Editor's notebook: Changing our world
One of the things I enjoy most about my work as editor of the Alumni Review is the endless parade of fascinating people I encounter or hear about each and every day.
Queen’s truly is a remarkable university. It’s home to some of Canada’s brightest and most innovative teachers, and among the students these men and women educate are many young people who, when they graduate, go on to change the world. Some do so in small, incremental ways, flying below the radar. Others are game changers who dream big, soar high, and make headlines. I’m reminded of that whenever we begin choosing stories to feature in the Review – and believe me, there’s never a shortage of good ones. The magazine you hold in your hands is yet another example of that.
Our cover stories this issue (“Young Entrepreneurs: Getting down to business”, pp. 22-24) report on how a growing number of enterprising students and young grads personify the “spirit of initiative” by creating their own career opportunities.
Elsewhere on this homepage you’ll find profiles of two alumni who are among the “game changers” I alluded to above: Kathleen Wynne, Artsci’77, a former star sprinter on the varsity track team, the new Premier of Ontario, and Political Studies grad Luke Skipper, Artsci’04, a key organizer and strategist for the Scottish National Party in its campaign for a “Yes” vote in next year’s historic referendum on Scottish independence.
These grads aren’t the only ones flying high of late. In the days just before this issue of the Review went to press, several other members of the Queen’s family made headlines for various reasons, all of them good. That being so, we congratulate:
The members of the Tragically Hip – Gord Downie, Arts’87; Gord Sinclair, Arts’86; Rob Baker, BFA’86; and their bandmates Paul Langlois and Johnny Fay. One of the best reasons to go to Alfie’s pub on a Saturday night back in the mid-1980s, was the chance to hear and see “The Hip” perform. They were campus favourites. Almost 30 years later, the band is still going strong, with more than a dozen albums, 14 Junos, and numerous other accolades to their credit. In July, Canada Post will further immortalize The Hip by issuing a stamp that’s part of a special issue of stamps saluting Canadian musicians. Now how cool is that?
Jeffrey Simpson, Arts’71, LLD’05, whose book Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century, has won the 2012-13 Donner Prize. The honour, which includes a cheque for $50,000, is given annually to the “best public policy book” written by a Canadian author. As you may recall, Jeff’s longtime Globe and Mail colleague Hugh Winsor, Arts’61, interviewed Jeff about his book in Issue #3-2012 of the Review;
CONGRATULATIONS are also in order for the Review’s sister publication, The Queen’s Quarterly, which this year is celebrating its 120th anniversary. Always a delight to read and beautiful to look at, under the guiding hand of inspired editor Dr. Boris Castel, The Queen’s Quarterly has won numerous National Magazine Awards and has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of North America’s foremost learned journals, all the while serving as a welcome reminder that reports of the death of print are not only, they’re downright wrong.
GET WELL SOON. Longtime Queen’s Archives staffer George Henderson, Arts’59, MA’64, now retired, has been having a rough go of it lately. After a couple of bad falls, George is recuperating in the Helen Henderson Care Centre, 343 Amherst Drive, Amherstview, ON, K7N 1X3. George says he’d love to hear from classmates and other friends. While he doesn’t have email yet, he can be reached by snail mail or telephone at 613-384-1246. – K.C.