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Celebrating Excellence

Congratulations to Mohawk’s 2019 CICan Award of Excellence Recipients

Mohawk’s Sustainability team and International Student Advisor Maria Bracalenti have been recognized by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) at the association’s annual conference in Niagara Falls this week.

The Sustainability team received a Silver in the Leadership Excellence for Non-Managerial Staff category. Team members include Ashley Packer, Allison Maxted, Nicolai Strabac and Emily Vis. Mohawk’s Sustainability team works with partners across the campus and in the community to make positive, lasting change. Each year, the Mohawk Sustainability team delivers more than 30 programs dedicated to fostering inclusive engagement and participation – helping students to learn, live, and lead in sustainability. The Mohawk Sustainability team has received 22 regional and national awards for their leadership. Through numerous partnerships, Mohawk Sustainability also provides community leadership to help build a more sustainable, climate change-ready region.



Maria Bracalenti received the Bronze in the Leadership Excellence for Non-Managerial Staff category. Since joining Mohawk College in 2006, Maria has earned the reputation of being a student champion. Creating a welcoming and supportive environment is one of Mohawk’s core values and Maria personifies this by going above and beyond to ensure students get the support and encouragement they need to be successful. This has been especially true of the college’s International students. As an International Student Advisor, Maria excels at making International students feel at home and welcome at the college. Whether it’s designing workshops to bridge cultural divides or volunteering her time to run events aimed at bringing students together, Maria has had a profound impact on the lives of many students at the college, and is held in high regard by her colleagues.


The CICan Awards of Excellence celebrate the extraordinary contributions individuals and teams bring to their colleges and highlight the important role colleges play in the communities they serve.

“Colleges and institutes are so successful thanks to passionate staff, teachers, researchers and administrators who work tirelessly to provide students with the skills and experience they need to succeed. Every year, the CICan Awards of Excellence recognize these dedicated people who go above and beyond to make Canada’s post-secondary education the best in the world.”
Denis Amyot, President and CEO of CICan
About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.