Former mayor and local entrepreneur appointed to TWU’s US Foundation

“I see building leaders as very important—not only in this local area, but throughout the world.” —Daryl Brennick, former Lynden mayor.

Langley, B.C.—Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that local entrepreneur, Mona Stuart, and former Lynden mayor, Daryl Brennick, have been ratified as new Board Members of the TWU US Foundation. Both Stuart and Brennick are long-time Lynden residents, though Stuart moved to New Mexico this summer.

Students from the United States are a high priority at the Langley-based university as they comprise nearly one third of the student population. That’s why, in 1980, the Trinity Western University Foundation US was established as a non-profit corporation in the State of Washington. The foundation exists exclusively for friends of TWU residing in the States, creating options for entering into an array of beneficial charitable agreements not available in Canada. It is board members like Brennick and Stuart who manage this corporation and make its existence possible.

Brennick, who spent most of his younger years in Lake Stevens and Cashmere, has contributed to the Lynden community as well as Marysville. After two terms as the mayor of Marysville, he spent one term as the mayor of Lynden. But it was in management at the Chevron Corporation where Brennick spent almost four decades.

Now retired, Brennick has a little more time to spend with his five children and 15 grandchildren—but not too much time. “I don’t consider myself retired,” he explains. “I keep pretty busy managing properties with my son and helping behind the scenes in the business we run together. So I stay pretty active. The nice thing about this idea of ‘retirement,’ however, is I get to adjust things to my own schedule.

And participating on the US Foundation Board is part of that schedule. Brennick, who was recently introduced to the University when his son enrolled in a TWU graduate studies program, looks forward to joining the TWU community. “I see building leaders as very important,” he says, referring to TWU’s mission. “Not only in this local area, but throughout the world. I’m looking forward to working with other board members and with the greater Trinity Western community.”

Mona Stuart will be one of those board members. As the daughter of a diehard entrepreneur, it seems only natural that she would become one as well, but it occurred much to Stuart’s own surprise. Yet in 2000, Stuart successfully pioneered, GrantWise, a grant writing company with an office in New Hope Centre in Lynden, WA. Since its inception, GrantWise has written grants for Canadian, American and European nonprofits companies and has secured grants for up to a million dollars.

Stuart also looks forward to continuing her partnership with Trinity Western University. Stuart obtained her BA in English and Education from TWU in 1988 and went on to SFU to win the Apex Award, the prize given to the top future teacher of the year. After having three children, Stuart stopped teaching to become a stay-home mom, but she didn’t stop producing. In 2000, Stuart agreed to help her husband apply for a federal grant to launch a long-distance education program for Native American Para-professionals through the college where he worked. Four months after proposal submission, the million-dollar funding was granted and a business was born.

“Personally I’m surprised and delighted to be called an entrepreneur,” says Stuart who went on to have her next 9 of 10 proposals funded. “Surprised because I’m a safety seeker. To become an entrepreneur means I’ve had to learn to dig tunnels in the dark, to take creative risks, to be driven by other’s needs instead of burrowing into my own. Delighted because it’s an acknowledgement that a string of late night grant writing in a basement office actually became an enterprise that’s made some small impact on the world.”

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping