The Cooper Koo
Family YMCA

Building a vibrant community where everyone can shine

In May 2016, we opened the Cooper Koo Family YMCA: an 82,000 square-foot Centre of Community in the heart of the Canary District. This emerging neighbourhood is home to a rapidly growing population — and social infrastructure hasn’t kept pace.

The Y brings needed support — including exercise opportunities that build mental health, community spaces, day camps, youth leadership opportunities, newcomer settlement services, and family programs — that help people ignite their true potential.

Exterior of Cooper Koo Family YMCA at twilight

Expanding access to critical supports

The Cooper Koo Family YMCA, located at 461 Cherry Street, is a legacy building from the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Developed in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Province of Ontario, this YMCA Centre of Community was brought to life by a transformational gift from Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo.

Thanks to their generous support, people of all ages and abilities can access essential services and find a sense of inclusion and belonging. The Cooper Koo Family YMCA is now drawing kids, teens, adults, and families into local networks that will help build this neighbourhood into a vibrant community.

A dazzling show of support

Michael Cooper and Krystal Koo

Krystal has long viewed the YMCA of Greater Toronto as an “amazing and welcoming” charity. As a teenager, she spent her spare time at the Scarborough Y, where she eventually began giving back by volunteering in children’s afterschool programs.

Years later, Krystal and her husband Michael would take community development to a whole new level.

“We decided to support because we believe — and now have witnessed — the good the YMCA can do for the communities they are located in and the people who they help,” says Krystal.

Krystal and Michael’s favourite thing about the Y is that “it is a true hub for the community” — a place where people come together to build new relationships and strengthen old ones.

Their advice to those interested in making a difference? Support the Y if you “want to give back to a charity that believes in the well-being of people and moving communities forward.”

What makes the Y special

The Y helps people grow strong — physically, mentally, and socially — thanks to:

  • An inclusive environment that's accessible for people of all incomes, with support from our financial assistance program.
  • Children’s programming that builds a foundation for physical fitness that will last a lifetime by helping kids get active in a fun, safe setting.
  • Family programming that supports healthy lifestyles while parents and children spend quality time together.
  • Volunteer opportunities that are especially popular with older adults, who find a sense of community and fulfillment from giving back.
  • YMCA Immigrant Services that help new Canadians find work, get education and training, improve their language skills, access legal and social services, learn about their new community, and find a sense of belonging in their new home.
  • Programs that spark the potential in youth, including Teen Nights, Youth Leadership Development programs, and day camps.
  • Multi-purpose community spaces, including a green roof, where neighbours can connect.

Help us rebuild community in the pandemic’s wake

As part of our Strong Start, Great Future Capital Campaign, The Cooper Koo Family Y will play a critical role in our neighbourhood's recovery from COVID-19, helping us re-ignite community spirit and build a more connected neighbourhood.

To help shape a brighter future, please contact:

Ali Kashani
Senior Director, Capital Campaign