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QUAA president's message: Connect, learn, celebrate

QUAA president's message: Connect, learn, celebrate

[QUAA president's message

Connect. Learn. Celebrate. These are just a few of the key elements of the annual Alumni Volunteer Summit, a weekend of professional development for Queen’s alumni volunteers held on April 8. We were delighted to have volunteers from across our communities, including reunion planners, branch volunteers, the QUAA Board of Directors, and members of University Council, to name a few. We “welcomed home” alumni from across Canada and the U.S. and as far away as Hong Kong, London, and Honduras. It was a fantastic day of connecting with alumni peers as we examined the role of change in volunteer organizations.

That evening we held the Alumni Awards Gala to celebrate achievements of alumni and students, as well as this year’s recipient of the QUAA's Excellence in Teaching Award. The nominations for the 2018 awards are now open and we would love to hear from you if you know a graduate, student, or teacher who deserves to be recognized by the association. A list of the awards and the terms can be found on our website at queensu.ca/alumni/awards. For more information, please email me at QUAAPresident@queensu.ca.

The annual general meeting of the association was also held during that weekend. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our 2017–18 board of directors. I am very fortunate to be able to work with these outstanding and dedicated volunteers.

  • Dave Babin, Artsci’07, MA'09, director, marketing and communications
  • Johanne Blansche, NSc’88, director at large, reunion coordinators
  • 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, recruitment and recognition
  • Zahra Valani, Artsci’03, Ed’04, executive vice-president, operations


We had two board members retire and I would like to say thank you to Josephine Tsang, PhD’06, and Iain Reeve, MA'09, PhD’14, for their outstanding service to the board, the association, and Queen’s.

I’d also like to thank another member of the QUAA board, Judith Brown. Judith has served in Advancement since 1993, and as associate vice-principal (Advancement) and executive director (Alumni Relations and Annual Giving) since 2008; she is retiring at the end of May. Judith has been instrumental to the success of the QUAA and the board of directors, and an incredible mentor and guide for eight QUAA presidents and their boards.

The alumni association and the QUAA board have strengthened, matured, and grown throughout Judith’s tenure. In recognition of her service to the association, a donation has been made to the Ban Righ Centre’s Judith Brown Bursary. Established by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader in honour of Judith, this bursary is awarded to female students who have experienced an interruption in their formal education and who are registered in any faculty or school at Queen’s.

At the QUAA, we celebrate the spirit of giving and this is evident in many of our volunteer communities. At the board level, we are proud to have achieved 100 per cent participation in annual giving for the seventh year in a row, and our sister organization, the Queen’s Student Alumni Association also achieved 100 per cent participation with its ambassador team. This last Homecoming, we had 44 classes organize class gifts in support of the university. Our branch network is also committed to giving with five branches – Calgary, Guelph, Kingston, Ottawa, and Toronto – each supporting a bursary for a student from their local community to attend Queen’s. And of course, to all the individual alumni donors, thank you for your continued support of Queen’s

Cha gheill!

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

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2017]