Ace Dons 2017


Get to know your ACE Dons!

Your ACE Don will provide avenues for you to practice speaking English through one on one conversations, group activities and opportunities to meet with professors of the university. Our goal is to provide you with space to practice your English! Learn more about the ACE Dons below!

Summer Don NoorNoor

Hey! My name is Noor Rahmeh. Entering my 4th year in the Management Specialist program. Residence is a big part of my university experience and involvement.I started off as student then went on to be a Don for 2 years and now I am a Program Assistant. As you can tell it has really become a home for me and has given me a second family. Speaking of home, besides Canada, Jordan and the UAE (Dubai) are also places I call home. My background is Palestinian/Jordanian and I lived most of my life in Dubai but yet Canadian, so I'm a little all over the place. One thing that I have learnt, as Cecelia Ahren wrote in the book Love, Rosie,  "Home is not a place, it's a feeling".  Love, Rosie is one of many rom-com books that I love to read in my spare time. UTM has my heart and hopefully, it'll capture yours, excited to meet you all! 


Summer Don ErinErin

Hey everyone!

My name is Erin and I am one of the summer dons that will be with you all this summer. I am going into my 5th year double majoring in Forensic Science and Psychology as well as minoring in Sociology. I have been a Residence Don for the past three years and next year I will be a Program Assistant. I love going on nature walks, watching Netflix and playing volleyball! I love meeting new people so don’t be afraid to come say hi when you see me around!  


Summer Don Jacob


Hi there! My name is Jacob and I am one of the ACE dons for this summer. My job is to help you to make your summer enjoyable and successful. I have just graduated with an Honours Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Biology for Health Science and will be going into my Master's in Social Work at the St. George Campus in September. With a passion for Pokémon and Disney, I am looking forward to learning about your favourite things too! See you around!


Summer Don AlexAlex

Hi! My name is Alex, and I’m a fifth-year information security specialist. I am currently a don in Roy Ivor, and formerly a REC (now known as a PAL) in the school years of 2014-15 and 2015-16. When I first joined the Residence Life team, I was originally motivated by giving back to students. Throughout the years with this department, I have learned that one of the most rewarding things is to support others. This rewarding feeling gave me the motivation to come back for the summer and the academic year of 2017-18. I am excited for all of the new opportunities that will come my way, as I learn how to be a better leader and a better person.


Summer Don JustinJustin

My name is Justin Bell and I'm a recent graduate of UTM with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. I grew up in a very small town called Smithville, Ontario and attended a high school with only 350 students. I enjoy cooking, eating all the snacks, going to the gym, video games, all types of music, and most importantly the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays! The things I will be looking forward to the most this summer are the amazing hot sun, beach days, hanging out with friends, meeting new people (including you), and making my last summer here on this campus one to remember!


Summer Don MeredithMeredith

Hello! My name is Meredith and I just finished my third year at the University of Toronto Mississauga. I am currently an Exceptionality in Human Learning Specialist and Education Minor. I have worked as a Residence Don for the last two academic years and next year I will be working as a Programming Assistant. Outside of residence and class, I am an executive club member of the Quidditch Club, in which we recreate the game from the Harry Potter franchise (YouTube it, it's so cool!). I also love being outside, watching musicals and eating cheesecake. I can't wait to meet you this summer! 


Summer Don NicoleNicole

My name is Nicole and I’m an English and Classical Civilizations major. I’ve lived in residence for four years now, the last two of which I have been a don. In that time, I have discovered my passion for residence life, particularly the programming aspect. There is no better feeling than watching a community come together and bond over shared interests and new experiences. I believe that there is nothing in life that cannot be fixed with a good book and a strong cup of coffee. 


Summer Don HollyHolly

My name is Holly, I graduated this year from UTM. I studied Geography and Geographic Information Systems. I truly enjoyed my time at university, and I hope you do too. My favourite things are lemons, flowers, and artwork - if you do too tell me your favourites! I am so excited to meet you~ see you soon!


Summer Don LisaLisa

My name is Lisa and I just completed my second year in the Molecular Biology specialist program. I also was lucky enough to have completed a research program working with Professor Westwood on heat shock response in Drosophila in my second-year studies. This past year I was a residence don and got to experience many new, exciting experiences and make meaningful connections. Next year I intend to participate in the UofT exchange program and study at the Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. I love to travel and absolutely love the outdoors: camping, skiing, hiking!  I hope to get the opportunity to meet you this summer and am so excited for the many new adventures coming our way! :)


Summer Don OmarOmar

Omar grew up in Cairo, Egypt and only moved to Canada when he was 18 years old. He is a recent graduate from the Commerce Program, with a specialist in Finance and a major in Economics. Omar has lived on UTM Residence for 4 years, two of which as a don. In his free time, he enjoys playing Basketball and reading. Omar also has a deep passion for different kinds of music.


Summer Don RebeccaRebecca

I'm a 3rd-year student completing a Specialist in Forensic Anthropology. I've been involved in SHRL as a Peer Academic Leader and currently as a Summer Residence Don. I'm involved in several clubs on campus, including the Forensics Society, the UTM Anthropology Society, and the UTM Dance Club. In my spare time, I'm usually reading Harry Potter, watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or going for a walk in Erindale Park. 


Summer Don JanJan

Hey there! My name is Jan (Yan), and I just finished my 4th and final year of university. I’m an international student from Malaysia and I’ve been in Canada for 4 and a half years. I’ve lived in residence for all my university life and I’m glad to call this my second home :) I speak 3 languages including Mandarin, Bahasa, and English. In my years here living on my own, I've learned so much about my self and my habits. It is such a unique opportunity and experience to live in residence, because of how much you have to take care of yourself. But when times are challenging, difficult, or just generally confusing, feel free to reach out to any of us!