ALTogether Now

Planning for the year ahead

Deanna Bennett, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal - Jan 31, 2022

As mentioned in 2022/2023 Planning timeline, we are planning for the week of March 21 to be in person and to serve as the official launch of our 2022-23 planning cycle with the management team. We’ve shortened the planning cycle to five weeks to streamline the process. We’v...

Charting a course for the future

Steve Hornsby, Executive Director, Advancement Services - Jan 24, 2022

The scale of digital transformation taking place across all sectors, including our own, continues by leaps and bounds.  As mentioned in previous newsletters, the Office of Advancement retained a consultant to develop a technology roadmap to ensure that we are positioned t...

Brightening up 'Blue Monday'

Scott Anderson, Executive Director, Communications, Marketing, and Donor Relations - Jan 17, 2022

You may have heard that today is Blue Monday, reputed to be the most depressing day of the year. In truth, it is nothing but a marketing tactic dreamed up by a travel company to encourage people to fly south. Nevertheless, here is a little video sent to us by a very good frien...

Pivot

Leigh Kalin, Associate Vice-Principal, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving - Jan 10, 2022

The start of January 2022 feels quite strange. It is a much different scenario that we had predicted. A few short months ago, the end of the pandemic was in sight. We were actively and excitedly planning the resumption of in-person alumni events and the return of business trav...

Welcoming 2022

Karen Bertrand, Vice-Principal Advancement - Jan 03, 2022

I have thought about this New Year’s message for days.  As I reflected on the possibilities for 2022, I was genuinely excited and optimistic. I was energized by the possibilities before us.  The professional possibilities of 2022 are considerable. This year, we...

2022/2023 Planning timeline

Leigh Kalin, Associate Vice-Principal, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving - Dec 13, 2021

Karen mentioned in the last edition of ALTogether Now that we will have our first in-person week of Mar. 21. This week will also be the official kick-off of our 2022/2023 planning cycle. The Advancement Leadership Team (ALT) is making some changes this year in how we approach ...

Reflecting on our team dynamic

Karen Bertrand, Vice Principal, Advancement - Dec 06, 2021

I have been thinking a lot about our values lately, and how they are – or are not – expressed through action. Perhaps this was a natural outcome of the mid-year reviews we have all been working on. Maybe it was because of the content prepared over the past couple of weeks for ...

Fundraising priority setting

Michelle Fuko, Associate Vice-Principal, Development - Nov 29, 2021

In January, we are launching our fundraising priority-setting process, and I wanted to give everyone in Advancement a quick understanding of the process and why it’s important.  The purpose of the Fundraising Priority Setting Exercise is to identify Queen’s academic, r...

Return to campus update — action required

Deanna Bennett, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal - Nov 22, 2021

It is time to turn our attention to preparing our physical space for our hybrid working environment. While we don’t know what the layout of our physical space on campus will look like, we need to do some housekeeping to prepare our spaces for common use.  The first ...

ALT mid-year review

Stephen Hornsby, Executive Director, Advancement Services - Nov 12, 2021

As this newsletter lands on your virtual desk, all of us are likely in the process of preparing for our mid-year performance dialogues. While these opportunities take place twice a year, our discussions are most effective if we maintain a continuous dialogue with each other th...

Planning makes perfect

Scott Anderson, Executive Director, Marketing, Communications & Donor Relations - Nov 08, 2021

I was being teased at our Advancement Leadership Team (ALT) meeting the other day about my love of planning. I confess it’s true, and I am only mildly embarrassed by it. I have learned the hard way that Benjamin Franklin was right when he said “by failing to prepare, you are p...

Evolution of Advancing IDEAS

Leigh Kalin, Associate Vice-Principal (Alumni Relations & Annual Giving) - Nov 01, 2021

The Advancing Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEAS) committee identified the need to evolve our approach to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigeneity (EDII). This sentiment is shared by the Advancement Leadershop Team (ALT). We know that as a leadership team, w...