Initiative of the Year Award

Gala Award

This award is presented to recognize an initiative that most contributes to the mission of the QUAA.

A prize of free tuition to the annual Alumni Volunteer Summit is awarded to the lead individual for the initiative (i.e. Branch president, director, reunion co-ordinator, etc.) or designate.


Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter (QBAC) -
Homecoming Launch Event

2020 Recipient

Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter (QBAC) — Homecoming Launch Event

QBAC’s Homecoming Launch event helped to foster meaningful ties within the Queen’s black community and build connections between the black community and QUAA. Since the launch event, there has been an increase in the representation and participation of black alumni in QUAA programs and events, such as the 2019 Alumni Volunteer Summit.


Past Award Recipients

2014 Calgary Branch - Student Outreach Program

2012 Regina Branch - Regina Queen's Alumni MiniU

2011 Toronto Branch - Tournament of Gaels Curling Bonspiel

2010 Vancouver Branch - Art, Wine, and Sustainable Futures

2009 Ottawa Branch - Discovery Day at the Queen's University Biological Station

2008 New York City Branch - Alfie's Style "Smoker"

2007 Arizona Branch - Afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden

2006 Toronto Branch - Participation in the John Orr Dinner & Dance

2005 Ottawa Branch - Participation in the Dragon Boat Festival

2004 Victoria Branch - Alumni Picnic

2004 Honourable mention also went to France Branch - for the "Queen's in Paris" Luncheon

2003 Ottawa Branch - Garden Party at Kingsmere

2002 Kingston Branch - Tri-University Dinner

2001 Colorado Branch - Participation in the Colorado Highland Games Festival

2000 Niagara Branch - September, 1999 "From Vine to Wine"

2000 Honourable mention also went to Northern California ranch - for their "Day at the Races"

Award Eligibility & Criteria

Candidates should be:

  • From an active and officially recognized Queen’s Branch, Reunion group or Chapter
  • An initiative that aligns with and embodies the mission of the QUAA to engage members in the life and work of the university, and to serve the alumni community in all its diversity
  • Not limited to social events but include initiatives to engage alumni with the life and work of Queen’s University in unique and meaningful ways

For more information about alumni awards, please contact Lenore Klein, 613-533-6000 ext 78691.