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Sustainable Development Goals artwork by Illustration students showcased by Colleges and Institutes Canada

October 11th, 2023

“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals” illustrated by students in the Illustration program at Dawson won the 2023 student art competition of Colleges and Institutes Canada.

“36 illustration students collaborated on this fanzine project along with Sustainable Dawson,” said Stéphanie Aubin, co-chair of and instructor in the program. “They had to create an illustration that would be evocative and powerful visually. Their illustration could be based on a personal experience or a researched fact. Each student's approach to their subject was different, which makes the project even more unique.”

Three of the winning students shared their thoughts about the project. Visit the link below to read the three interviews and for a link to view the two fanzines of the SDG art.

Peace Week 2023 proposed a world where everyone’s identity and voice can be celebrated

October 11th, 2023

Dawson College's annual Peace Week has always been a platform for insightful discussions on pressing social issues. In 2023, the theme of the 8th Annual Peace Week was "Exultation: Queer Freedoms & Futures."

This event, which was held Sept. 13-21, celebrated the vibrant history of queerness while exploring the possibilities of a world where freedom of expression, safety, and unconditional love prevail for all gender and sexual identities. The event brought together a diverse group of speakers who shared their thoughts and experiences on the path towards true liberation from oppressive norms.

Visit the link below to read the homepage news story.

Night observation session pushes species count to 810

October 11th, 2023

In our goal to get to 1,000 species identified on Dawson's downtown campus in 1,000 days, our total is now at 810 species! Over the last two weeks, there were:

  • 119 observations
  • 22 new species
  • 13 new observers

"A large contributing factor was the Nighttime Biodiversity Observation we did last week," said Brian Mader, project lead and a Biology teacher. "Two teachers, one staff member, five students and one alumnus stayed for sunset and beyond with insect traps to observe biodiversity at night.

"Students were able to observe multiple bats and a skunk! Although the photos were not great for these organisms, students were able to get some nice shots of a House Centipede (Cassiana Silva-Young, Enriched Pure & Applied Science) and a Narrow-winged Tree Cricket (Jacob Davies, Environmental Science).

Toward 1,000 Species on Campus

September 27th, 2023

Our pursuit of identifying 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days continues!

Over the last two weeks, there have been:

  • 287 observations
  • 21 new species
  • 14 new observers

Dawson’s Campus Biodiversity Network count on iNaturalist is now at a total of 788 species.

Thanks to Doug Smyth (Physical Education) for the great shot of a Bold Jumping Spider.

Dawson an “excellent” Cégep Vert

September 27th, 2023

ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU) has certified that Dawson College has met the criteria for the excellence level of its Cégep Vert program. This means that Dawson is at the highest level of CEGEPs that are committed to environmental education and action.

“They gave special mention to our Dawson Wetlands Project, completed in Paul Wasacz’s Eco-Landscaping Physical Education course,” said Chris Adam of Dawson’s Office of Sustainability.

Faculty interested in designing projects that reconnect people, community and Nature like the Dawson Wetlands project should contact the Office of Sustainability to learn how they can support you and your students.

Photo: Chris Adam and students check out the brand new worm composting system.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

Try out Dawson’s fitness classes & rec area until Sept. 22

September 13th, 2023

Until Sept. 22, it’s Open House at Campus Recreation also known as Dawson’s fitness facilities or PARC*.

Employees and students as well as the public can come and try out -for free- our weight rooms, rock climbing wall, and gym sports. There are also a variety of fitness classes, including pilates, circuit training and karate. Employees enjoy discounted prices.

Check out the schedule and pricing for the fall season.

More info:

*Entrance to PARC gyms and fitness facilities is on your left when coming through the Metro tunnel to the Lower Atrium (lockers).

Free non-credit Cont. Ed. courses for Dawson employees

September 13th, 2023

Any Dawson employee who has been employed for at least six months may take courses for free in the College’s Centre for Training and Development (CTD).

Fall registration is on now and many courses begin in mid to late September. To register, a Dawson employee must email either Cindy Cousins or and fill out a form.

Dawson’s CTD offers a wide array of courses:

Computer and Technology



Art courses


Species count on Dawson’s campus now at 772

September 13th, 2023

The Dawson College Campus Biodiversity Network species count continues to grow. The total stands at 772 as of Sept. 13. Dawson aims to identify 1,000 species on campus in 1,000 days.

In the past two weeks, 45 new observers joined the iNaturalist Dawson community and 22 species were added to the count.

Two of the newly added species were:

  • Clouded Sulfur by Ana Sofia Hernandez (Pure & Applied Science student)
  • Pole Borer, pictured, by Lindsymae Corpuz (Cinema | Communications student)

Everyone is welcome to join the project. For more info and how to join, see the launch story:

If you need help getting started or would like to get your class involved: reach out to Brian Mader (, and inquire about borrowing the mobile biodiversity toolkit with field guides, binoculars, iPads with microscopes, insect nets, and much more!

Dawson Dining on now through Sept. 21

September 13th, 2023

Every lunch hour from now through Wednesday, Sept. 20, you are invited to drop off your reusable container at the Conrod’s kitchen prior to 11:30 AM. Come back at 1 PM and pick up your container filled with a satisfying and free vegan lunch. This is our beloved tradition of Dawson Dining- Peace Week edition.

Dawson Dining ends on Thursday, Sept. 21 in the evening. That day, Dawson Dining is a supper (dinner) of the closing event Dinner & Drag in 5B.16. Drop off your reusable container by 4:30 PM outside of 5B.16. Come back to 5B.16 at 5:15 PM and eat your Dawson Dining meal while enjoying a Drag show by House of Manny.

Dawson Dining is sponsored by the Peace Centre and the Dawson Student Union. If you are interested in volunteering for Dawson Dining during Peace Week, please contact Diana Rice,

Food donations needed

September 13th, 2023

The Food Bank shelves are in desperate need of your support. “Students will opt to purchase their OPUS to get to school above groceries," says Yvonne Dudley of the Financial Aid Office.

"I am asking for the Dawson Community to bring what you can to 4E.2 or I can bring my trolley to you to collect any donations. I am forever grateful for the continued support of the Dawson College community to make this project a success.”

Current needs:

  • canned proteins: tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, ham
  • canned vegetables: corn, carrots, peas, green or yellow beans, mixed vegetables, potatoes
  • ready to eat: chef boy r dee, baked beans, soups and stews
  • carbohydrates: rice, quinoa, barley, couscous, pasta
  • instant meals: e.g. Kraft Dinner
  • Anything you can bring in!

The Dawson College Financial Aid Food Bank is available to all registered students 12 months of the year.  Students can come during drop-in times (2:30 to 4 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays) or they can email for an appointment.

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Last Modified: October 11, 2023


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