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New spaces opening to support health, wellness and athletics

August 22, 2022

MHC is opening doors to new opportunities this fall with the completion of its Health, Wellness and Athletics Expansion (HWAE) project. While the official grand opening of the facility is scheduled for late October, the fitness centre, simulation labs and Indigenous gathering space will be ready to welcome students and the community in the weeks ahead.

“This project has been years in the making and we are excited to turn a new page in MHC’s history. The college has long pursued enhanced facilities for athletics, wellness, Indigenous learning and related programs, and this project is an important step forward as we deliver on our purpose of growing a vibrant future with learners and our region,” says Kevin Shufflebotham, president and CEO.

“We are grateful for the support of both the provincial and federal governments, and for all the people behind the scenes who have helped bring this valuable project to life.”

At the heart of the expansion is a cultural hub with new, appropriately designed spaces dedicated to Indigenous learning and events.

“We want to create a space for students to feel safe, supported, and connected to their culture,” says Chasity Cairns, manager of Indigenous engagement and student supports, adding there will be many opportunities for the entire community to learn from and engage in cultural activities in the coming weeks.

Terry Ballard, athletics and recreation manager, anticipates the newly expanded fitness centre will be a popular destination on campus once classes resume in September.

“Our new fitness facility is spectacular and we are excited to welcome our student-athletes, as well as college and community members, to work out in this bright and welcoming space.”

He adds that MHC students, employees, alumni and the community can access the fitness centre free of charge from Aug. 22 – Sept. 4. New membership rates come into effect for community members and alumni on Sept. 5.

In addition to advanced simulation classrooms to support experiential learning, accessibility to the gymnasium has also been improved with passenger and cargo elevators replacing the previous wheelchair lift.

“MHC looks forward to welcoming college and community members to share in the celebration of this new facility this fall and connect with ongoing opportunities for personal and professional growth,” says Shufflebotham.

“We are proud of our role within the region to support lifelong learning and are committed to creating a place where everyone belongs.”