Our YMCA is meeting the challenges of COVID-19 head on. Now, more than ever, we need your support and engagement.
Read on to hear directly from our senior leaders about the unique challenges and opportunities our YMCA of Niagara is facing and all the ways you can help!
Hear from the Senior Leadership Team
We have now put an interim leadership structure in place while we undertake a recruitment process for a CEO to lead us into the future. Steve Boone has taken on the role of Interim CEO and Suzanne Johnston is serving as Strategic Advisor.
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Steve Boone, Interim CEO, YMCA of Niagara
Our YMCA is resilient!
For more than 160 years we have demonstrated the ability to adapt and develop our programs and services to meet the needs of our local community. Education, literacy, employment, childcare, camp, youth leadership and health, fitness and aquatics, are some of the program areas through which we deliver on our Mission. As a charity, we are open to all, and we provide leadership and opportunities for people and their community to grow in spirit, mind and body.
We are the centre of a community; a safe place for people to gather and connect. COVID-19 has made that more difficult, creating isolation and challenging our ability to deliver our programs and services in conventional ways. It has also significantly impacted our viability. Without the financial resources we derive from fees and services, our YMCA must explore new ways to connect people and give them the tools they need to thrive.
If you have not visited one of our locations in a while, please drop by. We have worked very hard to develop enhanced health and safety provisions and would be delighted to share these with you.
Suzanne Johnston, Strategic Advisor, YMCA of Niagara
Partnership and collaboration represent important parts of our DNA as an organization.
We bring people together to serve the greater good. We provide opportunities for personal growth and leadership. Our volunteers work in partnership with our staff at all levels of the organization. Furthermore, we are often the first employment experience for a young person; our senior staff mentor and guide youth volunteers and youth staff through many positive first employment or volunteer experiences.
The pandemic has shown us all the need to be kind, to work together and be collaborative. If you have an idea or a suggestion for a new way we should align, we want to hear from you.
The generosity of our donors has enabled great achievements for the communities we serve through our YMCA.
Gifts over the decades have helped build state-of the-art community centres, provide scholarships for higher learning and education, international experiences, and have ensured that no one is denied access to a healthy lifestyle because of an inability to pay.
The YMCA is a great equalizer and we rely on, and appreciate, the gifts of donors from all walks of life.
Now, more than ever we need your support.
If you are able, please consider investing in our community by making a gift to the YMCA of Niagara.