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Media Advisory - Queen's University receives $5 million donation to support student health and wellness

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University alumni Dennis Sharp (Sc’60) and Helene Côté Sharp, through the Côté Sharp Family Foundation, are donating $5 million to help create a centralized wellness centre. The Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre will be an integral part of the new Innovation and Wellness Centre (IWC), located in the heart of the Queen’s campus.


In the Côté Sharp Student Wellness Centre, students will learn about health and well-being, build skills, receive excellent medical and counselling services, and access academic accommodations for wellness-related needs – including medical, mental health, and disability. A diverse and specialized team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, personal counsellors, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, accessibility advisors, and support staff will offer comprehensive services in the new space.

The Innovation and Wellness Centre is built upon the former footprint of the Physical Education Centre (PEC). The PEC was always a place where students, staff, and faculty came together to pursue their extracurricular interests and their health and fitness; the IWC continues this tradition.


The announcement is being made Thursday, April 5 at 10:30 am in the Beamish-Munro Hall atrium.

Media interviews will take place following the announcement. Available for interviews will be Queen’s University Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Dennis Sharp, Helene Côté Sharp, and student representative Jenny Williams.

Media interested in an attending are asked to contact Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.