University earmarks more than $4 million to support student wellness
Queen’s Cold Beverage Steering Committee has recommended that $4.1 million from the new cold beverage agreement be directed towards student wellness over the next 10 years.
“The committee felt strongly about directing the majority of funding to student wellness,” says Bruce Griffiths, Executive Director, Housing and Hospitality Services. “This will allow us to consider a variety of initiatives, including implementing the recommendations of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health, future athletics and recreation priorities, wellness education, and support for students’ overall wellness.”
The committee has also recommended that a group be established to review all funding opportunities related to student wellness.
“The importance of student health and wellness cannot be understated and the AMS constantly endeavours to promote and support wellness initiatives on Queen’s campus and within the Kingston community,” says Doug Johnson, AMS President. “We are pleased to be working with the university to enhance these projects, and we look forward to future discussions on how students can best be served through this funding.”
The money comes from the university’s contract with Coca-Cola. Following the university’s strategic procurement process, Queen’s issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), and Coca-Cola was the successful bidder for the 10-year agreement.
The committee, chaired by Mr. Griffiths, also included members of the AMS, SGPS, Student Affairs, Advancement, and Strategic Procurement Services.