Momentous Gift Boosts Food Security for Students

October 20, 2023
Brad Holland standing with two students

Gift from community member Brad Holland to enhance food security for Trent University students across both campuses 

Food security for Trent University students is getting a boost thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from a community member.  

Brad Holland, a semi-retired chartered professional accountant who lives in the Chemong Lake area, has generously made the gift that is dedicated to bolstering food security through the Trent Fund.  

“Supporting the Trent Fund is just the right thing to do when it comes to helping students with their most pressing needs,” says Holland. “Investing in Trent students is an investment in a brighter future for us all.” 

The Trent Fund will amplify the impact of this gift by making food security a priority over the next few years and providing an equal amount as Holland's gift to support Trent students in this area. 

The Trent Fund is a flexible fund that responds to students’ most pressing needs by providing financial support for the basics, while also assisting with emergency housing, offering on-campus employment and experiential learning opportunities, and elevating student wellness. 

“As a concerned neighbour, Brad Holland has risen to the occasion by supporting Trent students through uncertain times and we thank him for his generosity,” says Sherry Booth ’98, associate vice-president, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement. “Trent attracts students who want to see and do things differently. We all need to do our part to support these fine young minds who are dedicated to making significant contributions to society.” 

Holland spent 20 years as senior vice-president, Taxation for George Weston Ltd., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and their subsidiaries providing advice on Canadian and international tax planning and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and financing. He was also a founding member of the Investment Committee for District Ventures Capital. 

Holland says he’s thankful to be able to support students with urgent needs so that they can put their focus on studying and better enjoy their Trent Experience.  

Learn more about the Trent Fund, which also creates opportunities for students through on-campus employment and experiential learning with industry leaders.