Meet your Chestnut Residence Council

Meet your Chestnut Residence Council

The Chestnut Residence Council (CRC) is a student governing body comprised of Chestnut residents. They are your peers that have been elected into their roles usually by the previous year’s community through a general election. The CRC plans social events for the community such as an annual Semi Formal and athletic intramurals. It also coordinates the purchasing of things like instruments, video and board games, and other equipment used for fun programming. Lastly, they act as a representative for Chestnut students on various committees that make decisions related to building operations. CRC holds regular meetings that are open to all students where anyone can ask questions, see the budget, and share ideas for programming.

2019 – 20 Residence Council 


Lagan Maheshwari

My name is Lagan Maheshwari, and I am a third year international student from India. I am studying theatre at U of T, and I focus on performance and directing! As an undeclared major in my first year, I chose U of T because it offered a diverse range of programs for me to explore. My favourite thing about Toronto is that there is always more to see! This will be my third year living at Chestnut, and something I love is the community and the friendly and helpful staff. And the location! I am super excited to be on the Chestnut Residence Council as President this year. I look forward to meeting new students, organising engaging events, and making Chestnut a welcoming and inclusive space for all!

The president helps guide the council when it comes to big decisions, fosters teamwork, and serves as a liaison between the Residence Life Office and the Council.

VP Finance

Ankhee Paul

My name is Ankhee Paul. I’m an international student from India majoring in Economics and Statistics. I love interacting with people from different cultures which is why I felt that U of T would be perfect for me. My favourite thing about Chestnut is its location. Chestnut is conveniently located smack in the middle of downtown with Eaton Centre (and Chatime!) nearby. As the VP Finance this year, I will be responsible for keeping track of the financial side of all the activities /events that take place during the year. I especially look forward to working with the ResCouncil in welcoming all the students who will be living here this year and ensuring that they have a great year in Chestnut Residence.

The VP Finance is responsible for drawing up the budget, keeping track of expenses, and assisting with the audit.

VP Social

Alice Xu

Hi, I’m Alice 🙂 I’m in my second year studying Molecular Genetics + Microbiology with a major in Neuroscience. Congratulations on your acceptance! I’m excited to hear about your motivation for picking UofT. I love sailing, playing ice hockey, and Shulk (my boyfriend from Super Smash Bros.)! One of the reasons I love living in the City of Toronto is attending social events throughout the year. My favourite thing about Chestnut is its proximity to Nathan Phillips Square, where you can find me ice skating every night in the winter. As VP Social, I will be planning events at Chestnut with a council of social coordinators. I invite you to run for social coordinator of your floor so you can be involved in executing events such as the annual Halloween Haunted House, weekly Movie Nights, and my personal favourite, the end of year Semi-Formal. I’m looking forward to meeting you at orientation!

The VP Social is responsible for planning and running various events throughout the year aimed at bringing the Chestnut community closer together. Also, they are in charge of the annual Chestnut Semi-formal.

VP Communications

Mariajosé Moreno Londoño

My name is Mariajosé Moreno Londoño, but I just go by Maria. I’m a Colombian international student specializing in International Relations with a minor in East Asian Studies. I came to study to UofT because I wanted to pursue a quality education in an inclusive environment and UofT seemed like the ideal place for me. My favorite thing about living in Toronto is its cultural diversity, the possibilities for getting a taste of different cultures is truly ample in many ways.  My favorite thing about Chestnut is the possibility for creating your own community and sharing with a diverse group of people. My role as VP Communications will be to promote and communicate all of the activities and important information available for our students at Chestnut Residence. I’m looking forward to meeting many of our incoming students and to working together with our ResCouncil to bring them a great living experience this academic year.

The VP Communications works with all the other VPs to help advertise their events and other pertinent information to the Chestnut community.

VP Internal

Stay tuned for more information about how to run for this position.

The VP Internal is concerned with the upkeep of Chestnut’s spaces and supplies, such as the music rooms, video game consoles, and pool table. They decide whether to buy new supplies or renovate spaces.

VP External

Stay tuned for more information about how to run for this position.

The VP External is the Council’s contact with outside organizations, including charities and other UofT organizations, and organizes activities and outings with these organizations

VP Athletics

Brandon Tan Chin Hian

Hey everyone! My name is Brandon and I’m currently a second year in the Physics and Philosophy Specialist program. My favourite thing about Toronto and Chestnut is their diversity and friendly environment which makes being away from home somewhat less difficult. This is one of the main reasons I chose to come to U of T and I don’t regret it! As the VP Athletics 2019-2020, I’m going to be in charge of organising all of Chestnut’s sports teams and promoting sports/sporting events (including holding game nights at Chestnut watching the new NBA champions play!). I’m looking forward to another fun year at Chestnut and don’t hesitate to talk to me about anything sports-related!

The VP Athletics organizes all of Chestnut’s sports teams, including the intramural teams. Also, they promote sport events in Chestnut, taking the community out to see games or watching them live in house.

Floor President

Stay tuned for more information about how to run for this position.

The floor president serves as a leader for their floor, and helps organize both floor-wide and Chestnut-wide events, and has a vote on all Residence Council matters.

Floor Social Coordinator

Stay tuned for more information about how to run for this position.

The floor social coordinator organizes fun events on their floor and is responsible for bringing the community closer, along with the floor president. They also assist in organizing and running Chestnut-wide events with the Council.

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