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 lens to do so.”

“Earning the accreditation, especially in these changing times, shows remarkable resilience, and a strong commitment to innovation and excellence,” added Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada.


About the Standards Program

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase organizational excellence and transparency of charities and non-profits, to build resilience and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. To earn the accreditation, organizations must meet 73 standards in financial management and accountability, fundraising practise, board governance, staff management, and volunteer management.

Peer-review Process and Compliance

Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program. Accredited organizations are required to complete full re-accreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored regularly and requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.

About Us

The YMCA of Greater Saint John is a family working together to serve more than 20,000 people across the Greater Saint John region. We believe in helping children and families reach their full potential and we are a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. For over 165 years, we’ve cared for kids, shaped leaders for tomorrow and helped generations of people come together to find support, get healthier and make friends for life.