University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

University Secretariat and Legal Counsel
University Secretariat and Legal Counsel

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. 

2020 Recipients

The University Council Executive Committee is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.  

Selim G. Akl:  Dedicated faculty member since 1978, current Professor, nationally recognized computer science researcher and scholar, and tireless champion for the School of Computing.

Jan Allen: Queen’s alumna, Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, augmented the Centre’s exhibitions, publications and acquisitions while promoting collaborative curatorial and research work, nationally recognized curator and arts leader.

Jacquie Brown: Long-serving Program Assistant (Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering), committed to compassionate and tailored student support, safety on campus and continuous training resulting in widespread positive impact on the lives of students, faculty, and staff.

Jennifer Medves: Former Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing, former Vice-Chair of Senate and exemplary participant in University governance, devoted to student mental health, innovative programming, and the profession of nursing.

Richard Reznick: Former Dean (Faculty of Health Sciences), Director (School of Medicine), and CEO (Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization), pioneer of innovative educational programs, internationally renowned medical education expert, and leader of transformative change.

Daniel R. Woolf: 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Principal Emeritus, Queen’s alumnus, Professor of History, influential academic and administrator, introduced the University’s new budget model, governance reform, and position of Provost, committed to innovation, faculty renewal, wellness, and the arts. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Distinguished Service Award winners: Susan Blake, Yolande Chan, Merv Daub, Tom Harris, Janean Sergeant, and Chris Tabor! Recipients were presented with their awards at a ceremony at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre on Friday, November 1st, 2019. 

Photo of 2019 DSA Recipients

2019 Distinguished Service Award Recipients (L-R: Principal Patrick Deane, Tom Harris, Yolande Chan, Merv Daub, Jill Atkinson (accepting the award on behalf of Susan Blake), Chris Tabor, Janean Sergeant, Chancellor Jim Leech) Photo by: Bernard Clark

"Six recognized with Distinguished Service Award" (Queen's Gazette, November 4, 2019)

Honour a Queen's Hero

Nomination Form 

The nominations period for the 2021 will open on March 1, 2021 and will close on April 30, 2021. 

To access the nomination form, please click here.

Please contact the University Secretariat at or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process.