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The last word: Bringing volunteers together

The last word: Bringing volunteers together

[photo of volunteers and Alumni Relations staff]
Lauren Broadhurst, Artsci'19

Volunteer members of Alumni Assembly and Queen’s staff at the recent Alumni Volunteer Summit on campus

Our volunteers have an important role to play in building up the strength of the Queen’s alumni community. In 2018, we had more than 350 volunteer leaders engage more than 4,600 alumni, both during Homecoming andcross our 41 branches internationally. The Queen’s alumni network continues to be one of the elementsthat makes Queen’s University special.

There are a number of ways in which alumni can get involved with the Queen’s University Alumni Association. Branches and reunions are always looking for more volunteer support. Also, if you were involved in a club or team as a student, why not reach out to that group and see how you can help support its current activities. There are opportunities elsewhere, including as a volunteer with your faculty and with the University Council, Senate, and Board of Trustees. If you are interested in getting more involved and want to find the opportunity that syncs with your interests, please email the quaa board at quaa.board@queensu.ca. We can help connect you with your next volunteer opportunity.

In April, we brought volunteer leaders back to Kingston for the annual Alumni Volunteer Summit (AVS). AVS helps to foster discussions and encourage collaboration among our volunteer leaders. We have seen some great partnerships recently, for instance with the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter and reunion events during Homecoming and among branch volunteers with booster club supporters and reunion coordinators. With all these opportunities for alumni to support and guide Queen’s activities, the QUAA board wants to create a strong alumni-advocate community.

Alumni Assembly, the voting body for the QUAA, is the platform through which our most active volunteer leaders across our seven constituencies can collaborate. Going forward, Alumni Assembly volunteers will strive to engage our alumni family in all its diversity.

The Queen’s community is a supportive one that can help you, too. Be sure to join the Queen’s Connects group on LinkedIn: it’s an online community that provides value to alumni by enabling them both to connect with mentors and to share industry insights and job opportunities with fellow alumni.

Thank you to all our alumni volunteers for your hard work. Our community is special because of the effort you put in to it.

Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08
Volunteer President
Queen’s University Alumni Association

 

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 2, 2019, showing the 'Together' message in Mitchell Hall]