Mobilizing new ways of thinking


Renovated Frost Library makes a huge impact on students

Terrie-Lynne Devonish talks about her time at Glendon.

For Terrie-Lynne Devonish, seeing her gift to Glendon College’s Frost Library realized and in full use by students, staff and faculty means the world.

Terrie-Lynne’s gift allowed the Library to renovate a reading room to create a warm and welcoming space.  Glendon students spend a lot of time at the Frost Library, and this reading room really showed it.

Chief Operating Officer at Aon Canada and an alumna of both Glendon College and Osgoode Hall Law School, Terrie-Lynne has established a proud tradition of giving back to York University. She has served as a member of the Board of Governors, co-chaired York’s Power of 50 Annual Fund campaign, and co-founded a mentorship program with the Black Law Students Association of Canada.

“Glendon College holds such a special place in my heart,” Terrie-Lynne says. “I wanted to find a way to recognize the impact it had in my life and also contribute to future generations.”

For former Glendon student Natalie Somerset, Terrie-Lynne’s words certainly ring true.

“It’s wonderful to see how the new Reading Room at Frost Library has impacted students,” Natalie says. “It’s become so much more than a Reading Room. It’s now a place where students can come after a busy day, unwind, recharge and collect their thoughts before they head out to tackle the world.”

The new Reading Room at the Frost Library features a cozy fireplace that serves as a reminder of home for many of Glendon’s resident students, while wired study tables and comfortable seating have strengthened its role as a key community space for knowledge sharing and production.  This was the library’s first renovation since it opened in 1965.

“The Reading Room is an example of the tremendous impact that a donor can make in students’ lives,” says Joy Kirchner, Dean of Libraries at York. “We’re so grateful to Terrie-Lynne for the support she has given our library at Glendon.”


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