Everyday Heroes for December 2017
For enhancing the college experience for students in Mohawk’s Aviation Technician programs, Troy Heath is an Everyday Hero. In response to student and staff requests, Troy arranged to open a coffee and sandwich bar in the hanger where students train at the Hamilton International Airport. Troy, who serves as Mohawk’s Chief Business Development and Ancillary Services Officer also set up a system where student attendance will be tracked electronically for government reporting. And Troy arranged extended accommodation for Aviation students who stay in residence at the Fennell campus from mid-August to mid-May.
Professor Brian Willrich is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero for creating invaluable real world experiential learning opportunities for students while also strengthening ties with college partners. With Brian's expert guidance, students in Mohawk's Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media program have produced videos and promotional material for organizations including Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, Ronald McDonald House, Neighbour to Neighbour, SACHA Sexual Assault Centre and Wellwood Hamilton. Brian’s students also shoot behind-the-scenes video for the President’s Christmas Card recorded each year at Grant Avenue Studios. Brian recently oversaw a student documentary for HHS on a new collaborative nursing program delivered by HHS and Mohawk College. Brian spent his free time in the early mornings and late at night helping students on this project. Brian’s professionalism led to a superb learning experience for students and further enhanced Mohawk's partnership with HHS.
Ingie Metwally is a Mohawk Everyday Hero for making the college experience even greater for students at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Ingie goes above and beyond in her role as Student Life Program and Services Officer at IAHS. She’s introduced a series of new initiatives, including Treat Yourself Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays and Free Fruit Fridays. Ingie has also developed a peer mentor pilot program in Student Life across all campuses. For going above and beyond in providing exceptional service to students and support to co-workers, Ingie is a Mohawk Everyday Hero.
For providing outstanding compassion and support to staff at the Fennell campus, Mackenzie Redford is a Mohawk Everyday Hero. Mackenzie, who is one of the newest members of Mohawk’s Security Services team, is helping to keep the college a safe place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff.
International students at Mohawk College have a champion in Maria Bracalenti. Maria, a coordinator with Mohawk’s International Student Services team, hosts Coffee Clubs every other week to bring together international and domestic students for informal conversations. Maria launched Coffee Clubs while working part-time at our college. Maria also helps organize and run workshops and information sessions for international students throughout the year. For making international students feel welcome at Mohawk, Maria is an Everyday Hero.