Our staff

Carlene Gardner

MORSL Director


carlene.gardner [at] mcgill.ca (Email Carlene)






Carlene Gardner, Director.
Meet Carlene, our Director. Carlene is a life-long Unitarian-Universalist with more than 15 years’ experience in youth and young adult programming. She holds a B.A. in French Canada Studies and a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from McGill University. She develops educational and experiential programs, fosters partnerships with religious and spiritual groups on and off campus and advocates for cultures of inclusion for students of all religious, spiritual and secular identities. She is currently furthering her research into young adult spirituality as a PhD student in contemporary religious studies at Université de Sherbrooke. Off campus, Carlene is a member of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal's executive committee, and co-chair of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Spirituality and Religious Pluralism community of practice.


Ashley Thorup

Communications Associate


ashley.thorup [at] mcgill.ca (Email Ashley)






Ashley Thorup, Communications Associate.
Meet Ashley, our Communications Associate. Ashley is a recent McGill University graduate holding a B.A. (Honors) and M.A. in English Literature. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's at McGill in Teaching and Learning. She handles website updates, programming advertisement, and overseeing all of MORSL's social media accounts.


Meet the AMAZING students who contribute to MORSL's mission and operations.

Mathew K. Birgen

Programming Associate


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Mathew K. Birgen, Programming Associate
Meet Mathew (Ph.D. Religious Studies), MORSL’s Programming Associate. Mathew manages the reviewing and the development of educational and outreach programs to enhance student spiritual wellness and knowledge of religious, spiritual, and secular identities at McGill University.



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