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Queen’s student-athletes give back to the community

Varsity Leadership Council members visit hospital with donations
Varsity Leadership Council members visit the Kingston Health Sciences Centre with a large donation of sports balls. (Supplied photo)

Queen's Athletics and Recreation sports teams and clubs were busy giving back to the Kingston community ahead of the holidays.

The Varsity Leadership Council topped their goal for collecting food donations for Martha's Table. (Supplied Photo)

After Queen's Athletics and Recreation received 150 sports balls through its partnership with the annual Athletic Locker sale, members of the Varsity Leadership Council and varsity teams and clubs helped distribute the new equipment to organizations such as Pathways to Education and the Boys Girls Club of Kingston, as well as the pediatric unit of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

The VLC also topped their fundraising goals in collecting food donations for Martha's Table, a Kingston charity that provides low-cost nutritious meals to those in need.

The VLC and Queen's varsity programs worked together to coordinate a campaign and a total of 60 holiday baskets were donated to Martha's Table.

Gaels athletes also started their own clothing drive for the Kingston Youth Shelter and collected over 20 bags of clothing for donation.

Executive Director, Student Wellness Services appointed

Following a comprehensive search process, Cynthia Gibney will assume the position of Executive Director, Student Wellness Services, as of March 2, 2020. Gibney has extensive experience in the post-secondary and health care sectors and a demonstrated commitment to student wellbeing.

Gibney currently serves as Director, Health and Wellness, at Western University, where she has overseen the expansion of health and wellness programming on campus. Highlights of her achievements at Western include integrating health services and counselling services into one unit, implementing new technologies to increase access to care, and creating a partnership with the local Canadian Mental Health Association to assist with crisis counselling. She also worked with a team to establish a Trans Care Team that provides specialized psychological counselling and medical care to students in an LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative environment.

The search for the Executive Director, Student Wellness Services, was conducted by an advisory committee that included staff, faculty, and students.

“Members of the committee were particularly impressed by Gibney’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities for student wellness services in the post-secondary sector, her strong commitment to student wellbeing, as well as her collaborative working style,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “I look forward to working with Cynthia in supporting student health, wellness, and accessibility on campus.”

Gibney is a registered nurse with a BScN from the University of Windsor and an MScN from Western University. Through her experience as a Registered Nurse, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at Western, and as Western’s Health Services Clinic Manager for several years, Gibney has gained considerable knowledge of the important role that student wellness services has campus.

In her role as Executive Director, Student Wellness Services at Queen’s, Gibney will oversee a broad range of health, wellness, and accessibility-related programs and services. She is committed to developing positive relationships and collaborations with students, staff, faculty, and sector-wide networks to continue to enhance services and support student wellbeing.

Vice-Provost and Dean Tierney wishes to thank members of the advisory committee for their thoughtful advice and input throughout the search process. Membership included:

  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
  • John Pierce, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
  • Leo Erlikhman, Vice-President (Graduate), SGPS
  • William Greene, Vice-President (University Affairs), AMS
  • Cheryl Pulling, Associate Director, Undergraduate Nursing Programs
  • Ellie Sadinsky, Interim Executive Director, Student Wellness Services
  • Chad McLeod, Director, Finance and Staffing, Office of the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

Updated statement on Iran plane crash

Queen’s mourns loss of student enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Queen’s University is mourning the loss of one of its students who was on board the plane that crashed in Iran on Wednesday.

Amir Moradi was enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Queen's contacted the family to offer support and condolences.

"Having just received new information, it is with great sadness that I must now convey that one of our undergraduate students has perished in the plane crash tragedy in Iran. That tragedy, which has touched so many of our higher education institutions in Canada, has now affected Queen’s directly. We offer our condolences to Amir's family and friends and to all the members of our community mourning loved ones and colleagues,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

Flags on campus have been lowered to commemorate all of the lives lost.

The university is also reaching out directly to students from Iran to let them know of the support and services available on campus, and many of these students have been meeting at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to find fellowship and support.

The campus community is urged to reach out in support to anyone they may know who has been impacted by this terrible event.

Students in need of support are encouraged to contact QUIC at 613-533-2604, Faith and Spiritual Life  at 613-533-2186, or Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. Empower Me provides 24/7 confidential counselling by phone and online, and a post-secondary student helpline called Good2Talk is also available for 24/7 confidential support at 1-866-925-5454.

This statement will be updated as further information is made available.

Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes January edition of Life Lines

Read the January 2020 edition of Life Lines. (961 KB) 

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Life Lines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The January edition is entitled Avoiding Substitute Addictions.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Ce fichier est disponible en francais.

Three professors emeriti appointed to Order of Canada

Governor General recognizes Peter Harrison, Brian Osborne, and Duncan Sinclair for their contributions to the nation

Three professors emeriti are among the latest appointees to the Order of Canada.

Governor General Julie Payette recently announced 120 appointments to the Order of Canada, including Peter Harrison (School of Policy Studies), Brian Osborne (Geography and Planning), and Duncan Sinclair (Physiology, School of Policy Studies).

“The Order of Canada is one of our nation’s highest honours, recognizing outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and to Canada,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “Dr. Harrison, Dr. Sinclair, and Dr. Osborne have made significant contributions not just to Queen’s but to the broader community throughout their distinguished careers. I congratulate them both on this well-deserved recognition.”

Duncan Sinclair
Duncan Sinclair

Dr. Sinclair is being recognized for his “contributions to the Canadian health care system as a teacher, university administrator and advisor, and for his leadership in health care reform in Ontario.” With the appointment he joins his son, Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, in the Order of Canada.

“I am, of course, very pleased and deeply honoured to be appointed to the Order of Canada,” Dr. Sinclair says. “It is humbling to be considered worthy of inclusion among such a group of distinguished and accomplished people, many of them friends and acquaintances of long-standing, and one being my son.”

At Queen’s Dr. Sinclair has held a number of administrative positions including Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) – the first non-medical doctor to serve in these positions in Canada – as well as Vice-Principal (Institutional Relations), Vice-Principal (Services), and Dean of Arts and Science.

Away from the university, he headed the governance subcommittee of the Steering Committee for Review of the Public Hospitals Act in Ontario and was a member of the National Forum on Health. He was the founding chair and acting CEO of Canada Health Infoway/Inforoute Santé du Canada – an organization designed to foster the development of Canada’s health information management. In 2015 he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Brian Osborne
Brian Osborne

Dr. Osborne is being recognized for his “contributions to historical geography and for his distinguished research on Kingston’s geographic heritage.”

“When I received the call from the office of the Governor General a month ago, I was positively shocked and overwhelmed by my inclusion in this prestigious array of award winners,” he says.

It was exciting news, but he wasn’t able to share it until the official announcement. That provided time for reflection of his decades as a professor in the classrooms of Queen’s, as well as communicating his research in historical geography and interactions with the local community.

“Then, on Dec. 28, the whole world was informed of the appointment of new members to the Order of Canada and I gained a new perspective. Firstly, I feel gratitude to the Governor General for awarding me the honour. Secondly, I am thankful for the motivation to reflect on its meaning to me personally.”

Dr. Osborne’s research areas include Indigenous history, settlement history, cultural landscapes, and the role of the culture of communications in the development of a Canadian sense of place. He has published extensively on the Kingston area, including Kingston: Building on the Past (1988), co-written with Donald Swainson, and was subsequently reworked into Kingston: Building on the Past for the Future (2011). Other recent volumes are The Rock and the Sword: A History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston (2004), and Landscapes and Inscapes: Drawn to History with Brush of Serendipity, with Shirley Gibson Langille.

Dr. Osborne has served as a consultant for the National Capital Commission, Heritage Canada, Parks Canada, Canada Post, and the National Film Board. He is Past President of the Ontario Historical Society, Past President of the Kingston Historical Society, and has served on the boards of several heritage organizations.

Peter Harrison

Dr. Harrison is being recognized for his “dedication to Canada’s stewardship of the Arctic Ocean and to the enhancement of its role in Arctic and northern issues.”

“Being named a Member of the Order of Canada is an extraordinary privilege and honour.  It is totally unexpected, and came as a complete surprise,” he says. “I am particularly thrilled with the citation which notes my dedication to Canada's stewardship of the Arctic Ocean and to the enhancement of its role in Arctic and northern issues.  This has always been a passion of mine, and it is enormously satisfying that my efforts in this regard have been recognized in such an extraordinary way.”

Dr. Harrison arrived at Queen’s as the federal Skelton-Clark Fellow in 2008 and also served as Stauffer-Dunning Chair and director of the School of Policy Studies (2009-2013).

During his nearly-30 year career in the Public Service of Canada, he was appointed to Assistant/Associate/Senior Associate Deputy Minister positions in a number of departments including: the Privy Council Office (PCO); the Department of Finance; Indian and Northern Affairs Canada; Revenue Canada; and Human Resources Development Canada. 

His research, writing, and public speaking have focused on the management of the oceans, with particular reference to the Arctic Ocean and Canada’s Northern regions and peoples.The appointments include five Companions (C.C.), 38 Officers (O.C.), and 77 Members (C.M.).

Other Order of Canada recipients with Queen’s connections include:

T. Robert Beamish (Sc’60, LLD’11), Director, The Woodbridge Group
“For his leadership of and contributions to industry and for his philanthropic support for causes related to education and health care.”

Peter Kendall (Artsci’89), Executive Director, The Schad Foundation
“For his steadfast commitment to conserving and protecting Canada’s biodiversity for future generations.”

• Debra Pepler (PHE’73, Ed’74, DSc’16), Distinguished Research Professor, Psychology, York University, and PREVNet Co-Founder
“For her innovative, community-based research on social issues involving children and youth, which changed the way psychologists study bullying.”

Jennifer Tory (Artsci’77), Retired Chief Administrative Officer, RBC
“For her commitment to advancing women and minorities in the banking industry and for her extensive community work.” 

The recipients will receive their insignia at a ceremony in Rideau Hall at a later date.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, is one of the country’s highest civilian honours, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Queen's remembers Natalie Cann

The Queen’s community is remembering Natalie Cann, professor emerita in the Department of Chemistry, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 15. She was 51.

Dr. Cann served as head of the Department of Chemistry from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016.

Born and raised in Campbellton, NB, Dr. Cann studied chemistry and mathematics at the University of New Brunswick and earned her doctorate at Dalhousie University. She completed a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia in 1993-95. She then arrived at Queen’s in 1997 as a Queen's National Scholar.

Family and friends are invited to share memories at the visitation on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 6 pm to 9 pm, and Friday, Dec. 20, from 10 am to 11 am at Wartman Funeral Home - Kingston Chapel. A memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 11 am in the chapel on Friday Dec. 20.

Growth, renewal, and celebration in 2019

[Year in Review 2019]
Top, from left: Members of Ethelbert Bartholomew's family hold up his Doctor of Medicine degree; Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane is officially installed; Mark Green will become the next provost and vice-principal (academic) in March 2020. Middle, from left: The BISC marked its 25th anniversary; Queen's celebrated the opening of Mitchell Hall; the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative was hosted at the Isabel. Bottom, from left: The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science celebrated its 125th anniversary; Rembrandt's Head of an Old Man With Curly Hair was donated to the Agnes by Linda and Daniel Bader; a proposed design for a new residence was unveiled.

In 2019, Queen’s University turned 178 years old, and it was another year of growth, renewal, and celebration across campus.

The university underwent a transition of leadership as Patrick Deane officially became the 21st principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s on July 1. Principal Deane, who served as vice-principal (academic) at Queen’s from 2005 to 2010, returns from McMaster where he had served as president for nine years.

At the same time, Queen’s bid farewell, at least temporarily, to Daniel Woolf, after 10 years as principal and vice-chancellor. A few months later Dr. Woolf was appointed principal emeritus. After a sabbatical, he will return as a professor in the Department of History.

In late November Mark Green was announced as the next provost and vice-principal (academic), beginning a five-year term on March 1, 2020. Dr. Green earned his Bachelor of Science at Queen’s and completed a post-doctoral fellowship here as well. He became a professor at Queen’s in 2001, and has held a number of key leadership positions in the faculty over the years and was the co-chair of the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force.

Another leadership announcement followed shortly after with the appointment of Mary Wilson Trider as the chair of the Board of Trustees. An experienced healthcare sector executive, she will begin her four-year term in June 2020, succeeding current board chair Donald Raymond.

At the faculty level, Mark Walters became the Dean of the Faculty of Law on July 1, while Brenda Brouwer was appointed Interim Dean of Smith School of Business in November.

Campus Development

The university added to its growing list of modern facilities with the grand opening of Mitchell Hall in late March. The building offers expanded engineering and research facilities, collaborative and experiential learning spaces, and a wide spectrum of student services, and much more.

Lead donor Bruce Mitchell, who, alongside other donors, supported the construction with a combined $50 million, helped open the building during the gala event. The Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund  and the Government of Ontario also provided a combined $21.8 million to support the project.

To meet the needs of the student population a new residence has been proposed for construction on Albert Street. The project is currently undergoing community consultations and the approval process. In November a conceptual design was unveiled and several information sessions were held to engage neighbouring residents. Current plans call for construction to start in the spring/summer of 2020 with an occupancy date of September 2022.

In April, the university conditionally approved a student-led redevelopment project of the John Deutsch University Centre.

Earlier in the year the West Campus District Energy Conversion Project was completed. The project involved decommissioning a 2.5-kilometre steam line that runs underground along Union Street and the introduction of more efficient boiler systems at West Campus. The upgrade will help Queen’s to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a cumulative 33,000 metric tonnes over the next two decades.


Special anniversaries are to be expected at an institution with 178 years of history.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science marked 125 years with a series of events hosted throughout the year to recognize the many accomplishments of faculty, staff, and alumni that make it such a special place.

It was a golden celebration for the School of Computing as well as the Department of Psychology as they marked their 50th anniversaries.

Queen’s University Library marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of Joesph S. Stauffer Library while, across the Atlantic Ocean, Queen’s community members, including the Bader family, gathered in East Sussex, England to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Bader International Study Centre (BISC).

Special Events

In April, the university righted a historic wrong by signing an official letter of apology for the 1918 ban on admission for Black students to its medical school, acknowledging the institution’s past racist actions and repeated failures to hold itself accountable. A few weeks later, the university posthumously conferred a Doctor of Medicine degree to Ethelbert Bartholomew, which was accepted by members of his family during spring convocation.

In May the Agnes Etherington Art Centre welcomed a fourth painting by Dutch master Rembrandt van RijnHead of an Old Man with Curly Hair was donated by Linda and Daniel Bader in memory of Daniel’s late father and Queen’s alumnus, Alfred Bader. Dr. Bader, chemist, entrepreneur, visionary philanthropist, and discerning collector of art, passed away in December 2018.

A few months later a touring exhibition celebrating Rembrandt, as well as some of his colleagues and students – Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges. The exhibition – which draws on the strength of the Bader Collection, debuted at the Agnes and will visit three other cities over the next year and a half.

In February, Queen’s joined the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), a group of 19 leading North American research institutions united in a collaborative effort to accelerate local action against climate change.

Queen’s became smoke-free on June 1 with the introduction of a ban on smoking, vaping, and the use of tobacco products on its Canadian campuses and properties, a key step in its ongoing effort to foster a culture of wellbeing.

In September, Queen’s hosted a special event with two Nobel Laureates – Queen’s Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald and U.S. chemist Martin Chalfie – at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of the first-ever Canadian tour of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative. 

Notable Awards

Queen’s named the first-ever Distinguished University Professors. Nine faculty members – Donald H. Akenson; Stephen Archer; Nicholas Bala; Susan P. C. Cole; Cathleen Crudden; John McGarry; Ram Murty, Kerry Rowe; and Suning Wang – were recognized for contributions to their respective fields of study.

Some of the highlights of the numerous recognitions from outside the university include: Will Kymlicka receiving the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Gold Medal; Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the research team of Pascale Champagne, Michael Cunningham, Philip Jessop, and Warren Mabee were awarded the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for their work in building a sustainable future.

Help the Queen’s United Way campaign reach its 2019 fundraising goal

[Queen's United Way campaign]
Members of the Queen's United Way campaign team hand over cheque during the Touchdown Breakfast for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.  

‘Tis the season and for many people in the Queen’s community, it’s a time of giving. In many departments around campus, staff, faculty and students have helped organize food, toy and clothing drives to assist people in our local community.

If you are looking for an opportunity to give this holiday season and help make a difference, the Queen’s United Way campaign is still accepting donations to help show your ‘local love’ and support over 53,000 local citizens through the programs funded by United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Our fundraising goal is $370,178 and so far, staff, faculty and retirees have raised $316,847, or 86 per cent of our goal (in 2018, we raised $368,000). To see how United Way funding is helping people in our community, read some of the impact stories of how your money has helped support the programs and services that are vital to a healthy, vibrant community.

How to give

You can choose to make a regular donation by payroll deduction (to begin in January 2020) by signing up through the online e-Pledge system. You can also give a one-time or recurring donation by credit card.

To give a one-time donation by cheque or cash, complete this pledge form and submit it to Queen’s Human Resources, Fleming Hall, Stewart-Pollock Wing.

The United Way is also offering its “Gift of Hope” program once again that gives you the chance to support charitable activities in lieu of giving physical presents. Your gift can help purchase boots for children, feed people who are hungry or offer shelter for youth in our community who have no place to live.

If you have any questions about the United Way or the Queen’s campaign, contact any member of the campaign committee:

James Ligthart, Athletics & Recreation
Tom Harris, Provost & VP Academic (Executive Sponsor)
David Gordon, Department of Geography & Planning
Bruce Hutchinson, Retirees
Begona Pereira, Advancement
Sarah Anderson, Faculty of Education
Lisa Callaghan, Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Kellie Hart, Faculty of Arts & Science
Andrew Carroll, University Relations
Mary Kemp, IT Services
Mary Beth Gauthier, Office of the Principal

Preparations for upcoming holiday closing

There will be no custodial coverage available Dec. 25-Jan. 1 (inclusive) unless pre-arranged and confirmed with CSS in advance of Dec. 23.

In preparation for the upcoming holiday closing across the university, please keep energy management and sustainability in mind by turning off and unplugging equipment in offices and work spaces to avoid wasteful energy consumption and its damaging carbon impacts.

Here is a quick list of things to check and turn off in your office before leaving for the closure:

  • Computers
  • Computer monitors or televisions
  • Lights
  • Portable space heaters
  • Power bar
  • Other electronics

Also check to ensure other items in the general office areas or kitchens are turned off. These include:

  • Copiers/printers
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Common area lights
  • Shredder
  • Ceiling fans
  • Washroom lights
  • Close windows (open windows can freeze up pipes and cause significant water damage)

Turn down thermostats (minimum 18C or 65F)

Garbage/Recycling/Organics: Ensure that all garbage, recycling, and organics are routed to the central waste stations located in the common areas of your buildings before noon on Tuesday, Dec. 24. This provides Custodial Support Services (CSS) with one last opportunity to check and empty these stations. There will be no custodial coverage available Dec. 25-Jan. 1 (inclusive) unless pre-arranged and confirmed with CSS in advance of Dec. 23.

TIP: If your department has a small green organics bin in an office or kitchen space, be sure to wash and rinse it out before the closure.

Fridge/Freezer Operation: Check appliances for proper operation/temperature control to avoid spoiling of any contents over the holidays. For those appliances with valuable contents, ensure surge protectors in place. If the fridge/freezer is being cleared of contents and unplugged, please plan accordingly and account for water production from the thaw of this equipment.

Report any ongoing water issues (leaks, broken toilets or leaky faucets) as well as lack of heating or exterior door/window issues to Fixit at ext. 77301 prior to Dec. 23.

During the closure (between 12 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and 8 am on Thursday, Jan. 2), report urgent issues to the Emergency Report Centre at 613-533-6080 (ext. 36080 internal).

These include:

  • Lack of heating or process cooling
  • Flooding
  • Broken windows
  • Exterior door issues                                                                                        
  • Slippery/icy sidewalks or parking lots

Report any emergencies or suspicious persons/activities to 613-533-6111 (ext. 36111 internal).


Queen’s Board of Trustees approves diversity statement

Statement and action plan affirm board’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.

Queen’s Board of Trustees voted this month to approve its revised Board Diversity Statement, as recommended by the body’s Governance and Nominating Committee (GNC). Board diversity is crucial to effectively governing the university, and the statement furthers its commitment to achieve a broad membership equipped with a wide set of perspectives.

“The board has considered diversity in its appointments for many years but we want to be transparent and clear about our commitment to diversity as a critical aspect of good governance,” says Kelley McKinnon, GNC Chair. “Our action plan and our education program for trustees will also ensure that equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity are integrated into our strategic thinking at the board.”

Skills remain the most important consideration for appointment to the Board of Trustees. At the same time, the statement affirms the board’s commitment to actively seek out and promote potential candidates who reflect the diversity of Canadian society, particularly those from designated groups, such as those who identify as women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+.

The board’s diversity statement also commits it to providing members with regular opportunities to increase their individual and collective understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and Indigeneity.

“Improving our perspectives and understanding of diversity viewed broadly is an important aspect of board thinking,” says David Allgood, GNC Vice-Chair. “Specific planned learning opportunities will support us in this regard.”

The diversity statement is part of a broader effort, entitled the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Indigenization Action Plan. Also created by the GNC, the overarching plan focuses on advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigeneity at the board level in four key areas: representation; role and mandate; policies, procedures, and practices; and education and development.

Together, the plan seeks to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and Indigeneity in the board’s membership composition — as well as that of its committees, subcommittees, and working groups — in its deliberative discussions and processes, and in advancing the body’s collective knowledge.

The approved Board Diversity Statement and information on its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan can be found on the Queen’s Secretariat website.


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