2017 Parade Queen
Mary Lynne Loftus is an 18-year-old graduating Liberal Arts student at Marianopolis College. As an International Studies Certificate student and member of the women’s studies club Ilerstory in History, she is passionate about travel and the advocacy of gender equality. Next year, she plans to pursue a university degree in Political Science.
Her Irish ancestry derives from her father’s side as he and many generations were born and raised in Ballina, County Mayo.
Currently, she participates in extracurricular school activities as Editor-in-chief of the PaperCut (school newspaper) and Model United Nations (Model UN) Club. As a member of Model UN, Mary Lynne participates in local, national and international conferences. She volunteers to increase social wellness and raise money for local charities through music-related fundraisers as Co-president of Jam for Justice Marianopolis. She also volunteers to organize workshops for Peace, Love and Hope, an anti-bullying project reaching thousands of children around the world. Mary Lynne has also taught catechism at St. Patrick's Basilica.
A cross-country runner, she has taken part in Tour du Mont-Royal Brébeuf and plans to run Le Grand défi Pierre Lavoie this May.
Catherine Barnwell is a 22-year-old McGill University student from Montreal West. She is currently in her final year, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics. Among her educational experiences was a 10-month student exchange to Trinity College, Dublin, in 2015-2016.
Her Irish ancestry stems from her paternal side, her great-grandparents hailing from Birr county Offaly.
A 10-year dance student of Bernadette Short School of Irish Dance, Catherine has competed at the world level on ceili (kay-lee) dance teams. In February 2016, she represented Ireland at the annual Military Tattoo in Bremen, Germany.
Catherine is a member of a team of volunteer leaders who work with young people. They run a youth group for high school aged students in her parish, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, in NDG. Her love of Youth Ministry allows her to participate in leadership conferences. This gave her the opportunity to go to World Youth Day in Poland last summer.
An avid reader, graphical artist Catherine is dedicated to keeping the art of hand-written letters alive. One of her favorite pastimes is sending correspondence to her many friends and family all over the world.
Following her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art History at Concordia University, Meagan Coleman is a 22-year-old, part-time, graduate student in International Business at McGill University.
Her Irish heritage stems from her father’s side hailing from the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo.
She is currently employed full-time in the Logistics department at P.J. Impex, an international food trading company, coordinating exports and imports all around the world.
Some of Meagan’s hobbies include reading, painting and yoga. She is most passionate about travel and has done so in Canada, United States, Australia, South America and various European countries. In 2014, she volunteered in Quito, Ecuador for UBECI, a non-profit organization focusing on assisting low-income children who work on the street and in outdoor markets. Their programs promote healthy development, educational skills, social interaction, gender equality, hygiene, self-esteem.
Throughout school Meagan volunteered at the Douglas Hospital in the Moe Levin dementia center and participated in raising money for multiple events like Girls for the Cure (raising money for the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation).
Sydney Légaré is a 20-year-old Concordia University student studying a Bachelor's degree in Human Environment and Urban Studies. Her Irish ancestry derives from her mother's side from county Down, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her goal is to incorporate her Bachelor’s degree with law to pursue a career in Humanitarian law to work alongside NGO (non-governmental organizations) to help people around the world.
Currently, Sydney holds two part-time jobs, gaining the best experience attending some of Montreal's most prestigious events as a member of Bell Media’s Street Crew for Virgin, CJAD, CHOM and TSN radio stations.
During her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and volunteering. Some causes she volunteers for are Live Different (building houses in Mexico for families in need), Pink in the City (raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer), the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Relay for Life and Rosie’s Animal Adoption.
Robin Brodrick is a fourth-year undergraduate in the School of Irish Studies and Leisure Sciences student at Concordia University. She is involved in the NDG community and a recipient of the William K. Joseph Neighbour of the Year Award and the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec's Youth Medal.
Her Irish roots stem from both sides of her family, counties Cork and Kilkenny on her father’s side and county Monaghan on her mother's side.
Robin is a member of the event organizing committee for Under The Tuscan Sun, to benefit Queen Elizabeth Health Complex's, non-profit, diabetic and digital imaging centers.
She teaches catechism and is a council member at St. Monica's Parish. In her leisure time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, fundraising and creating stained glass artwork.
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