Queen’s Homecoming: A celebration of community
This past weekend we celebrated the return of Queen’s alumni, including over 300 alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy.
All three Schools in the Faculty of Health Science had a large number of classes returning during the weekend. We had the honour of welcoming back members of the Tricolour Guard including Meds ’53, Meds ’55 and newly inducted Meds ’65. Also returning were classes from 1970 through 2005: Meds ’70, Meds ’75, Nursing ’75, Meds ’80, Nursing ’80, Rehab ’80 OT & PT, Meds ’85, Nursing ’85, Rehab ’85 OT & PT, Meds ’90, Nursing ’90, Rehab ’90 OT & PT, Rehab ’95 OT and Nursing ‘05.
With so many alumni in attendance, Homecoming Weekend was truly a celebration of community. It was an opportunity for friends, old and new, to meet and reconnect with during three days of class reunions, receptions, tours, open houses and award ceremonies. I have been connected with six universities in my lifetime and what I think makes Queen’s truly unique is the special bond it has with its alumni. Events such as Homecoming remind me of this strong relationship.
One of the most gratifying aspects of my role is witnessing our amazing students, past and present. This point was echoed in the presentations at the CPD Symposium for Alumni on Saturday morning. The sessions were themed around “Advancing Care…Inspiring Change” and included presentations by Jonathan Krett (Meds ’18), and alumni including Dr. Henry Dinsdale (Meds ’55), Dr. Alan Cruess (Meds ’75), Dr. Miriam Kaufman (Meds ’80) and Dr. Peter O’Neill (Meds ’85). [CPD Symposium PICTURED]
A sense of community was strongly felt at the School of Nursing Open House and Brunch hosted by Dr. Jennifer Medves. Returning Nursing alumni enjoyed a brunch, shared memories and toured the School of Nursing Building. [Nursing ’85 PICTURED] There was lots of discussion and excitement about plans for the School of Nursing 75th Anniversary in 2016.
The School of Rehabilitation Therapy hosted the 3rd Annual Homecoming Brunch and Distinguished Alumni Awards presentations. Launched under the leadership of Dr. Marcia Finlayson, this event has grown in popularity and set a new attendance record. The Distinguished Alumni winners [PICTURED, left to right], Yvonne Chan (RHBS Class of 1997), Charles Pearson accepting on behalf of Neil Pearson (PT Class of 1985), and Richard Lenart (OT Class of 1995), all exemplify the School’s focus on advancing knowledge, inspiring practice, and transforming lives.
Over the weekend I also visited with many of the returning classes and I wrapped the weekend by attending the Meds ‘65 class dinner who were celebrating their 50th reunion. When I looked at the faces around the tables, the camaraderie was sincere and heartfelt. A wonderful way to end a wonderful Homecoming Weekend.
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 during 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, please stop by the Macklem House. My door is always open.