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Queen’s community gathers for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Students, faculty and staff join in-person ceremony to remember the 14 victims of the mass shooting that took place on Dec. 6, 1989.

  • Queen's community members gather for an in-person ceremony marking National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
    Queen's community members gather for an in-person ceremony marking National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
  • Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, speaks during Tuesday's event at Beamish-Munro Hall.
    Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science speaks during Tuesday's event at Beamish-Munro Hall.
  • Each of the 14 victims of the mass shooting that took place on Dec. 6, 1989 were recognized during the special ceremony organized by the Engineering Society.
    Each of the 14 victims of the mass shooting that took place on Dec. 6, 1989 were recognized during the special ceremony organized by the Engineering Society.
  • The permanent Dec. 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall was designed by Queen's alumna Haley Adams (Sc'21), and unveiled in 2020.
    The permanent Dec. 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall was designed by Queen's alumna Haley Adams (Sc'21), and unveiled in 2020.

The Queen’s community took time on Tuesday to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

In the annual event, hosted by the Engineering Society and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, 14 women, representing engineering students, staff, and faculty, held red roses, lit white candles and read a brief outline of each of the victims who were killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s l’École Polytechnique.

Those gathered crowd also heard from Kevin Deluzio, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and other speakers.

This year’s event was also the first opportunity for many Queen’s community members to observe the day in the presence of the permanent Dec. 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall. The memorial was designed by Queen’s alumna Haley Adams (Sc’21), and was unveiled in 2020.

Employees and family invited to lace up and skate for free

In search of activities for December? Employee Wellness Services is pleased to offer Queen’s employees and family members free drop-in skating at the Kingston Memorial Centre. Lace up, bring your family, and connect with colleagues for free.

The following two drop-in sessions are available exclusively for Queen’s employees and family members at the Memorial Centre, 303 York St., Kingston.

  • Sunday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. – Noon
  • Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Upon entrance, employees will be asked to show their Queen’s Employee ID Card for free admission. Donations to support the AMS Food Bank will also be accepted.

Rink capacity is limited to 125 people. For more information about the Memorial Centre, visit the City of Kingston’s website.

Flagpole on Theological Hall damaged by weekend winds

High winds over the December 3-4 weekend damaged the flagpole at Theological Hall, where it remains canted at a steep angle.

The pole is secure and does not pose a threat to safety. Queen’s Facilities is working to repair the damaged pole. Repairs will be affected once winds have subsided.  

Due to the damage to the pole at Theological Hall, the flag at the JDUC will be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, as the university marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

Remembering the victims of Dec. 6

Queen’s marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an in-person ceremony. 

Photograph of December 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall
The permanent Dec. 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall was designed by Queen's alumna Haley Adams (Sc'21), and unveiled in 2020.

For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen’s community will be joining together in person without gathering restrictions for a live ceremony to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on Dec. 6. The national day memorializes the 14 women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989. It is a day to remember the victims and think about the effects that gender-based violence has had – and continues to have – on society.

The ceremony is organized by students in the Engineering Society, and it will be held in the Beamish-Munro Hall atrium at 11 a.m.

“It is important for all of us never to forget the horrific acts of violence that occurred on Dec. 6, 1989,” says Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “The 14 victims were targeted because they were women, and the engineering community needs to honour their memory by continually striving to be more inclusive and equitable. I hope people from across the Queen’s community join us in reflecting on the significance of this day.”

During the ceremony, 14 members of the Queen’s community will read the names of the 14 victims, share facts about their lives, and reflect on why it is important to remember them. A moment of silence will follow.

This year will also be the first opportunity for many Queen’s community members to observe the day in the presence of the permanent Dec. 6 memorial in Beamish-Munro Hall. The memorial was designed by Queen’s alumna Haley Adams (Sc’21), and it was unveiled in 2020.

“The centerpiece of the memorial is the white rose, which is surrounded by a petal for each of the women who lost their lives that day. The petals drift along the wall, representing the idea that although we move forward, their memories are with us,” says Adams. “It is my hope that this memorial can act as a gentle reminder to this generation of engineers that diversity in the profession is our strength. Only when the engineering community reflects the society we serve can we best design for the needs of our communities.”

A musical message of support

The ‘We Stand with Ukraine’ concert is being held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts to raise funds for humanitarian aid.

Canta Arya School for Strings

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is hosting an exciting event to raise funds for humanitarian aid for those affected by the war in Ukraine. 

On Dec. 8, more than 100 Kingston professional musicians and youth ensembles, including the Kingston Symphony, DAN School of Music faculty, PALENAI piano duo, Bridge Wolak Duo, Jan LeClair, and guest Ukrainian soprano, Nataliia Temnyk will be featured. The Maky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will welcome the audience in the colourful Pryvit dance. Young musicians representing Canta Arya School for Strings, Kingston Youth Orchestra, Cantabile Youth Singers and soloist Mathieu Roberge will also perform in the concert, which supports the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Fund through the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

Photography of Ukraine, Ukrainian art, and powerful images from the war by frontline photojournalists will add a multi-dimensional element to the evening.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Fund of the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief committee – a joint partnership of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canada-Ukraine FoundationThose who are unable to attend the concert but still wish to donate can donate online, and are asked to quote “Kingston concert” under the ‘private message’ section.

 The benefit is being organized by Drs. Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon, who have taught as adjunct professors at the Dan School of Drama and Music and were responsible for the creation of the Music & Digital Media program at St. Lawrence College. For the past several months they have been working on a concert to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. They say as soon as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February, their colleagues, fellow musicians, and local youth ensembles jumped on board.

“The number of Kingston musicians involved – more than half of them youth – show how the generations are coming together for one common cause. That really is the heart of the event,” says Dr. Shannon.

Dr. Shannon says interest for the concert comes not only from the musical community, but from those who have experienced the conflict firsthand, adding “there will be many new Ukrainian nationals in the audience, and we get calls every day from others.”

 The two-hour concert takes place Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $39 or $10 for students and can be purchased at the door or online through the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The concert will also be livestreamed.

For more information, visit the Dan School of Music and Drama at Queen’s University website.

Employee Experiences Survey update

Principal Patrick Deane shares highlights of the survey results and his commitment to making Queen’s a better place to work.

In spring 2022, Queen’s asked staff and faculty to share their views on workplace culture at the university as part of an Employee Experiences Survey.

“It has been several years since a survey of this kind was last undertaken and with the full effects of the pandemic realized, the university felt it was time to engage the people who breathe life into its operations so that it could better understand and address their needs,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane in an email to faculty and staff.

The survey measured over 42 key indicators across a variety of themes, including work recognition, physical safety, professional development, and respect. Over 3,800 employees replied to the survey.

“Improving workplace culture is the sixth strategic goal in Queen’s strategic framework and the university is committed to creating an environment in which all members of our community can flourish,” said Principal Deane. “I am grateful to everyone who took part and appreciate the time and effort you gave to conveying your thoughts and perceptions of our workplace. Overall, the results were quite encouraging, providing evidence of a high level of confidence in the physical safety of the working environment, of a good understanding of work expectations, of respect in the workplace, and of intolerance for inappropriate behaviour.”

A significant majority of employees reported feeling physically safe in both their individual work environments (88.7 per cent) and on campus property (82 per cent). Over 80 per cent felt that their job expectations were clear and that teams’ dynamics were respectful. These factors helped staff and faculty feel most engaged with their job and the campus community.

The results also identified which factors lead staff and faculty to feel least engaged with their work.

“It is clear that challenges exist in the workplace and the university needs to do more to address them,” said Principal Deane. “Across the institution, employees identified a deficiency in recognition for work performed, and a lack of support and resources in the areas of mental health, and professional development. In the new year, the administration intends to address these three areas with new programs and initiatives.”

A Working Group for Strategic Implementation will be convened shortly to see these new programs forward. The group will be co-led by Steve Millan, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources), and Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion). The working groups efforts will proceed into 2023 and updates on its progress will be communicated.

Learn more on the Employee Experiences Survey website.

Employee Holiday Celebration returning as in-person event

This year's Employee Holiday Celebration will acknowledge the commitment and dedication of staff, with activities such as a gingerbread building giveaway, and hot beverages. 

For the first time in three years, Queen’s annual Employee Holiday Celebration will be taking place as an in-person event. The celebration will take place Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Athletics and Recreation Centre main gym between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. To launch the festivities, Hospitality Services will be providing a meal, as well as a gingerbread building giveaway.

As with past years, the Principal’s Office will also show appreciation for Queen’s employees throughout the day with a free hot beverage at one of the university’s participating food outlets on Dec. 7. For those employees not located in Kingston, arrangements will also be made to provide a hot beverage.

To encourage staff attendance for employees travelling to campus, parking restrictions on surface lots will not be enforced between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. Please mark your calendars and come out and enjoy this special event.

For the Record – Nov. 24, 2022

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

COMMITTEES

Selection Committee appointed for Head, Department of French Studies

Johanne Bénard’s term as Acting Head of the Department of French Studies is scheduled to end on June 30, 2023. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) has appointed a Selection Committee to advise on the appointment of the next head. The Selection Committee has the following membership:

Elected Members

  • Francesca Fiore, Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies
  • Julien Lefort-Favreau, Associate Professor, Department of French Studies
  • Michael Reyes, Associate Professor, Department of French Studies
  • Isabelle St-Amand, Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies
  • Chloé Savoie-Bernard, Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies

Appointed Members

  • Christiane Arndt, Cognate Faculty. Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Agathe Nicholson, Departmental Administrator
  • Joahua Marasigan, Undergraduate Student, Department of French Studies
  • Stéfanie von Hlatky (Chair), Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Kim Bellefontaine (Secretary) Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, I invite your comments on the present state and future prospects of the Department of French Studies by noon on Jan. 13, 2022.

Names of possible candidates may also be submitted. Please send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Kim Bellefontaine. All letters will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the department members or the committee, a meeting can be arranged between the department and the committee to ascertain the department’s views on the qualities of a head. Once a short list has been established, it will be distributed to members of the department for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).

Queen’s United Way campaign at 96 per cent of fundraising target

The Queen’s United Way campaign has reached the 96 per cent mark with the Queen’s community so far donating $454,933 toward the overall goal of $475,000.

The biggest workplace campaign for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington the Queen’s campaign accounts for more than 10 per cent of overall target of $3,808,000.

The funds raised helped the United Way as it assisted nearly 74,000 members of the community – single parents, abused women, families, young children and teenagers, the elderly, the physically challenged, the homeless, and more – via a network of agencies and programs.

Queen’s staff, faculty, and retirees are leaders in the community having the largest workplace and retiree campaign within the region. A recent report by Deloitte showed that Queen’s community members annually raise well over $1 million to support local causes while students put in thousands of volunteer hours with local agencies and programs

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

Thrive Week 2022 brings happiness and joy

  • First place - Kari Knowles
    First place - Kari Knowles
  • Second place - Brandi Wilkes
    Second place - Brandi Wilkes
  • Third place - Nathalie Brown
    Third place - Nathalie Brown

Earlier this fall, several events were held as part of Thrive – a week-long series aimed at building positive mental health and wellness through discussion, learning, skill development, and resource sharing. This year’s events focused on the key concepts of happiness and joy.

In total, 37 events were offered from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, with over 700 registered participants in attendance including staff, faculty, and students. Events were offered both virtually and in-person for the first time since 2019.

Some of the popular events included keynote speaker Dr. Gillian Mandich, an award-winning, internationally recognized happiness researcher, educator, and author, as well as the Rewilding Panel Discussion which highlighted rewilding efforts taking place in Kingston, Amherst Island, and Bader College.

Initial feedback from the events has been overwhelmingly positive, with one participant saying they “appreciate the variety of programing” and “love to learn more about the cool stuff that happens on campus.” Other participants have noted that Thrive programming throughout the year would be helpful, something that the Employee Wellness Services team is working towards for 2023.

“We want to ensure everyone can access and enjoy Thrive events, and that means shifting our focus to more year-round programming,” says Greg Simmons, Wellness and Engagement Coordinator, Employee Wellness Services. “We have some exciting projects lined up for next year that we look forward to sharing with the Queen’s community and continue to develop programming on an ongoing basis.”

Throughout Thrive Week, a number of contests were also held with several awards going to deserving participants including:

  • Roda Mendoza, winner of the scavenger hunt
  • Holly Shepard, winner of the individual Halloween Costume Contest
  • Kari Knowles, Brandy Wilkes, and Nathalie Brown placing first, second, and third respectively in the annual Thrive photo contest

If you participated in any of the Thrive events, we want to hear from you! All participants are invited to submit their feedback by completing a brief online survey. The results from the survey will be reviewed by the Employee Wellness Services unit and will help shape future wellness events and opportunities. The survey closes December 7, 2022.

You can learn more about Thrive by visiting the HR Intranet.

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