Six employees complete Sustainable Happiness course
Six employees at Dawson and seven employees at John Abbott College successfully completed this semester's Employee Sustainable Happiness 24-hour certificate. Jennifer de Vera (Sustainability Office) and Azra Khan (Human Resources) facilitated the course and Dawson lent Jenn to lead the John Abbott course with Shannon Coulter-Low.
The non-credit course developed at Dawson, now being taught around the world, aims to help people live their best lives by taking care of themselves so they can in turn take care of others and Nature.
Sustainable Happiness is a major benefit to Dawson employees who are given work time with the approval of a manager to take the course. Each participant must complete a final project.
Jenn reports that this year's projects included:
- Benefits of talking to strangers
- Mapping where ingredients from meals come from and how to improve
- "Reel it in" upcycling VHS tapes from the library through creative projects
- Laminating all English Exit Exam signs for annual reuse and adding the biophilic design of live plants to the gym during the exam
- Creating a zen area in the Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) office, and doing daily actions for happiness with CLL staff and student volunteers
Earth Weeks 2023 at Dawson
A full program of activities is happening at Dawson from April 17-28 for students and employees to celebrate Earth Week, connect with Nature and learn about ways to live more sustainably.
On Tuesday, April 18, Jonathan Egan’s Introduction to Outdoor Education Class participated in a Bioblitz in the Peace Garden with Biology teacher Brian Mader, who is leading the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative. For a few hours, the students observed life in the Peace Garden and added to Dawson’s count. One way, they observed many kinds of life was by lifting up a slab of old tree trunk in the eco circle of the Peace Garden (pictured).
All students and employees are invited to help identify 1,000 plants, animals and other kinds of life on our city block in downtown Montreal. To date, a total of 455 species have been identified. From April 10-17, the Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network on the free app iNaturalist had 58 new observations, 12 new species added, and four new observers.
Sustainable Happiness in Mexico
Jennifer de Vera and Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office were in Mexico in late March to see the final projects of students in the Dawson-developed Sustainable Happiness Course at Preparatoria Comunitaria Tres Marías, a senior high school located in the mountains near the city of Cuernavaca. Jenn and Chris were also on hand to give the students their SH certificates at the school's 25th anniversary.
Many students gave things away as part of their SH final project, Jenn said. Noteworthy projects included a grandfather-granddaughter intergenerational gardening project with a garden herb give-away, a succulent plant give-away with pots that were painted with positive quotes, and a mushroom identification project on campus. "They use what they have and the resources of the land," Jenn said. She came home inspired by the Mexicans' warmth and authentic community and reported that the Mexican partners are eager to continue their projects and their partnership with Dawson.
Last Modified: May 3, 2023