Ms. Dawn Dickinson is presently the Content Curator/Producer for AMI Media, Canada’s 24/7 audio news service for the visually impaired and the disabled.
A journalist for more than 35 years, she worked as both a senior editor and publisher for Southam Inc. for 20 years and was named Southam’s (Canada’s largest communication’s company) first Editorial Director for the Business Information Group (BIG).
As Editorial Director she worked closely with the 25 in-house editors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (English) from the University of Toronto, a post-graduate degree in Journalism from Humber College and a degree in photography from Centennial. In her 20-year career at Southam she won 15 journalism awards including five Kenneth R. Wilsons, Canada’s top trade – journalism award for the business press.
Dawn Dickinson graduated from Overlea Secondary School in 1975 and was the Overlea Garneau Alumni Association’s founder and first president. She formed and organized the original committee in 1992 to hold a 20-year reunion for Marc Garneau Collegiate. (The school was renamed in 1985 to honour Canada’s first astronaut – Dr. Marc Garneau). It was decided at that time that surplus funds should go to the formation of a scholarship program for the school.
Those early beginnings evolved into the charity that exists today.
In 2008, Dawn experienced a personal tragedy (the loss of her husband of 28 years to a heart attack) that necessitated her stepping down as president but she has continued to serve as ex-president and committee board member; the charity is near and dear to her heart.
I volunteer because – “These students are some of the smartest in the country and it would be a sin to waste such potential”. – Dawn
Last updated on July 2021