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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.

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.”

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In memory of Myron Galan

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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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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.

R.I.P. Norman Bimson

September 22nd, 2020

We regret to inform you that Norman Bimson passed away Sept. 1 after a lengthy illness. He taught Humanities at Dawson College from 1979-2001.

Appointment of Mike O’Hara

September 8th, 2020

Mike O’Hara was hired June 22 as the Helpdesk Manager, a new position on the Information Systems and Technology (IST) team.

Drawing on his 21 years of experience at the College, Mike ensures the timely delivery of quality technical support service to both students and employees.

Mike is enthusiastic about his new challenge. The Helpdesk team, which counts 16 staff members, has never been busier than during this hybrid and online semester.

R.I.P. Gordon Masten

August 25th, 2020

We regret to inform you that Gordon Masten (Professional Theatre) passed away suddenly on July 26. Gordon was the beloved husband of Jude Beny, Chair of Professional Theatre (Acting).

Donations can be made in Gordon's memory to the Dawson College Foundation here.

His talent agency posted this tribute: 

An obituary was published in The Montreal Gazette:

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Recognition in our hearts this year

June 9th, 2020

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Read more about: Greg Bagshaw appointed Coordinator, IT Operations

Greg Bagshaw appointed Coordinator, IT Operations

May 26th, 2020

Greg Bagshaw began his new role as Coordinator, IT Operations at the beginning of May. This role involves overseeing the Help Desk, maintenance of all computer equipment (about 2,500 computers at Dawson) and procurement of IT related products and services. Greg comes to Dawson from John Abbott College and prior to that, he worked in…

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