The Michele Mainland Memorial Award

This is a Memorial Fund, in memory of Michele Mainland, BSc 1997. In honor of Michele’s love of learning and education, the Michele Mainland Memorial Scholarship fund was established at Queen’s with contributions from family, classmates, friends and the community. This fund supports three scholarship awards in recognition of academic excellence in Chemical Engineering (undergraduate awards to second and third year students and an award for post-graduate studies) and a medal for the graduating student who best exemplifies Michele’s personal qualities of persistence and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, sense of adventure, tenacity, courage and helpfulness to others.

Michele Marie Mainland passed away July 23, 1997 in her home town Owen Sound, Ontario. Michele lived a full life in 22 short years. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13, Michele fought to defy the odds and never let illness slow her down. She travelled extensively, loved music, volunteered with numerous organizations in Owen Sound and Kingston and excelled academically. Michele graduated from Queen’s University with an honors degree in Chemical Engineering in May 1997, following her sister Monica (Sc.96) and father Norm (Sc.65) in the same discipline. In recognition of Michele’s efforts and courage, her classmates voted her the outstanding graduate in Chemical Engineering. Based on her academic achievements, Michele was awarded an NSERC scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Medical Biophysics. Michele was, and always will be, an inspiration to all who knew her.