“If you think Trent made a difference in your past—you need to make a difference now.”
This statement, spoken by Trent alumnus Brian Hamlin ’84, highlights how strongly he feels about supporting Trent and giving back to enrich the learning experience for future generations.
Hamlin, who graduated with a degree in Environmental Resource Studies and Geography, credits Trent with “providing the foundation” for his character development. “Within the first few weeks on campus, I knew Trent was the right choice. The natural beauty of the campus, and the vast opportunities to explore life from both an academic and personal perspective—from the beginning, Trent was just the right fit.” It is this sense of belonging and connection to Trent that Brian has carried with him throughout life, and one of the many reasons why Brian continues to make a difference.
Trent’s colleges form the foundation of the Trent student experience. They provide important spaces for collaboration and foster connection and engagement on a small and personal level. Brian Hamlin, through his family foundation, gave $150,000 to help renew these vital college spaces. The iconic trellises that run along Champlain College between the quad and the river, and that complement the rubble aggregate of the surrounding buildings, have been restored to their original beauty. A new outdoor space for students of Otonabee College (Brian’s college while at Trent) was created, with a paved and lit walkway, picnic tables, and attractive gardens. The previously underutilized Glass Corner is now a revitalized area with access to sun, located close to the commons, the cabinet and college office, and the OC café. Students will enjoy these spaces for years to come. A plaque acknowledging the gift celebrates the Tall Boys, a band Brian formed with friends at Trent who still get together 30 years later.
“Trent’s infrastructure is unique, and a key part of the student experience we offer. We thank Brian and the Hamlin Family Foundation for their vision and investment in our interactive learning environment,” says Julie Davis, vice-president, External Relations and Advancement. “Trent alumni can not only be ambassadors by talking about their time at Trent, but can help to ensure its continuing vibrancy through their philanthropic support.”