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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Dawson Remembers, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Sustainability, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery, Well-being for all

Dear Joe Rose: a Dawson love story

The Dear Joe Rose project started with a rose tattoo in 2011. A student of Kim Simard’s showed her his tattoo and shared the story of Joe Rose. He was working to get a plaque installed in the Conrod’s student space at Dawson in honour and memory of Joe. This plaque was installed in 2013.

For the homepage news story, click Read More.

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#DawsonProud, Academic News, Dawson Talent, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Visual Arts student chosen for residency at the MMFA

Dawson Visual Arts student Rowan Michael Draper has been selected for a prestigious residency for young digital artists at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Starting March 6, Rowan will be spending between two to four hours a week at the museum with access to a studio and the museum’s technological equipment. The residency is until June.

For the homepage news story, click read more.

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Academic News, Facilities Management, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Nursing moving to The Montreal Forum

Dawson’s Nursing Program will be gaining a lot more space when faculty and students move into their program’s new home at The Montreal Forum just before the Fall 2023 semester.

For the homepage news story, click Read More. 

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Milestones, Student Services, Well-being for all

Meet Dawson’s first 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Worker

On Jan. 9, James McKye began a new professional role as a Social Services Officer on the Student Services team at Dawson. Working closely with the First-Year Students’ Office, Health Services, Counselling, AccessAbility and the First Peoples’ Centre, the purpose of James’ role is to provide greater support to students experiencing challenges related to issues that impact members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

James brings over a decade of community work experience to Dawson. Most recently, he worked in front line intervention and education facilitation at Cactus Montréal. His first job at Dawson will be to carve out this new service for students, believed to be a first in the CEGEP network. He is excited to collaborate with stakeholders, such as the Dawson Student Union, and colleagues. In a few months, there will be a new Advocacy Centre for Gender and Sexuality in the 2E hallway where you will be able to drop in and say hi.

To read a message from James to faculty and staff, click Read More.

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Academic News

Come meet our new Academic Dean

Academic Dean Leanne Bennett would like to meet you this coming week!

To read her message and see the drop-in meeting dates and times, click Read More

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Academic News, From the Director General

Strategic Plan Consultations and Teams Site

As part of the development of the 2023-2028 Strategic Plan, consultations across the Dawson Community have been ongoing since Winter 2022. Departments, programs, students, and the full range of services and units that support the college's academic mission have been queried on student success, the Graduate Profile, Dawson's values and a new set of strategic orientations for the next five years.

If you'd like an update on the activities and progress of the Strategic Plan Working Group 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 Writing Committee is led by Leanne Bennett, Academic Dean, and 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.

Campus Life, Events, In the news/in social media, Well-being for all

Systemic Racism in Youth Protection: A Dialogue Between Black and Indigenous Communities Feb. 27

In celebration of Black History Month, the Center of Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) and the Institute for Research and Education on Race Relations (IRERR) will host a forum on Monday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. in 4C.1 at Dawson on the common experiences and barriers of systemic discrimination faced by members of Indigenous and Black communities, as documented by the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, the Laurent Commission on youth protection reform and the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Commission and other organizations.

All are welcome. For more details, click Read More.

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Dawson Remembers, Decolonization, In the news/in social media, Student Services, Well-being for all

Vigil held at Dawson for MMIWGT2S

The First People’s Centre organized a vigil in the Oliver’s student space at Dawson on Feb. 14 to commemorate the MMIWGT2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirited.) There is an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has reported that Indigenous women and girls make up 24 per cent of female homicide victims in Canada, despite only making up four per cent of the country’s female population.

The report cited research that “Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada, and 16 times more likely than Caucasian women. … Other than murder, statistics also reveal how Indigenous women consistently experience higher rates and more severe forms of physical assault and robbery than other groups in Canada. Sexual violence is a huge problem in all its forms: Indigenous women are sexually assaulted three times more often than non-Indigenous women, and most of the women and children trafficked in Canada are Indigenous.”

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Events, Student Services

An evening with Oliver Jones at Dawson March 10

Honouring legendary Montrealer and musician Oliver Jones and inspiring students are the objectives of a special evening being organized by members of Dawson’s Legacy Club with support from Dawson staff, including the Campus Life and Leadership team, Community, Recreation and Leadership Training, Continuing Education and Community Services and the Communications Office.

“Oliver grew up in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood, home to the historic Union United Church, which is very close to the former Selby Campus of Dawson College," said Simeon Pompey of the organizing committee. "Through his work/fame, he has influenced a lot of young Black people in Little Burgundy and Montreal to pursue higher education. It is very fitting that the College has endorsed the initiative to honour him.

“Directly and indirectly, young people’s lives were positively impacted. Through his charity work, Dr. Jones supported initiatives to help youth pursue post-secondary education.”

The evening will include performances, tributes and opportunities for students to ask Dr. Jones questions. There will be guests from community organizations but the VIPs will be Black Dawson students and students who are personally invited.

Faculty Hub

New Faculty Orientation is March 14

The next New Faculty Orientation will be held in person on March 14 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room 3F.37.

Dawson’s New Faculty Orientation 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 a Winter 2023 workload.

Register for this NFO session here.

Dawson Foundation, Well-being for all

Fundraising for Golf Classic off to a great start & registration now open!

The Dawson Foundation is pleased to share that over $50,000 has already been pledged in support of Dawson College and would like to thank the following sponsors:

Dinner Sponsor: Forum de Montreal
Gift Sponsor: Fervel Enterprises
Ball Sponsor: Incotel -ISQ
Cocktail Sponsor: Neptune Security
Co-Brunch Sponsor: TD Bank
Sustainable Sponsors (2): City of Westmount, Vozwin
On course contest sponsors (2): Faxinating Solutions and BPG Coop
Hole Sponsor: Copicom Solutions

Many more sponsorships are still available, and stay tuned for the announcement of some very special guests!

Registration is now open for the Dawson Foundation’s 2023 Annual Golf Classic!  Sponsors, external players, members of the Dawson Community and alumni are now able to register online:

#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Dawson Grads, Events

Dawson Reads with Heather & Arizona O’Neill March 22

Montreal literary duo and Dawson graduates Heather O’Neill (Social Science, 1992) and Arizona O'Neill (Fine Arts, 2013) will be at the College on March 22 to speak about their lives and read from their work. The event takes place in 4C.1 and begins at 12 p.m.

To learn more about the two authors and their most recent books, which they will be reading from, click Read More.

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#DawsonProud, Communications Office

Thank you for your contributions to Winter Open House

Dawson's Winter 2023 Open House held on Feb. 8 was a success by all accounts, with a steady and large stream of prospective students milling around the campus and avidly interested in all that Dawson has to offer. The Communications Office would like to thank all who volunteered their time at the welcome tables, Facilities Management staff for preparation and take down in common areas, our cafeteria staff for the delicious prepared meals, and our faculty, student volunteers, Student Services staff and advisors who provided valuable interaction and information to prospective students throughout the evening.

We welcome any feedback you may have at

#DawsonProud, Awards Office

Last chance to apply/nominate for Forces AVENIR

Deadline is Monday, Feb. 27! Up to $100,000 will be given out this year in the form of grants and project funding through Forces AVENIR awards. Find out more about the awards and how to apply or nominate a student or staff member in the Read More link.

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#DawsonProud, In the news/in social media

Simeon Pompey’s community service recognized

Dawson faculty member and community worker Simeon Pompey (Community, Recreation and Leadership Training) was featured in the Feb. 6 edition of Montreal Community Contact.

Learn about Simeon’s positive impact in NDG and Montreal over the past four decades in this feature article:

Facilities Management, Well-being for all

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Do you know what to do if an emergency arises at Dawson College, either at the main campus or at the Montreal Forum?

It’s time for all employees and students to ensure you are familiar with the College’s emergency procedures.

For the top 5 things you need to know, click Read More.

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Facilities Management

Flood update from FAMA

After the flooding at Dawson on February 4, images were shared on social media depicting water with a greenish or grey colour.  This colour comes from an eco-friendly colorant that allows maintenance teams to detect leaks and the liquid was non-toxic.

The water was all cleaned up on the same Saturday and a combination of blowers and dehumidifiers were installed right away, which prevented opportunities for mold to grow.

The Facilities Management team is working with the restoration company, First on Site.

After assessment, which includes humidity and air quality readings, four teaching spaces and two teachers’ offices along with some walls along various hallways require further remediation due to water which infiltrated the walls but is now removed. At this time, there are no environmental issues related to the flood. The rooms are expected to be back in use in about a week

Facilities Management

Policy for new electric vehicle charging stations

There are four electric charging stations on two towers in Dawson’s P1 parking lot, the first lot to the right upon entering the parking entrance by the daycare.

Some key things to know:

  • Require a Flo card or Flo app
  • Dawson’s stations will not appear on the Flo app while there is no charge
  • Compatible with BEV and PHEV vehicles
  • No cost for charging during introductory period
  • Community will be informed when charges will apply
  • Reserved exclusively for appropriate vehicles
  • Maximum parking time is four hours
  • First-come, first-served basis
  • Facilities Management team counting on the community to use the charging stations properly
  • To access the stations, email Jorge Sanchez

For more information, read the policy.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 580

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

  • 6 Ways AI-Powered Search Engines Will Change the Internet Forever
  • Lumen5 - Quickly Turn Your Writing Into Videos
  • Professors Try Teaching With TikTok. But It’s Not for ‘Boring, Lecturing Things.’

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