News Release | YMCA & SJNC Christmas Tree Fundraiser

YMCA of Greater Saint John, in Partnership with Saint JohnNewcomers Centre, Invites You to “Deck the Halls by Donation” this Holiday Season

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce a shared fundraising initiative with the Saint John Newcomers Centre. This year, the two organizations will be selling live Christmas trees, one hundred percent of proceeds from which will be shared between the YMCA’s Strong Communities Campaign and the Saint John Newcomer Centre’s Scholarship Fund and Newcomer Assistance Fund.

Through a kind donation from IKEA, the New Brunswick Multicultural Council and the Furniture Bank, 1,200 live Christmas trees will be arriving in Saint John this week and will be available for sale at the Irving Oil Field House on Saturday, December 5. Fencing for the tree lot was provided by Fundy Fencing.

YMCA Strong Communities Campaign is an annual fundraising campaign focused on raising much-needed resources […]

November 30th, 2020|

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update | The Y Remains Open as Zone 2 (Saint John) Transitions to Orange Phase

Following this afternoon’s announcement by the Government of New Brunswick, the Saint John Region (Zone 2) is transitioning to the Orange Phase of the Provincial Recovery Plan as of 12:00 AM, November 21, 2020. The YMCA of Greater Saint John will remain open; however, we will run with a revised operational plan to keep our members, staff, and community as safe and healthy as possible.


The Irving Oil Field House and Saint John Regional Y fitness facilities will remain open to our members but the following changes will be implemented.

  • The active screening table will return with mandatory temperature checks upon entering the facility and answering screening questions.
  • Members must have their access card to scan in for contact tracing.
  • All locker and team change rooms are closed. Members are discouraged from bringing in bags.
  • […]

November 20th, 2020|

YMCA of Greater Saint John to Honour Local Peacemakers

Saint John, New Brunswick – From November 14 to 21 during YMCA Peace Week, the YMCA of Greater Saint John celebrates the presence of peace in our communities and reflects on the peace-building work that happens all year, both inside and outside its facilities.

As we navigate through 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis, YMCA Peace Week takes on new meaning, illustrating how the ongoing work of building peace needs to continue now more than ever. COVID-19 and the urgent calls for action for diversity, social inclusion, and equity are challenging us, as individuals, as communities, and as a country, to reconsider where we have been and where we want to go. During YMCA Peace Week, we honour those at the forefront of these peace-building efforts and encourage Canadians to ask themselves how they can bring change to their communities.

“It’s […]

November 12th, 2020|

YMCA of Greater Saint John Connecting Seniors, Youth and Technology

For Immediate Release – October 19, 2020

Saint John, NB — The YMCA of Greater Saint John has launched a new program to increase access, understanding, and learning of digital literacy skills for older adults.

The Digital Literacy Program for older adults, launching this month, was developed to match youth volunteers as technology mentors, with older adults who are either looking to improve their current knowledge or begin their journey with technology.

“At the Y we believe in supporting all ages and all stages to develop new skills, I believe this program does just that for the older adults and the youth in our community.” Says Shilo Boucher, President and CEO, “The one-on-one sessions are geared towards the participants interests and will be focused on what they want to learn.”

The older adult population is among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and are likely to spend more time physically distancing for longer than the […]

October 19th, 2020|

Reopening Updates

As part of our reopening phases we are happy to announce the following changes will be effective immediately: the Fitness Studio will be available for usage between programs by members, spin bikes will be used for classes and two have been placed on the track for member usage; Aquatics equipment will be allowed for members to use (e.g., pool noodles, belts, and flutter boards); and much more.

June 25th, 2020|

YMCA of Greater Saint John: Statement of Reconciliation to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada

Our Y declares its pledge to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge and respect that our programs, services, and community facilities are on the traditional territory of the Passamaquoddy, Wolastoqiyik/Maliseet, and Mi’kmaq nations. Our Y is aware of the impact that colonial actions, including residential schools, have had on our Indigenous Peoples, and we remain committed to understanding past injustices and will continue to move forward for a better future.

June 21st, 2020|

Y Newcomer Connections Office to Open June 22 with COVID-19 Screening Precautions

YMCA Newcomer Connections will now be able to accept face-to-face meetings on an as needed basis, by appointment only starting 22 June 2020. To book an appointment, please call your Settlement Counsellor or message us at +1-506-636-2295. A Newcomer Connections staff member will meet you at the Newcomer Connections door downstairs. Please be on time.

June 19th, 2020|

Saint John Regional YMCA Set to Open June 8

We have big news: the Saint John Regional Y is reopening on Monday, June 8! Following the Government of New Brunswick's announcement that the province will be proceding to the next level of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan's Yellow Phase on June 4, we are thrilled to announce that we are among the many other organizations within the province that may reopen to our community — albeit with measures in place to protect our members.

June 4th, 2020|

The Saint John Regional Y Delays Re-Opening Membership, Fitness, and Aquatics Programs

The YMCA must delay its re-opening until at least Friday, June 5, 2020, which includes the resumption of Membership, Fitness, and Aquatics programs at the Saint John Regional Y on Churchill Boulevard. This delay follows the official announcement made by the Government of New Brunswick (GNB) on May 28 that the province’s transition to the yellow phase of the Recovery Plan has been postponed by one week in light of the new cases of COVID-19 in the Campbellton/Zone 5 Region.

May 28th, 2020|

The YMCA of Greater Saint John Reopens May 29: Membership, Fitness, and Aquatics to Resume

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is thrilled to announce the start of its next phase of reopening, which is slated to begin on May 29, 2020 with the resumption of Membership, Fitness, and Aquatics programs at the Regional YMCA on Churchill Boulevard in Saint John. The Y’s decision to reopen its doors and gradually resume operations followed the Government of New Brunswick officially announcing the progression from the orange to the yellow phase of the provincial COVID-19 Recovery Plan on May 22.

May 22nd, 2020|
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