Meet the Community Access and Engagement Team

Emily Ecker

Emily Ecker, Associate Dean
As Associate Dean of Community Partnerships and Learning, Emily brings extensive experience in developing community based partnerships. For over 20 years, Emily has been committed to improving access to education and employment in the Hamilton community. With a background in Business and Education, Emily has been instrumental in the development of projects such as City School by Mohawk, the Community Integration through Co-operative Education program, and leads the School College Work Initiative for Mohawk. Contact emily.ecker [at] (Emily) if you are looking for an opportunity to collaborate with Mohawk College on community-based initiatives!

Jody Brown, Manager, Community Access and Engagement
Jody joined the team as Manager of Community Access and Engagement in June 2018. Having spent the last 20+ years working and volunteering in the human services in Canada and internationally, Jody brings a passion for learning in both formal and informal settings. With an academic background in Community Psychology and Education, Jody seeks opportunities to build the capacity of individuals, families, and communities in order to foster health and well-being, social inclusion and economic prosperity, and civic and community engagement. Contact Jody to explore how you might bring City School programs to your community.

Nancy Reyes

Nancy Reyes, Mobile Project Officer
Nancy has over 10 years of office administration experience in the private and not-for profit sector. She takes pride in being an active member in the community through her volunteer work as Co- Chair of Crown Point Planning Team, Human Rights Exhibit Coordinator, and Outreach Coordinator for Hamilton Youth Poets.She is very passionate about social justice issues, grass roots organizing and resident-led initiatives. At the same time she is a strong believer that quality education is the back bone of any society. She is very excited to be part of City School by Mohawk to support its goals of breaking down barriers and improving access to postsecondary education. Contact nancy.mejia-reyes [at] (Nancy) to talk about our new Mobile Classroom!


Vanessa Crawford, Learning Connector
Vanessa joined the Community Access and Engagement team in September 2015. With her many experiences in an administrative role, Vanessa is an organized, enthusiastic team player. She enjoys supporting community based activities and working on dual credit program. If you have any questions regarding City School, please email vanessa.crawford [at] (Vanessa). She is always happy to hear from you!

Sarah Harvie

Sarah Harvie, Community Mobilizer
Sarah began in Community Access and Engagement in May of 2015, and has been part of the City School team since the beginning! She has a background in education with a focus on working with diverse populations including community work and instruction for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sarah has had multiple roles at the College including teaching for the Community Integration through Cooperative Education program and School of Liberal Studies. You’ll often find her out in the community at Hub meetings, Open Tables, and other community events in this great city we call Hamilton. Reach out to sarah.harvie1 [at] (Sarah) to find out more about City School and other Access programs.

Cat Maracle

Cat Maracle, Community Research Liaison
Cat joined the Community Access and Engagement team in March 2017. With her positive personality, she raises community awareness of programs and services offered through City School and seeks out new opportunities to partner with community projects. Cat has many years of experience engaging with Hamilton's communities through the Neighbourhood Action Strategy and will be continuing to connect Hamilton residents to postsecondary experiences in creative and accessible ways. Contact catherine.love1 [at] (Cat )to find out more about City School, or to learn about City School's work with Hamilton's Indigenous groups.

Gwen Zeldenrust

Gwen Zeldenrust, Learning Experience Designer
Gwen joined the Community Access and Engagement team in September 2017. She's passionate about her work with Newcomers to Canada and projects related to education and employment. She is interested in developing opportunities to reduce barriers to employment and access to postsecondary education for English as a subsequent language community members. Email gwen.zeldenrust [at] (Gwen) to connect!

Reilly MacDonald

Reilly MacDonald, Training Specialist
Reilly joined the Community Access and Engagement team in November 2016. She’s passionate about increasing accessibility to higher education and working alongside our community by listening to people in their neighbourhoods, then designing programs to meet their needs. She has a background in Social Work and community organizing, with a focus on anti-oppressive practices. She hopes to reduce barriers to postsecondary and create a more inclusive and diverse learning environment. Get in touch with reilly.macdonald [at] (Reilly) about City School, Academic Upgrading at Mohawk College, or about the Neighbourhood Leadership Institute.

Bryan Ledgerwood

Bryan Ledgerwood, Training Specialist
Bryan became a member of the Community Access and Engagement team in July 2017. He is dedicated to the development of Hamilton’s various communities and has worked closely with the GALA, Keith, and Jamesville neighbourhoods. Bryan’s focus has typically involved reducing barriers to the social determinants of health, such as education, social inclusion, and access to healthy food. He has worked with North Hamilton youth in the Pathways to Education program to improve high school graduation and post-secondary enrolment rates. He has worked with Mission Services of Hamilton to develop social inclusion and resource programs within the community and within the men’s shelter, while also operating the Good Food Centre (food bank) and youth meal program. As part of Mohawk College, Bryan is excited to help the team continue to reduce barriers to post-secondary education for residents of Hamilton and the surrounding region. Email bryan.ledgerwood [at] (Bryan )to find out more.

Beth Gibson

Beth Gibson, Training Specialist
Beth joined the Community Access and Engagement team in May 2018. For almost two decades, she has created and improved programs that assist with local economic development, access to education and experiential learning, employer recruitment and retention initiatives, and poverty reduction solutions. She has advanced flagship programs, such as the IEC of Hamilton’s grass-roots Hamilton Code Clubs project, Threshold School of Building, and Ministry of Education provincial campaigns. Beth is excited to be the catalyst between industry, business and education to create innovative solutions to promote employer-demand occupations. Email beth.gibson1 [at] (Beth) to find out more.

Sarah Bradshaw

Sarah Bradshaw, Learning Support Officer 
Sarah joined the Community Access and Engagement team in October 2017. She is passionate about student success and believes that given the right circumstances and support every learner can be successful. Sarah is a graduate of the Business program at Mohawk College and is currently working on certificates in Human Resources and Teaching Adults. As a Mohawk Alumni and current Continuing Education student, Sarah is well versed in all things Mohawk. After getting her start in Student Services she is eager to share her knowledge of the college with City School students and help them become Mohawk Alumni themselves. Contact sarah.bradshaw1 [at] (Sarah) for support with City School coursework or to arrange an appointment.

Bryan Webber

Bryan Webber, Senior Development Officer, Mohawk College Foundation
Bryan joined the Mohawk College Foundation team in May 2018, to help build relationships with individuals, businesses and foundations that share our vision for City School. He comes to the Foundation following a 20-year career in the charitable sector, most recently at the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford where he served as Vice-President Financial Development. Connect with bryan.webber [at] (Bryan) to find out how you can support City School students!


Yudara Weerakoon, Research Assistant

Yudara has expertise in education and community development programs and has spent over 8 years in the Asian region empowering marginalized population through education. Yudara has a passion for research and education program development. He worked on the board at the City of Hamilton Young Professionals building the City that attracts and retains top young professionals, and also works at the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council’s Research and Evaluation Committee with Newcomers. Currently, Yudara works on a research project to understand employment demand, and how City School by Mohawk can better-prepare the community, building postsecondary pathways for available jobs. Email Yudara to connect!

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell, Research Coordinator

Bio coming soon!