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My Visit to Dawson College


Recently, I was invited to visit two history classes at Dawson College to share with them the history of the building, my experience of living there in the mid 1950s, and of my life as a teacher during the 50's.

With the assistance of Denys Chouinard from the Archives, I found the necessary historical background. He even prepared a PowerPoint presentation. Sr. Jeanne Bonneau helped me adjust this to what I wanted to say. She came with me, ran the PowerPoint and shared in the ensuing dialogue. To our immense surprise, they wanted to learn not only about the building but about religious life as well.

It was exciting to share so much with students who were of many traditions and backgrounds. They were interested in the spirit of the building, in what went on there in the days before Dawson, in our pictures which showed how some of their rooms looked then, e.g. the chapel, dining room, novitiate, printing room, early archives, library, kitchen, etc. Their respect for and welcome of us and their reverence for the building touched us deeply. They also appreciated hearing about our CND support of the Dawson community during the time of the tragedy in September 2006.

I was able to point out to them that in their search for truth and openness to the questions of the day, as well as in their outreach (including their annual North-South project in which they go to Nicaragua), they reflect our thrust of liberating education.

I truly enjoyed this opportunity to be with these young people and to share with them our tradition and spirit. Jeanne and I came away excited and energized.



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