Retirees' Association

Retirees Association of Queen's

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RAQ Membership News

Fall is in the Air:  It’s time to renew your RAQ Membership!

Last year was a banner year for RAQ with the introduction of new Queen’s Retiree cards and the re-instatement of Queen’s email accounts for retirees. These new cards are essential to access most of the discounts and deals enjoyed by current Queen’s faculty and staff, including local hotels, fitness clubs and VIA Rail.

And we are excited about our plans for 2020 with the launch of RAQ Travel and the likely unveiling of a new membership model that will greatly enhance services and outreach to Queen’s retirees. In addition, thanks to the good work of our Events Chair Sandy Olney, we already have a great lineup in place for the Fall Lunchtime Guest Speaker Series. Many of the details of these activities and programs are included in this Newsletter, but we also invite you to visit the RAQ website at to view all upcoming events. To learn more about current privileges and benefits, simply click on Deals and Discounts.

The larger our membership base (now at about 400 Queen’s retirees), the more we will be able to accomplish on your behalf. If your membership has lapsed, please contact our office administrator, Cheryl Descent, at to renew. For a modest annual rate, you will have access to an exceptional array of learning opportunities and benefits. If you are new to RAQ, we are pleased to offer a free one-year membership.

And don’t miss out on the upcoming Fall reception for new members at 4 pm on November 5th at the University Club. This is always a fun and stimulating event – and of course, it’s particularly special this year with new Principal Patrick Deane as our guest. We look forward to hearing about his early plans and ideas for the future of Queen’s.

Donna Lounsbury, RAQ Membership Chair


Welcome to New RAQ Members!

Blaine Allan (Film and Media Studies) and Suzanne MacDonald

Robin Ashcroft – Research Services

Donald (Medicine) and Sandra Brunet

Sheilagh Dunn – Office of the Principal

Virginia  and  John Gordon (School of Business)

Partrick (School of Computing) and Diane Martin

Christine Overall - Philosophy

Vernon Quinsey – Psychology

Tom (Education) and Laverne Russell (Biochemistry)

Jane Hodges 

Judy Reid