Executive Committee

Meet the members of the executive team! To share a little bit about ourselves, each member of the executive committee has written a small profile including their background, interests, duties, and goals for the year. Feel free to reach out to us or approach us if you see us around!

Karli Cividino


Hello! My name is Karli and I’m happy to be serving on the NCSS as your President for the 2019-2020 academic year! I moved to Montreal from Vancouver to come to what had been my dream school since I was in elementary. I am currently in my third year pursuing a bachelor’s  degree in Science and Nursing. In my free time I love to run and explore the city, watch Netflix and hang out with my friends. I’m excited to plan events for you this year in hopes to foster an even stronger sense of community by bringing people together.

Email: president@mcgillcatholics.ca


Madeline “Maddy” Johnson

VP Spiritual

I’m Maddy Johnson, your VP Spiritual for the 2019-2020 school year. I’m in my second year of McGill’s Master of Urban Planning program⁠—but don’t let the Faculty of Engineering affiliation fool you: my undergrad was in philosophy and it remains my true academic love. I’m excited to work with the Newman community this school year to bring our lives into the rhythm of Christ’s love through liturgy, the sacraments, and the wholehearted pursuit of our vocations.

Email: spiritual@mcgillcatholics.ca




Elena Jurczak

VP Social Activities

Hello! My name is Elena and I’ll be your VP Social Activities for the 2019-2020 academic year. I’m in my second year at McGill, majoring in Anatomy and Cell Biology and minoring in Computer Science. In my free time, I love to travel, read and play the piano. Becoming involved at Newman last year truly helped me to feel more at home at McGill and in Montreal, which is why I am excited to plan this year’s social events and to welcome both old and new members of the community!

Email: socialactivities@mcgillcatholics.ca


Valentine James

VP Social Justice

Hi! I’m Valentine and I’ll be the VP Social Justice for this 2019-2020 year! I’m from Toulouse in France and am now in my second year of Statistics and Computer Science at McGill. In my free time, I love to travel, hang out with my friends, and of course to sleep! I’m very excited about this opportunity and am looking forward to organise new events! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Email: socialjustice@mcgillcatholics.ca




Jordan Drury

VP Saturday Night Suppers

Hello! I’m Jordan and I am so excited to be your vp of Saturday Night Suppers this year. I am U2 student in theology trying to learn as much as possible about our Faith. Don’t let my last name fool you, I’m Italian through and through (real name Giordano). What comes along with having olive oil running through my veins instead of blood is a love for food and desire to host. I hope to put those skills to good work over the course of this academic year to make our SNS a fun and inviting space for our community to come together on a regular basis and break bread. I hope to see you every other week and bring as many friends as possible. God Bless and welcome to la famiglia!

Email: sns@mcgillcatholics.ca


Khrystia MacKinnon

Co-VP Outreach

Hi! My name is Khrystia and I’m super excited to be your Newman Catholic Students’ Society Co-VP Outreach for the 2019-2020 school year! I’m a fourth-year life science student, majoring in physiology and minoring in Catholic studies. I’m from a small town in Saskatchewan and really enjoy the hustle and bustle of big city Montreal. In my free time, I like to listen to and make music, go on walks with friends searching for dogs, and play games like Avalon or Werewolf. Mostly, my favourite thing to do in my free time is to just be with other people! As such, I’m beyond excited to be able to welcome all of you into the Newman community. For me, I’ve found that most of my spiritual development has come from my relationships with other Catholics. Once we know each other, we can have deeper discussions about the world we live in and the role of faith within it, as well as support one another. This is why I believe that providing a space to meet other young Catholics is such a wonderful thing! This year, I aim to continue in the tradition of Newman by keeping the Newman Centre a very open and welcoming place. No matter who one is or what their faith background is, my goal is that they feel like Newman is a home to them and like we as an executive and as a wider community love them and support them. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you and I look forward to meeting you all this upcoming year!

Email: outreach@mcgillcatholics.ca

Ariel Pan

Co-VP Outreach

Hi! I’m Ariel (like the mermaid), the other half of the Co-VP Outreach for the 2019-2020 academic year. I am in my third year at McGill as a music faculty student majoring in flute and minoring in music education as well as management. When not running around campus, I can be found experimenting with gastronomy in my matchbox-sized kitchen, doing art projects on a whim, being a curious person about anything and everything, reading, writing, or directing the Newman Choir. As VP Outreach, I hope to reach beyond Newman Centre and spread the love I receive from God and from my peers into the neighbourhood. I look forward to serving everyone!


Email: outreach@mcgillcatholics.ca



Wilhelm Magner

VP Finance

My name is Wilhelm Magner. I am a second year student at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Violin Performance and I will be VP Finance for the NCSS for the 2019-2020 academic year. Newman has been a very special and welcoming place for me and I hope to be able to be able to give back to the community through the NCSS. My other interests include chess, card games and cooking.

Email: finance@mcgillcatholics.ca




Belle Pan

VP Communications

Hi, My name is Belle, and I am your VP Communications for the Newman Catholic Students’ Society this year! I’m a U1 student studying Anatomy and Cell Biology. If not hunched over my computer trying to finish all the readings for my courses or trying to remember what a particular type of cell in the pancreas does, you can find me practising the violin, enjoying a pint of ice cream, or bugging my sister with mass amounts of memes.

As VP Communications, my job is to keep the Newman community informed about all of the activities and events the NCSS is holding over the next two semesters. I plan on achieving this by sending weekly newsletters, updating the Facebook page, and giving weekly announcements at Mass. If you would like to subscribe to our email list or learn more about our events, please do not hesitate to email me or message the Newman Catholic Students’ Society on Facebook!

Email: communications@mcgillcatholics.ca

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