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Ban Righ Centre Spring Awards

The Ban Righ Foundation is honouring 14 mature women students for their resilience and dedication in their studies and in the community.

The Ban Righ Centre’s annual Spring Celebration recognizes the accomplishments of mature women students at Queen’s who are working to reach their professional and personal goals. This year’s awards ceremony has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however all honourees are being celebrated on the Ban Righ Centre Facebook page and website, and they will receive their awards and certificates by mail.

“This year, there will be no Spring Celebration, however we won’t let that dampen our desire to acknowledge the incredible work of our award recipients,” says Susan Belyea, Director of the Ban Righ Centre. “This year’s student applicant pool was incredibly strong and we are lucky to have so many passionately committed and tireless mature women students at Queen’s University.”

The Ban Righ Centre – a unit in the Division of Student Affairs – supports the academic pursuits of women who have returned to their studies after a break. While the centre on Bader Lane remains closed due to the pandemic, staff are connecting remotely with students over email, phone and video, providing advice, support and connecting them to resources across the university.

One of this year’s Spring Award recipients is Crystal Jardine-Garvey, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing who faced significant challenges while pursuing her studies.

Crystal Jardine-Garvey

Jardine-Garvey was awarded one of four Diane Mackenzie awards, which was established in memory of Dr. Jean Hill, Dean of Nursing from 1968-1977, with priority given to nursing students.

"My academic and professional experience enhanced my deeply rooted passion for promoting diversity, inclusion, social justice, equity, and advocating for anti-bullying,” she says. “The adverse circumstances I’ve faced have not distracted me from my studies – they have helped to develop my character, enhance my resilience, and been a motivation for completing my studies.”   

The Ban Righ Centre staff and Board of Directors hope to host a small celebration once social gathering restrictions are lifted and the Centre is reopened.

The Ban Righ Foundation was established in 1974 to support the continuing formal and informal education of women, especially mature women, returning to Queen’s. To learn more, visit the Ban Righ Centre website.