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  • Brock’s Zone Fitness Centre receives national recognition

    Brock University’s Zone Fitness Centre has won a national award for excellence.

    The 15,500-square-foot facility was recently named the winner of the 2022 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Outstanding Facility Award.

    “The award is a tribute to all who were involved in this project, especially the students who had the vision to lead and support the project financially,” said Karen McAllister-Kenny, Director, Brock Recreation. “Providing more access for activity to all Brock students is something that we can all be very proud of. This beautiful new space will be well used in the years to come.”

    The NIRSA Outstanding Facility Award recognizes excellence in the innovative designs of new, renovated and/or expanded collegiate recreation and wellness facilities.

    The awards committee consists of members from some of the United States’ largest universities and colleges, such as Louisiana State University, University of Central Florida and the University of Texas.

    The nomination detailed the complex construction challenges faced by the building’s architect, mcCallumSather, and Aquicon Construction. This included navigating an innovative construction path to the work site, which was an enclosed courtyard in the heart of Brock’s Walker Sports Complex.

    In March 2021, the Zone officially opened and tripled the size of the original facility. The new Zone debuted a modern destination for health and wellness and met four of the five campus planning principles: support academic mission, enhance the campus experience, engage, and integrate with the community and foster sustainability.

    The Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) has worked tirelessly on the project, which spanned several years of student executives, including presidents Patrick Foster (2016-17), Faisal Hejazi (2017-18), Aidan Hibma (2018-19), Bilal Khan (2019-2020) and Asad Jalib (2020-21). The Graduate Students’ Association, and President Christopher Yendt, have also been involved through the years.

    “Since early 2018, BUSU executives, alongside Brock, have successfully managed the funding, design and construction of The Zone expansion project, while having to navigate a global pandemic during the final stretch,” said current BUSU President Rafay Rehan. “With The Zone’s renovations complete, we are proud to provide students with a top-tier fitness facility that will be used by generations of Brock students to come.”

    The award will be presented at the 72nd annual NIRSA Conference in Portland, Ore., on March 29.

  • Brock Recreation announces new virtual camps, online safety courses for youth

    Brock Recreation has launched new, engaging programming for youth that will take place from June to August.

    Recreation Services is offering two more weeks of virtual camp for youth in Grades 2 to 8 after successfully running its first Virtual April Break Camp last month.

    Participants enjoyed hands-on activities designed by Youth University, the innovative learning environment for kids.

    “It was nice to connect with old and new participants to our camps. In addition, we received positive feedback from parents and campers around our April Break activities,” said Greg Zwiep, Program Manager, Recreation. “There was a dance activity and slime-making session that were highlights for everyone.”

    The new sessions of programming run from July 12 to 16 and Aug. 16 to 20.

    Registration is open and includes a camp kit with a collection of unique participant materials, including a T-shirt. Hands-on activities touch on various themes such as art, adventure, science, technology and sport.

    Youth University has also created a new series of virtual workshops revolving around online safety for youth, including the Babysitting Training Course, Home Alone Program and Online Safety Course.

    “These workshops are full of practical tips and ideas for both youth and adults to help kids be engaged, have fun and stay safe while at home,” said Michelle Leone, Program Manager, Recreation. “Our new Online Safety workshop was developed in response to how much more time we are all spending online and how navigating all these new games and platforms safely can be a challenge.”

    The Babysitting Training Course is for students in Grade 6 or above and runs Friday, June 11 to Saturday, June 12 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The course includes an online exam to be completed to earn a Canada Safety Council certificate.

    The Home Alone Program provides children 10 years of age and older with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone. Youth University staff will help students understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations and utilize basic First Aid. This session takes place Wednesday, June 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    The Online Safety Course is for students in Grades 3 to 6 and their accompanying adults, and is geared towards learning helpful and practical tips to stay safe online. Topics include Your Digital Footprint, cyberbullying, following YouTube and social media rules, and safe online gaming. These sessions take place Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, July 8. Both run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    For more information and to register for these courses, click here.