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A life saving app

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    Kingston Fire Chief Rheaume Chaput displays the PulsePoint app on his cellphone.
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    Members of Kingston Fire and Rescue work on the rescue dummy.
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    Heart attack survivor Chet Babcock spoke at the PulsePoint launch. He collapsed during a hockey game and was revived by a defibrillator.
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    Queen's professor Steven Brooks emphasizes the importance of PulsePoint.
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    St. John Ambulance training coordinator Tyler O'Prey demonstrates how a defibrillator works.
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    Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson speaks at the PulsePoint event.

Queen’s University researcher Steven Brooks, working with the City of Kingston, Kingston Fire and Rescue and a number of other community partners, is launching PulsePoint, a mobile app that can save lives. This marks the first PulsePoint launch in Canada

Working with the Kingston Fire and Rescue dispatch system, the app will alert users trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place needs CPR. The app also shows alerted CPR-trained individuals where to find a public automated external defibrillator (AED) if one is close.

“Calling 911, starting CPR and using an AED are the most significant interventions a bystander can make when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, doubling the chances of survival,” says Dr. Brooks, an emergency physician and clinician-scientist at Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital. “Currently, the out-of-hospital survival rate for cardiac arrest is just five per cent in Canada. We can do better than this, and our hope is that PulsePoint will increase bystander intervention and help save more lives.”

Developed by Californian firefighters, making PulsePoint available in Kingston required a partnership that included Kingston Fire and Rescue, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kingston General Hospital, Queen’s University and Bell Canada.

Chet Babcock, a cardiac arrest survivor, says an AED saved his life. Babcock’s CPR-trained hockey teammates, James McConnell and Casey Trudeau, administered CPR when he went into cardiac arrest at the INVISTA Centre. A third teammate, Mike Sears, went in search of a defibrillator. He found one with the help of Brad Amell, a volunteer firefighter who was in the foyer. They rushed back to administer the shock that likely restarted Babcock’s heart.

“The cardiac surgeon said that I would have had brain damage or died after five minutes if the AED [automated external defibrillator] hadn’t been used,” says Mr. Babcock, who is alive today thanks to the defibrillator.  “Needless to say, I am a big supporter of AEDs.”

 “Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of preventable death and we know there are 40,000 sudden cardiac arrests in Canada each year. That’s one every 13 minutes. PulsePoint is all about connecting those who are CPR-trained to save lives with those who need their help,” says Richard Price, PulsePoint Foundation president.

Go to pulsepoint.org to download the app on your Apple or Android device if you are trained in CPR. The Queen’s community will also have an opportunity to sign up for PulsePoint April 7 at 1:30 pm during a demonstration at the ARC. 

Celebrating Indigenous arts and culture

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    The Tyendinaga Singers lead the opening dance of the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance at the Tett Centre on Saturday.
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    The Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance held at the Tett Centre on Saturday capped Aboriginal Awareness Week at Queen's.
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    A women's traditional dancer performs at the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance at the Tett Centre on Saturday.
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    It was a day of colour, music and dance at the Tett Centre during the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance.
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    A men's traditional dancer performs at the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance at the Tett Centre on Saturday.
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    One of the dance forms performed at the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance was the Prairie Chicken Dance.

It was a day of dancing, music and colour as the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance was held Saturday at the newly-opened Tett Centre.

Queen's University marked Aboriginal Awareness Week from March 16-21, which was organized by the Queen's Native Students' Association.

Along with crafts and traditional food vendors, the celebration offered up performances – including traditional, fancy and jingle forms – from Haudenosaunee and Anishnabe groups.

Giving back to the community

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Queen’s Department of Family Medicine HR co-ordinator Vanessa Patterson passes donations over to Sandy Singers, executive director of the Partners in Mission Food Bank. (University Communications)

The Queen’s Department of Family Medicine has adopted the Partners in Mission Food Bank as its Charity of the Year, and launched its annual fundraising campaign by raising close to $1,800 at its Christmas party.

An initiative of the department’s WorkLife Balance Committee, donating to a different charity each year provides staff and faculty members an opportunity to give back to their community as a team. Previous charities have included KFL&A Public Health’s Dental Treatment Assistance Fund and CanAssist, a Kingston-based registered charity that works to support sustainable infrastructure projects in East Africa.

A component of the department’s Christmas party is a fun competition among teams of faculty and staff members to produce the most entertaining video. This year’s winning team, from the department’s Centre for Studies in Primary Care, donated its prize, a $500 Visa card, to the food bank. Coupled with the evening’s individual donations of $1,270, the total raised was $1,770. Other WorkLife Balance-sponsored events throughout the year will supplement this initial donation.

FIT TIPS: New ways to 'Get Your 150'

With the aim of helping faculty, staff and students "Get Your 150" (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering Fit Tips each week.

Here are 10 quick ways you can work toward getting "Get Your 150":

1. Instead of drinking juice with dinner, have a glass of milk or water

2. When going for a coffee date with a friend, grab and go! Walk while you sip

3. Throw a healthy potluck with friends, and share the recipes

4. When you have writer’s block, do 10 jumping jacks

5. Do toe touches and side bends in the shower

6. March on the spot when you’re microwaving food

7. Take the stairs to the top floor when you’re going to the library

8. After you finish a page of reading, hold a plank for 30 seconds

9. Offer to dog sit and take your friend’s dog for a walk

10. When at the library, hover over your chair for 30 seconds once every half-hour

Lives Lived: Dedicated to his community

With a lengthy career in various levels of education, Peter Hennessy was also known for his community efforts over a number of causes, from preserving history to prison and education reform.

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Peter Hennessy (Photo courtesy Whig-Standard)

After graduating from Campbellford High School in 1944, Hennessy went on to study History and Political Economy at Queen’s University. In 1948 he graduated with honours and went on to attend the Ontario College of Education (1948-49).

He would then teach history at Petrolia District High School (1949-53) and the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (1953-63) in Thunder Bay, eventually becoming principal (1962-68).

In 1958-59, he and his family lived in England where he completed the requirements for the Diploma in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.

In 1968, he was one of the original appointments to the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University until his retirement in 1984.

He was a founding member of the Faculty Flyers, a group from the Faculty of Education that began playing poker at monthly get-togethers in the late 1970s and continues to meet. He was the self-appointed historian of the group and would often entertain with his favourite and original limericks.

Hennessy was an avid writer and author with a number of titles to his credit, including: Schools in Jeopardy, Collective Bargaining in Education (1979); The Hennessys of the Bay of Quinte, (1991); Canada’s Big House, the Dark History of the Kingston Penitentiary, (1999); Brother Bill and the Vets, (2001); From Student to Citizen, (2006) (re-titled Democracy in Peril), and a memoir, Escaping North Hastings, (2010).

He also was a regular columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard (1987-98) on themes of public education and prison reform, and continued to submit op-eds, with the last one published in 2014.

Among Hennessy’s many interests was the history of trains in eastern Ontario.  He seemed to know every old line, the rail beds they travelled on, and the old stations scattered throughout the area.

He also could often be seen on walks with Brandy, his constant companion, a yellow Lab mix, along the shores of Lake Ontario, at Cataraqui Conservation area or the trails north of Kingston.

Hennessy was a long-time volunteer for the John Howard Society and served on the Citizens Advisory Committee at the Kingston Penitentiary, for which he was honoured with the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in 1993.

In his work with the Citizens Advisory Committee, Hennessy was known for meeting with inmates and staff while always trying to find ways to make the prison better either side of the intitution’s walls. Through his meetings with inmates he gained a better understanding of their concerns.

A memorial service is planned for April 3.

– With files from retired Professor Don Campbell.


The business of making a difference

[Social Innovation Boot Camp]
Ara Dungca (Com’16), Kirsten MacMillan (Sci’17), Adam Beaudoin (Kin’15), John Sibbald (Com’18) and George Henry (EMBA’16) begin discussing their idea for the Social Innovation Bootcamp Pitch Competition. Their team, “Heads Up,” went on to win first prize as well as the people’s choice award in the competition. (University Communications)

Queen’s School of Business (QSB) Centre for Social Impact has launched a new interdisciplinary initiative aimed at creating, invoking and inspiring social change.

Designed to span across faculties and departments, Queen’s RECODE will support the development of a social innovation zone on campus.

“Many faculty and students at Queen’s are committed to resolving some of society’s most pressing needs and challenges,” says Tina Dacin, Director, QSB Centre for Social Impact. “By consolidating and leveraging this activity, we have the potential to put Queen’s at the leading-edge of creating knowledge and teaching social entrepreneurship and social innovation.”

QSB Centre for Social Impact launched Queen’s RECODE with funding from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and matching private donations. At the end of last year, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launched the national RECODE program to support the development of social innovation and entrepreneurship “ecologies” within and in proximity to universities and colleges, along with business, community and public sector partners.

With the RECODE funding, QSB Centre for Social Impact will scan existing efforts on campus, convene a steering committee comprised of students, community, faculty and staff, and design interdisciplinary content and approaches to developing a mindset and toolkit for advancing social innovation.

Pitching social innovation

Queen’s RECODE expands the social innovation work QSB Centre for Social Impact has done over the past several years. Those activities include workshops and conferences on social enterprise, Aboriginal issues and design thinking. The centre also hosts an annual Social Innovation Bootcamp. This year’s bootcamp, held March 13-14, also featured the official launch of Queen’s RECODE.

In addition to dynamic and informative speakers, this year’s bootcamp included for the first time a pitch competition where students could work together to identify, design and test their social innovation ideas.

“Heads Up,” the team of Ara Dungca (Com’16), Kirsten MacMillan (Sci’17), Adam Beaudoin (Kin’15), John Sibbald (Com’18) and George Henry (EMBA’16), won the pitch competition and the people’s choice award.

They pitched the idea for a new type of mobile app platform to improve students’ mental health. Students would track their sleep, eating and studying habits and if there were any major deviations from their patterns – often an indication of a mental health issue – the app would prompt the student to reach out to a person they trust, and help set up a method of checking in on the student.

The team also wants to work with universities and ensure the app connects students with mental health resources offered on campus.

Heads Up received $1,250 of seed money – $1,000 for claiming first prize and $250 for the People's Choice Award – to continue developing its idea, but Ms. MacMillan was just as excited about the acceptance they received from the judges and their peers.

“We really wanted to show our passion for mental health. It was exciting that a roomful of people also agreed that mental health is important and it’s something we can talk about openly,” she says. “As we try and move the idea forward, it’s exciting to know that we have the backing of other students who are passionate about the issue.”

Ms. MacMillan says the bootcamp opened up a new world of thinking for her.

“Throughout the weekend, I was exposed to amazing and interesting perspectives. I’ve always thought I would have to make the choice between working with a non-profit organization or a for-profit company. It was eye-opening for me to hear people who are pursuing socially responsible businesses that have a positive impact on the world.”

Visit QSB Centre for Social Impact website for more information.

Abraham earns CIS top rookie honour in men's hockey

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Spencer Abraham and Darcy Greenaway of the Queen's Gaels men's hockey team were both named to the CIS All-Rookie team.

A quick look at recent sports news at Queen’s University:

Men’s Hockey

A pair of teammates of the Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team has picked up some hardware at the provincial and national levels.

Gaels defenceman Spencer Abraham has been named the CIS rookie of the year while teammate Darcy Greenaway joins him as a CIS All-Rookie.

Abraham, a former member of the OHL’s Erie Otters, quarterbacked the Gaels offence from the blueline all season. He is the second straight Queen's player – and the second in school history – to receive the Clare Drake Award, following in the footsteps goaltender Kevin Bailie.

After putting on the Queen’s jersey, Abraham quickly found a home with the Gaels as he started off his CIS career with a six-game point streak and never looked back. He finished as the team’s leading scorer with 28 points (5-23-28) in 25 league games, tied for the CIS lead amongst defenceman.

“Spencer came in from day one and showed maturity beyond his years,” says head coach Brett Gibson. “He played in all situations, against the other team's top players every night and it still did not slow down his offensive production. His future in this game and league is very bright.”

Greenaway came to the Gaels after playing with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs and finished his first CIS campaign with an impressive 26 points (16-10-26 ) in 25 games played.

Earlier this month the rookie duo also picked up honours at the OUA East level with Abraham being named to the First All-Star team and Greenaway earning a spot on the Second All-Star team.

Track and Field

Alex Wilkie took home a bronze medal in the 1500m race on Saturday afternoon at the CIS Track and Field championships at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor.

Wilkie, also an All-Canadian in cross country, ran the 1500m race in a time of 3:49.03, a little more than 1.2 seconds behind winner Ross Proudfoot of the Guelph Gryphons.




Law students show they can perform outside of the courtroom

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    Cabaret for the Cure took to the stage at the Grand Theatre to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
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    A student does a little breakdancing during the Cabaret for the Cure, hosted by Queen's Law Cancer Society.
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    The Cabaret for the Cure featured a variety of dance performances by law students as well as a fashion show.
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    A group of law students perform a routine during Cabaret for the Cure at the Grand Theatre of Friday night.
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    The annual Cabaret for the Cure was held for the first time at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston.

It was a night of dancing, music and fundraising as the annual Cabaret for the Cure was hosted by the Queen's Law Cancer Society.

Students from the Faculty of Law at Queen's University took to the stage on Friday, March 13, performing dance routines and a fashion show all in the name of fun and raising nearly $14,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

For the first time the event was held at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston.


Have your say: take the PPS client satisfaction survey

Physical Plant Services is inviting feedback from all members of the Queen’s community through a new client satisfaction survey. The survey, which is open until March 20, will help PPS better serve their client base and the campus community.

Along with the survey, PPS has launched a number of new online platforms to disseminate information and interact with campus stakeholders. Their new website is easier to navigate than its previous version, includes fillable online work request forms and has more in-depth information about PPS projects and operations.

The website also incorporates new accessibility features, design best practices and is optimized for screen-readers and mobile devices.

PPS has also started a Twitter account to provide up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening on Queen’s campus.

Definite appeal to supporting Queen’s

Terrie Easter Sheen and Martha Whitehead
Terrie Easter Sheen, left, and Martha Whitehead, right, are two of the five co-chairs of this year’s Campus Community Appeal.

For Terrie Easter Sheen and Martha Whitehead, two of the five co-chairs of this year’s Campus Community Appeal, giving back to Queen’s is a natural response to needs they see all around them.

“In my role in Gender Studies, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of places like Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the Ban Righ Centre and the Human Rights Office,” says Easter Sheen. “Only through philanthropy can we ensure Queen’s continues to provide much-needed services to students, staff and faculty.”

Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, believes the university is alive with stories – not only of exceptional learning experiences and groundbreaking research, but of the history of Queen’s, Kingston and Canada.

“People who care deeply about this rich tapestry of stories are generously supporting initiatives that will enable Queen’s to continue having an impact for generations to come,” she says. 

Both co-chairs note that employees give back to the university every day through their invaluable service. This provides them with a unique perspective on where their dollars are most needed – and gifts to the annual Campus Community Appeal can be designated to any program or initiative at Queen’s.

The Gazette asked each appeal co-chair to share what motivates them as volunteers, as well as their personal reasons for giving. Easter Sheen’s and Whitehead’s responses are presented below, while those of their colleagues – Professor Tim Bryant (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Associate University Registrar (Undergraduate Admissions) Stuart Pinchin and Emeritus Professor Carlos Prado (Philosophy) – will appear in a future edition of the Gazette.

What drew you to this volunteer position as co-chair for the Campus Community Appeal?

Terrie Easter Sheen:  I was a mature student for many years, and as a way in which to thank and “give back” to Queen’s, I began gifting immediately upon my graduation.

Martha Whitehead: I wanted to help support good causes and acknowledge the donors we have on campus. We benefit so much from each other, and there can never be enough opportunities to say thank you.

What project(s) do you support with your gifts to Queen’s?  

TES:  I support the Ban Righ Centre and the Gender Studies Department.

MW: One of the things I appreciate most about Queen's is our commitment to helping students whose financial circumstances are a barrier, so I like to give to the Student Financial Assistance Fund.

What would you say to someone who was considering a gift to Queen’s?

TES: Not only is Queen’s my alma mater, I have worked at Queen’s for my entire life.  If the person were also a Queen’s employee, I would let them know what a real privilege it is to work and learn every day at this institution. Giving back is one way to show it.

MW: I would say, “Your gift is a personal investment in our current and future generations. It makes a difference, and it is hugely appreciated.”

Every year, in November and March, current and retired staff and faculty members volunteer their time and leadership to encourage their colleagues’ participation in the Campus Community Appeal. The appeal has a direct impact across campus, supporting programs and initiatives that enrich the teaching and learning environment. Gifts may be designated to almost any area of need: from student assistance to mental health and wellness, faculty programs, the library, archives, community outreach and more.


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