Collective Wisdom creates Student-centered Health and Wellness (E)

May 4, 2020 | 11:15 - 12:15

Location: 511 DEF
Track: Wiring for Student Success

This session will explore the newly opened Camosun College Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness in Victoria, BC that is receiving rave reviews. Almost five years ago, over 300 members of the Greater Victoria community, including students, were engaged in creating a collective vision for a new home for health and human service programs. Participants asked for a place to both educate and provide health and social services to improve the wellbeing of the community. The vision included an accessible, interdisciplinary, healthy centre with designated space to support Indigenous students and Indigenization where not just the college, but the community is served, including students in their practice learning offering health services to the public. A proposal was made to government, funding was received, and based on the College’s strategic plan, students and staff collaborated with the architectural firm to develop principles that guided the design. The result is a healthy building (exceeding LEED Gold) which offers innovative applied learning, is accessible to every person’s gender, cultural background, and ability, offering a healthy, supportive environment that meets the needs of a diverse student body, faculty and staff, and community.

Session Speakers

Carly Hall

Coordinator, Centre for Health and Wellness

Camosun College

Cynthia Smith

Dean, School of Health and Human Services

Camosun College

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