Welcome to the Commission of Municipal Affairs
The Municipal Affairs Commission (MAC) is responsible for external advocacy on behalf of students to the City of Kingston, and other stakeholders, as well as facilitating internal programming and resources that connect Queen’s students to the Kingston community. You can apply to volunteer for any of the committees and services below!
Contact Søren Christianson, the Commissioner of Municipal Affairs, if you have any questions!
The Housing Resource Centre (HRC) offers support for students who are experiencing a conflict with a landlord or housemate in a safe and confidential space. Training is provided to volunteers in order to answer questions and provide information on property standards, leases, tenant rights, house hunting, home security, and more.
The Holiday Housecheck program helps reduce student concerns about break-ins over winter break. By assigning students to check houses, the program improves the security of student homes and gives student volunteers a unique opportunity for involvement.
In The Commission
The Deputy Commissioner of Programs oversees the financial operations and projects of the Generations, Kaleidoscope, and Breakfast Club committees. They serve as a resource for committee members, and communicate updates between them and the Commissioner.
The Deputy Commissioner of Information & Advocacy oversees the financial operations and projects of the United Way, High School Liaison, and Helping Young People Excel (HYPE) committees. They serve as a resource for committee members, and communicate updates between them and the Commissioner.
The Deputy Commissioner of Outreach assists the Commissioner in planning and marketing all external events thrown by the Commission. In addition, they are responsible for representing the AMS in inter-stakeholder meetings in the municipality, as designated by the Commissioner.
Greenovations aims to offset carbon emissions by completing free energy-saving retrofits on homes in the University District. Greenovations initiatives improve the energy efficiency of University District homes by replacing old or burnt out light-bulbs, showerheads, and more!
Kaleidoscope gives Queen’s students an opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the life of an at-risk Kingston elementary school student. Each volunteer (or “big buddy”) is paired up with a “little buddy” who they visit for one hour each week. The big and little buddies also participate in Kaleidoscope’s annual Craft Day, Movie Day, and Carnival.
The High School Liaison program runs various events that aim to educate and assist high school students with the upcoming transition to university. These include “Degree-for-a-Day” during which high school students from Kingston spend a day on Queen’s campus, and the High School Ambassadors program, which allows volunteers to visit high schools and talk to students about university life.
Generations provides a unique opportunity for Queen’s students to brighten the days of Kingston seniors through weekly visits to local retirement homes. Generations also holds two major events (Silver Bells and Senior Prom) for seniors and volunteers during the year.
The Breakfast Club is a volunteer program that allows Queen’s students to spend time in elementary schools serving breakfast to and socializing with at-risk youth in Kingston. By ensuring children are well fed in the morning, The Breakfast Club leaves kids more focused and ready to learn during the day.
The United Way Committee serves to fundraise for the United Way Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington branch, as well as to raise awareness on campus about how United Way and its associated agencies help the local community. Each year, the Queen’s United Way Committee raises over $20,000 through student opt-out fees and fundraisers.
HYPE is a tutoring program that allows Queen’s students to give back to their community by volunteering in local Kingston high schools. Once a week, HYPE volunteers offer their tutoring services to students in various subjects and can also help on specific projects upon request.
Youth Mentoring Youth develops curriculum and strategies to engage students in Kingston elementary schools. The goal of Youth Mentoring Youth is to facilitate a ‘behavioural shift’ by promoting environmentally-conscious practices to younger children.