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Media Release - February 18, 2005

DOMINIC AGOSTINO, MOHAWK COLLEGE ALUMNUS RECEIVES 2004 PREMIER’S AWARD (POSTHUMOUS)

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology is proud to announce that Dominic Agostino, 1981 alumnus of Mohawk’s Social Service Worker program, has been posthumously awarded a 2004 Premier’s Award. “The success of our alumni, both in their personal and professional lives, is a true testimonial to the value of a Mohawk College education,” affirmed Mohawk College President MaryLynn West-Moynes, “and we are so pleased that the dedication, commitment and contribution of Dominic Agostino is being acknowledged in this way.”

A life in public service and a passion for social justice were the hallmarks of Dominic Agostino, Liberal MPP for Hamilton-East, until his untimely death in March 2004. In his first year as a student at Mohawk College, Dominic became the youngest Trustee ever to sit on Hamilton’s Catholic School Board. After serving as senior Alderman, Hamilton City Council, Dominic entered provincial politics in 1995, winning the riding of Hamilton-East. A fighter for the disadvantaged, he will be remembered in Hamilton and across the province as a man who stood by his politics and his principles.

On Monday February 21, Dominic’s brother Ralph Agostino and sister Mary Locane will be presented with Dominic’s award at the Premier’s Awards celebration at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.