Physical Health Education & Kinesiology Student Association
The Physical Health Education & Kinesiology Student Association (PHEKSA) has a long tradition of representing PHE and KIN students within the School, going back to the first graduating class of 1950. A voting member of the Alma Mater Society (AMS), which is the oldest student association in Canada (established 1858), it has a strong history of supporting students from orientation to graduation.
PHEKSA has a President and two Vice-Presidents who oversee a variety of volunteers who provide social and academic experiences for their constituents, including but not limited to the following;
- Orientation to Queen’s, introducing new students to campus and each other. Frosh also spend two days at Camp Oconto with academic, social and sports activities to prepare new students for first year. In January, a Frost Week welcomes students back to campus for Winter Term.
- Academic representatives attend the School's Academic Council and Undergraduate Sub-Committee meetings.
- Career representatives serve on the Undergraduate Career Committee, which sponsors an annual SKHS Mini-Career Fair and provides workshops supporting career development.
- Students stay in touch through a PHEKSA Facebook group and PHEKSA website.
- Year Reps send out a weekly email to their constituents.
- A monthly publication from PHEKSA called Coaches’ Corner is sent to all PHE/KIN students.
- PHEKSA organizes competitive teams for BEWIC Sports Days, the KIN Games (Winners in 2016 and 2017) and Historic Hockey at Kingston’s FebFest.
- Since 1991, PHEKSA has supported WAG (Winter Adapted Games) which is a fun-filled day in January of non-competitive games and activities for children and youth from the Kingston community who have an identified disability.
- PHEKSA encourages its members to promote physical well-being and has done so through clubs such as:
- QJump which invites high-school students to Queen’s for two hours on Saturday for free sports (lunch provided), supporting a better and brighter future;
- Motionball which is associated with the not-for-profit organization (of the same name) that builds awareness and raises funds for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation (SOCF);
- Exercise is Medicine, which promotes physical activity as a means of treatment and prevention of illness and disease
- As stipulated in the PHEKSA Teaching Award Guidelines, PHEKSA annually honours the contributions of SKHS professors and teaching assistants (TAs) teaching in their program.
2017-18 PHEKSA Executive
- President, Kris Murray, KIN ‘18
- VP University Affairs, Connor Goudey, PHE ‘18
- VP Operations, Nicole Anbinder, KIN ‘18
PHEKSA has a formal assembly of twenty-five elected members, who meet weekly. There will be an election in September for two First Year Representatives and an Executive Intern from the incoming class. Normally all other positions are filled by election at the end of the previous year. Questions should be directed to the executive.