Student Life
Residence Life Staff
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Residence Life Staff
A Don is a student who, because of maturity, integrity, academic success, and interest in others, has been selected to assist the Residence Manager and Student Affairs Team with various aspects of the residence life program and residence administration.  The Don shall promote, by personal example and guidance, a mature and conscientious attitude toward scholarship, the philosophy of the residences at St. Jerome’s University, and the goals of the residence program. 
What is a Don?

One student Don is assigned to each floor of the residence. His/her role is to provide leadership and maintain discipline within the residences. They are also available to all residents for assistance and support in all aspects of residence living. Dons take an active role in the quality and enrichment of residence life, and show a personal interest in the residents on their floor. The Dons report to the Residence & Student Life Coordinator.


Your Don is:


  • A full-time student;
  • A resident, just like you, who has lived in residence for at least one year;
  • An administrator; and
  • A resource person who can refer you to the services you need


What Dons do:


  • They are community builders;
  • They are peer helpers;
  • They intervene during conflict situations on your floor, and inform the Residence & Student Life Coordinator when necessary;
  • They listen to you when you are happy, down or homesick;
  • They promote and encourage your participation in curricular and extra curricular activities;
  • Work to ensure that community standards, such as respect for others and reasonable noise levels are developed and maintained;
  • They act as mediators and encourage communication and support between you and the other residents.


Your Don can help you throughout the year:


  • By helping you find your way around the campus and by answering your questions;
  • By presenting you with opportunities to meet your floor mates and help you familiarize yourself with your new environment;
  • By informing you of appropriate support services on campus such as Counselling Services, Health Services, the AccessAbility Office and other resources;
  • By helping ease the transition of living in residence with your roommate;
  • By listening to you when you are happy, down, or homesick; and
  • By informing you of activities in residence and elsewhere on campus.


Your Dons’ responsibilities do have limits:
  • They do have occasional bad days, personal problems, and school work overloads just like you;
  • They are bound by the same rules in residence as you are;
  • They are not babysitters;
  • They are not parents, floor cops, maids, or repair people;
  • They need your help to build a healthy community life; and
  • They will not be present on the floor at all times.


A few other things you should know:


  • You will be part of a diverse community in residence;
  • Your Don strives to be consistent with all other Dons in residence;
  • You can expect your Don to use and disclose confidential informational only as is necessary and proper in the discharge of his/her functions and responsibilities, or as required by law.


You can expect your Don to:


  • Answer your messages within a reasonable time frame;
  • Hold floor meetings on a regular basis;
  • Organize floor activities;
  • Participate in floor activities and interests;
  • Be available, accessible and approachable;
  • Smile; and
  • Be consistent


Your Don expects you to:


  • Have fun and enjoy living in residence;
  • Take responsibility for your actions;
  • Participate in floor activities;
  • Keep him or her informed of any problems or potential problems, as minor as they may seem;
  • Report solicitors and canvassers;
  • Tell him or her about strangers on the floor; and
  • Go through him or her for all situations on the floor, from medical emergencies to noise complaints to theft.


Your Don is trained in:


  • First aid and CPR;
  • Peer counseling;
  • Community building;
  • Administration;
  • Leadership;
  • Communication; and
  • Teamwork
  • Your Don is not trained as a professional counselor or mental health professional. Dons will often refer students to on-campus resources such as Counseling Services, Health Services, the AccessAbility Office or other resources to provide the professional counseling and assistance students may need or want.
Residence Dons
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Community Advisor, Ben
House: Leon
Hometown: Stirling, Ontario
Program: Experimental Physics
Favourite SJU Memory: There's honestly too many amazing memories from SJU to choose just one.
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Community Advisor, Tyler
House: Zinger
Hometown: Dryden, ON
Program: Honours Science Psychology
Favourite SJU Memory: SJU in Peru
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Don, Adam
House: Spetz
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Program: Actuarial Science
Favourite SJU Memory: Winter 2015, my second term at UWaterloo was by far the best 4 months of school of my life. Throughout the term I learned some valuable lessons about responsibility and independence, while having a lot of fun along the way. Despite how cold it was and how the sun would set before we'd eat dinner, my floormates and I would always find a way to make lifelong memories. 
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Don, Ben
House: Taylor
Hometown: London, ON
Program: Media and Professional Communication, Speech Communication Minor
Favourite SJU Memory: The time my floor and I spent hanging out in each other's rooms and around residence. SJU really promotes using the spaces around residence and campus to foster really close relationships, it was really something special about my first year because all of those relationships I made were so organic and natural because of the feeling around residence!
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Don, Emily
House: Zinger
Hometown: Georgetown, ON
Program: Religious Studies & Peace and Conflict Studies
Favourite SJU Memory: Don training & my very first coffee house during Orientation Week in my first year.
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Don, Emily
House: Taylor
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Program: Kinesiology
Favourite SJU Memory: The fun that resulted from fitting close to 20 people around a caf table...almost every night.
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Don, Greg
House: Leon
Hometown: Dundas, ON
Program: Math/CPA
Favourite SJU Memory: Leaving SJ at the end of first year knowing that I had made so many life-long friends and that, through SJ, I had truly discovered who I am as a person.
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Don, Jennifer
House: Spetz
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Program: Honours Psychology Co-op; Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies Minor
Favourite SJU Memory: Staying up late to watch movies, listen to music, study, and have life chats with my amazing friends and floormates. The floor-wide jam sessions during Power Hour on first floor Finn were always a blast too!
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Don, Joe 
House: Spetz
Hometown: Whitby, ON
Program: Honours Arts
Favourite SJU Memory: When my first year don got our floor together for the first time to eat pizza and watch movies.
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Don, Kate 
House: Zinger
Hometown: Guelph, ON
Program: Planning
Favourite SJU Memory: House Comps
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Don, Leslie 
House: Taylor
Hometown: Grimsby, ON
Program: Therapeutic Recreation (Co-op), with a minor in Psychology
Favourite SJU Memory: My first tour I ever went on of SJU is my favourite memory because that is the moment when I knew that I had found the place I would call home during University.
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Don, Lydia
House: Leon
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Program: Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies
Favourite SJU Memory: I like the bookends - Orientation Week and the final Community Dinner & Coffeehouse!
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Don, Nick 
House: Taylor
Hometown: London, ON
Program: Mathematics and Chartered Professional Accountancy
Favourite SJU Memory: Taking over the Ball-Pit bus in O-week with my floor mates!
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Don, Victoria
House: Zinger
Hometown: Grand Bend, ON
Program: Arts and Business- Speech Communication
Favourite SJU Memory: Sunday brunches and hours upon hours of life chats