Alumni Bulletin Board
News about the Tricolour Award and a new Alumni Chapter for Aboriginal Students
Celebrating the Tricolour Society
The Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award and induction into the Tricolour Society is the highest tribute that can be paid to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic extra-curricular activities. Rector Nick Francis, Artsci’14, has taken the initiative to create a new annual celebration that will bring together past and current recipients. The inaugural event, to be held March 20, will introduce the newest members of the Tricolour Society to their predecessors. All Tricolour Award recipients are invited to attend. Learn more at queensu.ca/rector/awards.html
Calling all Aboriginal students and alumni
Alumni Relations is launching a series of new Chapters, which will connect alumni with common interests or backgrounds. One of the first of these is the Aboriginal Alumni Chapter, created in partnership with the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
The impetus for such a Chapter came from students. “They didn’t want to lose the connection with other Aboriginal students after graduating,” says Janice Hill, Ed’99, director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.
Janice says she always wondered what happened to her own classmates in the close-knit Queen’s Aboriginal Education class of 1999. After exploring the idea further with students, she realized many of them also wanted to make connections with Aboriginal alumni who might offer them advice as they entered the work world. This is something Janice hopes to encourage. “I’ve told students that when you have a Queen’s education, you can go anywhere in the world. Your education isn’t just your diploma, it’s your network.”
When Janice tested the idea with those in her own network, 33 Aboriginal alumni signed up to be part of a new Aboriginal Alumni Chapter, connecting Aboriginal Queen’s grads and students in communities across North America. The aim is for 70 more alumni to sign up this spring. Online networking and mentoring will be key elements of the new Chapter, with occasional face-to-face events. Janice hopes to announce a Chapter launch event in Kingston later this year.
While she sees professional networking and career advice to be a major driver to connect students past and present, Janice doesn’t want the Chapter to be limited to job advice. She hopes to involve alumni who can share their stories about their student experiences in hopes this can help shape future programing for Aboriginal students. Janice also wants the Chapter to introduce students to alumni who may have taken detours in their career paths, as she herself has done.