Katherine Bates

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Katherine Bates

Honoured by: Sue Bates

On the occasion of meeting one young man when I first started dating: “He seems very nice. Set your sights a little higher, Suse, sets your sights a little higher”. On picking high school courses: “You shouldn’t take typing dear ~ someone may expect you to one day”. On hearing a really bad Elvis impersonator, that everyone else was complaining about: “A bad Elvis is better than no Elvis at all”. These are just a few nuggets of advice my mother has given me over the years. The last piece is one that exemplifies who she is, and how I was raised….always find the best in everyone and every situation. Always bring positivity to the world around you. Through all her challenges and difficulties, my mother has always done this, and taught me to do the same. She absolutely made me the woman I am today, and for that I am forever grateful. I love you Mom.