Alumni Global Citizenship Award

Presented to a Queen's alumni or group of Queen's alumni in recognition of distinguished work or volunteer service which has made a difference to the well-being of others either at home or abroad. 

In 2022, the QUAA renamed this award from the previous Alumni Humanitarian Award. The QUAA respectfully acknowledges the past recipients of the Alumni Humanitarian Award as the terms of the award remain unchanged. 

Award eligibility and criteria

Candidates should be:

  • A Queen's alumnus/alumna or group of alumni
  • Someone who has made an outstanding difference in the well-being of others within her/his community, or further afield
  • Recognized by their peers or by the public as having demonstrated humanitarian service that has enhanced the lives of others. This accomplishment may include but is not limited to research, innovation, or sustainability. 
  • An individual who has accomplished this service in either a professional or volunteer capacity

2023 Recipient

Dr. Kate Rocklein

Kate Rocklein

After graduating from Queen’s Nursing in 2001, Dr. Kate Rocklein conducted search and rescue operations after 9/11, ensured federal healthcare policies honor service members' combat injuries, and directed a 220-bed COVID-19 hospital during New York City's worst surges.

Dr. Rocklein financially supports underrepresented nursing students and rugby student-athletes at Queen's, among many other notable causes. Dr. Rocklein’s dedicated service as a proud Queen’s alum is also evident in her efforts to promote equity in academic nursing, to improve educational accessibility for neurodiverse, disabled, and autistic learners, and to provide advocacy for military families affected by suicide and combat trauma.