September 2016

Ches Penney Family YMCA Fall 2016 Program Guide


Children's Services Brochure

Marystown YMCA Fall 2016 Program Guide

Financial Assistance




From the CEO

Greetings, and thanks for reading our new newsletter about one of the oldest charities in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

We want to communicate all about the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador and our activities on the Avalon Peninsula, the Burin Peninsula, the Bonavista Peninsula, in Labrador, and all across our province.

We also want to do more to help our communities understand the work the YMCA does in health, child care, and employment and how - perhaps even more than ever in challenging economic times - the YMCA brings value to individuals and families.

Part of expressing this is our new mission, vision, and values:

Mission - The YMCA is a charity, open to everyone at all stages of life, that provides opportunities to grow in spirit, mind, and body.
Vision - A province of vibrant and healthy communities where everyone can belong, grow, and thrive.
Values - Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Diversity

In a province with population health concerns, families that need support, people that need jobs or want to start businesses, the YMCA is here for everyone as we have been since 1854.

Thanks again for reading.


Jason Brown, CEO
709-726-9622 ext. 241
Avalon Peninsula
L-R- Jason Brown, CEO, Laurie Skinner, Board Chair, Mayor Wayne Power, Placentia

Town of Placentia and YMCA sign letter of intent for new Placentia Pool and Wellness Centre!

The Town of Placentia and the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador are pleased to announce a letter of intent has been signed for the YMCA to deliver programs at the new Placentia Pool and Wellness Centre. Both Town Council and the YMCA Board of Directors have approved entering into negotiations toward long term agreements.
The Town and its partner, Placentia Lions Club, have been working together on this facility for   many years and preliminary design work has started. It is anticipated the new facility will open in 2018.   
The Town would remain the owner of the facility and the YMCA will operate any aquatics, fitness, exercise, or other programs. The YMCA anticipates hiring up to 20 full time and part time employees in Placentia.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Supports Physical Activity for Children and Youth 

The YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador is a proud recipient of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Funding. The funds received through Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities help provide access to all inclusive YMCA Memberships at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's for children ages 5 - 18. Because of this support children in financially disadvantaged families are given the opportunity to participate in fun, physical activities and sports at the YMCA.

For many years Canadian Tire Owners/Operators and Jumpstart have been helping the YMCA Financial Assistance Program extend its reach so that more children and youth can be physically active and lead healthier lives as a result.  In 2016 more than 500 children at the Ches Penney Family YMCA in St. John's will be helped with this funding. The YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador is thankful for this important support!

Owners- Adele & Hawk
Entrepreneur Spotlight
YMCA Business Planning Program

Congratulations to
Hawk Hauksson and Adele Sigurthorsdottir on opening Volcano Bakery! The husband and wife are participants in the YMCA Business Planning Program and since opening Volcano Bakery this summer, have been incredibly busy sharing their Icelandic and Scandinavian breads and sweets at their bakery in the east end of St. John's. Volcano Bakery is now open at 447 Newfoundland Drive, 7am-7pm daily.

Ches Penney Family YMCA St. John's- Action Plan

Thank you for providing feedback during our recent member survey. We will focus on 3 main areas. 

  • Fitness classes are scheduled at convenient times
  • Children's programs are scheduled at convenient times

Building Relationships 

  • Updated member contact system
  • "New" member surveys
Learn & Develop
  • New monthly Healthy Living Workshops
  • New Nutrition Consulting program
 Watch our website for updates!

YMCA Child Care

The YMCA Child Care Centre in St. John's delivers a National program called YMCA Playing to Learn Curriculum. The goal each year is to achieve a 85%.

For the past six years, the Child Care Team at the Ches Penney Family YMCA has achieved 100% in the delivery of this National Curriculum.

The team of dedicated Early Childhood Educators believes that this curriculum is how children learn best-through play. 

Burin Peninsula
L-R- Christina Murphy, Roma Hennebury, Charlie Rose, Trina Brenton & Kinley Rose
Fort MacMurray Families at the Marystown YMCA

We were happy to help families in need from Fort MacMurray who were displaced from their homes. They thoroughly enjoyed their time here and used our facility on a daily basis.

Fort MacMurray is often called Newfoundland's second largest city, and we are also happy to be a part of a national YMCA effort to raise more than $150,000 to help the YMCA operations in Fort MacMurray with the challenges presented by the fires.  

Welcome Sharon Snook to our Board of Directors

Thank you to Sharon Snook for volunteering on our board. Sharon is the Chief Development Officer, (CDO) with the Burin Peninsula Health Care Foundation. She has an extensive background in fundraising, volunteering and board governance. We look forward to her contributions to the YMCA.

Become a Fitness Instructor

Fall 2016- Cycle Fitness Leader & Personal Trainer Certifications
Winter 2016- Older Adult Fitness Leader Certification
Spring 2016- Strength Fitness Leader Certification

Become a Lifeguard

Advanced Aquatics Courses
Become a swim instructor, lifeguard or take a course for personal development. We offer Bronze Cross, Bronze Medallion, Standard First Aid, Standard First Aid Re-cert and NLS.

Visit us online for more details!

Bonavista Peninsula

Port Rexton Brewing Company

Congratulations to Alicia MacDonald and Sonja Mills of Port Rexton Brewing on an incredible inaugural summer season. The married couple moved to Port Rexton and became participants in the YMCA Business Planning Program, #EntrepreneursEverywhere in Bonavista. The Port Rexton Brewery just hosted a Bonavista area business social in conjunction with the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador, Futurpreneur Canada and the Bonavista Area Chamber of Commerce. Special thank you to the owners of Port Rexton Brewing for their hospitality and congrats on an amazing launch!

Port Rexton Brewing is located on Ship Cove Road, Port Rexton.

Owners- Alicia MacDonald and Sonja Mills
Happy Valley-Goose Bay YMCA

The YMCA is working with the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador to develop the Happy Valley-Goose Bay YMCA as part of the Town's Wellness Centre. The building, which is currently in early concept phase, will be owned by the Town and operated by the YMCA. This exciting proposed partnership will help the population of Central Labrador be healthier and more active. The YMCA and the Town are just completing the details of an operating agreement. In concept,the building includes:
  • Accessible 25 m 6 lane main pool
  • Play pool
  • 3 change rooms
  • Conditioning centre with cardio, strength, and free weight equipment
  • Indoor walking/running track
  • Child minding room
  • Multi-purpose gymnasium
  • Licensed child care centre
  • Space for gymnastics
  • Beautiful grounds
Across the Province

Enterprise Olympics

Enterprise Olympics is a province-wide entrepreneurship program that exposes students to the vast number of business opportunities that can be created by young people and to encourage youth to pursue entrepreneurial thinking and action at an early stage in their lives. Annually the YMCA engages more than 3000 students from communities all across Newfoundland and Labrador in 3 different competitions: Create A Logo (grades 4-6), Community Matters (grades 7-9) and the Provincial Business Plan Competition (grades 10-12).

The program is offered in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development.
The 23rd Annual Enterprise Olympics program starts in September 2016. If you would like more information on how your school can get involved contact Michelle Lambert at

Kelsey Brennan- 1st Place Winner at 2016 EO Conference for The Pupcakery
Access & Supervision

Requiring photo ID to access our facilities is one of our commitments to the safety of all child, youth, and adult members and their belongings.

YMCA issued membership cards (or Photo ID) are required to access YMCA facilities. Pre-authorization is required by non-members to accompany children under age 12 to and from swim lessons. Children ages 0-7 require adult accompaniment in the water. Both the child and adult must pay. Adults supervising children ages 8-11 must be prepared to pay should the lifeguard express any concerns re: a child's swimming ability. Adults accompanying children to dry-land programs are not required to pay. Photo ID for 16+ is required.

Children under age 12 must be directly supervised by a parent/ guardian at all times. Children participating in staff/volunteer led programs (including swim lessons) must be accompanied by their parent/guardian to and from the program and signed in/out by the same parent/guardian. Aquatics guidelines vary please see your program guide. Members and guests with children participating in Child Minding or staff supervised programs (ages 0-5) are required to remain in YMCA facilities.
Find us Online!

Program schedules, class cancellations and facility updates can be found by visiting Program times and options are subject to change.

On-Hold Policy
  Memberships may be placed on hold once every 12 months for up to six months. Requests must be made a minimum of five days prior to payment date. Published membership fees will apply at the time of reactivation. Re-registration for swim lessons is required. Cancellation of membership while on hold is not permitted. Passes are not eligible for holds.

We have lowered our Birthday Party fees at both locations. Please visit for details! 

Donate Now!

The YMCA is a charity committed to being financially accessible to all members of the community. Donors to the YMCA make this possible. Our Financial Assistance Program assists those who are unable to afford the full membership, child care, or day camp cost. Your donation can help change the life of a child, adult or family in your local community. Your help gives them the opportunity to access YMCA programs that will improve their physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Keep an eye out for details about our upcoming Doggie Dip Fundraiser in December at the Ches Penney Family YMCA!

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