Alumni awards recognize Queen's-Kingston community leaders
The Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) is honouring Regina Rosen with this year’s Padre Laverty Award, and the 2009 Queen’s Gaels football team will receive the Jim Bennett Achievement Award.
“The Kingston Branch is delighted to be honouring Regina Rosen and the Queen's Gaels football team, who through their achievements have each given so much to both the Queen's and Kingston communities,” says Sue Bates, local QUAA president. “They truly represent the spirit of the two gentlemen for which our awards are named—Padre Laverty and Jim Bennett. We look forward to a wonderful celebration.”
Inaugurated in 1967 as the Kingston Award, and renamed in 1991 to commemorate the long and distinguished service of the first University Chaplain, the Padre Laverty Award is presented to the person whose service best emulates that of Padre Laverty.
Kingston philanthropist Regina Rosen will receive the Padre Laverty Achievement Award for volunteering energy, enthusiasm and financial support to Queen's University, the arts and the greater Kingston community. Her extensive volunteer activities include sitting on the selection committee for the Endowed Irving & Regina Rosen Public Lecture Series at Queen’s, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston, Co-chair of the 100th Anniversary Centenary Celebrations at the Beth Israel Synagogue, and Board and Committee Member of the Kingston United Way. Ms Rosen graduated from Queen’s in 1980 with a BA in Religion & Drama.
“Receiving the Padre Laverty Award has been inspirational,” says Ms Rosen. “I asked myself, ‘am I worthy of this?’ I then began to think not so much about what I have done, but that I had so much more to do. This extraordinary event has been life-changing, affording me the opportunity to look back, reflect on my life, and to refocus on what more is possible. It is always a time for new beginnings”
Inaugurated in 1993 as the Kingston Achievement Award, and renamed in 2000 to commemorate the distinguished and dedicated service of the late Jim Bennett to the university, to its students, and to the citizens of the greater Kingston community, the Jim Bennett Achievement Award honours Kingstonians who have made outstanding achievements in careers, sport, the arts, or volunteer endeavours.
The 2009 Gaels Football Team will receive the Jim Bennett Achievement Award for capturing Queen's spirit of excellence in sport. In November, the fourth-ranked Queens Gaels upset the No. 1 and defending national champion Laval Rouge et Or to capture the CIS semifinal Mitchell Bowl and put themselves in the Vanier Cup finals. In the national championship game, the Queen’s Gaels scored 26 unanswered points to turn a 25-7 halftime deficit into a 33-31 victory over the Calgary Dinos and captured the 45th Desjardins Vanier Cup.
The awards will be presented at the Padre Laverty and Jim Bennett Achievement Awards Dinner, hosted by the Kingston Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, on Thursday, May 13 at Ban Righ Hall.