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Change at the helm of the Dawson Foundation

February 22nd, 2024

Earlier in February, Steve Hatajlo (Class of 1981, Computer Science) handed over the presidency of the Dawson College Foundation to Sean Smith (Class of 2001, Pure and Applied Science). Steve has served as a volunteer on both the Dawson Foundation Board of Directors and Dawson’s Board of Governors for many years. He remains a member of both boards.

Dawson’s Communications Office interviewed the outgoing and incoming president. Visit the link for the Q & A.

Celebrating extraordinary Dawson students

January 24th, 2024

Last semester, Dawson College celebrated 33 students at the Fall Awards Night on Nov. 30. It was an occasion to celebrate the achievements, community involvement and perseverance of some of our extraordinary students. A big thank you to the donors, the partner organizations and of course, to the Dawson faculty and staff who help our students reach their potential.

In total, $19,800 was distributed to students who received awards last semester.

In this issue of D News, we have two features on the recipients of the new Dawson College Perseverance Award and the Mahsa Amini Scholarship.

To see all the recipients, visit the Fall Awards Celebration page:

Be inspired by the journeys of our first four Perseverance Award recipients

January 23rd, 2024

Noella Dorothy Beersa (Liberal Arts), Wynter Bryant (Arts and Culture), Eléonore Martin-Menga (AEC in Commercial Photography) and Judy Phuong Trinh Le (Pure & Applied Science) are the first four recipients of the new Dawson College Perseverance Award.

This award is funded through the Student Academic Enrichment Fund and is intended to encourage Dawson students from all programs and sectors to continue in their studies.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

Beloved Dawson fundraiser Artists in Bloom will be April 18

January 23rd, 2024

Artists in Bloom will be back for the 26th edition on the evening of Thursday, April 18!

The beloved Dawson fundraiser invites those who appreciate art and those who love to support young people to come and enjoy appetizers and drinks while watching student artists create works of art live. Later in the evening, the art works are auctioned off. In addition, a curated selection of art prints by student artists will be available for sale.

This year, all proceeds from ticket sales, the art auction and art print sales will benefit Dawson Athletics, providing some essential funding to allow student athletes to travel to away games.

$40,000 in grants from the Dawson Foundation for 14 projects

January 23rd, 2024

An interesting assortment of projects to benefit Dawson students in all programs was selected for grants by the Student Academic Enrichment Fund committee.

Visit the homepage news story for more info and a link to all the projects.

DC Model UN delegates “gaveled” and received honourable mentions at SSUNS

November 30th, 2023

The Dawson College Model UN (DCMUN) team had a great experience at the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) conference hosted by McGill University Nov. 9-12.

"Gaveling" is the highest award in the Model UN world and three Dawson students "gaveled" and others received honourable mentions.

For the homepage news story, visit the link.

Two new awards to be presented at Fall Awards Night

November 29th, 2023

Dawson College is holding our annual Fall Awards Night on Nov. 30.

“We will celebrate our students who are committed, perseverant, hard-working, caring and kind,” said Academic Dean Leanne Bennett. “The achievement of our students is our collective achievement- the ultimate result of the dedication of our teachers, support staff, professionals and managers and is, of course, shared with our students’ parents, activity leaders and coaches.”

Visit the link for the homepage news story about the two new awards that will be presented.

Great year for the Dawson Foundation

November 29th, 2023

Twenty projects to benefit students received funding in 2023 thanks to new funding available from the Dawson Foundation.

The new Student Academic Enrichment Fund (SAEF) received applications and provided funding for projects in the winter and fall 2023 semesters. Several projects would never have taken place without the new SAEF.

Read all about the last year at the Foundation in the Annual Report available in the link below.

Thousands of bulbs planted on campus this month

November 24th, 2023

Student volunteers worked with the Office of Sustainability on Nov. 14 to plant 2,700 bulbs in the Peace Garden in just two hours! Five hundred of those bulbs were planted around the big tree in the Chiefs’ Garden, Jenn de Vera said.

The volunteers planted more bulbs in other areas around the campus later that week. Pink bulbs were planted near Anastasia’s tree, which was planted in memory of Anastasia De Sousa. Around the Peace Pole, blue and red bulbs were planted to represent the new partnership with Canadore College. The North Bay college received some bulbs from Dawson and will be sending photos in the spring of their blooming campus.

A total of 4,000 bulbs were planted at Dawson in the Peace Garden and the Three Sisters Garden. Hundreds more have been gifted to partner institutions and organizations.

The tulips and spring bulbs were purchased from a Dutch wholesale supplier by the Dawson Foundation. It was Dawson’s biggest bulb order ever.

Dawson moose activity made the news

November 8th, 2023

The First Peoples’ Centre hosted a traditional moose field dressing and cookout on the west grounds of the College on Oct. 24. Under the guidance of elders and knowledge holders, Cree, Inuit and Kanienʼkehá꞉ka students participated in the preparation, while welcoming other members of the Dawson community to participate as well. Over the course of the day, students from many communities were able to reconnect with customs not commonly practiced in our urban setting.

Tiawentí:non Canadian of the First Peoples’ Centre oversaw the planning of the successful event that will generate other learning opportunities over semesters to come. This winter, students will tan the moose hide during an outdoor activity, and Brian Mader of the Environmental Science program will use the moose skull for a biology course activity. The food prepared during this initiative will feed students at the First Peoples’ Centre well into the winter semester.

The First Peoples’ Centre thanks Living Campus and the Dawson Foundation for providing a chest freezer for food storage following the event.

CBC News was on campus to report on the activity. See their coverage of the story here:

Photo credit: Tristan Beauregard 

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Last Modified: February 22, 2024


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