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.

  • 2000s

    Ryan Noth

    – Artsci’01

    Fall 2022

    Ryan Noth’s film, Drifting Snow, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s top 10 Canadian films of 2021. The film was shot and set in Prince Edward County and along the highways around Kingston. It also employed Kingston crew members in its production. Drifting Snow is currently airing on Air Canada and WestJet, as well as Super Channel and many online streaming platforms.

  • 2000s

    Vanessa McGovern

    – Artsci’02

    Fall 2022

    Vanessa McGovern was given the prestigious honour of being named godmother to the Emerald Luna on July 22, 2022. The Emerald Luna is a river cruise ship, part of the cruise line Scenic Group. To be named godmother of a vessel is a great honour and long-standing maritime tradition. She was selected for this recognition as a result of her contributions to the U.S. travel industry. During her speech, she shared that she was a proud graduate of Queen’s!

  • Album cover of a woman playing a piano in the desert with a sky full of stars.


    Helen Kneale (née Bourgeois)

    – Artsci’09

    Fall 2022

    Helen Kneale is a lawyer with the federal Department of Justice, a former flight attendant, a mother of one (soon to be two) daughters and a singer-songwriter. As Heliara, she released her first album, Starry Skies, on June 1, 2022. It touches on themes of love, friendship, motherhood, exploration, and working for your fairy tale. It is a true privilege for her to share with the world this music. The album is available everywhere.

  • Photo of man in his judge robes.


    Ian M. Carter

    – Law’02

    Fall 2022

    Ian Carter was appointed as a judge to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa in June 2022. He comes from a Queen’s family that includes: his wife, Chrissie Yao (Artsci’93); children, Nathan (Artsci’23) and Madeleine Carter (Artsci’26); proud parents, Donald (Arts’64, Law’66) and Cathie Carter (Arts’65); and grandmother Margaret Carter (McNab) (BA’29). Justice Carter served as a law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal following his graduation, then practised criminal and civil law in Vancouver before joining the firm of Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa. Since then, his practice has focused primarily on criminal law. He was a member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association National Criminal Justice Section for many years, including as chair from 2018 to 2019, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Regional Senior Justice Award, which is given to a member of the County of Carleton Law Association who has made an outstanding contribution as a litigator.

  • Woman standing beside a large painting of a woman holding a book.


    Kate Mills

    – BFA’01

    Fall 2022

    Kate Mills has finally donated her first-year Queen’s studio painting to the Union Gallery, where it will hang in the office and possibly be loaned out to other departments. She painted this five-by-seven-foot painting in March 1998 for a BFA studio class assignment. In the class, each student was tasked with painting in this mammoth size. She decided to paint an answer to a cliché question a teacher might ask in high school after summer vacation: What happened in my first year at Queen’s? It had felt like a big year for her, as it was her first time away from home. She put her new friends Natalie Bowles (Com’01) and Kerri Austin (Artsci’01) into the painting. Affected by the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate also put in the broken trees along University Avenue from the disruptive January 1998 ice storm. Also pictured: her second home, Ontario Hall, where the fine arts classes are located; the radiator from her room in Ban Righ; and, outside her window, Grant and Kingston halls. Fast-forward 20 years – she decided the painting needed a better home than her parents’ basement, where they had kindly stored it. After she alerted former classmates, professors, and the Union Gallery in March 2021 through social media that she was interested in donating the painting, gallery director Carina Magazzeni accepted the painting. Presently, Kate is not a professional artist, but she has always appreciated the lifelong friendships she made and how her knowledge, confidence, and interests were enriched by her time at Queen’s.

  • Man with glass, photographed from the shoulders up, standing in front of a mural.


    Stacy Kelly

    – Artsci’93

    Fall 2022

    After 11 years in Toronto, in various development roles at OCAD University (2011–2017) and The 519, a Church Street community centre in Toronto (2017–2022), Stacy, along with his husband, Mark Julien (Ed’08), is delighted to be relocating back to Kingston, where he will be taking on a new role as executive director of the Community Foundation for Kingston. He will also continue to volunteer as president of the Queen’s Queer Alumni Chapter. Reach out to Stacy Kelly to connect.