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Architect recalls transforming the motherhouse into Dawson

May 23rd, 2024

David Wigglesworth was never a teacher or staff member at Dawson but he worked here for 10 years.

David was the architect who oversaw the transformation of the Motherhouse of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame into Dawson College in the 1980s. On May 16, the Westmount Historical Association invited him to tell the story of this enormous project.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

New School community from today and yesterday celebrated 50th anniversary

May 9th, 2024

About 150 current and former students, facilitators, faculty and friends of New School attended a 50th anniversary celebration at Dawson on April 13. For many, New School was a defining moment in their lives.

It was “really great to see so many people from such a span of years come out with fond memories of New School,” said Andrew Katz, an English teacher who has been teaching in the New School for the last six years.

Andrew, who served as MC, asked the guests what had brought them back to New School. Various guests in the audience offered answers: “community, acceptance, sharing, memories, inspiration, love, safe places, challenges, accountability, growth, laughter, humour, Greta, identity, empowerment, party, making a difference, humanism, activism, care.”

To read the homepage report on the celebration, including thoughts from Diane Gauvin and Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, visit the link.

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Story behind the beautiful scilla blooms

April 25th, 2024

A photo of the scilla bulbs blooming on the Sherbrooke Street West side of the Dawson campus, published in the April 18 D Announcements, brought back memories for Eleftheria Styliaras, a technician in the biology department. Eleftheria wrote to the Communications team: “I wanted to share the story behind these beautiful blooms. These scilla were planted…

In memoriam Michel Pilon

March 27th, 2024

The Dawson AEC Commercial Photography Facebook page shared the sad news about retired faculty member Michel Pilon on March 24:

"It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Michel Pilon, a beloved former teacher in the AEC photography department. Michel was a passionate commercial photographer and an advocate for professional photographer’s usage rights. His contagious passion and love of photography and personable nature made him one of our finest teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. Thank you Michel."

Michel taught photography at Dawson from 2008 until he retired in 2017.

In memoriam Judy De Four

March 27th, 2024

We are saddened to announce the recent and sudden passing of Judy De Four at the age of 74. She was a great friend and mentor to many in her nearly five decades of service to Dawson College.

Judy began her Dawson career in 1975. She worked in Facilities Management before moving to Continuing Education & Community Services. In 2021, Judy retired from her job in the AEC Office.

17 years today

September 13th, 2023

It has been 17 years since the Dawson community suffered the tragic loss of one of its students, and many others were left wounded.

In honour of Anastasia De Sousa's memory and as an avenue for healing, the Dawson community planted a tree within the Peace Garden. The green space embodies life, renewal, peace, and remembrance, and stands as an inspiration for both teaching and learning. The College also presents the Anastasia de Sousa Memorial Award each year at graduation.

Another legacy of the community response is the Dawson Peace Week, held every year from September 13 to 21.

In memoriam Eugeniusz Zamorski

August 30th, 2023

We regret to inform you that retired faculty member Eugeniusz Zamorski passed away on June 6.

He was a teacher in Interior Design from 1980 to 2007. Visit the link to see his obituary.

Funeral and viewing for Frédéric Bastien is June 4

May 31st, 2023

On May 17, all Dawson employees were informed of the sad and untimely passing on May 16 of our colleague Frédéric Bastien, faculty member of the History Department since January 2007.

The viewing and funeral will take place on Sunday, June 4. Please visit the link for his obituary and details.

In memoriam Doug Rollins

May 17th, 2023

We regret to inform you that Doug Rollins passed away on April 26. Doug was one of the pioneering members of the Arts Sector of Lafontaine Campus in 1973. He taught English and Humanities courses, among them West Indian Literature and Jazz Listening.

He served on the Senate for many years. He played with the Blue Devils, the Dawson faculty jazz band, helping to organize their annual fundraiser concert for the Dawson Teachers’ Union scholarship fund that sent women to study engineering at École Polytechnique (following the 1989 tragedy there). He was also instrumental in the founding of the Dawson Blue Ring Society.

From 1997 to 2000, Doug and his wife Jill, an occasional Cont. Ed. teacher at Dawson, lived and taught in Singapore. Upon their return, Doug rounded out his Dawson life teaching Cont. Ed. in the early 2000's.

To see his obituary, visit the link below.

Dear Joe Rose: a Dawson love story

February 22nd, 2023

The Dear Joe Rose project started with a rose tattoo in 2011. A student of Kim Simard’s showed her his tattoo and shared the story of Joe Rose. He was working to get a plaque installed in the Conrod’s student space at Dawson in honour and memory of Joe. This plaque was installed in 2013.

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