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Dog Agility Competition at the Irving Oil Field House

Irving Oil Field House to Host international Dog Agility Competitions

SAINT JOHN, NB – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce that the Irving Oil Field House will be hosting the UK International (UKI) Canadian Open Agility competitions in 2022 and 2023. At this event, between 300 and 400 teams of dogs and their handlers from across North America will showcase their abilities in agility, jumping, speedstakes, and game class competitions. It also serves as try-outs for Team Canada in the World Agility Open, which will be hosted in the Netherlands in 2023.

“The Irving Oil Field House is one of the premiere indoor sporting facilities in Atlantic Canada,” said Shilo Boucher, CEO and President of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. “Hosting Canadian Open Agility competitions will provide additional world-class experiences at the Irving Oil Field House.”

“We are very excited to be hosting this event at the […]

January 24th, 2022|

Red Triangle Awards Nominations CLOSED

Red Triangle Awards Nominations – Now CLOSED

The YMCA of Greater Saint John will be awarding the 31st Red Triangle Award and Leader to Watch Award in recognition of outstanding community involvement. The YMCA of Greater Saint John values the significant contributions that individuals have made to our society.  Since 1990, the Y has been recognizing individuals that have made a difference in the community.

The Red Triangle Award is presented in recognition of long and meritorious volunteer service, outstanding contributions, and achievement within the Y or in the community. The recipient of this award has been an active volunteer and demonstrated a commitment to the community throughout their lifetime. They have made a difference in Canadian society.

The Leader to Watch Award is presented to an individual, 35 years or younger, who is a role model for youth in our community. This person demonstrates skills, enthusiasm, and leadership in […]

January 19th, 2022|

COVID-19 Update: Level 3

Saint John Regional Y and Irving Oil Field House membership facilities closed during Level 3

Level 3 Changes at the YMCA of Greater Saint John

In response to the Government of New Brunswick announcement that the province will be moving into Level 3 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan as of Friday, Jan. 14 at 11:59 PM, the following changes will be implemented at the YMCA of Greater Saint John:

  • Health, Membership, Recreation | Both the Saint John Regional Y and the Irving Oil Field House will be required to close as per Government protocols.  All memberships and payments will be placed on hold.
  • Irving Oil Field House | The Field House will also require to be closed to all rental groups in the Level 3 phase. Other than the child care wing, the Irving Oil Field House will be closed to the public.
  • Child Care | Child Care is an essential service and will […]
January 14th, 2022|

$10-a-day Child Care for New Brunswick Families

$10-a-day Child Care for New Brunswick Families

DECEMBER 13, 2021 – The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Blaine Higgs have reached a historic agreement to implement $10-a-day child care for families across New Brunswick within the next five years.

Additionally, the Prime Minister announced that by the end of next year, child care fees will be reduced by 50 percent in the province, along with the creation of 3,400 new licensed Early Learning and Child Care spaces will be added across New Brunswick by March 2026. This announcement will help ensure that more children across New Brunswick will have access to high-quality child care.

The YMCA of Greater Moncton’s Vaughan Harvey Child Care located hosted Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor and Minister Dominic LeBlanc as part of the December 13 announcement.

The YMCA of Greater Saint John, YMCA of Greater Moncton and the YMCA […]

December 13th, 2021|

Holiday Hours 2021

Holiday Hours 2021: December 24, 2021 – January 3, 2022

Please be advised of the following changes in our hours of operation from December 24, 2021, to January 3, 2022, at the Saint John Regional Y and the Irving Oil Field House.

December 24, 2021 (Christmas Eve)

  • Saint John Regional Y: 5:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Irving Oil Field House: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • All YMCA Child Care locations close at 1:00 PM

December 25, 2021 (Christmas Day)

  • All YMCA locations are closed for the day

December 26, 2021 (Boxing Day)

  • Saint John Regional Y: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM (holiday hours)
  • Irving Oil Field House: Closed

December 27 & 28, 2021

  • Saint John Regional Y: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM (regular hours)
  • Irving Oil Field House: Closed
  • All Child Care locations will be closed
  • The Newcomer Connections and administration offices will be closed

December 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve)

  • Saint John Regional Y: 5:00 AM […]
December 10th, 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|
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