Grand opening set for Brock Functional Inclusive Training Centre

Brock University will mark the official opening of a facility dedicated to enhancing people’s quality of life through exercise and activity.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the Brock Functional Inclusive Training (Bfit) Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre at Canada Games Park.

Members of the Brock and Bfit community will come together with representatives from industry, community partners and all levels of government to learn more about the state-of-the-art, 13,000-square-foot facility and how its supervised community exercise programs help to improve the health and quality of life in older adults, cancer patients and survivors, cardiac patients and individuals living with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputations and Parkinson’s disease, while also contributing to innovative multi-disciplinary research and offering experiential learning opportunities to students.

Previously called the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being, Bfit moved from its previous location on Lockhart Drive to the new space one year ago this month.

Speakers at the grand opening will include Daisy Wai, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility; Lesley Rigg, Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor; Peter Tiidus, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University; Deborah O’Leary, Bfit Centre Director and Acting Associate Vice-President, Research, Brock University; Matthieu Dagenais, Brock University PhD candidate in Applied Health Sciences — Population and Behavioural Health, former Bfit student volunteer and current Bfit staff member; and Kevin Cavanagh, Bfit Centre member.