Ideas That Change the World Event Celebrates Award Winners and 50 Years of Trent Alumni

Photo of Jess Grover, Spencer Harrison, Leo Groarke, and Lee Hays.

Alumni Association President Jess Grover, Dr. Spencer J. Harrison, Trent President Leo Groarke, and Alumni Affairs Director Lee Hays at the Ideas That Change the World Event.

Stephen Stohn '66 and partner Linda Schuyler graciously hosted the most recent Trent University Alumni Association Ideas That Change the World event in their Toronto condominium on April 12th. The truly remarkable event brought together over 140 alumni, retirees and friends for an evening of inspiring talk and the bestowing of four prestigious awards.

In a stunning setting that overlooked Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands, guests were treated to music by Will Bowes and Sly Fox, with special guests John Beach '71, Paul Butler '68 and Chancellor Don Tapscott '66 from the original  Boys in the Band – a group that was formed at Trent during the late 60s.

After each was presented with the 2017 Spirit of Trent Alumni Award, Robin Quantick '78 and Dr. Spencer J. Harrison '97 took turns as speakers for the evening.

Mr. Quantick, looking back on his experience fostering aboriginal education programs – and on his partner (and Trent alum) Laurie Davey-Quantick’s  experience opening a school in rural Uganda – spoke of the importance of both advocacy and education.

“When three ideas – questions, epiphany, and collaboration – intersect,” he noted, “you find yourself on the doorstep of responsibility, with a social contract with the world that requires those of us who have had the benefit of a Trent education to stand up and be counted.”

Dr. Harrison spoke of the importance of Camp fYrefly, an arts-based retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.

“This camp saves lives,” he explained. “Pure and simple.”

Not only was Dr. Harrison recently named director of the first ever Ontario Camp fYrefly (to be held this summer at Trent), but was also just named director for a second camp, aimed at First Nation youth, to be held on Manitoulin Island.

Two student leaders were presented with the Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize for Leadership in Student Governance.  Pippa O’Brien, completing her Honours BA in Economics and Dorcas Mensah, a fourth year Honours Science student.

The event brought together six Alumni Association presidents: Harry Vanderlugt '64Michael Nolan '69, Paul Moore '80, Rod Cumming '83, Adam Guzkowski '95, and Jess Grover '02 (current Alumni Association President); as well as past and current directors of the Alumni Affairs portfolio: Tony Storey '71 and Lee Hays '91. It was the beginning of  a year-long celebration of 50 years of Trent University alumni.

To view a photo album of the event, please visit our Facebook page.

For more information on our Alumni Award winners, please click here.

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