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Montreal, Canada - April/May 2014

In April and May of 2014, two pioneering programs were piloted in Montreal: a Positive Aging series of workshops and a Sustainable Happiness certificate program hosted by Dawson College.

Chris Adam and Dr. Catherine O’Brien planned and implemented these programs and are now evaluating results and planning for training sessions and capacity building.

April 10th, 2014

Dear Guest,

Dawson College will have the privilege of hosting the Sustainable Happiness: Launch Event to raise funds for the world’s first scholarship and to announce a certificate in Sustainable Happiness that will be offered at Dawson College.

These three partners – Dawson College, CCS Community Services and the Earthvalues Institute – are sponsoring the pilot certificate course in May to help educate the new generation of students in this field of study.

Dr. Catherine O’Brien, an associate professor in the education department at Cape Breton University in Nova Scotia, will speak at the event. She established the following definitions of sustainable happiness:

Happiness that contributes to individual, community and/global well-being without exploiting other people, the environment or future generations.

She established the world’s first university course on sustainable happiness that she has been teaching since 2009. O’Brien has found that as her students discover that their happiness and well-being are intertwined with the happiness and well-being of others and the natural environment, they readily choose to shift towards healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

You can find out more about the course and sustainable happiness at:

We look forward to seeing you at the Sustainable Happiness: Launch Event!


Lianna Della Vecchia

Communications Coordinator Community Recreation and Leadership Training Student Dawson College

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