Message from Our Chair and President & CEO

Investing in the health of our communities.

For more than 160 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has been helping people across the GTA reach their full potential by providing access to a vast array of welcoming spaces and programs designed to address the physical, mental, and social aspects of good health. We believe YMCA Centres of Community are critical to fostering individual and community health.

With the population of the GTA expected to grow by one million people in the next decade, we anticipated the mounting health needs of children, youth, and their families. Young people’s health is on a declining trajectory and our communities are facing the complex health consequences of childhood inactivity, childhood obesity, youth unemployment, social exclusion, poverty and growing income disparities. Quite simply many of our communities do not have sufficient access to the programs and services that are conducive to good health.

At the YMCA of Greater Toronto, we view health as an exceptional investment. We know we need to build today for a healthy tomorrow so we are embarking on a plan to build 10 new Ys across the GTA and York Region. But this plan is not just about the bricks and mortar. From downtown to York Region, these new YMCAs will bring more programs to more people in more communities. Your support of our Strong Start, Great Future Campaign will help us raise the $100 million in philanthropic funds to make this a reality.

We have seen the transformational impact a YMCA can have on a community every day. Our dream is that every individual – regardless of their income or social status – can easily access a YMCA Centre of Community. We believe our plan will achieve our vision that our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

We invite you to help us make our vision a reality. Together, we can give our communities – and the children, youth, families and adults living in them – a Strong Start to a Great Future.

Martine Irman
Strong Start, Great Future Campaign Cabinet

Medhat Mahdy
President and CEO
YMCA of Greater Toronto