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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.

Dawson grad wins major bursary

November 9th, 2023

In October, Blain Haile (Dawson Class of 2023- Social Science (Law, Society and Justice) won a $5,000 TELUS Student Bursary.

Blain is pursuing a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, & Social Justice Studies.

Visit the link to read about her favourite teachers at Dawson, her commitment to volunteer and advocacy projects and what's next for her.

Dawson grad and student are finalists for College Writers Award

November 8th, 2023

Charles Brisson (third-year student in 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery) and Nemesis Jarry (Class of 2023- Arts, Literature and Communication – Literature) are two of three finalists for the Quebec Writers Federation College Writers Award.

The winner will be announced at a gala on Nov. 13.

To read their writing entered in this competition and for interviews with them, go to the homepage news story:

To read the QWF press release, visit the link below.

Watch: alumni share Dawson memories at Homecoming 2023

October 25th, 2023

Watch a short souvenir video of Dawson's inaugural Homecoming event from last September where alumni — some of whom are now valued employees — reflect on their time as Dawson students.

Visit the link to watch the video.

Humanities courses helped Dawson grad find his way and his why

September 27th, 2023

What’s the point? was the theme of the Humanities and Public Life Conference the week of Sept. 18 at Dawson and a graduate returned to answer this question in a most convincing way.

Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon (Class of 2022, Social Service) only met teacher Daniel Goldsmith after he took his Humanities course online during the pandemic. They continue to enjoy a lively discussion on What’s App about the themes in the Enlightened Consciousness course. It was through this ongoing conversation that Daniel had the idea to invite Andreas back to Dawson to speak to students about the value of Humanities courses.

Visit the link below for the homepage news story.

Good times and happy reunions at first Homecoming

September 27th, 2023

“I met my best friend at Dawson and we came together.”

“Dawson made such an impact on me during my first years in Canada; I had to come.”

“There is just something special about the Dawson community and I had to come back and be part of it again.”

These were the sorts of comments we heard from graduates, retirees, employees and even current students who attended Dawson’s first-ever Homecoming on Sept. 23.

Special thanks to the Homecoming Organizing Committee, the staff who worked on a Saturday to make it happen, the teachers who hosted reunions and our event sponsors: the Burgundy Lion Group, Shaughnessy Café and Chartwells Canada.

Visit the link below for the homepage news story and more photos.

Kung Fu athletes bring back 22 medals from Pan Am championships

September 13th, 2023

Seven athletes who train with the Wing Chun Kung Fu group VTMTL-Dawson competed at the 4th Pan American Kung Fu Championships in Toronto Aug. 3-6 and came back with 22 medals!

Please visit the link for the homepage news story.

Peace Week’s Dinner and Drag show choreographed by Theatre grad

September 13th, 2023

Dawson Professional Theatre graduate Ken Antonio Rillo (Class of 2009) will be back at the College for Peace Week. He is the choreographer for the main act and lead dancer in a special Peace Week event called Dinner and Drag on Sept. 21.

Please visit the link below for the homepage news story.

Homecoming Q & A

September 13th, 2023

Dawson’s first-ever Homecoming is almost here!

We brought your questions to Dawson’s Homecoming organizing team: Megan Ainscow (Class of 2004, Liberal Arts), Carey-Ann Pawsey (Class of 1990, Social Science), and Christine Layne (Class of 2015, Laboratory Technology- Analytical Chemistry).

Q: Who is coming to Homecoming?

A: As of Sept. 13, about 800 people have sent an RSVP to Dawson’s Homecoming 5 à 7 and another 800 have indicated that they are going or interested on the Facebook event page.

We know that retired and current teachers, graduates and current and retired employees are planning to attend.

For all the Q & As, please visit the link below.

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:

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Last Modified: February 22, 2024


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