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QUAA president's message: Celebrating our volunteers

QUAA president's message: Celebrating our volunteers

The power of our alumni network was certainly on full display when we recently gathered for our annual Alumni Volunteer Summit held April 1.

We ‘”welcomed home” volunteers from around the globe and so many of our communities – branches, reunions and University Council, to name a few. It was a full day of learning, sharing and connecting. It also gave us the opportunity to launch our “175th Best Birthday Wishes” and  “Global Oil Thigh” campaigns. We will share more details on both of these initiatives very soon.

We also had the opportunity to celebrate a number of our outstanding students and alumni at the QUAA Alumni Awards Gala. Many of the award recipients have worked tirelessly to support their alma mater, while others have achieved national and international acclaim. It was a celebration of volunteerism and achievement, and it was inspiring to hear about the interesting work our alumni are doing, both at home and abroad.

The nominations for the 2017 Awards are now open, and we would love to hear from you if you know of a potential nominee. To submit a nomination for a QUAA Award, please visit queensu.ca/alumni/awards. For more information, please email me at QUAA.President@queensu.ca.

Among those honoured at the gala was our own George Jackson, Artsci'85, who received the Herbert J. Hamilton Volunteer Service Award, the highest honour bestowed by our association in
recognition of volunteer service. George did outstanding work as our volunteer president – he has been an exceptional and dedicated leader who travelled far and wide connecting with our alumni
across Canada and beyond. Thank you George. 

I am honoured to take on the role of volunteer president from George and I look forward to continuing his great work. I am fortunate to be surrounded by a very talented group of volunteer board members, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce them to you: 

  • Johanne Blansche, NSc’88 – Director-At-Large, Reunion Co-ordinator
  • Rico Garcia, Artsci’14 – Director, Alumni Volunteer Summit
  • Lisa Hood, Artsci’04 – Director, Alumni Giving
  • Stacy Kelly, Artsci’93 – Director, Global Branch Network
  • Colin McLeod, Artsci’10 – Director-At-Large, Young Alumni
  • Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08 – Executive Vice-President, Volunteer Recruitment & Recognition
  • Filza Naveed, Artsci’13, MA'15 – Director, Marketing & Communications
  • Iain Reeve, MA'09, PhD’14 – Director-At-Large, Graduate Alumni
  • Josephine Tsang, PhD’06 – Director, Gala Awards
  • Zahra Valani, Artci’03, Ed’04 – Executive Vice-President, Operations

Our volunteer board is also a giving board, and I am proud to share that for the sixth year in a row, we have achieved 100% participation in annual giving to Queen’s.

Finally, National Volunteer Week was April 10-17. In honour of that, I would like to thank all of our Queen’s alumni association volunteers. Our volunteers give their time and share our
love of Queen’s worldwide.

I would invite each of you to get involved – with your local branch, as a reunion volunteer or in other ways. You can find out more information at our Volunteer Opportunities Directory

Cha Gheill!

Sue Bates, Artsci'91


[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 2-2016]