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Longtime Dawson employee, James Richards, has passed away

February 16th, 2022

James Richards, a familiar figure at Dawson for almost 20 years, died on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the age of 73. James began at Dawson as a security guard in 1994 before joining the staff of Plant and Facilities (now Facilities Management). He retired in 2013.

Apart from his good humour and helping hand in performing his duties, James was an outstanding Dawson volunteer. He spent many hours of his free time preparing and staffing Dawson’s often prize-winning St. Patrick’s Day float for 15 years. And every December for too many years to count, he could be found behind the bar serving drinks with a wink and a joke at Dawson’s holiday parties.

James is survived by his partner Yvonne, his daughter Tara (Chris), grandchildren Dalia and Domenic, and his stepdaughter Vanessa.

In memoriam Dr. Stanley Rajiva

January 19th, 2022

We regret to inform you that Dr. Stanley Rajiva passed away on Nov. 29. Poet, scholar, academic, educator, musician, Dr. Rajiva was Professor of English Literature at Dawson College from 1973 to 2002.

Click Read More for his obituary.

The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign at Dawson

November 3rd, 2021

Poppies are available on a donation basis at one of the following Dawson locations:

  • Information Booth (second floor atrium)
  • Library Circulation Desk (5C.03)
  • Campus Life & Leadership Office (2E.06)

Lest we forget.

-Submitted by Kaye Francis of Student Services 

Tom Fox, retired Math teacher, has passed away

October 13th, 2021

Tom Fox, an award-winning Dawson Math teacher who personified the title Renaissance man has passed away at the age of 73. He will be remembered for his wry humour, his love of math, music and family.

A short excerpt from his obituary captures the essence of Tom’s passion for teaching: “Teaching was an opportunity to make people aware of the beauty of Mathematics and of the importance of that beauty. Teaching came naturally to him. […] His passion for Mathematics provided the context for the teacher he was to become. Fox was a legendary teacher, he made Mathematics accessible to all, inspiring many a student to choose it as a field of study. In 2009 Fox won the Teaching Excellence Award at Dawson College, and in 2020 he was awarded the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching in the Course Lecturer Category at McGill University.”

Click Read More for the obituary describing Tom’s storied life.

In memoriam Yasmin Hassan

September 29th, 2021

We were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time Humanities secretary Yasmin Hassan on Aug. 20. Yasmin was a Dawson employee for 30 years, having retired in 2005. She was pre-deceased by her husband Faruq in 2011, who had been a English teacher at Dawson for 30 years between 1974 and 2004 when he retired. Yasmin moved to Toronto some years ago to be closer to her son, CBC personality and comedian Ali Hassan and his family. He said of her passing: “She leaves behind a legacy of kindness, humility, and unrelenting positivity.” Those who knew her at Dawson can attest to those qualities as well as to her collaborative spirit with colleagues.

In memoriam Pamela Sachs

September 29th, 2021

We regret to inform you that retired English teacher Pamela Sachs passed away on Sept. 11. Click Read More to go to the obituary.

Sept. 13 was 15th anniversary and day of remembrance at Dawson

September 15th, 2021

Sept. 13 was the 15th anniversary of the Dawson shooting. On Sept. 13, 2006, student Anastasia De Sousa lost her life, others were injured and many experienced trauma. For those who survived, including teachers and employees who still work at Dawson, the anniversary remains a difficult day. The Peace Garden (on campus near the corner of Sherbrooke and Wood) was established in memory of Anastasia. It was the site of quiet reflection on Monday:

Everyone in Montreal remembers that day and Dawson was in the news:



City TV 

The Montreal Gazette 

Photo: Jennifer de Vera 

In memoriam: Chloé Sautter-Léger

August 18th, 2021

We are sad to share the news that the daughter of Sabine Sautter-Léger (Faculty, English), Chloé Sautter-Léger, has passed away suddenly.

Click Read More for the obituary.

Dawson flags at half-mast for 215 Indigenous children

June 1st, 2021

Dawson’s flags were lowered to half-mast on Monday morning to honour the 215 children who lost their lives at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and their families, and the countless others who never returned home from residential schools across Canada. The flags will remain at half-mast for 215 hours in total for each life lost.

In memoriam Jim McGill

May 18th, 2021

We regret to inform you that Jim McGill passed away on May 11. Jim worked at Dawson for over three decades until he retired in June 2008. He had served as Manager of Operations in the IST Department and also worked for the Academic Dean.

Click Read More for the obituary.

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Last Modified: February 16, 2022


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