Volunteer

    Values & Beliefs

    Values 

    Inclusion | Integrity | Excellence | Connection | Lifelong Learning

    Mohawk College believes

    • Alumni volunteers are valued partners of the Mohawk College community
    • Alumni volunteer contributions enrich learning, inspire, and support students in becoming future ready
    • Diversity among our alumni is a strength and is reflected in our volunteer base. Mohawk College commits to ensuring an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for all volunteers
    • Meaningful volunteer opportunities enhance the personal and professional skills of Mohawk graduates and deepen their connection to the college
    • Alumni are ambassadors of the college and their lifelong engagement with the college contributes to its advancement

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Learn about the ways you can get involved as an alumni volunteer.

    Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form to let us know which positions interest you. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Matisz, Alumni Coordinator, at lynn.matisz [at] mohawkcollege.ca or 905-870-2307.

    Alumni Advisory Council

    The Council act as ambassadors, advisors and decision-makers to inform programming and services offered to graduates by Alumni Relations and the College

    Meet the Alumni Council members

    Position description

    Purpose

    Provide advice, support, insight and recommendations on the engagement of alumni by Alumni Relations and the College

    Key Responsibilities

    • Ambassadors: engaging and connecting alumni, promoting and participating in events, act as a brand representative, share expertise
    • Advisors: share perspectives, experiences and insights and feedback from alumni, provide advice and recommendations on strategy, initiatives, events, partnerships and opportunities, support the development and delivery of benefit and services programs
    • Decision Makers: provide input into the recruitment of new members, ensure new members receive orientation, training and mentor support, review, discuss and provide feedback on annual work plan
       

    Benefits

    • Play an important role in shaping programming for fellow alumni
    • Build your network and participate in activities that enhance personal and professional development
    • Reconnect with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater
       

    Qualification(s)

    • Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program
    • Please note the following:
      • Council membership will be 12-15 members including staff from College Leadership, Alumni Relations, the Mohawk Students’ Association and the Mohawk College Foundation
      • The Council will maintain a diversity of membership to ensure broad and meaningful representation that reflects the diversity of Mohawk College alumni
      • Council members can apply or be recruited
      • The term for members is 2 years. Members can service three consecutive two year terms for a total of six years maximum
      • There are opportunities for participation in Council leadership
      • Any vacancies shall be filled with input from other members and Mohawk College staff


    Time Commitment

    • Minimum of four meetings per year at dates, times and places that are agreed upon by the Council and the College (currently taking place virtually)
    • Attend and actively participate in the Mohawk College Alumni Association Annual Retreat
    • Attend the Alumni of Distinction Awards
    • Participate in a minimum of 2 additional Alumni events per year
       

    Orientation and Training

    • New Council members will receive an orientation package with background on the College's strategic plan, the Alumni Relations team and history of the Association
    • New Council members will attend a welcome meeting with the Director of Alumni Relations and Chair of the Council

    Young Alumni Advisory Committee

    The newly formed committee is comprised of recent graduates and serves to enhance programming for young alumni

    Position description

    Purpose

    Provide feedback and input on Alumni Relations activities and initiatives that relate to and impact young alumni

    Key Responsibilities

    The Young Alumni Advisory Committee members have two key roles:

    • Advisors:
      • Provide advice to the Alumni Advisory Council and the Alumni Relations Office on young alumni programming and engagement activities
      • Strive to represent young alumni from across campus to ensure diversity
      • Offer a unique alumni perspective to ensure that Alumni Relations’ programs and services are sensitive to the needs and interests of current young alumni.
    • Ambassadors: 

      • Actively participate in alumni engagement events and activities

      • Create a culture of philanthropy by providing students opportunities to give back to Mohawk

    The Committee is coordinated by the Alumni Coordinator, Career Transition and Development.

    Benefits

    • Play an important role in shaping programming for fellow young alumni
    • Build your network and participate in activities that enhance personal and professional development
    • Stay connected with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater


    Qualification(s)

    • Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program within the last ten years
    • Please note the following:
      • The Committee will maintain a diversity of membership to ensure broad and meaningful representation that reflects the diversity of Mohawk College alumni
      • Committee members can apply or be recruited by Alumni Relations
      • Each member will be appointed for a 2 year term and may be re-appointed for another 2 year term
      • Committee membership will be 8-10 members
      • A representative of the Mohawk Alumni Advisory Council will chair the Committee
      • Any vacancies throughout the year shall be filled with input from other members.


    Time Commitment

    • Minimum of four meetings per year at dates, times and places that are agreed upon by the Committee and the College (currently taking place virtually)
    • Additional meetings or activities may be called as required, and task forces may be developed as determined


    Orientation and Training

    • New Committee members will receive background materials from the Alumni Coordinator - Career Transition and Development 
    • New Committee members will attend a welcome meeting with the Alumni Coordinator - Career Transition and Development and Co-Chairs

    Alumni Guest Speaker or Panel Member

    Support students as they prepare for life after graduation by speaking in a classroom, participating on a grad panel, or providing mentorship 

    Position description

    Purpose

    Provide support to Mohawk College students interested in learning more about the industry of their studies and the diverse career journeys of graduates

    Key Responsibilities

    • Correspond with Mohawk College staff or faculty about the event date, format and expectations as a guest speaker/panelist
    • Prepare speaking points to highlight your career and advice you want to share with new graduates transitioning into the workforce
    • Speak about your experiences and lessons learned throughout your career
    • Assist in answering student questions as required
       

    Benefits

    • Give back to the community and inspire future professionals in your industry
    • A professional development opportunity to enhance public speaking and mentorship skills
    • Reconnect with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater
       

    Qualification(s)

    Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program

    Time Commitment

    One day commitment varying from 0.5 to 2 hours in length

    Orientation and Training

    • Prior to the event, volunteers will receive an event agenda and be briefed by Mohawk College staff or faculty on the target audience and the discussion questions or focus for your speaking
    • Volunteers will receive information on accessing campus or tips on using the online platform Zoom as well as additional technical training and support as requested

    Webinar/Workshop Presenter

    Present or lead a session to share your expertise in career development or personal development with fellow graduates and students

    Position description

    Purpose

    Share your knowledge and provide valuable insight on a topic related to personal development or career development in a webinar for Mohawk graduates and students

    Key Responsibilities

    • Correspond and collaborate with Mohawk College Alumni Relations staff about an agreed upon date, format and expectations as a volunteer presenter
    • Prepare any materials and speaking points necessary to carry out your presentation, i.e. PowerPoint
    • Share your materials in advance with the Alumni Relations representative
    • Arrive 10 minutes early to the virtual event to test audio and video
    • Provide insights on chosen theme and topic through your presentation
    • Assist in answering participant questions as required
       

    Benefits

    • Give back to the community and share your knowledge on an area of expertise
    • A professional development opportunity to enhance public speaking skills
    • Reconnect with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater
       

    Qualification(s)

    • Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program
    • Lived experience or volunteer/work experience in chosen theme of webinar
       

    Time Commitment

    • Preparation of presentation and materials up to 4 hours
    • Webinar or workshop presentation varying from 0.5 to 2 hours in length
       

    Orientation and Training

    • Prior to the event, volunteers will receive an event outline and be briefed by an Alumni Relations representative on specifics such as the target audience, timing and other logistics
    • Volunteers will receive tips on using the online platform Zoom as well as additional technical training and support as requested

    Event Support

    Do you enjoy the excitement of an event and meeting new people? Opportunities to volunteer at virtual and in-person Alumni events are available throughout the year

    Learn more about Alumni events

    Position description

    Purpose

    Work as a team in providing day-of support at an Alumni event to facilitate an enjoyable experience for participants 

    Key Responsibilities

    • Correspond with Mohawk College Alumni Relations staff about event details and responsibilities specific to supporting the respective event
    • Arrive on-site at the venue or access the virtual event platform promptly
    • Provide support with logistics such as set-up and teardown, registration/check-in, greeting and directing participants, and/or supporting students in workshops
    • Events include:
      • Convocation ceremonies - every February, June and October
      • Alumni Nine & Dine - the first Friday in June
      • The Alumni of Distinction Awards Celebration - takes place in October 
      • Mohawk Super Saturday alumni weekend - the first Saturday in November
      • CareerReady by Alumni workshops (currently virtual) 
         

    Benefits

    • Give back to your community and build your network
    • Enhance your skills interpersonal communication and event coordination 
    • Stay connected with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater
       

    Qualification(s)

    • Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program
    • Current Mohawk College student 
       

    Time Commitment

    One day commitment, typically between 1 hour to 6 hours

    Orientation and Training

    • Volunteers will receive an event outline and be briefed by an Alumni Relations representative on details such as the event agenda, parking, dress code etc.
    • If applicable, volunteers will receive tips on using the online platform Zoom as well as additional technical training and support as requested
    • Prior to the event start, volunteers will receive instructions on their role specific to the event and directed on to approach with questions

    Reunion Class Connector

    Class Connectors act as the main contact for their virtual or in-person reunion, planning communications with classmates and coordinating logistics

    Learn more about reunions

    Position description

    Purpose

    Organize, plan and execute a reunion with classmates, team or club members with support from the Alumni Office 

    Key Responsibilities

    • Act as the primary contact to your classmates and to a representative from the Alumni Office
    • Assemble an organizing committee if you wish
    • Determine the date, time and type of reunion (virtual, in-person)
    • Determine when and how invitations will be distributed, and whether the Alumni Office will assist
    • Coordinate activities associated with the reunion and communicate with classmates
    • Contact the Alumni Office after the event with updated contact information of participating alumni, a small write up about the reunion and photos to use in Alumni publications
       

    The Alumni Office is here to help and can provide the following support:

    • Event planning advice to the Class Connector and organizing committee
    • Provide a class list with contact information upon signing a confidentiality agreement
    • Distribute an invitation by email
    • Assist with setting up a virtual platform. The Alumni Office can host your reunion on a premium Zoom account and provide virtual backgrounds if you wish
    • Provide welcoming remarks from the Alumni Office
    • Provide Alumni swag and draw prizes
    • Feature photos of your reunion on social media, the alumni website, and in our InTouch magazine (if timing is applicable)
       

    Benefits

    • Reminisce, share memories and catch up with classmates 
    • Reconnect with the Mohawk College community and your alma mater
       

    Qualification(s)

    Mohawk College graduate of a full-time, certificate or apprenticeship program

    Time Commitment

    • Time commitment will vary based on the type of reunion and whether an organizing committee is assembled
    • It is recommended that planning for a reunion begins at least three months in advance to allow time for communications and planning 


    Orientation and Training

    • The Alumni Office will provide a reunion planning toolkit to assist with your planning and offer support as listed under Key Responsibilities 

    Other Opportunities

    • Share your career story - Alumni Relations proudly features graduate stories on the Alumni website, in monthly newsletters and in our bi-annual In Touch magazine. If you are interested in being highlighted, please contact alumni [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Share%20my%20career%20story) .
    • Program Advisory Committees - A committee of professionals who work closely with each academic area to ensure student and graduate success. Learn more about Program Advisory Committees.
    • Provide Student Experiential Learning - Mohawk College’s programs offer a variety of work-integrated learning opportunities, including co-op and unpaid placements (field, practicum, and clinical). Learn more about becoming an employer partner.
    • Internal Alumni Engagement Committee - This committee comprised of Mohawk College employees is focused on better serving the college’s engagement and philanthropic goals while enhancing collaborative partnerships. Learn more about Internal Alumni Engagement Committee.
       

    Alumni Volunteer Stories 

    two Golden Grads looking at a yearbook

    Earle Pacquin: Tour down memory lane

    Graduates of the 1970 and 1971 class of the Textiles program recently reunited to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of their graduation. 

    Racheal Inyang

    Racheal Inyang: The path to automating systems

    Getting a job in your field before you have graduated is the dream. A dream that few achieve.

    Anne Cahill

    Anne Cahill: Finding community in an unexpected place

    There is an event in September that Anne Cahill ’77 looks forward to every year. It is the BRIGHT Run.

     

       

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