YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region logo.
Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable association dedicated to building healthy communities. Serving more than 90,000 people in our region each year, Y programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. A focus on inclusiveness and accessibility means people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are served through all stages of life; and through financial assistance programs, the Y is accessible to all.

At a glance:

Year founded: 1867

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $19,865,000

Twitter: @ymcaywca_ottawa

Facebook: /ymcaywca

Instagram: @ymcaywca

Top funding sources:

  • Government funding: 54.1%
  • Corporate: 3.2%
  • Individual: 2.3%
  • Other charities: 0.8%
  • Other sources: 39.5%

Geographic region of focus: The National Capital Region

How you can help


Whether it is offering comfort and a safe home to families with nowhere else to go, helping children develop self-confidence and independence, providing essential training to inspire success in newcomers to our region, or celebrating our members’ accomplishments in their quests for a healthier lifestyle, the Y is a foundation from which a brighter future and a stronger community can be built. However, the Y is only able to provide these services thanks to community support. From sending a kid to camp to providing a safe shelter space for a homeless youth, Y supporters help shape positive futures.


The YMCA-YWCA relies on the time and dedication given by hundreds of volunteers each year. As a volunteer with the Y, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, coach swimming or basketball, mentor youth, help run a special event, engage your network in philanthropic opportunities, or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you will be making a big difference.

Events and fundraising

Y Cycle for Strong Kids

April 2022

This lively and active indoor cycling event supports initiatives that provide kids in our community with vital, life-changing programs. Funds raised help ensure that all kids have access to programs like swimming lessons, a camp experience, and safe after-school care, regardless of their financial situation. Participating in the Y Cycle for Strong Kids is a commitment to improving the health and well-being of children and youth in our community. And it's tons of fun, too!

A child and mother play with a train set on the carpet.
At the Y, you'll find a group of caring and dedicated educators and volunteers who help children learn, grow and thrive in a safe and supportive and nurturing environment. 

Lawyers For Kids Charity Hockey Tournament

April 2022

The Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament was originally established to honour Jim O’Grady, who passed away in 2009. Not only a well-respected lawyer, Jim was passionate about hockey, his community, and was a longstanding member of the Y. The tournament was created to celebrate Jim's impact in the community. 

While all are welcome to participate, the vast majority of players are lawyers, their relatives, and their staff. Since 2009, the tournament has raised more than $275,000, and helped provide many children in our community with access to vital Y programs and services.

Y Golf Classic

September 2022

Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised nearly $2 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sellout tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create life-changing opportunities.

Board members and executives

Two headshots of a man and woman, smiling at the camera.
Bob Gallagher is president and CEO of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region; Susannah Crabtree is chair

Bob Gallagher

President and CEO

Susannah Crabtree


Jean Laurin, CPA, CA

Past Chair

Anne Butler


Louise Tardif, ICD.D


Colleen Kelley

Anna Laurence

Jacques Paquette, ASC

Gary Simonsen

Mark Taylor

Caroline Xavier

Funding priorities

The Y’s programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. In the wake of COVID-19, the Y was able to shift focus towards maintaining our essential community services: Providing Child Care allows essential workers to continue supporting the community, Y Housing Programs provide families in need with secure shelter, and our Employment and Newcomer programs help people in our community prosper. With support from the community, we fund programs that promote complete health and wellness. We nurture the potential of children and youth by engaging them and encouraging positive choices, support vulnerable people by helping them stabilize while connecting them with appropriate community resources, and inspire personal success by providing access to vital training and resources.

Get in touch

180 Argyle Ave.

Ottawa, Ont.

K2P 1B7