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An absolute honour

An absolute honour

[graphic for QUAA column]

It has been another busy travel season for me in support of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, attending branch events in Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa as well as right here in Kingston. I am always inspired by the dedication of our alumni volunteers and the fantastic work they are doing in support of Queen’s, from recognizing outstanding achievement to raising money for student bursaries to connecting alumni and students in support of internationalization.

The 12th QUAA Alumni Awards Gala will be held on April 7. This is such a special evening that provides an opportunity to celebrate some of our outstanding alumni and students. On that weekend, alumni will gather for our annual Alumni Volunteer Summit. While many of the attendees volunteer specifically for the QUAA, we welcome any alumni interested in the opportunity for volunteer professional development. I encourage you to attend both of these wonderful events.

The annual general meeting of the alumni association also takes place at AVS, and at that time we will welcome a new QUAA president – Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08. Jeremy previously served as the Calgary branch president. He currently serves as the executive V-P of volunteer recruitment and recognition with the QUAA board of directors. He is a dedicated leader and committed Queen’s volunteer. I invite you to join me in welcoming Jeremy to his new role.

With this transition, my time volunteering with the QUAA comes to an end. I have been involved with the alumni association for more than 20 years, in varying roles and in various places, from Scotland to the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos, and of course in Kingston. It has been both the highlight of that time and an absolute honour and privilege to serve as the 55th volunteer QUAApresident these past two years. I have greatly enjoyed meeting so many of you at both QUAA and university events. I am grateful to my fellow volunteer QUAA board members, past and present, for their hard work and support. It has also been an immense pleasure to work with our branch leaders worldwide and all of our association volunteers. My thanks go out to the amazing Alumni Relations & Annual Giving staff, in particular Nikki Remillard. The association is very fortunate to have such incredible staff partners. Thank you all for making my time in this role such a joy. And thank you to all fellow alumni who have been in touch or said hello at various events. Queen’s is the special place that it is in part because of our tremendous alumni network and our willingness to help the university and each other. I hope that all of us will continue to support our alma mater in any capacity, to ensure that the Queen’s spirit and tradition of excellence continues.

{Sue Bates}Sue Bates. Artsci'91
Volunteer President,
Queen's University Alumni Association

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1-2018]