Hosting events, activities, and opportunities which promote learning, growth, and connection, the Student Life team at George Brown is dedicated to supporting the success of all students by providing opportunities for you to connect with campus life outside of the classroom.
College life is about so much more than just going to class, so take advantage and get involved in enriching your college experience through events, networking activities, student groups, clubs, or with the Student Leadership Academy. Just remember, you belong here, and you are not alone!
Check out some ongoing events that Student Life is running.
The Service Spot
We host regular interviews with college services to learn more about what resources are available to students and to meet the people behind the service desk.
To join, please view our live story on Instagram @gbc.studentlife
The Break Room
Join us to chat online, any time, with other GBC students in The Break Room. This is an open drop-in on our Discord server, where we have channels for each GBC program area, as well as hobbies, media and games.
Get to know your Student Life Team
Manager, Student Life (He/Him)
416-415-5000, ext. 3700
St. James Campus, Room B130
Get to know Joe
Joe Stapleton has been with George Brown College for more than 11 years and is the Manager of Student Life. His portfolio includes new student orientation and transition programs, BSSN (Black Student Success Network), student leadership, Student Life events, Welcome Desks and the locker rental program, our residence- The George, and is the college liaison to the Student Association.
Joe earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University followed by a Master of Arts in Education Degree from Central Michigan University. Recognized for his leadership strengths, he also earned a certificate from the Emerging Leaders Program from the Schulich School of Business.
Joe has spent his professional life striving to strengthen communities and the people within. Having worked in various sectors including social-recreation, child protection, youth detention, human trafficking and prostitution, homeless, and education, he believes in people and is honoured to be in a position to assist and mobilize change and success.
“It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey.”
Coordinator, Orientation & Transition Programs (He/Him)
416-415-5000 ext. 2647
Casa Loma Campus, Room E246
Get to know Peter
Peter joined the George Brown community in 2008 after having worked for many years in the hospitality industry in Canada, and abroad. Having studied in marketing and administration, fine arts, graphic design, and adult education, he adapted that learning and skillset to the college environment which has helped build a vigorous orientation and transition program for GBC students.
In his role as the Coordinator of Orientation & Transition programs at GBC, he continually looks to develop meaningful and relevant programming to enhance engagement and success of all student groups, not just those that are new to the college. His favourite part of the role is working alongside students, staff and faculty to build programming that supports students from the day they accept their offer to their graduation. Outside of the college, he is a self-professed plant dad, a strong creative, traveller and lifelong learner.
“Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.” Mary McLeod Bethune
Coordinator, Student Life Volunteer and Engagement Initiatives (He/Him)
416-415-5000 ext. 5521
Waterfront Campus, Room 101C
Get to know Davor
A recent addition to the Student Life team, Davor has a passion for connecting with students, creating engaging environments and facilitating opportunities for volunteering and community engagement. An avid volunteer himself, he is a fixture of the Toronto International Film Festival volunteer program and encourages others to give back with their time and skills and highlights the learning that takes place outside of the classroom.
Davor studied Computer Animation, Film, and Screen Writing and brings that creative background to the college in developing opportunities for students to engage and build their networks. In his role, Davor is responsible for the college’s volunteer program, the Student Leadership Academy, as well as coordinating engagement activities that align with the Human Skills Framework, a framework that allows students to build their soft skills while aligning their engagement with learning opportunities. The Student Life team provides the opportunity for him to work closely with students, staff and faculty to further develop this integral part of the college experience.
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings.” Charlie Wardle
Coordinator, Co-Curricular Experiential Learning and Leadership Development (They/Them)
St James Campus, Room B130 firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to know Matt
Matt joins George Brown College family with a Double Bilingual Honors in International Studies and History and a Certificate in Law and Social Thought from York University. Professionally Matt brings 8 years of experience in Student Affairs at York University and Queen's University. During their time at both universities, Matt was heavily involved in creating, supporting, and assessing programs that advanced student success. At York, Matt worked as a Residence Life Coordinator leading community development with a team of student leaders. At Queen's, Matt worked as the Student Development Coordinator where they created learning experiences for students that would support their skill and leadership development.
As Coordinator Co-Curricular Experiential Learning and Leadership Development, Matt will focus on advancing work in three key areas: the Co-Curricular Record, Leadership programming, and Student staff professional development. Passionate about student success and learning Matt seeks any opportunity to connect with the community to learn about opportunities and where they can help to make an enriching student experience.
Matt, a keen learner themself, relishes the opportunity to learn about others and their experiences. Whether through books, documentaries or conversations, Matt is always excited to learn and experience life stories.
“Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud” Dr. Maya Angelou
Assistant, Orientation & Transition Programs (She/Her)
Casa Loma Campus
Get to know Ruth
Ruth is a higher education professional with proven experience in project management focused on soft skills training, student engagement, and digital communications. She has contributed to globally recognized institutions such as the University of Arizona Global Campus, the Northern Consortium of Universities (NCUK), the British Council, the Peruvian Ministry of Education, and others. Ruth has earned a Master in Innovation Management from The University of Manchester and a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Marketing from George Brown College.
As an Orientation & Transition Programs Assistant, Ruth supports organizing, developing, implementing and facilitating orientation and transition events each semester. She is passionate about helping students achieve their goals during their GBC journey and walking student life orientation ambassadors through workshop facilitation and events management, encouraging them to display their skillset and thrive.
She enjoys travelling, creating new smoothie bowls, and watercolour painting.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
Student Life Engagement Initiatives (She/Her)
St James Campus
Get to know Edna
Edna has been with George Brown College for 8 years. She first started with GBC as a events and reservationist at our student run restaurant - The Chefs' House. She continued to build her portfolio in other areas of the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts including events specialist. Edna brings many years of hospitality experience where she specializes in event management and administration. She has received a diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management.
In her role as a Student Life Engagement Assistant, she supports and helps create various engagement initiatives within the Division of Student Success, and Student Life. She assists with the engageGBC project of the human skills framework and implements content for our digital social media platforms like Instagram & Facebook. She is also involved in initiatives to boost our Mature Student Network.
She finds it very rewarding to see our students grow and succeed in their studies, and has a great enjoyment in working directly with students. Outside of George Brown College, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring our great country.
"Life doesn't require that we be the best, only that we try our best."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
General Manager, The George (He/Him)
The George Residence
Get to know Marc
Marc recently become the General Manager of the George Brown College Residence. In his role Marc oversees all aspects of residence services and operations. The residence team works to create a safe, inclusive and memorable student experience at the George. Marc’s favourite part of his role is working with student leaders and seeing them grow and mature into strong role models within their communities.
Marc has worked for 18 years in residence life, always striving to make the residence experience a safe and memorable transition for students on their journey in life. On his spare time you can find Marc enjoying a good science fiction book or cheering for his favourite Toronto sports team.
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden
Residence Life Coordinator (She/Her)
The George Residence
Get to know Holly
Holly joined the George Brown community in 2017 when she moved to Toronto to start her post-secondary journey. She is a graduate of the Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program here at George Brown College. Holly’s passion for student life sparked when she began her position as a Resident Advisor for The George Residence . Ever since, Holly has worked in many positions at The George, and is excited to continue through her current role as the Residence Life Coordinator.
In the role of Residence Life Coordinator, Holly uses her passion for student life by supporting the important transition period that students face while attending post-secondary as well as living away from home. Her goal is to create a new home away from home, while building connections to ensure a sense of community and belonging. Whether it’s through programming, student support, or a hello in passing, Holly is determined to sprinkle her passion for student life every step of the way.
“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”
Residence Life Coordinator (She/Her)
The George Residence
Get to know Alex
Alex has been working within Residence Life since 2018 when she was completing her University degree in Justice Studies and is in the process of completing her Master's in Education at York University. She started as a Residence Assistant at her post-secondary institution and facilitated so many amazing programs such as a Residence wide Halloween Haunted House and sexual violence education programming. During her post-secondary degree, Alex was also a Consent Peer Educator which is a role that involved planning and curating events surrounding topics of sexual violence and consent education for students, staff, and faculty. Alex presented many Keynotes in this position as well as planned an entire event at her institution for the Take Back the Night Campaign.
Alex is now using her experiences in her previous roles and her passion for student life to allow every student at the George Residence to experience an eventful student living life. Her goal is to create a sexual violence and consent education program at The George residence and to eliminate the stigma of consent within student residences. Alex is a very driven and enthusiastic individual who will strive to create a safe living and learning community for students at their home away from home!
"You do not just wake up and become the butterfly.. growth is a process" Rupi Kaur