For almost four decades, Laurie Cahill was a fixture at Mohawk College. That came to an end this past week when Cahill’s manager of athletics and recreation position was eliminated in what the college termed restructuring and he was let go.
Cahill, who joined Mohawk 37 years ago, wrestled with understanding the college’s move.
“I am very disappointed to be leaving Mohawk College after 37 years of involvement as a student, athlete, alumni and employee. With so much work to be done at this, the busiest time of the year, this is very difficult to rationalize.
I want to thank all my staff and community partners over my administrative career for sharing my loyalty and commitment to providing the very best for the students of our College. In particular, Rob Reiner and Hillfield Strathallan for our most unique partnership which allows Mohawk students the maximum opportunities possible; my friend and colleague Bernetta Scime who was unwavering in our 20 years together with a work ethic and passion unmatched in post secondary Athletics.
“And to all our coaches who so unselfishly sacrificed time from their own families and personal lives to enrich and teach our students new skills on and off the fields of play.”
Cahill fells much needs to be done at the growing college based on Hamilton’s west Mountain campus.
“Mohawk’s antiquated athletic facilities compared to our competitors makes it difficult to attract students and provide them with a quality experience in Health, Fitness and Recreation. I desperately wanted to initiate and be a part of that before ending my career and this will be a tremendous void on my list.”
The 61-year-old Cahill was inducted into the Ontario Colleges of Athletic Associations Hall of fame as a builder. He had served as the OCAA’s vice-president of marketing and VP of finance and awards.
I’m proud to say I worked as hard as I could, as long as I could, to help our students any way I possibly could. I’m such a lucky person to have so many friends and great experiences in my role prior to this year, which I will cherish forever.
“I owe all that I’ve accomplished to the love and support of my wife Anne and daughter Sarah throughout these years.”
In the re-structuring, Michelle Ball, who was manager of student life, is now director of student experience and athletics.