MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIR AND PRESIDENT & CEO
For 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has been helping people across the GTA reach their full potential by providing access to a vast array of welcoming spaces and programs designed to address the physical, mental, and social aspects of good health. We believe YMCA Centres of Community are critical to fostering individual and community health.
With the population of the GTA expected to grow by one million people in the next decade, we need to anticipate the mounting health needs of children, youth, and their families. We need to build today for a healthy tomorrow. Our young people are already facing tremendous challenges including unemployment, or underemployment, lack of physical activity and feelings of disconnection and social exclusion – all factors that contribute to declining health. Something needs to change.
We plan to build 10 new YMCA Centres of Community across the GTA over the next 10 years so we can help more of the children, teens, families and adults who need our support. Through our Strong Start, Great Future Campaign, we plan to raise $250 million from a range of sources including philanthropic donors, government, charitable partners, and our own operations to make this happen.
We have seen the transformational impact a Y can have on a community. We want to build more YMCAs so more individuals have meaningful opportunities to advance their physical, social and mental health; and where young people can find support and gain the skills they need to be our partners in a vibrant city. Our dream is that one day every individual – regardless of their income or social status – can easily access a YMCA Centre of Community. We believe our plan will achieve our vision that our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.
We invite you to help us make our “10 in 10” a reality. Together, we can give our communities – and the children, youth, families and adults living in them – a Strong Start to a Great Future.
Tim Penner Medhat Mahdy
Chair of the Board President and CEO