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Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

#DawsonProud, Homepage news, In the news/in social media

Industrial Design students win provincial design competition

Four Dawson students in the Industrial Design Program won first place in the provincial Odysée de l'objet en 48 heures competition for college students across Quebec held Nov. 10-11-12 at Université de Montréal.

Visit the link for the homepage news story, which includes a link to a City News TV report.

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#DawsonProud, Dawson Foundation, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Student Services

DC Model UN delegates “gaveled” and received honourable mentions at SSUNS

The Dawson College Model UN (DCMUN) team had a great experience at the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS) conference hosted by McGill University Nov. 9-12.

"Gaveling" is the highest award in the Model UN world and three Dawson students "gaveled" and others received honourable mentions.

For the homepage news story, visit the link.

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Awards Office

Nomination deadline for Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Medal is Dec. 18

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal recognizes the voluntary involvement, determination and dedication of Quebecers who make or have made a difference in their community or Québec nation.

Dawson College can recommend up to two students. Faculty and staff members can nominate students to the Awards Office until Dec. 18. A selection committee will then choose the two candidates to be officially nominated by the Awards Office.

Nominations are through Omnivox. Please visit the link to read the nomination eligibility criteria.

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Academic News, AccessAbility, Dawson Research

Internship: The Bridge from Campus to Career

You have probably never heard of Victoria Christensen. Why would you? She’s not a graduate of Dawson College but of the Washington State University College of Nursing. So why are we mentioning her name? Victoria was the subject of a documentary film that chronicles the experience of a nursing student who entered a baccalaureate program using a wheelchair.

It makes one wonder what her journey would look like if she were a student in the Dawson College Nursing Class of 2026. As researchers from the Adaptech Research Network, we became curious about the internship experiences of students with disabilities enrolled in Dawson College health-related, social service and community recreational leadership programs – how inclusive are they?

Fortunately, we were able to secure funds through Entente Canada-Québec (ECQ) that allowed us to conduct an extensive literature review and interview key stakeholders, including students and faculty internship supervisors from a variety of programs, along with AccessAbility staff.

Visit the link below to read the homepage news story by Alice Havel, Mary Jorgensen and Susie Wileman, Research Associates with the Adaptech Research Network

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Dawson Foundation, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Thousands of bulbs planted on campus this month

Student volunteers worked with the Office of Sustainability on Nov. 14 to plant 2,700 bulbs in the Peace Garden in just two hours! Five hundred of those bulbs were planted around the big tree in the Chiefs’ Garden, Jenn de Vera said.

The volunteers planted more bulbs in other areas around the campus later that week. Pink bulbs were planted near Anastasia’s tree, which was planted in memory of Anastasia De Sousa. Around the Peace Pole, blue and red bulbs were planted to represent the new partnership with Canadore College. The North Bay college received some bulbs from Dawson and will be sending photos in the spring of their blooming campus.

A total of 4,000 bulbs were planted at Dawson in the Peace Garden and the Three Sisters Garden. Hundreds more have been gifted to partner institutions and organizations.

The tulips and spring bulbs were purchased from a Dutch wholesale supplier by the Dawson Foundation. It was Dawson’s biggest bulb order ever.

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Awards Office, Communications Office, Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news

Two new awards to be presented at Fall Awards Night

Dawson College is holding our annual Fall Awards Night on Nov. 30.

“We will celebrate our students who are committed, perseverant, hard-working, caring and kind,” said Academic Dean Leanne Bennett. “The achievement of our students is our collective achievement- the ultimate result of the dedication of our teachers, support staff, professionals and managers and is, of course, shared with our students’ parents, activity leaders and coaches.”

Visit the link for the homepage news story about the two new awards that will be presented.

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Campus Life, Homepage news, Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery

Interview with Bahar Taheri – Oneness

Bahar Taheri is an Iranian-Canadian visual artist and a faculty member of the Fine Arts Department here at Dawson College. Her current exhibition, Oneness, features paintings, a video projection with a musical composition, and complex digital prints at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until Dec. 2. On a recent Thursday evening, a visual arts student, Katya Kieran had the chance to ask Bahar a few questions.

Please visit the link to read the interview.

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Dawson Foundation, Dawson Gives, Homepage news

Great year for the Dawson Foundation

Twenty projects to benefit students received funding in 2023 thanks to new funding available from the Dawson Foundation.

The new Student Academic Enrichment Fund (SAEF) received applications and provided funding for projects in the winter and fall 2023 semesters. Several projects would never have taken place without the new SAEF.

Read all about the last year at the Foundation in the Annual Report available in the link below.

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Academic News, Dawson Gives

Dec. 7 deadline for donations for Cubans

Twelve Social Change and Solidarity (North South Studies) students accompanied by three teachers will be traveling to Cuba over winter break (Dec. 26- Jan. 15), as a solidarity delegation in partnership with the Centro Martin Luther King (CMLK) in Havana. Students are currently fundraising and collecting donations to bring with them for CMLK and other community partners in the country. .

Donations can be dropped in the box outside 4A.0 at Dawson until the end of day, Thursday, Dec. 7. The needs list includes: toiletries, medical supplies, pain relievers and vitamins, school and art supplies, sports equipment, electronics (like new), toys, costumes, and sewing supplies. Financial contributions can be made here.

Questions can be sent to You can learn more about past field trips here.

Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

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. This event 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 2024 workload.

  • Register Here for New Faculty Orientation
  • Check out opportunities for faculty professional development HERE!
Communications Office

Winter weather communications

We have already had a few snowfalls and winter will soon be here officially.

Dawson will communicate any decision to remain open or, in exceptional circumstances, to close using the following channels:

The College will do its best to inform employees and students before 6 AM if there is a weather situation to monitor.

#DawsonProud, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Canadore College and Dawson College to collaborate on Sustainable Happiness

Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario, and Dawson College will be working together to improve the overall well-being of our respective campuses and communities. The two institutions recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on advancing a Sustainable Happiness Certificate.

Please visit the link for the joint news release.

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Faculty Hub, Human Resources, Professional Development

Performa non-credit courses for teachers

Performa (University of Sherbrooke) will offer non-credit training free in the winter 2024 term. Entering College Teaching is for early career teachers. Deadline to register is Jan. 12, 2024. For more information: Non-Credit Training (

To register: contact Azra Khan, pedagogical counsellor,

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Human Resources, Learning opportunities, Living Campus, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Free Sustainable Happiness course for Support Staff & Professionals

Support staff and professionals have the amazing opportunity to use work time to attend and actively participate in Dawson’s Sustainable Happiness non-credit course. The Sustainable Happiness course is free and will guide people to reflect on positive psychology and sustainability. It contributes to Dawson’s commitment of well-being for all, sustainably.

Registration is on now. See all the details in the link below.

Read More - Free Sustainable Happiness course for Support Staff & Professionals

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Campus Life, In the news/in social media, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

1,000 Species, a year in review

Birds, beetles and fungi, oh my! Our 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days project has been running for a full year now.

Over that last year, students, faculty and staff have all contributed their talents and curiosity to get as many species identified on campus as possible. Our count after one year is 820 species, with 3,916 total observations and 279 people contributing to the project.

We have made amazing strides over the past year. However, as we approach 1,000 species, we will have to work harder than ever. If you would like to get involved, or get your classes involved in the spring, email

Happy identifying  everyone!

Photo: Red Milkweed Beetle on milkweed.

Submitted by Brian Mader, Faculty, Biology

Campus Life

Looking for Student Editors for the Dawson English Journal

The Dawson English Journal is currently looking for student editors (from any program) to join its team as it prepares its 15th edition. Interested students can email

Learning opportunities, Workshops

Cultural safety in the workplace lunch ‘n learn on Dec. 6

The First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Québec (FNHRDCQ), a long time partner of CRISPESH, will give a talk online on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 12 PM to 1 PM about cultural safety in the workplace. It aims to increase our knowledge of the cultural context and help us adopt practices that promote equity with First Nations. This is a first step in an ongoing process to recognize First Nations skills, improve their access to employment and ensure an inclusive development.

Simultaneous translation from French to English will be provided. For registration:

CRISPESH is a College Centre for Transfer (CCTT) in innovative social practices affiliated with Cégep du Vieux Montréal and Dawson College.


DawsonITE Newsletter # 613

DawsonITE is your curated news related to IST and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin.

In this issue:

  • 'We don't have teachers' | This Austin private school lets AI teach core subjects
  • New internet addiction spectrum: Where are you on the scale?
  • Bot-Building for Educators

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 613

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