Vanh Kalong is helping Mohawk welcome the world to our college and community.
Vanh received a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Award in 2015. Vanh survived five years in a refugee camp before her family made their way to Hamilton. She was 17 years old when she started high school and became the first in her family to earn a post-secondary education when she graduated from Mohawk in 1991. Today, Vanh owns restaurants in Hamilton, Burlington, Ancaster, Brantford and Waterloo.
Vanh also served on our Welcoming Communities Task Force. We brought college partners together last year to help us identify ways of welcoming newcomers to Hamilton and international students to Mohawk. We currently educate and serve 2,000 international students from more than 70 countries.
We turned the task force recommendations into an action plan, outlining a number of initiatives Mohawk will carry out to become an even more welcoming college.
Helping international students make a successful transition to Mohawk and Hamilton is one of the initiatives we’ll be working on.
During the grand opening of her PinToh Cuisine restaurant in downtown Burlington, Vanh announced she’s leading a fundraising campaign to support that work.
Thank you Vanh for helping your alma mater welcome the world to Mohawk and Hamilton.
TSN 1150 is turning their radio station into a living lab for students in Mohawk’s Broadcasting Radio program.
Our students will get to host, research and write for a live sports talk show. Top students will be offered internships at the station and TSN 1150 on-air personalities will mentor students at the college.
This is the first sports broadcasting partnership of its kind in Canada.
At Mohawk, we have more than 1,000 partners who help us transform students into future ready graduates. Growing and strengthening collaboration and partnerships is one of the priorities in our new strategic plan.
Thanks to TSN 1150 for giving our students this one-of-a-kind opportunity and kudos to program coordinator Sam Cook for brokering Mohawk’s latest partnership.
Kudos to Nancy Christensen, Barb Toohey, Arelene Smith, Lindsay Dyment and all the Library and Nursing program faculty and staff who organized Nursing Week celebrations for students at our Institute for Applied Health Sciences.
And, as always, thank you for the work you do in educating and serving the next generation of Mohawk graduates who will provide exemplary nursing care in our community.
Mohawk professor Nick Petrella and student Nadia Mastroianni have been recognized by our partners at St. Joseph’s Healthcare for their work as mental health ambassadors.
Nadia and Nick received St. Joseph’s Mental Health Spirit of Hope Awards before an audience of more than 400 people at the 4th annual Mental Health Morning sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco.
The awards honour individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the mental health and addiction community. that have made significant contributions to the mental health care and/or addiction fields.
“The Spirit of Hope Award winners, and the nominees, have made significant contributions and work tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use,” says St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation President and CEO Sera Filice-Armenio. “They are an inspiration to all of us.”
Nick is a mental health first aid trainer and mental health ambassador at Mohawk and in the community. Nadia, a 19-year-old student in our Human Services Foundation program, was recognized for her leadership in tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness. This is the second award for Nadia, who also received the Social Inc. Celebration of Learning Award.
Congratulations Nadia and Nick on the well-deserved honours. You are an inspiration to all of us at Mohawk.
It’s not only students who graduate from Mohawk College.
Eighteen administrative staff have just successfully completed our third round of Future Ready Leadership training in partnership with Mohawk College Enterprise.
The program is made up of eight modules that deliver a mix of theory, practical application and experiential team-building. The aim of the program is to build and support a community of leaders at Mohawk. Staff are nominated by the Senior Leadership Team to take part in the program.
Teams supported Mohawk’s commitment in our strategic plan to be a leader in internationalization and global experiences by working on four projects:
- launching an international student buddy program
- sharing international alumni success stories
- hosting an international student for the holidays
- connecting international students with local entrepreneurs for mentorship
Congratulations to our latest Future Ready Leadership grads:
- Danielle Ambrosio
- Lynn Coleman
- Kelsey Crawford
- Laura D’Alessandro
- Emily Ecker
- Daniel Farr
- Jessica Hart
- Grant Hodson
- Thomas Jessome
- Wendy Makey
- Pearl Mendonca
- Kurt Muller
- Elizabeth Pietrantonio
- Anthony Salvatore
- Troy Sheeler
- Christine Sheldrake
- Chitresh Singh, and
- Krista Welsh
Special thanks to MCE and Mohawk team who organize and deliver our Future Ready Leadership program: Audie McCarthy, Donna Stevenson, Jack Grosvenor, Sandra Summerhayes, Karen Pashleigh, Carol Mushing and Gabriela VanDyken from Mohawk.
Congratulations to Karlo King, Rachel Hamilton and Matthew McDougall on winning 2016 Emerge Media Awards.
Karlo took first place in the videography category while Rachel finished second in the graphic / editorial design competition and Matthew took second place in the Advertising category.
The Emerge Media Awards showcase the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students at colleges and universities in Canada.
The awards were presented during a dinner organized by the University of Guelph – Humber College 4th year public relations students.
Mohawk remains the number one college in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for student satisfaction for the sixth year in a row.
Mohawk has also finished first among GTHA colleges for graduate satisfaction and graduate employment for the fourth consecutive year.
These are some of the highlights from our latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey results. The annual survey is carried out by the Government of Ontario.
I want to thank our faculty and staff who do an exemplary job every day of teaching and serving our students.
While we’re proud of our scores, we’re not taking our high marks for granted.
In fact, we aim to be the number one college in the GTHA for employer satisfaction and the number one college in Ontario for graduate employment. These are among the commitments we’ve made in our new five-year strategic plan.
All of our KPI scores are posted online.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Melanie Sodtka, Ron McLester, Kevin Browne and Justin Fyfe on being named among Hamilton’s Top 40 Under 40.
The 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Awards, presented by Business Link Media Group, recognize Hamilton’s next generation of business leaders. The 40 winners are under the age of 40 and consistently make their mark in business and in their communities.
Melanie is a professor with Mohawk’s McKeil School of Business and our faculty lead with SURGE.
Ron is Mohawk’s Director of Aboriginal Initiatives and Special Advisor.
Kevin is a professor with our School of Engineering Technology and founder of Software Hamilton.
Justin is the Software Architect with Mohawk’s iDeaWORKS MEDIC team (mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre).
Congratulations again to Melanie, Ron, Kevin and Justin. You’re in very good company.