Volunteering to Opportunity: Heather Beale ’01

After moving from a small town to attend Mohawk College for Radio Broadcasting in the late 1990’s, graduate Heather Beale (nee McClellan) had no intention of moving back home. She recalls telling her mom when returning to Mohawk for her third year, “I’m hoping not to return home. Nothing against you, but I’m hoping to branch out on my own and be my own person.” Continue Reading

Learning Forever

Learning for life was never really a concept I gave much thought to as I made my way through years of a post-secondary education. I can clearly recall the last semester in my fourth year of university, counting down the days to be finished. No more essays. No more peer-reviewed articles. No more hours spent in a library surviving on peanut butter sandwiches.

But then I went to college for a post-grad certificate and things changed. Yes, it was still a ton of work, but I was given more opportunities to be creative and work with students in other programs, and I could start to see a path to a career. Continue Reading

Giving Back Is Good For You


Volunteering or giving back by helping others not only benefits your community, but can also have significant health benefits for you too. According to a variety of studies including this one conducted in 2013 found that 94% of people surveyed say volunteering improves their mood and 96% felt volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.

Some of our bloggers have shared their experiences giving back to their communities and why they encourage others to do the same: Continue Reading

Saying Good-Bye To 2014

clock-closeupAs 2014 comes to an end I, like many, am looking back on the past year. This year unlike every year, I am thankful for all the incredibly talented and interesting people I get to learn about, talk to and having the opportunity to share stories and unique perspectives with the world.

As the Mohawk College Alumni Communications Coordinator I talk to a lot of grads on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. For 2014, here are few people who have made an impact on me: Continue Reading