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Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020

Communications Office, Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Help break the isolation of Dawson seniors and retirees

Help us help the older members of our community. People over 70 are supposed to be staying inside at home.

If you are a staff member or a retiree over 70, let us know if you need a friendly telephone visit or if you could use a grocery or pharmacy drop off.

Younger staff, let us know if you are available to help out. We will match you up!

Please contact Carey-Ann Pawsey or Lucy Segal at or at

From the Director General

Message from the Director General

I am writing this to you from home, where I am spending most of my time working. This is an historic time and we are facing an unprecedented challenge.

My main focus right now is to find ways to support our employees so that you may support our core mission to educate students.

I want to reassure you that my team, the Academic Dean, the directors and deans, are working very hard to support you. Click Read More for the full message from Director General Richard Filion.

Read More - Message from the Director General

Homepage news, Well-being for all

Dawson Homebody: fitness tips from our Phys. Ed. teachers

Have you been putting exercise on the back burner? Are you having withdrawals from the gym? The Dawson Physical Education Department has you covered. Our Phys. Ed. teachers have prepared a Dawson Homebody workout. Click Read More for their tips and exercises.

Read More - Dawson Homebody: fitness tips from our Phys. Ed. teachers

Communications Office, Well-being for all

Dawson pets are living their best lives!

The dreams of our dogs and cats came true this week. They are loving being home with their person/people. We have some very happy and cute pet photos submitted by Dawson employees. Send yours in and we will share a collection next week! This photo is of Anne Piggott's dog Maple.

Well-being for all

Stay home and save lives

Social distancing is the way we can "flatten the curve" of the COVID-19 pandemic. To protect the most vulnerable and our healthcare system:

  • Stay home and avoid unnecessary outings
  • Avoid all close contact with people unless necessary
  • Never shake hands
  • Cancel/avoid all travel
  • No parties, no play dates and no playgrounds
  • Read a good book or watch a movie
  • Listen to music
  • Learn something
  • Catch up with friends and family online or write a letter
  • Create, dream, meditate, pray
  • Clean up, organize, repair and renovate
  • Walk, run, bike

Read More - Stay home and save lives

Communications Office

Your input and content requested

D News is your news- the news of the employees of Dawson College. We would love to hear from you!

  • We are featuring the pets of Dawson living their best lives. Send us your photo(s) of your pet(s) enjoying this unplanned staycation.
  • Do you have a creation to share with us? We would like to feature Dawson artists and creators. Send photos of your work or links to your  work online. Art, writing, videos, hobbies- we are open. Please include a text to tell us about you and your work.
  • Do you have Dawson related news to share? Perhaps you have something to share with the community like our Phys. Ed. teachers or English teachers.
  • Are you working on an interesting research project? Tell us about it.

We want to hear from you! Submit through the news contribution form in the Read More link or email

Read More - Your input and content requested

Communications Office

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Perhaps a way to celebrate this year is to take part in a Shamrock Scavenger Hunt. In many neighbourhoods, people are hanging a shamrock in their window for the kids to find when they are out for a walk. For more info, see the Read More link. You could always celebrate on social media and share your shamrock there too.

Read More - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Peace Centre, Well-being for all

COVID-19, fear and working together

In the 2017 film, Going in Style, Michael Caine’s character found himself in the midst of a bank heist. As he handed his wallet to the robber, the masked thief gave it back to him, telling the old man, “It is a culture’s duty to take care of its elderly”. I’d like to extend that…

Campus Life, Events

Events cancelled through April 12 and building closed until March 30

Due to the public health guidelines issued by the Quebec Government, all events at Dawson College are cancelled through April 12 and the College building is closed to everyone from now until the morning of March 30. That is the status today, March 17. We will notify you if there are further changes.

Book/article/video recommendation

Some things to do for free and fun online curated by Dawson staff

Some of our staff have curated some great resources on the internet to pull out when you finish your book or get bored. Click Read More for our list.

Read More - Some things to do for free and fun online curated by Dawson staff

Well-being for all

2 p.m. today: virtual meditation meet-up

In a time when leaders are telling us not to panic, meditation can help us make space to observe and befriend our emotional reactions. Daniel Goldsmith of our Humanities Department will offer a guided meditation on Zoom at 2 p.m. today. Click Read More for the link.

Read More - 2 p.m. today: virtual meditation meet-up

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life

First Int’l Math Day celebrated last Thursday

The first International Day of Mathematics (March 14) was celebrated at Dawson on Thursday.

Andreea Panait of Dawson's Mathematics Department reported: "We started the day with some wonders in Mathematics, then we moved to the history of Calculus and we ended with some applied math in creating interesting apps. To complete the day, we gave prizes for the math poster contest."

Students Sara Boubekri (pictured with Andreea) and Zaina Mahran were the winners.

Awards Office

Awards Office – still open for business!

The Awards Season is still on and we need your help in various ways. Nominations are open, Awards Committees need volunteers, etc. Please Read More for all the details.

Read More - Awards Office – still open for business!

Book/article/video recommendation

Recommended reading & free access to books

Bassel Atallah of our English Department offers these classic English literature reading recommendations for you and they are all available for free in the Read More link.

1) Wuthering Heights

2) Great Expectations

3) The Three Musketeers

4) Pride and Prejudice

5) The Mysterious Island

Read More - Recommended reading & free access to books

#DawsonProud, Dawson Gives, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

Dawson students start babysitting service for those in need

Dawson College student Tristan Hamer has created a volunteer movement of young people in high school and CEGEP to provide free or pay what you can babysitting services for people in need of childcare during the school shutdown. The students have been featured in Le Journal de Montréal and La Presse. Click Read More to read the article in La Presse.

Read More - Dawson students start babysitting service for those in need

Well-being for all

Katherine McWhaw offers mindfulness exercise

Katherine McWhaw, Coordinator of Dawson's Quality Assurance and Planning Office, practices meditation and mindfulness. Last June, she offered this mindfulness exercise to reduce stress at the Support Staff Training Day. Click Read More for the exercise.

Read More - Katherine McWhaw offers mindfulness exercise

Communications Office, Sustainability

Look who came to visit

This little racoon came to visit the Communications Office March 6. He hung out on the outside of this window, napping and grooming himself, for at least five and a half hours. He attracted a lot of attention and we enjoyed his visit! Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office said that when it gets mild, they go out exploring looking for something to eat. If you spot wildlife on campus, or your new home campus, send us a photo and description of your encounter using the news contribution form.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 461

DawsonITE is your weekly curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

  • 2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report
  • Establishing a Sustainable Process to Measure Learner Performance
  • McGraw-Hill Adds AI to Writing Software for High-Enrollment Courses

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 461

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Last Modified: March 17, 2020


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