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An international reunion

An international reunion

[photo of international graduate reunion at Queen's 2016]
Photo supplied by Kathy Osborne

From left to right, Alison Bailey, Noriko Yabuki-Soh, Kathy (Moore) Osborne, Anne (Fogerty) Lee, and Jean Woon.

This summer, a group of former Queen’s graduate students returned to Kingston to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their meeting at the “International House” on 152 Albert Street. The house originally opened as a Queen’s graduate residence in 1986, designated for 10 female Canadian and international master’s students. Besides living together and helping each other, the members of the house experienced cultural exchange first-hand and enjoyed various events including Sunday international luncheons. After graduation, they stayed in touch and had their first major reunion back in 2006 when seven members (plus some of their children) got together and stayed at Victoria Hall to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Fast forward to 2016, some of their children are now students at Queen’s. This summer, Alison Bailey, MPL'89 (originally from Trinidad), Anne (Fogerty) Lee, Meds'90 (Canada), Jean Woon, MBA'88 (Singapore; she flew in for this occasion), and Noriko Yabuki-Soh, MA'88 (originally from Japan) stayed at the home of Kathy (Moore) Osborne, MSc’88 (Canada) in Kingston for three days, while they toured some campus buildings, including the former International House, and enjoyed sightseeing downtown. Amy Vail, MA'88 (U.S.) and Manomi Perera, MSc’88, PhD’92 (Sri Lanka) participated in the reunion via Skype. The group also met up with Wayne Miles, former director of Queen’s University International Centre, as well as Susan Anderson, who has just retired from the same position of QUIC. “It is just wonderful,” says Susan, “that the main purpose of the International House was fulfilled in the most ideal way.” 

The members plan to keep in touch on WhatsApp and get together possibly in Bali or Tokyo in 2020. “We will be back again in Kingston in 10 years!”

Thanks to Noriko for the reunion report and Kathy for the photo.

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