Retirees' Association

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Annual General Meeting

More than 65 members attended the RAQ AGM on April 29th at the University Club.  The conversation was excellent, the luncheon was wonderful (and at a new low price!) and the speakers were inspiring.

Dr Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science (right) was RAQ’s keynote speaker, and she focused on the many ways in which RAQ Members can continue to contribute to university life and Queen’s continued improvement.  While this is a time of difficult challenges for the University due to budget cut-backs, Dean Crow outlined her strategic plan for the Faculty and their many accomplishments to date. 

Alison Quinn (below left, and some of her work below centre and right), BFA and BEd candidate, is this year’s RAQ Bursary recipient.  In a heartfelt talk, Alison spoke to the many challenges of being a mature student (parenthood, finances, coordinating full-time studies with a partner who is working full-time, and commuting to name a few!).  She also described her personal struggles as a youth with mental health issues, and the difficulties related to poverty, mental health issues and substance abuse which are faced by many students.  Alison noted that RAQ’s bursary has helped to ease her own financial obligations somewhat and now she is in a position to pursue her goals: to continue her art practice and to help youth develop through engagement with art. 


Alison Quinn

The Good Wife's Guide

 Composite Fragility








Art courtesy of Alison Quinn. Centre right: The Good Wife’s Guide (print, waterless lithography); far right: Composite Fragility (painting, oil).


A New Honour for RAQ’s Founding President, John Meisel

The black, wrought iron gate located between Dunning Hall and Richardson Hall was recently named in honour of one of Queen’s great professors, and the first President of RAQ, John Meisel.  Professor Emeritus Meisel, who first arrived at Queen’s in 1949, was one of Canada’s most influential political scientists.  He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1989, and in 1999 was promoted to Companion, the highest grade in the Order.  Professor Emeritus Meisel continues to serve as RAQ’s Honorary President.   More information on the dedication, and Professor Emeritus Meisel are at: