Class Notes

Catch up on classmates, housemates, faculty, and friends.

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Marking career and personal achievements, special milestones and the birth of future Queen's alumni - Class Notes helps you stay in touch with former classmates, housemates, and faculty.

  • 1990s

    Andrew Boggs

    – Artsci’96

    Andrew Boggs has been appointed as university secretary of Royal Holloway University of London. He continues as a director of Independent Higher Education, the representative body for independent higher education providers in the U.K. Andrew and his young family live in Twickenham, where he continues to write and speak on issues related to university policy in the U.K.

  • Bruce Weir and Alex McArthur at Queen's


    Bruce Weir

    – Sc’71

    Bruce Weir (Applied Math) returned to Queen's in October to visit with his grandson, Alex McArthur, as well as for the Homecoming Football game, which he joined as the honour guard led by the marching band (including Alex). Alex is studying Life Sciences (Artsci’27), and has joined the Queen's marching band. Alex is the fourth generation to attend Queen's. His aunt, Allison Weir (MA’08), obtained her master's degree in history from Queen's, while two great uncles, Bob Weir (Sc’36) and Russ Weir (Sc’39), graduated in Metallurgical Engineering. 

  • David Hain, class note


    David Hain

    – Arts‘71, LLB’74

    The Brockville Concert Band has been entertaining Brockville audiences for 50 years and now has more than 70 members, including these happy Queen's alumni: (back row) Michel LaBonté, Sc’80; Suzanne Morrison, Mus’91, BEd’92; Charlotte Patterson, BEd’78, MEd’90; Tracey Clarey Artsci/Ed’05, BEd’05; David Hain Arts’71, LLB’74; (front row) Sarah Pattingale-Jones Mus‘96, BEd’01; Heather Jones (Wales) BEd’15; Judy Quick (Bourne) Mus’76, BEd’77, co-conductor; Karen Mahon (Wylie) Artsci’78; Colleen Leslie (Rowsom) Mus’05, BEd ‘06.


  • 1990s

    Erum Afsar

    – Sc’94

    Erum Afsar has achieved the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, a designation acknowledging a lifelong commitment to excellence in the boardroom. She was also awarded the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal from the province of Alberta for her community service and dedication to STEM. Additionally, she celebrated a significant career achievement with the opening of the Valley Line LRT in Edmonton, of which she was project manager for the downtown portion.

  • Debrah Zemanek and Jean Paul Martin, class note


    Debrah Zemanek and Jean Paul Martin

    – Sc’16 and Sc’13, PhD’19

    On Sept. 30, Debrah Zemanek and Jean Paul Martin were married in Squamish, B.C. The married couple are seen here, in the middle of the second row from the bottom, surrounded by family, friends, and a lot of Queen's alumni after the ceremony. With cocktails on the dock and a game of capture the flag before the ceremony, it was a perfect weekend to celebrate a love that began at Queen's.

  • 1990s

    Mona Rahman

    – Artsci’93, PhD’01

    Mona Rahman is humbled and surprised to discover that she has been included in the EqualityX Top 50 Influential Muslims List in the Americas. The 2023 Influential Muslim List is reserved for the most inspirational Muslim individual whose work has brought distinction to Muslim communities. This recognition is awarded to professionals with a solid track record of making a positive difference and clear evidence of impact, both in the workplace and in society. Mona had served as education coordinator of the Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK) for six years. She’s also been working with children and youth in the Muslim community since her undergraduate days and frequently speaks about various topics in the local schools and on campus as a member of the Islamic information and outreach committee. She currently teaches Qur’an as well as Grade 11/12 Islamic studies at the ISK Evening and Weekend School. Since 2014, she has been serving as co-chair for the Give30 Campaign in Kingston, which aims to raise money for local food banks during Ramadan and also serves on the boards of Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and the Kingston Health Sciences Centre. She was the inaugural interim co-chair of UCARE at Queen's and is the current co-chair of the community equity advisory committee for the Limestone District School Board. During the day, she serves as the research awards officer in the vice-principal research portfolio at Queen's.