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2019 Awards of Excellence

Mohawk celebrates three outstanding employees

Mohawk College's annual Awards of Excellence recognize three remarkable faculty and staff who live Mohawk's core values, help advance the college’s strategic priorities, demonstrate excellence and professionalism in their work, and champion life-long learning.

All full-time and part-time employees who have worked at Mohawk for at least one year are eligible. Along with being recognized with a Mohawk Award of Excellence, the three recipients will also be nominated by for national awards.

Congratulations to this year's recipients:

Sarah Harvie, Support Staff Award of Excellence

Sarah is a Commnity Mobilizer with the Community Partnerships and Learning team. Sarah's work has been integral to the success of the City School by Mohawk initiative. Her professional and compassionate approach to engaging marginalized populations in the pursuit of a postsecondary experience has been nothing short of outstanding. She always puts the needs of students first, and she works hard to ensure that the courses and workshops offered through City School reflect the interests and needs of all our community partners. Sarah's efforts are helping City School fulfill its mission of transforming lives by removing barriers to postsecondary education in Hamilton.



Louisa Drost, Director of Student Wellness Initiatives

Louisa has had an enormous impact on students and colleagues at Mohawk, and also shares her passion and commitment with her community. Since Louisa joined Mohawk a few years ago, the conversation at the college has shifted from mental illness to mental wellness. She has also been a driving force behind the creation of new programs and initiatives that are making a difference in other areas such as increased awareness and education around sexualized violence. Highly respected among her peers, Louisa was selected to sit on a national Colleges and Institutes Canada Advisory Committee to help guide its collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada on the development of a pan-Canadian mental health standard for post-secondary students. She also received a YWCA Women of Distinction of Award in 2019. 


Richard Dupp, Faculty Award of Excellence

Richard is a professor with the Marshall School of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship at Mohawk's Stoney Creek campus. A champion of the skilled trades, Richard works tirelessly to advance skilled trades and apprenticeship training through his work with Skills Ontario and the College of Trades. He is a strong voice for change and modernization in the Millwright trade, advocating for changes that would ensure apprentices spend more time focusing on new technology developments within their trade. In the classroom, Richard is highly respected by his colleagues and students, working hard to make sure his students get the best education and experience possible. Richard is currently in Kazan, Russia where he is working with the Canadian competitors at the 2019 World Skills Competition.