The Songhees Nation realized their long-held dream for a community gathering place with space for sports and recreation programs when the Wellness Centre facility officially opened in December of 2013. The Centre provides a wide variety of community activities and events.
The Wellness Centre has a full size gymnasium with change rooms, a fitness centre and a range of recreation activities to encourage active lifestyles. The Centre also has the ability to host sports events and seat up to 300 people in the retractable seating and stage areas.
A health centre wing allows the delivery of health initiatives in a holistic manner, and links programs to address physical, emotional and mental health needs for the community. A teaching kitchen promotes healthy lifestyles with programs such as cooking for diabetics. Additional facilities include a conference centre with multiple meeting rooms, administration offices and a commercial kitchen.
The building can also assist emergency responders who work in the area and serve as a post disaster gathering place for the local community.
The facility is targeting LEED Silver designation.