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Chancellor Sinclair recognized with Order of Canada, Meritorious Service Cross

Queen’s University’s 15th chancellor receives awards for his work in pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation.

Chancellor of Queen's University, the Honourable Murray Sinclair, C.C. M.S.C. (LLD’19), receives the Order of Canada (Companion) from Governor General Marie Simon during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday, May 27. (Photo: MCpl Anis Assari, Rideau Hall)
Chancellor of Queen's University, the Honourable Murray Sinclair, C.C. M.S.C. (LLD’19), receives the Order of Canada (Companion) from Governor General Mary Simon during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday, May 27. (Photo: MCpl Anis Assari, Rideau Hall)

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, C.C. M.S.C. (LLD’19), 15th Chancellor of Queen's University, received a pair of honours on Thursday, May 26 during a ceremony hosted by Governor General Mary Simon at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Chancellor Sinclair received the Order of Canada (Companion), originally announced on Dec. 29, 2021, for dedicating “his life to truth, justice and reconciliation.”

Chancellor Sinclair also received the Meritorious Service Cross for his work as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He was initially awarded the recognition in 2017 along with Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.

RECOGNITION:

Order of Canada (Companion) 

Justice Murray Sinclair has dedicated his life to truth, justice and reconciliation. Manitoba’s first Indigenous judge, he has long championed Indigenous peoples’ rights and freedoms, and has headed several significant public inquiries including the province’s Aboriginal Justice Inquiry. With his trademark intellect, compassion and courage, he chaired the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he heard and documented the experiences of thousands of residential school survivors, and started the country on a journey of healing. A retired senator and esteemed mentor, he continues his lifelong commitment to building bridges between Canadians.

Meritorious Service Cross

Justice Murray Sinclair, Chief Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson shouldered the responsibility for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada with fortitude, compassion and perseverance. Over six years, they led the examination of the Indian Residential School system, combing through myriad documents and witnessing the courage of survivors who shared their stories. Their final report invites all Canadians to confront the inequities of the past, and calls on governments and individuals alike to move forward, with greater understanding, towards reconciliation.

Flag lowered in recognition of community members who passed during pandemic

The Queen’s flag at the corner of Union Street and University Avenue will be lowered on Monday, May 30 to recognize Queen’s community members who died during the pandemic period.

Flags were not lowered during the pandemic in recognition of restrictions related to COVID-19.

For more information on the community members we lost over the past two years, please visit the Queen’s Gazette.

Convocation returns

  • A graduate from the School of Medicine points to his family as he is congratulated by Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech during the convocation ceremony on Friday, May 27.
    A graduate from the School of Medicine points to his family as he is congratulated by Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech during the convocation ceremony on Friday, May 27.
  • Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech poses with a graduate of the Faculty of Law on the stage during Friday's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
    Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech poses with a graduate of the Faculty of Law on the stage during Friday's convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • A graduate embraces Stacia Loft, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and EDII Programs for the Faculty of Law, as she receives a Blackfoot Peoples Mountain Blanket.
    A graduate embraces Stacia Loft, Director, Indigenous Initiatives and EDII Programs for the Faculty of Law, as she receives a Blackfoot Peoples Mountain Blanket.
  • Graduates from the Faculty of Law and the School of Medicine look to their family and supports at Grant Hall as the convocation ceremony begins.
    Graduates from the Faculty of Law and the School of Medicine look to their family and supports at Grant Hall as the convocation ceremony begins.
  • A graduate from the School of Medicine gets a fist bump from Rector Owen Crawford-Lem as he crosses the stage at Grant Hall.
    A graduate from the School of Medicine gets a fist bump from Rector Owen Crawford-Lem as he crosses the stage at Grant Hall.

Queen’s University held its first in-person convocation ceremonies in two years on Friday, May 27, celebrating the Class of 2022 for both the Faculty of Law and the School of Medicine.

Graduates and their families and supports gathered at Grant Hall to mark the successful completion of their Juris Doctor and Doctor of Medicine degrees.

Convocation will return on June 20-24 with ceremonies celebrating the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 at the Leon’s Centre.

Details about convocation and the full schedule of events are available at queensu.ca.

de Goede receives national recognition

Sophie de Goede

Queen’s University’s Sophie de Goede has capped here incredible season with the Queen’s Gaels by being named a recipient of the 2022 Lois and Doug Mitchell U SPORTS Athletes of the Year Awards.

The awards recognize Canada's top athletes competing in university athletics in U SPORTS.

de Goede recently completed one of the most remarkable years in U SPORTS history, competing and excelling in two sports – rugby and basketball. Both teams medaled in the U SPORTS championships with a gold in rugby and a bronze in basketball. Both national finals were hosted by Queen’s.

Earlier this year, de Goede was named the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Player of the Year and tournament MVP at the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship after helping lead Queen's to their first ever Women's Rugby championship. She was also named the OUA Player of the Year in Women's Rugby for the third straight season last week.

“Sophie de Goede is a generational player and a generational person,” says women's rugby head coach Dan Valley. “Despite the accolades that Sophie has earned over her time at Queen's, she remains the hardest working athlete on campus – always looking for ways to excel and improve, either on the pitch, on the court, or in the classroom.”

On the basketball court, de Goede was named a Second Team OUA East Division All-Star, earning an OUA All-Star nod in her second sport, after leading the OUA in rebounding, averaging 12.1 per game while adding 9.8 points per game.

de Goede also earned OUA Female Athlete of the Year honours and the PHE '55 Alumnae Award winner as Queen's Varsity Teams Female Athlete of the Year.

Waterloo Warriors quarterback Tre Ford was named the other winner of the Lois and Doug Mitchell U SPORTS Athletes of the Year Awards.

“This year's group of nominees is one of our strongest yet,” says Lois Mitchell. “The student-athletes who compete in U SPORTS develop integrity, resilience, teamwork and the communications skills they need to excel in sport, their studies and in their careers. Congratulations to Tre and Sophie and to all the nominees who inspire us every day.”

Community garden pilot to grow employee health and wellness

Employee Wellness Services, in partnership with Facilities and Sustainable Queen’s, is launching a new pilot initiative aimed at improving employee health and wellness while contributing to a more sustainable and vibrant campus community.

The Employee Community Garden is located on Queen's main campus in the courtyard adjacent to Jeffery Hall. It includes two large communal plots that can support up to 15 gardeners per plot and are available for this growing season, June to October, on a first-come, first-served basis. Communal plots are shared garden spaces that are open to all registered gardeners for cultivating things like vegetables, fruits, herbs, native plants, and/or ornamentals. Gardeners work together to plant, harvest, and maintain the plots over the course of the season.

“The Campus Wellbeing Framework identified that wellbeing is rooted in, among others, social connectedness and the places we learn and work,” says Sydney Downey, Director, Employee Wellness Services. “This pilot initiative is intended to provide employees with an outlet on campus to connect with one another while improving their own health and wellness, and our campus as a whole. We hope it inspires people to take the time they need to get outside and explore shared interests.”

Those interested in participating in the pilot can register on the HR Intranet for free. Registration provides gardeners with basic necessities including access to a designated communal garden plot, water, and gardening tools. Registered gardeners are jointly responsible for the planting, harvesting, and ongoing maintenance of the communal plots, as well as clearing the plots at the end of the growing season in October.

Recently approved university-wide policies

A number of new and revised policies were recently approved by the Board of Trustees during the meeting held May 13-14.

These include:

Of note, the Fraud Policy and the Improper Acts Policy work together with the recently-revised Harassment and Discrimination Policy to provide a comprehensive suite of options for university community members to refer to for cases of concern.  

Mental Health Week helps kick off employee wellness programming

Kicking off this month, Employee Wellness Services offered a variety of initiatives and programs in support and celebration of Mental Health Week. Led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the week reminds us to focus on our own personal mental health while also raising awareness about the supports in place. 

In total, more than 10 initiatives and programs were offered from May 2-6, with over 70 participants including staff and faculty. Some of the more well-attended events included the Learning to Recharge Seminar, the Gardening Workshop, and the Craft and Colour Coffee Break. The Digital Wall of Gratitude was also a success with over 92 liked posts and will continue to be available online.

If you participated in any of the Mental Health Week events, Employee Wellness Services wants to hear from you. All participants are invited to submit their feedback to employee.wellness@queensu.ca. The feedback will be reviewed and will help shape future wellness events and opportunities.

This is the first of many initiatives and programs to come from Employee Wellness Services. In the months ahead, the unit will be launching additional initiatives including a wellness garden on campus and a certificate program focusing on managing and mitigating burnout at work. Employees are also encouraged to review the Human Resources Intranet for the latest information and updates.

Construction begins on Richardson Stadium pavilion

Queen’s has hired local company Bourgon Construction to build the new pavilion for Richardson Stadium. The project is already underway, with excavation beginning this week. It is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

The two-storey structure is being built at the north end of the stadium.

It will include facilities that will enhance the training and competition environment for varsity sports, make usage more gender inclusive and able to support a broad range of activities for students and community members.

Other facilities include a concession area, storage and washrooms, locker rooms, meeting spaces, an elevated viewing area, and will connect to the existing concourse.

Queries on this project should be directed to construction@queensu.ca. Updates are also available on the Richardson Stadium Pavilion Project website.

Search begins for next vice-provost (teaching and learning)

The Office of the Provost is launching the search for the next vice-provost (teaching and learning) (VPTL).

“I wish to thank Dr. Klodiana Kolomitro, who has served as associate vice-principal (teaching and learning) over the past year,” says Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green. “She has been instrumental in guiding the portfolio through many complexities that arose from the pandemic. She also provided leadership on new initiatives that will strengthen teaching and learning at Queen’s, including the introduction of the Education Leaders in Residence program, the Principal’s Impact Courses, and the launch of the Ventus academic accommodation management portal, to name a few.” 

Provost Green will chair an advisory committee to provide guidance on the selection of the next VPTL. Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette (KBRS) has been engaged to assist with the search.

Members of the university community are invited to submit comments about the search through the KBRS online survey or to provost@queensu.ca by May 31, 2022, at 11:59 EDT.

Summer term student services and programs available

While student activity on campus is quieter over the summer, units across Student Affairs continue to offer programs, services, and student advising and support year-round, both online and in-person.

For students in Kingston, there are several drop-in spaces, including Yellow House, the Ban Righ Centre, Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre, and the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), and Faith and Spiritual Life, where students can meet peers, get advice and support, study and hang out. There are also some in-person activities: QUIC is hosting a weekly English Conversation Circle in Mitchell Hall, and Faith and Spiritual Life is running a weekly lunchtime Knit and Crochet Circle, and lunchtime lawn games at Summerhill.

Students still looking for summer opportunities can visit Career Services’ Summer Jobs website for tools and resources, and can speak with a Career Counsellor at drop-in Career Advising in Gordon Hall, or by appointment. There are currently more than 330 job postings on MyCareer.

Student Wellness Services (SWS) in Mitchell Hall is open, and students can book medical, mental health, accessibility, and healthy lifestyle appointments. Students, faculty and staff can check the SWS event calendar to register for upcoming events, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) on May 18-19, and SafeTalk training on June 1.

For students, staff, and faculty looking to stay active on campus, registration is open for summer recreational programs, including group fitness, personal training, intramurals, and aquatic lessons and leadership at the Athletic and Recreation Centre (ARC). ARC summer hours are now in effect.

Housing & Ancillary Services has transitioned to summer operations and will be welcoming guests of all ages to campus throughout May-August for conferences, summer camps, sporting events, and tourism visits. There are also a few places to grab something to eat on campus on weekdays throughout the summer.

For more information, and student resources, visit the Student Affairs website, as well as the School of Graduate Studies and Post-Doctoral Affairs (SGSPA) website for more summer programming for new and current graduate and professional students, including a Summer Wellness Program. 

Daily student-led in-person campus tours continue with a Tuesday to Saturday schedule, and preparations are well underway for the launch, next month, of First-Year Foundation, a suite of online and in-person opportunities for incoming undergraduate students to build their community, support their transition and find their path to success throughout their first year.

First-Year Foundation includes the Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) campus experience, running over several days in July.

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