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    Distinguished Service Award recipients announced

    Leslie Dal Cin, Leslie Flynn, Dan Langham, Jim Leech, Donald M. Raymond, and Kimberly Woodhouse are being recognized for making Queen’s a better place through their extraordinary contributions.

    2022 Distinguish Service Award recipients
    The recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Service Awards are, clockwise from top left: Leslie Dal Cin; Leslie Flynn; Dan Langham; Jim Leech; Donald M. Raymond; and Kimberly Woodhouse.

    The 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are a group of community members and leaders who have each made a lasting, positive impact upon Queen’s University.

    Recipients are selected by the University Council Executive Committee. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes exemplary service to the university over an extended period of time. 

    “I have always believed that together, we can become and go further than any of us could go, alone. As a national school of choice, we continue to set our expectations high, and we are invigorated by a challenge,” says Executive Committee Vice-Chair Marcus Wong (ArtSci’03). “Without doubt, these six dedicated individuals have gone above and beyond in their service to the Queen’s community and in pursuit of excellence. On behalf of University Council, congratulations and thank you for everything you have done, continue to do, and will do for Queen’s.” 

    The 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards are:

    Leslie Dal Cin

    Retired, and first female, Executive Director (Athletics and Recreation), respected leader in the national post-secondary sport sector, spearheaded the redevelopment of all athletic facilities across campus, instrumental to the expansion of varsity and recreational programming, who has had a transformative impact on the health, well-being, and success of thousands of student athletes.

    Leslie Flynn

    Vice Dean (Education, Faculty of Health Sciences), Queen’s alumna, professor, exceptional educator, researcher, mentor, and leader of the pursuit, improvement, and championing of education at all levels, dedicated to the fundamental transformation of medical education, whose accomplishments and legacy will impact students, faculty, and staff for years to come.

    Dan Langham

    Director of Environmental Health and Safety since 1999, trusted advisor, developer of policies, programs, and services to promote a healthy workplace, champion of health and safety on campus, instrumental in the university’s response to the global pandemic, and provider of steadfast guidance and leadership in navigating the complexities of safety during an unprecedented time.

    Jim Leech

    Chancellor Emeritus, Queen’s alumnus, former trustee and chair of University Council, enthusiastic presider over convocation, and generous philanthropist, who has profoundly impacted the lives of countless students and enriched the university community with his dedicated and tireless service.

    Donald M. Raymond

    Board Chair Emeritus, Queen’s alumnus, volunteer extraordinaire, committed to principles of collegial governance who fostered strong relationships with student leaders, resulting in fundamental changes to responsible investment strategies, decarbonization, and climate action at the university.

    Kimberly Woodhouse

    Former, and first female, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Interim Vice-Principal (Research), professor, innovator, leader of transformational change in engineering education, advocate for cultivating the link between teaching, research, and industry, and instrumental in the vision and realization of world-class research facilities at Queen’s.

    Inaugurated by the University Council Executive Committee in 1974, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their exemplary service and extraordinary contributions. University Council was established by statute in 1874 and is one of the three governing bodies of the Queen’s University. All elective members are elected by and from Queen’s alumni. The University Council serves as both an advisory and an ambassadorial body to the university as a whole and is responsible for the election of the chancellor.

    Questions about the Distinguished Service Awards can be directed to the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca