Our support for students, faculty and staff who bike, bus and carpool to Mohawk has earned us employer of the year honours from Smart Commute.
Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The annual awards recognize employers that show outstanding commitment, leadership and innovation in implementing Smart Commute programs.
Along with receiving the 2015 Employer of the Year award for Hamilton, Mohawk has also been recognized with Smart Commute’s Regional Employer of the Year award in 2013, the Parsons Brinckerhoff Employee Engagement award in 2012 and the Employer of the Year in Hamilton award in 2011.
To support our students, faculty and staff, Mohawk offers:
- A carpool program with 50 dedicated premium parking spaces
- Two on-campus student car share vehicles
- Four electric vehicle charging stations
- Four self-service bike repair stations
- A 48-spot secured bike parking facility, and
- A bicycle loan program, with nine bikes
We’re also finishing construction of the new Mohawk College Terminal at our Fennell Campus with our partners at Metrolinx and the City of Hamilton. The terminal will feature bus bays and shelters and serve a number of transit routes from downtown and across Hamilton Mountain. More than 4,000 students, faculty and staff rely on public transit to get to Mohawk and the transit terminal will result in shorter commutes and better service.
Special thanks to Alan Griffiths and the team in our Sustainability Office for promoting and championing alternate transportation options for our students, faculty and staff.
The Mohawk Students’ Association and Mohawk’s Real Estate Planning and Development team have two reasons to celebrate this week.
The first piece of good news came on Tuesday when it was announced that the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre had received LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council. This is the second LEED Gold certification for Mohawk. The first was for the Learning Exchange (H Wing). Both facilities are excellent examples of how Mohawk is walking the talk on its commitment to sustainability.
Then on Thursday we learned that the DBARC was the winner of the 2015 People’s Choice Award for the City of Hamilton’s annual Urban Design and Architecture Awards. The People’s Choice Awards recognize buildings and spaces that boost pride among residents and contribute to the economic and social well-being of the city. What makes this honour special is that it was Mohawk students, staff and community members who chose the DBARC over the 34 other sites that were nominated, a list that also included The Mohawk Students’ Association Plaza.
Congratulations to the Mohawk Students’ Association and to Mohawk’s Real Estate Planning and Development team for their award-winning work in support of our students.
Mohawk has the most advanced digital print learning centre of any college in the country thanks in large measure to Hugh Cameron. Hugh is Chairman of Retail Ready Packages Inc. and President of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation of Canada.
Hugh has been instrumental in securing more than $750,000 worth of equipment, scholarships and bursaries for students in our Graphic Design program.
On Wednesday, we were honoured to dedicate our centre in Hugh’s name. Joining us at the dedication ceremony was Bernadine, Hugh’s wife of 62 years, and their children and grandchildren. In his remarks, Hugh said he’s been a long-time supporter of our college because the finest students deserve the best equipment.
Approximately 200 students use the Hugh Cameron Digital Print Learning Centre gain invaluable experience turning their digital designs into finished products.
Every November 11th, I thank the men and women who have served our country and I remember my grandfather who served in the First World War. On Wednesday, I paid my respects in the company of students, faculty, staff and visitors who filled every seat in our McIntyre Performing Arts Centre.
This is an important ceremony for Mohawk and I would like to extend my thanks to Mohawk Music students Tyrrel Crawford, Nicole Chambers and Miles Evans-Branagh for performing during the ceremony, Journalism student John Rich for serving as our master of ceremonies and Alan Hayward, our Manager of Security and retired Master Corporal Amy Barlow, for delivering powerful remarks and reminding us to help those soldiers who return home. Amy attended and graduated from Mohawk after serving our country. Thanks also to Debra Pearson for organizing what was a moving ceremony for all of us in attendance.
Thanks to everyone who took part in last week’s InterAct Summit at Mohawk.
Our summit was part of Mohawk’s year-long journey to build a more welcoming college and community for newcomers. At Mohawk, we’re looking to educate and serve more international students, better connect our students with the community and then encourage our students to continue living and working in Hamilton once they graduate. Immigrants are expected to account for all the future growth of Hamilton’s workforce and population so it’s in everyone’s interest to welcome the world to Hamilton.
The conversations, ideas and insights gleaned from the summit will inform Mohawk’s Welcoming Communities action plan. We’ll be rolling out our action plan in early 2016. While we’re an academic institution, our Welcoming Communities action plan will not be an academic exercise. We’ll also be sharing our plan with our college partners in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Our summit featured powerful keynotes by award-winning Hamilton author Lawrence Hill and humanitarian Craig Kielberger. John Wright, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Ipsos Public Opinion Polling, presented results from an IPSOS poll showing that Hamiltonians are more tolerant and welcoming of newcomers than the national average. In fact, one in three Hamiltonians say they want to be actively involved in welcoming newcomers to our community. As we heard at the summit, Mohawk has a role to play in making those connections.
Thank you to our generous sponsors who made our summit possible:
- RBC Royal Bank
- City of Hamilton
- Hamilton Economic Development
- me international insurance
A special thanks to the team of college partners who helped plan our summit:
- Layla Abdulrahim-Moore with Global Hamilton Connect / City of Hamilton
- Sarah Wayland with the City of Hamilton
- Domenic Belmonte with PWC
- Clement Chan with Columbia International College
- Grace Diffey with the Hamilton Community Foundation
- Lily Lumsden with YMCA Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
- Maisie Raymond-Brown and Deborah Schwientek with YWCA Hamilton
- Gary Warner with McMaster University
And thanks to the Mohawk staff who also worked on the summit:
- Jim Vanderveken
- Andrea Johnson
- Kelsey Crawford
- Paul Armstrong
- Jaime Bennett
- Hillary Dawson
- Erica Fagan
- Anna Johnston
- Neil McMahon
- Leslie Marshall
- Keith Monrose
- Dusty Noble
- Trish Loomis
- Adam Stewart
- Christy Taberner, and
- Ron Taylor
Mohawk reaffirmed our commitment to Aboriginal students and partners with yesterday’s signing of the Indigenous Education Protocol.
Developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Protocol provides a vision of how colleges can further improve our practices to better educate and serve Indigenous peoples.
I signed the Protocol with our Board Chair Joe Parker and the Hon. David Zimmer, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, serving as witnesses.
After signing the Protocol, we held a dedication ceremony for Mohawk’s new Indigenous Gathering Space behind the Harold Cummings Collaboratory. The outdoor gathering space is the first of its kind among colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The second phase of construction will be completed next year, giving all students a unique classroom and meeting space in the heart of our Fennell campus.
Joining the dedication ceremony were Minister Zimmer, Mohawk’s Director of Aboriginal Initiatives Ron McLester, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper Rick Hill, Aboriginal Education Student Ambassador Gregory Phillips, drummer Skylar Green and Elders Elize Hartley and Bertha Skye.
Our Indigeneous Gathering Space was designed in consultation and collaboration with students and our partners at Six Nations of the Grand River. Special thanks to the Mohawk team of Jeremy Dowling, Alan Griffiths and Ron Taylor, site architect Calvin Brook with Brook McIlroy and and Oakridge Landscape Contractors for constructing this important new addition to Mohawk College.