Shine Day

Shine Day is a highlight of Orientation Week for many Queen’s students! The event takes place over the course of an afternoon (this year it will fall on Saturday, September 6th, 2014) in two different locations.

In Victoria Park, first year students and their upper-year leaders (Gaels) enjoy a barbeque lunch and take part in a classic Queen’s University tradition – painting their coveralls. These newly “tricoloured” coveralls will make appearances throughout a student’s Queen’s’ career, at football games and other spirited events.

Meanwhile, down by the lake at Confederation Park, a Shine Day carnival is taking place! Plenty of entertainment is provided: a bouncy castle, live bands, a cotton candy machine, fresh popcorn, a fire truck to explore, face painting, and more. Some fun new events are also in the works for Shine Day 2014, so stay tuned for updates! This event is open to the public and members of the Kingston community are encouraged to stop by to enjoy the atmosphere and help contribute to a great cause. All funds raised on Shine Day go towards our Shinerama campaign for Cystic Fibrosis.

Throughout the day, first year students and their Gaels are also taking part in volunteer activities throughout the Kingston community. These activities range from the classic Shinerama shoe-shining, to bottle drives, and even car washes. These activities serve to raise money for Shinerama, raise awareness of the cause, and involve Queen’s students in the Kingston community.

Shine Day is a fun, exciting and meaningful part of ASUS Orientation Week! If you have any questions or would like to be involved, please contact Quinn Bonafiglia at or the shine day coordinators Alex MacKenzie and Kirsten Green at


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