Alumni Humanitarian Award

Presented to a Queen’s alumnus/alumna in recognition of distinguished work or volunteer service, at home or abroad, which has made a difference to the well-being of others.

Award Eligibility & Criteria

Candidates should be:

  • A Queen’s alumnus/alumna
  • Someone who has made an outstanding difference in the well-being of others within their community or beyond
  • Recognized by their peers as having demonstrated humanitarian service that has enhanced the lives of others
  • An individual who has accomplished this service in either a professional or volunteer capacity

2022 Recipient

Leslie Laing Gibbard

  • MSc
    ’82
  • PhD
    ’87

Leslie Laing

Leslie has spent her career helping people overcome the debilitating, commonly misdiagnosed autoimmune disease known as Sjögren’s, which affects over 430,000 Canadians, 90% of whom are women. The disease is often associated with rheumatoid arthritis and/or lupus and has hallmark symptoms of joint pain, excessive fatigue, dry eyes, and dry mouth, which leads not only to difficulties in speaking and swallowing but also to significant dental decay. She is currently president and on the medical advisory board of the Sjögren's Society of Canada. In her role as prosthodontist (dental specialist involved in oral rehabilitation), she works in private practice as well as at Toronto Public Health Dental and Oral Care Clinics where she provides complex oral care to low-income seniors. Her efforts have made a significant impact in the daily lives of many.