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It’s time to smell the flowers! Last D News before summer break

June 1st, 2021

Summer is almost here and Dawson's Peace Garden continues to bloom and evolve. Here is a photo captured by Suzanne Bellefleur (Student Services, Dawson College Library) on Friday.

We wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing summer, with lots of time to smell the flowers, enjoy your loved ones and do your favourite activities.

This is the last issue of D News before the summer break. The next D News issue will be Wednesday, Aug. 18. If you have news or information to share at the beginning of the semester, use the submit news button or email before 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13.


Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace

June 1st, 2021

At a workshop on May 28, teachers, professionals and support staff learned about mental health, stigma associated with mental health and how to support colleagues, friends and loved ones. The three-hour workshop was hosted by Dawson’s Human Resources Department and led by a facilitator with Morneau Shepell, which runs Dawson’s Employee Assistance Program, a free…


5 tips to protect yourself against cyber attacks

June 1st, 2021

  Stop, think and check There is an epidemic of phishing (fraudulent attempts to get access to your computer/device or your data) these days. Please take a moment to think before clicking on a link in an email, text message or messenger app. Even when the sender is known, their account could be compromised and…

Join information sessions for all staff on new Code of Conduct

June 1st, 2021

As announced in the last issue of D News, a new Code of Conduct is coming into effect on August 1 for all staff, students and visitors to the Dawson campus.

Human Resources, with the collaboration of Students Services, will be co-hosting two information sessions for all staff to learn more about the new Policy and provide the opportunity to ask questions:

  • Wednesday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to noon

Please join us to learn more about how this new Policy will help ensure all members of the Dawson Community are not only provided a safe and healthy environment but are treated with respect and civility.

An invitation will be sent shortly by email to All Dawson with the links to join. 


Reopening society depends on vaccination rates

June 1st, 2021

Life is starting to return to a more normal situation and to stay the course toward a full and active life, the vaccination campaign must continue.

Everyone in Quebec who is 12 years old and up can be vaccinated.

The plan for a full return to campus for CEGEPs and universities is contingent on a vaccination rate (2nd dose) of 75% for those aged 16 to 29 years old by Aug.  15.

Encourage your students and the young people in your life to get their vaccinations without delay. 

Click Read More for a link to make an appointment. There are also several walk-in (no appointment) sites around Montreal.


Nursing teacher promotes environmental understanding for Quebec nurses

May 18th, 2021

For more than 20 years, Fiona Hanley has been an activist and researcher studying the impact of the environment on our health. In recent years, the Dawson Nursing Program teacher has been a key mobilizer in collaborating with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) to create a climate change committee.

Click Read More for the homepage news story and a link to her recent article on the OIIQ website.


Mentally Healthy At Work May 28 workshop

May 18th, 2021

Limited spots available for Mental Health in the Workplace, a workshop by Morneau-Shepell on Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand more about the most common mental health issues.
  • Recognize the typical symptoms associated with mental health issues and the behaviours that can be expected and exhibited at work.
  • Develop strategies for helping themselves or others (where appropriate) who are demonstrating behaviours associated with mental health issues

All employees are welcome to attend this session. Support Staff and Professionals, please seek approval from your manager.

Click Read More for link to register. 

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182 students have received DCFAB bursary to date

May 18th, 2021

A total of $ 127,250 has been distributed through the Dawson College Financial Aid Bursary (DCFAB) to 182 students to date. The average bursary was $699.

As a response to the economic hardships brought about by the pandemic, the DCFAB was set up last fall by the Dawson Student Union (DSU), the Student Services team of the College and the Dawson College Foundation (DCF). The Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur has provided additional support.

“We are working to ensure that Dawson students can continue their education without interruption. The creation of the DCFAB reflects our commitment to promote excellence in education, especially during difficult times," said Ursula Cabral of the DCF.

Students can continue to apply for the bursary through the DCF website.

Donations are still needed to keep helping our students in this unprecedented situation. Donate here


Peace Garden blooming on May 18

May 18th, 2021

Even though most of us are not on campus, the Peace Garden tulips were still blooming and beautiful on May 18, when this photo was taken. Send us your best photos of spring in your area and we will share them in the June 1 issue of D News, the last one before summer holidays.

Photo credit: Carey-Ann Pawsey, Communications Office

New Code of Conduct promotes safe environment for entire Dawson Community

May 18th, 2021

Everyone who comes to work, attends class or visits the College campus has a right to not only a safe and healthy environment, but to be treated with respect and civility. These principles are the basis of Dawson’s new Code of Conduct Policy that will apply to the entire Dawson Community, including students, employees, as…

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