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Mohawk College Foundation welcomes Lorna Somers as new Executive Director


Mohawk College is excited to welcome Lorna Somers to the role of Executive Director of the Mohawk College Foundation.

An accomplished and successful fundraiser, Lorna spent the past 35 years at McMaster University where she has been engaged in securing some of the largest charitable gifts in Canadian history. She led two university-wide, comprehensive campaigns, both with a focus on volunteer and academic participation. She has also structured and led targeted campaigns and secured support for numerous endowments establishing scholarships, bursaries, chairs, and professorships. 

An internationally recognized teacher and facilitator in the fields of Higher Education and Institutional Advancement, Lorna has shared her expertise with educational, cultural and charitable organizations around the world. She is the recipient of numerous international awards for excellence in teaching and leadership, and is a sought-after speaker and coach on business and dining etiquette. 

Lorna’s volunteer leadership has been extensive and global with a three-decade commitment to the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Canadian Association of 
Gift Planners. 

“The success of the Mohawk College Foundation depends on the support and generosity of our donors and supporters. Lorna's knowledge and experience, combined with her energy and enthusiasm, will help the Foundation continue its important work of transforming lives through education, and I am excited to welcome her to the team.”  Ron McKerlie, President and CEO, Mohawk College.

Lorna starts in her new role on August 15.