Mohawk College

March 2017
Message from the President & CEO

Audie McCarthy
We hear a lot about work-life balance these days. As leaders, is it even possible?
In many cases, you can't fully turn off work when you get home, and inevitably, family commitments will sometimes happen during work hours. However, you can fully engage with your work, family and community by making deliberate choices about what to pursue and what to decline. You can also include your family in these decisions.
As Marty Hazell, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Planning and Economic Department, City of Hamilton, told me, "Leadership isn't a 9 to 5 job. It can be exhausting and stressful. To be able to stay in the game for the long run, the most effective leaders are able to prioritize the demands for their time and maintain a healthy work-life balance."

Work Life Balance It may be that balance is not about keeping your work and personal life separate. As Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It says, you sometimes have to get creative. For example, you may wake up early on Sunday to do a couple of hours of work so you can spend the rest of the day baking and tobogganing with your kids. Or you may have to rethink what is ideal. For example, if you can't be home for family dinner, have family breakfast instead.
It's also important to take time to read a book, pursue a hobby or catch up on sleep. While it might seem indulgent, or like you don't have the time, taking care of yourself will also benefit your organization.
Paul Armstrong, Vice-President, Academics, Mohawk College, says, "As leaders, you have a critical role to ensure that the organization is healthy and capable of achieving the strategic priorities and goals. Invest the time in yourself to maintain your health and wellness. The investment in you will contribute significantly to the overall success of your company or organization."  
Audie McCarthy
President & CEO
P.S. For tips on Work-Life Balance scroll down in the newsletter!  I'm going to practise a few of them myself!
MCE  Announcements  and  Events

Warm Welcome

The MCE Team extends a warm welcome to two new staff members. Effective January 4, 2017, Sue Elliot and Carrie Deon have begun their new positions.
Sue Elliot - Manager, Training & Customer Relations

Sue Elliot has over ten years of experience in training and development; most recently as an Academic Training Manager with Centennial Training International (CTI) where she worked in Cairo, Egypt for two years. She received an Honours Diploma in Cosmetics Business Management from Seneca College. Additionally, she has a variety of certifications including being a Certified Instructional Designer and Personality Dimensions Certified Facilitator. Sue will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MCE team along with new perspectives on how to push MCE forward to reach its vision of being recognized as Ontario's leading expert in corporate training in leadership, technology and health and community services.
Carrie Deon - Human Resources Intern

Carrie Deon will begin her career in Human Resources by working for MCE as an intern over the next four months. She received her Bachelor of Arts-Sociology from the University of Windsor before obtaining her Human Resources Certificate from Mohawk College. Since 2000, she has worked as a Child Protection Worker for both the Catholic and Halton Children's Aid Societies. Carrie has a passion for professional and organizational development and will work to strengthen MCE's processes, policies and procedures.
Welcome Sue and Carrie - we are excited to have you both as part of the team!

Oxford County Leadership Panel

Oxford County's Future Ready Leadership participants enjoyed their Leadership Forum held on January 19, 2017. Above is a picture of the four leadership panelists.

From left to right: Elizabeth Carswell Senior Director, Human Resources - London Hydro; Niklas Van Haeren, President - Uvalux Tanning & Support Center Inc.; Peter Crockett, CAO - County of Oxford; Helen Noehammer, Director, Transportation and Infrastructure Planning - City of Mississauga.

 Click here to see what some of the panelists had to say.  

Article from a Graduate

MCE is happy to provide a link to an article written by one of our Future Ready Leadership graduates.  Click here to read Muskoka paramedics' triumphant moments help erase the tragic ones.

Upcoming Courses and Programs

Getting ready for summer!

1. Creating Amazing Customer Service
  • This course can be customized with your specific customer service standards to maximize the performance of your summer employees
"The results of the training are evident in the stores and management is taking steps to keep the program alive and part of our customer service culture."
- Andrew Laurat, Regional Manager, Denninger's Foods of the World

2. Team Building
  • This course will unite your new summer team by engaging them in experiential team building exercises
3. Coaching for Success
  • This course focuses on getting the best from your summer employees through coaching
Avid Certification

MCE has partnered with Mohawk College's Communications Media Program on brand new programs  that will provide the successful participants with certification for: 
Various courses will be offered from May 1 - 5, 2017. Click here  to learn more , or contact Marci Ruhl at or 905-575-2527.

Date & Location 
For more information contact:

Students who successfully complete this program will receive three point five (3.5) Ministry of the Environment, Director-Approved, Continuing Education Units.
Prepare to write the American Water Works Association (OWWA) "Cross Connection Control Specialist" certification exam (administered at the end of the course).
Dates: April 3-7, 2017

Location: Mohawk College, 
Stoney Creek Campus

Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534

A two day course to recertify you as a "Backflow/Cross Connection Control Tester".
Dates: March 30 & 31, 2017

Location: Mohawk College, 
Stoney Creek Campus

Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534
MMP program provides training and accreditation
to those aspiring to, or already in, maintenance management or supervisory positions. Certified
MMPs are qualified to provide cost effective management of a business's physical assets.
Contact us for details!
Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534
Keep up with industry demands in an ever changing and competitive market by providing your employees with this high- impact, customized welding program. 

Contact us for details!

Lorraine MacDonald
905 575 2534

Take Vacations TIPS for Fostering Work-Life Balance in Your Organization
  1. Avoid praising team members for staying late or working on weekends as it will encourage other employees to do the same. While sometimes extra work will be needed, it should not be the norm.
  2. Lead by example. Don't be seen regularly working extra-long hours.
  3. Encourage vacation time and take it yourself. "Be disciplined in taking time to recharge, whether that be through vacation time, adequate rest or involvement in extracurricular activities. Work should not be your life but a part of your life," says Natalie Bubela, Chief Executive Officer, Muskoka Algonquin Health Care.
  4. Create a policy regarding when e-mails, voicemails and other work-related communications should, and shouldn't, happen.
  5. Consider providing flex-time or work-from-home options for team members.

Source of Tip 1 and 2

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