Student Life

Three students sitting on steps outside talking.

College is an exciting and challenging time, so at George Brown, we work towards giving students ways to help shape their college experience in and out of class.

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 to enrich 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!

Get to know your Student Life Team

Joe Stapleton

Joe Stapleton, Manager Student Life

Manager, Student Life (He/Him)
416-415-5000, ext. 3700
St. James Campus, Room B130
jstaplet@georgebrown.ca

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.”

Andria Lewis-Alexander

Andria Lewis-Alexander, Coordinator, Student Life Engagement Initiatives & The Black Student Success Network (BSSN)

Coordinator, Student Life Engagement Initiatives & The Black Student Success Network (BSSN) (She/Her)
416-415-5000 ext. 2296/6415
St James Campus, Room B130
alewisalexander@georgebrown.ca

Get to know Andria

Andria is an Alumni of George Brown College and has been a part of the Student Life Team directly and indirectly for over 26 Years. Before George Brown College, she attended Ryerson Polytechnic School now known as Ryerson University.

Being at the College as a student and employee has allowed her to connect and understand the needs of the student and how to best accommodate them. Working in various areas of the college from Educational Resources, Accessibility Services, Athletics, and Student Affairs, Student Life has allowed her to know that Engagement and Community are essential to the student experience and she is happy to be a part of the journey.

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” Oprah

Peter Koutsokeris

Peter Koutsokeris, Coordinator, Orientation & Transition Programs

Coordinator, Orientation & Transition Programs (He/Him)
416-415-5000 ext. 2647
Casa Loma Campus, Room E246
pkoutsok@georgebrown.ca

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

Viviana Rodriguez

Viviana Rodriguez, Coordinator, Information & Welcome Desks/Lockers

Coordinator, Information & Welcome Desks / Lockers (She/Her)
416-415-5000 ext. 2019
St James Campus, Main Lobby
vrodrigue@georgebrown.ca

Get to know Viviana

A GBC alumni from the Human Resources program, Viviana began working for the college in 2009. Overseeing the Information and Welcome Desks at all campuses and working closely with students, she manages the college’s locker program with over 8000 lockers across the main campuses.

She enjoys spending her time outdoors and interacting with people. Being part of the Student Life community has helped her engage and meet many great students and community members.

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you never stop.”

Davor Mamuzic

Davor Mamuzic, Coordinator, Student Life Volunteer and Engagement Initiatives

Coordinator, Student Life Volunteer and Engagement Initiatives (He/Him)
416-415-5000 ext. 5521
Waterfront Campus, Room 101C
dmamuzic@georgebrown.ca

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

Dania Niles

Dania Niles, Team Lead, The Black Student Success Network (BSSN)

Team Lead, The Black Student Success Network (BSSN) (She/Her)
416-415-5000 ext. 6415
St James Campus, Room B130
dania.niles@georgebrown.ca

Get to know Dania

Dania is a Project Management graduate of George Brown College. As the Black Student Success Network Team Lead, Dania oversees programming by connecting with various partners within and outside of the George Brown community. Her role also includes ensuring that students have the support that they need and to find ways in which students can access these supports.

Dania has a passion for working with individuals to help them achieve their personal goals. She believes that service to others is a key part of our existence on earth and welcomes opportunities in which she can affect positive change and make an impact on the lives of those she comes into contact with daily.

"Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." Williams Jennings Bryan

Nik-Keisha Moodie

Nik-Keisha Moodie, Assistant, Orientation & Engagement Initiatives

Assistant, Orientation & Engagement Initiatives (She/Her)
416-415-5000 ext. 4291
Waterfront Campus, Room 101C
nmoodie1@georgebrown.ca

Get to know Nik-Keisha

In Nik-Keisha’s role as an Assistant for Orientation & Engagement Initiatives with the Student Life department, she supports the planning, development, and execution of orientation events and social engagement initiatives. An alumna of George Brown College, having earned her degree in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) program, Nikki uses her firsthand knowledge of the college services and supports and her work in the hospitality industry to create meaningful and exciting opportunities for students to engage, connect and develop their skills.

She gets great satisfaction being able to provide these opportunities for students to establish new connections and develop their leadership skills. Nik-Keisha, an avid reader, enjoys reading about the exploration of well-being topics and personal development strategies and is always looking forward to working on upcoming new projects.

“The great thing about working in the Student Life department is helping students build on their true potential.”

Carmen Cubillan

Carmen Cubillan, Student Life Administrative Assistant

Student Life Administrative Assistant (She/Her)
416-415-5000
St James Campus, Room 578C
Carmen.Cubillan@georgebrown.ca

Get to know Carmen

Born and raised in Venezuela, Carmen joined GBC in the spring of 2016 as a Student Success Peer Coach at the School of ESL. She transitioned to other areas in the College working with PeerConnect, Student Affairs, the Centre for Preparatory & Liberal Studies, and now with the Student Life team. Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, a master's in Corporate Communications, and a Certificate as a Digital Media Marketing Specialist from GBC. In her role as the Student Life Administrative Assistant, she helps create initiatives for the online learning experience and digital communications. She also collaborates on the engageGBC project in the implementation of the human skills framework into the Division of Student Success here at George Brown.

She believes that having good relationships with people based on respect and open communication is key to building a healthy community. She enjoys multiculturalism, direct contact with students, and learning from different stories and experiences.

“Never give up on things that make you smile.”

Erica Fearnall

Erica Fearnall, General Manager

General Manager, The George (She/Her)
416-761-8000 ext.18515
The George Residence
efearnall@georgebrownresidence.ca

Get to know Erica

As the General Manager of the George Brown College Residence, Erica oversees all aspects of residence services and operations. Together, the residence staff team works to create a safe, supportive and memorable student experience at the George. Her favourite part of the role is working with passionate leaders who are student-focused and driven to connect with and celebrate students on-campus.

Erica studied at York University, where she completed her BA in Psychology and a post-graduate certificate in Public Policy Analysis. She has worked at 3 different college campuses across Ontario, learning more about the student experience in residence and on campus, with each passing year. Outside of work, Erica enjoys spending time doing outdoor activities (in all 4 seasons!).

"Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” Brene Brown

Molly Smith

Molly Smith, Residence Life Coordinator

Residence Life Coordinator (She/Her)
416-761-8000 ext. 18272
The George Residence
msmith@georgebrownresidence.ca

Get to know Molly

Molly is a graduate of Brock University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. During her time spent completing her undergraduate degree, she was heavily involved in the Residence Life department. She grew passionate to support students transitioning into a post-secondary setting to balance both their academics and personal life.

Molly is currently a Residence Life Coordinator at The George Residence and oversees the Resident Advisor team, programming and residence community building. The residence life team strives to ensure a safe and secure living environment and support the residents with their transition to independent living while attending George Brown College.

“Be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life is a great balancing act.” Dr.Seuss

Jessi Sidhu

Jessi Sidhu, Residence Life Coordinator

Residence Life Coordinator (She/Her)
416-761-8008 ext.18717
The George Residence
jsidhu@georgebrownresidence.ca

Get to know Jessi

Jessi is a George Brown College Alumna who studied Behavioural Science and she has been with The George Residence since its opening in 2016. While working at the residence, Jessi had the opportunity to explore various residence departments, gained valuable skills and insight into student life. Jessi is passionate about assisting students through their transition into independent living and continues to engage with the residence community to bring about new and innovative ways to provide an excellent residence experience to all students.

In her role as a Residence Life Coordinator at The George Residence, Jessi oversees the Resident Advisor team, residence applications and residence community building. The residence life team strives to ensure a safe and secure living environment and support the residents with their transition to independent living while attending George Brown College.

"Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase."