The Rossy Student Wellness Hub

In recent years, Student Services has undertaken an extensive review of health-related services that resulted in specific recommendations to improve the student experience. One of these recommendations was to create a consolidated student wellness center that would streamline access to care.

The Rossy Student Wellness Hub: Visioning Session 1

On November 13, 2017, the first student visioning session for the new Student Wellness Center took place. The meeting was led by Martine Gauthier, Executive Director of Services for Students to review health models across peer institutions in Canada and discuss what a student wellness center would look like at McGill. At the meeting, students were asked to describe their ideal wellness center using only one word.

Four key themes emerged:

  1. Access and Inclusivity
  2. Customer Service and Patient Care
  3. Awareness, Prevention and Capacity Building
  4. Healthy Physical Spaces

The Rossy Student Wellness Hub: Visioning Session 2

The second interactive visioning meeting for the new Student Wellness Center took place on November 20, 2017, led by Martine Gauthier. The focus was to develop and finalize ideas for the new space, based on key themes from the first session.

Some ideas expressed included:

  1. Information hub including: the Shag Shop, Healthy McGill and Peer Support, EmpowerMe, TAO etc
  2. Warm and welcoming spaces, use of natural light, therapy lamps
  3. Semi-private Zen-like / MORSL-like waiting areas and study areas for students (example the Arts building)
  4. Less traditional look / feel of reception area
  5. Clear signage and way finding for the new space

The Rossy Student Wellness Hub: Visioning Session 3

On January 16, 2018, Facilities Management presented layout options for the new Wellness hub. The layouts incorporated the ideas from the previous visioning meetings as well as the functional requirements of the clinic.

The focus is on creating a 'Green Path' to reflect the exterior natural surroundings and use natural materials, furniture and colors to create a warm and inviting environment.

The Rossy Student Wellness Hub: Visioning Session 4

A 4th student consultation meeting was held on February 27th, 2018 to finalize the proposed plan for the New Student Wellness Center. Due to the space limitations in the Health Center, the scope was revised in order to ensure that all essential items for clinical functions were incorporated. The Wellness Center will offer 6 exam rooms and 2 Wellness Advisor offices. Peer Support, Shag Shop and Healthy McGill will be located on the 3rd floor, east Upper E wing of the Brown Building.

The East Wing corridor outside the current Health Services is in scope and will providing additional seating and work space for students waiting for appointments.

The design team will be finalizing the design elements, based on feedback received during the meeting.


A special thank you to the Rossy Family Foundation for their support in the development of the Rossy Student Wellness Hub.