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!
My name is Alexandra Johnson and I am the President of the NCSS for the 2022-2023 academic year. After having spent many years at Newman as a former resident, VP Spiritual, and Choral Scholar, I have been inspired to take this role as President to further serve this community that I love dearly. I am finishing my bachelor’s in Classical Voice and will be applying to continue my vocal studies here at McGill. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but now my family hails from the great potato state of Idaho. Two fun facts about me: 1) I am a Third Order Dominican, which means that I follow the spirituality of the Dominican Order while living the life of a lay person (feel free to ask me about this!). 2) I have traveled to nearly 30 countries, so I have some pretty unique stories. Outside of music, I enjoy reading mostly theological works, trying Montreal’s greatest restaurants, and exploring new places to walk/hike with friends.
My name is Harry Zhai and I am VP Spiritual for the 2022-2022 academic year. This is my second year at McGill and as a member of the NCSS. I am majoring in history and religious studies. As a recent convert to Catholicism, I am passionate about serving God and His holy Church. I used to be a lector and a member of the choir for our school mass in high school. I’m currently an altar server at Mission Saint-Irénée de Lyon near the Lionel-Groulx metro station. I like to sing for fun during my free time; baking and cooking different cuisines are also some of my hobbies. I’m excited to take the role of VP Spiritual this year. I hope to carry the torch from the current president (who was the VP Spiritual last year) of the NCSS and try to foster a sense of faith and love within the Newman family as we recover from the pandemic.
I’m Marguerite Morantin, and I’m very glad to be the new VP Outreach of the Newman Center! I am French and Italian…I’ve grown up in Paris and I am now in Montreal! I am studying philosophy and English literature. For those who love these artistic fields, I let you know that my favorite thinkers are Alexis de Tocqueville, René Girard and John Milton. When I arrived in Montreal last year, I was very happy to discover the Newman centre. It has been a peaceful and joyful place that helped me a lot during my first year. For my second year, I am happy to give back to what I have received by helping on the executive committee. I play the flute, and I like walking in the mills. So, if you are ready to do some hikes, let me know! I love playing board games such as the Mafia, Carcasonne and others! In short, I am very motivated for this year and very excited to know you!
Hello! I am the VP Finance for the NCSS in 2022-2023. My name is Cecilia Gillis and I am in my third year double majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in French. I am originally from New Hampshire, and in my free time I like to read or play the piano.
As VP Finance I hope to support the president and the rest of the NCSS in any way I can. I will maintain financial records and conduct the NCSS’s financial transactions so that all events can be a success. I hope that I can help keep things running smoothly so that next semester the Newman community will continue to grow even more welcoming and joyful.
Hello, my name is Hailey and I am excited to be your VP Communications this year. I am a second year student majoring in Neuroscience with a Computer Science minor. In my free time I enjoy hiking, singing, exploring Montreal to find new study spots, and spending time with friends and family. I am an involved member of the Newman community as a member of the Newman Chapel Choir and the previous semester’s VP SNS. This year, my job will be to keep the Newman community informed about all of the events, activities, and opportunities the NCSS and the Newman Centre hold and provide. You will be able to find this information on the NCSS Facebook page and in the weekly newsletter I will send out. If you have questions about events, would like to subscribe to the weekly newsletter, or have any comments or concerns about the NCSS, please don’t hesitate to email me or message the NCSS on Facebook. I look forward to meeting you!
VP Saturday Night Supper
VP Social Activities
VP Social Justice