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Meet your Dons

Boy playing guitar in Alumni Hall

At St. Paul's, the most energetic, fun-loving, knowledgeable upper-year undergraduate students are selected as Dons to join the residence life team.

There are seven Dons in the Fall and Winter terms, and two in the Spring term.

During the year, Dons will organize fun events for the residence, provide you with information about the services available on campus and will show you how access them. Since we have a Don on every floor, you only have to walk down the hall if you want to chat.

What's so great about the Dons?

2016-2017

Don Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Program: Knowledge Integration

Year: 4

Don terms: Fall & Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love St. Paul's because there is always something going on. You will never be bored at St. Paul's because of floor events, community dinners, intramural teams, and daily happenings!

Floor event ideas:

  • Board games night
  • Blood donation drive
  • Attend varsity games
  • Weekend breakfasts

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

  • Attending the St. Paul's Alumni Gala
  • Being on the KISS Executive
  • Peer Leading at St. Paul's for the Faculty of Environment
 

Don Melissa wearing climbing equipment looking up into the camera.

Melissa

Program: Environment and Resource Studies

Year: 3

Don terms: Fall

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love St. Paul’s because of the sense of community you get from living here! It’s a smaller residence, you get to know many people a lot better, and by the end of first term, it feels like you’re a part of a huge, super fun family.

Floor event ideas:

  • Making vine videos of crazy stuff the floor wants to do, i.e. doing lip dubs or whatever weird things people can come up with.
  • Trips to St. Jacob’s market
  • Movie nights
  • Manhunt nights

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

  • Being accepted into my EdVenture program, as well as organizing my trip to Thailand and Cambodia to work with elephants, as well as building and teaching at a local school
  • Touching a goose


 

Don Logan

Logan

Program: Knowledge Integration

Year: 3

Don term: Fall & Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love St. Paul's because of its small community size. It is possible to get to know everybody at a personal level. I am still friends with most of people I met in my first year today.

Floor event ideas:

  • Skating and hot chocolate
  • Star gazing on my telescope
  • Making juggling balls/learning to juggle
  • Cooking workshops
Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:
 
Doing economic research on the German housing market while living in Germany.

 

Don Krista

Krista

Program: Speech Communication

Year: 2

Don term: Spring

Why do you love St. Paul's?

During my first year, I truly loved the small and supportive community environment which helped to foster a well-rounded education. You have so many opportunities to get involved and get to know all of the other amazing students around you at St. Paul's. I loved being able to take advantage of all of the amazing programs and leadership opportunities within the colleges.

Floor event ideas:

  • Trampoline park

  • Canada Day celebration

  • Sprinkler/Water guns and picnic

  • Tea times

  • Driving range/Mini golf

  • Axe throwing

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

Learning to balance my time between academics, social events, and different leadership opportunities, such as being a student ambassador and a member of the Inter-college Council.



 

Don Maddie

Maddie

Program: Environment and Resource Studies

Year: 3

Don terms: Fall

Why do you love St. Paul's?

From the moment you first step in to St. Paul's, you feel the great sense of community. I love how home-y and comforting St. Paul's is, and how there is such a great support system here. Even after first year, the people you meet at St. Paul's will always be there for you. It really is just one huge, amazing family.

Floor event ideas:

I have SO many ideas for floor events. The ones I am most excited about are

  • DeStress-A-Thon
  • Documentary nights
  • Tie-dye
  • Family dinners

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

Surviving first year and meeting my group of very close friends!



 

Don Greg

Greg

Program: Planning

Year: 2

Don term: Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love the small size and tight=knit community feel at St. Paul's. 

It's nice seeing so many familiar faces every day. I also love breakfast at Watson's and the many study spaces throughout the College.

Floor event ideas:

  • Board Game nights

  • Hikes to Laurel Creek

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:
 
Making it through my first year, meeting a great group of people and making the Dean's list both terms.
 


 

Don Jess

Jess

Program: Environment & Business

Year: 2

Don term: Spring

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love St. Paul's because of the people there. The sense of community and drive to make a change that is in the air at St. Paul's makes me feel like i belong here. Living in a smaller community in residence gives you the opportunity to really get to know people in and outside of your faculty and it feels like home.

Floor event ideas:

  • Hiking/exploring nature around Waterloo!

  • Move nights

  • Visiting St. Jacob's Market

  • Study sessions

  • DIY planting activities!

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

My proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's has been becoming more involved with the Faculty of Environment and putting myself out there to meet amazing friends at St. Paul's while balancing school. I have loved every minute of being at the University of Waterloo and St. Paul's and I am super excited to be a Don this year!

 
 

Don Morgan

Morgan

Program: 

International Development Studies

Year: 3

Don term: Fall & Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

The St. Paul’s community is welcoming and incredibly supportive. The small size of the residence creates a tight-knit community of students who become each other’s closest friends and support system. Each student at St. Paul’s shapes the community and makes it their home away from home!

Floor event ideas:

  • Make-your -own sushi night
  • "Floor Feud"
  • Exploring Waterloo

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

Finding the time to volunteer and explore the community both on and off campus.

 
 

Don BenBen

Program: Science & Business

Year: 3

Don term: Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

St. Paul’s is a place where you’ll always find something to do, somebody to hang out with, or someplace to study. St. Paul’s is a wonderful place, and an even better community of people.

Floor event ideas:

  • Ping pong/pool ladder
  • Board game nights
  • Floor dinners
  • French movies
  • Volunteering and donating blood
  • Of course, any other suggestions!

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

Finding a balance between school, friends, and family that works for me, and leaves me happy at the end of the day.

 

Don Celia

Celia

Program: Environment & Business

Year: 3

Don term: Fall

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love St. Paul’s because it feels like home. I credit St. Paul’s for my amazing first-year experience and love the sense of community I feel while living in the residence!

Floor event ideas:

  • Exploring Waterloo
  • Movie and board game nights
  • Tie-dye
  • Visiting St. Jacob's Market
Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:
 
Embracing my independence! I’ve lived in new cities, travelled to new places, and had experiences I’ll never forget since coming to St. Paul’s.
 
 

Don Madeline

Madeline

Program: Environmentand Resource Studies

Year: 3

Don term: Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

St. Paul's is the perfect place to make new friends who will be with you throughout your university experience! St. Paul's provides such a fun and special environment that you definitely cannot get anywhere else. This place is truly your home away from home where you can discover a sense of independence. Living in residence made the transition from home to school easy and comfortable. This is the best place to start university life and the memories you make here will last forever!

Floor event ideas:

  • Trivia night vs. upper-year students
  • Disney movie marathon
  • Trips to Uptown Waterloo
  • Mini soccer games
Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:
 

Meeting David Suzuki during the Blue Dot Tour in Waterloo in my first year was really cool and inspirational!

Joining the Waterloo Warriors Lifesaving Team also was one of the best things I did. I continue to have fun swimming and boosting my lifesaving skills with them every week. 

Having the St. Paul's Don team support my local fundraiser called 'On Board' that I started to raise funds for brain cancer research is very honouring :) 


Don Connor

Connor

Program: Environment & Resource Studies

Year: 4

Don term: Fall & Winter

Why do you love St. Paul's?

I love the sense of community that the students and staff as a whole create within the University College.

Floor event ideas:

  • Hiking/Adventures in Waterloo
  • Waterloo Warrior varsity games
  • Floor dinners
  • Requests from you!

Proudest accomplishment since coming to St. Paul's:

Winning the St. Paul's Community Champion Award in 2015.