Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 28 - Dec. 9, 2019

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

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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

Leigh Kalin

As we embark on the holiday season, many of you are busy planning your travels to visit family and friends and will be hitting the road, sky, or rails in the coming weeks. Here in the office, we are thinking travel for a host of other reasons. As part of the emerging Advancement Regional Strategy, one of our key objectives is to:

Develop an integrated approach to regional strategy to align Advancement and campus partners with three- to five-year market plans by April 30, 2020.

We are working to consolidate all Advancement and faculty travel plans into a central calendar for co-ordination and strategy development purposes. We are asking everyone to please forward their travels plans to Nicole Lynch, Development Co-ordinator, by noon on Dec. 12 (Thursday). For more information, please contact Liz Gorman.

Advancement Holiday Charity Support

One of my favourite events of the year is the Advancement Holiday Party. The community charity component is a tradition that I feel extremely proud to be a part of. This year, Advancement voted to support Addiction and Mental Health Services - KFLA as our charity of choice. We are off to a terrific start with $1,110 raised to date. Thank you to everyone who has already contributed. If, like me, life got in the way and you missed the party this year or you just haven’t had a moment to donate, it’s not too late. You have until Dec. 12 to make your gift. You can log into the event website and make a straight donation here.

Partners in Mission Food Bank logo

Another option is to support the Partners in Mission Foodbank. Throughout the month of December, your colleagues in the Old Medical Building are participating in our second annual “16 Days of Cheer.” For each working day until the holiday break, they identify a unique activity or theme to celebrate the season. Some of the highlights include the selfless act day, and the ever-popular door decorating competition. On Tuesday Dec. 10, the activity is preparing a donation for the Partners in Mission Foodbank. We’d love to make the donation as BIG as possible, so we are inviting all of Advancement to bring non-perishable food items to the 2nd floor kitchen in the Old Medical Building. Our deadline for donations is noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and all donations will be delivered later that same day.

Here's a list of items that the Partners in Mission Foodbank has listed as most needed:

  • Canned meat and fish
  • Peanut butter and jam
  • Stews, canned tomatoes
  • Baby food, formula, diapers
  • Rice and pasta
  • Cereal
  • Tea, coffee, sugar

Congratulations to Val, Your 2019 Heney Award Recipient

Heney Award

“Val is extremely dedicated to providing service to her fellow colleagues in Advancement. She goes above and beyond all the time. She is constantly trying to understand the user needs and the business they operate in to ensure the best possible outcome and data. She knows how to prioritize and is extremely professional under pressure. She is extremely reliable and consistent. I know ITM constantly rely on her for resilience and judgement. She is there "go-to" all the time. She may be quiet/reserved but is definitely a silent leader.”

Holidogs (and Cats) Photo Competition

Last week, Scott invited Advancement to share pictures of their pets for a chance to win a Tim Hortons prize pack and a special gift for the pet for their (forced) participation.

The winner is Kym Cook's dog!

Regan with holiday cone

Our esteemed judging panel said this:

"Reagan's face says it all — the embarrassment of an Elizabethan collar is more than doubled by the ingenious addition of a Christmas wreath. Reagan deserves a little something extra under the tree for being such a good sport."

Thank you to all who entered. Here are a few more happy holiday pets.

Pet Contest Entries

Out of Office Replies Over the Holidays

When you leave for the holidays this year, please be sure to update your out of office reply. It’s important that each and every one of us provide details of how gifts can be made during the holiday closure. To make things easy we’ve included Karen’s out-of-office message below:

Queen’s University is closed for the holidays beginning at noon on Dec. 24, 2019 and will reopen on Jan. 2, 2020. Charitable donations made on or before Dec. 31, 2019 can be claimed against your income for 2019. If you would like to make a charitable gift to Queen’s University and receive a tax receipt for the 2019 year, you have the following options available:

  1. By phone: Contact our Business Support Representatives at 1(800) 267-7837 during the following hours:
    • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Friday, Dec. 27, 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Monday, Dec. 30, 8:30am – 4:30pm
    • Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8:30am – 4:30pm
  2. Give online at on or before midnight (EST) Dec. 31, 2019.
  3. Canada Post: Gifts should be mailed and postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2019. Please address your mail to:

Queen’s University

Gift Services, Advancement

50-B Arch Street, Old Medical Building

Kingston, Ont., K7L 3N6

On behalf of all our students, faculty, and staff, we thank you for your support in 2019 and wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Karen Bertrand, CFRE | Vice-Principal (Advancement)
Queen’s University
Summerhill, Room 118 | Kingston, ON | K7L 3N6
Tel 613-533-6771 |

Note: Queen’s University is committed to the protection of your personal sensitive information. Please do not transmit credit card information over email or voicemail.

Jobs with Advancement

We need your recruitment help. Know great talent that would be a good addition to our team? If so, please promote the vacancy below with your networks and let’s find some amazing new team members.

Applications (including a cover letter and résumé) must be submitted through CareerQ. For additional information on these postings, please reach out to either Katelyn, Carla, or the hiring manager for the position you are interested in.

Available Position:


Assistant, Alumni Services

Alumni Relations, Department of Advancement Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 5

Fun Fact

Finnegan the dog and Santa