There are many opportunities for leadership in the residence community, and these positions often lead to other pivotal roles as leading citizens of the University. The eight or eleven months spent living in 'rez' seems short, but it is a full and dynamic period in a young person's life, producing rich friendships and a deep sense of shared values that lasts throughout the years spent at McGill.
An excellent way to become involved in residence life is through a position on one of the residence councils. The councils are the driving force behind much of the social programming in Residences, offering a forum for students to voice concerns and promote ideas. Councils organize social events and advocate student interests to the Residence and McGill administration. What's more, Residence Councils work with McGill administration on key policy issues. A position on council is a great way to develop leadership and communication skills, meet tons of new people, and be in the epicenter of excitement.
As a student entering Rez, YOU are encouraged to participate. Here’s how:
- Elected positions are open in September, which can give you regular responsibilities on Council.
- Each council has volunteer positions (floor/house reps and committees) that allow you to participate depending on your interests and personalschedule.
- Council meetings are usually open to everyone and give you the opportunity to stand up and make yourself heard.
There are 4 councils that residence students may get involved in: Hall Council, Inter-Residence Council, University Residence Council, and the Environmental Residence Council. For descriptions of each of these, see below.
Information sessions for council elections are held in early September. Specific dates are included in your residence welcome package.
This email is to announce the candidates who were successful in earning a position on the 2017-2018 Hall Council, Environment, Community Equity and Engagement, and Inter-Rez Council Team!
To everyone who is a member of council, we are so glad to have you all aboard the team. We hope that you are just as excited as we are for the year that is ahead of us and all the fantastic events that are going to happen. To everyone who did not earn a spot on council, we want to thank you so much for putting yourselves out there and campaigning; running for a council position is no easy feat and you should be proud of the fact that you made the tremendous effort. Remember that the Rez Life Team and your Floor Fellows are here to support you and provide you with whatever assistance you might need during this time.
If you were unsuccessful in being voted into a council position but still really want to be on council don't worry, you can also still apply to be a floor rep! Just contact your floor fellow and express your wish to apply. You have until midnight tonight to do so.
☀2017/2018 Council members☀
President: William Zhang
VP External: Katia Innes
VP Internal: Linda Chirchir
VP Finance: Venus Vafamanesh
VP Communications: Claire Williams
VP Environment: Mathieu Hergett-Rozier
VP Events: Danielle Wadden
VP Equity: Elina Qureshi
Spirit Representative: Matthew Suchan
Food Representative: Alisa Gagina
President: Matthew McLaughlin
VP External: James Stinchcombe
VP Internal: Sabrina Feng
VP Finance: Eric Lee
VP Communications: Marlena Johnson
VP Environment: Robert Kidd
VP Events: Julia Caddy
VP Equity: Margaret Ovenell
Spirit Representative: Tyler Kowch
~New Residence Hall~
President: Roy Zhang
VP External: Flora Bensadon
VP Internal: Anna Tropiano
VP Finance: Tarush Maniktala
VP Communications: Juliette Lennox
VP Environment: Rishni Bhandari
VP Events: Aryan Kaura
VP Equity: Zarina Angell
Spirit Representative: Misha Makarious
Food Representative: Thomas Lenhard
~MORE First Year Community (MORE Houses/University Hall/Sherbs.)~
President: Lily Zhang
VP External: Paul Bent
VP Internal: Navneet Kaur
VP Finance: Kenny Lee
VP Communications: Christopher Jeske
VP Environment: Rachel Takasaki
VP Events: Kseniya Shulyarenko
VP Equity: Jordyn Heal
Spirit Representative: Johnny Liu
Food Representative: Shirley Zhang
President: Samar Zia
VP External: Carter Hu
VP Internal: Tess Buckley
VP Finance: AJ Springer
VP Communications: Ethan Mendell
VP Environment: Olivia Bur
VP Events: Katherine Dick
VP Equity: Joy Hannam
Spirit Representative: Gina Spiridaki
Charity Representative: Anahita Nehra
Co-Presidents: Kayode Southwood and Stanislas Elvira-Martin
VP External: Elan Eisner
VP Internal: Emily Ponak
VP Finance: Anna Sixsmith
VP Communications: Ashlyn Abbott
VP Environment: JP Arellano
VP Events: Lauren Jelinak
VP Equity: Kevin Leung
Food Representative: Ella Corkum
Charity Representative: Sarah Patrick
President: Louise Abramowitz
VP External: Tanner Armstrong
VP Internal: Sally Cuthbertson
VP Finance: Alexander Mays
VP Communications: Rachel Gertin
VP Environment: Michael Rhamey
VP Events: Rachel Nirenberg
VP Equity: Seairra Nemecek
Spirit Representative: Jessica Pontarollo
Food Representative: Belle Sullivan
Music Representative: April Kowalchuk-Reid
President: Thomas Demoulin
VP External: Troy Stuart
VP Internal: Andrew Lewis
VP Finance: Bianca Ho
VP Communications: Charlotte Moulinoux
VP Environment: Maxime Lakat
VP Events: Millicent Valencia
VP Equity: Ashar Yahya
Spirit Representative: Samantha Ling
Food Representative: Luc Gruget
Bike Representative: Mattias Roy-Baca
President: Samad Fagbohun
VP External: Iyanu Soyege
VP Internal: Ruth Silcoff
VP Finance: Michaela Deneva
VP Communications: Abby Rubin
VP Environment: Chany Ahn
VP Events: Finnley Mackillop
VP Equity: Alix Albright
Spirit Representative: Callum Sheedy
Food Representative: Akhila Rao
Co-Ambassadors: Max Clark and Gabriel Latremouille
VP External: Neel Soman
VP Internal: Shaquiera Hamilton
VP Finance: Woo Jae Kim
VP Communications: Annalise Patzer
VP Environment: Rasha Lana
VP Events: Aandie Jacob
VP Equity: Alice Luo
Spirit Representative: Sarah Thomson
Food Representative: Hana Epstein
VP External: Yoana Pehlyova
VP Internal: Husayn Jamal
VP Finance: Andrew Chase
VP Communications: Finlay Douglas
VP Environment: Anna Buchanan
VP Events: Kaitlin Wong
VP Equity: To be appointed from CEEC!
Each residence hall has a Hall Council composed of a President, Vice-President External, Vice-President Internal, Vice-President Events, Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Communications, Vice-President Environment, a Food Representative and a Sports Representative. Each Hall Council is committed to planning events and addressing the needs of their respective hall. In the case of MORE, one collective council represents the needs of all MORE residents.
In addition to the elected positions mentioned above, there are volunteer positions as Floor Representatives that offer another way for students to get involved in their Hall Council.
Inter-Residence Council (IRC)
The IRC is the body that represents all students in residence and facilitates community through inter-residence relationships. The IRC has a President, Vice-President Internal, Vice-President External, Vice-President Finance, Vice-President Communications, Vice-President Events, and Vice-President Environment. Students from any residence hall may run for the IRC positions. In addition to the IRC executives, the President of each Hall Council sits on IRC.
University Residence Council (URC)
The URC is the forum for discussion between the Hall Councils, the IRC, and the Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) administration. The URC is composed of the Presidents of each Hall Council, the President of IRC, the Directors of each residence, and the administrative staff, including the Senior Director of SHHS.
Environmental Residence Council (ERC)
The ERC is the body responsible for maintaining the ‘eco-conscience’ of the residence community. ERC is comprised of the Environment Representatives from each Hall Council and the IRC. The ERC runs one of the biggest inter-residence events of the year, ‘Fight the Power,' an energy-saving competition between the residence buildings.