July 8, 2021 Dear Valued YMCA Member, On behalf of the YMCA of Fredericton Board of Directors, I am providing this communication to inform you that our President and CEO, Jason Dickson, has announced his resignation from the YMCA, having accepted a new role as the CEO of Baseball Canada. Michelle Paquin, CPA, CA, who currently serves as the Director of Finance within the organization will assume the position of Acting President and CEO until a new President and CEO has been recruited. Michelle and her Senior Leadership Team has the full support of both the Operating and Endowment Boards in this capacity, and they will collectively facilitate a smooth transition and maintain operational continuity. The executive search process will begin in the coming days and we are expecting to fill this position in the Fall of 2021. Since joining our YMCA in the Summer of 2016, Jason has modelled a transparent, respectful and progressive leadership style that has well served our YMCA community; this has been well evidenced in recent months as he has navigated our YMCA through unprecedented challenges arising from the pandemic. Jason and his team have continued to advance our Healthy People for Healthy Communities vision with strengthened membership recruitment and retention, partnership building and engagement, operational health and vitality, and risk mitigation and management. While Jason will be missed in his role as President and CEO, we’re confident he’ll remain a long standing champion of the YMCA and the community it serves. We thank Jason for his valued service and impact on our YMCA community, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Sincerely, Ben Coles Chair, Board of Directors Notice - YMCA of Fredericton President & CEO Resignation
YMCA Canada, Canada Day 2021 Statement While July 1st is a time of celebration and rest for many, YMCA Canada would also like to recognize how challenging a year it has been. There has been a lot to be thankful for, but this is also a time to pause and reflect on where we have been, and where we want to be as a country. In recent months, we have witnessed the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, the 104 remains uncovered at the former site of the Brandon Residential School, and the 751 remains found at the former site of the Marieval Indian Residential School at Cowessess, Saskatchewan, and with the knowledge that many more discoveries are to come. In the same time period, we have also witnessed the Islamophobic attacks in London, Ontario, and a documented rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes. This is not the Canada we want to be. We have a lot of work to do to live up to the promise of the Canada We Want. The Canada We Want is a place where oppressive and systemic barriers have been removed and replaced by opportunity, and where all have a deep sense of belonging. And we know a lot more work, by a lot more people and organizations, including ours, is needed to get us there. As one of Canada’s largest service charities, the YMCA has a role to play in fostering social inclusion. Over the last year we have been expanding our focus on anti-racism and addressing systemic discrimination, including creating learning opportunities for staff and volunteers, working with community partners, and conducting research on our practices to help us understand how we can better reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We will continue to invest in these efforts and engage in listening, learning, and improving, to ensure that the YMCA is a space that is safe and welcoming for everyone. Canada continues to grow and develop as a country, and we can choose what kind of country we want to be. By fostering belonging and inclusion in our organizations and in our communities, we can be the Canada We Want. Here’s to building that better future, while never forgetting where we’ve been.
YMCA of Fredericton Update
March 5th, 2021
Following this afternoon’s announcement by the Government of New Brunswick, the Fredericton Region (Zone 3) will transition back to the Yellow Phase of the Provincial Recovery Plan as of midnight Sunday, March 7th, 2021.
Facility & Membership Reminders
Upon arrival at the facility, hand sanitizer will be available for all patrons. COVID-19 self screening questions must be answered before entering.
Locker rooms are open, which includes access to lockers, steam rooms and showers. All members are expected to respect physical distancing requirements while using these spaces.
Masks must be worn at all times throughout the facility. Masks may only be removed once ‘stationed’ (i.e. inside a shower/washroom/change stall, seated in steam room, on a cardio machine, at a Wellness Centre weight station, immediately before entering the pool, as a Group Fitness class begins).
Physical distancing requirements remain at 2 metres/6 feet throughout the facility.
Towel service will resume effective Monday, March 8th. For member safety, towels will need to be requested at the Welcome Desk.
Members are asked to use sanitizing spray and disposable paper towel before and after use of all Wellness Centre & Fitness Class Equipment.
Yellow Phase programming will return Monday, March 8th. An updated pool schedule has been posted.
Aquatics classes (Aquafit / AquaZumba) ONLY will continue to require either online or in-person ‘sign-up’ in order to optimize member safety and ensure physical distancing requirements can be met. (maximum 25 participants / class). Sign-up will be available starting at 1:00pm of ‘day prior’.
The YMCA has implemented a strict physical distancing policy. All individuals inside our facility will be expected to maintain a two-metre (six-foot) minimum distance between themselves and others. Signage is visible throughout the facility.
Please Note: The YMCA of Fredericton adheres to all recommendations from Public Health. All guidelines are dependant on their recommendations and could change at any time due to their directive.