The TD Fellowships in Advancement, created in 1998 and made possible by Meloche Monnex and TD Bank Financial Group, have evolved over the years to reflect the growing scope and sophistication of educational advancement in Canada. TD Fellowships in Advancement now provide exceptional opportunities each year for two emerging professionals to gain practical experience in at least two major areas of advancement, including alumni relations; development; and marketing and communications.
Sarah’s application, supported by Trent’s External Relations & Advancement Department, stated her view of advancement’s importance to Canadian education: “The direct and indirect resources that post-secondary institutions can draw upon from their donors and research partners will have an increasingly vital role to play in sustaining the accessibility and effectiveness of Canadian college and universities.”
“Sarah’s match with Trent’s External Relations and Advancement Department is a natural one,” states Lee Hays, Director of Alumni Affairs, “She is an accomplished researcher and polished communicator with strong leadership skills. We’re fortunate that Sarah has been selected for this Fellowship, one of only two young professionals to be selected from universities across Canada.”
For the past three years Trent has benefitted from Sarah’s confidence and capabilities in part-time student employee roles as a Net Community Specialist in Advancement Services and a Communications Assistant in Alumni Affairs. Sarah delved into the alumni database; was intimately involved in the implementation, design and maintenance of a new website; helped alumni and donors access online resources; and highlighted alumni success stories through multiple media.
Sarah will graduate from Trent in spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a specialization in Economics. She received an entrance scholarship and maintained the academic requirements to have the scholarship renewed every year. In 2015 Sarah received the Edward Tremain Study Abroad Award, which enabled her to study for a year at Nottingham Trent University in the International and Erasmus Exchange Program.
Her extensive volunteerism includes Director of Events for both the Trent Business Students’ Association and the Canadian Association of Business Students. She coordinated Global Entrepreneurship Week and events for the Eastern Canadian Leadership Retreat. Sarah has also volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society.
Trent has prepared an extensive portfolio of projects for Sarah’s TD Fellowship year, designed to increase the level and longevity of alumni, donor and community engagement; extend the momentum of Trent’s $50 million “Unleash the Potential” campaign; identify and capitalize on additional channels to connect with alumni and donors; and inspire and support more volunteers.
Among her projects, Sarah will coordinate the launch of a new Student Alumni Association to connect current students to a lifetime experience as future Trent alumni.
The selection process for TD Fellows in Advancement involves application by a Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education member educational institution (university, college, independent school or cégep) with a robust Fellowship plan backed by the mentorship of senior advancement professionals; and a candidate of exceptional aptitude and energy for a bright future in advancement.
We are pleased to welcome Sarah back to the External Relations and Advancement team.