Thanks to everyone who supported this year’s United Way campaign. Together, we raised $57,956 to support the community-building work of the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton and their member agencies.
Over the last four years, Mohawk students, faculty and staff have donated more than $233,000 to the United Way.
I want to thank this year’s campaign co-chairs Rochelle Reid and Lori Koziol and our United Way volunteer team of:
- Anne Neziol
- Jenn Horwath
- Katherine McCurdy
- Debra Pearson
- Karen Pashleigh
- Christine Sheldrake
- Felicia Caggiano
- Shaunna Kaminsky
- Zoe Johnson
- Carol Mushing
- Theresa Bain
- Dusty Noble
- Elyse Pipitone
- Troy Heath
- Corinne Ethier
- Frances Lima
- Marylisa Forsyth
- Lisa Fitzpatrick
- Sean Coffey
- Michelle Ball
- Luke Baylis, and
- Eryka Kaminsky
Special thanks to four staff who went above and beyond for the United Way – Debra Pearson for her work on the wine elimination draw and the introduction of the United Way leaves, Corinne Ethier for her work on the online auction, Marylisa Forsyth for setting up online donations and Anne Neziol who served as campaign representative for Stoney Creek.
The Government of Canada’s 2016-17 budget is good news for students and post-secondary education.
The budget, which was released on Tuesday, announced investments that align with the strategic priorities of our college. Like the Government of Canada, Mohawk is committed to putting a college education within reach of even more students and working with even more college partners to transform our students into future ready graduates.
The Government of Canada will be investing $2 billion over three years for a new Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment fund to modernize on-campus research, commercialization and training facilities and an additional $95 million per year to granting councils (Canada Institute for Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Research Support Fund) to further support applied research at colleges.
Mohawk ranks among the top 20 colleges in Canada for applied research activity, with the goal of being among the top 10 by 2021. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff are working with private, public and non-profit sector partners on applied research projects in electronic and mobile health, additive manufacturing / 3D printing and smart grids, power quality and distributed generation.
Applied research projects give our students unique and invaluable experiences in bringing innovative solutions to market with our college partners.
The Government of Canada also announced new investments in co-operative education, post-secondary education grants and Indigenous education. Mohawk is currently working with Aboriginal leaders, universities and school boards to develop the region’s first Indigenous Education Plan.
Amanda McManus is the 2015 Education at Work Ontario college co-op student of the year.
The award is presented annually to one Ontario college and one university student who have showcased exceptional job achievement, extra-curricular involvement, academic achievement and a strong contribution to co-operative education.
Amanda is a proud parent, passionate mental health advocate, and honours student in our Health, Wellness, and Fitness co-op diploma program. For her co-op work term, Amanda served as a Lifestyle team member and fitness consultant with the Health Systems Group at ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Drawing from her experience volunteering with Mohawk College’s Mental Health in Motion Team, Amanda worked as a key member of the Lifestyle team which had exceptional achievements in the area of Mental Health at work.
Last summer, Amanda and her fiancé walked more than 400 km from Toronto to Parliament Hill to raise awareness for mental health initiatives and overall well-being.
Congratulations to Amanda and thank you to ArcelorMittal Dofasco for continuing to offer outstanding co-op work terms to our students.
If you haven’t already, check out the Spotlight on profile series that have been featured on our Mohawk News Desk site. The weekly series has been shining a spotlight on faculty and staff who are making a difference at the college and in the community.
The profiles are also a great way to learn about some of the exciting work that is being done at Mohawk in areas such as applied research, international and Indigenous education, and simulated learning.
There are more profiles to come, but if you know someone who you think would be a good person to feature, please let us know.
All profiles can found on www.mohawknewsdesk.ca, or you can link to the individual profiles below:
Spotlight on: Kaela Millar
Spotlight on: Joe Duda
Spotlight on: Ron Mclester
Spotlight on: Michelle Turan
Spotlight on: Kurt Muller
Spotlight on: Lousia Drost
Spotlight on: Jim Vanderveken
Spotlight on: Alan Griffiths
Last October, Mohawk hosted the InterAct Summit where we welcomed close to 300 attendees, delegates and speakers to our Fennell campus. Over the two-day event, strategies for promoting growth through immigration were examined, challenged and advanced.
The Summit was part of Mohawk’s Welcoming Communities initiative. We will be using the ideas discussed at the Summit to develop our plan to make Mohawk a more welcoming place for newcomers.
We invite you to do the same, and to make it easier for you we’ve created a document that summarizes the key findings and ideas that were discussed at the summit. You can view the document here or download it here. We’ve also posted the presentations from the Summit to the InterAct site. You can download the presentations here.