Beth has found that the exploration of both theoretical and practical frameworks as it pertains to post-secondary education, has provided her with a great sense of awareness as to the needs of her students and supports available to them. Through completing both her Undergraduate and Bachelor of Education degrees at Trent, Beth shares a common thread with many other alumni and the reasons as to why they continue to choose Trent for further their education.

“Trent is unique in that it can provide its students with a very personal experience during their time here, and I have found that the M.Ed. Program provides me with that same feeling of support. My professors are always accessible and willing to listen to my ideas, my questions, and my concerns. The administrative staff are helpful and prompt, which, as a busy working mother is really important to me. I was a bit intimidated by the idea of returning to school after such a long hiatus and with so much on my plate as a parent, but the support of the faculty and staff of the M.Ed. Program have really allowed me to confidently say that I am both enjoying and succeeding as a Masters student at Trent University.”

Should you have any questions pertaining to the program and are looking for a working/student perspective, please do not hesitate to connect with Beth!

Hanah McFarlane tapping a maple tree for syrup

Hanah McFarlane


Hanah Howlett McFarlane is the Manager of Philanthropy & Fund Development at CCRC (Community Counselling & Resource Centre). She is the Past-Chair of the Peterborough Area Fundraisers’ Network and the former Chair of the recently closed COIN (Community Opportunity & Innovation Network). She also volunteers with Council of Canadians, Pulse Street Festival, Peterborough Folk Festival, and Market Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Hanah is an advocate for justice, and strives to make the world a better place through strategic and sustainable efforts to support equity for all members of her community. She is a connector, linking people to causes that matter to them in order to create meaningful change. She is currently completing a Masters in Educational Studies at Trent University, looking at reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships in educational settings.

When not busy in the community, she and her partner Evan Brockest and their dog Gus enjoy a simple life, living in Peterborough, and spending time growing their own food at her family farm.