Jakob Burke

Residence and Conference Services Coordinator

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My education journey did not unfold the way I had expected when I was in high school. I studied at 3 different colleges in Ontario with 3 different specialized programs; none of which I completed. I thought it was too late for me to become a success and went from job to job trying to climb the ladder with nothing behind my name. During all of this I gained 5 years of hospitality experience and 2 years of management experience. When the pandemic struck, I dropped to rock bottom and had many mental health, personal, and financial struggles. I realized I needed to do more with my life and decided to finally pursue the completion of a degree! I found an amazing program offered at Cape Breton University, enrolled, and completed my Bachelor of Tourism and Travel Management in only 1.5 years. I could complete this so quickly because of all my transfer credits from my past college experiences.

After completing my degree at CBU, I wanted to join my partner in Halifax and joined the King’s community in January 2023 as the Housing Administrator. I am now the Residence and Conference Services Coordinator. I am excited to use my experience in hospitality and logistics skills to manage the housing applications and rooming assignments alongside the housing team to facilitate the best school year experience for our residents. In the summer months, I also assist in managing the conference services department, and the logistics of turning a residence into a hotel!

I know how stressful and strenuous post-secondary education can be, especially as a first-generation student. I am happy to have conversations with students as needed and am a great source of information on resources across King’s. Feel free to reach out or come visit me in the Housing Office in Alex Hall, 2nd floor.

How can I help: As the Residence and Conference Services Coordinator at King’s, I can help with:

  • Anything to do with the residence application
  • Meal plan information
  • Rooming assignment issues or questions
  • Residence Room extensions during both winter break and into summer
  • Conferences and events during non-residence season
  • If you have ANY residence related questions, please reach out and I will help!

Hobbies: Board games (Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Wingspan, +), computer games (Sims, Cities Skylines, Civilization), hiking with my dog and my partner, watching Disney+ or Prime with my cat

How I Identify: pet padre, white settler, cis-gender, gay, partner, jack of all trades – master of none

Pronouns: he, him, his