Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 14 - September 3, 2019

Advancement Leadership Team
Advancement Leadership Team: Steve Hornsby, Leigh Kalin, Scott Anderson, Karen Bertrand, Deanna Bennett, and Tom Hewitt

Welcoming Students Back to Campus

By Leigh Kalin, Interim Associate Vice-Principal Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Leigh Kalin
Leigh Kalin, Interim Associate Vice-Principal Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

The campus comes alive in September. All of a sudden, they’re back! It’s one of my favourite times of the year at Queen’s. The excitement and enthusiasm our students bring to a new school year is contagious.

Our very own students — the Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA) — are hard at work preparing for their upcoming school year. President Becca Dann, Ben Seewald, and the QSAA team participated last term in a workshop called Creating Meaningful Land Acknowledgements. As a result of this session, they developed their own land acknowledgement statements that you will hear this fall at their upcoming events.

QSAA Land Acknowledgement Statements

“On behalf of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association, I would like to begin by acknowledging our presence on the Katarokwi (Kingston) land of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples from across Turtle Island. By acknowledging this it reminds us that our great standard of living is directly related to the resources and friendship of Indigenous peoples. To acknowledge this traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, one predating the establishment of the earliest European colonies. It is also to acknowledge this territory’s significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived, and continue to live, upon it, and whose practices and spiritualties are tied to the land and continue to develop in relation to the territory and its other inhabitants today. While all of us here are encouraged to honour the history of these lands, I am moved to reflect about QSAA and the privileges we experience here in Kingston as a result of a colonial project. I urge us all to consider our own positionality as we gather today.

As a final note, I would like to recognize that acknowledging the land is only one part. I urge everyone in the room to think about reconciliACTION, the process of taking action to start important conversations and create meaningful change.”

For more information on the workshop, visit the Queen’s Gazette.

Get Ready for Homecoming

Homecoming 2019 planning is well underway. Registration opened on June 21, and there are currently 1,689 people registered for the weekend, which puts us on track to meet our goal of more than 3,000 people in attendance. For a list of events taking place over the weekend, please take a look at the online schedule. If you have questions about the events listed, or want to know what a specific class has planned, please reach out to the Reunions Team.

Transforming the Alumni Assembly

The membership and purpose of Alumni Assembly, the voting body for the QUAA, is being reviewed. The ad-hoc committee, led by Rico Garcia, has a goal to transform Alumni Assembly into a group of hyper-engaged volunteer leaders who collaborate across constituencies.

Alumni Assembly currently includes the QUAA Board of Directors, Branch leaders, student leaders (AMS, SGPS, and QSAA), and representatives from University Council, Senate and the principal. Membership is being reviewed to be more inclusive of volunteer leaders, including those who are: faculty based, interest based, identity based, and geographically based. Once membership is determined, the committee will then look at how to engage with this group throughout the year.

More to come on this.  For further details please reach out to Nikki Remillard.

Space Update on Summerhill

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy - I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” - Art Williams


The painting in the west wing of Summerhill is almost complete. The wallpaper in the stairwell was not removed. The existing walls are lath and plaster and there was a concern of excessive plaster repairs once they tested removing the wallpaper. We agreed to this after we saw the mock-up. 

The carpets have been removed and to our dismay they had been glued to the floors (the glue is an inch thick in some places) which will involve a lot of work to refinish. We also submitted a change order to have the carpets in the upstairs offices removed. Because room 205 is storing a number of desks it will be done last. 

All this being said, there will be delays. We are trying our best to keep pressure on the contractor to finish as soon as possible.

Once the work is completed Kate will order Purtell’s wooden crates to move belongings. Alumni Services will be located on the ground floor and Regional Strategy and Volunteer Relations will be on the second floor. 

Because we think moving is so fun, some additional shuffling will take place to move Events to the east wing of Summerhill. 

As always, thank you for your patience as we sort all of this out.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information please contact Deanna Bennett.

Fun Fact Update!

Broken arm iconEarlier this month, Karen challenged Advancement to guess how many times she has broken an arm and asked if anyone had broken more limbs.

The answer is that Karen has broken an arm four times. The winner of the draw for the Tim Hortons gift certificate is Corinne Beckner!

And it looks like Michael LeClair earns another gift certificate for four broken limbs plus two broken noses in case he needed a tie breaker. We clearly have some other broken people on the team — with broken hearts, lost organs, and skulls being cut into — but Michael's response was the closest to the spirit of the challenge question.

Members of the Alumni Services Team
Members of the Alumni Services team: Chelsea Grey, Melanie McEwen, Erin Skippon, Amy Offord, and Tania Carfa