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Queen's Mourns the Loss of a Student

October 11, 2011

The Alma Mater Society regrets to inform its members of a loss of one of our own.

Third year Computer Science student Allison Borges died this past Sunday, October 9 in her Kingston home due to a previously unknown medical condition. We send our deepest sympathies to Allison’s family, friends, classmates, and all those affected by this tragic loss.

Arrangements have been made for memorial services at Ward Funeral Home in Oakville on October 12th and October 13th. Flags have been lowered on campus and AMS Assembly will observe a moment of silence in Allison’s memory this Thursday. Friends are collecting memories and photos for scrapbook via Facebook, anyone wishing to contribute may do so here: In Loving Memory of Allison J Borges

The AMS strongly encourages students experiencing any 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 sit and talk with trained peer counselors. You can book an appointment at www.queenspeersupport.com or visit the office in room 34 of the JDUC (past the Publishing & Copy Centre) for a drop-in appointment between the hours of 3 p.m. and 1 a.m. daily. You can also call the Peer Support Centre at 613-533-6000 ext. 75111 to chat if you are off campus or 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.