YMCAs Joining Together!

NORTH BAY and SUDBURY, ONAPRIL 20, 2017 – The YMCA of North Bay and the YMCA of Sudbury have joined together as the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario. After six years of joint management under one CEO, the two YMCAs entered into an alliance agreement last May, and since that time, both boards have approved the amalgamation. The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee and Service Ontario have approved the amalgamation agreement.

Working together under one mission means that the YMCA has an opportunity to better serve thousands of children and families in both North Bay and Sudbury, but also in surrounding communities.

Kim Kanmacher, President and CEO, said the amalgamation will allow the YMCA to serve even more of the region with two facilities and with partners who are also focused on building a healthy community.

“As one organization, we can gain insight into the needs across the broader region, and better focus on critical issues, such as social isolation, poverty, income inequality and healthy child and adolescent development, by using our shared resources,” said Kim Kanmacher, President & CEO. “Our YMCAs were founded and remain grounded in the urban hubs of North Bay and Sudbury but the need for YMCA programs and services is felt in Northern Ontario communities of all sizes in between. Building on our combined strength, we are better able to lay the groundwork for future growth in the region and for future collaboration with our neighbouring YMCA Member Associations.”

Helen Francis, Chair, Board of Directors, says that both boards have collaborated extremely well and are excited about the associations joining together. “This means shared resources, and collaboration between both locations, in order to better serve members. By acting as one YMCA, it means that the YMCA can create governance and organizational efficiency by ending unnecessary duplication. They can invest and focus on the people, functions and systems that are needed so that the YMCA is better able to be sustainable for generations to come.”

Each YMCA will remain unique, and will continue to offer programs and services tailored to its members. Any donation dollars will continue to stay in each community, and will directly impact those who need support the most.

Background Information

The YMCA of North Bay and the YMCA of Sudbury are multi-service charities that provides opportunities for personal growth in spirit, mind and body for all people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. Their programs and services include health, fitness and aquatics, child care, before and after school programs, summer overnight and day camp, employment services, immigrant services and community programs.

Last year the association served approximately 50,000 individuals across Northeastern Ontario. The YMCA never turns away an interested member because of a lack of financial means; 1 in 3 people at the Y are there because of the Y’s Strong Kids subsidy program.