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Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021

Sustainability, Well-being for all

Butterflies being released every day at 12 p.m.

The Monarch butterfly chrysalises were all adopted by Dawson teams and employees, including a few first-timers. As of today, 93 have been tagged and released in the Peace Garden.

Come enjoy a wonderful moment with the butterflies every day at the Peace Garden (near Sherbrooke and Wood corner of the campus) at 12 p.m. Many of the remaining chrysalises are quite advanced- so make a plan to see them this Thursday or Friday.

Photo: from left to right: Brian Mader (Profile Co-Coordinator of Environmental Science), new Monarch foster parent Karen McRae (Computer Support for Cinema l Communications), new Monarch foster parent Yanina Chukhovich (First-Year Students' Office) and Jennifer de Vera of the Sustainability Office.

Homepage news, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Bringing Nature into Dawson

About 1,200 plants and trees were installed inside the main building of Dawson College during the last 12 months. A major delivery of plants arrived during the first week of classes.

Click Read More to read the homepage news story.

Read More - Bringing Nature into Dawson

Academic News, Faculty Hub, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

Peace Week begins Sept. 13

The 6th Annual Peace Week kicks off on Monday, Sept. 13 with two very special outdoor activities: an introduction to Sustainable Happiness with Jennifer de Vera as well as an opportunity to learn and work in the urban gardens.

Remember to check back regularly, we will be updating the schedule to add more events as they are confirmed!

To learn more about our theme, events, and more please Click Here. Questions? Reach out to Diana Rice

To attend an event: you can register yourself or your class in the Schedule of Events section.

Faculty Hub, Peace Centre

Peace Centre updates

Federal Election Debate - virtual with the candidates from Ville Marie-Sud Ouest: Sept. 9 at 2:30 pm. Topic: Climate Change & the Environment. This will be a 75-minute debate with an opportunity at the end for students to ask questions of the candidates. Faculty who are interested in streaming this into their class should contact Diana Rice or Catherine Braithwaite.

Interested in engaging your students in decolonization and reconciliation?  In preparation for Sept. 30, the National Day of Mourning of victims and survivors of the Residential Schools, there will be a series of events open to the community to provide educational awareness of the legacy of colonialism as well as joy and resurgence in Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

One of the best first steps is to engage with a Blanket Exercise. This is an interactive learning activity which brings participants through the course of Indigenous history from pre-contact to present day. This interactive session is de​signed to bring participants together to build a shared factual understanding of the legacy of colonization in Turtle Island.  We look forward to seeing you.

Sken:nen, Billi-Jo Poirier, Diana Rice, Laura Shea, Ben Lander, and Cory Legassic. Special thanks to our consultants and advisors: Billi-Jo Poirier, Michelle E. Smith and Tiawenti:non Canadian.  If you are interested in booking this activity for your class, please contact Diana Rice to arrange.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Communications Office

New Viewbook online and soon in print

Dawson's new 2022 Viewbook is online and will be available in print soon. Information on every program and profile of study as well as student life is nicely featured with upgraded photos and graphics.

Click Read More to virtually flip through the full version or the condensed version.

As of Sept. 13, you can consult a printed copy in Academic Advising (2D) or in the Communications Office (4A).

Read More - New Viewbook online and soon in print

Student Services, Well-being for all

Make an appointment and give blood Sept. 14-15

The great need for blood has not been changed by COVID. What has changed is the need to make an appointment to give blood. The Dawson community has been a generous partner of Héma-Québec for 50 years now.

Make an appointment to participate in the Dawson Blood Drive in 3C.1:

Tuesday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and
Wednesday, Sept. 15: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-343-7264 or by emailing  

#DawsonProud, Decolonization, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media

Michelle Smith is an Indigenous Vanier Scholar

In July, Michelle E. Smith (Faculty, Cinema l Communications) was named an Indigenous Vanier Scholar of McGill University.

Michelle's reaction to the news: "I was very excited, very surprised, extremely happy; when I read the acceptance letter my heart was beating so fast it felt like it was jumping out of my chest. I am really happy that the Vanier committee got behind me and my research."

That quote comes from the McGill Reporter. Click Read More to read the whole story.

(Photo credit: McGill University) 

Read More - Michelle Smith is an Indigenous Vanier Scholar

Communications Office, Human Resources, Milestones

Donna Varrica appointed Communications Coordinator

Donna Varrica, Dawson’s former Communications Coordinator (2001-2019), will be back in her position for a period of six months to a year which began on Monday, replacing Megan Ainscow. Since leaving Dawson, she has worked on various communications and teaching projects with Concordia University, École Polytechnique, the English Montreal School Board, and the Institut de recherche clinique de Montréal. Happy to be back, she is looking forward to reconnecting with the community and meeting the new and evolving challenges the College will face in the next several months.

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Dawson’s commitment to being carbon neutral forever featured

Un point cinq, an online news site that is Quebec's leading climate change media, featured Dawson as a CEGEP committed to taking action on climate change.

See the August feature here:

Communications Office, In the news/in social media

Back to school in the news

Students returning to Dawson on Monday, Aug. 23 was a big news story. Here is the coverage:

City TV

Global TV 

Canadian Press


The Montreal Gazette

Communications Office, Events

Parents Night is Sept. 8

Parents Night is set for Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. and invitations to parents of first-year students have been sent.

This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the College. It will be a webinar Q&A with a variety of representatives from the College. If you need more information, contact the Communications Office.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Featured Resources

  • Free, online Moodle courses are available through Moodle Academy, the learning hub for the global Moodle community.
  • Looking for inspiration? Check out the Faculty Focus podcasts that address a variety of topics including metacognition, exam question development and diversity, equity and inclusion (EDI).

Click Read More to go to the Faculty Hub.

Read More - Over at the Faculty Hub


DawsonITE Newsletter # 522

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

  • Microsoft Teams: Now teachers can monitor students' reading fluency with AI
  • How I’m integrating technology in my back-to-school plan
  • Eager to socialize, CEGEP students say in-person classes outweigh risk of delta variant

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 522


Petty Cash counter open again

The Petty Cash counter is open again.

Please note the new hours:

Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Thursdays: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS)

New course offerings from Dawson’s CTD

Love to crunch data? Need a better way to present complex information? Itching to learn about artificial intelligence? Try one of CTD's new courses in Data Analytics and Visualization, starting in September.

Go to the CTD website to see the full listing of courses offered this fall, including language, technology and arts courses.

And remember: if you're a Dawson employee, you can take a course for free! Contact reception at for more info.

Read More - New course offerings from Dawson’s CTD

Facilities Management

Access to washrooms

The Facilities Management team has another update about access to washrooms during renovations in the G and H wings.

The washrooms in 1H and 2H are in service.

Temporary toilet stalls and sinks are also available in the 2G, 4G, 2H and 4H washrooms. These particular washrooms are gender inclusive.

Facilities Management

Boxes available at the Bookstore

Empty green and white photocopy paper boxes line the Bookstore's outside back entrance.

Free for the taking! Grab them while supplies last!

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Last Modified: September 1, 2021


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