Bello was presented with a Bronze Medal at Mohawk’s June 2012 Convocation.
The graduate of the Urban and Regional Planning Technician – Geographic Information Systems programme achieved honours standing each semester while volunteering his time as a Mohawk Students’ Association class representative. He was also a mentor and tutor to students on campus and frequently visited his former high school, Sir John A MacDonald, to speak to students and inspire them to continue their studies.
Bello maintained student membership with the Ontario Institute of Professional Planners and the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT). He was awarded a bursary from the association for his contributions to the college and community.
While making outstanding academic achievements and volunteer contributions, Bello excelled in leading Mohawk College athletics to a milestone. He was the first Mohawk student and the first Ontario winner of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Athlete of the Year across all CCAA sports.
As team captain, he led the Mountaineer men’s basketball team to the CCAA national title in March. In addition to a variety of other athletic recognitions, he received the Dr. Sam Mitminger Award for the highest athletic and academic achievements at Mohawk.
Bello has gone above and beyond as a student leader at Mohawk College and has balanced his academic grades and college and community responsibilities, while leaving a lasting impression on his instructors and fellow classmates.