Rena Upitis

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.

Rena Upitis

Honoured by: Elspeth Morgan

I shall always be grateful to Rena for “giving me a break” and helping me to understand myself better. I was just embarking on my career when Rena was Dean of Education. I was truly bewildered entering the workforce after raising my children, and did not have a good idea of who I was and what I had to offer. Somehow, Rena saw in me some strengths and skills, and arranged a contract that launched the most gratifying career ever imagined. When I suggested that I might need some support when starting my career, Rena said, “No. You have you.” She was right, but luckily, I also had her. Thanks Rena!!!

~Elspeth Morgan