Ban Righ Foundation

Spring Awards

Spring Awards

The Ban Righ Foundation Spring Awards celebrate the achievements and determination of mature women students at Queen's.

Spring Awards 2022

Spring Awards 2022 Winners


Check out the BRF Celebration 2022  

Azin Mardani - Elizabeth Wallace Bursary

Dawn Armstrong - Diane McKenzie Award

Emily Thaw - Diane McKenzie Award

Gena Zheng - Troup Ballantyne Award

Elham Yousefinejad - Barbara Paul Memorial Award

Gaye Onurer - Barbara Paul Prize

Jo-Ellen Worden - Carol Kinnear Award

Michelle Girouard - Dorothy Matheson Parnell Bursary

Natalie Zhang - Dorothy Matheson Parnell Bursary

Elzabeth Arif - Barbara Schlafer Book Prize

Laura Scott - Janet Bilton Holst Citation

Candace Lloyd - Mildred Blackadder/Zonta Club Award

Ka Yan Hamorn Lau - Marian Webb Award

Awards & Descriptions

Established by the Queen's Women's Association (founded 1939 as the Faculty Women's Club) in honour of Elizabeth Wallace, wife of Queen's University Principal R.C. Wallace, to honour a student embarking on her academic journey in her first year/first degree.

Acknowledging the challenges associated with transitioning to a new environment and being away from all that is familiar, this award is intended for a student who is a newcomer to Canada, or is the daughter of a newcomer, and is over the age of 25 years.

Established by Dorothy Matheson Parnell, B.A., 1940, and awarded in acknowledgement of the challenges associated with working towards a degree while also singlehandedly parenting children. Preference given to a single mother. 

Established in memory of Effie Barbara Paul (Paithouski), B.A. '74 (Carleton) by her son, N. Joseph Paithouski, B.A. '79, B.Sc. (Eng.) '80, and awarded to a student 25 years of age or older. This award is intended to assist a graduating student who combines academia and family or work responsibilities in finishing her degree.

Established in memory of Effie Barbara Paul (Paithouski) B.A. '74 (Carleton) by her son, N. Joseph Paithouski, B.A. '79, B.Sc. (Eng.) '80. The Prize is a beautiful medallion handcrafted by local goldsmith Kim Snyder and cast in sterling silver and 18 carat gold. It has been established to acknowledge and celebrate a graduating student who combines academics with family responsibilities and who has faced and overcome significant barriers. Please include personal and academic information and letters of support from faculty and colleagues from the university and/or the community.

Established by friends of the Ban Righ Centre, co-workers at Queen’s University and by Barb Schlafer’s family and friends, to honour the work Barb has done over the course of nearly thirty years at the Ban Righ Centre. This gift certificate to Novel Idea Bookstore is awarded to a female student who is studying at Queen’s University and who would benefit from an opportunity to extend her learning through reading.

Created to honour the volunteer work of Mildred Blackadder, this award was established by the Zonta Club of Kingston and is awarded (preferably) to an Indigenous student.

Established by J. Paul Kinnear, B.Com. 1963, in honour of his wife's graduation from the Faculty of Arts and Science in May 1998. Awarded to honour her persistence and dedication. Awarded to a woman who, after an interruption in her formal education, is beginning or returning to University studies. Preference will be given to a student completing a degree in Gender Studies. 

A citation and monetary award given in the spirit of Janet Bilton- Holst to a woman who enriches the Ban Righ Centre by her presence, and contributes to the well-being of her fellow students.

Established by Diane McKenzie, B.N.Sc. 1964, MPA 1992, to honour Dr. Jean Hill, Dean of Nursing 1968-1977, and celebrate 2 determined women students with preference given to students in the School of Nursing. 

Created by Mary Ballantyne to honour her parents who placed a high value on women’s education. It is intended for a woman in Health Sciences, who demonstrates academic merit.