#FacesOfTrentU: Philanthropy in Action

Ann-Majella McKelvie, President, Trent Central Student Association (TCSA)


ann-majella mckelvie outside the environmental science building

“One of the great things about Trent,” says Ann-Majella, “is that it encourages you to explore your interests and it is a place where it is okay to not know what you want to do because Trent supports you as you try new things.” 

Ann-Majella McKelvie is the President of the Trent Central Student Association (TCSA), has recently graduated from the Women’s Studies program and is balancing her duties with the TCSA as a part-time student in the Canadian Studies program.  

The TCSA president reminds us all that Trent offers a unique education beyond the classroom. She encouraged us all to remember that what we learn at Trent can be used during this time of uncertainty and isolation as a Trent education is not only about knowledge, but focused on making students into the best version of themselves by using their creativity and leadership to drive social change. 

Ann-Majella reflects on the numerous changes in the way that we all do things in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that this new way of life has made her seek out new ways to best support students. She remains positive about the central role of education, not only to find a cure to this virus, but in many regards.  

During this pandemic, Ann-Majella recognizes the profound financial and emotional impact on students. On a personal level, she expresses that she, like many students, has experienced anxiety and stress around the pandemic, as well as changes in her personal and academic life. She is adamant that education needs to be supported during these difficult times now more than ever. 

“Right now, you can be the Change Maker!” Ann-Majella calls on Trent students and the Trent community to take part in supporting students through the Change Maker initiative.

To learn more about becoming a change maker today please visit trentu.ca/changemaker