On June 11th, an incredible collaboration took place within our YMCA. Four departments, seven staff, and one community partner came together to deliver a day camp for newcomer children, teaching them about camping and one of Nova Scotia’s greatest assets: the outdoors. On that beautiful Saturday morning, 30 children between the ages of 8 and [...]
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LiveWell is a community-based health partnership program that provides a seamless continuum of care through access to innovative, best-practice and evidence-based programs which result in the improved health of the individuals and the communities served by the YMCA. LiveWell programs: Create smooth transitions for patients between hospital care and community health. Deliver care in the [...]
The Youth 2SLGBTQIA+ Newcomer Program at the YMCA Center of Immigrant Programs supports young newcomers who identify as LGBTQIA+. The program was created to support clients who face structural barriers to accessing and navigating systems of services. In-person and one-on-one sessions are provided anonymously. One example of the programs available include the “East Coast Kitchen [...]
Evolving programming to Welcome our Newcomers Most people with memories of hanging out at the Community Y on Gottingen would probably talk about basketball. From Panther's games to shooting hoops after school, it has always been known for one particular sport. But our neighbourhood is changing, and the YMCA is known for continuously evolving to serve our communities [...]
What sets us apart at the YMCA While many know the YMCA as a gym, our history and ongoing mission as a charity sets us apart from the many fitness facility offerings around town. Even more so, our Volunteer led Fitness Classes showcase how leaders in our membership show up and truly embody our mission [...]
How Big Cove is shaping tomorrow's change makers Big Cove camp is near and dear to many hearts. As the oldest overnight camp in Canada, we can only imagine how many influential leaders in our community have been shaped by summer nights swatting mosquitoes and days paddling on the water in Sutherlands River, NS. YMCA [...]
Land Talks is a full day, interactive workshop centering the art of storytelling and witnessing diasporic peoples’ experiences of migration, place-making, and community building. The word diaspora describes the movement or settlement of peoples away from their ancestral homelands. We, the YMCA, and our partner community organizations believe that youth from diasporic communities, who [...]
Sticking to a new fitness regimen can be hard when we do it alone - but as households increasingly feel the pressure to engage in healthy activities, family becomes our best place to find accountability. Small changes in leisure habits can create positive routines and model active lifestyles for children and adults. Everyone benefits from [...]
If we want to better understand how to help the youth in our community, we need to hear from them. This fall, the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth welcomed 12 young leaders from our community to help guide our mission and amplify young voices in our community. The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is a group of [...]