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Colleagues shared knowledge at Support Staff Training Day

December 15th, 2020

Support Staff Training Day was held Dec. 3. The program included training on Teams, Planner, Sustainable Happiness, diversity and anti-bias. Sessions drew 30 to 75 participants, and there were prizes drawn for participants in each of the four sessions. The presenters were Jonathan Perlman, Jennifer de Vera and Debra Gill, colleagues who shared their knowledge and best practices. Virginia Law, Mona Leroux, Santa Di Stefano and Stela Blazic won prizes.

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Deadline extended to Jan. 31 for Sexual Violence Prevention Training

December 15th, 2020

All employees must complete a mandatory 40-minute training on Sexual Violence Prevention as part of the College's Policy on Sexual Violence.

The deadline has now been extended until Jan. 31. You can do the training in modules or all at once. You can also take breaks. This is something you are expected to do as part of your job during working hours.

For more information and how to take your training, please click on Read More.


Important changes announced by SSQ to your insurance plan

November 3rd, 2020

The College has been informed of important and significant changes to the SSQ group insurance contract, J9999 (applies to Professionals and Support Staff).  All changes will come into effect January 1, 2021. The new group insurance plan is named “Alter Ego” and all members currently enrolled with SSQ will be required to register their choices for the new plan through the SSQ online Customer Centre between November 9 to December 4, 2020.

The SSQ has created a website, , which has important information detailing the new plan structure, types of coverage and cost, informational videos and more.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Freund at

Voluntary Workload Reduction deadline is Nov. 15

October 20th, 2020

The Faculty Voluntary Workload Reduction deadline is Nov. 15. In order to apply, you must submit the newly introduced VWR application form. The form can be found here:

Please download the form, complete it and submit it to


Amplifying Sustainable Happiness

October 20th, 2020

Dawson participants, as well as many from outside the College, are experiencing the concept of Sustainable Happiness (SH) and exploring its implications, both personally and professionally.

During the next six months, SH facilitators will be offering programs for Dawson students, staff and managers. A program for another college will start next week.

A recent SH certificate was also just completed by Colleges and Institutes Canada staff in Ottawa, while a certificate offered in Spanish is on-going with an international group. Both external groups piloted the use of the SH Journal, also introduced to students within four Dawson psychology courses this semester.

Student Services will make 500 additional journals available to students, serving as a method that may help students distance from stress.

Sustainable Happiness programs review sustainability principles and actions that help us as individuals, help others, and/or help the planet. How these actions contribute to happiness, in turn, is identified as a component of well-being that involves positive emotions, satisfaction and fulfillment. Find more information about Dawson’s SH programs here.

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Online Ped Days a success!

October 20th, 2020

About 325 teachers, professionals and managers attended the first-ever online Ped Days event last week. Usha James of The Critical Thinking Consortium returned to Ped Days for the opening keynote Oct. 13 and Michelle Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology gave the closing keynote address Oct. 16. Many firsts at this year’s Ped…


New Faculty Orientation is Oct. 13

October 7th, 2020

Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation is designed to introduce new faculty to information about college services and procedures, teaching at the college level and tips for engaging students. The orientation includes asynchronous and synchronous components: Welcome from the Deans and Directors of Dawson Competency based education and the program approach Academic integrity at Dawson Faculty deadlines Faculty roles and responsibilities Classroom…

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Registration for Ped Days is on!

October 7th, 2020

Faculty members and professionals are invited to participate in the Dawson College Pedagogical Days taking place next week from Tuesday, Oct. 13 to Friday, Oct. 16. Registration is now open for the Pedagogical Days program. Join your colleagues on Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m. for a keynote session by Usha James entitled “Seizing opportunities and meeting…


SSQ implemented a change to their group insurance

October 7th, 2020

Effective September 1, 2020,  SSQ implemented a change to their group insurance contract J9999 regarding health insurance and employees that are 65 years and older.  As of this date, one of two options are available to any employee who is 65 years old and older.

The two options are:

  • Maintain your participation in the group health insurance plan with SSQ (this includes prescription drugs)
  • Opt out of the group health insurance with SSQ and enroll with RAMQ (this option is irrevocable).

For further information please see the following links:

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If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Allison Freund at

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Sexual Violence Prevention Training must be completed by Jan. 31

October 7th, 2020

Your sexual violence prevention training is now available. Dawson College is under legal obligation to have this policy in compliance with the Quebec Act to Prevent and Fight Sexual Violence in Higher Education Institutions. As such, all employees must have completed the 40-minute training related to the Policy on Sexual Violence by Sunday, Jan. 31,…

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