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The 2018/2019 Nominating Committee was chaired by Bill Leggett, Principal Emeritus.  With several open spots on the RAQ Council, the committee had a challenging mandate which they conducted with diligence and energy throughout the late fall and early winter.  Their task was to find new Council members with strong leadership skills, a willingness to make a serious contribution to RAQ’s mission, a dedication to Queen’s – and as we light-heartedly pointed out to Bill and his team early on, the additional quality of youthfulness should not be overlooked given RAQ’s priority of attracting new retirees to RAQ. 

The following three Queen’s retirees (in reverse alphabetical order!), recommended by the Nominating Committee and approved by RAQ Council at its March 25th, 2019 meeting, were confirmed unanimously – and with a resounding ovation - at the Annual General Meeting in April:

Joan Stevenson

Professor Joan Stevenson was a full professor in biomechanics and ergonomics at Queen’s University before   retiring from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. She was the Director of the School for 5 years and then the Chair of the General Research Ethics Board for 11 years. Over her academic career she led numerous research teams on projects such as the biomechanical evaluation of spinal mechanics, development of ergonomic assistive devices for industry, and creation of objective measurement tools. 

Diane Kelly

Diane received her BA and LLB from Queen’s University and studied as well in the US, earning a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College and pursuing a PhD from the University of Virginia. After her law degree, Diane joined the firm of Cunningham Swan in Kingston. In 2007, Diane became Queen’s full time in-house counsel. Since retirement in 2014, Diane has been active in the community as a volunteer.  She served as a member of the board of the Kingston General Hospital during the period of integration with Hotel Dieu and is currently a member of the board of the 1000 Islands Playhouse and a member of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Capital Campaign.

George Hood

George comes from a family of Queen's graduates and is himself a graduate of Queen's (Arts ’78, MPA ’81) as well as a graduate from Western. From 1998-2006 George was Vice-Principal (Advancement) at Queen’s University, and successfully ran the largest capital campaign in the university’s history. Prior to this, he was Associate Vice-Principal (Research) at Queen’s University and Director of the Centre for Resource Studies. He was also Skelton-Clark Fellow in the Department of Political Studies. Before joining Queen’s, George spent more than a decade in senior positions with the Government of Saskatchewan. He is currently writing his fourth book and developing a sailing centre for Kingston.

Donna Lounsbury, RAQ Membership Chair


,NEWRAQ Members can now purchase non-medical Trip Cancellation/Interruption insurance through CURAC and Johnson Insurance. See page 5 for details


Welcome to New RAQ Members

Maxine Clarke (School of Medicine, Paediatrics)

Geoffrey Hodgetts (School of Medicine, Family Medicine)

George Hood (Advancement); Audrey & Richard Hunt (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences)

Roberta Lamb (School of Drama & Music)

Katie Legere (ITS)

Shelagh McDonald;  Marjorie Peart (Smith School of Business)

Diane & Patrick Martin (School of Computing)