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Alumni Association celebrates outstanding achievements


A well-known TV news anchor, a dedicated volunteer, a talented cardiac surgeon, and an inspirational mentor are among the Queen’s alumni honoured this Saturday by the Queen’s University Alumni Association. Ten awards will be given to Queen’s alumni and faculty at a gala awards dinner in Wallace Hall on October 23.

Ali Velshi, Artsci’94, is the Chief Business Correspondent for CNN. He covers business, finance, markets and economics. He has also made a name for himself as an author who can discuss financial planning in easy-to-understand terms. His latest book is Gimme My Future Back: The College Graduate's Guide to Investing and Creating Wealth on Your First Day of Work. Ali will also be speaking to students on campus this weekend as part of the Queen’s Alumni Speaker Series, hosted by the AMS and Queen’s Student Alumni Association. Ali receives the Alumni Achievement Award.

The Alumni Humanitarian Award recipient, Amma Bonsu, Artsci’02, Artsci’03, began volunteering as a teenager in Ghana, teaching children to read and write English. This was the start of her life-long commitment to volunteerism. While studying economics and French at Queen’s, she started Operation Read, organizing volunteers to send books to schools in developing countries. As Amma started her career in banking, she also started Foundation for Growth, a non-profit organization that uses education to alleviate poverty. The organization raises money and awareness to provide school supplies and renovate schools in Ghana, where Amma grew up.

Dr. Vincent Chan, Meds’81, is a resident in cardiac surgery at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He has demonstrated clinical skills of the highest standard and provides a level of compassionate care that has earned him recognition from his patients and the medical community. In 2007, Vincent received the Paul Cartier Award by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the highest honour bestowed on a cardiac surgery resident in Canada. Dr. Chan receives the “One to Watch” award.

Rob Seeley, Sc’81, receives the Alumni Mentorship Award. Through his work with Shell Canada, and in partnership with a unique multi-disciplinary course at Queen’s, Rob has created many opportunities for Queen’s students to contribute to innovative and pertinent research, including work on carbon capture and storage. Rob is also the husband of writer-director Patricia Harris Seeley, Artsci’80, who has been nominated for a 2010 Gemini Award.

Other award winners:
Professor David Strong, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Sue Bates, Artsci’91: Branch Marsha Lampman Award.
Michael Ceci, Artsci’10: Outstanding Student Award.
Jessica Dolmer, Artsci’07: Branch Rising Star Award.
Jamie Harshman, Artsci’10: QSAA Volunteer of Distinction Award.
Vancouver Branch: Alumni Branch Event of the Year Award.

For more information on these awards, see the Queen's Alumni Relations website.

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