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Everyday Heroes for November 2020

Congratulations to our most recent recipients

Everyone who works at Mohawk College is eligible to be nominated for an Everyday Hero Award. Nominate someone today, visit: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/employees/employee-recognition/mohawk-everyday-hero

For everything she does to support new International students, Thea Laidman is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Thea has worked round the clock to develop solutions and strategies to help International students who want to study at Mohawk. As Director of International Recruitment, Thea is committed to ensuring every student receives the answers and attention they need to make the life-changing decision to study at the college. She is compassionate and caring, and committed to excellence in everything she does. Thea has spearheaded innovative and exciting new ways for the college to reach potential International students including organizing a Virtual Campus Day, which drew more than 800 attendees. She also developed a Wednesday Webinar series, which offers live support and presentations, and the Future Student App, which addresses the most common questions students ask. Thea embodies Mohawk’s value of being student-focused. Shortly after the pandemic began, Thea worked with her colleague Elyse Pipitone, to launch the Helping Hampers program to provide food and other supports for International students in need. While COVID-19 has presented Mohawk’s International team with many challenges, Thea inspires her team to go the extra mile, all with a positive, winning attitude.

For always taking initiative and putting her expertise to work to develop creative solutions to issues and barriers facing college partners in Indigenous communities, Marina Capone is a Mohawk College Everyday Hero. Marina has worked with Indigenous education to include Indigenous-focused goals on her Performance Work Plan as a way to facilitate information sharing and navigate internal processes for her colleagues and Indigenous partners. Despite the challenges of the past eight months, Marina continues to go above and beyond with her dedication to her role. No question is too small or too insignificant. Marina makes the Liberal Studies department a more enjoyable place to work by recognizing special days and milestones, and by encouraging wellness through "body breaks" such as stretching, outdoor walks, and health and wellness challenges for her colleagues. Thank you, Marina for all your continued hard work.