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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.

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.

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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.

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In memoriam Gordon Peffer

May 4th, 2021

Gordon Peffer passed away recently and peacefully.

Gordon was among the first cohort of teachers hired by the College before opening day in September 1969. He was an English teacher and co-founded Reflections with Marie Crossen. Gordon retired in February 2002.

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In memoriam Alan Moscovitch

April 7th, 2021

We regret to inform you that Alan Moscovitch, retired teacher from the Psychology Department and the Reflections interdisciplinary option, died on March 20. Alan taught at Dawson from 1971-2011. He spent time on various committees, including the Board of Governors, during his tenure at Dawson.

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In memoriam David Price

February 23rd, 2021

We regret to inform you that David Price passed away Jan. 18. He was one of the original members of the English Department at Dawson College.

John Lucas, a long-time Chair of the Department, wrote a tribute. Click here to open the pdf tribute to David Price: In Memoriam David Price

In memory of Marjorie “Mimi” Morton

January 26th, 2021

We regret to inform you that Marjorie “Mimi” Morton passed away on Jan. 10. She taught English and Humanities for nearly 30 years at Dawson College, where she helped found the Women's Studies program. Mimi left Dawson in 1999.

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In memory of Myron Galan

November 19th, 2020

On Wednesday, November 11, a friend on Facebook informed me that Nadine Pirotte, Myron Galan’s wife, was trying to reach me and left me her phone number. So I immediately called her. “Myron passed away with Covid-19 on Monday, Nadine explained. One of the last things I was able to tell him was that Trump…

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