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Queen's Mourns the Loss of a Student

July 15, 2012

The Alma Mater Society regrets to inform its members that a student from the Queen’s community has passed away.

Emma Purdie passed away July 13 in Peterborough after a tragic accident. She recently completed her first year of study in the Faculty of Arts and Science and was a member of the Queen's Dance Pack and Vogue Charity Fashion Show. We send our deepest sympathies to Emma’s family, friends, classmates, and all those affected by this tragic loss.

A private family service will be held, and a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Flags will be lowered on campus and AMS Assembly will observe a moment of silence in Emma’s memory at the September assembly.

The AMS strongly encourages students experiencing any grief or distress to seek help from friends, family and support services. The University’s Health, Counselling and Disability Services is providing counseling. Students can contact HCDS at 613-533-6000 ext. 78264 or come to the LaSalle Building at 146 Stuart Street.

The Peer Support Centre is also available for students seeking a safe and confidential listening space to talk with trained peer counselors. The Peer Support is available via telephone for those out of Kingston. You can visit the office in room 34 of the JDUC (past the Publishing & Copy Centre) for a drop-in appointment between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday. You can call the Peer Support Centre at 613-533-6000 ext. 75111 to talk if you are are unable to come in to the Centre for whatever reason.

Students may also call Telephone Aid Line Kingston at 613-544-1771. Telephone Aid Line Kingston is a crisis, distress, befriending and information phone line.

After hours, students are also encouraged to contact Campus Security at 613-533-6080.