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Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2022

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

Five more days to show support for Dawson students

The impact of the cancellation of Dawson’s pavilion project does not only affect Dawson students, but the whole Montreal community and all English-language institutions in Quebec. We need your help to gather as much support for Dawson as possible in the next five days!

Please share this message with your friends, family and network of contacts.

The Dawson community has rallied around Dawson following Premier François Legault's decision to cancel the pavilion project, take away space from our students and future students and shelve a downtown community clinic.

It is thanks to you that our petition is #1 on the National Assembly petition platform. In one week, an impressive 10,000 signatures of support for Dawson were collected. However, we need your help to get as many Quebecers as possible to sign before our MNA Jennifer Maccarone presents the petition with the Dawson Student Union to the National Assembly on March 17.

The deadline to sign the petition is March 15. Here's how you can help:

  • Ask your friends, family, neighbours and contacts to sign it. Explain that they need to fill out the form and then confirm their signature by clicking a link in their email. A direct request one-on-one is probably more effective than sharing on social media.
  • Send a request by email with the petition link to your friends and ask them to sign it.
  • Ask your colleagues and neighbours if they have signed it yet.
  • Write to your Member of the National Assembly, template letters and resources are here: 
  • If you are a teacher, take two minutes of class time to explain the situation and invite your students to take a moment to sign it. It is for their future!

Read More - Five more days to show support for Dawson students

#DawsonProud, Communications Office, Dawson Grads, In the news/in social media

Graduates speak up

At the end of February, the Communications Office in collaboration with faculty across several programs reached out to dozens of graduates and asked them to tell us about how Dawson contributed to their success and also how they are contributing to Quebec society.

Two graduates were featured on Dawson's social media accounts last week. In case you missed it, here are some links:

Facebook testimony of Mary Bercy (Social Service Graduate)

Instagram testimony of Sara Boubekri (pictured, Health Science Graduate)

Communications Office, In the news/in social media

Petition launch at Dawson

Dawson held a press conference on Feb. 24 to launch a petition in favour of maintaining the pavilion project. The Leader of Quebec's Opposition, Dominique Anglade, as well as local MNAs Jennifer Maccarone, who is sponsoring the petition, and David Birnbaum were on site to show their support, pictured speaking to students.

Here is some of the media coverage:

Feb. 24, The Montreal Gazette 

Feb. 24, CTV 

Feb. 24, Global 

Feb. 24, CTV 

Feb. 24, CBC 

AccessAbility, Milestones, Student Services

Christine Lister named manager of new AccessAbility team

Dawson has been experiencing a period of unprecedented staff renewal over the past two years, with change happening in many areas including the Academic sector and Student Services.

The Student AccessAbility Centre is one such service, with an almost entirely new team of support staff, professionals and managers. The latest change to the roster is the addition of long-standing Dawson employee Christine Lister as Manager of the Centre, which she now supervises along with the Coordinator of Student Services.

Click Read More for the full report by Geoff Kloos.

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Academic News, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

Petition to add Social Service to Bourses Perspective program

The Quebec Government has launched a new program called Bourses Perspective, which are incentive scholarships for Québec students who are enrolled full-time in various programs at Québec CEGEPs, private colleges and universities. It is intended to increase the number of qualified individuals in the fields prioritized by the government due to a labour shortage in essential public services as well as in strategic economic sectors.

You have three more days to add your name to a petition calling on the government to add the Social Service Program.

Please sign the petition before it closes on March 12.

Campus Life, Events

Le retour des activités culturelles de la Francofête en présentiel

Cette année verra le retour en face-à-face des activités culturelles de la Francofête. Le comité est heureux de vous dévoiler la programmation de cette édition 2022 qui se déroulera après la semaine de relâche les mercredi et jeudi 23 et 24 mars, et le vendredi 25 mars le matin.

Programme complet : Francofête 2022

Événements clés : Le retour des activités culturelles de la Francofête en présentiel

Dawson Remembers, Milestones

History teacher Emmanuelle Simony has passed away

Emmanuelle Simony was laid to rest this past weekend. Her passing has brought out an outpouring of tributes to her character, her humour, her strength and courage, and her work as a faculty member and colleague in the History/Classics department. They can be viewed on the Paperman website.

Michael Duckett has written a beautiful homage to the spirit of a remarkable woman.

Click Read More for Michael's homage.

Read More - History teacher Emmanuelle Simony has passed away

Events, Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities, Professional Development

DALC updates

The Dawson Active Learning Community (DALC) is hosting events next week during March Break on Zoom- all are welcome!

Also, now is the time to think about requesting an active learning classroom for the Fall 2022 semester.

Click Read more for more information from DALC about upcoming events and the active learning classrooms.

Read More - DALC updates

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

The Cripple of Inishmaan

The second-year students of Dawson's Professional Theatre Department have been busy rehearsing for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, opening March 9.

Inishmaan, directed by Matt Enos, is a dark comedy about a small Irish town, pulled out of their daily routine when a Hollywood director comes to film a documentary.

Inishmaan plays March 9 - 12, at 8 pm. Proof of vaccination is required, and masks must be worn at all times. The show is free.

Read More - The Cripple of Inishmaan

Awards Office

Do you know any outstanding students?

The Awards Office is now accepting nominations for the following awards:

The Bruno Mital ‘B’ Positive Scholarship – 1 recipient of $ 1,000

This scholarship is named after Bruno Mital who was a graduate of the CRLT program at Dawson College and chairperson of the Dawson College Board of Governor’s for two years. It is designed to recognize a graduating student who has gone above and beyond to help their community, their fellow students, or the Dawson community, without seeking recognition.

The Paul Gallagher Award – 3 recipients of $500

This award, named after Dawson College’s first Director General, is given to up to three graduating students in recognition of their significant contribution to student life. The most important criteria are leadership, contribution to College life, and participation in student government, sports, or other college activities.

Please nominate through your Omnivox portal

Nomination deadline: March 30, 2022.

If you would like to participate in one of our Awards Selection Committees please sign up here.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Difficult Conversations:  Minimizing Harm/Creating Accountability – Attend this March 11th virtual workshop from the Dawson Creative Collective for Change

Unjust power structures can be challenged or reproduced in the classroom. Harms can be done, traumas triggered, mistakes made, shame inflicted and apologies given. The goal of this workshop is to work through the complexities present when an educator stumbles into the polarizing social issues of today. By exploring some cases of "cancel culture" in institutions of higher education and beyond, we are prompted to ask: are there distinctions to be made between giving offense and doing harm? Do good intentions matter? Can a defense grounded in the right to academic freedom seem dismissive? Is there room for mistakes and forgiveness?

Access this virtual workshop from the Faculty Hub website.

Campus Life, Events, Peace Centre, Well-being for all

Daily meditation drop-in’s at 12 p.m.

Every day from Monday to Friday, the Dawson Peace Certificate team is offering daily meditation from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 3E.8. All are welcome. No registration required.

Campus Life, Dawson Gives, Events, Well-being for all, Women’s/Gender Studies

Women’s Day at Dawson

The Dawson Support Staff Union, the Association of Dawson Professionals and the Dawson Teachers Union co-hosted a Women's Day event in the Rose Lounge on March 8 featuring a book sale with proceeds to benefit Chez Doris. About 100 people dropped in and $450 was raised. Faculty, staff and students involved in Women's and Gender Studies also put on an event in Conrod's with a bake sale to benefit the Financial Aid Food Bank and activities, such as inviting the community to rename stops in Montreal's metro system. Colleagues enjoyed being together again and celebrating women.

Get together with the Director General and Academic Dean

Over 60 employees stopped by 5B.16 or came to an online session with Director General Diane Gauvin and Academic Dean Rob Cassidy on March 9.

The event was to give employees an update about what has been happening at Dawson lately, especially in regards to the pavilion project and the petition. There was a Q and A session as well.

Campus Life, PARC, Perks for Dawson Employees, Promotional

Campus recreation offering free classes until March 11

Get in shape for Spring! Campus Recreation has reopened and their Open House and free classes have been extended until Friday, March 11.

Check out their schedule and more info: CAMPUS_RECREATION_Winter_2022_V2 .

Faculty Hub, Human Resources

New Faculty Orientation March 14

Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation will take place Monday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is designed to introduce new faculty to information about college services and procedures, teaching at the college level, and tips for engaging students.

The orientation includes asynchronous and synchronous components:
·    Welcome from the Deans and Directors of Dawson
·    Competency based education and the program approach
·    Academic integrity at Dawson
·    Faculty deadlines
·    Faculty roles and responsibilities
·    Classroom scenarios and discussion
·    Professional development opportunities

This event is open to all new Day and Continuing Education faculty with Winter 2022 workload.
Please register via this link: RSVP
Content for the orientation will be shared prior to the event via the RSVP list.

Read More - New Faculty Orientation March 14

Campus Life, Events

International Day of Mathematics is March 11

The Mathematics Department invites you to celebrate the International Day of Mathematics this Friday, March 11.


1 p.m.-2.30 p.m. (in person for Enriched Science students and available on Zoom:

More details here: International Day of Mathematics 2022 at Dawson

Allister Neher’s new book

Allister Neher, who taught Humanities at Dawson from 1990-2016, has just published a book entitled Art and Anatomy in Nineteenth Century Britain with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

More information: Art and Anatomy in Nineteenth Century Britain


New Petty Cash hours

Financial Services has revised the schedule for the petty cash counter, located in 4B.5.

  • Monday:    1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday:  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Financial Services is constantly evaluating its schedules in order to give an optimal service to the community!


DawsonITE Newsletter # 544

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

  • Riddle is an online quiz maker that allows you to create a wide variety of quizzes and polls
  • 4 concepts that will shape education in 2022
  • Book review: Teaching in the Post Covid-19 Era

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 544

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