Tag Archive | "global partners"

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 […]

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 […]

Monday, May 24, 2010


Our 2010 Annual General Meeting

In less than a week, the National Council of YMCAs will be in session.  This annual general meeting of representatives from 53 Associations is always a time to reconnect, renew friendships and make new ones, and conduct the business of our federation.  This year, it will be this and more. A record number of delegates […]

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, March 19, 2010


The View from the Road

I’ve been on the road for much of the past two weeks — Tijuana for a Prairies MRC-Mexico partnership meeting, Victoria for YMCA Canada’s Board of Directors meeting, Montréal for an MRC CEOs meeting before heading home to Toronto for an Ontario MRC meeting.  In these gatherings, I had the chance to see the change […]

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:

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 […]

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 […]