I’ve never actually lived at the YMCA, although I have stayed in their hotels/hostels. More importantly, I’ve been a member of the Y in both Montreal and Victoria, and both times my life was enriched by the experience.
In Victoria, I ran with the Y running club and trained with the Y triathlon club; in Montreal I swam with the Y masters. When I moved abroad, I missed the Y more than anything.
The YMCA Canada website presents itself as being:
“…dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.”
Lofty ideals that are realized by providing services, most especially for children and youth. Goals that couldn’t be realized without the generosity of donors.
Dedicated to inclusiveness, both the Montreal and Victoria Y’s offer membership assistance to those unable to pay full membership fees. It means that anybody can join the Y and benefit from its services and facilities. It means if you’re out of work, you can at the very least get healthy and stay healthy by using the sports centre, and stay connected with your community by participating in Y events.
It makes a vital contribution to the life of anyone who wants to avail themself of the services, and provides wholesome programs for children and youth.