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Your global alumni network: November 2015 edition

Your global alumni network: November 2015 edition

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Your Global Alumni Network

Behind the scenes at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

[Katie Bonnell]
Katie Bonnell of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Queen’s alumni were welcomed to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in ­September for a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a professional ballet company in the days leading up to opening night.

Led by artistic director André Lewis, the RWB company rehearsed a selection of repertoire in-studio from the hauntingly ­beautiful Giselle, hailed as one of the greatest classical ballets of all time.

This unique opportunity to witness the supreme artistry and technical brilliance of the world-renowned RWB company in such an intimate and interactive setting had alumni captivated from start to finish.

­Following a dynamic question-and-answer period, alumni gathered across the street for refreshments and conversation with RWB corps du ballet member Katie Bonnell. Ms. Bonnell hails from Oakville, Ont. and is a graduate of the RWB School professional division ballet academic and aspirant programs.

Even after so many years oscillating between Oakville and Winnipeg, in her own words, “Kingston has always felt like home.” This is no surprise, given that Ms. Bonnell’s parents are Queen’s alumni and her sister is currently a student at the university.

The evening – the first Winnipeg branch event of the 2015-16 school year – was a resounding success and alumni are eagerly anticipating the next opportunity to connect with one another “behind-the-scenes.”

Kate Fennell, Artsci’03
Director of School Operations, RWB
Winnipeg Branch volunteer

Three new branches

Alumni in Nova Scotia are invited to join the recently launched Halifax Branch. The branch will be headed by Abby Lanthier, Artsci’12, MIR’14. Contact Abby at halifax_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca.

Alumni in Victoria, B.C. and its surrounding area are invited to join the new Victoria Branch. The branch will be headed by Molly Brewis, Artsci’06. Contact Molly at victoria_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca.

South of the border, Matt Towery, Artsci’10, is excited to launch a branch in Atlanta, GA. Matt can be reached at atlanta_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca.

New branch presidents

Upcoming events



  • Dec. 17 – Holiday hugs
    After a successful inaugural year, including winning QUAA Initiative of the Year, the Kingston Branch once again invites fellow alumni to provide some warmth and cheer for students still on campus on Thursday, Dec. 17.
    Distributing “chocolate hugs” to students is one way to show that alumni care about students who are still on campus this late, busy studying for their exams.
    Register early! This event filled up quickly last year.
    Register online at events.queensu.ca

  • February 29: Cha Gheill luncheon
    Dr. David Lyon, Director, Queen’s Surveillance Studies Centre will be our guest, speaking on “Surveillance after Snowden.”


  • November 24: Queen’s authors’ showcase series
    The four-part 2015-16 season kicks off with an evening with Alan Mallory, Sc’07. Alan will discuss his book, The Family That Conquered Everest and the Secrets to Their Success.”
    Register for this event ($15) or for the full series at events.queensu.ca.

  • Nov. 25: Toronto Branch Award reception
    After a long hiatus, the Toronto Branch Award returns. The award will be presented to Mary Ann Turcke, Sc’88, MBA’97, at a reception at the University Club of Toronto. Tickets are available at events.queensu.ca.

  • February 27: Gael Force football dinner
    Share an evening with friends, alumni and family while supporting the Queen’s Football Club. Montecassino Pl.
    Find more intormation at gogaelsgo.com/footballdinner.


  • December 17: Branch social night
    Come for a holiday meet-up in downtown Ottawa. Follow the Ottawa Branch on Facebook at facebook.com/QueensAlumniOttawa to view the full details and hear about future dates and locations.

  • February 6: Annual curling funspiel
    Join us at this popular event from 2 to 5 pm at the Ottawa Curling Club, 440 O’Connor St. Curlers of all abilities and beginners are welcome. Equipment and instruction for beginners will be provided. The registration fee of $27 per person covers curling and a light supper. Note the change in venue from previous years. Find more information at events.queensu.ca/ottawacurling.


Portland, OR

  • December 3 Alumni get-together
    Join fellow alumni for our last networking night of the year, Portland brew pub style. Meet us at Bridgeport Brewing Company on Thursday, Dec. 3.
    Look for the Queen’s flag on the table!
    RSVP appreciated at portland_branch@tricolour.queensu.ca

See also: The Alumni Events Calendar

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