Sustainable Happiness Certificate returns!


In 2019, six Dawson staff participated in a Sustainable Happiness (SH) facilitator training course that took place over a 6-month period. What we developed in terms of knowledge and skills helped us reflect on our professional and personal well-being.

With the spring 2020 closure of the College campus, we took a step back, re-planned, and our facilitators successfully held two Introduction to Sustainable Happiness workshops for Dawson support staff and managers. Since Fall 2020, we offered five 24hr Sustainable Happiness Certificate sessions and 40 members of our Dawson community and externals completed their certificate. We aim to continue the work on contributing to Dawson College’s commitment to well-being for all and address the requests from staff for more programming.

Staff may now register to complete the SH certificate. In addition to attending workshops, an individual or group project will be implemented by participants. Some examples of successfully implemented projects are plant-based recipe books, yoga / meditation challenges, going on daily dates with Nature, 30 days of acts of kindness, plant giveaways, vertical gardens, family wellness and a zero-waste challenge.

Planning time for the projects will be allotted during the scheduled SH sessions.

12 weeks Feb 9- May 11, 2022  (No session Weds. March 9 & April 20, 2022)

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (First session on-line, in-person upon confirmation)

Total: 24 hours

About the SH sessions:

Participants take part in weekly sessions to engage in reflective exercises, view short videos and participate in individual and group work. The total time commitment to participate in the sessions will be 20-24 hours. The workshops will be delivered in-person (Room TBD)., though session 1 will be online. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce employees to the concept of Sustainable Happiness and how to apply SH practices into your personal and professional lives.

The registration deadline is 6 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2022. Your manager must approve your participation before you register. We will let you know by 6 p.m. Monday, February 7, 2022 whether your participation is confirmed. We hope that you can take the time to participate in these workshops and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Register here (with manager approval) SH Employee WINTER 2022

Participants who have completed the 24hr Dawson College Sustainable Happiness Certificate are eligible to apply for SH Facilitator Training when the next training cycle is available.

We hope you keep healthy and connected to your community.



Jennifer de Vera

Sustainable Happiness Facilitator, Sustainable Dawson

Azra Khan

Sustainable Happiness Facilitator & HR Pedagogical and Professional Development


Last Modified: February 2, 2022