Retirees' Association

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RAQ Membership is now FREE for Life!*

The Retirees’ Association of Queen’s (RAQ) is thrilled to announce our most exciting news the result of successful negotiations with the University, we are now able to offer lifetime membership in RAQ for no fee for all Queen’s retirees (as of May 1, 2020). 

With your new lifetime membership, you will continue to enjoy all the educational and social benefits your membership now provides. You’ll profit as well from RAQ’s strong advocacy on your behalf – including vigorous advocacy for new retiree benefits which you will hear about in the coming weeks in a mailing from Queen’s Human Resources.  That package will also include an invitation from RAQ to join our organization as a lifetime member with no annual fee by completing and mailing in the registration form provided. This will be the one and only time that we will ask you to register with RAQ, although we would like you to stay in touch if any of your contact information changes.

As our membership base grows, we plan to expand and diversify RAQ’s programs and learning opportunities to appeal to a range of interests and even a changing demographic as new retirees now automatically join our ranks. Just this year, for example, RAQ Travel was launched to offer small custom-designed tours, tailored to RAQ members and exceptionally well-priced.  The inaugural odyssey to Greece and its islands takes place in May, 2020. Stay tuned for other RAQ Travel experiences in 2021.

To our loyal RAQ members, many of whom have been with us for years, all we can say is a most sincere thank you for your support and belief in our organization over the past years.  Your membership funds have enabled us to grow and achieve all that we have, and your continued participation will be essential to our being able to continue to innovate and advocate on behalf of Queen’s retirees.

Early registration for lifetime membership is now available to RAQ members, even before the official package from HR goes out.  To register you will need to complete and mail in the membership form which you can find at RAQ Home Page.  Associate Members (including spouses of retirees) will continue to pay a modest annual fee as noted on the new membership form.

Please note that RAQ is governed by Queen’s Privacy Policy and will use your contact information solely for the purpose of contacting you about RAQ events and benefits.

We hope you will continue as a member of our revitalized RAQ, which is committed to bringing value and fun to its members.  

All members of RAQ Council join me in offering our sincere thanks for you past support. We look forward to continuing our work together to improve the opportunities for Queen’s retirees.

*The only catch is that you have to sign up!  Please complete the membership form available on our website

and mail or email it to:

 Retirees’ Association of Queen’s,

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


Donna Lounsbury,

Membership Chair, RAQ

Welcome to New Members!

Jan Allen (Agnes Etherington Art Centre)

Janice Belanger (Film and Media)

Elaine Bevens Caird (Community Housing) and Larry Caird

Merv Daub (School of Business) and Elaine Forshaw

Patricia Dwyer (Pension, Investments and Insurance)

Sam Kalb (Library)

Rhonda Lee-Sherman (School of Business)

Michael McGrath (Medicine)

Faye Muller (Theological College)

Lloyd (Engineering) and Leslie Rhymer

Murray F Taylor (Medicine)
Donald Watts (Mathematics and Statistics) and Valery Lloyd Watts (Music)

Faye Muller (Theological College)

Lloyd (Engineering) and Leslie Rhymer

Murray F Taylor (Medicine)

Donald Watts (Mathematics and Statistics) and Valery Lloyd Watts (Music)