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Your global alumni network: notes for spring and summer 2015

Your global alumni network: notes for spring and summer 2015

News and upcoming events at Queen's alumni branches around the world.

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New branches

NEW Hamilton-Halton Branch: Alumni in the Hamilton, Burlington, and Oakville area are invited to join the region’s newest alumni branch. We are looking for volunteers. Please note: executive positions are available. Janet Hueglin Hartwick, Artsci’98, is the branch contact. Connect with her at hamhal_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

NEW Edmonton Branch leaders: We are pleased to announce our new Edmonton Branch leaders – Brittany Giles, MIR’13, and Matthew Sawchyn, Sc’14. They can be reached at edmonton_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca.  Stay tuned for upcoming events.

Award recipients


The Kingston Branch is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Padre Laverty and Jim Bennett Achievement Awards.

David Pattenden, Arts’67, Ed’69, Law’71, MEd’74, LLD’03, and Peng-Sang Cau, Com’94, are being honoured by the Kingston Branch this spring.

David will receive the Padre Laverty Award for his steadfast and spirited commitment to all things tricolour. Best known for his multi-faceted and varied career in academia, David has also been actively involved with several different faculties and boards across Queen’s University.

Peng-Sang will receive the Jim Bennett Achievement Award for her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in Kingston’s business development. She is best known as president and chief executive officer of Transformix Engineering Inc., an innovative manufacturing company, based in Kingston, that has grown enormously over the years.

The awards will be presented May 28 at Ban Righ Hall. Register online at events.queensu.ca.


The Montreal Branch is pleased to announce that Roger Casgrain, Com’80, and Colette Charest, Sc’82, are the very deserving recipients of the 2015 John B. Stirling Award.

Roger and Colette epitomize what it is to be “makers of Queen’s.” They are being recognized for their longstanding and ongoing commitment to Queen’s University and the efforts they have made, both individually and together, to strengthen the Queen’s tradition in Montreal. 

The John B. Stirling Montreal Medal is awarded by the Montreal Branch of the alumni association to a “maker of Queen’s” rewarding meritorious contributions to the honour of the University.  Originally named the Montreal medal, it was renamed in 1988 to recognize the outstanding service to the University of John B. Stirling, Q.C., BA’07, BSc’11, LLD’51.  Over his 100-year lifetime, Dr. Stirling served as Queen’s chancellor for 14 years, trustee for 27 years, alumni association president and honorary life president.  He was one of Canada's most honoured engineers, a veteran of the First World War, a promoter of music, commerce and hospitals in his beloved Montreal, and a giant among Queen's and Canadians.

 The Stirling Award reception will take place on May 26 in Montreal.

Upcoming events


“Welcome Back” pub night
Attention all patio lovers, and all those who believe spring is just around the corner - it's time for a very special pub night in Calgary! On May 21 at 5:30 pm, pub weather will (presumably) be in full swing and your Calgary branch is looking to celebrate you...yes, you, students and recent grads! Whether you’re a seasoned Calgary event attendee or a student taking your first summer job out west, come on out! All students and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend this pub night.

Annual dinner
We are pleased to invite you to join fellow Queen’s alumni, students, family and friends at the Queen’s alumni annual dinner, held June 18 at the home of Kim Sturgess, Sc’77. The night includes an excellent dinner, an open bar and a great opportunity to network. 

A big thank you to Devour Catering for supplying the food and beverage service for this event. We also encourage everyone to wear their Calgary Branch T-shirts or other Queen's swag!


Summer kick off with the musical guest Faded Genes
It has been a cruel winter. Join us on June 25, because we’re kicking off summer with a special celebration. See events.queensu.ca for details.

Cha Gheill Luncheon with Nik Nanos
September 22 at the Toronto Cricket Curling and Skating Club (141 Wilson Ave.)
Tickets: $50 (includes a three-course plated luncheon and talk by guest speaker Nik Nanos, recognized Canadian public opinion pollster, Queen’s alumnus and Queen’s University councillor.)   Register at events.queensu.ca.

Young alumni
As we head into nicer weather, keep a look out for more information about our upcoming Summer Lovin' patio night this July. Come out and celebrate with young alumni at an evening of mixing and mingling in the heart of the city. 


Join us for “Breaking the Silence” --the annual Bell lecture on mental illness and anti-stigma.

When and where: June 25 (6 to 7:30 pm) at the Neptune Theatre (1593 Argyle St., Halifax)
Cost: complimentary
Hashtag:  #BellLetsTalk

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