(Campbellton, N.B. – Nov. 26, 2018) As the YMCA of Campbellton heads into its fifth year of operation in 2019, municipal officials, parents and youth are praising the registered charitable organization for its commitment to the region.

“The YMCA of Campbellton has made an incredible difference in our city and across the Restigouche region,” says Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin. “We are really fortunate to have the YMCA here to offer such a wonderful range of programs and activities that focus on building healthy children and youth. The YMCA is a great source of pride for our communities.”

Established in 2014 on the main floor of the Memorial Civic Centre, the YMCA of Campbellton offers an Afterschool Program for those aged five to 12 as well as a Youth Zone for those aged 12 to 17 that runs from 6 pm to 9 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 6 pm to 10 pm on Fridays. As well, the YMCA operates a Summer Day Camp for children aged five to 12.

Today, the YMCA of Campbellton serves approximately 140 participants through its youth, afterschool and summer camp programs, all offered in both official languages, says Amelie Bernard, the local Y’s Program Coordinator.

“The YMCA is like a big family,” says Bernard. “The youth come here to talk about their everyday dilemmas, play games, go on outings or just to sit and relax. When you work at the YMCA, you get attached to everyone who comes through the doors. When a youth turns 18 and is too old for our programs, it makes me a sad to know this person will no longer be one of our regulars. When they drop by to say hi, that’s something we really appreciate, because it means the Y has impacted them in a good way.”

For youth like 16-year-old Marc-Anthony Savoie, the YMCA of Campbellton has been a terrific, safe place to connect with friends and enjoy different activities and programs.

“I like the fact that we have a place to go to hang out and do fun activities with some awesome staff,” he says. “If it wasn’t for the YMCA of Campbellton, I would probably be bored a lot, less active and less connected to friends. I think every community should have a Y.”