For Immediate Release – October 27, 2017

HALIFAX, NS- At a reception last night with more than 100 supporters in attendance, the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth kicked off a campaign that aims to raise the final $500,000 of the $9,000,000 needed to open the new John W. Lindsay YMCA facility on the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets.

The YMCA also announced that collectively YMCA staff, board, trustees, and Capital Campaign Cabinet volunteers had donated $4.6 million of the near $8.5 million raised to date. The collective figure is inclusive of the $3 million gift from the Lindsay family announced back in 2014.

“As we officially launch our Community Campaign to raise $500,000 for the new John W. Lindsay YMCA, we are asking you to invest in our vision”, said Lynn Coveyduck, Community Campaign Chair for the project. “Be part of the Original Social Network. Let’s work together to build a place that is fair, inclusive and healthy for all of us.”

The official video for the campaign was also unveiled. The Original Social Network is focused on bringing people together from all walks of life to form social connections, with a focus on building and strengthening connections within the community.

“Childhood obesity, social isolation, poor health and lifestyle choices, the retention of our immigrants and youth —these are all challenges that our communities, our families, and our governments are striving to overcome,” explains Jennifer Berry, Vice-Chair of the YMCA Board of Directors, “The new John W. Lindsay YMCA facility is our response to these challenges. We recognize that healthy and vibrant communities start with healthy and vibrant people.”

Community members looking to view the video or learn more about campaign can visit






About the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. YMCA services include Health and Fitness, Youth Engagement, Child Care, Overnight Camping, Immigrant Services, and Employment Services. Please visit for more information.

About the new John W. Lindsay YMCA facility
With 70,000 square feet of new and contemporary health, wellness and community space, the John W. Lindsay YMCA will reside within a new mixed-use residential and commercial complex. Located on the corner of Sackville and South Park Streets in Halifax, it will include a large public atrium, social and program areas, a full aquatic centre, gymnasium, indoor track, a 2-level Wellness Centre, and a Child and Family Development Centre, that will include community program areas. The new facility is slated to open in early 2019. Please visit for more information.


Media Contact:
Bridget Ebsary
Communications Manager
YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, Association Services
(902) 222-7454
[email protected]