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Announcement: Parking Lot at the Saint John Regional Y

Parking Lot Availability at the Saint John Regional Y: October 8 – 11

Sections of the parking lot at the Saint John Regional Y will be unavailable from October 8 to 11 as it is being re-surfaced and re-painted. Alternative parking spaces will be available.

  • Friday, October 8: The area near the Child Care entrance will be unavailable.
  • Sunday, October 10: The parking area closest to the main entrance will be unavailable. Members may park in the back lot (normally staff-only) and use the sidewalks to access the Y.
  • Monday, October 11: All parking space lines and handicap markers will be re-painted. Please leave lots of space for our team to work.

As a friendly reminder, the Saint John Regional Y will be open for holiday hours on Monday (7:30 AM – 6:30 PM).

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to ensure our Y is as safe as possible for […]

October 7th, 2021|

Y Lead program returns again this fall

Program develops leadership skills of Saint John youth

– October 4, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is relaunching an exciting program to develop leadership skills of Saint John youth and help them gain valuable life skills.

The 2021-22 Y Lead program returns again this fall after a very successful inaugural campaign in 2020-21. Through Y Lead, youth from Grades 8 to 12 become confident, pro-social Saint Johners, and leaders-in-training. Participants learn about decision-making, time management, community involvement and volunteerism, entrepreneurship, healthy living, and so much more.

“I signed up for Y Lead because I’m not very social and wanted to challenge myself and meet new people,” said Calder, a participant from last season’s Y Lead Program. “I love how welcoming it was and the people were very supportive, kind and you can be yourself with no judgement whatsoever. I would recommend Y Lead to my peers […]

October 4th, 2021|

Proof of vaccinations, face masks update

Updated COVID-19 guidelines at YMCA of Greater Saint John

September 21, 2021 – SAINT JOHN, NB – As per the Province of New Brunswick regulations, proof of vaccinations for those 12 years of age and older, and wearing of masks is required at all YMCA of Greater Saint John facilities. This is effective at 5 a.m. on Sept. 22.

To access member services and programs at any YMCA of Greater Saint John facility, proof of your vaccination or medical exemption, is required. As well, face masks are required at all times inside the building and may only be removed when actively working out at your workout location in the fitness centre.

Proof of vaccinations and wearing of masks applies to all Members and visitors to the YMCA of Greater Saint John.

Memberships

Beginning on Sept. 22, we ask that our members bring their membership card, along with proof of vaccination and government issued ID, […]

September 17th, 2021|

YMCA supporting Afghanistan refugees

Supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees in Saint John

September 10, 2021 – SAINT JOHN, NB – The news from Afghanistan is devastating.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and settlement agencies across Canada are responding to this evolving and tragic situation and are supporting the arrival of Afghanistan refugees to Canada.

As a Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) provider, Newcomer Connections is preparing for Afghani and other refugee arrivals in Saint John in the coming months.

Newcomer Connections has long-standing experience and expertise responding to major resettlement initiatives, such as welcoming arrivals from Syria in 2015. The Saint John community responded to this crisis with amazing volunteer support and we are hoping to see our city step up again. While we are not currently seeing the same volume of arrivals as the Syrian response – we will see an increase in the frequency of arrivals.

The YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Newcomer Connections is […]

September 10th, 2021|

Details for Red Triangle Award Gala unveiled

Gala will be held Nov. 5 to celebrate award winners PALS and Dustin Leclerc

— August 5, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB — The YMCA of Greater Saint John has announced the details of the 2021 Red Triangle Award Gala as well as the recipients of the Red Triangle and Leader to Watch Awards.

The Annual Red Triangle Award Gala, presented by Emera New Brunswick, will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, at the Saint John Regional Y. The Red Triangle Award recognizes long and meritorious service, outstanding contributions and achievement in the community, while the Leader to Watch Award honours an individual who is a role model for other young adults in our community.

“Emera New Brunswick would like to offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s award recipients,” said General Manager Ryan O’Hara. “Your commitment and service to the community has made a tremendous difference to many people. Emera New Brunswick […]

August 6th, 2021|

Discover the Y’s Youth Council and be a change-maker in your community

Youth Council seeking new applicants

– July 27, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB -The YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Youth Council was formed in 2017, with a mission to help connect young people, create sustainable employability opportunities and mentor young leaders.

Since it’s formation, the council has adapted to the Saint John region’s needs and has worked on a variety of initiatives. From hosting a collaborative workshop with the growth committee at the city of Saint John on youth retention needs, to developing an employability program – the council has completed a wide variety of projects.

Members of the council have also connected with YMCAs around the globe and attended a world YMCA conference in London, England in 2019.
Although each Y is different in the fact that the organization reflects their unique community, there is a common goal to provide a sense of belonging through experiences at the YMCA.

The YMCA of Greater Saint […]

July 26th, 2021|

We must reflect this Canada Day and commit to change

Canada Day 2021 is a time for inward reflection and committing to change – July 1, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB –

In recent months, we have witnessed the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, the 104 remains uncovered at the former site of the Brandon Residential School, and the 751 remains found at the former site of the Marieval Indian Residential School at Cowessess, Saskatchewan, and with the knowledge that many more discoveries are to come.

We have a lot of work to do to live up to the promise of the Canada We Want. The Canada We Want is a place where oppressive and systemic barriers have been removed and replaced by opportunity, and where all have a deep sense of belonging. And we know a lot more work, by a lot more people and organizations, including ours, is needed to […]

June 29th, 2021|

Annual Pool Shutdown: June 19 – 27

Annual Pool Closure & Cleaning: June 19 – 27

The pool deck at the Saint John Regional Y, including both the leisure and therapy pools, will be closed from June 19 to June 27 for annual draining and cleaning. The pool will reopen to members at 5:00 AM on June 28.

During this week, active members are welcome to use the facilities at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC) at no cost, which is located at 50 Union Street in Uptown Saint John. To gain access, Y members need to show their membership and sign in at the CGAC front desk. To participate in programs, members will need to book their spot at the front desk up to 30 minutes prior to start times. Y members are required to abide by the CGAC COVID-19 operational plan, which includes wearing masks until immediately before entering the pool.

Y members will need […]

June 12th, 2021|

Update on Volleyball on the Boardwalk

YMCA thanks community after departure from Volleyball on the Boardwalk

– May 10, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John wants to thank all our participants, partners and community members for the amazing support over the past 26 years for Volleyball on the Boardwalk.

The YMCA of Greater Saint John was approached by community volleyball enthusiasts who supported our Y’s Strong Kids fundraising initiative to create a program that would not only engage the community, but also provide more opportunities for community members to participate in programs and services with financial aid.

“Friends and volunteers at the YMCA started Volleyball on the Boardwalk to raise funds for the Strong Kids Campaign,” said Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “The growth over the years, in terms of participation and support, was incredible to see. This program not only kept participants healthy and active, […]

May 10th, 2021|

YMCA of Greater Saint John Condemns Anti-Asian Racism

YMCA of Greater Saint John Condemns Anti-Asian Racism

– April 9, 2021 SAINT JOHN, NB – We are deeply concerned about the rise in anti-Asian racist violence that has occurred in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are shocked and saddened by the violent events targeting Asian women in their place of work in Georgia last month, and we stand firmly against anti-Asian discrimination and attacks in our communities.

Since March 2020, there have been over 1,000 incidents of Anti-Asian hate crimes across Canada, according to data provided by Fight COVID Racism. The YMCA condemns this violence, and we stand with our Asian and Asian-Canadian staff, volunteers, and community members in support. We are committed to confronting, addressing, and dismantling racism in all forms.  

April 9th, 2021|
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