Emera NB Supports YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

Posted: May 14, 2015

Saint John, NB— The YMCA of Greater Saint John kicked off the “Send a Kid to Camp” Campaign today at their Prince Edward Square location. The fundraiser is part of the Strong Kids Campaign that ensures all children, youth, families and adults can participate in Y programs. The Y’s open-door policy of not turning anyone away, regardless of economic circumstance, helped more than 300 children attend camp last summer.

Nina MacKinnon, Community Relations Coordinator of Emera New Brunswick, announced a $10,000 contribution toward the Y Strong Kids Campaign.  “At Emera NB, we believe in supporting the communities where we live and work,” Ms. MacKinnon said. “We applaud the work the Y does in the community, and are proud to support them in their efforts to provide opportunities for everyone to participate in Y programs especially for children to attend camp this summer.”

“We are very thankful for the support of our community partners and appreciate the $10,000 contribution announced today by Emera NB,” said Alison Clements, Chair of the Y Strong Kids Committee. “This support will go a long way in helping to send kids to camp this summer where they can meet new friends and make great memories.”



Volleyball on the Boardwalk

Posted: May 4, 2015

This summer will mark the 22nd season for Volleyball on the Boardwalk. Over the years, thousands of people have been active on the court through the popular league that was established for various skill levels and age divisions and through tournament play.

The popularity of beach volleyball has been on a steady rise and participation levels continue to increase. Volleyball on the Boardwalk provides an opportunity for people to be active, it creates excitement on the Boardwalk and is a great outdoor venue for volleyball enthusiasts.

Registration for this year’s league is well underway. League play begins on May 25th and runs for a ten week period. Divisions include Women’s 2’s and 4’s, Men’s 2’s, Co-Ed Competitive, Co-Ed Intermediate and Co-Ed Recreational.

In order to register a team, the registration form must be completed and full payment received at the Y of Greater Saint John’s Prince Edward Square location. Cash, cheque, debit, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. The registration fee for teams of four is $275 and teams of two cost $165.

For additional information contact the Y at 693-YMCA.


YMCA Annual General Meeting 2015

Posted: April 16, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Saint John will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Y’s Glenn Carpenter Centre. The meeting will start promptly at 12 noon and a light lunch will be provided.

A video walk-through and an update on the new Saint John Regional Y facility will be presented.

The public is invited to attend. The Y’s Glenn Carpenter Centre is located at 730 Foster Thurston Road.  Please RSVP by contacting the YMCA at 634-4937.



2015 Endowment Fund Bursary

Posted: April 16, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Saint John has been issuing bursary’s for more than 20 years.

The Endowment Fund Bursary is open to all students pursuing post-secondary education, as well as all students who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary education institution.

Previous recipients are also eligible to re-apply for this financial assistance program.

Please find the application form here: Endowment Bursary Application 2015.


YMCA of Greater Saint John Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

Posted: April 13, 2015

The YMCA of Greater Saint John today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 120 organizations dedicated to operational excellence. The Y of Greater Saint John is one of the first YMCA’s to be accredited in Canada.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“We are delighted that the Y of Greater Saint John has achieved accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program,” says Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the Y of Greater Saint John. “This demonstrates our commitment to being an accountable and transparent organization. Trust is the foundation for what matters to us, our stakeholders and those who support us.”

It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. These organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have the Y on board.”

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. Accredited organizations invest in what matters.



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