Yesterday, April 25, marked the opening of the new Solace Centre in Durham College’s C-Wing, and it was kicked off with a “De-Stress with the Presidents” event. DC students were welcomed to the Centre to play board games with DC President Don Lovisa, and DCSI’s President, Jaylan Hayles.
Located in C-111, the Solace Centre is a new room dedicated to relaxation, de-stressing and self-care. Offering board games, yoga, comfortable couches and a tranquil environment to study, DC students are welcome to drop by to wind down from a hectic day of school.
Although Durham College’s President, Don Lovisa, was unable to attend, DCSI’s very own President Jaylan Hayles, VP Internal Toosaa Bush, and VP External Geoffrey Olara spent time at the Solace Centre to de-stress with students.
Exam season is busy, stressful, and puts a lot of pressure on everyone. Hayles, Bush and Olara spent time one-on-one with students playing board games, chatting and drinking coffee.
Hayles says de-stressing is crucial with exams and assignments piling up, but the Solace Centre is a great new place to relax.
“Student life is very stressful,” he says. “With tests, exams, and our outside lives, its important to have a safe space to chill. If you need to wind down and relax, the Solace Centre is a great place to do that. At DC, we put our students first and every school should have a place like that.”
Olara spent time playing board games with students coming and going. He says the Solace Centre also allows students to connect with one another outside of the classroom.
“[The Solace Centre] gives students the chance to get to know each other and relax by playing board games or talking to friends,” he says. “We all work really hard to get our certificates or diplomas, and sometimes we forget that life goes on outside school. You’re not the job you’re going to get, you’re yourself at the end of the day and you need to take the time to take care of yourself.”
Students sat in the low-light room on couches and comfortable rocking chairs, helping themselves to snacks provided. Dueling one another in board games like Chess, Checkers, Scrabble and Blockus, the usually tranquil room was bustling with conversation and laughter.
Bush says he wants new students coming to DC in the fall to know that there are fun spaces around campus and enjoying oneself during the college experience is important.
“The Solace Centre is a great idea no matter what year of college you’re in,” he says. “Whether you’re a mature student, or coming to campus straight from high school, it’s great for people to know we have a spot to de-stress while also having a good time.”
The Solace Centre is located in the C-Wing near the self-serve Tim Horton’s and is open to all students Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.