Our Story. Your Story.
The YMCA story is about enriching communities and lives by helping people grow in spirit, mind and body. From fitness and health, to swimming and camping, child care, employment training and international development, the list of YMCA service achievements goes on and on.
The first YMCA opened in North America in Montreal on November 25, 1851. Originally a place for young men interested in putting religious teachings into practice, the YMCA expanded to offer public debates and lectures, language and music classes, exercise and social activities.
By the year 1908, the YMCA reached Saskatoon, operating out of church basements and public spaces. Funds were raised to build a facility on the corner of 20th Street and Spadina Crescent, featuring a 60 x 20 foot swimming pool where many Saskatoon youngsters learned to swim. The building opened in early 1913 and was a busy centre of activity for more than five decades.
The present YMCA officially opened on September 6, 1969. The Saskatoon YMCA serves over 6000 individuals through membership and program participation. Services range from on-site and in-school childcare to summer day camps to health, fitness and recreation programs.
To foster life-enhancing opportunities and to strengthen the foundations of our community by being an organization that nurtures health, wellness and a collective sense of community.
To become the leading Charitable provider of health and wellness programs, family-centered activities and childcare in our community.
- In the potential and worth of every person;
- We are dynamic and meet the needs of the community today;
- Everyone has leadership potential.
- That the Y is a movement;
- Belonging to the Y makes you stronger.
Promote Healthy Living
We promote quality healthy experiences for children, teens and adults. Healthy living is a state of physical, mental and social well-being and we promote active and outdoor playtime every day in all our children's programs.
Helping Children & Families Thrive
We ensure children, adults and families have access to complementary health and wellness facilities and services. The YMCA is accessible for all regardless of income level, and families who take part in activities together create a strong bond and build memories together.Strategic Plan to 2025
Fostering Belonging & Connection
People feel happier and less isolated when engaged in activities they enjoy and when given opportunities to connect with others. Partnering with other organizations will lead to increased impact and opportunities and a healthy YMCA reflects the community.
Saskatoon Community Foundation Signature Grant
In 2015, Greg Keller, Chair of the Saskatoon Community Foundation, announced that the Foundation's 2015 Signature Grant of $50,000.00 had been awarded to YMCA of Saskatoon for the renovation of its childcare playground.
In 2015, the SCF focused its Signature Grant on "The Early Years," reflecting studies that show the first 2,000 days of life are crucial in setting patterns that significantly affect outcomes for children in our community. The SCF said the Signature Grant to YMCA is part of its strategy to make a long-term positive impact on the lives of our youngest citizens. The YMCA has been ensuring that the people who live and work in the city have access to high-quality childcare for decades, protecting and promoting the health and well-being of Saskatoon's youngest citizens.
"The Saskatoon Community Foundation Signature Grant will help the YMCA provide first-rate childcare, with a unique playground that will help generations of children develop and grow," said Dean Dodge, CEO of YMCA Saskatoon.
To find out about the Saskatoon Community Foundation, and the grants it offers, please visit their website.
Early Years Matter
The YMCA of Saskatoon is an enthusiastic participant in the Saskatoon Early Years Partnership -- a leadership team of Early Years, Parenting and Community Professionals dedicated to the investment in children, our future.
It's strategic aim is that by 2018, 82% of Saskatoon and Region children in kindergarten will score 'ready' for the transition to school (no delays in any of the 5 EDI domains - 2012 baseline at 70%), AND by 2020, 90% of Saskatoon and Region children will score ready for transition to school. The three areas of focus are: parenting supports and education; mental health and well-being of children and their families; quality, universal, affordable, developmentally and culturally appropriate childcare. (http://saskatoonric.ca/sric-operations/iag/early-childhood-development)
Day of Caring
Day of Caring® is a partnership between United Way of Saskatoon and Area, business and labour groups, local sponsors and United Way funded agencies and programs. This event is an opportunity for participants to experience the rewards of volunteerism, demonstrating what a difference they can make in our community by working together.
In 2016, the YMCA of Saskatoon was fortunate enough to have three separate groups donate their time and energy to improving our facilities and helping in our mission of Building Healthy Communities.
On Monday, May 16, a team of volunteers from the University Heights branch of RBC came out to the YMCA Sutherland Childcare Centre to help spruce up the playground for the kids.
The team painted and stained benches and play structures, re-did some brick pathway, cleaned up under the hedges and prepared a flowerbed.
On Tuesday, June 14 a group of workers from the Cargill facility in Clavet descended in force on the same playground and refurbished a sandbox area, chopped down about 80 feet of overgrown hedges in preparation for a new fence, cleanded around bushes, expanded the paved walkway at the street and installed a basement window well. Cargill will also be footing the bill for a new chainlink fence to keep the kids safe - a gesture for which we can't thank them enough!
On Wednesday, June 15 the staff from the RBC branch at Avenue C and Circle Drive gave their time and energy to the playground behind the downtown YMCA building, preparing flowerbeds and installing new landscaping ties.
Were the YMCA to pay for the labour involved in all these projects, we would be able to sponsor far fewer children and families for our programs like Before and After School Care, summer camps and swimming lessons. Our great corporate partners have had a very real impact on improving our community, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts!
Management and Board
The YMCA of Saskatoon is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is comprised of 14 representatives from the community, who are responsible for the vision and the strategic direction of the Association.
Board of Directors
- Pauline Melis - Chair
- Ryan Chute
- Shannon Friesen
- Arian Andkhoie
- Carolyn Bagnell
- Drew Bilboe
- Michael Souweha
- Mike Mckague
- Tim West
- Josh Marko
- Carlie Russell
- Stephen McLachlin
Over the course of a year, the YMCA of Saskatoon may carry out business transactions with suppliers of goods and services with whom there exists a non-arm's length relationship with either directors or senior managers of the YMCA. These transactions occur through the normal course of operations, are subject to normal procurement practice and policies and are reviewed in conjunction with the audit. To date, these transactions have averaged less than $10,000 annually.
LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO BE PART OF A DYNAMIC TEAM?
As an employee of the YMCA you have the opportunity to do meaningful work with members of your community. From promoting healthier living, to giving kids the opportunity to grow.
Please submit your resume and references to apply for a job at the YMCA of Saskatoon.
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