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QUAA president's message

QUAA president's message

["QUAA President;s Message"]

It has been a busy but wonderful fall season of travel for me, connecting with our alumni in London U.K., Vancouver, Toronto, and of course right here in Kingston. In London, our alumni gathered in the recently renovated Canada House to hear Stefanie Reid, Artsci’06, talk about her incredible journey as a Paralympic athlete. That journey started right here at Queen’s when Stefanie was an undergraduate and she explored track and field for the first time. We heard an inspiring and powerful story by our 2009 One to Watch Award recipient – and there sure has been a lot to watch! Stefanie is a five-time world record holder in track and field.

While in the U.K., I was also able to make my first-ever visit to the Bader International Study Centre and deliver both an alumni flag and 175th celebration banners to our students there. It was a lovely chance to speak to many of our first-year students attending the BISC, and learn about their experiences while studying there. The castle offers such a unique educational experience for students from around the world. Without a doubt, it is a jewel in our Queen’s crown.

I also travelled to Vancouver to celebrate this year’s Kathleen Beaumont Hill Award recipient, Heather Clarke, NSc‘66, and then to Toronto to celebrate Sheila Murray, Com ’79, Law ’82, this year’s Toronto Branch Award recipient. Both events recognized outstanding alumnae who have given so much to their own communities, as well as to Queen’s.

I’d like to thank all of our branch leaders and volunteers in London, Vancouver, and Toronto who organized each of these events and ensured a wonderful night for our gathering alumni.

We are looking forward to many of our association volunteers gathering for our annual Alumni Volunteer Summit (AVS) on Saturday, April 8 in Kingston. AVS provides an outstanding professional development opportunity for our branch and reunion volunteers as well as alumni volunteering in other capacities (either for Queen’s or for another organization). It is a wonderful forum for our volunteers to connect with and learn from each other. This year’s theme is “Change management: creating opportunities for innovation while honouring tradition.” The keynote speakers include Tina Dacin, from the Smith School of Business Centre for Social Impact; Carol Beatty, of Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre; and Principal Daniel Woolf.

Following the summit, on the evening of April 8, we will host our annual national QUAA Awards Gala. This event celebrates the incredible contributions of alumni volunteers and recognizes alumni through the association’s Achievement, Humanitarian, Mentorship, and One to Watch awards. I would love to see you at both AVS and the gala – for more information about these events and to register, please go to queensu.ca/alumni/AVS.

One of the highlights as I travel to our branch events and attend Alumni Volunteer Summit and gala is, of course, meeting and connecting with my fellow alumni from across the globe. I would love to hear from you – let’s be in touch.

Sue Bates, Artsci’91
Volunteer President,
Queen’s University Alumni Association

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 1, 2017]