(Campbellton, N.B. – March 11, 2019) After almost five years of operating after-school and youth programs at Campbellton’s Memorial Civic Centre, the YMCA is stepping down from that role, with the Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre taking on youth programming.

“We’re proud of the impact we’ve made in Campbellton with the help of the City of Campbellton, our advisory council and key donors from the Restigouche area,” says Zane Korytko, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Moncton. “In recent years, we’ve had challenges finding qualified staff to operate our facility. Having the Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre run youth programs will give them more of a local flavour and provide a solution that works for all.”

The YMCA of Campbellton Youth Zone opened on the main floor of the Memorial Civic Centre in 2014 with a licensed YMCA after-school program opening on site in September 2015. In addition, the Y operated a summer day camp for children five to 12. The programs were modelled after those of the YMCA of Greater Moncton, with the initiative supported by the registered charitable organization. Funding from the Restigouche region financed the Campbellton Y.

“The facilities and equipment from our programs at the Civic Centre will remain,” says Korytko. “The only difference is that the facility will no longer be a branch of the Y. We will continue to be a resource to the Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre for as long as they would like.”

Melissa Irvine of the Restigouche Entrepreneurship Centre says the community appreciates the significant role the YMCA has played in implementing a youth centre in the region.

“We have greatly benefited from the YMCA’s expertise and guidance,” says Irvine. “We are extremely excited about this new opportunity and look forward to developing new programs and partnerships to ensure the viability of a youth centre in our region. We want the Restigouche Community to rest assured we will continue to work diligently with key community partners to continue to offer youth programs that are both wanted and needed in our region.”