Sustainable Happiness course for support staff and professionals- register by June 20

“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.”  -Dr. Catherine O’Brien

Dawson students, support staff and external groups have participated in the peer-to-peer Sustainable Happiness educational experience since Winter 2020. The weekly sessions are developed with a goal of reconnecting people, community, and Nature.

The Sustainability Office and Human Resources will offer 24-hour Sustainable Happiness (SH) Certificates to support staff/professional employees during the Fall 2022 term. These sessions are led by employees who have completed their six-month Facilitator Training Program.

Participants in the certificate are introduced to the concept of sustainable happiness and explore its implications, both personally and professionally. This is an experiential and applied training. Key topics include sustainability, connecting with Nature, positive psychology, well-being, happiness, and healthy/sustainable lifestyles. All participants must complete a project which benefits the well-being of themselves, others and/or the environment to obtain the certificate.

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

Dawson staff must have their managers’ approval to participate to participate in the weekly sessions.

12 weeks

Dates: September 8- November 24, 2022

Day & Time: Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm

Location: 3F.43 (Co-lab) and outdoor locations on campus

The registration deadline is Monday, June 20, 2022 by 6 pm. Your manager must approve your participation before you register. We will let you know by 6 p.m. Monday, June 27, 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)



Jennifer de Vera

Sustainable Happiness Facilitator, Sustainable Dawson


Azra Khan

Sustainable Happiness Facilitator & Coordinator, Pedagogical and Professional Development

Last Modified: June 1, 2022