2010

Pamela Ross - Recreation & Leisure, 2006

2010 Recent Graduate Recipient

Pamela Jean

Pamela Ross was born & raised in Hamilton, Ontario. She is proud to still call Hamilton home. Pamela obtained a Community Services Diploma specializing in Therapeutic Recreation. She wants to continually make positive differences to enhance the quality of lives for Hamilton residents.

Pamela's skills and experience have been derived from her work in Mental Health, Acute Psychiatry, Sports & Fitness, for seniors in long-term care facilities and as a Senior Advisor/Life Skills teacher for international students. She has also undertaken the role as an Evening Program Coordinator for Youth-At-Risk at a not-for-profit organization. Through these work experiences, Pamela has become an inspiring speaker at private and public events at schools, conferences, colleges and universities.

Pamela is quite active in volunteer work including volunteering at parliament where she spent time with MPs and Senators on legislation. Pamela Ross has since become a strong voice for legislation and influencing public policy. Other volunteering endeavours on the Hamilton Mountain have been at findhope.tv, GEMS girls club, The Heart & Stroke Foundation and others.

Pamela currently works in Design and also as a Financial Representative educating families on how to become well protected, debt free & financially independent.

Pamela is passionate about freedom, safety, fiscal government responsibility and topics surrounding family. She is an excellent communicator who effectively connects people and cultures together to deliver positive change. Her combined experiences, energy & drive, make her an effective voice for the people, for such a time as this in Canada.

Michael Le Page - Business Marketing, 1984

2010 Business Recipient

Michael Le Page

President and Founder of Maple Ridge Community Management Ltd., Michael Le Page has served the condominium industry since 1984 with a customer service, leading edge approach.

Tried, tested, true and proven, Maple Ridge employs over 75 people and the team has collectively carved a place in the industry. Named the 2009 ACMO Corporate Member of the Year, they are proud knowing their firm has been recognized for its efforts.

Graduating from Mohawk College's Marketing program in 1984. This program provided Michael with a very sound base of business understanding. At Mohawk Michael grew as an individual crossing the bridge of adolescence into adulthood and developed personal goals and targets which have fueled him throughout his career.

In his own words..." I was fortunate to have many great teachers who challenged and inspired me while attending Mohawk College. I left Mohawk on the Thursday before Easter and started my career in Toronto on the following Easter Monday. I left confident, ambitious and ready to take on the world. 25 years later, I would return to Mohawk as a student once again. In our industry there is a designation called Registered Condominium Manager and in recognition of my vast experience the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario was prepared to exempt me from the courses. However, as I would have staff following me through the courses I decided to enrol enabling me to understand the curriculum first hand. Needless to say, the courses were enjoyable, although attending Mohawk to write each of the exams and the final did bring back a feeling of trepidation that I had not felt in a quarter of a century. I now teach these same courses to my aspiring property managers."

Without a doubt, Mohawk served Michael well for a second time, and now will serve many members of his team enhancing their career through learning.

Kelly Ann Pauly - Computer Systems Technology, 1982

2010 Technology Recipient

Kelly Ann Pauly

A Mohawk College graduate of the Computer Systems Technology program, Kelly Ann Pauly has worked for ArcelorMittal Dofasco for 23 years. Her position as Senior Business Specialist and Project Manager, IT Infrastructure Services gives her the responsibility of delivering quality projects, on scope, on schedule and within budget for ArcelorMittal Information Technology organizations spanning Canada, USA, Mexico, South America and across the globe.

Mohawk College started to directly contribute to career achievements long before graduation due to the offering of co-op work terms throughout her 3 years at Mohawk. Upon graduation, one year of accumulated computer science experience led to a full-time job at Canada Systems Group.

As time progressed, opportunities arose for business-oriented and leadership positions. The Computer Systems Technology program included business and soft-skill courses which resulted in a well-rounded foundation of knowledge to grow and pursue these non-technical interests.

Kelly Ann's community involvement has included being on the school council for St. Clare School and Orchard Park Secondary for the past 14 years. She has volunteered for 10 years with Lois Laxton's Dance Studio.

Additionally, Kelly Ann is currently the Senior Vice President at the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Lakeshore Chapter. She was instrumental in forming a partnership between PMI and the Robert Land Community Association to implement a global award winning project to obtain the North Hamilton “Voice of Community” input and to produce the Robert Land’s strategic plan. This project provided global recognition of Hamilton, Ontario with presentation of the “Community Advancement Through Project Management” award in Washington, DC.Kelly Ann's community involvement has included being on the school council for St. Clare School and Orchard Park Secondary for the past 14 years. She has volunteered for 10 years with Lois Laxton's Dance Studio. Additionally, Kelly Ann is currently a Director at the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Lakeshore Chapter. She was instrumental in forming a partnership between PMI and the Robert Land Community Association to implement a global award winning project to obtain the North Hamilton “Voice of Community” input and to produce the Robert Land’s strategic plan.

Nancy Hemrica - Nursing, 1979

2010 Health Sciences Recipient

Nancy Hemrica

Nancy graduated from Mohawk College in 1979 as a registered nurse. She began working at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. She returned to Canada after almost a year and then began working at the Hamilton General Hospital in the ICU. She has always been a very dedicated and compassionate RN and worked in this unit until 2003, when she became the Organ and Tissue Donation Coordinator with Trillium Gift of Life. In this role, Nancy has continued to develop her communication and leadership skills and has become involved in numerous personal and professional growth activities, both with Trillium and with Hamilton Health Sciences.

Nancy completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ryerson University in 2007. Personally, she is married to a registered nurse and has 3 children.

Nancy took up the position of Organ & Tissue Donation Coordinator in 2003 when Trillium Gift-of-Life was still in its infancy and this type of role was new to Ontario hospitals. Nancy initially met with significant resistance to her role and to the practice of organ donation in general. However, Nancy worked tirelessly to educate people about the importance of organ & tissue donation, not only for the recipients whose lives could be saved, but also for the donor families. Nancy has opened many people’s eyes to the fact that organ donation always occurs within the context of a devastating loss, but that giving families the opportunity to fulfill the last wishes of their loved ones to donate their organs can provide solace in the midst of tragedy. Nancy’s unwavering commitment to patient- and family-centred care has enabled her to overcome the initial resistance she encountered. In only three years HHS has become the leading donation site in the province and in Canada. Nancy has received wonderful support from the HHS leadership for her role, however, it is the integrity and compassion she exercises in every encounter with donor families that has won people over and made this remarkable achievement for HHS possible. Most of the kidneys donated at HHS stay within our community, enabling Hamiltonians to become free from dialysis and the crippling effects of organ failure. Thus her efforts have had a direct and measurable positive impact on the health of our community.

Nancy has a caring and positive approach to patient- and family-centered care and is a strong patient advocate, always looking for ways to provide care that results in quality patient outcomes. She works well independently as well as collaboratively within a multidisciplinary health care team; she always provides safe and ethical care and exercises decision-making that is appropriate within her scope of practice. She works autonomously and adheres to nursing’s code of ethics and standards of practice. Additionally, she acts as an informal leader and consistently role models the professional values of nursing.

Nancy works with various community groups including the Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Catholic Women’s League. Additionally, she voluntarily speaks with groups at local high schools in an attempt to broaden education and interest in organ donation. She has also been a guest speaker in Mohawk’s continuing education classes (Critical Care, Module 1).

Nancy was nominated for and received the Hamilton Health Sciences Cornerstone Award in 2008. She was also nominated for the Nightingale Award in 2008. HHS also received the provincial award of excellence donation activity in 2007.

In October of 2012 Nancy was given a new opportunity to join McMaster Children’s Hospital and help to develop a Pediatric Palliative Care Program there. It is a wonderful opportunity for MCH to develop a palliative program that meets the international recognized gold standard of care and is an incredible chance for me to once again be a part of developing a program that supports patients and families at end of life; an area she is most passionate about.

Linda Marshall - Early Childhood Education, 1982

2010 Community Services Recipient

Linda Marshall

Linda Marshall graduated from Mohawk College's Early Childhood Education in 1982, and 28 years later she enjoys a successful career at Mohawk College. In 1982, she started her professional career at the College as a Resource Teacher for the Early Childhood Education program. In the years to come her career path took her to positions such as Program Manager, E.C.E. Corporate Services Officer, Director Public & Media Relations and Special Events to her current role as Director Annual & Planned Giving, Director Special Projects in Human Resources and to her current role, Director Special Projects in Student Services.

Linda's career achievements stem from her passion for education and community development. Her accomplishments are extensive from building a very successful United Way Campaign at Mohawk to uniting the Hillfield Strathallan College Board with Alumni.

Linda is active in her community as the Past President of Volunteer Hamilton and currently working on a new initiative with United Way; Women’s Leadership Council. Linda is currently a Board of Governor at Mohawk College.

Linda and her family spearheaded a fundraising campaign in honour of their late father, which resulted in the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation Centre at Mohawk College's Stoney Creek Campus.

Mohawk has provided Linda with the perfect platform to nourish her passions for her community and for students.

Jim Tatti - Communications Arts, 1976

2010 Creative Arts & Design Recipient

Jim Tatti

A proud graduate of the Communication Arts Program, Jim has had a 42 year Hall of Fame career as a Broadcaster in both Radio and TV. Jim was a pioneer with Global TV as the popular host for 23 years of “Sportsline”; Canada’s first half hour sports highlights show, which became the gold standard in sports television.

Currently, Jim is with TSN Radio in Hamilton. He hosts Tatti and Louie B 4-7 weekdays on TSN 1150 Hamilton while Hosting Pre game and post game and half time shows for Ticats Football on TSN 1150 Hamilton and Pre and Post and between periods for Maple Leaf Hockey On TSN1050/1150 and the Leafs radio network. He is also a Part-Time Instructor Mohawk College.

42 years as a Broadcaster (Radio & TV). Jim is recognized by his peers as a pioneer plus one of the best and most influential Sports Broadcasters in Canada. He hired and mentored more than 75 careers in the Industry.

Sports Director of Global Television Network (Ontario) and Host of “Sportsline”; Canada’s first half hour sports highlights show (the gold standard in sports television). A generation of fans tuned in daily at 11:30 p.m. to watch/listen to this “one of a kind” show. Jim interviewed the biggest names in sports (hockey, football, baseball, soccer, golf, auto racing, basketball, etc) as well as providing insights and commentary at a time when this format did not exist at any other station in the country (note: this show preceded the Internet, ESPN,TSN, Sportsnet, etc.) and at a time when people could watch a very limited number of TV stations (less than 10 in Hamilton including CHCH). This highly rated show existed and thrived for an unprecedented period of time (23 years) in one of the largest markets in North America. It was the fast paced and, at times, impromptu delivery that gave “Sportsline” its signature that was unparalleled in local sports broadcasting (ahead of its time). With a great supporting cast, Jim was the face of the show and longest serving contributor.

Jim was a host on Global TV for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Jr. A. Hockey, The Molson Indy (4 years) and a primetime Super Bowl Special (4 years). For many years, Jim hosted a show prior to the live coverage of The Masters Golf Tournament.

Jim’s impressive career included stints in Simcoe (CHNR), Hamilton (Sports Director at CHAM), ATV/CJCH in Halifax (Sports Director), The Fan in Toronto (on air Host) ,The NHL Network and “NHL Home Ice” on XM Satellite Radio where he co-hosted a daily show with NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito. To add to Jim’s impressive career, Jim was also inducted into the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame, Builders category, May 29th 2018.

Brandy Gowling - Small Business Management, 1992

2010 Entrepreneur Recipient

Brandy Gowling

Brandy Gowling has done everything from selling makeup door to door at age 16 to running a driving school at 20. Today, she is helping people with Take Control Cosmedix, which combines her amazing makeup artistry skills with camouflage therapy products to combat skin disorders including burns, scars and skin cancer. Gowling's endless drive to educate and help people look and feel their best resulted in her founding the The Makeup Source 12 years ago. Now she is focused on the medical side of the industry with Take Control Cosmedix and developing more innovative concepts. Brandy is highly involved in the community volunteering at multiple organizations. Brandy has also received many awards for her hard work in contributing to the community and creating a successful business.

Brandy Gowling's endless drive to educate and help people look and feel their best resulted in her founding the The Makeup Source. Now she is focused on the medical side of the industry with Take Control Cosmedix and developing more innovative concepts. Recently Brandy and her company Take Control Cosmedix opened their doors to the public with the launch of a new camouflage therapy clinic, located in the Hamilton Hospitals Assessment Centre. This new facility offers private consultation and exam rooms, a training session boardroom and a lab for ongoing research and development.

Consistently devoting her personal time to those in need, in 2004 Brandy teamed with a special effects expert to create the first mini-prosthesis for a skin cancer survivor. In 2007 Brandy was named one of Mohawk College’s Incredible 40 at 40. Recently, in 2009 Brandy was featured on a 100 Huntley Street segment “What I do,” where she demonstrated how she uses prosthetics and make-up to hide imperfections on people’s skin often caused by cancer, burns or skin disorders with no cures.

Brandy's extensive volunteer work include being a guest speaker and conducting workshops at various organizations and providing camouflage therapy free of charge to those with true financial need.

“People come in so torn and so sad and their self-esteem is so low and it’s really hard for them to face life because they know they have to get up and do it again everyday. That’s why the company is called Take Control, because people can take the tools and the stuff that I teach them and take control of their own lives and their own self-esteem.”