The YMCA of Niagara is a charity, open to all, providing leadership and opportunities for people and their community to grow in spirit, mind, and body.


Inspiring health, wellness and community – for life.


Values are cornerstones that make our society safe and workable. They are the principles of thought and conduct that help distinguish right from wrong and provide a foundation for decision making. Values, which are sometimes referred to as character, are the basis of who we are, how we live and how we treat others. The values we try to impact at the YMCA, through character development are these six “Core Values”:

Caring: Acting with compassion and concern for the wellbeing of others.

Health: Being committed to physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.

Honesty: Demonstrating integrity and trustworthiness.

Inclusiveness: Appreciating diversity. Striving to be open to all. Seeking to understand differences and find common ground.

Respect: Recognizing and protecting the inherent worth of every person, including oneself.

Responsibility: Being dependable and accountable for choices, actions and commitments.

Living with and acting on good values contribute to the development of a healthy self-esteem and overall personal happiness.