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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Who we are

The Enrolment Services department is made up of individuals with unique skills and experience that together form one amazing team.

We are good at what we do because, at one point in our lives, we were all in your shoes! We had to navigate our way through post-secondary education in an ever-changing world. 

Our combined experiences will help connect you with the right person so you get the right information, at the right time!

Meet our frontline coordinators

  • Maria-Jose Martinez – Senior Coordinator

    Maria has always had a passion for helping others. With that intention in mind, she received her Advanced Diploma in Business Administration-Human Resources from Humber College and, upon graduating, worked as an Enrolment Advisor at the college for three years. Maria then transitioned to a position at Ontario Tech University as a Records Assistant, where she assisted with the preliminary stages of digitalizing the student records database.

    A year later, Maria received a promotion which enabled her to put her passion for helping others to further use working on the front line for what was then called the Registration front line. Maria’s exemplary skillset gained her another promotion when the Office of the Registrar amalgamated their services, leading to her current role as an Enrolment Services Coordinator II. Currently, her portfolio includes—but is not limited to—registration and convocation inquiries, as well as working on the creation of a standardized exam deferral process.

    When not working, Maria likes to spend time with family and friends, and enjoys playing softball, boxing, golfing, and travelling.

  • Diana Salim*

    Having a passion for customer service, Diana completed the Hotel and Operations Management program at George Brown College. She likes to travel and learn about other cultures, and had the opportunity to explore different tourism trends in Europe as part of a study abroad program. She also completed an internship in South Korea.

    Diana began working in post-secondary education in 2015, and held positions at George Brown College and Durham College prior to coming to Ontario Tech. Diana is eager to assist students through their academic journey with the university.

    In her free time, Diana enjoys learning languages, travelling, and watching movies.

    *Currently on secondment.

  • Emily Laverty

    Emily has almost two decades of experience in the post-secondary industry—spending most of her time working at Ontario Tech in various academic advising roles. She is a natural “helper” and loves seeing students and colleagues succeed in their chosen fields.

    Emily loves to laugh and have fun at work, while remaining curious about different learning opportunities available on the Enrolment Services team. She is learning as much as she can about OSAP to ensure students receive accurate, timely, and up-to-date information to help fund their academics.

    Outside of work, Emily enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Harleen Bajwa*

    Harleen is a bubbly, resourceful and motivated individual, striving to make a positive lasting impression. She attended a regional arts program and graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) with a Bachelors in Politics and Governance. Following graduation, she dove into administrative roles, gaining her passion for helping others and providing excellent customer service.

    Outside of work, Harleen enjoys working out, cooking, and keeping up with the latest interior design trends with DIY projects.

    *Currently on secondment.

  • Janine Haynes

    Always a disciplined child, Janine found solace through physical activity. Her pursuits led her to study performance arts at Ryerson University, where she graduated from the theatre program. Following graduation, Janine spent more than a decade travelling the world working with various companies as a performance dance artist. It was during her travels that Janine uncovered her love for the cultures and languages of the countries she visited. Through these experiences, she began to value the ability to communicate easily in foreign countries without the need of a translator.

    After retiring from the field of dance, Janine received her English teaching certification, moved to Europe, and taught students from the ages of 5 to 80. Once she moved back to Canada, Janine put her belief that everyone should be able to afford a post-secondary education, and her passion for meeting new people, to use when she gained employment at Ontario Tech University. She started working as a Financial Aid Assistant for Student Awards and Financial Aid, transitioned into the role of Student Awards Administrator, and finally to her current position as an Enrolment Services Coordinator II.

    While work does keep her on her toes, Janine still enjoys travelling, practicing and teaching yoga. She continues to perform with a Toronto-based Latin dance company.

  • Jeannmy Zamora

    Jeannmy is a committed professional with a solid foundation in project coordination, student services, and office administration. She places great value on fostering strong relationships and facilitating effective communication.

    With over two decades of professional experience, Jeannmy has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional customer service, displaying strong problem-solving skills, and maintaining a keen eye for detail.

    During her free time, Jeannmy finds joy in spending quality moments with her family and friends.

  • Mairead Sheehan

    Mairead has always had a passion for helping and working with others. She has a strong customer service background with eight years of experience, previously working in retail as a supervisor and an analyst. She graduated from Nipissing University in 2020 with a Criminal Justice degree. After four years at Nipissing, Mairead loved the university atmosphere and found interest in working with and helping students. She hopes to continue to use her passion for helping others while working at Ontario Tech.

    Outside of work, Mairead loves rollerblading, spending time with friends, and concerts/live music.

Meet our administrative coordinators

  • Aymen Sohail

    Aymen is an exuberant and dedicated individual with a profound passion for assisting others. She graduated from our Organizational Behaviorand Human Resources Management program in Fall 2023 and joined our team in October 2023. Prior to this, she gained valuable experience as a University Works student with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies team in Fall 2022.

    In her leisure time, Aymen delights in engaging in various activities such as working out, gardening, cooking, and watching TV.

  • Melanie Richard

    Melanie Richard is an Ontario Tech University alum of the Communications and Digital Media program and has over ten years of customer service experience.

    With her inquisitive mind, she’s always asking questions and enjoys learning new things. In addition to helping students with enrolment concerns, Melanie works on the communications sent from our Office of the Registrar directly to you!

    Melanie spends her spare time with her family and friends, hosting parties and getting as many stamps on her passport as possible.

  • Roxanne Kerr

    Roxanne started her Ontario Tech journey in 2019 as an international student from Jamaica. Her interest in both science and law led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science with a specialization in Biology. She began working in the Office of the Registrar in 2020 through the University Works program as an Enrolment Services Junior Clerk, then joined as a Enrolment Services Coordinator in July 2023. 

    Roxanne has a passion for helping others, so naturally, her favorite part of the job is assisting her fellow students with their inquiries to ensure that they feel supported at the university. She has also worked as an International Student Leader and, in this role, she worked with the International Office to support incoming international students in their transition to university and to life in Canada.

    In her free time, Roxanne enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and watching movies.

Meet our junior clerks

  • Aisha Hussein

    Aisha is an Ontario Tech University student, currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She joined the Office of the Registrar as a Junior Clerk through the University Works program in September 2023, and enjoys supporting others and has a passion for helping her fellow students.

    In her free time, Aisha enjoys watching documentary videos and spending time with people. She also loves being around nature, especially when she needs some “me time.

  • Eshal Azhar

    Eshal began her journey at Ontario Tech in 2022, pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and OBHR. She began working at the Office of Registrar as a Junior Clerk through the University Works program in May 2023. She's motivated to help others and support her fellow students at the university.

    In her free time, Eshal likes to bake, watch anime, and travel.

  • Maida Chaudhry

    Maida began her journey at Ontario Tech in 2020, pursuing her Bachelor of Information Technology degree in Technology Management. She began working at the Office of Registrar as a Junior Clerk through the University Works program in September 2022. She's motivated to help others and ensure their problems are addressed.

    In her free time, Maida likes to play badminton, cook, travel and go for walks.

  • Naeemah Rahim

    Naeemah began her journey at Ontario Tech University in September 2023 as a student, pursing a Bachelor of Honours in Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science specialization. She joined the Enrolment Services team as a Junior Clerk in the same timeframe.

     In her spare time, Naeemah likes to bike, cook and read.

Meet our management team

  • Andra Drinkwalter – Director, Student Financial Assistance and Enrolment Services

    Andra graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Culture, but enjoyed the university environment so much she joined Ontario Tech as an employee when it first opened its doors to students in 2003. Over the years, she has held progressive positions throughout her career at the university and continually strives to build inclusive, supportive and positive teams. Her goal is that these teams will be able to be successful in providing high quality service and support to students.

    Outside work, Andra keeps extremely busy with her husband and two kids, pursuing her master’s degree, playing soccer and reading.

  • Mhairy McLachlan – Manager, Enrolment Services

    Mhairy worked in the entertainment, technology, and telecommunications fields before joining Ontario Tech University. Her passion for helping others is what led her to the institution—first as Manager of Communications in the Office of the Registrar, then as the Manager of Enrolment Services.

    As a long-time mentor and advocate for young adults, at-risk youth, and young professionals, Mhairy strives to impart students with the knowledge, tools, and support to succeed both in school, and in life.

    When not working, Mhairy can most often be found working out, making plans to travel the world with family and friends, and researching home renovation ideas.