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THERE ARE 100 REASONS TO GIVE. WHAT'S YOUR REASON?

YMCA Rendering

With our partners, we are building a new kind of Y in downtown Barrie.

This will be a new kind of Y - a hub that will house traditional Y programs while supporting other opportunities for the public, our membership, and our community partners. This 65,000 square foot facility at the corner of Dunlop and Bradford Street is the Y we need for the Barrie we want.

YMCA Rendering

What's your reason?

REASON 1

Meeting the Needs of our Evolving City

"The Y as I see it in the future is going to be able to fill a lot of the holes that we are now experiencing in the downtown and in other places within the community."

Janice,

Former Mayor of Barrie/Honourary Capital Campaign Chair

REASON 4

Committing to Lifelong Learning

"The Y has given my son the opportunity to develop his social skills in a fun environment - every day we’re amazed by what he’s learnt."

Amanda,

Nathan’s mom

REASON 12

Removing Barriers to Access

"It means the world to us, especially my kids. Everybody talks about community - the YMCA lives it every day."

Dawn,

Y Member/Recipient of YMCA Financial Assistance

REASON 16

Connecting Youth to Employment

"I was going through a really rough period of my life, and the Y helped me get back on my feet, find a job, and get the skills I needed to succeed.”

Katrina,

Youth Employment Participant

REASON 19

Establishing a Sense of Belonging

"I don’t have any family here - this is my family, the members and the staff. My Y is my second home."

Mildred

Former YMCA Immigrant Services Client/YMCA Staff

REASON 23

Inspiring People to Reach Their Potential

"The Y opened their doors to me. It didn’t matter what I did before - my future mattered. It was an opportunity to have a career and a better life."

TJ,

YMCA Youth Employment Participant

REASON 27

Instilling Self Confidence

"The YMCA swimming program has given Lily the confidence she needed to jump into new experiences, both in and out of the pool."

Amanda,

Lily’s Mom

REASON 29

Creating Community

"If I needed anything, the Y was the place I went. As a community member, the Y is always on my mind and is part of me."

Moe,

Business Owner/Former YMCA Immigrant Services Client

REASON 46

Sharing our Values

"Building a caring and inclusive community is the reason why we need the YMCA"

Hon. Jeff Lehman,

Mayor of the City of Barrie

REASON 66

Promoting Lifelong Health

"After my stent, I was fearful of doing exercise. Now I feel better than ever because my energy is back, and so is my confidence."

Sudhir,

Graduate of YMCA/RVH Healthy Hearts Program

REASON 68

Partnering in Downtown Development

"The role of the Y in the redevelopment of the downtown core is part of downtown reaching its full potential."

Craig Stevens,

Managing Director, Barrie BIA

REASON 88

Building Resilient Families

"Personally, the Y has helped me and my daughter become more resilient, physically and emotionally.”

Amanda,

Barrie Y Member/YMCA Youth Services Staff

We asked three of Barrie’s most respected leaders to share their ‘Reason Y’

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We are looking to build a new Y that will include:

Community Spaces

  • Atrium
  • Café
  • Community Meeting Rooms
  • Community Kitchen

Health Partnerships and Fitness Facilities

  • Aquatics Centre
  • The YMCA will be home to RVH’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program
  • Conditioning Space
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor Track
  • The YMCA will be delivering Cancer Rehabilitation programs in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre

Child and Youth Services

  • Shared Space for Child and Youth Programming
  • Home to Simcoe County’s first standalone transitional housing unit for youth, in partnership with Youth Haven
  • YMCA Youth Employment Programs
  • Indoor Gym and Playground
  • Child Care

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Secure Site to Meet Vision
(2018)

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    The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is a charity commited to building a healthy community for all.

    YMCA Mission:My Y is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of belonging to each other and the global community.
    YMCA Vision:My Y inspires people to reach their full potential.
    YMCA Values:Caring, Honesty, Inclusion, Respect, Responsibility

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