By Deborah Melman-Clement
How do you show your appreciation for a family whose impact on Queen’s and the world has been nothing short of transformational? When it comes to the Bader family, a simple celebration just isn’t enough. That’s why we’re spending most of this autumn celebrating the contributions of Alfred Bader, BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86, Isabel Bader, LLD’07, and their family foundation, Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
The Bader Celebrations campaign will enable us to communicate our gratitude to the Baders and share stories of their decades of philanthropy to ensure that everyone knows and understands the impacts of their generosity – on Queen’s, on the people who live and work here, on the Kingston community, and on the world.
The campaign period will include Isabel’s 95th birthday on Nov. 1, and it will wrap up on Nov.15, the 80thanniversary of Alfred’s arrival on campus (and, coincidentally, National Philanthropy Day.) Highlights will include videos, social media, a new plaque honouring Bader Philanthropies, stories in the QAN, the QAR, and the Queen’s Gazette, and Bader Day, an entire day dedicated to celebrating the Baders.
We’ll be launching Bader Celebrations in September. Watch for more information in future issues of ALTogether Now.
By Josh Adler
What do we know about our alumni today?
What do you wish we knew about our alumni, so you could know who to talk to about those details, or to help you craft that perfect program, develop that perfect ask, or perfectly promote that initiative?
As we kick off our large-scale initiative to develop alumni personas and journey maps, our aim is to know more about our alumni and dig deeper than we ever have before — to know how best to develop and strengthen relationships and provide value to all 180,000+ of them.
We’ll seek to understand answers to questions like these, so we can group them in more meaningful ways;
• Who are they?
• What do they care about?
• How do they spend their time?
• What are their interests?
• What motivates them?
• How, where, and when can Queen’s continue to play a meaningful role in their lives?
As this work unfolds, there will be many opportunities for everyone to participate, engage in the work, and help define the outcome – so that it truly benefits the work that you do.
Please plan to attend one of the overview presentations, which should already be in most of your calendars. (A recording will also be shared for those that can’t attend one live.)
In this presentation, our external partner, Nous Group, will walk through; what personas and journey maps are and outline; what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and what you can expect to see.
We hope you’re as excited about this work as we are.
Things are moving along quite nicely on the new Queen’s Alumni Review website. The work is being led by Madelaine Johnson and Alex Beshara and the design agency we hired to help – Massive Media. Decisions are being made based on best practice, existing readerships surveys, freshly pulled website analytics, the new creative direction of QAR, as well as supplemental surveys to fill in holes.
The Employee Spotlight celebrates the arrival of our new staff and current staff by profiling responses they share through a fun and informal survey that will help us get to know them better. Be sure to review these profiles and use these fun facts and tidbits to find commonalities, embrace differences and spark a conversation. We have welcomed one new member to Advancement:
Andrew Sung in the position of Senior Analyst, Business Analysis, ITM. Learn more about Andrew and what fictional family he would like to be part of and why.
Learn more about Lesley Kelly in the position of Director, Finance and discover what song you'd catch her singing at a karaoke night.
Queen’s has been given some interesting gifts over the years, and from well-known donors. For instance, The Douglas Chair.
The chair was commissioned by James Douglas, the university’s third chancellor from 1915 until his death in 1918, to accompany a gift that he made in 1910 to endow the Douglas Chair in Canadian and Colonial History. The chair was originally hand-carved in India of Burmese teakwood by the daughter of one of his friends, and was fully restored before being relocated for its centenary celebration. It is on display in the special collections area in Douglas Library, named for him in honour of his many years of philanthropy and service to Queen’s.