(Moncton, N.B. – March 9, 2020) The YMCA of Greater Moncton today kicked off a capital campaign that aims to raise the final $3 million needed to open the Moncton North YMCA on Twin Oaks Drive.
“This amount, combined with the generous support of our federal, provincial and municipal governments, will allow us to fulfil the shared vision of a healthy, strong and connected community where everyone belongs,” said Phyllis Bannister, Chair of the YMCA’s ‘Building What Matters’ Campaign. “With the significant contributions of major donors as well as YMCA staff, board members and our capital campaign cabinet, we have already reached $2.4 million of our goal. With strong community support, we know we can reach $3 million and build a place that is accessible, inclusive and healthy for us all.”
The City of Moncton asked to partner with the YMCA of Greater Moncton to build a community facility in one of the fastest growing and underserved areas of Moncton – the North End. In December 2017, Moncton City Council unanimously approved proceeding with the community centre, working with the YMCA to facilitate its design and construction.
Federal and provincial governments each committed $4 million to the project while the City of Moncton is contributing $6 million, $2 million of which is for road development. The YMCA is committed to raising the remaining $3 million through the ‘Building What Matters’ Campaign.
Work on the two-storey, 35,000 square-foot Moncton North YMCA began last year with completion projected for this fall. It is being built on a recently-opened extension of Twin Oaks Drive. The current Y at 30 War Veterans Avenue in Moncton will operate as usual once the additional facility opens.
“The new Moncton North YMCA will play an important role in building community, a sense of belonging and achieving positive health outcomes for today and for generations to come,” said Bannister, a long-time YMCA volunteer and local businesswoman. “The impact of this project will go well beyond the walls of the new building. The Moncton North YMCA will give the YMCA the tools, capacity and sustainability to extend our reach and strengthen our impact.”
Zane Korytko, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Moncton, said he is optimistic that the community will rally behind the fundraising campaign so the facility’s doors can open this fall.
“This will be an incredible centre for the entire community with features like the indoor track and gathering spaces that will not only be accessible to YMCA members but the public at large,” said Korytko. “Let’s work together to complete this amazing space that will help build healthy individual and families. To ensure we continue to meet the needs of the community, the YMCA must grow with it and that’s what we’ll be doing with the Moncton North Y.”
The Moncton North YMCA will feature areas for fitness programs, community programs, an indoor splash pad and playground, and an indoor track (for walking, running or wheeling) with elevator access. It will be accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and stages of life.
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.
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