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Dawson Timeline of Events

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Peace Centre Dedicated

Dawson inaugurates the Centre for Peace Education through which the Peace Studies Certificate will be offered for the first time

September 12, 2014
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Diane Gauvin becomes Academic Dean

July 2014
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First EWeek Event

Led by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education, Dawson holds its first edition of EWeek, a huge success

February 2012
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Conference: The Role of Education in Peace and Nonviolence

Dawson hosts an international conference on the role of education in peace and nonviolence, in partnership with Association of Canadian Community Colleges as part of commemorative events

October 2011
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Inauguration of Ecological Peace Garden as living memorial

The 5th anniversary of the tragedy at Dawson is marked by the inauguration of the Ecological Peace Garden in the presence of the community, hospital and police service partners, and families most affected by the tragic events

September 13, 2011
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Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education is established to provide resources and pedagogical tools to support entrepreneurial education for students and graduates

September 2011
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College Education for First Nations

The KIUNA Centre for College Studies is inaugurated in partnership with Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Council for First Nations Education to offer college education in the social sciences to First Nations students

August 2011
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First CCTT awarded

A College Centre for Technology Transfer in Innovative Social Practices (CCTT-PSN) is awarded to Dawson in partnership with Cégep du Vieux-Montréal to further develop expertise in research and services for the integration of persons with disabilities into study and work environments

August 2011
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Strategic Plan 2010-2015 is adopted

October 2010
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The Graduate Profile defined

At the heart of the Strategic Plan lies the Graduate Profile, an approach that aims to teach students inside and outside the classroom to graduate as informed, responsible, and fully engaged individuals

October 2010
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Huge demand for college education

Application demand at on-island colleges reaches peak; Dawson accepts 300 more students over the threshold for the largest enrollment in its history

August 2010
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SPACE: Cross-disciplinary project

S.P.A.C.E. (Science Participating with Arts in Culture and Education) is launched, an innovative project that encourages students to contribute their talents and skills to exploring common ground across the disciplines

October 2008
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Dawson celebrates 40 years!

In the celebration of 40 years since receiving its letters patent, Dawson recognizes the pioneers of the CEGEP system, including a good many who continue to serve as teachers, professionals, support staff and managers

September 2008
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Sustainable Dawson is born

A bold initiative to set objectives and implement measures to reduce the impact of the College on its environment is launched

September 2008
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New Theatre and expanded Atrium

After many years at the Dome theatre on Notre-Dame, and to create more space for students in the Upper Atrium, new construction is completed and celebrated with an official opening ceremony

November 29, 2007
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Confucius Institute in Quebec

Dawson inaugurates the Confucius Institute in Quebec with partner Beijing Normal University

October 4, 2007
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Marking first anniversary of tragedy

Commemorations of first anniversary of tragic events include a tree-planting on the site of the future Peace Garden, and a commitment to the ideals of peace and nonviolence

September 13, 2007
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Robert Kavanagh is appointed Academic Dean

November 2006
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Tragedy at Dawson

An heavily armed assailant lays siege to the building entrance on De Maisonneuve, and in the Upper Atrium, killing first semester student Anastasia De Sousa, 18, and injuring 16 others

September 13, 2006
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Dawson responds to need for more student space and facilities

Construction of new Theatre and expansion of Upper Atrium begins

June 2006
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Neville Gurudata steps down as Academic Dean after 14 years

June 2006
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Professional development for faculty

To enhance opportunities for faculty to participate in professsional development activities, Dawson creates he Office of Instructional Development

June 2005
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New Office of Program Services

The Office of Program Services is created, regrouping program evaluation, program revision and program development; International Development is also added to the portfolio

June 2005
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Richard Filion named Director General

January 2005
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Dawson’s first strategic plan is adopted, covering the period 2004-2009

June 2004
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Second generation Student Success Action Plan

Included in the Strategic Plan is Dawson’s revised Student Success Action Plan with the aim to raise graduation rates, improve pass and retention rates, job and university placement rates, and support to new students

June 2004
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Patrick Woodsworth steps down as Director General after 13 years

September 2004
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New art gallery to showcase work of students, graduates, faculty and guest artists

The Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery is inaugurated, named for a longstanding Chair of the Board of Governors and longtime supporter of Dawson's visual and applied arts programs

March 14, 2002
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Selby campus sold, ending the chapter on Dawson’s multi-campus history

September 2001
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Office of Institutional Research established

Dawson creates unit to coordinate the collection and dissemination of statistical information for both internal and external reporting purposes with the ability to conduct targeted research

June 2000
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The first Student Success Action Plan is adopted by the Board of Governors

September 2000
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F & H wings opens on Atwater Campus

Completion of F and H wings to house Business Technologies, Social Service and Community Recreation Leadership Training; Selby campus is closed

September 1996
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Neville Gurudata is appointed Academic Dean

June 1, 1993
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Patrick Woodsworth is appointed Director General

September 1991
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The G wing opens on Atwater Campus

The first phase of construction to expand the building at Sherbrooke and Atwater is completed and now houses the visual arts programs

August 1991
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New Dawson campus opens on Sherbrooke Street West at Atwater

Fall 1988
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Gerrard Kelly is appointed as Director General

August 15, 1988
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Career Council created

Career Council is established to share and strategize on issues pertaining to career/technical programs

August 1986
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Patrick Woodsworth is named Academic Dean

May 1, 1986
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A revised Mission Statement is adopted by the Board which stands to this day

April 7, 1986
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Robert Lavery named Director General

July 1, 1984
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Liberal Arts program approved by Senate

September 30, 1982
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Dawson closer to long-held dream of a single campus

The agreement to acquire the property on Sherbrooke and Atwater that belongs to the Sisters of the Congrégation-de-Notre-Dame is signed

August 11, 1982
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Sarah Paltiel appointed Director General

July 1981
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Julia Newell appointed Academic Dean

March 1, 1981
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Dawson adopts first Mission Statement

April 1978
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Ross Paul is named Academic Dean

August 1977
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Dawson Institute of Photography opens, offering courses at 4333 Ste-Catherine campus

Fall 1976
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Grant Brown appointed Academic Dean

August 18, 1975
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Lease for 485 McGill Street signed to serve as Victoria campus

June 25, 1975
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Robert A. (Squee) Gordon is named Director General

January 27, 1975
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Visual arts programs move into newly leased De Lorimier campus

September 1974
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First production at Dome Theatre

April 17, 1974
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First meeting of Senate

November 8, 1973
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New School established, taking up residence at McGregor building

September 1973
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Richelieu and Lafontaine added to Dawson’s campuses

August 1973
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Dome Theatre becomes new home of drama classes

August 1972
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Showmart at Berri turned into Dawson’s gym facilities

May 1972
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4333 Ste. Catherine leased to house Continuing Education

June 1971
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Robert A. (Squee) Gordon is appointed Academic Dean

June 1, 1971
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Academic Council (today’s Senate) meets for the first time

March 31, 1971
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The second incoming class more than doubles in size to 3,513 with 285 full-time teachers

September 28, 1970
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Dawson adds Viger Campus

Dawson signs lease on its second campus on Viger Street, formerly an Hautes Études Commerciales property

June 1970
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Dawson welcomes its first incoming class of 1,655 students with 111 full-time faculty

September 23, 1969
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Dawson gains membership in the Fédération des cégeps

July 1969
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Dawson gets its first campus, on Selby Street in lower Westmount, formerly the Charles E. Frosst building

July 1, 1969
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Louis Sontra is appointed the first Academic Dean of Dawson College

June 23, 1969
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Paul Gallagher is appointed the first Director General of Dawson College

November 25, 1968
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Letters patent granted to create Dawson College

September 3, 1968
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Quebec government passes legislation to create the CEGEP system

1967
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