Distinguished Service Awards

Queen’s faculty, staff, students, retirees, members (elected, appointed, ex officio or honorary) of the Council, the Queen's Alumni Association,and the Board of Trustees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the University a better place through their extraordinary contributions. 

To watch the full recording of the virtual presentation of the 2020 & 2021 Distinguished Service Awards, click here.


2022 Distinguished Service Awards Recipients

The 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are (listed in alphabetical order).

Leslie Dal Cin

Retired, and first female, Executive Director (Athletics and Recreation), respected leader in the national post-secondary sport sector, spearheaded the redevelopment of all athletic facilities across campus, instrumental to the expansion of varsity and recreational programming, who has had a transformative impact on the health, well-being, and success of thousands of student athletes.

Leslie Flynn

Vice Dean (Education, Faculty of Health Sciences), Queen’s alumna, professor, exceptional educator, researcher, mentor, and leader of the pursuit, improvement, and championing of education at all levels, dedicated to the fundamental transformation of medical education, whose accomplishments and legacy will impact students, faculty, and staff for years to come.

Dan Langham

Director of Environmental Health and Safety since 1999, trusted advisor, developer of policies, programs, and services to promote a healthy workplace, champion of health and safety on campus, instrumental in the University’s response to the global pandemic, and provider of steadfast guidance and leadership in navigating the complexities of safety during an unprecedented time. 

Jim Leech

Chancellor Emeritus, Queen’s alumnus, former Trustee and Chair of University Council, enthusiastic presider over convocation, and generous philanthropist, who has profoundly impacted the lives of countless students and enriched the university community with his dedicated and tireless service.

Donald M. Raymond

Board Chair Emeritus, Queen’s alumnus, volunteer extraordinaire, committed to principles of collegial governance who fostered strong relationships with student leaders, resulting in fundamental changes to responsible investment strategies, decarbonization, and climate action at the university.

Kimberly Woodhouse

Former, and first female, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Interim Vice-Principal (Research), professor, innovator, leader of transformational change in engineering education, advocate for cultivating the link between teaching, research, and industry, and instrumental in the vision and realization of world-class research facilities at Queen’s.


The nominations period for the 2022 Distinguished Service Awards is now closed. Nominations for the 2023 awards will open in April 2023. 

For additional details, including selection criteria and nomination guidelines/process, please click here.

Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process.  

The Nomination Form (click here to open the online form).

NOTE: If you would like to review the Nomination Form in advance of completing the online form, a PDF version can be viewed hereThis form is provided for information only. Nominations must be submitted using the online form.

To watch the full recording of the virtual presentation of the 2022 Distinguished Service Awards, click here.