Residence Staff

Residence Life Managers

The Residence Life Managers (RLMs) have strong professional connections to McGill's academic community. Together with the Floor Fellows, they provide invaluable guidance and oversee and coordinate academic and social aspects of life in the residence halls. 

The role of the Residence Life Manager is to create and sustain a sense of community in their hall, supervise the hall’s team of Floor Fellows, serve as a general resource person for students and staff in the residence hall, support and interact with the hall councils, and act as a Disciplinary Officer of the University when required.

RLMs oversee a grouping of halls or a single large hall and will live in or near the halls for which they are responsible.

As professionals with experience in the fields of residence life, student affairs and other learning/helping professions, they are responsible for educational programming, training and developing student leaders and student staff (Floor Fellows), serve as a support and resource for resident students as they adjust to University life, provide administrative and operational support, serve as an early alert system for emotional, academic and mental health issues among students, and provide crisis management.

RLMs play a key role in enhancing student life in residences and often form deep and long-lasting bonds with their staff of Floor Fellows, with their hall councils, and with resident students.

Kayin Queely - RLM for CS & LC

Kayin Queeley is new to McGill. He is the Residence Life Manager working with Carrefour Sherbrooke and  La Citadelle residences. He has worked previously in various student affairs roles, including as a Residence Director and an Academic counselor, at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY. He holds a BSc in International Business and an MSc in Leadership from that institution.

Jim Ghoshdastidar - RLM for Solin Hall

Jim has worked for Student Housing and Hospitality Services for four years, beginning as Hall Coordinator of New Residence Hall and Faculty Mentor in Residence at McConnell Hall before taking on his current role as Residence Life Manager of Solin Hall last summer. Prior to his time at McGill, Jim worked in Residences at both Queen’s University and Acadia University. This is his tenth year living in residences! He was instrumental in founding the FRezCa undergraduate science drop-in help centre and the SciCram exam preparatory programs while a TA for Chem 110, and for the development of hiring carousel as part of the Student Academic Staff hiring process.

Luke Walker - RLM for New Residence Hall

Luke’s introduction to the Residence Life Community came on August 24th, 2005 – it was on this day that his teary-eyed parents dropped him off at Solin Hall and said goodbye to their special lil freshman. Two years later he returned to McGill Residences to work as a Floor Fellow at Solin Hall (2007-2009) and Carrefour Sherbrooke (2009-2010). After completing his Bachelor of Arts, Luke worked for six years at McGill’s Service Point before finally re-joining the Residence Life Community in June 2016 – this time as the RLM for New Residence Hall. He shares his apartment in New Rez with three of the best roommates anyone could ever ask for: Aylish (wife), Narnia (cat) and MonkeyDog (cat). 

Cora-Lee Conway - RLM for RVC and MORE’s 1st Year Residence Community which includes the MORE Houses, Uni Hall and Evo

Cora-Lee  joined the Residence Life community in 2014 and brings years of experience working in the non-profit and education sectors. She holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Political Science from York University and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Faculty of Education at McGill. She has an eight-year old Bichon Frise named Lola who is really a human in disguise. Cora-Lee hails from the mega city of Toronto but has lived overseas in the Middle East. She enjoys long walks with her dog Lola, the occasional hot yoga practice and fiction, especially by female writers of colour. She sings with the Montreal Gospel Choir and is a founding member of a local community organization C-Uni-T.


Erin Schwabe-Fry - RLM for McConnell and Douglas

Erin is the Residence Life Manager for Douglas Hall and McConnell Hall. She lives in Douglas with her husband Marshall and their 1-year old daughter Marielle. Prior to becoming a part of the Residence Life team in 2014, Erin worked with Stanford University’s Pre-Collegiate Studies, the Stanford and McGill Writing Centres, and on residence staff for many years including as a Floor Fellow at New Residence Hall. Erin studied Education at the University of Toronto, Music at McGill University, and English/Creative Writing at Stanford University. Erin loves music and playing French horn, dancing, and writing.

Melissa Garrido - RLM for Molson and Gardner

Melissa is new to McGill. She is the Residence Life Manager for Gardner Hall and Molson Hall. She calls Montreal home. Her parents are from Latin-America, and thus, she speaks French, English and Spanish. She holds a BA and MA in clinical Sexology. She has 10 years of experience in mental health and sexual violence. She has travelled the world during her 20's and worked in Argentina as a sex columnist in the radio and a newspaper. She lives with her husband, Matt, and her Persian cat, Hank (who enjoys getting to know the students in residence!). 

Floor Fellows

Floor Fellows are all upper year McGill students who get to know residents on an individual basis. They provide support, information, and referrals on a range of topics and strive to create a relaxed environment for students, making everyone feel at home. Like Floor Fellows and Dons, the MORE Fellows' primary tasks are to help new students adjust to life at McGill and plan social activities. 

Residence Life Advisors 

The Residence Life Advisor designs, develops and implements programs, events and activities to enhance and enrich the experience of living on campus. They provide professional oversight, advice and support to the residence Councils and to the student programming staff (Residence Life Facilitators and Rez Project Coordinators). 

Residence Life Facilitators

Residence Life Facilitators are live-out upper year student leaders who work individually and as a team to plan welcome activities for new students, support residence student councils, and facilitate year-long activities.

Read on to learn more about the roles of the different types of residence hall staff, or to apply for one of these exciting positions!