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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|

Y Employer Engagement Event Sparks Crucial Employment Discussions

Y Employer Engagement Event Sparks Crucial Employment Discussions

Immediate Release – March 25, 2021

SAINT JOHN, NB – YMCA Newcomer Connections is thrilled to have hosted its first online Employer Engagement Brunch and Forum (EEBF) on March 23. The event, created in a new virtual platform called REMO, provided a new and interactive experience to its attendees.

Members of the Y Newcomer Connections team met virtually with more than 60 community stakeholders, including representatives of the business community, parliament, local government, social development organizations, and more, to spark meaningful conversation on challenges faced by newcomers and businesses alike in hiring and retaining workers in the region.

Olive Ozoemena, Manager of Newcomer Programming, commenced the morning by recognizing the social and economic issues faced by newcomers and employers. She then went on to give land acknowledgements to the Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Passamaquoddy, and Mi’kmaq Peoples before giving her seat to Kathryn Melvin, General Manager of […]

March 25th, 2021|

2021-03-05 | YMCA of Greater Saint John Transitions to Yellow Phase: March 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update | YMCA of Greater Saint John Set to Transition to Yellow Phase

Effective March 8, 2021, the Saint John Region (Zone 2) will have transitioned back to the Yellow Phase of the GNB COVID-19 Recovery Plan. Provided that our zone successfully transitions from Orange to Yellow, the YMCA of Greater Saint John will be implementing the following changes to keep you, our members, staff, and community safe and healthy.

Yellow Phase & Membership Protocols

Members are expected to self-screen for COVID-19 at home prior to entering any of our facilities. There will no longer be a screening desk. Please stay home if you are experiencing two or more COVID-19 symptoms.

Members must have their access cards or government-issued photo IDs to scan or sign in for contact tracing. You must also have a mask […]

March 5th, 2021|

YMCA of Greater Saint John Achieves Re-accreditation from Imagine Canada

YMCA demonstrates excellence in five key areas

MARCH 3, 2021 – The YMCA of Greater Saint John announced today that it has been re-accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. With this achievement, we are part of a distinguished ever-growing community of 250+ non-profit organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

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

“We are committed to demonstrating excellence in all that we do as a Y, as well as ensuring donor confidence and credibility,” said Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “We are thrilled after five years to be re-accredited and this demonstrates our continued focus. We will continue to innovate in these areas and Imagine Canada’s accreditation process is one critical […]

March 3rd, 2021|

COVID-19 Update | Reopening during Orange Phase: January 28, 2021

YMCA of Greater Saint John Set to Reopen on Thursday, January 28

Back to Orange Phase: Y to Reopen on January 28, 2021

We will be reopening our facilities on Thursday, January 28, 2021, following the Government of New Brunswick’s announcement that Zone 2 (Saint John) will be transitioning to the Orange Phase of the GNB COVID-19 Recovery Plan. This includes both the Saint John Regional Y and the Irving Oil Field House. Please remember that we will be reverting back to our Orange Phase Operational Protocols to keep our members, staff, and community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

As we continue to work through this pandemic, we know that it has been difficult to stay updated and we thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through this together. Although Zone 2 will move to the Orange Phase of Recovery on Wednesday, January 27, […]

January 26th, 2021|

COVID-19 Update | Transitioning to Red Phase: January 20, 2021

COVID-19 Update | YMCA of Greater Saint John Temporarily Closes Fitness Facilities

The YMCA of Greater Saint John has temporarily closed our fitness facilities as of January 20, 2021, following the government announcement that Zone 2 (Saint John) is among the regions that has transitioned to the Red Phase of the GNB COVID-19 Recovery Plan. This includes the Saint John Regional Y and the Irving Oil Field House with the exception of their Child Care wings, which provide essential services.

Your Y Membership

  • All memberships and payments will be placed on hold and we will not be accepting or processing any cancellations or extending holds while we are closed.
  • As soon as we return to Orange or Yellow Phase, all memberships will be automatically removed from hold and your regular payment schedule restarted immediately. If your situation changes, please feel free to reach out to our membership team once we have […]
January 19th, 2021|
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