Meet the Residence Life Team!


Jaycee Beauparlant,

Community Development Coordinator

McLuhan Court, Putnam Place, Leacock Lane, Shrieberwood

Hello!!! My name is Jaycee Beauparlant and I am the Community Development Coordinator for the Townhouses! I am a U of T alumnus, who also spent their very first year living in the townhouses on campus! I am ecstatic to be back here at UTM as a professional staff. UTM became home very fast, and returning to UTM this year, supporting our staff and students in making this home, means the world to me.


I am very passionate about traveling and adventures, ongoing learning and community engagement. Recently I returned from teaching in Northern Canada, in a small community in Nunavut. This experience inspired me to continue my education through engaging in research at York University, that being said this year I will also be studying! I will be working towards achieving my Masters in Education. In addition this year I will be working on a community engagement portfolio, and I am extremely excited! I have the opportunity to bring the Peel Region Community to residence through providing a wide range of volunteer opportunities. If you share any of my passions, or even if you just want to chat be sure to say hello whenever you see me around campus! 



Heather Burns-Shillington, Residence Counsellor

Hi everyone! My name is Heather, and I’m the Residence Counsellor. I’m a double U of T alumnus, graduating with a HBA in Ethics, Society and Law and a Master of Social Work from the St. George campus. I’ve lived and worked in residences across U of T for many years, and love the sense of community at UTM and the beautiful campus setting. I often bring my dog, Moose, to work and he also loves exploring all the nature trails around campus (and making friends with the deer).


As the counsellor I provide short-term, solution-focused counselling to students living in any community in residence. I also organize trainings and events like Mental Wellness Week to promote mental wellness across the campus. Some of my hobbies include travelling (most recently I was lucky enough to go to Thailand with UTM students this year!), musical theatre and running. I’m looking forward to this upcoming year and getting to know another great group of students!



Jessica Charbonneau,

Student Development Officer

Hello! My name is Jessica Charbonneau and I am the Student Development Officer in Residence Life. I wear many hats in my role here at UTM but I specifically work with the Community Standards Board, I advise the Residence Council and work with departments across campus to provide programs and support to all students living in Residence. Some of my hobbies include travelling (I’ve now been to over 15 countries), crafting, and running. 
I am new to the UTM campus, and Mississauga area as I moved and began working here in June 2016. However, I am already starting to feel at home here at UTM. I completed my undergraduate degree at Brock University in the Concurrent Education Program. I then worked at Canadore College in North Bay for three years in the residence before heading stateside to complete my Masters Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University. Although I miss the mountains and endless outdoor adventures, I’m happy to be back in Ontario and working at UTM. 



Amanda Luongo,

Community Development Coordinator

Oscar Peterson Hall


Hello!! My name is Amanda Luongo and I am the Community Development Coordinator for Oscar Peterson Hall, home to 400 first year students. A fun fact about me is that in 2009 OPH was my first home away from home. It is such an honour to be part of this community again supporting the students who live here. Some fun facts about me: I enjoy spending my time outdoors -preferably by a body of water, I grew up in a family of 6 with two dogs and a cat, I spend most of my summers at concerts (preferably country) and I enjoy exploring new places – my most current experience was with the March of Remembrance and Hope!


I am a University of Toronto alumnus, completing my Hons. Bachelor of Arts in 2013.  Most recently I completed my Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University in 2014. I have a passion for curriculum design, student transition and residence life. I have been working for the department since January 2015 and I truly love coming to work every day! My favourite part of what I do is working closely with the students on residence and finding ways to ensure that they are engaged both inside and outside of the classroom- if you have an idea I would love to hear it! If you see me on campus, come over and introduce yourself!



Jenna Menzies,

Community Development Coordinator

Erindale Hall, Roy Ivor Hall, MaGrath Valley


Hi! I’m Jenna, and I am the Community Development Coordinator for first and upper year students living in Erindale Hall, Roy Ivor Hall, & MaGrath Valley. I went to UTM myself, lived in residence for my four years as a student studying Psychology, Sociology & Philosophy, and after graduating was fortunate enough to be able to work here. So I definitely consider UTM my home, and I hope you will, too!


In my position I am lucky enough to work with all of you and with the Residence Life Staff living in your areas. I also help to coordinate Colman Cup Sundays and opportunities for you to meet your professors outside the classroom through the Faculty In Residence program. On the personal side, I’m an avid concert-goer/music lover and am always looking for new music. I also enjoy getting outside/being active and travelling! 



Delores Lanni

Acting Assistant Director, Residence Life


Hi, my name is Delores and I am the Acting Assistant Director, Residence Life.  This is a new role for me and I’m super excited to get the year started. My passions are singing (especially country music or Disney songs), crafting (give me fabric and a sewing machine and I’m a happy lady!) and spending time with my friends and family (if you live in MaGrath Valley you will likely see me and my partner out with our little dog Ernie).


Being part of a community is something that is very important to me and I’m so glad that I get to be a part of the UTM Residence family.  I have been a part of this team since December 2013 and every year I have had the pleasure of getting to work with amazing students, staff and faculty and I can’t wait to connect with all of you this year. If you see me around campus please say hi, I love meeting new people!  (if Ernie is with me please make sure and say hi to him too because he loves meeting new people as well).  Looking forward to seeing you around campus soon.



Sean Kinsella,

Coordinator of Residential Transition Programs

All First Year areas


Tansi (hello) and tatawaw (welcome, come in/there is room)! My name is Seán Kinsella and I am the Coordinator of Residential Transition Programs, which means I oversee First Year Orientation as well as our Peer Academic Leader (PAL) team who work to ensure your transition as a first year student into the University of Toronto is the best it can be. A few fun facts about me are that I am also a Faculty member at Centennial College (teaching in their First Peoples Studies Program), as well as a published poet, and enjoy listening, playing, and learning about new music. I love getting out and exploring nature, so UTM, with all our wonderful deer and other woodland creatures, is a great place to work.


I went to the University of Waterloo for my undergrad degree and received my Masters of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto in June 2015. I organize the Artistic Resource Team – which is an arts and culture initiative and includes our much beloved ARTSfest which is an annual showcase of all the wonderful visual, performance, and musical artists we have here on our campus. I also organize the Waawaahte Indigenous Initiative, which is a portfolio on residence that allows students to experience first hand different elements of First Peoples culture and history. I have been a Student Affairs professional for 9 years and I wake up every day motivated to make a positive difference in the lives around me. If you ever see me around campus – feel free to say hello and stop me for a selfie!



Jennifer Soehner

Biology Living Learning Community Coordinator


Hi There!

My name is Jennifer Soehner and I am the Program Coordinator for our Biology Living-Learning Community in residence! This is a group of second year students who all study biology at UTM and who are interested in being highly engaged on campus.

In my role, I plan weekly events for this community and work closely with a PAL (Peer Academic Leader) to help connect them with academic and professional resources.

As a UTM student, I lived and worked in residence for four years of my undergraduate degree – so I know campus quite well. I spent most of my time on the North and South soccer fields as a member of our Women’s Varsity Soccer team! I have played soccer for 16 years and love it more each year. For me, playing on a team is how I learned to value community. There is nothing better than overcoming challenges as a team.

I worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Geography department and studied Environmental Management. Needless to say, I am a huge advocate for protecting our green spaces in the city, especially our trees! One of the reasons I chose to study at UTM was because it is such a beautiful campus.

If you see me around, please say hello -- I love making new friends. I also love talking about future goals and plans because I believe talking about these things brings you one step closer to achieving them!