For Linda Dsouza '08 (Lady Eaton College), university life wasn't about living in a dorm, but rather immersing herself in the full student experience.
“I live in Peterborough and was not going to live in residence, but wanted to make sure that I got as involved as possible, so I still got my full university experience,” she reminisces. Having earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees and now working as a health, safety, and training advisor in Trent’s Human Resources department, Linda's journey is one of transformation through volunteering.
She discovered that volunteering allowed her to navigate both Trent campus life and the vibrant Peterborough community. “When I let my colleagues know I was volunteering for Open House, they asked me what it was like. I told them it's like the holidays. Seeing the excited faces of parents and future students deciding to apply after their campus visit - it feels like I'm making a difference just by welcoming them to Trent.”
Linda's volunteering journey isn't just about her — it's also about inspiring others to embark on a similar path. "You're going to miss out if you don't start! You can make such an impact, and it can help you find a sense of belonging, especially if you're far from home," she encourages.
Linda's exceptional contributions haven't gone unnoticed. In recognition of her dedication to volunteerism, she was awarded the prestigious Trent Community Leadership Award, which celebrates individuals like Linda who make exceptional contributions to the local community in Peterborough or Durham regions.