It was a day of celebration as Sault College held its Ribbon Cutting event for the new Student Health and Wellness Centre, a vital learning and training component to the evolving curriculum and athletic training of students. The celebration drew a large crowd of government, community and college supporters.
Funding and support for this project has been provided by the Government of Ontario, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Sault College’s Inspiring Growth campaign donors and the students of Sault College.
“As you can see, there is plenty of activity still going on, and so much growth on our college campus,” stated Dr. Ron Common, President, Sault College, as he addressed a crowd of supporters that included staff, students, alumni, retirees, advisory council members, current and former board members, neighbours, guests and dignitaries. “On behalf of everyone here at Sault College, I want to extend our sincere thank you for making this dream a reality. The dedication shown to this College is something that will continue to make a difference in our students and graduates long after this day.”
The Sault College Students’ Union has identified the new building as a major priority. The new 40,000 square foot complex includes an impressive gymnasium, two lane indoor track, fitness centre, studios, meeting and study spaces as well Odeno, the new student restaurant and pub and Common Grounds, a student operated canteen named after President Common.
“At first glance, it seems like a huge sacrifice, to ask the students of Sault College to willingly give up their social meeting place as well as the offices of our student government. But not only did Sault College students and the Sault College Students’ Union vote to do just that, we also pledged $3.9 million towards the completion of the building that would replace it,” notes Jordan Borneman, Sault College Students’ Union President. “Thank you to everyone who has supported Sault College and us, the students. Your contributions are making a difference in our lives and helping us receive the education we want and more.”
Sault College looks forward to continued renewal of its campus far into the future to reflect the excellent teaching, learning, and research being offered at the post-secondary level. “Today marks the completion of Phase II of our construction projects and there is more to come. Thank you for celebrating our achievements with us this past year... continue to watch us grow!” stated Common at the memorable ceremony.