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The Ban Righ Centre: a celebration of women

The Ban Righ Centre: a celebration of women

[Erin Clow and Carole Morrison]
Photo by Bernard Clark

Erin Clow and Carole Morrison at the “Inspiring Women – An Evening at the Isabel,” on October 18, 2016. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Throughout my time at Queen’s University, I have explored many spaces and places. From the secluded reading nooks in Stauffer Library to the bustling Mackintosh-Corry Hall cafeteria, no place on campus has made me feel at home quite like the Ban Righ Centre.

[Ban Righ celebration]

Located at 32 Bader Lane, the centre supports the formal and informal education of women, especially mature women returning to university. Since its opening in 1974, it has provided countless bowls of soup, a multitude of lunchtime speakers, and emergency student financial assistance to many students. The Ban Righ Centre facilitates relationships that extend well beyond graduation.

Building on Ban Righ’s mandate of fostering community, the Ban Righ Foundation, the centre’s volunteer board of directors, set out to design an event in conjunction with the 175th anniversary of Queen’s University that centred on celebrating and recognizing women and their contributions to the Queen’s and the broader Kingston communities. From these discussions, “Inspiring Women: An Evening at the Isabel” was born.

[Sarah Harmer]
Sarah Harmer (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Drawing on the varied talents and lived experiences of women alumni, the event featured a panel discussion moderated by Shelagh Rogers, Artsci'77, with panellists Carol Ann Budd, Sc’89, Jane Errington, MA'81, PhD’84, Sarah Harmer, and Reena Kukreja. In addition, the evening featured music and poetry by artists including the Shout Sister choir, Chantal Thompson, and Elizabeth Greene and closed with a performance by Sarah Harmer.

[panel of speakers]
Panel discussion with Shelagh Rogers (left)

As a member of the board, I am honoured to celebrate these gifted and dedicated women. The Ban Righ Centre would not be possible without the many community members, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who provide significant financial support and many volunteer hours. I am proud that my alma mater has a space like Ban Righ.

Erin Clow, PhD’14
Co-chair, Ban Righ Foundation
Board of Directors

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2016]