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Our Student Success Leaders will help you gather as much information as you need to make an informed decision. Find your geographic location below and connect with us. We are here to help:

Kate MacDonald – Ontario
Erica Moore – Nova Scotia, International
Stephanie Brennan – Atlantic Canada
Lauren Agnew – Ontario, USA
Xinyuan Xu – China
Kelsey MacLean – Ontario, Quebec
Jenna Downey – Atlantic Canada
Matthew Dolansky – Western Canada and the Territories

Kate MacDonald

Developmental Studies & Political Science
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Phone: 902-867-5451

Kate graduated in 2015 from StFX and can confidently say that attending university on the East Coast was one of her greatest decisions. Raised in a suburb of the Nation's Capital, Kate has fully adapted to life in Nova Scotia. She frequents the Ocean as often as possible for a breathtaking sunset or quick dip in the water. As a loyal Chillis Chick and past Senior Class President for her graduating class, Kate enjoys being a friendly face on campus. During the Fall, you can find Kate meeting students throughout Toronto and the GTA to help navigate their best university options.

Erica Moore

BA with joint major History and Sociology
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Phone: 902-867-3357

I am from Halifax and went to JL Ilsley High School. I played competitive sports throughout my life, and was a member of the StFX women’s volleyball team. I currently officiate volleyball and I enjoy playing volleyball, golf and squash. Matt Dolansky and I have some pretty competitive squash matches!

During my time at StFX, I participated in a student exchange to Australia, course-based service learning, and was a student ambassador for the Embassy of Australia to promote studying abroad. Upon my graduation in 2012, I began my current position as a Student Success Leader. I love my job because it provides me with ample opportunities to meet new people, experience new cultures, and share my passion for StFX.  When I'm not working or travelling, I like to read, relax at the beach and keep active with family and friends.

Stephanie Brennan

BA Human Kinetics, Minor in French
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Phone: 902-867-5938

Stephanie is a Native of New Brunswick who now calls Nova Scotia home. She is a member of the St. FX recruitment team and a Student Success Leader for the incoming students of Nova Scotia. Graduate of the 2016 class and a washed up St. FX athlete, she can now be found trying to discover the secret Tall&Small granola bar recipe. 

Lauren Agnew

BAHK, minor in English
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Phone: 902-867-5451

A former Ontarian turned East Coast Enthusiast, Lauren is a happily retired varsity athlete who now works as a Student Success Leader for students from southwestern Ontario and the GTA. When she’s not correcting your grammar, you can find Lauren avoiding the gym and trying to pet every dog she passes.

Xinyuan Xu

BBA (Major in Finance)
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Xinyuan is native to China, where she grew up in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. She came to StFX, which would come to be one of her best life decisions and graduated in 2017. Nova Scotia has become her second home and joined the student success team with great enthusiasm soon after the conclusion of her studies.
During her time at StFX, she was the president of the Chinese Students Association, where she would have great success in developing closer ties between the Chinese community and the rest of StFX. Helping to bridge cultural differences, Xinyuan was responsible for arranging many successful Chinese celebratory and cultural events and immersive Mandarin language programs which were actively attended by both domestic Canadian and international students alike.
Being an International student herself, Xinyuan brings a lot of passion to her student success leader role and is inspired to help share her experiences and knowledge to future students of StFX in China.

Kelsey MacLean

BBA (Minor in French)
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Phone: 613-220-2389

Growing up in Ottawa, Ontario I never thought I’d end up calling StFX my home for over 4 years but here I am, after completing my four-year BBA degree, spreading the great word about StFX all over Eastern Ontario and Quebec! At StFX I was heavily involved in student life across campus including serving as Orientation Committee Co-Chair, volunteering with campus societies, competing for the Gerald Schwartz School of Business competition team and even bartending many Wing Nights at the famous Golden X Inn! Nowadays, my spare time is spent eating way too much watermelon, trying to relive my figure skating glory days and spending as much time at the beach as possible.
As a Student Success Leader, not only do I get to share my love for the University everyday but I get to make connections with and support students from all over transition into an exciting new realm of life.  I love what I do, so please feel free to contact me at any time!

Jenna Downey

BSc Human Kinetic w/ minor in Human Nutrition, BA Honours Religion w/ subsidiary in Philosophy, Masters Human Kinetics w/ research in Mindfulness (current)
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Phone: 902-867-5938 ext. 5938

Originally from Stratford Ontario, Jenna Downey now calls the East Coast home. She is incredibly passionate about the St. FX experience, so much so that she is the proud owner of two x-rings! Jenna is a former varsity athlete turned Student Success Leader for students from Atlantic Canada, and always looks forward to sharing her wealth of experience with past, present, and incoming Xaverians. 

Matt Dolansky

Degree: BBA (Major Accounting,
Minor: Political Science)
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Phone: 403-831-9303

Coming to StFX in 2009 from Fort McMurray, AB, Matt began a four-year grand tour of campus that included living in three different residences, stints as both a Residence Assistant and a Hall Director, and coaching a championship rec hockey team. Since graduating and joining the recruitment team in 2013, Matt has been living in Calgary and floating around Western Canada spreading the good word about StFX. When not on the road he can be found in various cafés around downtown Calgary, pursuing a career in professional bocce, or working on his line dancing.

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