YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

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Editor's Note

This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 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

Geographic region of focus: The National Capital Region

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $23,915,000

Top funding sources:

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

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 2021

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!

Stride for the Y - September 2021

The Y’s newest event creates an exciting opportunity for families to spend a fun-filled day together. Centered around a two-kilometre family-friendly walk, Stride for the Y also offers participants the chance to play on the RedBlacks field as they cross the finish line, and the opportunity to take in a game at TD Place – all while helping some of our community’s most vulnerable families access affordable child-care.

Y Golf Classic - September 2021

Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has raised more than $1.5 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.

Kids Charity Hockey Tournament

The annual Lawyers for Kids Charity Hockey Tournament, presented by PBC Group, began in 2010 by a group of lawyer colleagues who wanted to honour the life of a friend and former Y board member. Since then, these incredible fundraisers have raised over $250,000 to support vital kids Y programs – like our Y Kids Club program, which gives children a place to go after school for fun, snacks, and help with homework.

Board members and executives

Bob and Jean
President and CEO Bob Gallagher (left), and Chair of the board Jean Laurin

Jean Laurin, CPA, CA (Chair)

Anne Butler (Secretary)

Susannah Crabtree (Treasurer)

Dr. Lisa Chillingworth Watson

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. The Y works to build healthy communities and advocate for children, teens and young adults, helping all to reach their potential and realize their goals. With community support, we fund programs that promote healthy living by ensuring everyone is given the opportunity to achieve a healthier lifestyle, 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 essential training and resources.

Get in touch

180 Argyle Ave. 
Ottawa, Ont.
K2P 1B7


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