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Monday, November 9, 2015

Two Queen's University experts are available to comment on Remembrance Day.

Jill Scott, (Languages, Literatures and Cultures & Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning) can speak to the role of mourning and grief in creating a sense of belonging and its role in reshaping Canada’s national identity.

"Moments of public grief are opportunities to affirm a sense of belonging and collective identity. But in recent years, Remembrance Day has emphasized the role of individual heroic actions on the part of military personnel to uphold national security," says Dr. Scott. "With the arrival of a new government that has made explicit its commitment to inclusivity and diversity, this year’s Remembrance Day celebrations may allow all Canadians to collectively gather to mourn our losses."

Dr. Scott is available for phone interviews on November 9-11.

Alice Aiken (Rehabilitation Therapy) can speak on military and veteran health, health policy and models of collaborative care. Dr. Aiken is the co-founder and Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, which was founded in 2010 to support research and new policies, programs and practices to improve health outcomes for military personnel. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Aiken served 14 years in the Canadian Forces.

Dr. Aiken is available for phone interviews on November 10-11.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) or Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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