Tag Archive | "resources"

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, July 12, 2010


US YMCA Launches New Brand Strategy

Our American YMCA colleagues made a big decision yesterday at their 2010 General Assembly in Utah.  After an intensive two-year process, they decided to pursue a new brand strategy.  It includes simplifying their story, calling themselves the “Y”, and changing their logo.  The strategy also has implications for how they are governed and structured.  The New York […]

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 […]

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Introducing Laura Palmer Korn

It is my pleasure to introduce YMCA Canada’s new Senior Vice President for Federation Strategy: Laura Palmer Korn.  Like many Canadians, Laura first connected with the YMCA as a youth leader, swim instructor and camp counselor.  Her YMCA career began in 1972 with the YMCA of Greater Toronto as a coordinator for child, youth and […]

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 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 […]