Creating a Legacy

Would you like to support the Ban Righ Centre now and in the future, enabling us to continue providing services and supports to mature women students? Perhaps you understand that although we try to keep costs low, it is an ever-challenging endeavour, or maybe you would like to create a student bursary, to give students an opportunity to pursue their academic goals. Either way we thank you for your consideration.

The Jean MacLean Endowment Fund was established through a gift from Doug MacLean to honour his wife, Jean, and her long association with both Queen’s and the Ban Righ Foundation. Jean (BA, Queen’s 52, M Ed. McGill) had a lifetime career in education, along with being a wife, mother and grandmother. She was the final President of the Queen’s Alumnae Association; had the task of dissolving the Association to amalgamate with the Alumni; and became first Chair of the Committee on Women’s Affairs, created in its stead. Jean served on the Board of Trustees for twelve years, and of course, was a member of the Ban Righ Foundation Board as a representative of the Alumnae. The following is a note from Jean explaining why she and Doug chose to create an endowment in support of the Ban Righ Foundation for Continuing University Education:

“First and most important is my admiration for the support which you give to young women who are struggling under difficult circumstances to get an education and for those young women themselves. I had an opportunity while on your Board to see how much it has meant to them, and how carefully and frugally you and your predecessors have to operate. I was reminded of the original Queen’s Alumnae and their careful stewardship when administering the Residences. The stories have been told many times of how often with minimal finances, their hard work and diligence resulted in the substantial surplus which was used to create the Ban Righ Foundation when the University took over Residence administration. I have watched the Center carry on in this vein, giving so much to so many young women, often on so little. You give much more than financial support, almost a home away from home, where wise counsel and friendship are always available. I remember those noon programs and the hearty soup. But money is important, and you have had to deal with increasing costs. That is why we thought that a little unrestricted gift might be of help. This is our way of saying thank you.” (Jean MacLean)

If you would like more information about the Ban Righ Centre and the work we do to support the continuing education of women, please contact Ban Righ Centre Director, Susan Belyea. Phone: 613-533-6000 ext 74931 or email:

We would appreciate you remembering the Ban Righ Centre as a beneficiary under your will, trust, insurance policy or registered retirement plan. Please contact Begoña Pereira, Associate Director, Gift Planning, for more information on the gift options and sample designation language for estate related gifts to discuss with your advisor.


Phone: 613-533-6000 x77991