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Richard Filion’s farewell video

December 15th, 2020

Our Director General Richard Filion will be retiring on Dec. 31, 2020 after 40 years of work in the CEGEP network!

Click Read More for a news brief and a link to Richard's Farewell Video addressed to Dawson colleagues.


Carmela Gumelli to serve as Interim Academic Dean

December 1st, 2020

The Board of Governors appointed Carmela Gumelli to the position of Academic Dean at their Nov. 25 meeting.

Carmela will serve an interim term from Jan. 1- June 30, 2021. With the support of the managers in the Registrar’s Office and her fellow deans, Carmela will continue as Dean of Academic Systems while taking on this new role.

After working as a teacher, program coordinator and campus director at a private college, Carmela joined Dawson College in 2005 as Manager of Admissions and Scheduling. She later served as Coordinator of Academic Systems before becoming the Dean of Academic Systems in 2014. Carmela holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting from McGill University and is a CMA-CPA.

Carmela is looking forward to new challenges and to working more closely with faculty.

Click Read More for homepage news story, which includes a link to the French version.


Two fundraising professionals join Foundation Board

December 1st, 2020

Fundraising consultant Elaine Lalonde (mother of North-South Studies alumna) and Claudia Mastrocola (Class of 2013, Community, Recreation and Leadership Training) joined the Board of Directors of the Dawson College Foundation at the Nov. 23 meeting.

The Foundation has bolstered its in-house fundraising expertise by welcoming these two new board members.

Elaine brings over 30 years of experience in fundraising to the Foundation. After several fundraising roles in the nonprofit sector, she is now a Senior Consultant with Global Philanthropic Canada Inc.

Claudia has seven years of experience managing fundraising events. She works as an event manager with the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation.

Myron Galan

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…


Diane Gauvin will be our new Director General

November 19th, 2020

Diane Gauvin will be the new Director General of Dawson College. On Nov. 18, following a recommendation from the Selection Committee and unanimous support from Senate, the Board of Governors appointed her to a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Diane has strong assets to lead a vision for Dawson College and to rally and engage the community to move forward on that vision, according to the Board of Governors.

Click Read More for the full appointment notice on our homepage.


Cathy Giulietti’s new role

November 19th, 2020

Following an evaluation of the position, the Executive Committee of the Board approved a change in classification of Cathy Giulietti's role as Assistant to the Academic Dean at their Oct. 14 meeting. She is now a member of the management team.

Cathy joined the College in 2015 and began her current role in 2017. “I value being a part of Dawson’s educational mission and am very enthusiastic about serving the College in this new capacity,” she said.

As Assistant, Cathy provides support to the Academic Dean for overseeing 26 programs, 950 teachers and the general quality of education at the College.

Cathy holds a Bachelor’s of Education from McGill University and is an experienced educator. In addition, she brings more than five years of management experience from the education nonprofit sector.


New role for Janet Pakulis

November 19th, 2020

Following an evaluation of the position, the Executive Committee of the Board approved a change in classification of the role of Janet Pakulis as Executive Assistant to the Director General at their Oct. 14 meeting. She is now a member of the management team.

Janet joined Dawson College in 2010 after a long career in the private sector as an executive assistant. Her first job at Dawson was in the Administrative Services Department, now divided into Human Resources and Finance.

About a year after arriving at Dawson, Janet began working for Director General Richard Filion as his Executive Assistant. It has been almost a decade that she has been serving in this important role. “I have loved working with Richard!” she said. “It has been a rewarding and absolutely wonderful experience.”

Janet’s job is to be the right-hand person of the Director General. She helps him keep things running well, including providing support to the Directors Group and acting as Secretary for Board meetings. Janet is looking forward to supporting the new Director General and helping in a smooth transition.

Diana Rice

Peace Centre update

November 19th, 2020

Diana Rice, Coordinator of the Dawson College Peace Centre, is back on duty after 11 months of maternity leave.

“I am excited to get back to work, dream big and continue to collaborate across the College with faculty, staff, professionals and management,” Diana said. “I will begin to plan online Peace Centre activities for the Winter Semester. As always, I welcome the whole community to contact me with your ideas or requests for support.”

Dean of Academic Development Catherine LeBel has also assigned Diana a supporting role as a pedagogical counsellor to faculty involved in certificates.

“We are happy to have Diana back and grateful for the service of Ildikó Glaser-Hille,” said Catherine. “Ildikó ​ did a great job as the interim programming coordinator of Dawson’s Peace Centre. She followed through on Diana’s plans and also made her own unique contribution to the mandate of the Peace Centre. It was a smooth and fruitful collaboration.”

Silvio Zenone

In memory of Silvio Zenone

November 3rd, 2020

Silvio trained as a Civil Engineer in the University of Rome in Italy, his birthplace, and worked with his father on roads and bridges damaged by the war. After coming to The States, he focused on his true interest, Physics, and received his Doctorate in Physics from Syracuse University in 1969. He taught at Syracuse…

R.I.P. Emile Hajjar

October 20th, 2020

We regret to inform you that Emile Hajjar passed away Oct. 8. Emile taught in the Business Administration Department at Dawson for four decades (1973-2013). He was a true original according to Business Administration faculty member Robert Soroka.

Click Read More for the obituary.

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Last Modified: December 15, 2020


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