March 15, 2012
Alan HarrisonProvost & Vice-Principal (Academic)Richardson Hall
Proposal to Re-Open the Physical Education Centre (PEC)
As soon as the Queen’s Centre opened fully equipped with a new Athletics andRecreation Facility in 2010, the former Physical Education Centre (PEC) was closed.However in the past few years it has become clear that the need for space on campus hasgrown substantially. The PEC presents an opportunity to the University to providespace to groups on campus that need it the most such as Athletics and Recreation, theUniversity Registrar, and Health, Counseling and Disability Services.In January, our team running for the Alma Mater Society (AMS) Executiveincluded in our platform a promise to work towards re-opening the PEC for a variety of campus stakeholders. We did preliminary research, contacting many groups and peopleon campus such as Dr. Mike Condra, Ann Browne, Leslie Dal Cin, Teresa Alm and mostrecently Ann Tierney. The platform point became the center of discussion throughoutthe campaign, dominating the debates and becoming the focus of our class talks and booth discussions. Most importantly, the PEC was discussed by many studentsthroughout our campaign. Students became very excited about this potential project. OnFebruary 1st the undergraduate student body elected our team with 64% of the firstround vote, with a record 33.78% voter turnout.Ultimately it has been made clear that the need for more space on campus hasnever been greater. The following proposal will elaborate on the benefits that re-openingthe PEC would have for the student body.
Benefits1) Health, Counseling and Disability Services (HCDS)
In our conversations with Dr. Mike Condra, Director of HCDS, we have learnedthat HCDS’ greatest need is space. HCDS is currently using its allocated space tomaximum capacity but would benefit from more rooms on campus to provide morecounseling services. Graduate students in certain programs are required to complete apracticum or placement to practice counseling. HCDS has the capacity to superviseapproximately 4 more graduate students, ultimately enabling the service to offer over500 additional hours of counseling to Queen’s students, staff and faculty. With anumber of classrooms and offices to be re-purposed, the PEC presents the perfectopportunity to allocate HCDS more space and increase the counseling services on
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