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SMC Residence

Administration & Leadership

The Dean's Office at St. Michael's College is the department that oversees student life initiaves and encompasses the areas of overseeing the residence operation, outreach and support to commuter students, guidance and mentorship to student groups, crisis response and intervention, disciplinary enforcement, and educational programming amongst many other areas.

Dean of Students

Duane Rendle

The Dean of Students is a member of the College's Senior Management team and oversees all aspects of student life programming for both residence and commuter students.


Johnathan Warda

The Residence Operations Coordinator oversees the operations of SMC Residence, manages admissions & finances, and liaises with current & prospective residents.

Assistant Dean, Residence Life


Katie Geib

The Assistant Dean, Residence Life oversees residence life programming, manages the don team, responds to crisis situations, and provides para-counselling.


Cristina Peter

The Assistant Dean, Campus Life supports, enhances, and implements student life initiatives to promote the involvement and personal development of SMC students.


Dons live in residence and supervise the residence houses while helping students transition into university life. Dons are senior or graduate students who demonstrate superior leadership qualities. They value the residence experience and enjoy working with students.

Dons are expected to promote the goals of residence life through active participation in life at SMC. Dons may be asked to assist the Dean of Students in the education of residents in areas such as study skills, alcohol & drug awareness, and human rights issues.

Most importantly, Dons serve as supportive, informed listeners and resource counselors for residents in need of assistance.

Senior Dons

There are three Senior Dons at the SMC Residence - one for each of our three constituencies (Elmsley Hall & Brennan Hall; Queen's Park & Historic Houses; and Sorbara Hall).

In addition to regular Don duties, Senior Dons assist the Dean of Students in formulating residence policy, participating in the Don's hiring process, providing guidance and instruction to the Dons in their constituent houses, as well as being the first line of defence for problems that arise outside of regular business hours.


Dons are given extensive training to ensure they have the skills to support students in residence. Training includes:

  • Alcohol and Addiction Issues
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Depression and Eating Disorders
  • Health & Wellness
  • Diversity
  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Dispute Resolution
  • Residence Programming

2015-16 Donship Applications


St. Mike’s expects its Dons  to  be  individuals  of  integrity, intelligence, leadership and common sense.  They must be enrolled full time at the University of Toronto and be entering at least their third year of undergraduate studies. Dons are also expected to be in good academic standing and to have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement (applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.5).

The successful candidate will also have an understanding and willingness to support the mission of St. Michael's as a Catholic College federated with the University of Toronto. In return for their services, Dons are provided room and board from the third week of August until May 1.  All Don’s rooms have an adjoining en-suite washroom.

How to Apply

1. Submit the 2015-2016 Donship Application form.

2. Submit one letter of reference (maximum two letters) - preferably from someone who understands the role that Dons play and can comment on how your particular skills and abilities would translate to the position.

3. If you are currently a resident at SMC or another UofT college, please have your Don complete the Don Evaluation Form.
* Please note that current St. Michael's College Dons can only submit a Don Evaluation Form and not a reference letter.

Deadline: Thursday February 19, 2015 @ 12:00pm noon EST

Not all applicants will be interviewed. A selection committee will determine a short list of candidates who will be interviewed in March.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday March 3 and Thursday March 5, 2015.

For more information about the Donship role at St. Michael's College, please attend one of our information sessions:

Thursday January 29, 2015: 9pm-10pm - Father Madden Hall, 81 St. Mary St.

Tuesday February 10, 2015: 9pm-10pm - Charbonnel Lounge, 81 St. Mary St.

Please note that the 2015-16 Donship Application is now closed.

St. Mike's Residence Council

The St. Mike's Residence Council (SMRC) is elected each April to represent and serve the SMC Residence community. They are in charge of coordinating the annual athletic tournaments as well as a variety of social events that occur throughout the year. In addition, the SMRC is the official liaison between the residence students and the Dean's Office. The SMRC consists of the following members:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Dean's Cup Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator

Residence Athletics

The SMRC is responsible for organizing the inter-house competitions collectively known as the Dean's Cup events, as well as individual competitions, including the gruelling SMC pentathlon. For Dean's Cup events, houses are paid up to form teams that compete for trophies and prizes. The trophies are displayed in the Canada Room and lists of past champions are posted just outside the doors.

House Council

Every residence house will have it's own House Council which is responsible for organizing social, athletic and recreational events for the enjoyment of the other house members. Through these activities, the council assists residents in transforming their house from a group of strangers living independently within the same building, into a cohesive unit with a collective identity and community spirit. Each House Council has a President, Dean's Cup Rep, and Treasurer. House Councils can also appoint up to three Councillors at Large to assist with various projects the house may be initiating.