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Au Large Legacy Society

Au Large: A timeless motto

More than 450 years ago, the French established a fort at the bottom of Bathurst Street, and the coureur de bois (runners of the forest) used it as a pushing-off place for their journeys to the interior.

Legend has it that the early morning tranquillity would be broken by the lead canoeist shouting a rallying cry of “Au Large”, which means “into the offing” or “most distant part of the sea in view”.

“Au Large” became the motto for Seneca, instilled by our founding president, William T. Newnham, as he and his fellow Ontario pioneers looked toward the distant sea of our future to help build Ontario for tomorrow. For all.

Seneca established the Au Large Legacy Society to celebrate and recognize individuals who have made provisions in their estate plans to provide a gift to Seneca to support students and programs. These gifts may take the form of bequests by naming Seneca in a will, life insurance, RRSP, RRIF or other charitable planned gifts. 

They are many financial benefits when you leave a planned gift to Seneca:

  • Make a larger charitable gift than you thought possible, while also taking care of the financial needs of your family
  • Provide inheritances for your heirs that are taxed less heavily
  • Reduce your income tax and avoid capital gains
  • Leave a legacy without giving up assets

Lifetime membership to the Au Large Legacy Society is extended to individuals who indicate in writing that Seneca is in their legacy plans, or who provide a copy of their bequests. There is no minimum gift amount required for membership in the Au Large Legacy Society. Your commitment to help is all it takes.

As a lifetime member of the Au Large Legacy Society, you will receive:

  • Invitations to Seneca events, including an annual reception for Society members
  • Opportunities to share your personal experiences and inspire others
  • A unique Au Large Legacy Society pin
  • Recognition on Seneca’s website and in publications, including RED magazine

All society members are honoured guests at Seneca events.

If you would like to speak with someone about making a planned gift, please contact us at your convenience. We will also be happy to work with your attorney, accountant or financial planner to help you accomplish your financial and philanthropic goals. Please note that Seneca respects all donor requests for anonymity.

For more information, please contact Tan-Ling Yeung.

Tan-Ling Yeung 416.491.5050 ext. 77191 tan-ling.yeung@senecacollege.ca

“My parents have always said education is something no one can take away from you. Education is the only way to go”.

Karnika Krishnan — Karnika is a Seneca grad; she and her husband Bala recently made a commitment to leave their entire estate to Seneca in their will, followed by a generous donation to establish an endowment award for students.

Contact Us

Giving Inquiries

Tan-Ling Yeung 416.491.5050 ext. 77191 tan-ling.yeung@senecacollege.ca

Seneca's Legal name

Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology

Charitable Registration Number

10796 7168 RR0001