QUAQE was established as an Employee Resource Group (ERG) in 2020, but QUAQE's roots go back to the mid-2000s.
The 2007 organizing committee was: Gill Craxford, Julie Darke, Stacy Kelly, Ellie Kennedy, Kevin O'Brien, Terrie Easter Sheen, and Peter Thompson. It is believed that Julie and Stacy were co-chairs. Bob Burge ran the QUAQE email list-serve that is still used today.
By October 2008, the organizing committee saw some changes and growth, and included a great array of staff and faculty: Stevenson Fergus, John Freeman, Stacy Kelly, Patrick McNeill, Jean Pfleiderer, Terrie Easter Sheen, and Peter Thompson.
In the early years, QUAQE began as a networking and social opportunity. QUAQE held several events, including a 2006 Holiday Party, we won the "Best Banner" Prize at the 2007 Kingston Pride, we were in the 2009 Kingston Pride, and we did a "Taste the County" Wine Tour in July 2009. See some pictures below.