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Dean Reznick with Qmed Students at Medical House

Celebrating Queen’s Homecoming 2019

It was a great weekend. Cheryl and I always enjoy homecoming, but perhaps because this was my “last homecoming” as the dean, it was extra special. This past weekend we welcomed back Queen’s alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy.

The Faculty of Health Sciences had a great turnout of returning classes. We had the honour of hosting members of the Tricolour Guard including Meds ’54, Meds’59, Meds ’64 and newly inducted Meds ’69. Also returning were classes from 1974 through 2019: Meds’74, Meds’79, Meds’84, Meds’89, Meds’94, Meds’99, Meds’19, Nurs’64, Nurs’74, Nurs’79, Nurs’84, Nurs’89, Nurs’94, Nurs’04, Nurs’09, Nurs’14, PT’74, OT’79, PT’84, OT’89, PT’89, PT’94,  PT’04,  OT’14, OT’19, PT’19​

As always, Homecoming weekend was an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Queen’s, and for friends – old and new – to meet and reconnect during class dinners, receptions, tours, open houses, and award ceremonies.

To kick off the weekend, it was my pleasure to host a reception for the Faculty of Health Sciences alumni. Held in the David M. C. Walker atrium of the School of Medicine Building, over 150 alumni attended the reception where they heard remarks from Dr. Andrew Pipe, (Meds’74), the Chair of our Dean’s Advancement Cabinet, Marcia Finlayson, Director of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Erna Snelgrove-Clark, Director of the School of Nursing. After I gave everyone an update on the Faculty, the reception provided an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and celebrate Homecoming weekend together.

On Saturday morning, we heard from students, past and present, during the presentations at the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Symposium for Alumni. The sessions were themed around “Advancing Care…Inspiring Change” and included presentations by Danny Jomaa, Meds’22 & Aesculapian Society President, Dr. Robert Reid (Meds’74), Dr. James A. Stone, (Meds’84), Dr. Robert McCormack, (Meds’79), Dr. Janice Smith Kwon, (Meds’94) and Dr. Brenda Gallie, (Meds’69).

The School of Nursing also celebrated Homecoming weekend with an open house and brunch hosted by Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke, who experienced her first-ever Queen’s Homecoming. Returning alumni ranging from Nursing ’59 to Nursing ‘14 were given tours of the Simulation Lab and shared memories and stories while enjoying brunch in the School of Nursing Building.

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy hosted its 7th Annual Homecoming Brunch and Distinguished Alumni Awards presentations. Under the leadership of Dr. Marcia Finlayson, this brunch has become an important and meaningful event for alumni to attend. The Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 2013 by Diana Hopkins-Rosseel (MSc 1993 RHBS) and John Rosseel (Artsci’81), recognize one graduate annually from each of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Rehabilitation Science programs who have exhibited exceptional contributions to their chosen professions, fields, and communities.

This year’s recipients included Dr. Margo Paterson, (BSc, OT’74), Dr. Judi Laprade, (BSc, PT’93), Dr. Skye Barbic, (MSc, RHBS’07), all exemplify the School’s focus on advancing knowledge, inspiring practice, and transforming lives.

I also had the opportunity to visit with many of the returning classes which is always enjoyable, seeing the smiling faces of alumni, hearing them reminiscing, sharing stories, and seeing the impact that Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences has had on so many students. One of my favourite events is our visit to Medical House where I have a chance to meet with our current students as they welcomed back alumni of Medical house for a fun-filled visit.

Class reunions could not be possible without the leadership and hard work of so many class volunteers including class presidents, reunion coordinators, and class giving volunteers. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped organize events for another successful Homecoming weekend.

I would also like to thank our great advancement team, Bill Leacy, David Young, Emily Rees and Nancy Hoogenraad, who worked tirelessly to make homecoming such a success. 

Even our dog Sophie, was keen to get into the action! Please take a look at our Homecoming 2019 Facebook Album for more pictures from the weekend. 

Share your thoughts on Homecoming weekend by commenting on the blog, or better yet, drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.

Sophie the dog wearing a Queen's Hat at Homecoming
Sophie in her Queen's toque

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