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Honour a Queen's hero

Article published in November 2009 Gazette


What do a welder, a pioneer of feminism, a groundskeeper, a staff activist, a former Queen’s football coach and a tireless alumna fundraiser have in common?

They all share an illustrious bond as recipients of one of the highest awards for distinguished and exemplary service to the university.

First awarded in 1974, the Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually in May at the University Council meeting and dinner. Recipients are named honorary life members of council and invited to attend the annual sessions. Up to six awards are granted each year.

The 174 recipients to date include alumni, staff, faculty members, former principals, retirees, donors and friends – all of whom have in some way helped to make the university a better place.

Although nominations don’t close until Feb. 5, 2010, the selection committee would like people to start thinking about submitting nominations before the holiday season ramps up over the next few weeks.

All alumni and members of University Council (this includes members of Senate and Board of Trustees) are invited to nominate candidates. Other university community members are encouraged to contact a representative above with their nomination suggestions. Membership lists are posted on the University Secretariat website under the Senate, Board and University Council categories.

For details and nomination forms, visit the Distinguished Services Awards website or call 613-533-6095.

And to answer the question above, those recipients are:

  • Clifford Brown (1979), a skilled welder, good-humoured teacher and master of preventive maintenance in the Department of Mechanical Engineering;

  • Roberta Hamilton (2009), recently retired professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, biographer of legendary Queen’s Registrar, Jean Royce and advocate of social justice;

  • Manuel Teves (1991), expert groundskeeper for 22 years in Campus Engineering – also known as “Mr. Campus:”

  • Mary Fraser (2002), formerly of the Department of Art, a “governance guru” and fundraising leader who served several years on Queen’s University Staff Association Executive and the Board of Trustees;

  • Doug Hargreaves (1995), “Professor of Pigskin” and one of the winningest coaches in Canadian college history (110-59-3) over 19 years;

  • Jane Kaduck (1996), alumna, former Associate Alumni Fund Director, a warm, caring presence and staff-member-of-choice to thousands of alumni volunteers – the “heart of Summerhill.”

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