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In memoriam: Mara Gutmanis Grey

November 30th, 2022


New Coordinator of Renovations

November 16th, 2022

Samuel Vallery Saint-Hilaire is our new Coordinator of Renovations on Dawson’s Facilities Management team. Under the supervision of Wai Bong Shum, Samuel will be working alongside Jorge Sanchez, Coordinator of Auxiliary Services.

“We are delighted to welcome Samuel to the team,” Wai said. “He has the right background for the role and he brings his engineer thinking to our work.”

A graduate of École Polytechnique, Samuel is a member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec. His most recent experience was with Bombardier. Samuel’s first day at Dawson was Oct. 31.

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In memoriam: Cin | Comm graduate and Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby

October 19th, 2022

Acclaimed Mi’gmaq filmmaker and Dawson Cinema| Communications alumni, Jeff Barnaby died on October 13, 2022 at the age of 46, after a year-long battle with cancer. Jeff was an immensely gifted and highly original filmmaker whose exceptional talents were clear from the start. Fresh out of film school, his early, surrealistic shorts From Cherry English…

New Manager of Scheduling and Registration

October 19th, 2022

Sean Frenette succeeds Orphée Pierre as the new Manager of Scheduling and Registration in the Registrar’s Office.

While this is a new role for Sean, he has worked at Dawson since 2000 and is well known and appreciated by his colleagues.

“We are so excited to welcome Sean in this new role,” said Julie Brosseau, Associate Dean of Academic Systems. “He has been a reliable member of our team for more than 18 years. It was important for us to promote from within our team. We see great potential in Sean and we are gaining all his years of experience and knowledge.”

In addition to his long service at Dawson, Sean is one of our graduates - Class of 1999, Creative Arts. Sean began his new job on Oct. 17.

Joel Tyrrell’s retirement featured by CBC News Montreal

September 7th, 2022

Joel Tyrrell's retirement on Aug. 19 made the news! CBC News Montreal ran a feature story about him looking back on his 49-year career and his impact at Dawson and in the community.

To find the Aug. 28 CBC story, click on the Read More link and then search for Joel Tyrrell. (The story is live but the direct links are glitchy)

Recognition of Service … and a good time was had by all

August 24th, 2022

The large room in 3C.1 was dressed up in its finest to receive the 130 guests during the Recognition of Service reception and dinner. It was the largest gathering of its kind in Dawson history as the retirees from 2019-2022 were celebrated as were employees marking 25, 26 and 27 years of service.

The trend toward retirement truly showed itself as there were more than three times as many retirements, 101, as there were in the group marking the years of service, 33. The mood was light and convivial, and those in attendance were happy to reconnect after long absences due to campus shutdown or having taken retirement.

The last honouree to be presented with a gift and certificate was former Director General Richard Filion who retired in December 2020. He received a rousing introduction by Michael Goldwax, Chair of the Board of Governors, which was met with equally rousing remarks from Richard, who spoke of his admiration for the Dawson community, its spirit and its resolve, and to continue to fight the good fight for the benefit of our students.

Photo Gallery available here: 

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News from the Communications Office

August 24th, 2022

On Aug. 22, Director General Diane Gauvin welcomed back Megan Ainscow as the Head of Communications. “I am most grateful to Donna Varrica for leading the Communications Office for the last year,” Diane said. “It was an action-packed year and we are fortunate that we could count on Donna’s experience and wise counsel.” Donna will…

Basketball hall of famer Joel Tyrrell retires after 49 years of service

August 24th, 2022

Joel Tyrrell arrived at Dawson in 1973 as a Social Science student and did not really leave until he retired on Aug. 19, 2022!

His career has been “very fulfilling and appreciated,” he said in an interview with Dawson’s Communications Office.

Click Read More for a feature story on the occasion of Joel's retirement.

Recognizing Catherine Moore for exceptional leadership in Nursing

May 18th, 2022

Catherine Moore has been working in Dawson’s Nursing Department since the fall of 1974. She has taught generations of students within the same family and seen others become colleagues. In light of National Nursing Week last week (May 9-15) and her upcoming retirement, Dawson would like to thank Catherine for her exceptional leadership and lifelong commitment to shaping Quebec’s future healthcare workers.

“Nursing is finally getting recognized for the valued profession it is," she said. "This is solely due to all the nurses, teachers and students who have worked tirelessly and selflessly during the pandemic.”

Each year, over 60 Dawson Nursing students graduate after completing over 1,000 hours of direct patient contact, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes to provide excellent care.

"Nursing allows you to deal with all aspects of the person; physical; emotional; mental; spiritual. As you put the whole picture together, you become an excellent advocate for patients' needs," said Catherine. "Nothing is more satisfying than having a patient say 'Thank you for being my nurse today.'"

Read more about: In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

In memoriam Lyle Cruickshank

May 4th, 2022

Obituary:  Those who are unable to attend can watch the service May 7 at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom or YouTube. Zoom: Meeting ID: 845 8785 6503 Passcode: 947671 YouTube:

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