Congratulations to Mohawk's award-winning faculty and staff
Sixteen amazing faculty and staff of Mohawk College were recognized at this year’s
President’s Breakfast is an opportunity to recognize the outstanding people and
teams that make Mohawk College the best place to learn and work. Recipients of these awards are individuals and teams that have been nominated by their colleagues and peers. Hosted by
Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac the event brings together college staff,
faculty and community partners to celebrate the achievements of the past year
and to give a preview of the year ahead.
of the event is the presentation of the Mohawk President’s Awards and Mohawk Awards of Excellence.
This year the event also celebrated the announcement of the fourth of five MaryLynn
West-Moynes Grants for Inspiring Learning, Leadership and Citizenship.
award winners included the following teams and individuals:
President’s Award Winners
President's Award Winner Elizabeth Sadler
Elizabeth Sadler, an ESL Professor and Coordinator with Mohawk’s Community
Training and Employment Services, receives a President's Award from Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac. Elizabeth works tirelessly to give her
students the best education possible, often going above and beyond to help
students. Her personal approach has helped many new Canadians adjust to life in
Canada, and she goes out of her way to make Mohawk’s ESL department a warm, welcoming
environment for students. For her outstanding dedication to students, Elizabeth
was awarded a Mohawk Award of Excellence and is one of this year’s President’s
President's Award Winner Project Pathfinder
Pathfinder has become the benchmark project for
engaging Aboriginal youth and encouraging them to transition to post-secondary
studies at college or university. Over the last two summers, Project Pathfinder has reached out to
more than 200 Aboriginal youth from Hamilton and the surrounding region,
providing them the opportunity to experience college life during a two-week
stay on campus. While here the students explore different aspects of college
life, taking short courses in electronics, carpentry, resume writing and strength
development. They also learn the Mohawk language and culture. The program
builds confidence and self-esteem, and removes the intimidation of getting a
post-secondary education. For their outstanding work and exceptional leadership
the Project Pathfinder team, which includes Ron McLester (right), Amanda Collina (centre) and
Amy Kelaidis (left) were awarded a Mohawk Award of Excellence and is one of this year’s President’s Award winners.
Award of Excellence Winners
Rita Lachance, Student Success Advisor, Mohawk Laurier Centre with Paul Armstrong, Dean, Health Sciences and Community & Urban Studies. Rita won a Mohawk Award of Excelllence for her commitment and dedication to helping students at one of the college's smaller campuses. Rita is best known for weekly sessions with students that have come to be known as "Wednesdays with Rita" where she offers advice and guidance that geared towards helping students succeed.
Chris Blackwood, Associate Dean, Engineering Technology. Chris won a Mohawk Award of Excellence for the leadership and guidance he has provided to faculty, staff and students throughout his years at Mohawk. (Unavailable for photo.)
Russell Krick, (left) Professor, Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship, with Piero Cherubini, Dean, Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship. Russell is a faculty member and noted author from Mohawk's STARRT campus in Stoney Creek. He is also a pioneer in his trade, developing the first online courses for level two and three electrical and electronics apprentices in Ontario. Russell's passion for learning and commitment to hs students earned him one of this year's Mohawk Awards of Excellence.
Mirna Matulovic is a Financial Analyst with Mohawk's School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Mirna received a Mohawk Award of Excellence from Jim Vanderveken, Dean, Interdisciplinary Studies, for her attention to detail and extremely high level of professionalism in dealing with everyone she meets.
Laurence Smith (left) is a Professor in Mohawk's School of Business, Media and Entertainment. Described by his colleagues as a fantastic co-worker and an amazing teacher, Laurence received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for the leadership he has shown other faculty and students. Laurence is one of Mohawk's experts-in-residence when it comes to blended learning and is often called upon to share that expertise with others.
Donna Rawlin is an Associate Dean with Mohawk's School of Health Sciences. Donna received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for leading the Practical Nursing and PSW programs at the School of Health Sciences through a series of changes that have substantially improved the program for students. She is described by her colleagues as an outstanding leader and an amazing role model.
Domenic D'Ambrosio (right) is Mohawk's Director IT Infrastructure and Client Services. Domenic's job is to keep the college's IT infrastructure safe and secure and is described by the people who for him as someone who listens to their needs and provides the resources and tools needed to get it done, which is why he was chosen to receive one of this year's Mohawk Awards of Excellence. Mohawk's Chief Information Officer Antoine Haroun, presented Domenic with the award.
Susan Gagne received a Mohawk Award of Excellence from Bob Carrington, Associate Vice President, Facilities and Property Development, for her outstanding work in an expanding role. As the Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Corporate Services, Susan excels at keeping information organized and has driven improvements to policies and procedures within the Mohawk's Corporate Services division.
Candice Gardner (centre) received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for work she done to improve procedures and develop strategies and ideas that have streamlined and enhanced the day-to-day business of the Mohawk College Foundation, where she is an Acting Development Officer. Mohawk College Foundation President Wayne Joudrie (left) and Chief Development Officer Anne Marie Pierce presented Candice with the award.
Andrew Connery is an Instructional Technologist with Mohawk's Centre for Teaching and Learning. Andrew received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for his commitment to helping college faculty and staff. Anyone who has worked with Andrew will say that he can always be counted on to give an honest, insightful and reflective opinion. (Unavailabe for photo.)
Martha Fox (left) is Mohawk's Director of Counselling and Accessible Learning Services. Martha received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for being a long-time champion and advocate who worked with diligence and integrity to improve the level services for students with disabilities. Rachel Matthews (left), Dean of Students, presented Martha with the award.
Katherine McCurdy-Lapierre (centre) is Mohawk's Senior Designer. Katherine received a Mohawk Award of Excellence for work in fostering excellence and innovation in web practices at the College. Katherine led the design and application of the
Mohawk Mobile App project, introduced accessibility measures in web design and
put Mohawk on the map for its use of QR codes. Presenting the award to Katherine were Chief Marketing & Recruitment Officer Lori Morgan (right) and Director of Marketing Marianne Wilson.
MaryLynn West-Moynes Grants for Inspiring Learning, Leadership and Citizenship
year’s MaryLynn West-Moynes Grants for Inspiring Learning, Leadership and Citizenship grant will support an exhibition of student work at the Art Gallery of
Hamilton. A collection of architectural
drawings by students and recent grads will be on display this Fall and
collected in a limited edition book. The project is the creation of
Architectural Technology professor Shannon Kyles from our School of Engineering
Technology. (Unavailable for photo.)