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Meet the awards recipients of Winter 2023

August 30th, 2023

In case you missed it: over 50 Dawson students were recognized for their hard work, perseverance, and community involvement in the Winter 2023 semester.

Along with many other graduation awards, the newly established Jeff Barnaby Award for Film Production was presented for the first time during the graduation ceremony on June 20. The award was created to honour the innovative Mi’gmaq filmmaker and Dawson Cinema|Communications alumnus, Jeff Barnaby (1976-2022). The award is given to a graduating student in the Arts, Literature and Communication Program as seed funding for script development or the production of a short film.

We would like to congratulate the first person to receive this award, Cinema | Communications student Caleb Gales, who said “I see this award as much more than a financial contribution; it is also an enormous milestone in my filmmaking career. I intend to put 100% of my effort into this project and use this as an opportunity to teach myself more about the world of professional filmmaking.”

The funds for this award were contributed as part of the Romany Eveleigh Gift for Students in the Arts.

Dawson College would like to thank the teachers and staff who support all our students and award recipients throughout the year.  We are also grateful to our generous donors who make these awards possible.

Please visit the link to see the Winter 2023 Award Recipients page.

The application and nomination period for Fall 2023 awards will take place from September 27 to October 11. To find out more about the awards being offered this semester, visit

If you would like to volunteer to serve on an award selection committee for the Fall 2023 semester, sign up here:

Two Dawson students honoured with Lt-Gov. Youth Medal

May 31st, 2023

For their commitment to making their corner of the world a better place, graduating students Joseph Anali Kapita and Kiana Lalavi received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Youth Medal.

For the homepage news story, please visit the link.

QWF College Writers Award application deadline is June 5

May 3rd, 2023

The Quebec Writers' Federation is accepting applications for the 2023 College Writer Award. The award will go to the best short story, poem, or work of nonfiction written in English by a college student at Champlain Regional, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, Marianopolis, or Vanier College.

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Quebec Writers’ Federation's online journal.

The submission guidelines for Dawson College are posted on Omnivox.

Questions? You can join the Zoom info session on Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m., or contact

Meet Dawson’s 2023 Forces AVENIR cohort

May 3rd, 2023

Every year, Dawson has had extraordinary students, teachers and staff who enrich our community with their projects, perseverance and passion.

This year, Dawson is recognizing individuals: student Kitenge Kayembe and faculty member Joel Trudeau for their commitment; and student Fred-Dgennie Louis for her perseverance. Dawson is also recognizing students for their great projects: Narcisse Hassan and Kaligua Rochon for the Dawson Sustainability Project in the Environment category; and students Kiana Lalavi, Shaneli Yaghoubi, Kiera Robak and Lina Adda for The Mahsa Amini Initiative in the Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice category.

The local ceremony will be Thursday, May 4 at Dawson. Both projects are moving forward for consideration at the provincial level of Forces AVENIR. Check the next D News on May 17 for a feature on our 2023 laureates.

Graduation will be June 20

April 5th, 2023

This year, graduation will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts. All staff are most welcome to attend but will need a ticket.

The information and invite will go out to Dawson students who graduated in the Summer and Fall 2022 semesters and this semester’s potential grads this week. More details will be communicated to the community in June, including how to get a ticket. It is expected that there will be a ceremony in the afternoon and another one in the evening.

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March 22nd, 2023

  →The Anastasia De Sousa Memorial Award – 1 recipient of $1500 This award commemorates the intelligence, drive, and determination of Anastasia De Sousa, who was killed during the shooting tragedy at Dawson College on September 13, 2006. This award is given to a full-time (or deemed full-time) graduating student, who has a learning disability…

Last chance to apply/nominate for Forces AVENIR

February 22nd, 2023

Deadline is Monday, Feb. 27! Up to $100,000 will be given out this year in the form of grants and project funding through Forces AVENIR awards. Find out more about the awards and how to apply or nominate a student or staff member in the Read More link.

Two more students continue legacy of Anne-Marie Howlett’s passion for nursing

November 30th, 2022

At Fall Awards Night on Nov. 24, Susan and Michael Howlett were at Dawson for the presentation of the Anne-Marie Howlett Memorial Award in honour of their late sister and daughter, who was in her first year of Nursing when she passed away tragically 40 years ago.

Click Read More for the homepage news story about the two students who won this year.

Work can overcome talent in math says Harry Fainsilber recipient

November 30th, 2022

The inaugural Harry Fainsilber Memorial Award was given to Parnia Akhavansaffar at the Fall Awards Night on Nov. 24. Several family members of the beloved Mathematics teacher who passed away in 2015 were in attendance.

Click Read More for the homepage story, including Parnia's thoughts on math.

DTU Award goes to student with don’t-give-up message

November 30th, 2022

The Dawson Teachers’ Union Polytechnique Memorial Scholarship is given to a student who has shown a commitment to persevering and overcoming obstacles within their field.

This year, the award was given to Fred-Dgennie Louis, a student in Computer Science, who said: “It means a lot and I am very grateful. It was the least thing I expected since figuring out my path and where I wanted to go has been a struggle. You know after high school, you’re thrown into a completely new environment, and you’re just expected to go on, graduate and then go to university.”

Click Read More for the homepage story, which includes Fred-Dgennie's message to students who are struggling and for women and gender minorities in male-dominated fields.

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