700+

Number of startup companies and entrepreneurs Queen’s has supported

400+

Number of medical doctors on Queen’s faculty that work in the Kingston region

$1M+

Total raised annually by Queen's student, staff, and faculty in support of local underserved populations.

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Books and Beyond

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    Called! A Longshot’s Story

    Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill, Arts’71

    How does a cynical, addicted university dropout find faith, purpose, and a fulfilling career as a United Church of Canada minister? Rev. Dr. Gordon Postill, Arts’71, tells the story of his unlikely transformation in Called! A Longshot’s Story, his deeply personal memoir, self-published through FriesenPress in late 2021. While his story is candid and revealing, he says he is sharing it “to convey some hope and compassion to those readers who are desperately longing for a second chance.”

  • Book cover – Summits of Self written large on the cover with an image of people climbing a hill inset in the letters of 'self'

    Summits of Self: The Seven Peaks of Personal Growth

    Alan Mallory, Sc’07

    A year after graduating from Queen’s Engineering, Alan Mallory, Sc’07, and three of his family members made history when they became the first family to scale Mount Everest together. Mallory, who now works as a speaker and performance coach, uses this and other mountain-climbing adventures as a metaphor for self-discovery in Summits of Self: The Seven Peaks of Personal Growth. The book weaves stories of Mallory’s exploits with practical strategies for understanding motivation, improving mental health, finding balance, and living with purpose.

  • Book cover – woman in a tank top and red shorts is running in a field of yellow flower

    Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion who Made Track and Field History

    Jeff Todd, Artsci’04

    Bahamian track star Pauline Davis is probably best known as the winner of the Caribbean’s first individual Olympic gold medal in sprinting – a medal she received in 2009, nine years after running the race. Writing under the pseudonym T.R. Todd, Jeff Todd, Artsci’04, tells the story of Davis’s rise from poverty to Olympic glory, and the doping scandal that resulted in her unlikely gold medal. Running Sideways: The Olympic Champion who Made Track and Field History was released by Rowman & Littlefield in February.

  • Book cover – torn black and white photo of two little girls, only the face of one girl is now visible, sitting on top of sand

    Horses in the Sand

    Lorrie Potvin, Ed’03

    After publishing her memoir in 2009, Lorrie Potvin, Ed’03, realized her story wasn’t quite finished. Horses in the Sand, her second memoir, is coming this spring from Inanna Publications. With this short story collection, Potvin details the milestone events in her life and the ways they impacted her evolving identity: coming out to her family, meeting her birth father and his family, and discovering her Métis ancestry and the community and sense of belonging that came with it.

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