Though she moved to Kingston when she was 12, Nikki Remillard didn’t know a lot about Queen’s before she landed a job with Advancement nine years ago. “My first day at Queen’s was the first-year students’ move-in day,” she says, recalling the flurry of activity around orientation week. “So from day one, I was right in the thick of it!”
While Nikki admits she was slightly taken aback, she quickly acclimatized to the famous Queen’s spirit. In many ways, in fact, it was an apt beginning. As an Alumni Officer for the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA), Nikki spends her days working with people who are as passionate about their alma mater today as they were in their undergrad years.
Based in Summerhill, Nikki spends the bulk of her days working with the volunteers who serve with the QUAA’s board of directors. From organizing monthly meetings, to administrating the organization’s annual awards, her job is almost entirely dedicated to working with people. “I spend a lot of time on the phone,” she laughs.
She landed her position after applying for a receptionist position that she didn’t get. The person who had interviewed her called back and suggested she would be a good fit in alumni relations. It was a job that stuck. “You get to work with so many people who are so attached to this university,” she explains. “Everyone is passionate about the university and loves being here. It’s contagious!”
While in her position, Nikki has also managed to take the courses to earn an administrative assistant certificate, as well as pursue training in international perspectives and in diversity. “There are definitely things to take advantage of, if you can,” she says.
Though it had overwhelmed her nine years ago, she says she now enjoys the start of the academic year more than another other season at Queen’s. “All the noise, all the cheers…it is really exciting. I would now say that it’s my favourite time of year!”