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YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

Four Mohawk employees nominated for prestigious YWCA award

Congratulations to Mohawk College employees Emily Ecker, Gabriela Covaci, Ellen Corsini-Chappel and Dr. Maja Jovanovic for being nominated for the 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Emily Ecker is nominated in the Education and Mentorship category. Emily Ecker is the Manager of Community Access and Engagement at Mohawk College. She has been nominated for work in making education more accessible to Hamiltonians. Emily has led projects such as the School College Work Initiative, the Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program, and more recently, City School by Mohawk.

Gabriela Covaci is nominated in the Community Leadership category. Gabriela is an employment consultant with Employment Services at Mohawk. Gabriela was nominated for her commitment to promoting multiculturalism and diversity. Shortly after coming to Canada, Gabriela started a group that provides programs and events free of charge to Canadian-born children living in multicultural families. She has led numerous events and initiatives focused on women's, newcomer and refugee issues and volunteers with settlement and integration agencies.

Ellen Corsini-Chappel is also nominated in the Education and Mentorship Category. Ellen is a part-time faculty member in Mohawk's Practical Nursing program and has been a post-secondary educator in health sciences for 14 years. Ellen is also a graduate of Mohawk where she earned her nursing diploma and a certificate in occupational health nursing. She also has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (post-RN stream) from Laurentian University. A strong adovcate for life-long learning, Ellen encourages her students to continue their education long after graduation.

Dr. Maja Jovanovic is Mohawk's third nominee in the Education and Mentorship Category.  Maja is a part-time faculty member in Liberal Studies and at McMaster University. Maja's research focuses on female empowerment and confidence, and on health and body positivity. She is also the founder and CEO of ALL IN Enterprises, which focuses on providing women with leadership tools and strategies.

The 2017 YWCA Hamilton's Women of Distinction Awards recognize outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the development of other women and to the overall improvement of the community. The Women of Distinction Awards are nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for women. YWCA's across Canada join in the celebration each year, honouring the remarkable achievements of women.

The 2017 award winners will be announced at Women of Distinction Awards dinner and ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen's.

For more information and to see the full list of this year's nominees visit: https://ywcahamilton.akaraisin.com/gala/Event/PhotoGallery.aspx?seid=13014&mid=41