Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient to help welcome international students Reply

vanhVanh 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.