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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


NAYDO 2011

  I recently had the pleasure of joining 1300 YMCA colleagues at the 30th Annual NAYDO (North American YMCA Development Organization) Conference. This conference, focused on YMCA Philanthropy, was held April 27th – 30th, 2011 in Anaheim, California. Participating in the conference this year were 154 Canadian YMCA representatives! We had the opportunity to learn, […]

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Three YMCA Emergency Appeals in Three Months

March 2011 Since January 2011, the World Alliance of YMCAs, together with the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs, have issued three emergency appeals for the YMCAs of Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Japan.    In times like these, we rely on our global network to provide support.  YMCA Canada contributed $8,500 towards these appeals and […]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Taking Citizenship Global

I’m writing from Hong Kong where the World Council of YMCAs met last week and where the YMCA World Urban Network is now underway.  We’ve made the transition from a 1,100-person conversation about global citizenship to a much smaller one on the health of children and youth with chief executives of large urban Associations. In between […]

Friday, May 7, 2010


Dispatch from Africa

  The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s Tom Coon and nine other volunteer and staff leaders are returning to Canada today after a week in Ghana.  Tom, who is also the chair of YMCA Canada’s international workgroup, sent this report: So many resources, so few resources …  Africa is such a continent of contrasts.  Rich in people […]

Friday, January 22, 2010


Konbit for Haiti

The recent earthquake in Haiti has rocked the world.  The images coming out of the country reveal incomprehensible distress.  In the midst of it all, there is the YMCA of Haiti.  Just 18 years old, it stands as a symbol of konbit – a Creole expression meaning the pooling of resources of people from the same […]