Steam Room & Aquatics UPDATE

Steam Room & Aquatics UPDATE Dear Valued YMCA Member, On behalf of the Fredericton YMCA team, I want to thank you for choosing to be a part of our YMCA. 2023 Has not gotten off to the start we had hoped for; with a continued delay in repairs for the Steam Room Equipment, and some gaps in our swimming schedule due to a shortage of available life guards. Everyone at the Y has been working diligently to address both issues and I am happy to provide some positive updates on both issues. The proper steam room equipment has now been received by our contracted service provider and the steam rooms are back up and running. For those who hadn’t heard, we were sent the wrong parts which increased the down time. We are also seeking quotes for a full system replacement so as to avoid future failures. Our aquatics department has managed to add lifeguards to ensure the pool is open for the open lane swims every day except Thursday. We will continue to seek new guards and alternative solutions to offer a full swim schedule as soon as possible. Our YMCA trains and certifies more guards than any other centre in the city, if you know anyone who is interested in working as a morning/ day-time life guard, please ask them to contact the aquatics department, or myself personally. We do offer both the Bronze Cross and National Lifeguard Service Certification courses free of charge as an incentive to attract more people to the profession. Thank you all for your patience, understanding and feedback as we have been working through these two challenges. I always want to hear from you, with suggestions, criticism, compliments and ideas for improving our YMCA. We are all part of the Y, and the Y is a better place to be when we all work together sharing the values of Accountability, Respect, Inclusiveness, Caring and Fun. I wish you all the best in your wellness journey in 2023. Darcy Delaney President and CEO

Mark your Calendars for January!

Mark your calendars for January! January 1 - New Year's Day. The Y will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Start of the New Membership Promotion - Start of the new monthly fitness challenge January 9 - Start of the Winter Session - After school care starts at Willie O'Ree Place January 15 - Bronze Star Classes Start January 17 - Start of Pilates Flow! 6 Sessions run on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. January 18 Talking with Youth About Cannabis Webinar at 6:00 p.m. Register Here. January 21 - Babysitter course for teens runs from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Truth & Reconciliation Day on Friday, September 30

YMCA Canada Statement for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 2022 The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is available to survivors and their families at any time. Please call 1-800-721-0066 or 1-866-925-4419 to access the 24-7 crisis line. You can find additional support via the First Nations and Inuit HopeForWellness.ca Help Line at 1-855-242-3310. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth can text 686868 for access to Indigenous volunteer crisis responders (via Crisis Text Line powdered by Kids Help Phone) and adults can access this same service by messaging 741741. Today, on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day, YMCAs in Canada reflect on our responsibilities as treaty people with respect to the devastating legacy of the residential school system. Since 2021, the uncovering of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools has brought widespread attention to what many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people already knew: thousands of Indigenous children perished and were harmed in the Canadian Indian residential school system. The graves raised many questions about how a society takes responsibility for the suffering inflicted by its own institutions upon vulnerable children. At YMCA Canada, we recognize that reconciliation is an ongoing process, and we must be an active participant. This past year we identified that Indigenous People are under-represented on our national board of directors, and we have initiated a recruitment process to change this. To mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, YMCA Canada held webinars this month that amplified Indigenous voices, as we continue to explore how we can meaningfully advance our truth and reconciliation journey. The YMCA continues on our path to deepen our understanding of the ongoing effects of residential schools and how we can act in solidarity with Indigenous communities. Wherever you are on your path, we hope today you take another step forward toward being an active participant in reconciliation.

Lifting of the Masking Requirement as of June 7, 2022

We are so thankful for the support we have continued to receive from our members, staff and the community as we have navigated through the various stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After many discussions, considerations and feedback, we have decided to completely lift the required masking period between 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

At this point, masks will remain entirely optional for members, visitor and staff. Anyone who continues to wear a mask will be respected and supported.

We thank you for your continued patience and support.

Darcy Delaney

President and CEO

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