Year-long celebrations to include Resurgo Place exhibit, golf tournament, North End Y opening and 150th gala

(Moncton, N.B. – January 23, 2020) The YMCA of Greater Moncton kicked off year-long celebrations today to mark a major milestone in the registered charity’s history: 150 years of service to the local community.

“It is thanks to all of you who have united behind our mission and dedicated their time, talent and treasure that we have served our community these past 150 years,” said YMCA of Greater Moncton CEO Zane Korytko during yesterday’s launch at the Y.

The YMCA of Greater Moncton was founded in January 1870. Prior to the opening of the present facility at 30 War Veterans Ave., previous locations included a building at the corner of Highfield and Gordon Streets, and, before that, one on Main and Alma Streets.

During today’s event, Sue Murray and Trudy Brydges – co-chairs of the YMCA’s 150th Anniversary Committee – outlined various anniversary events scheduled for 2020. They include an exhibit on the history of the local YMCA, which will take place at Resurgo Place in May, and a golf tournament in August.

As well, the opening of the YMCA in Moncton’s North End – planned for this fall – will be part of the celebrations, as will a special gala event on Nov. 28 at the new satellite Y. The gala will feature a visit from Patricia Pelton, President of the World Alliance of YMCAs. (Pelton is the first woman and first Canadian to serve as that organization’s president.)

The Honourable Mabel DeWare, honourary chair of the 150th anniversary committee, was among those who spoke at today’s press conference. DeWare, a retired New Brunswick senator, former MLA, Canadian curling champion and former YMCA staff / board member, described the importance of the local Y to her family and the region.

DeWare noted that while the original function of the YMCA of Greater Moncton was as a place for sport and social activities, it has evolved to embrace a wide range of activities and programs.

“The Y in Moncton has also become an organization which identifies and addresses social issues including child and adult daycare, youth at risk or those suspended from school, and food and nutrition through its annual Community Garden,” she said. “Our Y has also been a tireless leader in identifying and attempting to help those who are homeless in our city through the ReConnect Street Intervention Program. The Y is a force for good in our community and in the world.”

The YMCA of Greater Moncton is a registered charitable organization dedicated to building healthy communities. It is committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the community. Its focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means it serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through all stages of life.