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From the editor: Together, apart

From the editor: Together, apart

[photo of Ali Velshi and Andrea Gunn]
Ali Velshi and Andrea Gunn, in the days before physical distancing. Photo: Jana Chytilova

In mid-March, when I moved my workspace from the Old Medical Building to my dining room table, I had a lot of doubts. Would I be able to put together this issue? Would we be able to go to print?  What stories will people want to read when the world around them is changing day by day so drastically?  We’re still figuring things out.  But I’ve been reassured on a number of fronts. While some of the stories planned for this issue have been postponed, changed, or cancelled, others have emerged. And while it’s hard to work in relative isolation  (as I’m sure you know), I’ve been encouraged by the volume of email I continue to get from alumni, whether it’s to share some personal news or just to change an address.

In this issue, we’ve got some sage advice from Ali Velshi, based on a talk he gave to the Queen’s community in early March, just as COVID-19 was on the cusp of changing everyone’s lives. 

I’m delighted to share Sara Beck’s story on Camp Outlook, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. I hope this story will evoke good memories for many alumni (and maybe elicit more Camp Outlook stories and photos to share with us).

A long-planned new feature in this issue is the incorporation of “Planning makes a difference”  into the magazine. Previously a standalone publication that was distributed with the Alumni Review to many readers in Canada, this will now be a semi-regular section of the magazine. I worked with my colleagues in the Office of Gift Planning and members of the Queen’s Gift Planning Advisory Committee to bring you a selection of interesting alumni stories and practical financial advice.

Just prior to the publication of our February issue, I got some terribly sad news from one of that issue’s contributors, Janet Fanaki (Artsci’91). Janet’s husband, Adam, died on February 15 from Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In her article for the Alumni Review, “The fine art of juggling,” Janet wrote about self-care strategies for people dealing with multiple stressors in their lives. My sincere condolences go out to Janet and her family.

Take care,

Andrea Gunn

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 2, 2020 featuring Ali Velshi, Artsci'94]