$5.6M Raised for New Residence and Academic Building at Trent University Durham
Campus expansion an important contribution to post-secondary education in the region and province
Friday, February 5, 2021, Oshawa
Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area’s first fundraising campaign, to support a new residence and academic building, has exceeded its goal, raising $5.6 million.
“The success of our Campaign for Trent Durham is a sign of resilience, dedication and hope in this uncertain time and a nod to the bright future of students, graduates and the Region of Durham,” says Dr. Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent University Durham GTA. “We thank the Trent family and all of the generous donors who have invested in our students’ success and this community’s future.”
The Campaign, which launched in March 2019 with a $5 million fundraising goal, was pivotal to the creation of a new residence – a first for the Trent Durham campus – which is part of a state-of-the-art academic building that opened in September 2020. The expansion integrates both residence and academic space and features a 200-bed residence, 100-seat tiered lecture hall, two 64-seat classrooms, research space, student common spaces, new green space, and faculty offices.
“The modern and beautiful new building on campus is a shining symbol of optimism in the future of our students – among them, our future social workers who will take care of our most vulnerable, our future police officers who will be taking care of our community and our future journalists who will report with integrity,” says Sherry Booth, director of Philanthropy at Trent University. “Throughout this challenging time in global history, we thank donors for believing in students and investing in their future success.”
Strong partnerships and collaboration between local government and community partners were key to the success of the Campaign. The City of Oshawa supported the expansion through a donation of 1.8 acres of land, while the Region of Durham gifted $1.42 million.
“We thank the City of Oshawa and the Region of Durham for sharing our vision and investing in a campaign that represents hope and progress,” says Doug Kirk ’70, campaign executive co-chair, Trent alumnus and president of Durham Radio.
Mr. Kirk launched the Campaign with a $500,000 gift and helped close the Campaign, inspiring others to double their impact by matching all donations received by Nov. 30, 2020, up to $100,000, which resulted in over $220,000 of support to complete the campus expansion.
Speaking of his role with the Campaign and support of Trent Durham, Mr. Kirk adds: “My Trent education equipped me with the skills that have helped make my career a success. In today’s competitive economy, it’s more important than ever that we invest in the next generation.”
Honorary campaign chair Dr. Katie Taylor, one of Canada’s most influential and powerful citizens and the first woman to chair the board of a major Canadian bank, also played a lead role in the campaign.
The overall success of the Campaign for Trent Durham is also tied to the generosity of numerous donors across the local and Trent communities, including business leaders and community members, as well as Trent Durham staff and faculty.
Looking forward, phase two of the Campaign for Trent Durham, now underway, will continue to strengthen and grow the University’s presence in the Durham Region by supporting students with increased financial support and through the development of enhanced career-boosting experiences for students. To learn more about what’s next, visit trentu.ca/giveTrentDurham.
About Trent University Durham GTA
Having established a tradition of academic excellence spanning over four decades in the east GTA, Trent University Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs. Students at Trent University Durham GTA enthusiastically speak of the unparalleled sense of community on campus and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant and dynamic student life experience. Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham GTA is conveniently located in the GTA, just 40 minutes from downtown Toronto while Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto.
For more information contact:
Cara Walsh, communications & media relations officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org