Retirees' Association

Retirees Association of Queen's

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Cheryl Descent and Barbara Tait at the AGM

Cheryl Descent and Barbara Tait at the AGMBarbara Tait is retiring from the Office Administrator post for health reasons.  We’re all grateful for the work she’s done for RAQ, sometimes when she’s in great pain, and for her ability to keep up with so many varied tasks.  Her ability to get contributions from various parts of the university is remarkable – especially her dealing with the Campus Bookstore.  The April AGM was the last meeting she attended, and I know you all join me in wishing her well.

We’re fortunate that Cheryl Descent (formerly known as Cheryl Gross) has taken over as Office Administrator as of May 1.  Cheryl arrived at Queen’s in 1986 working for the Department of Athletics, initially as its Sports Information Officer for nine seasons, followed by seven more years coordinating the Intramural Sports Program. In 2002 Cheryl joined the CEC as coordinator of the Volunteer Patient Program before retiring in 2015. In 2017, Cheryl joined the RAQ Council. Cheryl holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education, Sports Communication concentration from the University of Iowa and a BSc in Physical Education from Springfield College, Massachusetts.   She will be a great resource for all of us.

Eleanor Rogers, RAQ President




 Innovation and Wellness Centre


Heads up re our upcoming tour of the Innovation and Wellness Centre at Queen’s

We hope to arrange a RAQ tour of the Innovation and Wellness Centre (see architect’s rendering lower right) in September and will keep members posted with regard to a date and other details as the information becomes available.

The Innovation Centre will host expanded engineering facilities, experiential learning spaces, and state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research laboratories. 

The Wellness Centre will provide facilities for the spectrum of wellness services including health and  sexual assault counselling, and mental-health-related services.

The co-location of innovation and wellness services, a recommendation of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, will blend academic, recreational and other student life activities, and will emphasize the important relationships that connect mental health, physical well-being, and academic success.

Picnic Basket

Elbow Lake Picnic