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$1.13 Million Gift from Jalynn H. Bennett Foundation
Challenges Trent University to
“Be Bold”

Legacy gift to enrich student life, academic excellence, environmental stewardship, engagement with local & Indigenous communities  

When former Board of Governors chair, the late Jalynn Bennett, remembered Trent University with a gift of $1.13 million from the Jalynn H. Bennett Foundation, she encouraged Trent to do something “bold, audacious and effective.”

The University plans to do just that in directing the transformational donation, one of the largest legacy gifts in the institution’s history, toward projects that will enhance Trent’s natural setting, advance academic excellence, increase engagement with the local and First Nations communities, and enrich the student experience.

“Jalynn Bennett was a trailblazer who showed leadership in everything she undertook. She broke glass ceilings and encouraged others to be brave and make their mark,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University. “She did that at Trent University in many ways, with her steady hand as chair of the Board and in guiding one of Trent’s most successful fundraising campaigns. I think she would be pleased to see that her gift will make an enormous difference in very tangible ways right across the University’s campuses, and in the spirit of Trent’s current tagline, which I think she would have liked very much: ‘Challenge the Way You Think.’"

Ms. Bennett’s transformational gift will launch and support the following projects:

Nature Areas Stewardship Plan and Enhancement to Natural Areas, Trails, and Teaching Spaces

An Arial view of the Trent University Campus

Trent is conducting a review of the Nature Areas Stewardship Plan and studying campus lands to identify and evaluate areas of natural, cultural and archaeological significance. The funds will support student and public involvement in the review process and invest in teaching shelters, trail improvements, and other resources to enhance the natural areas and their important role in teaching and research.


 Forensic Crime Scene House

Four Individuals in white lab coats inspecting a crime sceneMs. Bennett's estate will help build a new state-of-the-art crime scene training facility designed specifically for teaching purposes. The new facility will support the recent launch of Canada’s first Masters in Forensic Science at Trent


Public Sculpture Initiative

an image of a sculptureThe gift will help acquire nationally significant sculptures as part of Trent's new public sculpture initiative, set to launch during Peterborough's 2018 Artsweek celebrations on September 21.



Recognition of Local Indigenous Communities

A group of individuals sitting around a fireFunds will assist the University to recognize the Mississauga Anishinaabeg as the treaty and traditional peoples of this area through honorific naming across the Peterborough and Durham GTA campuses, information panels, and enhancement of sacred and Indigenous teaching spaces.


Traill College Amphitheatre

A drawing of the design of the Traill College  Amphitheater Engagement with the local arts and music community in Peterborough will be enhanced with the creation of a new outdoor performance space at Traill College.



Campus Arbour at Trent University Durham GTA

Three students walking in front of a red building on the Durham CampusBuilding on Trent’s more than 40-year history in the Durham region, Trent’s Durham GTA campus is growing. With thanks to gifted land by the City of Oshawa, the campus plans to expand and add several new facilities. This gift will create a vibrant natural and social space at the expanded Durham GTA campus, which will connect the current and planned new building.


 About Jalynn Bennett

Jalynn Bennett sitting on a couch in front of a book shelfJalynn Bennett was the vice-president of Corporate Development at Manufacturers Life Insurance company before founding her own consulting firm in 1989, specializing in strategic planning and organizational development. She chaired the Board of Governors at Trent from 1994-1999. She was known as an intelligent and humble leader. During her service to Trent, Ms. Bennett was passionate about the environment, leadership, and sustainability of the University. She was a champion of philanthropy and a key volunteer, inspiring others to support the University, especially through a gift in their estate.

To learn more about ways to create your legacy at Trent University, please contact Donna Doherty, Senior Development Officer at or 705.748.1011 ext 7208.

Leaving your Legacy at Trent University

What is a legacy? It’s about linking generations, leaving your mark after you’ve gone, and honouring the things you feel are most important. It’s not only about paying it back but about paying it forward. Legacy is all about merging the past, present and future.

“A university is a growing, living legacy– and it

needs all kinds of support.”

                                                                                                                                                   -Professor THB Symons

                                                                                                                                                    Founding President, Trent University

As an alumni, faculty, staff, student or friend – a person whose life has been transformed by their experience here and who believes strongly in the power of education – your personal legacy is inextricably tied to the legacy of Trent University. We all share a common goal – to enable Trent to continue inspiring and educating students for generations to come.

Leaving your legacy at Trent University through your estate or through a gift of life insurance is a way to transform your dream into reality. Other like minded individuals are creating their legacies at Trent. We invite you to join us and explore what your legacy at Trent can be.

If you have included Trent University in your estate plans, please let us know so that we have the opportunity to thank you. We also want to make sure that we understand the intentions of your gift to ensure it succeeds in doing as you wish. Any information exchanged will be held in the strictest of confidence. 

To learn more about ways to create your legacy at Trent University, please contact Donna Doherty, Senior Development Officer at or 705.748.1011 ext 7208.


Charter Members
Recognizes the donors who originally founded the Legacy Society on October 17th, 1999 by remembering Trent University with a future gift.
Stefan Bilaniuk
Cyril† and Jenny Carter
Debra Clarke
Frances H. Daunt†
Lois Davidson
John† and Marni† de Pencier
Walter and Anne Dodington
Sheila Dohoo Faure
Madeline I. Dunham†
Bruce Dyer
Doug† and Michele Fisher
Errol† and Audrey† Hanbidge
Frederick and Lois Helleiner
Susan M. Jamieson
Kim and Kate† Krenz
Robert† and Margaret Lightbody
Robert K. Loney
Susan M. Mackle
H. Christina MacNaughton
Gillian R. Minshall
Brendan and Janet Moher
Paul J. Moore
Bonnie M. Patterson
Robert Darou Norris Prichard
Peggy A. Pritchard and Andrew M. Kropinski
William B. Reid
Ann Prince Stevens
John and Mayling Stubbs
Tom and Christine Symons
Patricia Townsend
Gary Wolff
Ruth Houghton Wolff
Patron's Circle
Recognizes donors who have remembered Trent University with a future gift of $25,000 or greater.
Robert Alvo
Charles and Susanne Armitage
Heather Avery
Vickramjeet Bakshi
Steven Bark
Paul Barron
Rick and Lorraine Bennett
Michael Beswick
John Butcher and Elaine Sullivan Butcher
Patrick Clancy
Jim and Rosemary Dolan
Frank and Jane† Dudas
John Earnshaw
Lucie Edwards and Tom Roach
Carole H. Ernest
Iris Gengembre
Carol Rae Gifford
Robert and Margaret (Edmison) Glossop
Jon and Shelagh Grant
James B. Hamilton
Lynn Hardy
Robert and Judy Harper
Julia D. Harrison
Pamela Jane Hart
Walter Howell
David James and Lili de Grandpré
James and Jacqueline Jury
Anne Keenleyside
Michael Edward Kidd
Armand and Denise La Barge
Colin Languedoc
Anthony Lieb
Ian† and Lorraine Logan
Cynthia Loveman
Raymond and Kathleen March
Tamara Massey
Eleanor McClelland-Mott
S.A.M. and Harvey McCue
Eugene and Sharon McKeiver
James Middleton
Murray Miskin
Cindy Ellen Morgan and Roy S. Hagman
Jeannette and John Hanly Morgan†
David Morton and Patricia Owens Morton
Jack and Gayle Nelson
Janet Nelson
Larry and Louise Parkes
Alan and Linda Slavin
Mary and Gerry† Stephenson
Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler
Tony Storey
Tsetan† and Khando Sundup
Andrew Szonyi
Katie Syrett
H. Donald Tapscott and Ana P. Lopes
Wm. Robert and Mary E. G. Taylor
Brian Toller and Lorna Tener
Len and Phyllis Vernon
Ian Whillans
Peter and Margot Wilhelm
Anne Wright
Dr.Alicja Zobel
Recognizes donors who have remembered Trent University with a future gift.
Emily Addison
Carole Aida
Christopher and Kasthuri Armitage
Alan Barber and Jennifer Tiberio
J. David Beattie
Susan Beckwith
Deborah and Michael Berrill
Alex G. Bird
John Bishop
Sherry A. Booth
Martin R. Boyne
Roy T. Bowles
Adam and Jenifer Bradley
Laurel Bridges
Heather Brooks
Beth Brown
Ian Brown
Julie A. Brown
Stephen E. Brown
Brenda Brownlee
Alan and Catherine Brunger
Anne F. Brunner
Marilyn and David Burns
Tracey Campbell
Bruce Cater
Dan Charron
Robert Clarke
Dan Coholan
Gina and Mark Collins
Gregory Conchelos
Leonard and Barbara Conolly
Gordon Copp
Bruce and Audrie Cossar
John Cotton
Paul and Cate Crookall
Roderick Cumming
Janice Cunning
Leah Curtis
Ray Dart and Krista English
Julie Davis
Teresa Daw
Jan de Pencier Seaborn
Bill Devitt
Jim Doran
Michael Doran
Leah (McInnes) Eustace
Ramnarine Etwaroo
Raymond P. Fallis
Lloyd Fenemore
William Fields
Kathy and Tom Fife
Ryan Flatters
Steven and Dawn Franklin
Paul Friberg
Susan (McBride) Garlick ‘64
Robert Garvin
David Gillespie
Sue Graham Parker and Jim Parker
Marc Griffiths
Leo Groarke
Jovan Groen
Jess Grover
Adam Guzkowski
Ann Harley
Kevan Herod
Norah Hillary
Ruth Hillman
Katharine Hooke
Grant Karcich
John Knight
An Kosurko
Lari Langford
Beth Lech
Catherine Lees
Mary Leggett
Sheila Leonard
Nancy Lewis
Dianne Lister
Jan Lobban-Shymko
Dan Longboat
Anthony Lovink
Rod and Rhonda MacDonald
Jennifer MacIsaac
Carol MacKinnon
Eileen Madder
Barbara Malloch
Ashley Mancuso
Mark and Susan McLennan
Amy Milburn
Janice Millard
Amy Millburn
Thomas Miller and Barbara Chisholm
Karen Morgan
Richard Morgan and Carolyn Jonkman
Melody Morrison
David Newhouse
Gillian Nielsen
Kenneth Nimigon
Erica Nol
Michael J. Nolan and Ingrid A. (Bird) Nolan
Richard Novak and Kara Trumbley-Novak
Richard O’Donnell
Jennifer Palmer
Michael and Cara Peterman
Thomas Phillips
Douglas Poff
Beth Popham
Alan Prendergast
Robin Quantick Laurie Davey-Quantick
Irene Redegeld
Wendy Reynolds
Brian Roadhouse and Betty Plewes
Sue and Brian Robinson
Sharon Saunders
Scott and Meg Seabrook
Brenda Sedgwick
Dane Shumak
Denis and Dawn Smith
Mary Snack
Joseph K. So
Lisa L. Spence (Wynn)
Dale and Bernice Standen
Marilyn Stanford
Anne Steffler
John (Jeb) Hentig Stevens
Brenda Stewart
Christopher Stone
Professor Ian Storey
Laura Storey
Nancy Strickland
James and Marion Swanston
Morgan and Illi-Marie Tamplin
Colin and Kerry Taylor
Robert and Anne Taylor-Vaisey
John Thorp
Rob Tonus
Claire Van Astyne
John Wadland
Stephen Wallace
Miranda Warner-Johnstone
James Watson
Joseph Wearing
Robert J. Weese
Andrew Wernick
Jean White
Kristine Williams
Richard Williams
Steve and Lorelei Wilkinson
Alan Wilson
Daniel Wight
Amy Fetterly Wright
Janet Wright
Doug and Debbie Young
Amira Zekry
† - indicates our deceased donors



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