The awesome TGSA BBQ taking place this Saturday, June 27th has changed locations to Traill College rather than the Champlain College Commons.

The BBQ is still scheduled from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Please email the TGSA if you have any questions concerning this event.


TGSA Newsletter: June 2015

Hello, fellow Graduate students!

On behalf of this year’s Trent Graduate Student Association, it is my pleasure to send out our very first digest newsletter outlining events at Trent University and the surrounding area that are of potential interest to Graduate students.

In future, if there are events that you wish to have featured in upcoming newsletters, please contact me, David Hollands, the Vice President of Operations, at

We welcome any constructive suggestions as to the format of these newsletters, or the general dissemination of information from us to you. We hope to establish the most effective methods of communication possible, and so your feedback is of the utmost importance to us.

Please do not hesitate to contact us! There are currently four ways to do so:

(1) email individual members of the TGSA Board, whose contact information can be found at;

(2) email;

(3) through our Facebook page at;

(4) through our Twitter page at

We highly encourage you to join the Facebook page and to follow us on Twitter. In addition to the monthly newsletter, up to date information will be posted on those pages, so that we do not clog up your inbox with messages.

With that, here’s what to look forward to this month.

Feet for F.E.A.T. Fundraiser from June 7th – 16th

From June 7th – 16th, Trent Graduate student Jessica Reid will walk from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, ON to raise awareness for children of incarcerated parents through her organization F.E.A.T.. Please read her message:

I hope all is well with you. As you know, I founded F.E.A.T., a non-profit organization which supports at-risk children affected by parental incarceration. Since our inception in 2012, we have supported over 400 children and families through our After School Program, Peer Mentorship  Project with Ryerson University, Empowerment Retreats and our Family Visitation Program. These initiatives have successfully shown to help in improving academic achievement, increasing self-esteem and improve community safety. Last year recognizing our much loved bus needed to be replaced, I organized the inaugural Feet for FEAT and walked from Toronto to Kingston. With the support of many of you, I was able to raise $30 000   which was used as a down payment on a new bus.

This year on June 7th, I will begin a new journey, a 10-day, 400 kilometre walkathon from Ryerson University in Toronto to arrive at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 16th. My goal is to increase the   awareness of the need to support children affected by parental imprisonment in Canada and raise the remaining $40 000 needed to pay off the balance owing on our bus.

I am asking my friends, family and colleagues to consider opening their heart and help make a difference in the lives of our children. I truly believe that together, we can help to build brighter futures for some of the most at-risk children in our country.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization or our Feet for FEAT fundraiser, please see our brochure attached or visit

To sponsor a child or give a donation, go to

BBQ on June 27th

The TGSA is organizing an awesome BBQ at the Champlain College Commons on June 27th from 3:00PM – 6:30PM!

Succulent veggie fajitas, juicy hamburgers, and mouth-watering hot dogs are all on the menu, including a few surprises!

This event is FREE. We kindly encourage you to bring monetary donations for AYON- Association of Youth Organizations in Nepal, which aids with earthquake relief. Check them out at

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for further details and the premiere of our amazing event poster!

(DISCLAIMER: Note that all food will be prepared in a non-health inspected kitchen.
Eating is at your own discretion.)


Thank you kindly for reading this newsletter and keeping yourself informed. As mentioned previously, if there is an event that you would like to have featured in future newsletters, please don’t hesitate to contact the TGSA.

Until next month.