The QSAA Volunteer of Distinction Award was started in 2009 to honour the special volunteers of the Queen's Student Alumni Association.
Described as a “force of energy”, Jessica has expertly developed and fostered the volunteer structure of the QSAA in 2013-14. As a three-year member of the QSAA, she served as a General Ambassador, then as the inaugural QSAA International Ambassador – helping to connect students on exchange with alumni at International Branch opportunities – and presently serves as the Vice President of Volunteers.
Her professionalism, consistent encouragement, organizational skills, and dedication to her team have been exemplary while coordinating team hiring, planning QSAA training opportunities, or running effective general meetings. Jessica’s commitment to making sure everyone on the QSAA leaves an event having made connections with Queen’s alumni and stakeholders or learned a new skill showcases her understanding that it’s not just about participation, but engagement.
Sierra Megas, Artsci’13
Through her role as QSAA VP Marketing and Communications, Sierra fostered and built a professional, consistent, and dynamic brand for the QSAA on campus. With a diverse range of Queen’s experiences – studying at the Bader International Study Centre in 2009, as an exchange student to Singapore in 2011, volunteering for the Union Gallery, serving as the Director to the ASUS Movie Theatre, as an English Language Conversation Partner with international students, and as a published contributor for The Journal newspaper’s Arts section – Sierra has left an impressive legacy at Queen’s. Her social media savvy, impressive presentation skills, and volunteer leadership went above and beyond to increase profile and reputation for the QSAA this past year.
As the QSAA VP Giving, Cicely has made an extremely positive and long lasting impact on the organization. She continually demonstrated extraordinary levels of passion, creativity, and hard work in all her QSAA responsibilities, specifically educating the entire Ambassador team on the importance of student philanthropy. Cicely was ultimately responsible for securing 100% Ambassador giving participation for this year’s QSAA ThankQ class gift. Cicely is connected to current student life through her exceptional use of social media, and rebranded the classof2012.ca website to be more visually appealing and relevant to current students.
Anna exemplied the values and goals of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association, connecting students to their future as alumni. Her professionalism, poise and mentorship allowed the entire ambassador team to flourish during the past year. Anna also excelled in her role as VP Ambassadors, creating and implementing extraordinary hiring and training practices, and setting a volunteer structure that will last for years to come – all while wearing a brilliant smile.
Jamie has been a fantastic ambassador of Queen’s University while inspiring others with her philanthropic passion and enthusiasm. Her roles as VP Giving with the QSAA and Co-Chair of the ThankQ graduating class gift were both performed at a high level of efficiency. She worked tirelessly at developing new ideas and strategies. Jamie was a positive resource for other students at all team meetings and events, and was a terrific team player.
The 2009 award was presented to Alissa Sokolski, Artsci'09 Alissa demonstrated a positive attitude, outstanding work ethic and commitment to the Queen's Student Alumni Association, and set a terrific example for future QSAA members. Alissa donated her time and impressive graphic design skills for several Queen's projects, both for the QSAA and for several Queen's Athletics booster clubs and other campus groups. Her work with the ThankQ Graduating Class Gift Committee even inspired her to submit an article to the Queen's Alumni Review, spreading the word of the group's work to alumni.