The YMCA of Brockville and Area and the YMCA of Kingston have completed the unification process is now named the YMCA of Eastern Ontario.
BROCKVILLE & KINGSTON – We have agreed to become one regional YMCA, known as the YMCA of Eastern Ontario. This will strengthen our collective ability to create healthier communities.
By voting unanimously, both boards gave full support to unify into one YMCA and the YMCA of Brockville and the YMCA of Kingston has officially become one corporation under the name YMCA of Eastern Ontario. A new board of directors consisting of members from both discontinued boards will be in charge of managing its governance affairs.
Across Canada, YMCA Member Associations are exploring regional unification, the goal of which is to strengthen the YMCA’s ability to create healthier communities, rich with opportunity, potential, and belonging.
In a joint statement, Board Chairs Brad Speck and Jay Rayner stated, “The work the YMCA does in our communities is so important, and we are fortunate to have great leaders, volunteers, and donors. The YMCA’s goal is always to increase our reach and have a greater impact. Becoming the YMCA of Eastern Ontario is an important step in that direction.”
CEO Rob Adams stated, “It’s a very memorable day for the YMCA of Eastern Ontario. I am so very grateful and proud of the hard work and commitment from each board, staff and volunteer teams, and community stakeholders displayed to get us to this point. We have already seen the benefits of what this amalgamation brings and now it’s time to look for new partnerships, expand on current ones, that will allow us to extend our reach, and assist more Canadians discover their full potential.”
ABOUT THE YMCA:
The YMCA exists to help build strong, healthy communities. As a worldwide, multi-service charity, the YMCA provides opportunities for personal growth in spirit, mind, and body for all people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. Programs and services include health, fitness and aquatics, childcare, before and after school programs, summer overnight and day camp, employment services, newcomer settlement and language instruction services, and community programs.
YMCA of Brockville and Area:
Since 1860, the YMCA of Brockville and Area has been an important part of the community. The YMCA serves over 8,000 individuals annually through a diverse offering of programs and services in the region of Leeds and Grenville in Eastern Ontario. As a leading charity in the region, no one is turned away from the YMCA due to an inability to pay the full fee. Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, in 2016 we provided financial assistance to 1 in 4 individuals, total value of $407,000, welcoming them to be a part of our community. Our YMCA operates the only year-round full-service aquatic facility in the region. Learn more: https://www.brockvilley.com/
YMCA of Kingston:
Since 1855, the YMCA of Kingston has been an important community staple, serving 9,000 members annually across three branches, including St. Lawrence College. With 11 school age sites and 2 licensed childcares, the YMCA of Kingston is a community-focused Canadian charity dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and a strong community. As a leading charity in the region, no one is turned away from the YMCA due to inability to pay the full fee. Learn more: http://www.kingston.ymca.ca/