Tag Archive | "collaboration"

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Fall Focus

I’ve just returned from Vancouver where Management Resource Centre (MRC) CEOs, MRC coordinators and national staff worked together on the finer details of Focus 2010-2011, our newly-approved strategic plan update.  You’ll recall that the plan organizes our work into five strategic priorities: the National Resource Creation and Capacity Building (NRCCB) Initiative, the YMCA brand, the […]

Monday, August 23, 2010


Introducing Frank Andreacchi

Last week, we welcomed Frank Andreacchi to YMCA Canada.  We’ve engaged Frank to develop a full range of shared services and functions for the federation — from common purchasing to management agreements between Associations for greater effectiveness, productivity and impact.  He comes to us from Interac Canada where he was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Corporate […]

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Making Our Mark

I grew up in southern Alberta in the ’50s where I learned that a brand distinguishes one herd of cattle from another.  All ranches took great pride in their unique markings.  Each mark sent a clear message to potential consumers about quality and value.  Today, I live in Vancouver where branding still means this and a whole lot more.  […]

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Strengthening the Foundations

Here we are!  The National Council of YMCAs.  250 YMCA leaders, including 40 young people, from 53 Associations.  Volunteers and staff together.  Retirees like Joe Walker from Peterborough, Ontario.  Friends and supporters, like Jowi Taylor (with Voyageur in its bright yellow case) and a legion of red-shirted facilitators from MASS LBP. See the circle of Muskoka […]

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 […]

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


The New Robert Lee YMCA

The letter to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver’s Board of Governors was explicit. All monies received are to be invested, together with the accumulated interest, and left to grow until such time as there are sufficient funds available to build a Downtown YMCA large enough to meet the needs of the City at the time […]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The Difference a Week Can Make

This Sunday, we’re convening our YMCA Chief Executive Officers Forum at the Banff Centre in Alberta.  For a day and a half, we’ll be working together to:

Monday, January 18, 2010


Making the Case

When we convened in Winnipeg for Portage ’09 last June, change was in the air.  Presenters like Leslie Crutchfield called us to act in ways that would make us an even greater force for good.  We called each other to act as one organization to dramatically improve the health of Canada’s children and youth.  And […]

Monday, January 11, 2010


Just Too Young to be Old

My thanks to those who commented on my first post by e-mail and on this blog.  I appreciate your encouragement, observations and ideas.  You’ve given all of us a lot to think about.  Your responses and our inaugural poll results confirm that many of us want to connect and are ready to try new tools. Another opportunity […]

Monday, January 4, 2010


2010: Better Together

  It’s a new year and the first day of a new job for me at YMCA Canada.  I’m excited about our challenges and by technology that helps us tackle them together – like this blog.  By the end of the day, I’ll have spent time with the Chair of the National Board, the national staff […]