From Hollywood to Hong Kong – Alumni Gatherings Still Going Strong 

February 21, 2024

Alumni who attended Hollywood GatheringPictured at the Alumni & Friends gathering in West Hollywood: Bryan Davies ‘16 (hon), Wei-Lynn Eng ’99 (Traill College), Sherry Booth ’98 (Blackburn College), Barbara Finlayson-Pitts ’66 (Traill College), Wei Ling Lau ’98 (Otonabee College), Heather Borg ’03 (Blackburn College) and her spouse Jonathan; and Andrew Lee, spouse of Ms. Lau.  Also in attendance: Jennifer Hauer, Chancellor Stephen Stohn ’66 (Champlain College), Christopher Ward ‘67, and longtime University supporter Andra Takacs.

Recent alumni gatherings in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale are the latest in a series of international events with Trent senior leadership team

In the latest stops on the Alumni & Friends Gathering tour, alumni met with Trent’s senior leadership team in Los Angeles, California and in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alumni in these communities were invited to casual social gatherings where they shared memories and bonded over their mutual connection with the University.  

Previous gatherings have been held in New York City, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Halifax, and Kingston. During a virtual gathering for Europe, alumni were able to join the celebration the Trent University Alumni Association presented Dr. Gesa Weyhenmeyer ’90 (Peter Robinson College) with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Following the success of these events, alumni in both Florida and California contacted Trent and initiated gatherings in their areas. 

“The gatherings have been an excellent opportunity to gain in-person time with alumni, learn about their important work, and provide an opportunity for alum to connect, reminisce, and network,” says Sherry Booth ’98, associate vice-president Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement. “It’s wonderful to witness first-hand how our alumni are making momentous change in the world. We’ve met scientists making advances against climate change, nurses and doctors improving healthcare for our loved ones, educators working hard to prepare our children for today’s world, and lawyers striving for social justice. I’m so proud of all that our alumni are doing to make the world a better place.” 

During the gatherings, alumni have had the opportunity to meet with President Leo Groarke; Chancellor Stephen Stohn ’66; Campaign for Momentous Change leaders Linda Schuyler ’16 (hon) and Gavin Marshall ’76; Julie Davis, vice-president External Relations & Development; Associate Vice-President Sherry Booth; and Donna Doherty, Campaign director.  

Future gatherings are being planned across the world including in Hong Kong. If you know of Trent alumni living in your area and would like to suggest a stop on the tour, please contact the Alumni Engagement & Services office

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