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Sustainable Happiness in Mexico

April 5th, 2023

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.

25th Edition of Artists in Bloom is April 20

March 22nd, 2023

Springtime means that Artists in Bloom is back! The event will be in-person on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in 3C.1 It will also be possible to buy prints online from April 11-28. This year will be the fundraising event’s 25th annual edition— a quarter century! We are excited to welcome you to the event and to see what our talented student artists will produce. Advance tickets are only $20 and will be for sale as of Monday, March 27 in 2E.6 and 4A.1 Your ticket gives you entrance to the event, one drink and hors d'oeuvres.

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World youth coming to Dawson for Sustainable Happiness camp

March 22nd, 2023

About 50 students from colleges and polytechnics around the world will be at Dawson April 21-26 for an International Youth Camp. This event is part of the World Congress 2023 on Collective Intelligence, organized by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

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Dawson reimagining the College landscape

March 8th, 2023

When one thinks of college campuses, images that come to mind may include manicured lawns, park benches and perhaps an institutional shrub garden and flagpole near a main entrance.

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Dear Joe Rose: a Dawson love story

February 22nd, 2023

The Dear Joe Rose project started with a rose tattoo in 2011. A student of Kim Simard’s showed her his tattoo and shared the story of Joe Rose. He was working to get a plaque installed in the Conrod’s student space at Dawson in honour and memory of Joe. This plaque was installed in 2013.

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Contribute to Dawson’s new landscape plan

February 8th, 2023

Dawson’s Sustainability Advisory Committee is developing a Landscape Master Plan and wants to hear from the Dawson community. With the community’s input and ideas, committee members are dreaming about and reviewing how we use the college building envelope and grounds.

All Dawson employees are invited to give feedback by contacting the Sustainability Office or attending a drop-in info session:

  • Thursday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Co-Lab 3F.43

This is your chance to make your suggestions about the use and design of our campus for leisure, organized recreation, learning, increasing biodiversity, promoting health and well-being for all.

Written feedback or sketches can be sent to Sophie La Font in the Sustainability Office (4B.3A). Faculty members are welcome to involve their classes in this process, please contact Sophie La Font if interested.

Holiday gift-wrapping yields $9,900 for our Living Campus

January 25th, 2023

The Dawson Foundation and the Sustainability Office would like to thank the 33 volunteers who gave their time in December and all those who donated at the Dawson gift-wrapping station in Alexis-Nihon Mall.

Over 21 days of holiday gift-wrapping, a total of $9,900 was raised. These funds will be used by the Sustainability Office for learning activities and projects that contribute to well-being for all on our Living Campus. While getting their gifts wrapped, visitors and donors learned about Dawson’s Living Campus projects, including the gardens, the beehives, the Monarch Butterflies and more.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on SH

January 25th, 2023

On Jan. 16, Karina Gould, Canada’s Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, visited Dawson to learn more about our Sustainable Happiness Course.

This is what she tweeted about it after her visit:

“A #sustainable future includes having a healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyle. Through the Sustainable Happiness Certificate, students at @college_dawson develop strategies to integrate positive psychology, well-being and happiness in our everyday lives.”

Read more about: Dec. 19 deadline for Sustainable Happiness course for support staff & professionals

Dec. 19 deadline for Sustainable Happiness course for support staff & professionals

November 30th, 2022

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.”  -Dr. Catherine O’Brien Dawson students, support staff and external groups have participated in the peer-to-peer Sustainable Happiness educational experience since Winter 2020. The weekly sessions are developed with a goal of reconnecting people, community, and…

Read more about: Gift-wrapping volunteers needed to raise funds for sustainability projects

Gift-wrapping volunteers needed to raise funds for sustainability projects

November 30th, 2022

For years, the Alexis-Nihon shopping centre across the street has been like a second home to the Dawson community – from dashing over (through the tunnel in bad weather) for lunch to getting groceries or doing a little shopping. Dawson will see an extension of its relationship with Alexis-Nihon once again this holiday season when…

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Last Modified: April 5, 2023


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