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Celebrating Queen’s Homecoming 2016

This past weekend we welcomed back Queen’s alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy. We had the honour of hosting members of the Tricolour Guard including Meds ’56, Meds ’61 and newly inducted Meds ’66. Also returning were classes from 1971 through 2016: Meds ‘71, Meds ’76, Meds ‘81, Meds ’86, Meds ’91, Meds ‘01, Meds ’06, Meds ’16, Nursing ’76, Nursing ‘86, Nursing’91, Nursing ’96, Nursing ‘11, Nursing ’16, Rehab PT ‘76, Rehab OT ‘81, Rehab OT ’86, Rehab PT ’86, and Rehab PT ’91.

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

This year’s was a particularly special Homecoming with the official celebration of the Initiative Campaign, the first Homecoming football game in the newly revitalized Richardson Stadium and the celebration of the University’s 175th Anniversary.

For the Faculty of Health Sciences, the weekend began with a symposium attended by over 80 alumni, students, faculty and staff who gathered to learn about the advances we have made to A Call to Caring through research and fellowship activities funded by the AMS Phoenix Project.

Professor Emeritus Duncan G. Sinclair, PhD’63, LLD’00, former Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) and Dean of Medicine, introduced the AMS Phoenix Project and the keynote address was given by Mr. Jeffrey Simpson, Arts’71, LLD’05, Globe and Mail award winning journalist and author of Chronic Condition.

Following the AMS Phoenix Project Symposium, I hosted a reception for alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy. Held in the David M. C. Walker atrium of the School of Medicine Building, over 150 alumni attended the reception where I gave everyone an update on the Faculty and 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 CPD Symposium for Alumni. The sessions were themed around “Advancing Care…Inspiring Change” and included presentations by Gray Moonen (Meds ’19), and alumni including Dr. John Kostuik (Meds ’61), Dr. Tony Sanfilippo (Meds ’81), Dr. Chris Booth (Meds ’01) and Dr. Damon Dagnone (Faculty Lead, Competency Based Medical Education).

I was also pleased to speak to the Class of Meds ’66 about the Changing Face of Medical Education. Following my presentation, Tony Graham and Gavin Shanks [left] presented on behalf of the class their 50th Reunion Class Gift totaling $102,568 in donations in support of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The School of Nursing also celebrated Homecoming weekend with an open house and brunch hosted by Dr. Jennifer Medves. Returning alumni ranging from Nursing ’56 to Nursing ‘16 were given tours of the Simulation Lab and shared memories & stories while enjoying brunch in the School of Nursing Building. In addition to this year’s Homecoming the School of Nursing celebrates their 75th anniversary which was highlighted at the Open House.

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy hosted its 4th Annual Homecoming Brunch and Distinguished Alumni Awards presentations. Under the leadership of Dr. Marcia Finlayson, this event has grown in popularity. 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 include [left, from left to right], Lynne Sinclair (PT Class of 1991), Karin Carmichael (OT Class of 1984), and Monica Maly (RHBS Class of 2000 (MSc) & 2005 (PhD)), along with Professor Diana Hopkins-Rosseel, all exemplify the School’s focus on advancing knowledge, inspiring practice, and transforming lives.

Over the weekend 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.

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.

If you would like to share your story about this past weekend or would like to get more involved in organizing your next reunion, I encourage you to comment on the blog, or better yet, drop by the Macklem House. My door is always open.


Stefan Semchyshyn

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:56

I enjoyed reading an interesting update. I was delighted seeing so many friends during homecoming.

Stefan Semchyshyn

Lynne Sinclair

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:56

Thanks Richard – appreciated your talk and support of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. I was honoured to receive an Award this year (at my 25th reunion). I shared in my speech all the ways that Queen’s has inspired/motivated and prepared me for my career in health care education and I ended my speech by saying “although I did my graduate school and I teach at U of Toronto, I will always be a Queen’s girl at heart.” Cha Gheill! Lynne Sinclair PT ’91

Lynne Sinclair

john arber

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:56

Dean Reznick. Yes a wonderful programme from Health Sciences and a terrific weather weekend to boot! And a thank you for the very colorful scarf that I kind of hope will not see much action in the coming months. My first tour of the new medical building and very impressive indeed. Best of health for my classmates from 1971 who may read this

john arber

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