For always going above and beyond for students, David Smillie is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. David has been working with Mohawk’s third-year journalism students to teach them how to live-stream coverage of events. Recently, David spent an entire weekend with the students at Hamilton Comic Con to ensure they had the best learning experience possible. He guided them through logistical, technical and storytelling issues so that they could learn this new skill. Afterward, the students were engaged, enthusiastic and ready to show off their new skills. Many reported that it was one of the best experiences they have had at Mohawk. www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For everything she does to help people with their marketing and advertising needs, Tina Zalac-Dimech is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Tina is an effective communicator and never fails to give a clear and timely response to colleagues looking for guidance on all things related to marketing and advertising. Her cheerful and helpful manner while navigating extremely complicated and busy waters and meeting hard deadlines for a wide range of stakeholders is always appreciated and leaves people feeling confident that their needs are being met in an efficient and timely fashion. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For being a great collaborator, always thinking outside the box, making great connections and using the phrase, "Let's get crunchy with it", Dave Santi is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Since joining Mohawk in 2017, Dave has had a profound impact on the college. He is a collaborative leader who makes sure everyone’s voice gets heard. Never short on ideas, Dave is always thinking outside the box about what could be, and he isn’t afraid to push the envelope. If an idea is good, “Let’s get crunchy with it,” is Dave’s way of saying that it’s time to make it happen. And if you need help doing it, chances are he knows who to call. Dave’s strong connections to local industry help to ensure the college continues to serve the best interests of students, employers and the community. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
Level 3 Electrical Technology Class
The 20 students in the Level 3 Electrical Apprenticeship program at the Marshall School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship demonstrated the true meaning of a hero as they came together to save the life of Mohawk faculty member, Jason Wilson. On November 7, 2018, Jason Wilson collapsed in the PLC lab. Jason’s students immediately jumped into action, beginning CPR. The students also contacted emergency services and made sure someone was there to meet the ambulance upon arrival and direct them to where Jason was as quickly as possible. Their quick and decisive action saved Jason’s life, and for this they truly are heroes to everyone at Mohawk, and especially to Jason and his family. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For always being there when a colleague needs an answer to a question, Tracey Knowles is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Tracey is the go-to person for all the answers at The Square. No matter how busy she is, Tracey finds time to help make our student's experience the best it can be. She is always kind, helpful and thorough. One of her colleagues writes: “Tracey has definitely made my experience as a new employee at Mohawk great. I really appreciate all the times she has spent with me to answer questions about accounts, or explain where to go for more information. Because of her, The Square runs smoothly and efficiently.” Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For giving 110% in every day, in every element of her job, Shirley Kuta is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Shirley oversee the transcript process at the college. When current or former students ask for a transcript, it’s Shirley’s job to make sure they receive it. No matter how far back the requests go (years or even decades), Shirley will use every resource available to ensure the student receives the information they need; microfiche, old catalogs or even going through boxes of old registration documents. She is always available, especially when the request is urgent, and goes out of her way to make sure it is completed, not just on time, but ahead of time. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For always going above and beyond for International students, Maria John is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. As an International Coach at the college’s Stoney Creek campus, Maria works closely with students on a one-to-one basis to make sure that their needs are met and any issues are resolved. She is always supportive of her colleagues, and never shies away from additional work. One example of this is her work with the International Peer Mentor program, which she oversees in addition to her day-to-day work. Maria is always positive, and she never seeks recognition for all of the amazing work she does. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
Beyond Sue MacKay returning Scantron results very fast every time, she jumps at at opportunities to be more helpful, without being asked. Sue offers to go the extra mile to settle confusion about student grades, fix mistakes made by professors and is always looking to ensure complete accuracy. When errors occur, she proactively re-runs the scans and lets you know she has found problems and corrected them for you. Again, no request is too much for her and she jumps to help. For these reasons and more Sue is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
In 6 short months Art Domenicucci has been instrumental in moving his department towards positive change and growth. His approach is very collaborative and he uses logic and good business sense, always keeping the success of the students and integrity of the programs at the forefront of his decision-making. If Art disagrees with a particular view, he does so respectfully and you always understand why. Art knows the strengths of his team and sees value in every person’s role. He inspires confidence and trust amongst his employees, and is always genuine in his delivery of appreciation. He takes an interest in his employee’s career goals, offering learning opportunities to support their endeavours and encouraging them to strive for excellence. It’s no wonder so many Associate Dean’s and other managers looked to him for guidance and direction. As busy as he is, he always offers to help. Art possess all the great leadership qualities of decisiveness, humility, empowerment and the list goes on. Even after retirement, he continues to give back to the college returning to offer his extensive knowledge and expertise to multiple academic areas. For these reasons and more Art is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For everything she does to support Mohawk students Louisa Drost is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. During her time at Mohawk, Louisa has provided leadership and direction to a number of department including Counselling (personal, academic, career), Accessible Learning Services (Counsellors, Officers, Learning Skills, Adaptive and Assistive Technology), and Health Education/Promotion – all in an effort to ensure the college provides the services and supports students need to succeed. From the moment she arrived at the college six years ago, Louisa became a driving force behind Mohawk’s renewed focus on wellness to create a ‘healthy campus community’. Since then, Louisa has provided leadership to some new, innovative college-wide student wellness initiatives, including Mental Health in Motion. She has also been instrumental in the development of awareness and prevention programming related to sexual assault and violence, and a variety of wellness education programming related to the Wellness4U team. These initiatives have proven to be highly successful – engaging students, staff and faculty in new and proactive peer-to-peer style awareness campaigns. Louisa is always kind, supportive and approachable., and her ability to connect with others on an emotional level is incredible. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For going out of his way to make people celebrated and valued, Jay Robb is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Jay has been the chief storyteller at Mohawk for 13 years. Whether it’s a speech or a media pitch, he knows his audience and he knows what matters to them. One of Jay’s favourite quotes is from Mary Angelou who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Jay makes people feel that they are appreciated and that they matter to the college. As Mohawk’s primary spokesperson for several years, Jay has been the face and voice of Mohawk through the good times and the bad. No matter what the news is, he always puts students first. Jay leaves Mohawk on November 24 for a new position with the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. We thank him for everything he has done for Mohawk, and we wish him well. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For always putting the College's best foot forward whether it is from a publications perspective, tours, community relations and events inside and outside the college, Regina Foisey is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Regina is always being pulled in many directions, often at the last minute, and no matter how challenging the deadline or difficult it will be to achieve the best outcome, Regina does it with professionalism and a positive, collaborative and supportive approach. Whether it’s organizing a last-minute tour of The Joyce Centre, developing the highest quality print materials or managing multiple partners with very specific needs, Regina is a driving force behind the ongoing positive reputation building for the college. There are many examples of how Regina has gone above and beyond for Mohawk such as the many events with media and our community for the recent opening of The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation and other successful opportunities with stakeholders on campus. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
Rebekah Braun, Amy Cook, Karen Bacher, Jeff Rankine and Evan DiValentino
For making a new, first time instructor feel welcomed and supported, Rebekah Braun, Amy Cook, Karen Bacher, Jeff Rankine and Evan DiValentino are Mohawk College Everyday Heroes. Rebekah, Amy, Karen, Jeff and Evan do an amazing job of providing new instructors with everything they need to succeed in their courses. This is a team cares about the students and instructor needs. They are always positive, responsive and flexible no matter how busy they are. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For giving 100% to her job every single day and continually going above and beyond what is expected, Kate Flynn is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Kate is always willing to go the extra mile to help her staff, provide guidance, and teach those around her. Though she is new to her role, Kate has taken on her responsibilities with ease and her passion and dedication to making the college more sustainable is infectious. She strives to make impactful changes and is an expert at walking the talk. Always open to others suggestions, she creates an atmosphere where questions, learning, and ideas are encouraged and nurtured to build confidence and success in those around her.. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making Mohawk College a great place to work Debbie Kendal is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Debbie helped created an assistant's group, mapping out academic calendars, and creating processes and systems to support new Associate Deans. "Some talk to you in their free time, and some free their time to talk to you."—Debbie is known for creating a nurturing and caring environment. She is leader and many staff and faculty look to her as someone they can trust to listen and offer words of wisdom when needed. A solutions-focused problem solver, Debbie is always helping to resolve numerous day-to-day issues for students, staff, admin, and faculty. And through a number of Associate Deans over the past few years, Debbie has provided stability and consistency for her department in collaboration with other support staff and faculty. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making a great impression on more than 450 local high school students and community members, Katherine Shirton is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Katherine led the planning, promotion and execution of the first-ever Music Career Day this past May. The event drew more than 450 high school students and community members from Peel, Haldimand, Brant County, Niagara and Hamilton. Music Career Day was an opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals through panels, workshops and presentations. The feedback was outstanding with everyone commending the organizers on running such an excellent event. On the feedback forms submitted by guidance counsellors, every one of them mentioned that this was an amazing opportunity for their students. The counsellors said they`d been waiting a long time for an event that offered students exposure to the various avenues in the music industry. Music Career Day helped to promote Mohawk’s two music programs and the City of Hamilton. It also highlighted all that we as a college have to offer students.
For delivering outstanding customer service, driving innovation and living the college’s core values, Rob Morrallee is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Rob joined Mohawk in 2012 and serves as the college’s Manager of Parking, ONE Card and Printing Services. Rob leads a team that issues over 40,000 ONE Cards annually, manages more than 3,000 long-term and 10,000 event and short-term parking permits and oversees a print shop and fleet of printers that make more than four million impressions a year. Mohawk’s ONE Card has won three awards for innovation among North American colleges and universities. Along with providing outstanding leadership, Rob was recognized by his colleagues for delivering exceptional service to visitors and special guests to the college. Rob was presented with his Everyday Hero Award by President Ron McKerlie and Chief Business Development and Ancillary Services Officer Troy Heath. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For setting colleagues up for success, lifelong learner Shannon Gould is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Shannon is a three-time Mohawk graduate who joined the college in 1999, working as an Information Technology Technician, Programmer Analyst, Systems and Management Information Analyst, Data Analyst and Corporate Research and Reporting Analyst. Shannon currently serves as the Manager, Business Analysis and Quality Assurance. While no longer working in the Data Analytics department, Shannon helps new staff successfully move into her former role. Shannon has documented the complex systems that underpin key college operations, including enrolment audits and grad clearing. Along with organizing departmental gatherings and team-building activities, Shannon introduced Treat Fridays, where staff take turns bringing in snacks for co-workers. Shannon has served on Mohawk’s Board of Governors as the Support Staff representative and is currently completing her Master of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Shannon was presented with her Everyday Hero Award by President Ron McKerlie, Interim Chief Information Officer Kim Watkins and Vice President Corporate Services Alison Horton. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For always keeping students top of mind, the Scheduling Team, managed by Leslie Keeping, are Mohawk College Everyday Heros. This team is constantly balancing capacity issues, faculty requirements and increasing enrolment to ensure students have a classroom and a professor for each of their courses - without timetable conflicts and in alignment with College policy. The team is always a pleasure to work with and encourages an atmosphere of collaboration and support. They are a great example of how nurturing strong relationships can make a difference in every day work. Thanks Scheduling Team - You make a very big difference in our world! Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making sure the college always looks its best, Maggie Makar is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Maggie joined Mohawk in the summer of 2016 and serves as a graphic designer with Marketing and Creative Services. Maggie designs everything from billboards in the community and wall wraps at the college to print and digital advertising, magazines, brochures, logos and student communications. Maggie is recognized for consistently turning out great work and being a pleasure to collaborate with while she meets urgent requests and juggles multiple projects for colleagues from across the college. Maggie was presented with her Everyday Hero Award during a Student Services Professional Development Day by VP Wayne Poirier, Director of Marketing and Creative Services Katherine McCurdy and Chief Marketing and Recruitment Officer Lori Morgan. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making prospective, current and graduating students feel welcomed and appreciated, Lucy Lobodici is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Lucy joined Mohawk in 1995 and has served as a department secretary, administrative assistant and special events officer before her current role as Special Events Coordinator with Student Life. Lucy coordinates and helps run college and community events, including open houses, Destination College, citizenship ceremonies, International Education Week, Day One – College Welcome, the Mohawk Student Leadership Academy and Convocation. Last month, Lucy went above and beyond in helping with CODEfest for Grade 7 and 8 students in partnership with the Industry Education Council of Hamilton and Mohawk’s Community Access and Engagement Team. In all of her work, Lucy looks for ways to mentor students and help them achieve their full potential. Lucy was presented with her award during a Student and Alumni Services PD session by Vice President Wayne Poirier (left), Student Life Supervisor Brittany Lauton, Student Life Director Rochelle Reid and President Ron McKerlie. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For being an integral part of the Admissions Advisor team, Tammy Capone is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Tammy began working at her alma mater in 1982. Tammy was a General Clerk, Secretary, Academic Scheduling Officer, and Academic Data Officer before moving into her current role as an Admission Advisor. Over the past several months, Tammy has taken on the extra duties of colleagues who’ve been away from the college. Tammy is credited with always going above and beyond for students and bringing a positive energy to the college. Tammy was presented with her award (from left) by Student Services VP Wayne Poirier, Director of Enrolment Services and Systems Deborah Calarco, Registrar Fred Nickner and President Ron McKerlie during a professional development day for Student Services. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
Carmelinda Del Conte
For making a difference at the college and on curling rinks, Carmelinda Del Conte is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Carmelinda joined Mohawk in 2008 and serves as Corporate Research Analyst. Carmelinda plays a key role in ensuring Mohawk programs meet and exceed provincial quality standards. Carmelinda supports the development and review of programs by providing analysis and recommendations based on student and labour demand, enrollment and retention rates, graduation rates and other key data. Carmelinda also serves on external working groups and organizations focused on institutional research and analysis. Outside of work, Carmelinda serves on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour Board and is the Junior Development Coordinator for the Hamilton Area Curling Association, the Youth Convener for the Hamilton Victoria Curling Club and the Curling Coach at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School. Carmelinda was presented with her award by President Ron McKerlie, Interim Chief Information Officer Kim Watkins and VP Corporate Services Alison Horton. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For delivering outstanding lab-based learning to students, Fiona Winterton is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. As the Lab Coordinator, Chemical and Mechanical with Mohawk’s Chemical, Environmental and Biotechnology Department, Fiona prepares instructional materials for lab courses, answers technical questions from students, staff and faculty and provides on-demand assistance in the labs. Fiona also purchases any materials required to run the labs or items that are needed to support faculty with special projects. She also ensures the labs remain in full compliance with provincial and federal safety regulations. With a spirit of professionalism and a commitment to collaboration, Fiona supervises student employees and is the first to coordinate and participate in departmental outreach events. Fiona was presented with her Everyday Hero Award in the lab by Associate Dean George Miltenburg (left), President Ron McKerlie, Lab Technologist Prabir Biswas and Vice President Academic Paul Armstrong. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For mentoring two Engineering Technology students who were recognized with provincial honours, Nazia Pathan is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Nazia (2nd from left), a part-time professor with Mohawk's Chemical, Environmental and Biotechnology department since 2012, volunteered as the faculty advisor for Santosh Kumar Veerbadra and Jodi Turner. Santosh and Jodi organized five on-campus events to celebrate National Engineering Month and won the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists' Ontario College Student Challenge. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making memories for North Hamilton families, Cheryl Post is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Cheryl, who’s just completed her second year of Mohawk’s Advertising and Communications Media program and graduated from Fanshawe’s Photography program, volunteered her time and talent to lead a team of classmates in taking more than 50 family portraits during the annual holiday party at St. Ann’s Elementary. Cheryl also created the winter wonderland backdrop for the photo booth and edited each photo. The portraits were then framed and sent home with the children as holiday gifts. Cheryl returned to photograph all the students at St. Ann’s and Hess Street schools as they received gifts from Mohawk’s annual McKeil School of Business Toy Drive. Mohawk President Ron McKerlie dropped by The Agency at Mohawk to present Cheryl with her Everyday Hero Award. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For being the backbone of the Department of Liberal Studies, Cathy Hamilton is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. As the assistant to the department’s associate dean, Cathy is the go-to person for 102 full and part-time faculty, 11 staff and eight support staff in Liberal Studies, Communications and Language Studies, Community Integration through Co-operative Education and Career Pathways. Cathy plans and coordinates key academic-related activities, from preparing and submitting faculty workloads to generating the reports used to create workloads, class assignments and budgets. Cathy also ensures program of studies are up-to-date and runs orientation for new faculty and staff to the department. If anyone in the department has a question, Cathy knows the answer. If anyone needs help, Cathy lends a hand. Cathy joined Mohawk in May 2002 as a receptionist at the Stoney Creek campus and has served as a customer support assistant and admissions officer. Associate Dean Wiggers (left) and Dean Neil McMahon presented Cathy with her Everyday Hero award. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For consistently going above and beyond as a leader for both students and colleagues, Shelley Lang is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. A professor and program coordinator in Mohawk’s Department of Social Services and Justice Studies, Shelley has created new programs and collaborations among existing programs to give students yet another competitive edge in the job market. Shelley is especially passionate about supporting students with limitations by developing modifications and creating alternate pathways. Shelley also serves as a mentor for new and part-time faculty, freely sharing her experience and expertise. Colleagues credit Shelley with being humble, good-hearted and quick to show appreciation for others. Shelley joined Mohawk in October 1999, managing the Brantford campus athletic facility and then serving as a technologist, professor and coordinator responsible for more than 1,000 students in seven programs. President Ron McKerlie (left), Dean Neil McMahon and Associate Dean Judah Oudshoorn presented Shelley with her award. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For delivering value-added support to the Continuing Education team, Alison Wiskel is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Alison joined Mohawk in September 2015 and serves as a Financial Planning Analyst in the Financial Planning and Analysis Department. Alison helps colleagues in Academic areas with their budgeting, analytics, reporting, reviews and financial inquiries. Alison is credited with going above and beyond in supporting Mohawk’s Continuing Education team. Alison has been instrumental in analyzing the potential profitability of new CE partnerships, as well as developing a new course profitability template and a revised program costing model. Alison was presented with her Everyday Hero Award by President Ron McKerlie. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For being the consummate team player, troubleshooter and a go-to person, Lisa Arnold is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Lisa joined Mohawk in May 1986 and serves as the college's Senior Accounts Receivable Clerk. Lisa oversees all student and non-student accounts receivable, as well as sponsorships, OSAP payments, reporting and other critical tasks. Lisa is recognized for her troubleshooting skills and spirit of collaboration with teams from across the college. Lisa is involved with each and every new initiative or upgrade that has an impact on Accounts Receivable. Last fall, Lisa played an invaluable role in implementing the Province’s full tuition refund for both domestic and international students who chose to withdraw from Mohawk. Lisa (centre) was presented with her award by President Ron McKerlie and Comptroller Joanne Lack. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For her outstanding commitment and dedication to providing the highest level of service to all students and visitors at the Square, Louise Nowak is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Louise is a role model within the Registrar’s Office where she is currently working as an Admissions Advisor. She is a mentor to her team members, especially those who are new to their positions. She consistently assists in onboarding new team members, readily answering questions, and demonstrating processes, and she does it all with professionalism, genuine concern and a smile.
Louise is always willing to step up and assist when needed. Her positive outlook and calm demeanor is a tremendous asset to her team. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For helping families in need, Lina Bombardieri is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Lina joined Mohawk in 2014 as the Manager of Enrolment Services and Systems and currently serves as Manager of Registration and Scheduling. Every year, Lina, her sons and two children organize and host an annual Christmas Dinner and Comedy Show in support of the McMaster Children’s Hospital. More than 400 family and friends attend the annual fundraiser. Last year, Lina and her family raised over $15,000 in support of a new play area for the hospital’s Child and Youth Mental Health Program. To date, they have raised more than $50,000 and donated hundreds of toys for children at the hospital. Lina was presented with her Everyday Hero Award during Mohawk’s 2018 town hall by Vice President Student and Alumni Services Wayne Poirier (left), Director of Enrolment Services and Systems Deborah Calarco and Registrar Fred Nickner. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For creating a learning environment where Deaf adults thrive, Patrick Cross is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Patrick has been a professor with Mohawk’s tuition-free Academic Upgrading – Deaf Empowerment Program for more than 17 years. As Academic Coordinator, Patrick is recognized for bringing a deep understanding and appreciation for the challenges his students face as they return to school to further their education and pursue their career goals. Patrick helps Deaf adults upgrade their math, reading and writing skills, along with basic computer and employability skills. Patrick was presented with his Everyday Hero Award at Mohawk’s 2018 town hall by (from left) VP Paul Armstrong, President Ron McKerlie, Associate Dean Emily Ecker and Dean Jim Vanderveken. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For keeping Mohawk's information technology systems up and running and college data safe and secure, Andrew Frank is an Everyday Hero. As a student, Andrew did two co-op work terms at Mohawk in 2003 and 2004 and was hired full-time in 2006. Andrew currently serves as Manager of IT Security in the college’s Information Technology Division and has worked as a Helpdesk Technician, Server System Administrator and Information Security Officer. Andrew is recognized for consistently providing expert advice and sound guidance on strategic IT-related initiatives. Andrew was presented with his Everyday Hero Award during Mohawk’s 2018 town hall by Acting VP Corporate Services Tom Ferns (right). Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For saving a year’s worth of college photos and videos, Stefan Petkov is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Stefan, an Information Technology Service Desk Technician, spent three weeks going above and beyond his regular duties to painstakingly salvage files from a failing external storage drive used by Public Affairs. Without Stefan’s help, the files would’ve been permanently lost. A 2013 graduate from Mohawk, Stefan deals with urgent classroom-related technology issues, does on-call technical support during off-hours and provides backup support to the executive group. Stefan consistently provides fast and professional service in resolving hardware and software issues throughout the college. Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie (left) presented Stefan with his award during a department meeting. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For her commitment to providing outstanding customer service and for the support and dedication she shows her colleagues, Maggie Tsafaridis is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Maggie is a go-to-person for staff. Her knowledge of the Registrar’s Office and understanding of the processes involved provide her with a wealth of information which she willingness shares with her team. Maggie supports her coworkers who may be experiencing challenging situations and helps bring resolution to students who are unsure of processes, systems or policies. Maggie is always willing to help from assisting at Open House, helping to onboard new staff or assisting other departments. At Convocation Ceremonies, her calm and supportive demeanour is an asset as she coordinates the ushers, calms the nerves of the graduates, and ensures the guests experience a wonderful ceremony. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For providing outstanding leadership to students, faculty and staff, Nair Lacruz is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. As Associate Dean of Health Studies, Nair serves 65 faculty and staff who are educating nearly 1,000 students. Nair consistently goes above and beyond by keeping an open door, soliciting ideas and making sure faculty and staff have the supports and resources they need to deliver a quality education and great college experience to students. Nair has worked in support staff, faculty and administrative staff roles during her 15 years at Mohawk. She began her career with the college as a support staff member in Accessible Learning Services and then became a partial load and full-time faculty member. Nair has also served as Program Manager in Continuing Education for Interdisciplinary, Media and Creative Arts and was also Acting Associate Dean of Liberal Studies. President Ron McKerlie presented Nair with her Everyday Hero during a meeting with Associate Deans and Deans. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For being a go-to person for students and a mentor to colleagues, Brooke Malstrom is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Brooke joined Mohawk as a part-time professor in 1998, became Clinical Coordinator of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program in 2006 and then Program Coordinator in 2014. Brooke organizes open labs for students prior to their exams and books rooms and equipment for student study groups. Outside of Mohawk, Brooke is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and has served as a coach and mentor to physiotherapists for the past decade. Brooke was presented with her Everyday Hero Award during Mohawk’s 2018 townhall by School of Health Dean Lori Koziol (left) and Allied Health Associate Dean Wendy Lawson. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For making sure everything’s set up and ready to go for students and apprentices at Mohawk’s Stoney Creek campus, Gary Strong is an Everyday Hero. Gary is a Facility Services Technician who started working part-time in Mohawk’s McIntyre Theatre in 1978 before joining the Audiovisual and Media Studies departments. Gary then became a member of the Facilities team at the Fennell campus in 1994 and moved to Stoney Creek a year later. Gary can often be seen late into the evening setting up rooms for meetings and events. Gary also manages the Horticultural Technician apprenticeship program, where he maintains the inventory of tools and equipment and delivers them to off-site locations for students. Gary does his work with both a smile and a great attention to detail. Director of Facility Operations Henry Colyn (right) presented Gary with his Everyday Hero Award during Mohawk’s 2018 townhall meeting. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For going above and beyond in transforming students into job-ready graduates, Lisa Pegg is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. In her 14 years at Mohawk, Lisa has served as a Learning Strategist / Adaptive Technologist with Accessible Learning Services, Curriculum Design Specialist with the Centre for Teaching and Learning and a Professor and Program Coordinator with the McKeil School of Business. Lisa is currently the Coordinator for Mohawk’s Business Analysis Post-Graduate Certificate Program and teaches in five programs. Lisa was nominated by a recent graduate who wrote “as a past student in the Business Analysis program, my peers and I can't praise Lisa enough for her efforts. She pours her heart and soul into the success of the program and gets to know her students on a personal level. My experience in the program was wonderful. Lisa empowered and accompanied us in finding internships that would launch us in our careers as business analysts.” Lisa is also Past-Chair of the provincial Curriculum Developers Affinity Group and is coordinating the group’s 2018 annual conference. Recognize someone who's making a difference at Mohawk with an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For welcoming international students and making them feel at home at Mohawk College, recruiter Leo Barsony is an Everyday Hero. Leo retired at the end of March after 36 years of distinguished service to Mohawk. Leo was a tireless advocate and champion for international students. With common sense, humility and humour, Leo had an uncanny ability to resolve issues in ways that always put the students’ best interests at heart. Leo would have international students join his family for holiday meals and, in turn, visit with students’ families while overseas on recruitment trips. Leo demonstrated the same commitment and loyalty to his colleagues by always making time to mentor, listen and share his wealth of experience. Know someone like Leo who works at Mohawk and makes a difference for students, faculty, staff and college partners? Nominate them today for an Everyday Hero Award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For helping students develop their leadership potential, Donna Moreau is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Donna joined the Mohawk Experience Team four years ago and is dedicated to giving students unique opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Donna played a key role this past fall in revamping Day One leader training and is helping to further strengthen the college’s MoCrew program, where student leaders volunteer at on-campus and community events, serve as college ambassadors and welcome new students to Mohawk. Along with Day One training and MoCrew, Donna is helping to further enhance Mohawk’s annual Celebration of Learning event which recognizes students' academic and extra-curricular achievements. Colleagues say Donna is the consummate team player who is always willing to step outside her comfort zone to give students a great college experience. Know someone who works at Mohawk and makes a difference? Submit a Mohawk Everyday Hero nomination at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For helping students graduate to success, Tracey Richardson is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Tracey has served as a Student Success Advisor since the role was introduced at the college in 2006. As a Student Success Advisor for the School of Community, Justice and Liberal Studies, Tracey supports and advocates on behalf of more than 1,700 students. By providing information and options, Tracey helps students navigate around any unexpected detours while on their educational journey at Mohawk. With respect and a sense of humour, Tracey connects students with college services and resources and also works closely with faculty and staff. Tracey also serves as a representative of support staff on Mohawk’s Board of Governors. Mohawk President Ron McKerlie (centre) and Vice President of Student and Alumni Services Wayne Poirier presented Tracey with her award during a Board of Governors' meeting. Know someone who goes above and beyond in their work at Mohawk? Complete an online nomination form at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
It’s all about the students for Mohawk College Everyday Hero recipient Kathy Hicks. Kathy serves as one of the Collaboratory and Tech Bar Team Leads at Mohawk's Fennell campus. Kathy, who joined Mohawk 13 years ago from Gennum Corp. in Burlington, goes above and beyond in assisting students with her vast knowledge of software solutions and research tools. She spends her days helping students one-on-one, in workshops and during class visits. Along with serving the thousands of students who fill the Collaboratory daily to study and complete group projects, Kathy works closely with faculty and staff on a host of initiatives, including Mohawk City School. Mohawk President Ron McKerlie presented Kathy with her award in the Collaboratory. Know someone who works at Mohawk and is making a difference like Kathy? Fill out an online Everyday Hero nomination at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For helping students have a strong start at college, Hetal Patel is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Hetal, a Student Success Information Management Specialist, has been an invaluable member of Mohawk’s Testing Centre for more than 10 years. Hetal supports both day-to-day operations and the design and delivery of assessments for success, pre-admission testing and accommodated testing for students with disabilities. Hetal is often the first person to meet with thousands of new students on campus. She goes above and beyond in making a great first impression and creates a welcoming and supportive environment at the Testing Centre. Hetal also works closely with faculty from across the college and with colleagues at Accessible Learning Services. Melissa Gallo, Director of Student Success Initiatives and Wayne Poirier, Vice President Student and Alumni Services, presented the award to Hetal. If you know someone who works at Mohawk and goes above and beyond for students, colleagues and college partners, complete an Everyday Hero nomination online at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
For helping to set and balance multi-million dollar budgets, Financial Planning Analyst Zoe Johnson (right) is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Zoe provides budgeting, forecasting and financial analysis to colleagues working in six departments while also managing the budget and forecast for college-wide full-time and corporate HR-related costs. A consummate professional, Zoe can always be counted on in meetings to know the numbers and bring a welcome sense of humour. Zoe was presented with her Everyday Hero Award during the farewell party for outgoing Corporate Services VP Deborah Brown. Everyone who works at Mohawk and makes a difference for students, faculty and staff can be nominated for an Everyday Hero award at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero
For keeping the college wired to the Internet during a time of record-setting construction and renovation projects, Bob Mahood is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. A technician with Bell Technical Solutions, Bob installs fibre optic cables, network connections and Wi-Fi in computer labs, classrooms, common areas and offices across all three of Mohawk's campuses. Bob, who's at work early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays, can be counted on to stop what he's doing to help wayward students find their way to class. Bob received his award during the farewell party for Mohawk's outgoing Corporate Services VP Deborah Brown. Everyone who works at Mohawk and goes and above for students, faculty and staff can be recognized with an Everyday Hero Award. Nominate online at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero
Carmine De Luca
For always staying cool under pressure and providing outstanding around-the-clock IT and audiovisual support for events, announcements and meetings both on and off campus, Audiovisual Technologist Carmine De Luca is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Carm also installs and supports technology in classrooms at all three Mohawk campuses. Outgoing VP Corporate Services Deborah Brown presented Carm with his award during her farewell party. Nominate a Mohawk Everyday Hero online at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero
For her superlative work in researching, developing and reviewing policies and procedures for colleagues from across the college, Jessica Japcevich (right) is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Along with her policy work, Jessica helps with insurance needs and legal issues, risk management and business continuity and serves on 11 committees as Mohawk's Corporate Policy and Risk Management Analyst. A lifelong learner, Jessica has earned a degree in communications from Brock and a certificate in human resources management from Mohawk, achieved her Canadian Risk Management designation and is currently working on a certificate in privacy law from Ryerson. Jessica received her award during the farewell party for outgoing VP Corporate Services Deborah Brown. Know someone who's making a difference at Mohawk? Nominate them for an Everyday Hero online at www.mohawkcollege.ca/everydayhero.
Professor Katie George is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero for consistently earning high marks from students and praise from colleagues for her poise and professionalism. A valued faculty member in Liberal Studies for the past decade, Katie shares her wealth of knowledge and clinical experience in the field of brain injury with students in her psychology courses and with other faculty. In addition to teaching at Mohawk, Katie works part-time as an advanced rehabilitation therapist in the Acquired Brain Injury Community Service Program at the Hamilton General Hospital while also raising a young family.
For enhancing the college experience for students in Mohawk’s Aviation Technician programs, Troy Heath is an Everyday Hero. In response to student and staff requests, Troy arranged to open a coffee and sandwich bar in the hanger where students train at the Hamilton International Airport. Troy, who serves as Mohawk’s Chief Business Development and Ancillary Services Officer also set up a system where student attendance will be tracked electronically for government reporting. And Troy arranged extended accommodation for Aviation students who stay in residence at the Fennell campus from mid-August to mid-May.
Professor Brian Willrich is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero for creating invaluable real world experiential learning opportunities for students while also strengthening ties with college partners. With Brian's expert guidance, students in Mohawk's Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media program have produced videos and promotional material for organizations including Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, Ronald McDonald House, Neighbour to Neighbour, SACHA Sexual Assault Centre and Wellwood Hamilton. Brian’s students also shoot behind-the-scenes video for the President’s Christmas Card recorded each year at Grant Avenue Studios. Brian recently oversaw a student documentary for HHS on a new collaborative nursing program delivered by HHS and Mohawk College. Brian spent his free time in the early mornings and late at night helping students on this project. Brian’s professionalism led to a superb learning experience for students and further enhanced Mohawk's partnership with HHS.
Ingie Metwally is a Mohawk Everyday Hero for making the college experience even greater for students at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Ingie goes above and beyond in her role as Student Life Program and Services Officer at IAHS. She’s introduced a series of new initiatives, including Treat Yourself Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays and Free Fruit Fridays. Ingie has also developed a peer mentor pilot program in Student Life across all campuses. For going above and beyond in providing exceptional service to students and support to co-workers, Ingie is a Mohawk Everyday Hero.
For providing outstanding compassion and support to staff at the Fennell campus, Mackenzie Redford is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Mackenzie, who is one of the newest members of Mohawk’s Security Services team, is helping to keep the college a safe place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff.
International students at Mohawk College have a champion in Maria Bracalenti. Maria, a coordinator with Mohawk’s International Student Services team, hosts Coffee Clubs every other week to bring together international and domestic students for informal conversations. Maria launched Coffee Clubs while working part-time at our college. Maria also helps organize and run workshops and information sessions for international students throughout the year. For making international students feel welcome at Mohawk, Maria is an Everyday Hero.