Mohawk Students' Association

Who We Are 

The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) is a Non-Profit Organization built for and led by Mohawk College students through an elected Student Board of Directors (BOD). Though we are a separate entity of the college, we work collaboratively to support Mohawk Students.

We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice so they can achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.

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Meet the 2021/2022 MSA Board of Directors

The Mohawk Students’ Association Board of Directors

MSA Board member Ashik Ashik

Ashik Ashik

President

Ruth Draaistra

Ruth Draaistra

VP, Internal Advocacy

Tyler Harnish

Tyler Harnish

VP, Finance

Emalie gunnes

Emilee Schevers

Director, Fennell

Kevin Wong

Kevin Wong

Director, Fennell

Nick STretton

Nicholas Stretton

Director, Fennell

Sheldon Coombs

Sheldon Coombs

Speaker

Meet the 2021/2022 MSA Staff

The Mohawk Students’ Association staff.

Staff member Emalie Gunnes

Emalie Gunness-Maraj

Payroll & Finance Specialist

Staff member Rose Manjarrez

Rosa Manjarrez

Finance Specialist

Staff member Wendy Rolfe

Wendy Rolfe

Sr Manager, Student Services

Staff member Emily McGregor

Emily McGregor

UX Graphic Design Specialist

Staff member Paige Petrovsky

Paige Petrovsky

Communications Specialist

Staff member Jeremy Barrett

Jeremy Barrett

Executive Chef

Staff member Dave Coultis

Dave Coultis

Sr Manager, Beverage & Food

Staff member Melanie Extance

Melanie Extance

Engagement Specialist

Staff member Emma He

Emma He

Student Services Supervisor, IAHS

Staff member Natalie Fisher

Natalie Fisher

Assistant Manager,
Student Services

Staff member Danielle Lyte

Danielle Lyte

Student Services Supervisor

Staff member Jessica Ridenour

Jessica Ridenour

Student Services Supervisor, SC

A Historical Timeline

The Mohawk Students' Association has a rich history

Our history started in 1964 (back when Mohawk College was still known as the Hamilton Institute of Technology) when conversations about non-academic student activities first began. Here are a few changes that have occurred throughout the years (although, this list only just scratches the surface).

1965

Our first annual meeting

The first annual meeting of the Association (which was called the Students’ Union Corporation) was held on March 17, 1965.

1965

1975

Student Centre Built

In 1975, the Students’ Union Corporation (SUC) development fund grew enough to enable the Corporation to build a Student Centre – what is now known as The Cellar.

1975

1985

New Student Centre building

In 1985, due to the College’s increasing numbers, a new Student Centre building opened.

1985

1994

Board of Directors (restructuring)

The College was heavily involved with management of the SUC; but, in 1990, students took more control. In 1994, a restructuring of the Board of Directors took place.

1994

1996

S.U.C. name change

During 1996, the SUC discussed changing its name, and on Sept. 1, 1996, the SUC became the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA).

1996

2009

Control of food operations

The Association made the decision, in 2009, to end its former food and services contract and take control of food operation in the Student Centre.

2009

2010

Insurance plan & Bus Pass program

The Health and Dental Insurance plan and Bus Pass program both came into effect in September of 2010.

2010

2018

MSA re-branding

In 2018, the MSA underwent a total re-brand. The Lean On We slogan was introduced – this slogan was created in efforts to demonstrate that we are an Association students can count on, both in their student and professional lives.

2018

2021

Revamped vision, mission & values

In 2021, we revamped our Vision, Mission, and Values to be more student-focused, and so they better resonate with students and staff members.

2021

Who We Are🖐🏿

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The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) is a Non-Profit Organization built for and led by Mohawk College students through an elected Student Board of Directors (BOD). Though we are a separate entity of the college, we work collaboratively to support Mohawk Students.

We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice so they can achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.

Meet the 2021/2022 MSA Board of Directors

The Mohawk Students’ Association Board of Directors

The Board is made up of the MSA President, Vice President Internal Advocacy, Vice President External Advocacy, Vice President Finances, Fennell Directors, a IAHS Director, and Stoney Creek Director.

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The Mohawk Students’ Association staff

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A Historical Timeline

The Mohawk Students' Association has a rich history

Our history started in 1964 (back when Mohawk College was still known as the Hamilton Institute of Technology) when conversations about non-academic student activities first began.

Check out a few changes that have occurred throughout the years (although, this list only just scratches the surface).

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