The Danielle Polk Memorial Award

Established by family, classmates and friends at Queen's University in memory of Danielle Polk, B.P.H.E. 1999, to recognize her enthusiasm for life and the outdoors, love of humanity, and devotion to family and friends.

This award honours the memory of our daughter, Danielle Polk, who graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education at Queen's in 1999. In August of 2000, while riding her bicycle, Danielle was hit by a car and died of her head injuries 5 days later. In April 2000, she returned from 7 months of travelling in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and India. The week she died, she was about to leave for Universite Laval in Quebec City to take the four month course in "Francais pour non-Francophones". She then hoped to attend teachers' college.

Our intention is that this be a humanitarian award. Excellence in academics and athletics are already well rewarded. A loving, compassionate spirit may be more difficult to recognize but these are the qualities that make life worth living and the world a better place.