David Walker Memorial Fund Recipient

Posted: August 17, 2015

Saint John, NB— The YMCA of Greater Saint John’s  Camp Glenburn provides a wonderful camping experience and lasting memories for those fortunate to attend the only overnight Y camp in New Brunswick.

David Walker spent many happy summers at Camp Glenburn as a camper, counsellor-in-training and counsellor. He loved the outdoors and it was at Glenburn that he honed his outdoor skills—swimming, canoeing, hiking, climbing, working as a team, and making friends. At the age of 17, when David found out that he had brain cancer, he decided to live his life as close to normal as possible, working hard, enjoying time with his friends, and seeking outdoor adventure.  During the 10 years he was ill, Dave’s Glenburn pals walked with him on his journey.  After his death in 2011, David’s family and friends established a fund to support deserving campers in developing their skills in outdoor leadership by attending Camp Glenburn’s Leadership programs.

This year the David Walker Memorial Fund recipient is Katie Barsalou, a 12 year old Saint John native. This is Katie’s second year at Camp Glenburn and she has been involved in YMCA programs for 5 years.  Katie was happy to receive the support to attend camp this summer. “I love making new friends, and it’s easier at camp,” she stated. She is just completing her first week of Leadership Camp and is looking forward to developing even more skills during the second week of camp.

The David Walker Memorial Fund assists one deserving participant each summer. Application forms are available through the YMCA of Greater Saint John; www.saintjohny.com


The YMCA of Greater Saint John Launches Community Based Survey to Learn about Future Programs

Posted: June 16, 2015

Saint John, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John wants to learn more about what our community needs for future programs and services.

With the new Saint John Regional Y opening this fall, the YMCA wants to better understand what programs and services they can most effectively offer at this and their other sites and camping facilities.  They say the only way to know this is to ask.

Today, the YMCA survey called ‘The Future of the YMCA’, is going live and area residents of all ages are asked to participate and share their thoughts on what the future holds for them.  Child Care, Employment Services, Youth Programs, Camping, Seniors Day Care and  Recreational Activities.  The YMCA wants to know how to plan for the future.

“Our future is in the hands of the community we serve.  It’s vital that we work with other community based groups, Living SJ and the Municipality to understand the way forward,” said Shilo Boucher, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John.  “It’s a matter of making the right programming and service choices for our growing community.”

To encourage participation, the Y will have a draw for a 6 month membership for the new Saint John Regional Y among those who complete the survey.

The survey link is:  http://thefutureoftheymca.questionpro.com


Funding Annoucement & Membership Kickoff to New Y

Posted: June 8, 2015

(Saint John, NB)- The media is invited to join us on Tuesday, June 9th as we make a funding announcement regarding the new Saint John Regional Y. We will also sell our very first family membership at this time, kicking off presale memberships for the new facility that will open in September.

The announcement will take place at our Prince Edward Square location at 12 noon.

The Y of Greater Saint John  is a charity, open to all, dedicated to providing programs and services to help individuals, families and communities grow and develop in spirit, mind and body.  www.saintjohnY.com




Posted: June 2, 2015

Parents more likely to cite outside influences as excellent role models for their child

(Saint John,NB) On May 28, 2015, the YMCA released the 2015 YMCA Healthy Kids Report which unveiled that parents are finding it difficult to set a healthy example for their children with 85 per cent stating that it takes effort to be a healthy role model. Nationally, 35 per cent of parents do not think their 6-12 year old is getting enough physical activity per week. To encourage families to get out and be active, the YMCA of Greater Saint John will join YMCAs across Canada in celebrating YMCA Healthy Kids Day on June 7 – a national day dedicated to improving the health and well-being of kids across the country.

“Children between the ages of 6-12 are at an important stage of their development and this is a key time for instilling healthy behaviour and habits,” said Shilo Boucher, CEO at the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “While parents may find it difficult to find time in their schedules, our YMCA offers a wealth of family-friendly programs and activities that can make getting active together just a little bit easier.”

The study revealed that parents feel that they are the most important influence on their young children; however only a few identify themselves as healthy role models:


  • 71% of parents who said they were a role model to their child state that they have a lot of influence on their child
  • Only 28% of parents who said they were a role model to their child identify themselves as ‘excellent’ role models for their children, ranking outside influences as higher including athletes (56%), coaches (51%) and teachers (38%)
  • Parents said that they find it difficult to lead healthy and active lives, with only half of those surveyed stating that they get more than the recommended 2.5 hours of exercise per week
  • Only four in ten parents across Canada (42%) say their child gets the recommended 7 hours of physical activity per week
  • 46% of parents cite lack of time as the biggest barrier to participating in activities with their children
  • In discussing peak activity levels for their child, 30% of parents  said their child was most active at school or after school, 23% said during the summer and only 17% said weekends

The theme of this report focused on children aged 6-12 and the importance of role models in promoting their healthy development and activity levels. Additional findings from the report found that while parents know where to find programs and services that promote active and healthy living, 54 per cent do not have the time or money to access them.

“The YMCA gives children, no matter what their financial situation, the support and opportunity they need throughout the year to learn, play and grow in a safe and supportive environment,” said Ms. Boucher.  “The Y will be promoting YMCA Healthy Kids Day in conjunction with Port Saint John’s Community Day on June 7th. Please join us at the Marco Polo Cruise Ship Terminal from 11:00am to 3:00pm.”

Families will have the opportunity to enjoy fun physical activities and healthy living tips will be shared. There will be great prize giveaways. Everyone is welcome to this free community event.


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.”




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