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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should attend Alumni Volunteer Summit?

Alumni Volunteer Summit is a two-day conference that brings together current and prospective Queen’s volunteers for professional development and networking. Whether you volunteer with a Queen's University Alumni Association Branch or Board of Directors, help to coordinate your class reunion, volunteer with your faculty or sit on University Council, this conference is for you. 

If you're new to volunteering, this annual event is an ideal way to meet and learn from other experienced volunteers and volunteer leaders. 

Why should I attend Alumni Volunteer Summit?

Attendees can expect to learn transferable skills that can be applied to their own work, both as volunteers and in their respective career fields. Attendees will also receive a certificate of completion.

Focused on succession planning, organizationaland leadership development, this year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Dr. Douglas Reid and Dr. Julian Barling from Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s Women’s Rugby Head Coach, Beth Barz, and Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Daniel Woolf.  

There is also an opportunity to network with other alumni and school administrators. 

Where will Alumni Volunteer Summit take place?

At the Donald Gordon Conference Centre  in Kingston, Ontario. Delegates will have the opportunity to book accommodation at the DGC for an additional fee when they register.

Is there a fee for Alumni Volunteer Summit? What does this include? 

The cost for this conference opportunity is $60 for both days which includes informative workshops and professional speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, lunches, breakfast, snacks, parking, all-day coffee, registration material and all facility amenities. *NEW THIS YEAR: Price includes Friday dinner at the DGC Coach House Pub.*

This price does NOT include accommodation. If delegates wish to stay at the Donald Gordon Centre, additional fees will apply.

Is the Donald Gordon Centre accessible? 

Yes, the centre is fully accessible. 

Where can I park? 

The Donald Gordon Centre includes parking for all residents and conference attendees. 

Is there a dress code for the weekend?

Dress for the conference portion of the weekend is business casual. If you plan to attend the Alumni Awards Gala on Saturday evening, please be advised that this is a black-tie event. 

Am I eligible for a travel reimbursement? 

Voting members for Alumni Assembly (as defined in the QUAA Constitution & Bylaws, section 6.2.2) are eligible for travel reimbursement as outlined in the Travel Subsidy Policy for AVS. Please contact Nikki Remillard at with questions or for more information.

I noticed "Grad Bash" is listed as an optional activity on Friday afternoon. What is this, and how can I participate?

Grad Bash is an annual celebration for graduating students hosted by the Queen's University Alumni Association. The vision of GradBash 2015 is to successfully educate the graduating class about the power of their alumni network, demonstrating the benefits of being informed, involved, and ultimately invested alumni.  

Please stay tuned for updates on how you can get involved as an alumni representative. 

What is the QUAA AGM?

All graduates of Queen’s University are members of the Queen’s University Alumni Association. The Association is headed-up by a volunteer Board of Directors, responsible for establishing priorities and policies that further the mission of the Association and advances the strategic priorities of the Association.

The QUAA Annual General Meeting (AGM) at AVS is an opportunity for the Board of Directors to provide an update on the year’s activities and priorities for the upcoming year, officially install the new Board of Directors, and to solicit feedback. All alumni are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend the AGM. However, voting privileges are reserved for the following groups: Branch Presidents (or designates), QUAA Board Members, appointed members of University Council and Senate, current Student Leaders (AMS, SGPS, QSAA) and the Principal of Queen’s University (or designate). Please refer to the QUAA Constitution & Bylaws for additional information on the AGM and structure of the QUAA Board of Directors.

For more information on the QUAA, click here to read a message from QUAA President, George M. Jackson.

  How far of a walk is it to main campus from the Donald Gordon Centre?

Depending on your pace, it will likely take between 15 - 20 minutes to walk from the DGC to main campus.

Will there be time to visit campus/ shop at the campus bookstore etc?

Yes, we have scheduled flex time on Friday afternoon from 3 - 5 pm, when delegates are welcome to attend Grad Bash, explore campus, visit the Campus Bookstore and/ or visit the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (admission is free for AVS attendees).

I haven't been to campus in a while. Where is ____? 

Please visit to view and print an interactive copy of the main Queen's campus map.

Where/How do I find out what restaurants, pubs, and services are open throughout the weekend?

Information on visiting the many campus services and dining facilities can be found at

What's new in Kingston? 

Within the last few years, Market Square has been completely redone, a new large-venue entertainment centre has been built (the K-Rock Centre), and Jack Astor’s opened at Brock and King Street featuring a rooftop patio.The S&R department store has been turned into commercial and retail space, with a Milestone’s restaurant, pet supply store, and Marble Slab Creamery on the ground floor. There are also many new stores and restaurants along Princess Street. 

Visit for the most up-to-date information and "happenings" in the Limestone City.

What is the number for a local taxi?

Modern: 613.546.2222

Amherst: 613.542.3333

Amey’s: 613.546.1111

Where can I access resources to learn more about AVS and getting more involved with the Queen's volunteer community?

Visit the Queen's Alumni Volunteer Opportunities Directory to apply for volunteer positions, submit your general volunteer interests, and access tools & resources to further your volunteer career. The Volunteer Opportunities Directory Learning Library also includes full session content (including power point presentations) from Alumni Volunteer Summit 2014.

    Who should I contact for more information? 

    Please contact Jess Koehn at or 1-800-267-7837.

    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

    For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.