Our 2017/2018 Student Executive

Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas

President

A man named Christopher hailing from the mean streets of Scarborough, an Eastern Catholic of the Syro-Malankara Church, has emerged as the President of Newman House. There are many other titles you may use to refer to him, as well: ‘Chris T the King’, ‘Clutchtopher’, ‘CT3’, or the ‘Three-Chain Thrilla’.

Chris is currently in his third year of Con-Ed at Queen’s and is majoring in philosophy. His current path to being a teacher has turned out to be a blessing as he is eager to educate future generations and imbue virtuous qualities within them, following in God’s commands for His disciples.

Megan Kenney

Megan Kenney

Vice-President

The beautiful and talented barista-extraordinaire Megan Kenney is a 4th year Psychology student. She hails from Guelph, Ontario and came to Queen’s in her second year after spending her first year in Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

Megan’s favourite saint is St. Bernadette and her favourite pastimes include baking, knitting, reading, and drinking tea. Her bubbly and enthusiastic nature has the amazing ability to draw people to herself and the Lord. This is her second round on the student executive: she served as the Campus Outreach Coordinator during the 2016/2017 year and has since moved on to grace the role of Vice President.

Maddie Visser

Maddie Visser

Secretary/Treasurer

It is an honour and a privilege to introduce you to the lovely, the wonderful, the Madeleine Visser. How could you describe Maddie Visser? Have you ever walked into a toy store and come face to face with a cuddly, adorable teddy bear? Yes? Well that is Maddie. When you see her, you cannot help but love her. She is a bundle of joy.

Maddie is also extremely smart and resourceful. As a second-year nursing student, she may have to wear scrubs most of time, but she rocks them. You may see her with a nose in a book or wearing her rockin’ scrubs, often both.

Emily Helferty

Emily Helferty

Liturgical Coordinator

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing (one of) your two new Liturgical Coordinators, the lovely Emily Clare Helferty!

She is going into her 2nd year here at Queen’s as a music major in the performance stream, and loves learning about classical music. She grew up in a very musical family, and plays the saxophone, piano, and perhaps most impressively, the kazoo. She is gifted with a beautiful soprano voice with an incredible range (almost 3 octaves!!) and we are blessed to have her leading our Newman choir this year.

Will Tran

Will Tran

Liturgical Coordinator

Son of Vietnam, Demar DeRozan, Willy T…

He is known by all of these names, but official documentation identifies him as Will Tran – co-liturgical coordinator of Newman House. He is a third-year Life Sciences student at Queen’s with a passion for basketball, singing in the shower, and getting to know people, and is very excited to give back to the Newman community this year through his executive position.

A proud Belleville (“Belle Vegas”) native, Will describes his style as “hipster but not too much” and with trendy glasses like his, one can’t help but agree (shout out to Savio, to whom we owe thanks for helping to pick them out).

Savio Kocherry

Savio Kocherry

Campus Outreach Coordinator

Meet Savio, one of Newman House’s Campus Outreach Coordinators. He is a third-year Life Sciences Major.

Savio is also commonly known as Dave Franco or Indian Jones. The movie of his life would entitled The Fresh Prince of Belleville and he imagines his sidekick would be Joey Tribbiani. If it is God’s will he would like to pursue a career in the medical field while preaching the Word of God and bringing souls to Christ. Other goals include traveling as a missionary and going to the finals of the NBA or NFL playoff series.

Katie Moretta

Katie Moretta

Campus Outreach Coordinator

In his 1906 novel, The Sentimentalists, Monsignor R.H. Benson writes that “There is no limit to the power of a good woman.” Katie Moretta, never having had the chance to meet Mgr. Benson, has however become the personification of his words. Artistic in her approach and gentle in her care, Katie Moretta is a third-year English student, with hopes of becoming a teacher. Born in Brampton on September 15, 1997, Katie now resides in Caledon East, famous for being perhaps the only township in Canada without a Tim Hortons.

Alison Purcell

Alison Purcell

Social Outreach Coordinator

Alison McEwan Purcell is our Social Outreach Coordinator this year on the Newman House Executive. A 4th year Biology Major, Alison hails from Throoptown, Ontario; population 25 plus cemetery. Don’t know where Throoptown is? How about Spencerville? Brockville? Alison often finds herself having to resort to larger towns to tell people where she is from.

So how did we come to find such a remarkable person as Ali? Well we found her in her 2nd year at Queen’s University. She was the only student there at the ever-popular Saturday Mass.