YMCA of Greater Saint John Transforms into YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick: A New Chapter in a 170-Year Legacy

Saint John, NB – In a momentous announcement today, the YMCA of Greater Saint John unveiled a transformative evolution in its storied 170-year history. Standing before a community that has supported and thrived with the YMCA, the organization’s leadership shared reflections on its remarkable past and revealed exciting plans for the future.

Since its establishment in 1854, the YMCA has stood as a beacon of hope, fostering lasting personal and social change. Through 170 years, the organization has achieved significant milestones, becoming a pioneer in physical education, introducing beloved sports, and developing national standardized swim programs. The YMCA has consistently demonstrated adaptability, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to community service.

Key milestones include the establishment of Camp Glenburn in 1928, the creation of the YMCA Endowment Fund, in 1986, and the launch of Newcomer Connections in 1993. 1986 also brought with it the establishment of the Y’s very first Child Care Centre, a momentous addition to its legacy of community services. This marked a crucial step in addressing the evolving needs of families and providing a nurturing environment for the growth and development of young people. The year 2000 marked a transformative legacy with Glenn Carpenter’s generous donation, laying the foundation for the Glenn Carpenter Centre. In 2020, the YMCA faced unprecedented challenges, closing its doors for the first time in 166 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in 2021, the organization showcased resilience by opening another Early Childhood Hub.

Celebrating a remarkable achievement, the YMCA raised $1.9 million in 2023, the highest community support ever received. This accomplishment is a testament to the deep-rooted connection between the YMCA and the community, highlighting a history of involvement, fundraising, and collaborative efforts to enhance YMCA facilities serving community needs.

Looking towards the future, the YMCA of Greater Saint John has made a significant transformation, and will now officially become the YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick. This strategic decision reflects a commitment to better represent and serve the diverse and vibrant communities spanning from Sussex to St. Stephen.

“This change is not just about a name; it signifies the beginning of a new and exciting chapter that I am thrilled to share with our cherished community,” remarked Shilo Boucher, President and CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick. “We are greater than Greater Saint John. Our journey is just beginning, and we invite everyone to embrace this change and join us in building stronger, more inclusive communities.”

The YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick will continue its legacy of providing diverse opportunities for individuals through health, fitness, recreation, licensed child care, camps, outdoor education, newcomer services, leadership development, and volunteer opportunities.

As the organization ushers in this era of transformation, the leadership expresses heartfelt gratitude to the community for their integral role in the extended YMCA family. Together, they embark on a shared journey toward building a more inclusive and impactful future.


About YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick

The YMCA of Southwestern New Brunswick is a trusted charity that ignites the potential in people, fostering lasting personal and social change.  We are committed to providing opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services, including health, fitness and recreation, licensed child care, camps, outdoor education, employment, education, newcomer services, leadership development and volunteer opportunities. With over 19 locations, the Y is a leading charity that helps everyone shine. For more information, visit www.swnb.ymca.ca

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