Alumni Stories

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Connecting Hamilton through event planning

By Meaghan Drury ‘12 and Lynn Matisz ‘13 While working the Hamilton-area comedy circuit, Broadcasting-Radio grad Matthew Surina ’08 got an idea. He could use the connections he was developing and the knowledge he was obtaining to create his own event management business.

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Alumnus volunteers to keep patients well-coiffed despite shutdowns

Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, amid the statistics and challenges we have heard about in the news, there have also been many stories about how people are making a positive difference. Many Mohawk College alumni have been among the quiet army of people...

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Prepared for nursing

By Meaghan Drury ’12 and Lynn Matisz ‘13 When considering his career choices, Carter Rudge ’18 knew two things for sure. First, he wanted to work with people and second, he didn’t want to work in an office. Influenced by his aunt who worked as a nurse when he was younger and went on to become a doct...

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Alumni in the News

Committed to colleagues during a health crisis

August 20, 2020 - We have all heard reports of the stress that Personal Support Workers and other healthcare workers were under when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Canada. Taffi Lauzon ’05, an attendant with AbleLiving Services working at Mistywood Shared Living home in Hamilton, was dealing with that stress as she worked to care for her residents in fast-changing uncertain days. Read more of Taffi's story


Nursing grad discovers niche caring for her grandmother - In the news

July 30, 2020 - Mohawk College Practical Nursing alumnus Gina Vieira ('01) has found a new professional focus in her nursing career, caring for patients in palliative care. The Brantford Expositor published an article exploring the personal story that brought Gina to this point.


Business Admin alumnus making waves in Tobermory - In the news

July 24, 2020 - Mohawk alumnus Michael Goman, who graduated from Business Administration in 1977, has had a long and successful career that has taken him all over North America but his summers have always involved Tobermory, Ontario. The Hamilton Spectator recently published an article highlighting the Stoney Creek native's recent ambitious business venture in Ontario's playground.


Mohawk alumnus on her debut album - In the news

July 22, 2020 - Mohawk alumnus Carissa Kimbell ('09 Applied Music Preparatory, '12 Applied Music), now living in Nelson, BC, recently launched her first album and was interviewed by the Nelson Star for a feature article. "Kimbell specialized in jazz during her four years of music education at Hamilton’s Mohawk College, but when she began work on Like Water she wanted to find her own voice."   


The joy of 'building and creating' helps O'Hearn achieve dream career

June 30, 2020 - Twenty-one-year-old Kate O’Hearn (Construction Engineering Technician-Building Renovation, '19) has always tried “to walk my own path” and perhaps that is why she already holds a supervisory position in the construction industry.

Of course, she also acknowledges the considerable help, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration she has received along her career journey from family members, teachers, colleagues, and other women in the construction industry.

Kate, a Celebration of Learning award recipient, was recently featured in Daily Commercial News in a segment published about women in the construction industry.