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QSAA Awards

The QSAA has been recognized for excellent events, outstanding programs, and an outstanding advisor.

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Queen's Student Alumni Association (QSAA) Volunteer of Distinction Award

The QSAA Volunteer of Distinction Award was introduced in 2009 to honour outstanding volunteers of the Queen's Student Alumni Association. Award recipients are honoured at the prestigious annual Queen's University Alumni Association Alumni Awards Gala.



Ekky2015 Recipient 
Ekaterina Manoilenko, Artsci'15

Ekaterina was born and lived in Russia, until coming to Canada for university in the fall of 2011. She found Queen’s on the web, fell in love with the pictures of campus, and couldn’t be happier to be a part of Queen’s family and its rich tradition. Ekky has shared her passion, positivity, and phenomenal attitude with the Queen’s community through her work as the VP Volunteers this past year, with a focus on providing professional growth opportunities, lifelong learning, and developing personal connections with those around her.  Seeking a career in International Global Health, her passions and tricolour experience will allow her to always elevate and support others.  



JBHeadshotWeb.jpg 2014 Recipient
Jessica Beakbane, Com'14

Described as a “force of energy”, Jessica has expertly developed and fostered the volunteer structure of the QSAA in 2013-14.  As a three-year member of the QSAA, she served as a General Ambassador, then as the inaugural QSAA International Ambassador – helping to connect students on exchange with alumni at International Branch opportunities – and served as the Vice President of Volunteers in her final year at Queen's.  

Her professionalism, consistent encouragement, organizational skills, and dedication to her team have been exemplary while coordinating team hiring, planning QSAA training opportunities, or running effective general meetings.  Jessica’s commitment to making sure everyone on the QSAA leaves an event having made connections with Queen’s alumni and stakeholders or learned a new skill showcases her understanding that it’s not just about participation, but engagement.


SierraMegasWEB.jpg 2013 Recipient 
Sierra Megas, Artsci’13

Through her role as QSAA VP Marketing and Communications, Sierra fostered and built a professional, consistent, and dynamic brand for the QSAA on campus.  With a diverse range of Queen’s experiences – studying at the Bader International Study Centre in 2009, as an exchange student to Singapore in 2011, volunteering for the Union Gallery, serving as the Director to the ASUS Movie Theatre, as an English Language Conversation Partner with international students, and as a published contributor for The Journal newspaper’s Arts section – Sierra has left an impressive legacy at Queen’s.  Her social media savvy, impressive presentation skills, and volunteer leadership went above and beyond to increase profile and reputation for the QSAA this past year.

2012 Recipient
Cicely Johnston, Artsci'12

As the QSAA VP Giving, Cicely has made an extremely positive and long lasting impact on the organization.  She continually demonstrated extraordinary levels of passion, creativity, and hard work in all her QSAA responsibilities, specifically educating the entire Ambassador team on the importance of student philanthropy.  Cicely was ultimately responsible for securing 100% Ambassador giving participation for this year’s QSAA ThankQ class gift.  Cicely is connected to current student life through her exceptional use of social media, and rebranded the 2012 class giving website to be more visually appealing and relevant to current students.

Anna Mackenzie

2011 Recipient
Anna Mackenzie, Artsci'11

Anna exemplied the values and goals of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association, connecting students to their future as alumni. Her professionalism, poise and mentorship allowed the entire ambassador team to flourish during the past year. Anna also excelled in her role as VP Ambassadors, creating and implementing extraordinary hiring and training practices, and setting a volunteer structure that will last for years to come – all while wearing a brilliant smile.



Jamie Harshman

2010 Recipient
Jamie Harshman, Artsci'10

Jamie has been a fantastic ambassador of Queen’s University while inspiring others with her philanthropic passion and enthusiasm. Her roles as VP Giving with the QSAA and Co-Chair of the ThankQ graduating class gift were both performed at a high level of efficiency. She worked tirelessly at developing new ideas and strategies. Jamie was a positive resource for other students at all team meetings and events, and was a terrific team player.


Alissa Sokolski

2009 Recipient 
Alissa Sokolski, Artsci'09

Alissa demonstrated a positive attitude, outstanding work ethic and commitment to the Queen's Student Alumni Association, and set a terrific example for future QSAA members. Alissa donated her time and impressive graphic design skills for several Queen's projects, both for the QSAA and for several Queen's Athletics booster clubs and other campus groups. Her work with the ThankQ Graduating Class Gift Committee even inspired her to submit an article to the Queen's Alumni Review, spreading the word of the group's work to alumni.

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