Fiona Reid

Dean of Residential Students (DRS)

Fiona is a qualified Social Worker with experience working in rural and urban areas and in domestic and international contexts. Fiona has primarily worked with children, youth and families in a range of roles from child support, to children with disabilities, to kinship care to higher education.

Fiona has been working in the tertiary sector for the past 8 years and has been at MRC for the last year. Fiona enjoys the diversity of working with so many different and talented staff at MRC, of getting to know all the residents that live here, and of supporting and mentoring them as they transition to life in Australia and as they become independent adults. Having worked with youth for many years, Fiona has a solid understanding of the many challenges that may be encountered by students and their resulting support needs, and has an open door policy to residents who need to talk or want assistance.

Fiona is well connected with a range of other professional support services, as well as services at Macquarie University, and is able to link students in with these should they be required.

In her free time, Fiona enjoys socialising with family and friends, spending time in the countryside, hiking, and spends many hours reading books.

Tiana Barenaba

Administration Assistant

Tiana joined the team at Morling Residential College (MRC) in 2016. Here at MRC the team is committed to the Morling value of “People matter” and together we aim to value and love residents in the same way that Jesus values and loves us. The MRC building is not simply a residence, but an international family.

Tiana has a passion for leading and empowering students to become independent by supporting them to grow and develop into mature adults. These passions have led her to work in various roles – as a choral and orchestral music director, as an adventure camp host, and as a Rural Fire Brigade volunteer.

Tiana is eager to work alongside Fiona, Judith and Meg as they commit to developing a sense of community for those who live in MRC whilst also providing a safe, supportive place to call home.

Sam Delfs

Residential Chaplain

Sam was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and moved to Sydney from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in July of 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in human movement/ exercise science and is currently getting his Master of Divinity at Morling. Sam has worked as a personal trainer/nutrition, strength and conditioning coach for about 7 years, worked as a sport chaplain at a university in Canada for about two years, and is currently serving as a “student pastor” at Macquarie Baptist Church as he continues in his theological training and equipping.
Sam loves the sun, sport and exercise, books, good music, and life chats over a good cup of coffee or sushi roll. His consuming passion is to love and serve Christ more fully, to bring Him glory in all things, and to help others do the same by experiencing the transformative power of the Gospel.
It is such a great honour and joy to have this opportunity to serve as part of the Morling community in the work of the Kingdom. I’m pumped!

Meg

Meg grew up on the South Coast of NSW, she loves Australia and its beautiful flora and fauna – grevilleas, kookaburras, and lorikeets to name a few. She moved to Sydney in 2011 to study a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Anthropology and has also completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work. She has worked in the hospitality, child care, and community service industries and has also assisted as a researcher. Meg began as a cleaner in MRC and moved to work in the office in 2019. Her desire to help people feel at home in MRC is at the top of her list of objectives as she helps to man the reception and complete administrative tasks.

Judith Wilkinson

Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, and with a background in Design, Judith moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1992 to work and study with a Performing Arts Dance Group called Island Breeze. Island Breeze is a ministry of with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), that trains and equips young people for cross-cultural missions and ministry.

She worked with YWAM in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth over an 18 year period and during that time completed the Discipleship Training School, the School of Event Management & Performing Arts, the School of Evangelism and the Basic Leadership Training School. Whilst in YWAM she met and married her husband, Andrew, and together with their children relocated to Sydney in 2013.

Samantha Kennedy

Senior Residential Assistant

Sam is from Condobolin in Central Western NSW and moved to Sydney in 2015 to complete her Advanced Diploma in Ministry at Hillsong International Leadership College. Sam has further pursued her studies focusing in music and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music at Excelsia College.

Sam has had a love for music from a young age, learning both the organ and piano. She has been able to use this gift to build the church through serving in the worship team at both the Church she grew up in and now Hillsong Church.

Sam loves coffee and exploring different cafes across Sydney with friends, as well as reading and playing the piano.

“I’m excited for what this next year holds and am so thankful to be apart of such a friendly environment here at MRC. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to invest into students from all walks of life and make many memories”.

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