Province’s $1.6M investment means Mohawk will be taking City School on the road in 2017 Reply

City School with Minister

The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, congratulates our City School team for taking Mohawk into the community and making our college accessible to more people than ever before. From left to right: City School team members Natalie Shearer, Vanessa Crawford, Minister Matthews, Emily Ecker, Sarah Harvie and Lauren Soluk.

Putting a college education within reach of everyone in Hamilton is the goal of our City School by Mohawk initiative.

The Government of Ontario last week announced a $1.6 million investment that will allow us to take City School on the road in 2017.  We were honoured to welcome the Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, MPP and Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient Ted McMeekin and East Hamilton resident and Sherman Neighbourhood Hub member Steve Calverley

We’ll be launching a Mohawk City School mobile next year that will serve as a classroom on wheels. We’ll also be investing in permanent locations in priority neighbourhoods.

We currently run City School in North Hamilton at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and in the downtown core at the Hamilton Public Library.

City School offers tuition-free college credit courses and workshops. Hamiltonians can earn their first college credit and gain the confidence to continue their studies at Mohawk.

On the journey to post-secondary education, we want City School to serve as basecamp.

Celebrating outstanding Mohawk College alumni Reply

Congratulations to our newest Alumni of Distinction recipients.  Front row (left to right): Megan MacLeod, Brian Jonker, Vanh Kalong, the Hon. Ted McMeekin and Barbara Shea. Back row (left to right): Rocco Passero, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Derek Doyle and Daniel Popowich

Congratulations to our newest Alumni of Distinction recipients.
Front row (left to right): Megan MacLeod, Brian Jonker, Vanh Kalong, the Hon. Ted McMeekin and Barbara Shea.
Back row (left to right): Rocco Passero, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Derek Doyle and Daniel Popowich

I had the privilege last Friday of shaking the hands of our newest future-ready graduates during our Fall Convocation ceremonies.

Last night, I had the honour of personally congratulating our newest Alumni of Distinction recipients. We inducted nine outstanding graduates before an audience of family, friends, colleagues, faculty and staff. In addition to receiving an award, each recipient will have an entrance scholarship named in their honour.

Congratulations once again to:

  • Derek Doyle, co-founder of Ambitious Realty Advisors and Mezcal Tacos & Tequila (Small Business Entrepreneurship, 2007)
  • His Worship Mayor Fred Eisenberger(Community Planning and Development, 1983)
  • Brian Jonker, Parts and Facility Manager for Tiger Cat Industries Inc. and coach of the Mohawk Mountaineer men’s varsity basketball team (Radio Broadcasting, 1993)
  • Vanh Kalong, Owner of the My Thai Group (Information Systems Technician, 1991)
  • Megan MacLeod, Development intern at McMaster University and organizer of Warm Up For Winter, Feet First for Haiti and Glitz, Glamour and Graduation (Fundraising Development Associate Certificate, Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector, Volunteer Management, Event Management, 2013-14)
  • The Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale (Social Studies, 1970)
  • Rocco Passero, Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Lead with Infrastructure Technology Services, Treasury Board Secretariat, Government of Ontario (Engineering Technology, 1980)
  • Daniel Popowich, Professor and recipient of a 2014 Mohawk College Award of Excellence (General Arts and Science, 1992)
  • Barbara Shea, Network Coordinator of Public Health Ontario’s Central East Infection Control Network (Medical Laboratory Technology, 1980)

If you want a job done right, give the job to a Mohawk graduate or student. Special thanks to Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient Jim Tatti for serving as MC of our event, Mohawk grad and former Mohawk Students’ Association president Dan Clark for performing during dinner and Mohawk student Billy Stefanidis for producing the videos of our distinguished alumni.

Special thanks to the Alumni team of Kelly Dunham, Meaghan Drury, Kristy Hurley, Kim Shaw and Wendy Makey for organizing a great night for our award recipients and their family and friends.

Congratulations to our newest Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction recipients Reply

Mohawk Alumni of Distinction

Congratulations to our newest Alumni of Distinction recipients. (Back row left to right): Derek Doyle, Vanh Kalong, Rocco Passero, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, the Hon. Ted McMeekin MPP, Megan MacLeod and Brian Jonker. (Front row): Daniel Popowich and Barbara Shea

Every year Mohawk recognizes outstanding graduates who’ve made their mark at work, made a difference in their communities and inspired our students to follow in their footsteps.

This year, we’re proud to honour nine remarkable graduates with Alumni of Distinction Awards. Please join me in congratulating:

Derek Doyle (Small business Entrepreneurship, 2007). Derek is the co-founder of Ambitious Realty Advisors and Mezcal Tacos and Tequila.

His Worship Fred Eisenberger (Community Planning and Development, 1983). Fred is serving his second term as Mayor of Hamilton.

Brian Jonker (Radio Broadcasting, 1993). Brian is the Parts and Facility Manager for Tigercat Industries and coach of our Mohawk Mountaineers men’s varsity basketball team.

Vanh Kalong (Information Systems Technician, 1991). Vanh is the owner of the My Thai chain of restaurants across Southern Ontario.

Megan MacLeod (Fundraising Development Associate Certificate, Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector, Volunteer Management and Event Management, 2013-14). Megan is a Development intern with McMaster University and organizer of Warm Up For Winter, Feet First for Haiti and Glitz, Glamour and Graduation.

The Hon. Ted McMeekin (Social Studies 1970). Ted is Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough- Westdale).

Rocco Passero (Engineering Technology, 1980). Rocco is Assistant Deputy Minister and Executive Lead with Infrastructure Technology Services, Treasury Board Secretariat.

Daniel Popowich (General Arts and Science, 1992). Daniel is a professor at Mohawk and a recipient of a 2014 Mohawk College Award of Excellence.

Barbara Shea (Medical Laboratory Technology, 1980). Barbara is the Network Coordinator of Public Health Ontario’s Central East Infection Control Network.

A student bursary will be established in the name of each of our award recipients.

We’ll also be celebrating our nine newest distinguished alumni with family, friends and colleagues on Oct. 27  at Michelangelo Event and Conference Centre. Tickets are available online or by calling our Alumni Relations team at 905.575.2258.