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Ryerson's Wellbeing Lounge Reflects Diverse Needs

 - Jul 3, 2018
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Ryerson's wellbeing lounge, Ahnoowehpeekahmik opened earlier this year to create an inviting space for employees to rejuvenate and connect with one another. This space stemmed from a pitch presented by Natalie Roach, who is the Mental Health Coordinator at Workplace Wellbeing Services in HR. Her idea was to have a space that represents Ryerson's dedication towards the wellbeing of its employees and caters to the needs of a diverse community. There are a set of lounge chairs incorporated that have a reclining factor, encouraging rest. The designs including a wall mural, secure access, communal table and contemporary furniture.

Notably, there was a priority to infuse Indigenous elements into the design process and it translates throughout the entire space. To pay tribute, the team heavily consulted with Ryerson's Métis, First Nations, and Inuit community network. The result shows through the cedar wood walls, as cedar is one of the four sacred medicines within the Indigenous culture. In addition, photographic art is implemented by Ryerson's Eagle staff to show support for the school's Aboriginal students. Finally, the name of the lounge, Ahnoowehpeekahmik, is a Cree name that represents a safe place of rest.