The Rotary Club of Hamilton welcomed Ron McKerlie, president of Mohawk College, as its February 19 luncheon speaker.
McKerlie used the opportunity to recognize Mohawk College leaders who have contributed to the success of the Rotary Club of Hamilton over the years – including Keith McIntyre, one of the club’s past presidents and head of Mohawk College from 1981 to 1997 – and to introduce two new city building initiatives being led by Mohawk College.
The Everyday Heroes Campaign provides a platform to recognize ordinary people who are making an extraordinary difference in our community. It’s a way to spotlight the efforts and achievements Mohawk grads – and others – as they strive to make Hamilton a city of choice. McKerlie invited Rotarians and other community leaders to nominate worthy candidates. The campaign includes a promotional element as well as a year-end celebration.
The Welcoming Communities Program is focused on attracting, developing and retaining newcomers – the lifeblood of our city at a time when immigrants account for the lion’s share of population and labour force growth. The program’s goal is to make Mohawk College – and the community at large – a more welcoming and diverse destination for global talent. A featured component is a yearlong “community conversation” intended to better understand key challenges and co-create solutions. Outcomes and follow-on work will be shared at a community conference scheduled for fall 2015.
Said McKerlie: “Our most valuable resource is human capital,” noting the role newcomers play in enhancing community and workplace diversity.
To learn more and/or get involved in these Mohawk College initiatives, contact Jay Robb at firstname.lastname@example.org