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Who We Are

Building brighter futures.

For 170 years, we’ve cared for kids, shaped leaders for tomorrow, helped generations of people come together for support, and provide experiences that last a lifetime. 

As a charitable, non-profit organization, we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all, in welcoming spaces that are both nurturing and fun —  a community of shared responsibilities, where children and families thrive. 

Our charity creates opportunities for personal growth, fosters connection and supports change. Through a wide variety of programs and services, we’re building a brighter future across Nova Scotia.  

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Our Purpose

Building healthy communities through the power of belonging. 

Our Mission

The YMCA is a charity dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind, and body, and to their sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.

Our Vision

Vibrant communities where everyone belongs.

Our Values

Respect | Responsibility | Honesty | Inclusion | Caring

 YMCA Association Services 

Every Day At the Y...

  • Parents can pursue their careers or education while their kids learn and grow in child care
  • Adults achieve peace of mind at yoga classes and reach healthy workout goals at our health and fitness centres
  • Toddlers build confidence with every stroke, learning lifesaving swimming skills in our swimming & aquatics programs 
  • Youth become (literal and figurative) trailblazers in our camping and outdoor education programs
  • Older adults stay active and connected to their communities 
  • Job seekers find employment support as they navigate the current labour market
  • Newcomers are welcomed and supported as they settle in a new country
  • Students gain life experiences as volunteers, and as youth leaders in work and exchange programs 

YMCA Association Services

YMCA Association Services houses the administrative support offices of the YMCA Greater Halifax/Dartmouth including the office of the CEO, finance, human resources, marketing and communications, donor relations and fund development.

Brian Posavad

President & CEO
He/ Him
[email protected]
p. (902) 423-4261

Morgan Atwater

Director, Funds Development and Community Engagement
She / Her
[email protected]
​p. (902) 717-9807

Alexandria Samson

Director, Donor Relations
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 229-4311

Hinda Shakeeb

Digital Engagement Coordinator
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 219-1557

Kellea Redden

Chief Financial Officer
She/ Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 423-4907 Ext. 225

John Meagher

General Manager, Asset & Development
He / Him
[email protected]
p. (902) 223-3986

Anna Barnes

Vice President, YMCA Atlantic Regional Development Centre (RDC)
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 221-8974

Rupinder Elavia

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 399-5180

Sahra MacNeill

Director, People & Culture
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 225-2790

Kailee Hominick

Director, Strategic Communications
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 222-7279

Zach Fralick

People & Culture Generalist
She / Her
[email protected]
p.(902) 456-8892

Nicole O'Connor

Coordinator, Internal Communications
She / Her
[email protected]
p. (902) 399-5180

Our History

On December 6, 1853, a small group of men came together in the office of Peter Lynch. In the Forrester Building on Barrington Street with a reading room, a library, classes, and bi-weekly lectures, the organization that would become the YMCA of Greater Halifax and Dartmouth was formed.

History of YMCAs in Canada

The YMCA story began in London, England over 170 years ago with one man who had an idea about how to make his community stronger. From that idea sprang a movement that would spread across the globe, inspiring millions to grow in spirit, mind and body. 

Annual Reports

Gratitude Reports

Financial Statements

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth – Charitable Registration Number: 2225454614440966

Our Commitment

As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth has an obligation to remain publicly accountable. As a values-based organization, we are committed to fostering an open, honest and inclusive environment. To deliver on our commitment, we’re providing access to information which ensures we are accountable to the communities we serve. This includes information regarding:


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