Sue Bates receiving the 2019 Padre Laverty Award
Padre Laverty Award plaque

Padre Laverty Award (Kingston Branch)

Inaugurated in 1967 as the Kingston Award, the Padre Laverty Award is presented biennially by the Kingston Branch of the Queen's University Alumni Association to a degree recipient, usually a resident of the Kingston area, for outstanding service to Queen's University or jointly to the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

In 1991, it was renamed to commemorate the long and distinguished service of the first University Chaplain, Padre A. Marshall Laverty. This award is presented biennially at the Kingston Branch Awards dinner hosted by the Kingston Branch of the QUAA.

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • The nominee has made a significant contribution to Queen’s University or jointly to Queen’s and the Kingston community.
  • The nominee is a Queen's degree recipient.
  • If a nominee is or was an employee of Queen’s, their outstanding service to Queen’s University and the Kingston community were not made as part of their normal duties as an employee.

Only complete nomination packages provided by the deadline will be considered. Nominations will be considered for 2 consecutive award cycles. Nominators must be graduates of Queen’s University, and, if their nomination is successful, they will normally deliver a tribute speech at the award dinner.

2024 Recipient

Frank Halligan

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Frank Halligan

The Kingston Branch is presenting Frank Halligan with the Padre Laverty Award for his leadership and ongoing championing of sports at Queen’s and in Kingston.

Mr. Halligan is a retired teacher, former high school coach, former adjunct professor in Queen’s Faculty of Education, and was a coach for the Queen’s Gaels for seven seasons, from 1994-2000. More recently, Mr. Halligan played a part in Queen’s campaign to revitalize Richardson Stadium. Mr. Halligan served as the Athletic Coordinator of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association (KASSAA) from 2010-2022, responsible for the operation of high school athletic competitions in Kingston and Area. During his time in the role, he mentored numerous coaches and athletes and deepened the ties between Queen’s Athletics and Recreation and KASSAA, to the great benefit to Queen’s and student athletics in Kingston.