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Students and staff learn bike maintenance skills at workshop

May 31st, 2023

Students and employees showed up with their bikes to learn how to change a tire, adjust brakes and do basic tune up’s on May 23. Mech Tech faculty member Adam Kingsland led an outdoor bike workshop.

Adam facilitates the workshops by ensuring all participants can get their hands dirty to benefit from the hands-on learning.

Jocelyn Parr (faculty, History) said: "I loved the workshop with Adam! It was accessible to all types of cyclists and it was the first time I'd ever changed my own brake pads. I left feeling like I might even be up to swapping out some cables and maybe even my derailleur!"

In addition, the Sustainability Office was able to form a partnership with local bike shop Martin Swiss cycle, just a 5-minute bike ride from Dawson. Simply present your student or employee I.D. and you will receive 15% off on all accessories. (Discount not applicable to bikes or labour)

Pictured: Jocelyn Parr (History) and Adam Kingsland (Mech Tech). Photo credit : Sophie La Font

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Miriam on Campus can help you until June 22

May 31st, 2023

The last day of the Miriam on Campus Program will be Thursday, June 22. The program will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The program’s purpose is to promote the development of work, social and interpersonal skills in an integrated work environment for people with special needs. They are currently at Dawson during the work week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their office is located in the 5B. 16 area.

The Miriam members can help you with all kinds of tasks: small amounts of paper shredding, putting up and taking down posters, flattening boxes, and/or assembling the boxes, they help in the kitchen cafeteria (wrapping food for example), laundry, reception at PARC, helping out with a variety of gardening tasks, bringing items to shipping, mailing, packaging, cutting old folders, collecting recycling, assembling packages and much more.

You can reach out to Melicha Dorset if you would like some help: 514-931-8731, ext. 1537 (Dawson Program) or

Moving toward 1,000 species on campus

May 31st, 2023

In the past two weeks, the Dawson community has observed 10 new species, made 83 new observations and added one new observer to our Dawson Community-Campus Biodiversity Network on the free app iNaturalist.

These observations are moving us closer to our goal of identifying 1,000 species in 1,000 days!

As of May 31, the total species count is at 548. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the project. Download the free app iNaturalist, join the Dawson community project and start observing! To count, the species must be observed within Dawson’s city-block campus.

Pictured: Coccinelloidea beetle observed and posted by second-year Environmental Science student Ruisi Yang on May 25.

Read more about: Students from two courses beautify Dawson’s Living Campus

Students from two courses beautify Dawson’s Living Campus

May 31st, 2023

  Physical Education teacher Paul Wasacz reported: “The Eco landscaping class was the second of its kind offered through the Physical Education department along with the Sustainability Office.” “Students learned about overall wellness and the importance of reciprocity.  If you take care of something, if you make a difference and improve well-being for all, those…

Read more about: Save the date and plan to participate in Peace Week

Save the date and plan to participate in Peace Week

May 31st, 2023

Dawson Dining Sept. 13 – 21, the Peace Centre and the Dawson Student Union combine forces once more to bring you seven days of free vegan meals. Look out for notices to sign up to volunteer when the semester starts anew. Urban Gardening with SustainabiliTEAM Sept. 13 – 21, faculty are encouraged to start the year…

Check out summer programming from Cont. Ed.

May 31st, 2023

Enhance your language skills with our non-credit language courses, capture memories with our photography classes, and stay ahead in the digital era with our computer and technology courses. Enroll today! Visit to explore our course catalogue and take the first step towards personal growth and professional development.

Implementation of Dawson’s Strategic Plan to begin in Winter 2024

May 31st, 2023

The College has decided to delay the launch and implementation of its five-year Strategic Plan slightly in order to ensure the extensive consultation process thus far is properly considered.  The College plans to submit the Strategic Plan to the Board of Governors in Fall 2023 and begin implementation in Winter 2024.

“The consultation process on the Strategic Plan has been more extensive than ever before and we sincerely appreciate the feedback we’ve received from the community. We want to make sure the document reflects the richness of this feedback, so it is taking a little more time than originally expected,” said Leanne Bennett, Academic Dean.

In addition, the necessity to implement Bill 96-related measures on curriculum and admissions has kept many employees of the College quite busy, causing some delay in progress.

If you’d like an update on the activities and progress of the Strategic Plan Design and Writing Committee, visit the Strat Plan Teams site to view posts on the timeline for development of the plan and on some of the draft components developed so far. Feedback is welcome in the form of public comments on the posts.

The Strategic Plan Design and Writing Committee includes Sameer Bhatnagar, Quality Assurance and Planning; Cathy Giulietti, Executive Assistant, Academic Dean; Dianne Hawryluck, Academic Advising; Ian MacKenzie, Faculty; and Alan Stewart, Assistant to the Academic Dean.

Read more about: Sustainable Happiness registration open for support staff & professionals

Sustainable Happiness registration open for support staff & professionals

May 31st, 2023

Support staff and professionals have the amazing opportunity to use work time to attend and do the course work for Dawson’s Sustainable Happiness non-credit course. Did we mention free? The Sustainable Happiness course is free and is guaranteed to help you be more happy, sustainably. What is Sustainable Happiness? “Happiness that contributes to individual, community…

Eight faculty projects approved for funding through Dawson Foundation

May 31st, 2023

Eight projects proposed by faculty have been approved for funding available through the Dawson Foundation’s Student Academic Enrichment Fund.

The projects that will receive funding in 2023-2024 are: Illustration Quebec membership and events, AR Cité - AI production tools and community awareness, Ecology & Culture (Costa Rica complimentary course), Resources for Science on tourne, Sonic levitator kits for student labs, Interprofessional Education Symposium, Facilities visit for outdoor education programming, and the Cuba Trip (North-South Studies/ Social Change and Solidarity).

Three of the projects – the Cuba trip, the Interprofessional Education Symposium and the Facilities visit for CRLT – have been approved for three years of funding.

This year, all proposals received were reviewed and approved by the SAEF committee: Megan Ainscow, Communications; Fred Jansen, Foundation; Geoff Kloos, Student Services; Catherine Lebel, Dean of Academic Development; and three student representatives from the Dawson Student Union. Each relevant sector dean also approved.

A total of $39,795.17 will be distributed by the Dawson Foundation to implement these projects that will enhance the academic experience of our students in a wide array of programs.

1,000 species in 1,000 days update

May 17th, 2023

Dawson is more than halfway toward our objective of identifying 1,000 species in 1,000 days!

Since the last D News issue on May 3, there were 369 new observations, 40 new observers and 56 new species identified in the iNaturalist community called Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network.

Ink Cap mushrooms (pictured) were observed and posted by second-year Environmental Science student Ruisi Yang on May 4. They are expected to be added officially to the species count shortly.

As of May 15, Dawson’s species count was at 532.

Everyone is invited to participate, download the free iNaturalist app, create an account, join the project Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network and log your observations on Dawson’s campus. You can also donate to this Living Campus project here.

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