Students in the Mohawk College Financial Services Program invested hundreds of hours raising more than $28,000 for both community and international Rotary Club of Hamilton AM Projects.  It was an experience that taught future financial planners, bank representatives and insurance agents how to get out there and support those less fortunate, while at the same time building contacts.  Although it was challenging  for some, Program Director, Christine DiCarlo, stressed how important it is to be connected to your city and area where you work by belonging to services clubs and other organizations.  Being part of the community is good for the community, but it also gets your name out there and gets you networking.

The short project - only two months long - was organized as a contest with prizes going to the top team and top ten students.   Edward Jones provided books and a head office tour and elegant dinner to the top 10 students.

Team from Mohawk Financial Services Class

Pictured here is the "Smooth Hotness" Top Team (not in any order):  Jen Pielechaty, Jay Firth, Michael Kwiecen, Abram Yap and Larry Boyle.  The top Three Individual Fundraisers were Jennifer Pielechaty, Marina Les,  and Sumit Aurora.

Monies raised will be distributed to Rotary Club of Hamilton AM projects in Malawi for Food Security and Microcredit and local projects for literacy in downtown Hamilton communities.

For more information on this, please contact Rotary Club of Hamilton AM PR Chair, Marta Stiteler at