YMCA of Fredericton – Announcement

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.
Ben Coles
July 8th, 2021|

YMCA Canada, Canada Day 2021 Statement 

YMCA CanadaCanada 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 beenThere 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 opportunityand 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. 

July 1st, 2021|

YMCA Programs Survey



In an effort to identity potential programming opportunities for our Northside YMCA facility, we’re looking for your feedback! By answering the five (5) quick questions below, you can help us determine our most viable future options.

Please Click HERE for Northside Programming Survey or use the QR code above.

Contest Alert!  Visit our Facebook page to enter our like & share contest for a chance to win a one month pass to the YMCA!




March 12th, 2021|

Yellow Phase Update – March 5, 2021

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.

Pool Reminders

  • 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’.

Physical Distancing

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.

March 5th, 2021|

Facility Re-Opening on Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30 a.m.

Following this afternoon’s announcement by the Government of New Brunswick, the Fredericton Region (Zone 3) is transitioning back to the Orange Phase of the Provincial Recovery Plan and will re-open on Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30 a.m. with our COVID-19 operational plan in place to keep our members, staff and community as safe and healthy as possible.


The Fredericton YMCA (570 York Street) and the Willie O’Ree Place Program Facility will re-open to our members with a reminder of the following:

  1. Active screening will remain with mandatory temperature checks upon entering the facility, as well as answering screening questions.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times throughout the facility, including while exercising in the Wellness Centre.
  3. Locker rooms are closed, which includes steam rooms and showers. Members are discouraged from bringing in bags.
  4. In addition to the 2-metre physical distancing requirement, masks are required in low-intensity fitness activities such as yoga and stretch classes.
  5. Physical distancing requirements will increase to 3 metres/9 feet for high-intensity fitness classes and exercise. All Group Fitness class stations will allow for a minimum of 3 metres of physical distancing therefore masks are mandatory at all times except while engaged in class activity.
  6. All swimming lessons remain paused until further notice.  The Orange Phase pool schedule will begin on Wednesday, January 27.  Online sign-up will be available starting at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 26.
  7. Early Years and Youth programs previously started during the orange phase will resume with all participants required to wear a mask at all times, while also maintaining physical distancing.  Saturday and Sunday youth programs remain postponed due to the current Orange Phase sporting restrictions.

Please note that a separate email will be sent out to all bi-weekly members regarding the resumption of membership payments.

Child Care & After School Programs

YMCA Child Care is an essential service and all of our locations will remain open during the Orange Phase. Any new guidelines set out by the Department of Education and early childhood development will be communicated directly to our families.



January 25th, 2021|

Temporary HFA Facility Closure – Red Phase COVID-19 January 19, 2021

Temporary HFA Facility Closure – Red Phase COVID-19

The YMCA of Fredericton’s main priority is the health of our staff, members and the broader community. As of Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 p.m., the YMCA of Fredericton is taking the necessary step to temporarily close our facilities in compliance with the Province of New Brunswick’s Public Health directive. This closure will affect our Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre at 570 York Street and our Willie O’Ree Northside Program Centre.
Please note that no fees for memberships will be processed until our facilities re-open and services resume. As well, during our temporary closure, we are unable to process membership cancellations or hold requests.
We will continue to use our website and social media to provide updates as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. If you have questions, please contact These are extraordinary circumstances and we thank you for your patience and understanding.
Child Care & After School Programs
YMCA Child Care is an essential service and will remain open during the Red Phase. Any new guidelines set out by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will be communicated directly to our families.
Jason Dickson
President & CEO
YMCA of Fredericton
January 19th, 2021|
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