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Waste Reduction Week introduces the new ECO Beverage Card to earn free coffee and tea through sustainable mugs.

The ECO Beverage Card, now available at 10 locations across campus.
The ECO Beverage Card, now available at 10 locations across campus.

Waste Reduction Week kicks off with the launch of a sustainability program that will reduce the amount of single serve cups and lids used, while giving Queen’s community members a hot drink on the house.

The ECO Beverage Card program from Queen’s Hospitality Services features a punch card for anyone who brings reusable mugs to any of the 10 locations across campus. Buying seven tea or coffees earns one free cup at The Lazy Scholar, Goodes Café, Gord’s Fresh Café, The Library Café, Location 21, Market Street, Recharge, West Campus Dining Hall, Mac-Correy Dining Hall, and Student Street Express.

“Our goal is to increase the use of reusable mugs from five per cent last year to 20 per cent this year,” says Jennifer Pete, Associate Director, Housing & Ancillary Services. “If we reach our goal, and sell the same amount of coffee and tea as we did last year, we will divert over 23,000 disposable cups from recycling streams and landfills.”

The new program is one of many initiatives that have made Waste Reduction Week, October 15 – 19, an evolving effort every year. The waste reduction rate represents the amount of waste that is diverted from landfill and instead is recycled. For 2017-18, Queen’s rate was 48 per cent, an increase of one per cent over last year. The Canadian average rate for diverted waste from non-residential sources (institutions, commercial operations, industry, and construction) is 38 per cent according to The Conference Board of Canada. Watch out for the full Queen’s Waste Diversion Rate Reporting, coming soon from the Queen’s Sustainability Office.

Check out the recently updated Waste Watcher’s Guide to Recycling and Waste Disposal for practical tips on how to properly dispose of everything from batteries and electronic waste to office supplies and building materials.

Queen’s places fifth in Maclean’s rankings

Queen's among top universities in the medical-doctoral category and second overall in student satisfaction.

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In the annual university rankings by Maclean's, Queen's placed fifth out of 15 medical-doctoral universities in Canada. (University Communications)

Queen’s placed fifth amongst Canada’s 15 medical-doctoral universities according to the 2019 Maclean’s university rankings, which were released on Thursday.

McGill University and University of Toronto tied atop the medical-doctoral rankings, followed by University of British Columbia, and McMaster University. The ranking features universities with a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools. The two other university rankings are comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.

The highest marks for Queen’s in the medical-doctoral ranking include second place in student satisfaction and faculty awards, while placing fourth in student awards, library expenses, and scholarships and bursaries.

In the student satisfaction ranking Queen’s placed second for a second straight year, behind only Sherbrooke. Queen’s placed in the top three in six of the 10 categories, led by a first place in extracurricular activities. The university also placed second in student life staff and residence living, and third for administrative staff, academic advising staff, and promoting indigenous visibility.

“This year’s Maclean’s rankings speak to the continuing quality of a Queen’s education,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Queen’s offers the definitive student experience and I am pleased to note that the university continued its strong showing in the student satisfaction ranking, with positive results in such important categories as student life, mental health services, steps to prevent sexual assault, and promoting Indigenous visibility.” 

Maclean’s also provided statistics that showed Queen’s is tops amongst all universities in the proportion of undergraduate students who graduate (88.6 per cent), third in student retention from first to second year (94.7 per cent), and fifth for average entering grade (89.4 per cent).

Queen’s placed seventh out of 49 universities in the national reputational ranking, up one place from last year. For the reputational ranking Maclean’s surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, high school guidance counsellors and a variety of businesspeople asking for their views on quality and innovation at universities. In the three categories of the ranking, Queen’s placed sixth for highest quality, eighth for most innovative, and seventh for leaders of tomorrow, up three spots from 2018.

Maclean’s also ranked selected programs in the sciences and social sciences, assessing research and reputation: Biology (14); Business (7); Computer Science (12); Education (12); Engineering (9); Medicine (12); Nursing (8); Psychology (6).

Putting the final touches on Mitchell Hall

Students, staff, and faculty will get access to the newest building on campus in time for exams.

[Queen's University Mitchell Hall Innovation and Wellness Centre]
The eastern entrance bears the name of the building's lead donor. (University Relations)

This fall, Mitchell Hall, formerly known as the Innovation and Wellness Centre, opens its doors to students, faculty, and staff, offering up new and refreshed resources to the Queen’s community.

“We are eagerly looking forward to the opening of Mitchell Hall, as this will be a signature building for Queen’s and a powerful catalyst for growth and change in the lives of our students and faculty,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Our top priorities are to complete this highly complex project and to ensure that we realize its full potential as a space that supports leading education and research, interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurial activities, and responsive health and wellness services.”

Construction began on Mitchell Hall in 2016 with the demolition of sections of the former Physical Education Centre (PEC). That fall, the provincial and federal governments announced their support for the project, and the lead contractor EllisDon was able to begin bringing the new centre to life.

Mitchell Hall was designed to combine key elements of campus life under one roof, and an ambitious goal like that means the opening will be completed in phases to minimize disruption.

In a first for Queen’s, a new Examination Centre will open in time for December exams. This new centre will support the growing number of students requiring exam accommodations, and will include private and semi-private writing spaces. The building’s three gymnasiums, including one which has been moved to the lower floor, will reopen for exams.

Starting in January, students will be able to take advantage of new modern spaces for several student services, including the Queen’s University International Centre, Faith and Spiritual Life, and Student Community Relations that are all moving from the John Deutsch University Centre. In addition, the Gregory David and Neil Rossy Health Promotion Hub will open in a new space on the main floor of the building.

Also beginning in January, varsity student athletes will gain access to a High Performance Varsity Training Centre. Athletes and intramural enthusiasts alike will also enjoy the three refreshed gyms that will re-open for recreational use in the new year.

The Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will open in May; for the remainder of the academic year, Student Wellness Services will continue to operate in the Lasalle Building on Stuart Street.

The university will be introducing the Rose Innovation Hub within Mitchell Hall, featuring co-working space, an events commons, and a full makerspace with tools and equipment to support prototyping. The Rose Innovation Hub will also be the new home of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre whose mandate is to support student and community entrepreneurs. 

On the academic side, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has developed new technology-enabled active learning classrooms that will come online in January, along with new research space for the Beaty Water Research Centre. The Institute for Disruptive Technologies will be formally unveiled in March. This new Institute is focused on the design and use of intelligent systems and robotic machines to enhance human productivity, creativity, safety and quality of life.

An official opening event to recognize the donors and celebrate the building’s completion is planned for March 2019.

"With the support of our donors, it is a thrill to look ahead and see the university’s vision for this new building come to fruition,” says Karen Bertrand, Vice-Principal (Advancement). “We thank all those who have supported the creation of this leading-edge centre.”

To meet these dates, the facilities team is working closely with CS&P Architects and EllisDon to mitigate some challenges around labour shortages and material deliveries affecting many Ontario infrastructure projects.

“The renovation of a 1930s building into a striking facility in such a compressed time frame would not have been possible without significant effort by all involved from the initial concept to where we are today,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “This is a complex project and we thank all stakeholders for their contributions and support.”

Located at the corner of Union and Division on the former site of the Physical Education Centre, Mitchell Hall was made possible through over $50 million in philanthropic support. An additional $22 million was contributed by the federal and Ontario governments.

To learn more about Mitchell Hall, visit queensu.ca/connect/mitchell.

Considering careers

Four days of workshops and advice are being planned to help graduate students and post-doctoral fellows find work.

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Gordon Hall. (Photo by Greg Black)

Writing a resume, perfecting your presentation, and looking like a LinkedIn pro are a few of the topics in focus for the School of Graduate Studies’ (SGS’) 2018 Career Week.

Each year, SGS hosts a multi-day program aimed at supporting students as they prepare to finish their studies and transition to the working world, while also giving them useful skills to help them complete their dissertation and communicate the value of their research.

“Career Week is an important time for our students to both equip themselves for the remainder of their studies, and prepare themselves to transition to the workforce – whether that is in academia, government, or private industry,” says Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean (School of Graduate Studies). “We encourage all of our graduate and post-doctoral fellows to take advantage of our programming this week.”

Career Week 2018 began on Tuesday with a session, hosted by Mitacs, focused on presentation skills. The daylong workshop will provide a number of valuable tips and tricks and will also offer participants the opportunity for on-site practice.

On Wednesday, a presenter from Queen’s Career Services will review how to use LinkedIn and, in particular, how to research the career paths of alumni from a variety of disciplines to help inform job searches.

Thursday and Friday are the busiest days, with sessions designed to help graduate students and post-doctoral fellows articulate the value of their experience, prepare their CV, resume and cover letter, and practice mock interviews. These sessions will speak to those who are pursuing graduate degrees and work inside and out of the academy.

The capstone for the week will be a presentation on Friday, Oct. 19 from Shari Graydon, an award-winning author, advocate, and educator. Ms. Graydon will be giving a presentation designed to help graduate students and post-doctoral fellows how to communicate their research to increase their impact.

"Brilliance, without the capacity to communicate it, is often wasted," she says. "Scholars who've mastered the basic skills needed to translate their evidence-based knowledge into accessible and engaging analysis are better equipped to achieve impact beyond academia. Jettisoning the jargon, making clear why people should care, and complementing data with stories -- these are among the practical strategies we'll cover to help students amplify their voices." 

Also on the Friday, a reception at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre will bring together 100 graduate students and post-docs to mingle with community members from local organizations, businesses, and alumni.

For the full program and other details, visit the School of Graduate Studies’ website.

Celebrating women who have made a difference

The Ban Righ Foundation is honouring a professor posthumously, and an executive director of a local not-for-profit.

A panel comprising three board members, one former board member, and one community member review the nominations and select the recipients of two awards.

The recipients are celebrated at the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women evening at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, and this year’s edition will be held Thursday, Oct. 25. The event is open to the public and includes a talk from Penguin Random House CEO Kristin Cochrane (Arts’94), poets Alyssa Cooper and Linda Stitt, and songs from the Cantabile Women’s Chorus and by musicians Kris and Dee.

The annual “Inspiring Women” awards ceremony brings us together to celebrate women’s accomplishments and recognize the ongoing professional and personal contributions of community members. This year, the Ban Righ Foundation is honoured to recognize the exemplary work of the late Kim Renders and of Mara Shaw. 

The Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award recognizes a Queen’s University faculty member who identifies as a woman and has demonstrated mentorship and knowledge-sharing, has supported or continues to support women in achieving their goals, and has inspired a student or students.

The Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award is given to an individual who identifies as a woman and whose leadership has built capacity and fostered opportunities for others, made positive contributions to the Kingston community, and has been inspirational.

This year’s honorees are Kim Renders, who is receiving the Mentorship Award posthumously, and Mara Shaw, who is receiving the Leadership Award.


Ban Righ Foundation 2018 Mentorship – Kim Renders (posthumous)

[Queen's University Kim Renders]
Kim Renders. (Supplied Photo)

Kim Renders is remembered by her nominators as a theatre pioneer and activist who used her art to address political and social issues. First and foremost she was passionate about inclusion and community theatre. She was keenly aware of the challenges facing female performers and was a role model who fought for more opportunities for women on stage. The award nomination describes her "inspirational qualities as a theatre professional, feminist, and award-winning teacher." Ms. Renders mentored not only students and performers, but her colleagues as well.  Through exceptional mentoring, she also empowered others to make waves and create needed change.

A colleague, Martha Bailey of the Faculty of Law, said “Kim has always provided thoughtful advice on teaching problems. Our subjects are totally different, but her ideas on how to engage and challenge students have helped me tremendously.”

Former students praised Ms. Renders, saying “Kim Renders’ mentorship has been invaluable to me as a student, an emerging artist and as a woman…. As Kim’s student I felt heard, valued, challenged, and inspired to make change.” 


Ban Righ Foundation 2018 Leadership Award – Mara Shaw

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Mara Shaw, Executive Director of The Loving Spoonful. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Mara Shaw has been Executive Director at Loving Spoonful since 2012. She is a cellist, parent council member, and community activist. The qualities that come through loud and clear in the nomination is that she leads with compassion and encouragement.

Ms. Shaw’s nominator said, “Mara brings passion and boundless energy as a leader, cheerleader, and activist to building a strong and sustainable community.” She is also considered creative and innovative, and has obtained grants for the program and brought many people together for this cause.

“Summing up, Mara is the kind of creative, caring and ethical leader who serves as a role model for others to be caring and ethical in their own right”. “She is constant. Her needle is always pointed in a caring direction.”


To learn more about the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Event, visit the Queen's University Events Calendar.

Celebrating Queen’s engineers

The Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is putting out the call to its community to make its 125th an anniversary to remember.

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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science gave out t-shirts and took photos with students, faculty, and staff to mark the kickoff of 125th celebrations. (Supplied Photo)

A year of festivities are underway, marking the impact of Queen’s engineers throughout the faculty’s history.

The earliest incarnation of the Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science began in 1893, and the Faculty has a number of initiatives planned between now and August 2019 to mark the milestone anniversary.

“The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has been delivering a transformational experience to students since 1893, and during this academic year, we are proud to be celebrating that legacy and the community we have built,” says Dr. Kevin Deluzio, who is both Dean of the faculty and a proud alumnus. “We encourage all members of the faculty to join our celebrations and help us commemorate 125 years of renowned spirit and unrivaled excellence.”

The year will include events to honour the past and present contributions of the students, alumni, faculty, and staff, and offer a look at the exciting future of Queen’s Engineering. Highlights for the year include a research symposium, teaching and learning showcase, student design competition, staff celebrations, industry luncheon, and the Queen’s Engineering Excellence: 125th Awards at Fort Henry in March.

Homecoming weekend will provide a great kickoff to the 125th celebrations, as alumni share in the excitement at the Dean’s Homecoming Pancake Breakfast. Student teams, clubs and faculty will be on hand to meet with alumni, share past and present stories, and distribute special 125th items – some alumni will have the chance to win limited edition Engineering socks.

As part of the anniversary year, the faculty is seeking to profile members of the Queen’s Engineering community through its 125th Awards. A call has gone out to all members of the Queen’s Engineering community to suggest alumni and current students who are leading interesting lives and making noteworthy contributions to society. Queen’s Engineering is also looking for names of faculty and staff who have helped educate, guide, and support students through their time at Queen’s or who have gone above and beyond in their work. Nominations close October 22nd.

“The pride of Queen’s Engineering is its people, and we are receiving nominations from around the world and from within our campus,” says Dean Deluzio. “We look forward to sharing these special stories with you over the year.”

In addition, the faculty has unveiled a limited edition 125th Engineering crest. At Homecoming, a special photo wall will feature the new crest, along with all the historic crests, so alumni and current students can snap a picture of themselves and see how their class fits into the faculty’s history.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University has graduated many tens of thousands of students and consistently ranks as one of Canada’s leading schools for engineering.

To learn more, or nominate someone for an award, visit the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science website.

Gaels women’s soccer team finishes weekend with six points

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The Queen's Gaels women's soccer team recognized its senior players ahead of Sunday's match against the UOIT Ridgebacks at Richardson Stadium. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:


The Queen's Gaels women's soccer team (8-2-2) defeated the UOIT Ridgebacks (7-4-2) 2-0 Sunday at Richardson Stadium in OUA women's soccer action. 

The home side opened the scoring in the 42nd minute as Jenny Wolever found the back of the net. 

The Gaels continued to apply pressure in the second half and were finally able to double to lead in extra time as Wolever slotted home a penalty kick after she was brought down in the box.

Before the match Queen's honoured their graduating seniors Jenny Wolever, Lidia Bradau, Sarah Nixon, Asia Wisco, Alicia Levy and Alanna Richardson.

On Saturday, the Gaels  drew 1-1 with the Trent Excalibur (2-6-4). 

The visitors got on the board first with a 14th-minute goal from forward Emma Twohey  that beat Queen's keeper Anna Stephenson.

On the attack in the second half, Queen's finally broke through in the 77th minute when Wolever lost her defender and rounded the Trent goalkeeper before calmly slotting it home to level the match. 


The Queen's Gaels men’s soccer team (6-5-1) drew crosstown rivals the RMC Paladins (2-8-2) 1-1 in their lone game of the weekend.

Playing at home the side Paladins were first on the scoresheet as Liam Chambers found the back of the Queen's net

Queen's responded in the 45th minute as Michael Chang scored on a penalty kick just before the break.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (1-0-0) defeated the No. 4 McGill Redmen (0-0-1) 2-1 in an overtime win on Friday night in Montreal.

McGill opened the scoring early as Aaron Armstrong beat Justin Fazio, who got the nod as the Gaels' season-opening goaltender. Fazio did not let the early goal faze him as he closed the door for the remainder of the period.

The second period was filled with and Nevin Guy tied it up for the Gaels on the powerplay. 

In overtime, Duncan Campbell scored the winner to send the Gaels back to Kingston with the win.

In his first game as a Gael, Fazio stood out against one of the most prolific offences in the OUA, making 32 saves.


The Queen's men's rugby team (6-0) defeated the crosstown rival RMC Paladins (1-5) 65-14 at Navy Bay on Friday. 

The Paladins put up a valiant first half effort against the reigning OUA champions, holding the Gaels to 19 points and responded with two converted tries of their own to trail 19-14 at the half. 

The Paladins could not keep up this momentum in the second half however, as the Gaels returned to their torrid scoring form, posting 46 unanswered second-half points and putting the result well out of reach, securing their 16thstraight OUA victory.

Standouts from the match included third-year forward Trevor Helgason, who scored his first two tries of the season. Scrum-half Dylan Young also continued his consistent play, scoring a try and converting five kicks.


The Queen’s Gaels football team (3-4) fell 27-24 to the McMaster Marauders (4-2) on Friday in Hamilton.

After trailing 27-16 the Gaels came back in the fourth quarter to bring the game to within three. However, a missed field goal late sealed the game for the Marauders.

Trailing 1-0, the Gaels put up the first major as Jake Puskas ran the ball in from six yards out for his fifth touchdown of the year.

After the Gaels conceded a safety  the Marauders got their first TD for a 10-7 lead.

With the teams trading a number of field goals, McMaster would find the endzone again early in the fourth quarter and then added another field goal to boost the lead to 27-16.

With less than three minutes remaining the Gaels capped off a four-play, 51-yard drive with a rushing touchdown from Rasheed Tucker. A successful two-point conversion then made it 27-24.

After the Gaels forced a two-and-out they got the ball back with one last opportunity to tie the game. After they managed to get the ball to McMaster's 47-yard line they set up for a lengthy 54-yard field goal which came up short.


The Queen's rowing team was in St. Catharines for the Brock University Regatta on Saturday.

The Gaels placed in nine events coming away with five golds, two silver and two bronze.

The men took home gold in three events, the lightweight 2- (6:44.55), lightweight 2x (6:29.24) and lightweight 1x (7:12.32). The women finished first in the heavyweight 4 (7:01.28) and the women’s 2- (7:39.03).

The men's heavyweight 2x finished with a silver on the water as did the women's lightweight 1x.

The Gaels lightweight 2x women rowed to a bronze medal and the novice women's eight also secured a bronze for the Tricolour.

Queens' will be back on the water at the OUA championships on Oct. 26-27 at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course.

Innovations in equity

For a second consecutive year, the Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office has received a national award for its inclusivity tools.

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Minister Patty Hajdu poses with Jill Christie and Heidi Penning of the Queen's Human Rights and Equity Office. (Supplied Photo)

The federal government has once again recognized the Queen’s Human Rights and Equity Office for innovation in employment equity and inclusivity.

In 2017 the office piloted a new online tracking system for employment equity, the Queen’s Equity Appointments Process (QEAP). This process supports more inclusive hiring practices at the university by doing such things as providing a designated group profile to determine which designated group is most underrepresented in the unit, and ensuring all hiring committee members have received the appropriate employment equity training.

“Becoming a more diverse and inclusive institution is not only the right thing to do, it is also essential to our success as we aim to recruit the top emerging talent and grow our international reputation,” says Stephanie Simpson, Executive Director, Human Rights and Equity Office. “Tools like QEAP help us build a more inclusive living, learning, and working environment here at Queen’s, and we are grateful for this acknowledgement of our efforts.”

After reviewing the new tracking system, the Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour bestowed an Employment Equity Achievement Award on Queen’s in the “Innovation” category.

"When everyone is on an equal footing, they can contribute to the best of their abilities,” says Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. “Employers must stay alert to barriers that can keep members of the four designated groups—women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities—from participating fully in the workplace. By making sure every Canadian has an equal and fair chance at success, employers contribute meaningfully to Canada's economic growth."

Coupled with the Human Rights and Equity Office Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning tool, QEAP has many components designed to support the work of units. The tool is intended to monitor what measures have been taken to attract and recruit members of designated groups.

QEAP is also able to track the diversity of the applicant pool at every step, from the development of a longlist, shortlist, invite to interview, ranking, and, ultimately, job offer. This information is intended to influence the unit’s recruitment strategy.

If the candidate who is offered the job has not self-identified in the unit’s most underrepresented group, QEAP prompts the Employment Equity Representative to provide the committee’s rationale. This representative receives six hours of training to prepare them for this role, while other hiring committee members receive three hours of preparatory training.

As a final monitoring component, a summary report on the unit’s equitable hiring practices is regularly sent to the unit head.

The Human Rights and Equity Office also received Innovation awards last year for the Diversity and Equity Assessment and Planning (DEAP) tool and the university’s equity framework.

Thriving in the workplace

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Steve Millan, Acting Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), makes sure that each day there is time for his mental, physical and social well-being. (University Communications) 

In his new role as Acting Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), Steve Millan is well aware of how important it is to find a work-life balance.

Central to everyone’s well-being, he points out, is being aware of our own mental, physical and social health, as well as that for the others around us, including colleagues, students, and our families.

Making time for himself in his daily schedule, including exercise, has helped Millan over his 20 years at Queen’s University, and with the increasing responsibilities over that time, it has become all the more important. At work, Millan starts off his day by creating a list of things he needs to get accomplished, even if it’s a minor task.  When complete, he crosses each off. He finds that this helps ease some of the stress or anxiety that can build up throughout the day.

He also tries to stay active and get up from his desk when he can.

“When I have meetings I try to meet people in their offices so that I can get away from my desk, walk around and get the blood flowing. I try to go to people rather than just emailing or phoning them,” he says, adding that he also takes the stairs whenever possible. “One of the things that helps me as well is I like to be in buildings where the students are because the students just create this positive energy that I feed off.”

Away from work Millan keeps active.

Along with boating around the Thousand Islands area during the summer and playing hockey during the winter, Millan makes sure he goes to the gym three to four times a week.

“I enjoy physical activity. In my new role I found that I was slipping a bit in terms of my routine and I realized that was not a healthy thing for me so I now make sure that I get my physical activity in,” he says, adding that when he’s playing hockey he’s able to just focus on the game. “Hockey really does help me unwind and there’s also a social component which is equally as important as the physical component and that is really key to my well-being.”

To help the rest of the Queen’s community get into a healthy lifestyle and mindset, Human Resources offers Thrive Week each year, which features a full schedule of wellness activities that help  remind staff, faculty, and students about the importance of self-care and building positive mental health.

The goal of this initiative is to increase education and communication on the topic of positive mental health and what it means to the Queen’s community.

In the short time he’s been in his position, Millan come to realize just how importance an event like Thrive is for a diverse community like Queen’s at all levels – students, staff, and faculty.

“For me Thrive is a reminder that we can’t forget about mental health,” he says. “That’s key and it’s very important for us to think about that as individuals but also to remember about the mental health of colleagues and students. It’s being self-aware but also aware of how it might impact others.”

This year, Thrive Week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 5, and events are being hosted throughout the week including yoga, a colouring workshop and two special guided ‘Haunted Walks,’ that include Queen’s campus.

To learn more about Thrive, and to see the schedule of events visit the Thrive website.


Queen’s United Way launches campaign

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Members of the Queen’s United Way Committee served up a special cake during the $5 Friday BBQ outside Mackintosh-Corry Hall on Aug. 25. Helping out were, from, left: Lisa Callahan, CCTG Communications Leader; Kellie Hart, Director of Finance - Faculty of Arts and Science; Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris; James Ligthart, Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator - Athletics and Recreation; and Professor David Gordon (Geography and Planning). (Photo courtesy United Way KFLA)

Each year the fundraising campaign for United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington backs a wide range of services and organizations providing support throughout the community.

Tom Harris (Provost and Vice Principal (Academic)) – Executive Sponsor
Kellie Hart (Faculty of Arts and Science) – Committee Co-chair
James Ligthart (Athletics and Recreation) – Committee Co-chair
David Gordon (Department of Geography and Planning)
Kathryn Aldrich (Human Resources)
Lisa Callahan (Canadian Cancer Trials Group)

Andrew Carroll (University Relations)
Bruce Hutchinson (Queen’s Retiree Rep)
Mary Kemp (IT Services) 
Soren Christianson (AMS, MAC Commissioner)
Chelsea Overstrom (AMS Rep)
Carina Sabourin (AMS Rep)
Isabel Luce (SGPS, VP Community)
Begona Pereira (Office of Advancement)
Kelly Rathwell (Smith School of Business)

Queen’s University’s campaign officially kicked off on Monday, Oct. 1 with a fundraising goal of $330,177 – a little tip of the cap to the university’s 177th year. The Queen’s campaign, the largest workplace campaign for the United Way KFL&A, accounts for close to 10 per cent of the organization’s annual budget.

“The continued support of the Queen’s community makes us proud to volunteer and to continue to make a difference,” says James Ligthart, co-chair of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee with along with Kellie Hart. “The strength of our community is found in its ability to provide support to those who need our help.”

Students, staff and faculty – both active and retired – contribute greatly to the campaign through a number of ways, including special events, such as the Alma Mater Society barbecue, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 11 am to 1 pm at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue.

Last year, more than 58,000 people benefited from United Way KFL&A-funded programs.

“Every dollar donated helps to make a difference in our community,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and Executive Sponsor of the committee. “The United Way provides hope, a sense of belonging and dignity. From alleviating hunger and poverty, to providing support to women and children fleeing violence and abuse, the United Way’s programs  directly, and indirectly, benefit everyone in our community.”

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 


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