January 29th, 2020

Kingston, ON – We are devastated to hear of the passing of one of our peers earlier this week.

Bethany Qun Yi Yan was a talented cheerleader, a member of the Queen’s Varsity Cheerleading team, and a dedicated, enthusiastic teacher candidate who was passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

Our hearts go out to the student’s family, friends, and everyone whose life she touched. As a tight-knit community, any loss is one that we all feel profoundly.

The entire AMS is here to support anyone within our community who has been impacted by this tragic news. During this difficult time, we encourage everyone to have conversations with your friends and family and to seek support from any of the resources provided by the AMS, the Kingston Community, or Queen’s University.

To remember Bethany’s love for cheerleading and education, the University has established the Bethany Qun Yi Yan Memorial fund, to offer financial assistance to those who dream of becoming educators and who have a passion for teamwork and cheerleading. Donations can be made at: www.givetoqueens.ca/BethanyYan.

Anyone in need of support is encouraged to reach out to the members from Faith and Spiritual Life and the Student Wellness Counselling Team.

Additional resources you can reach out to include:

Peer Support Centre:
https://amspeersupport.com/
Hours: 10:00am – 10:00 pm – 7 days a week
Location: John Deutsch University Centre – Room 034

Empower Me
https://ear.powerflexweb.com/1545/login_SC.html Hours: 24/7
To Access: Call the 24/7 helpline at 1-844-741-6389 from anywhere in North America to be directly connected to a trained counsellor.

Student Wellness Services
https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/
To schedule an initial in-person same day appointment, call 613-533-2506 Monday–Friday between 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Queen’s University International Centre
https://quic.queensu.ca Mitchell Hall 208, 2nd floor
Phone: +1-613-533-2604
Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Please direct all media inquiries to Ananya Chakraborty, AMS Director of Communications, at communications@ams.queensu.ca or (613) 533-6000 x 75850

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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 18,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. There are over 1,000 student volunteers and 700 paid staff.

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