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Lee family update

Lee family update

Two years ago, we wrote about the 16 members of the Lee family, who aimed to start a Queen's fund in memory of their parents. Early this year, the Donald Benedict Lee and Betty Ngan-Woon Lee Memorial Award was given out to its first recipient. 

[Kent Lee (centre) with Ted Holden and Teresa Alm at KCVI]
Photo: Queen's Office of Advancement

Kent Lee (centre) with Ted Holden and Teresa Alm at KCVI. The three met earlier this year to commemorate the start of the Lee family award.

“My father was probably the most intelligent man I’ve ever known,” says Kent Lee, Artsci’85, Artsci’86, MBA’04.

Kent’s father, Donald Lee, had always wanted to go to university, but was held back by financial constraints. Donald and his wife Betty owned and operated Lee’s Laundry in Kingston for more than 50 years. Their business and home on Division Street was in easy walking distance to the local high school, KCVI. Donald attended KCVI, and Betty went to night school there, studying English.

Kent and his 15 siblings all graduated from KCVI. All of them went on to study at Queen’s, graduating from various programs, thanks to the support of their parents and through scholarships and bursaries. Donald and Betty, lifelong learners themselves, encouraged their children to study hard at school and get involved in school sports and extracurricular activities.

Two years ago, we wrote about the Lee family in “The Lee family’s legacy of love.” After their parents’ deaths, the 16 Lee children established the Donald Benedict Lee and Betty Ngan-Woon Lee Memorial Award at Queen’s University. They wanted to honour their parents and to thank Queen’s, KCVI and the city of Kingston. The award provides financial support to a first-year student entering Queen’s who has graduated from a Kingston-area high school (with preference given to KCVI) based on financial need and academic merit. As of this April, the fund reached its initial fundraising goal, allowing the award to be given to be given to one student every year.

Earlier this year, Kent returned to Kingston to visit both Queen’s and KCVI. Accompanied by Teresa Alm, Queen’s Associate Registrar, Kent met with KCVI principal Ted Holden, MSc’88, Ed’89, MEd’97. Kent presented a certificate commemorating the start of the Lee family award. In June, Kent presented the award to its first recipient during KCVI convocation.

The Lee family hope that with additional donations, they can grow the award, to allow it to fund more incoming Queen’s students from Kingston.


[cover - Queen's Alumni Review Digital Special Edition Fall 2015]