Herbert J. Hamilton Volunteer Service Award

Presented annually to an alumnus/alumna in recognition of volunteer service to the life and work of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA), either through short-term impactful involvement or long-term commitment.

Award Eligibility & Criteria

Candidates should be:

  • A Queen’s alumnus/alumna
  • A current or past volunteer within the Queen’s University Alumni Association. This could include any number of roles contributing to the QUAA mission to reach out and foster a lifelong association with Queen’s, including but not limited to: the QUAA board, Branches, Reunions, and Chapters
  • Someone who has made a significant, peer-recognized contribution as an alumni volunteer to further engage our members in the life and work of the university

2020 Recipient

Elke Beecken

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Elke Beecken

For over 30 years, Elke Beecken has actively supported the mission of QUAA. She is dedicated to helping Queen’s students and graduates who are relocating to Germany feel welcome and connected to other alumni in the area. Elke is currently serving as the president of the German Alumni Branch since 2007. In addition to her volunteer roles, Elke went above and beyond to help a German student complete his diploma thesis at Queen’s by leading a fundraising campaign in 2008.