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CA On Coverage!

It’s another Thursday and you know what that means! We have a brand new episode of 60 seconds with CFMU. This week, we spoke with a Community Advisor on McMaster’s Campus named Julia Hanes. Julia has been a CA for the past three years at McMaster within the residence building Mary E. Keyes.

What is a Community Advisor?

A Community Advisor (CA) is an upper year student at McMaster University that lives in one of the twelve residence buildings on campus. CA’s are there to support students throughout their transition from high school to university and they also work nightly shifts to ensure the safety of the building that they live in.

What Exactly Do They Do?

Alongside offering support, providing mentorship, and acting as a role model for students, CA’s work hard during the year to ensure their building and floors have the best university experience. They do so through passive education, hosting community meetings and planning floor and building-wide events.

Additionally, community advisor’s also play a vital role in maintaining a safe and conducive environment for education. CA’s work shifts to ensure things such as fire hazards, underage drinking, drug use and more are absent in their buildings. When necessary, CA’s also work with McMaster Security to deal with individual situations.

Cool! How Can I Become One?

If you’re interested in learning more about the role of a CA, you can visit any of the ones in your building! Not a first year student in residence? No worries. Send an e-mail over to with your questions or check out their website here!

Also, be sure to check out our interview with Julia to learn more about her experience as a CA and why the role is so important when fostering a sense of community. A full copy of our chat can be found below:


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